1. I Can Only Imagine.....
This is a Christian movie and I always cringe a bit when I hear that phrase as some of them just are not done well. I used to call it Bad Baptist Theater. lol Well now that I have offended everyone I will continue. This movie has a slow start. In fact we almost stopped it as we were wondering when the story would pick up. But it does. Kudos to the actor Michael J Finlay who plays Bart Miller in this movie. He did all his own singing and I had to google him to find out he played Jean Valjean in Les Mis on Broadway. That explains that wonderful voice. It is a story of redemption and forgiveness. Sometimes we all need a little more of that in our lives. As I have said before, I am not a big fan of most contemporary Christian music but the song I Can Only Imagine touched my heart the first time I heard it on the radio. Oh and take a look at Cloris Leachman in this movie. She was born in 1926 and is still going strong. It is encouraging to see actresses like Ms Leachman and Angela Lansbury who are doing so well!
2. POMS.,,,this movie is set in a retirement village in Atlanta, Georgia. Martha has moved from Chicago to Atlanta to die. Literally.....she has ovarian cancer and she has refused treatment. She does not share this information with anyone because she wants to pursue her teenage dream of being a cheerleader. It was pretty good...aimed at the senior citizen crowd for sure. Some mild language but as movies go these days it was not bad. I had wanted to see this one when it was in the theater but never got there. In retrospect free was better than mucho dinero.
Another Diane Keaton film set in England. ( I have always enjoyed Ms Keaton and I am glad to see her acting and aging gracefully.) Emily Walters is a widow of a year and is avoiding financial disaster by putting her head in the sand. Fortunately she has some wealthy friends who look out for her. One day she spots a homeless man living in a shack in the woods not far from her neighborhood. Well everyone is up in arms about this except Emily. She gets to know this eccentric fellow and finds herself falling in love with him. A quirky movie with a sweet ending. We need some sweet endings as well right now.
4. The Man Who Invented Christmas
We enjoyed this movie starring Dan Stephens.( He played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey) He plays this part so well. We come upon Charlie Dickens as he has writers block and he needs to publish something to keep his family going. ( He had 10 children and also took care of his sister's family as well as his parents.) We see how A Christmas Carol came to life and how it changed Dickens as well.
This is Margaux's favorite movie and I am just seeing it. A heartwarming story about a boy who is different and the people who rally round him to encourage him to engage with the world. I can see why Margaux identifies with this movie as she is the sister with the brother who is different. The message of the movie is Be Kind.