I need to preface my Jason Bourne review by telling you that I am not a fan of the franchise, nor the style of director Paul Greengrass. That handheld shaky cam makes me seasick, and the incessant two second cuts give me an eye strain headache. I am a fan of character development and dialogue, however, both of which Greengrass’s Bourne films gleefully eschew.
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STAR TREK BEYOND Review – by James Mandell
The thing about all those overblown special effects blockbusters is there’s only so much real estate you can appropriate when battling super villains and destroying multiple metropolises on Earth. So the folks at Bad Robot, after what can only have been exhaustive rounds of gathering focus group data, have moved the action to outer space, where a galaxy-class spaceship can breathe a little.
Everybody’s back in this latest iteration, but tragically, for the last time, given the bizarre circumstances of Anton Yelchin’s (playing Chekov) real-life crushed-in-his-Studio City-driveway death just a few weeks ago. Recent word is the producers have vowed never to replicate him again.
That didn’t take long! Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds (31) and her former MLB center fielder hubby Jim Edmonds (46) recently listed their home in Newport Beach for $3,399,000, just 13 short months after buying it for $2.8 million. I got the entire scoop while researching it for a feature on News Corp’s Realtor.com.
I’m calling it a flip, since the Edmonds, with a little help from the rest of the RHOC cast, completely remodeled the five-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, Mediterranean Revival–style home, located in upscale Newport Heights. In one episode of RHOC, the housewives were seen wielding a power saw, hammers, and an ax at a “demolition party” to remodel the Edmonds’ kitchen. For once, it seemed liquor wasn’t involved—at least until they put away the power tools.
Bad Moms Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell
If the filmmakers behind Bad Moms really wanted to poke fun at Tiger Moms, Helicopter Moms and any other perfection obsessed matriarchs out there, and if they really wanted to make the rest of us feel it’s okay to be a Bad Mom, they wouldn’t have cast Mila Kunis in the lead role. Even at her baddest she looks stunningly beautiful and not a day over 22. And while most other moms are wearing clogs or gym shoes, she perpetually saunters in stylish high heeled boots. Oh don’t get me started about her odd lack of chemistry with her screen children.
Absolutely Fabulous Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell @HomeInHollywood
Sweetie Darlings, if you don’t mind being called by that unique term of endearment, and if, in fact, it elicits fits of giggles and sends you running to the fridge for some bolly (champagne), you’re going to love this film. If you’ve spent any time in Great Britain during the past 20 years, you’ll also love this film. If you’ve never watched the British sitcom of the same name that ran erratically from 1992 to 2012, you’re going to be totally lost, but you might find Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, mildly amusing.
I’ve heard of the occasional multi-million dollar celebrity chef home located in Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Hills, Malibu and perhaps in the New Port Beach area, but color me surprised to find one listed for $10 million in North Orange County, in the sleepy little town of Yorba Linda.
That’s right, Yorba Linda, home of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Thanks to an article I was assigned by News Corp’s Realtor.com, I was made aware of the stunning Pinnacle House and the prominent builder/owner of this tasty celebrity chef home.
Ghostbusters Review by Lisa Johnson Mandell @HomeInHollywood
I so don’t get the controversy over this film. The 1984 original did indeed become iconic, but it’s certainly ripe for a reboot after 32 years. Don’t Batman, Superman and Spiderman get a little work done and then come back to plague us three or four times a decade? This fresh take on a comedy classic, starring some of the world’s greatest comediennes, is at least something we haven’t seen before. What’s so wrong about letting the girls have a go at it?
Know that this THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS review is written by a true animal movie expert. Staci Layne Wilson (@StaciWilson) is the author of the Animal Movies Guide, available on Amazon.
Movies about pets having secret lives is not new – it was done to great effect by Disney in the 1960s with That Darn Cat! and The Three Lives of Thomasina. While it’s more believable that a canny cat could pull off espionage, it’s the dogs that take center stage in the new animated feature The Secret Life of Pets, from Illumination Entertainment, the same people who bring you all things Minion. You will be reminded of this fact frequently throughout the film, starting with the amusing Minions short at the beginning, ala Pixar.
Find out why the dated Mommie Dearest Mansion is listed for such a high price
Just imagine all the fun you’d have reliving the famed wire hanger scene, or re-enacting that fiercely competitive mother-daughter swim competition in the very Mommie Dearest mansion where the epic Joan Crawford biopic starring Faye Dunaway was shot! The fame, the glory, the camp, can all be yours for a mere $35 million.
The Infiltrator review by Lisa Johnson Mandell
I love a film that is so intense I have to remind myself throughout, “it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie–these are actors, and their lives are not really at stake.” I also found it necessary to remember that the movie is based on a published memoir, so at least one of the main characters lived through these harrowing situations. Such is the case with The Infiltrator, starring Bryan Cranston, in his best work yet. And I thought he was unequaled in Breaking Bad and Trumbo!