Iron Man 3

We finished up the next Marvel movie Iron Man 3.  Tony Stark is having some PTSD issues from the events in The Avengers and this is not helped by his home being completely blown up.  He must track down an old enemy Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pierce and figure out the plans of the Mandarin terrorist.

While I personally don’t think this is one of the stronger Marvel movies, the kids still enjoyed all of the action and Tony’s friendship with a young boy is certainly a bright spot.  The movie does tie up the Iron Man storyline nicely, although we all know Iron Man is in several more of the Marvel movies and even more to come.

Sister Act

The kids and I watched Sister Act the other night and had a great time.  I had obviously seen it when it came out, but it was the first time for the kids.  I had the idea when my daughter started singing Hail Holy Queen at the breakfast table, having learned it at school and I showed them the YouTube clip of the nuns singing it.  They wanted to then watch the whole movie.

Whoopi Goldberg plays Dolores, a Reno lounge sister who has to go into witness protection before testifying against her mobster boyfriend.  She pretends to be a nun and ends up transforming the untalented choir into a fabulous group that attracts new worshippers each week.  Having grown up Catholic, I have a special place in my heart for this movie and the kids enjoyed the music and plot quite a bit too.

Wonder Woman

It had been forever since we actually saw a movie at the movie theatre, but with Wonder Woman opening this weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to go.  The kids have been way into the Marvel superhero movies recently and I kind of wanted to expose them to a strong female superhero too.

The movie was amazing.  Gal Gadot is Diana, the only child on an island of female warriors.  While she saves Chris Pine from a plane crash, she decides to follow him to the outside world to help end WWI.  The action scenes are exciting and the friends they meet along the way are compelling and help the story.  Both of the kids loved it too and surprisingly stayed awake through the whole 2 hours and 2 minutes.  This is a great movie for the whole family and the lesson of helping others when you see the need for it is definitely needed.

The Avengers

Up next in the kids’ Marvel watch was The Avengers.  This is the last movie in phase one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and brings together all of the characters of the previous movies to work together to stop Loki and his alien army from taking over the earth.

There is a ton of action in this movie and it was exciting throughout.  Each of the characters is able to play their part, although if you have a favorite, you may be disappointed because with so many super heroes, there isn’t enough screen time for all of them to have a ton.  My daughter pointed out that there is very little romance in this movie.  The kids’ favorite part was after the Hulk smashed Loki around, Loki was on the ground doing a wimpy moan.  For some reason, they thought that was completely hysterical.

Overall, this was a solid Marvel movie and we all enjoyed it.

Psycho

Psycho is number fourteen on AFI’s anniversary list and we watched it over two evenings last week.  I had seen the famous shower scene years ago, but I don’t think I ever watched the whole thing from start to finish.  My husband hadn’t seen it either.  Alfred Hitchcock made the movie in 1960 starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane.  The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.

Marion is presented with an opportunity to steal a large amount of cash from her employer and takes it.  She starts a road trip to meet up with her boyfriend when a storm forces her to stop at a run down motel off the road.  She meets the disturbed owner Norman Bates and her fate is pretty much sealed from there.

It was interesting to watch the movie knowing the twist (SPOILER – Norman has killed his mother and is pretending to be her) because Hitchcock does not let the audience on this until the very end.  If you didn’t know what was happening, you would think she was alive and interacting with the characters.

The movie still holds up and is appropriately creepy and disturbing.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

On the airplane home I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin off on the Harry Potter films.  In this one, taking place well before Harry Potter, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne travels to New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures.  Of course, they are let loose and mayhem ensues.

It has been announced that there were be five films with these characters so it will be interesting to see where it goes with how this first one was set up.  I definitely enjoyed the movie and the characters in this world.  They will never be Harry, Hermione and Ron, but I will see where they go.

Arrival

Another movie I watched on the airplane was Arrival, which was along the Best Picture nominees last year.  The director, Denis Villeneuve made Sicario the year before, which I really enjoyed, so I was looking forward to this one.

Amy Adams plays a linguist who is recruited to help communicate with aliens who have arrived in pods in various places around the globe.  Jeremy Renner plays the scientist who works with her and eventually becomes her love interest.

The way Adams’ character develops a language and works with the aliens is fascinating and every time she enters the pod is tense and exciting.  The fact that the aliens appear to be giving her visions of the future is also tragic and heartbreaking.  The movie definitely makes you think about choosing certain paths in important life decisions and the possibility of life on other planets.