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Lisa Johson Mandell’s Bridget Jones’s Baby review says the threequel improves on the book
When I heard they were making a third Bridget Jones installment, I prayed it would be nothing like the third book, Mad About the Boy, that opens with one of our favorite characters dead, and continues with a story half told through Bridget’s drunken tweeting. It was a bit of a mess, to say the least. But as the film opened, I saw that a very different character had amusingly kicked the bucket and he wouldn’t be missed. I was happy that the film would apparently set out for uncharted and undocumented territory, and I was not disappointed. Bridget Jones’s Baby is two hours of sheer delight, with (almost) everyone back and better than ever.
We Are X documents flamboyant X Japan drummer and founder Yoshiki in his efforts break into the American market
by James Mandell
Credited for bringing metal-head culture and spectacle to Japanese audiences in the late 80’s, X Japan, billed as “the world’s biggest band you’ve never heard of,” was revered for their high energy performances and melodic anthems. They sold 30 million albums and reset the bar for decades to come. Yoshiki, their flamboyant drummer and group leader, performed with huge arm and body movements, delivering volleys of blasting beats that powered the band to greatness. He was also their songwriter and keyboardist, a quintessential showman with remarkable stamina who left it all on the stage in the wake of adoring fans who revered his every move.
Sully is one of those films you hate to criticize because of its pedigree: Clint Eastwood directing Tom Hanks in a film about American hero Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who was somehow able to make an emergency landing in an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River, and not lose a single passenger.
And while I will say the film has its moments, there were only about 20 of them in a movie that is 96 minutes long. I found most of the rest to be, well, a bit boring.
Film critics can’t help but become popcorn aficionados. It’s one of the hazards of the job. I’ve doubtless sat in hundreds of theaters, watched thousands of movies, and downed millions of kernels of popcorn in my day, and I hate to say it, but I’ve gotten to the point where I mostly mindlessly munch. The big differentiator is theater popcorn versus what I eat at home. And until a few weeks ago, the theater popcorn was hands down the winner.
The Light Between Oceans Review
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
Relentlessly beautiful, relentlessly sad. I’m not quite sure who the audience will be for this well-acted heartbreaker. Doubtless the book club members who sobbed over the period bestseller by M.L. Stedman will throng the theaters, as well as those who are fans of the uber talented Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. I’m hoping their numbers are large enough to make this film a commercial success, because it’s the antithesis of a super hero blockbuster, and the world needs more films like this one.
I am truly amazed by the power of a toasted cheese sandwich–even in Beverly Hills. That was the differentiating factor in an open house that eventually garnered more than $5.5 million for a four-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2,304-square-foot house built in 1924 and untouched for over 45 years. That was almost a half-million more than the original asking price, a record-setting $2,453 per square foot, in less than two weeks.
Staci Layne Wilson’s Don’t Breathe Review will leave you breathless
Don’t breathe… he might hear you. And if he can hear you, he can find you. If he finds you, he will kill you.
He is The Blind Man (Stephen Lang), a wounded war vet with scads of cash hidden away in his dilapidated Detroit hovel… and he will stop at nothing to protect what’s his. When three young thieves – Rocky (Jane Levy), Money (Daniel Zovatto), and Alex (Dylan Minnette) – break into The Blind Man’s home while he’s sleeping, they think it’ll be a simple snatch, steal and slip-away. They are so very wrong.
The Agency’s fabulous open house party was a true Mid Summer’s Night Dream.
When you live in the greater Los Angeles area, where multimillion-dollar mansions are de rigueur, an agent needs to do something off the charts to grab attention. And that’s exactly what The Agency’s Emil Hartoonian, James Harris, and David Parnes (the latter two of Million Dollar Listing LA fame) recently did: they threw an outrageously lavish open house party to introduce a $15 million estate in The Oaks of Calabasas, and I was able to write about it for Realtor.com. I’m telling you, it was the best ‘open house’ I’ve ever attended, and I’ve attended thousands.
While The 9th Life of Louis Drax reminds critic Staci Layne Wilson of kids movies of the 80’s, it’s rated R. Hmmm…
Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) is eight years old, but no one is sure he’ll make it to see another year after he tumbles off a high cliff on his ninth birthday. Broken-boned and in a coma, he’s airlifted to the hospital where he finds himself in the care of acclaimed neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan). Louis’ mother, Natalie (Sarah Gadon) is beside herself as she worries over her sick son, as well as her mysteriously missing ex-husband, Peter (Aaron Paul). Could Peter have purposely disappeared because he had something to do with Louis’ awful accident?