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The Help Movie Review

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By Divina Last week during my BlogHer 2011 weekend, I was invited to a special prescreening of the latest release from DreamWorks Studios based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel is about African American maids played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer living in Jackson, Mississippi during in the 1960s just before the Civil Rights Movement and how one Southern debutante (Emma Stone) wanted to hear and publish their point of view. The Help was excellent!  So entertaining and poignant. The acting of the three main actresses and Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, Mary Steenburgen, Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain is phenomenal. They along with the writing and directing of Tate Taylor took me back to a time in American history I was happy I never lived through.  The emotional but touching movie gave voice to these poor women who are abused and ignored but in the end shape and mold future generations.  Howard’s Hilly character is especially awful but brings … [Read more...]

Four Christmases Movie Review

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By Rosa Four Christmases seemed to be a great holiday movie to go to.  In one sentence review, I was disappointed with the movie but not with Vince Vaughn. Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) are a happy couple that always find an excuse to escape their family.  Brad and Kate think they have a perfect relationship and adding their families into their lives will only bring issues.  Keeping with their holiday tradition, the happy couple was headed off to an exotic destination but bad weather stops their getaway and changes their fun and ideal plans for 2008.  Of course, their families see them on the News and immediately call to make new family plans for the 25th.  That's when Brad and Kate who run away from family obligations are forced to go to each of their parent's homes in one day.  I don't want to giveaway too much of the movie but crazy family members (played famous actors like Robert Duvall, Jon Voight, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, and  Jon Favreau) make … [Read more...]