In Theaters This Weekend: Your Quick & Simple Reviews

CARS 3:  The tables have turned and Lightning McQueen is no longer the #1 car on the track.  A new generation of blazing-fast racers is taking over and Lighting has to find a way to get back on the right track to recapture the glory he once had.

Disney-Pixar has definitely set the table for keeping the Cars brand going for many more years.   It may not have been as fun and exciting as the original Cars but it is better than number 2 and the kiddos will love it.  Just like the previous films this is visually stunning but not one that needs to be watched in 3D… So save your money.   All the familiar faces are back and we get to meet some new ones at the same time.  The story itself was nice and simple… Out with the old and in with the new.  The transition was done with style and dignity that I appreciated.   So for the kiddos I’m gonna say that this one is A Must See Movie.


ROUGH NIGHT:  5 best friends from college reunite for a bachelorette weekend in Miami. Things take a dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper… Oops.  Trying to cover it up brings them closer together when it matters most.


Although the cast was good together, the story at times was pretty basic and short on the laughs.  From all looks of it I was hoping this was going to be like The Hangover meets Bridesmaids… I was wrong.  There were too many forced jokes throughout.  And I was a lil disappointed with Kate McKinnon’s character just because she’s been on fire lately but she was the one with the most forced moments.   Granted I didn’t hate this one it just wasn’t as good as I hoped… making this, for me, Not A Must See Movie


47 METERS DOWN:  Sisters Kate and Lisa travel to Mexico for some fun and adventure. Deciding to give diving in shark-infested waters a try, things go from good to bad in the blink of an eye as their shark cage breaks and they travel to 47 Meters Down to the ocean floor. 

This was an interesting one to watch.  Mostly because I have come to accept that I have a small phobia when it comes to sharks.  But the fact that I did, with such intensity, and I had to hide my eyes more than a few times because I was constantly waiting for another shark to pop up at any moment, made this a pretty decent movie.  At times the dialog was kind of corny but the waiting for and when the sharks make their presents known had, not only me, a lot of people in the audience jumping in their seats.  Phobia or not, I liked that… Especially since there isn’t much out now that will do that.  So if you’d like a good flinch or two then this is going to be A Must See Movie


THE HERO:  He’s a Western movie icon with a golden voice, but Lee Hayden’s best is decades are behind him. Now he spends his days reliving the glory days and getting high, until he’s diagnosed with cancer. As he refocuses his priorities, starts a new relationship with a beautiful and younger stand-up comic, and attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Sam Elliot is always a solid performer and I liked him in this film.  But I quickly realized that I have seen this story before.  Except it was in 2008, starred Mickey Rourke and instead of The Hero it was called The Wrestler.  So right away originality went out the window.  And that’s too bad because, as always, Sam was solid and you really felt for his character.  The supporting cast was just as good and they helped make this a really good movie.  Now even though it had a lot of similarities to The Wrestler, standing on it’s own, it was still a really good emotionally driven film that I really liked… even got a lil teary eyed.  It’s playing exclusively in Phoenix at the Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square


BAND AID:  Anna and Ben are a married couple that can’t stop fighting. Their therapist tells them to try and work through their issues unconventionally, they are reminded of their shared love of music. To save their marriage, they decide to turn all their fights into songs, and along with their neighbor Dave, they start a band.

Having gone through my own martial and relationship problems this film was pretty relate able.  What I loved about this one was just the idea of how this couple, instead of just giving up and walking away, did what they needed to do to make it work.  Sometimes the hardest part of relationship is talking about the things that hurt the most.  But this film showed what a little bit of hope can do.  The cast is great, I liked the chemistry… especially Fred Armisen.  His character always left me with a good chuckle.  The music enhanced the story even more because it was fun and serious at the same time and it complimented the story perfectly… It’s playing exclusively in Phoenix at the Harkins Valley Art Theater.