JOSEPH’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
“Love the Coopers”
“Love the Coopers” culminates with some very touching sentiments that will likely resonate with and bring a tear to the eyes of moviegoers who cannot help but become nostalgic this time of the year. After all, the new ensemble Christmas comedy makes some very poignant observations about how the holidays trigger emotional remembrances of celebrations past. Unfortunately, a lot of what leads up to said sentimental scenes consists of annoying bickering, contrived melodrama and boorish grand gestures. Nonetheless, commemorating the season’s significance with the tremendously talented cast whose stories reflect our own remains relatively enjoyable.
RANDY’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
“The Peanuts Movie”
“The Peanuts Movie” is an entertaining feature that should please fans and revive the brand, which has been an integral part of Americana since its debut in 1950. The squeaky-clean “G” rating may unfortunately scare away adults without children, but it really shouldn’t. The humor should appeal to all ages. The quirkiness of the supporting characters, the antics of Snoopy and the challenges endured by Charlie Brown should resonate with all members of the audience, from the smallest child to grown adults. The story is perfectly paced with humor, emotion and a bit of adventure.
M.V.’S MOVIE PICK OF THE MONTH
This simple, straightforward account of a young Irish girl’s immigrant experience in the title borough gently grips like the reminiscence of a relative. Based on Colm Toibin’s novel and directed by John Crowley, it follows Saoirse Ronan as Eilis, who sails from County Wexford in the early ‘50s, through seasickness, homesickness, love with an Italian-American guy, family tragedy and a choice between her old and new worlds. Ronan is luminous and sympathetic, the period detail has an idealized radiance, and the plot, though believable, isn’t predictable. You can take your grandparents to this one—it might be their story.