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Quickie Review: YES DAY

Who can say no to a YES DAY? This movie is as simple as its premise, and that’s okay. It’s family-friendly entertainment that gives adults and kids alike pause – and cause – to ponder the boundaries of responsibility, and the joys of embracing a ‘can-do’ mindset. Within reason.

Review: Peppermint

Peppermint is essentially Death Wish with a chick. Fortunately, that chick is Jennifer Garner. Otherwise, this movie would be a total bust (unless you’re an uberfan of violent revenge movies). I have a soft spot for Garner, ever since her breakout days as kick-ass spy Sydney Bristow in the TV series Alias (2001-2006). So if nothing else, it was kinda cool to see a hint of Syd’s “particular skills” reveal themselves in her role as Riley North, a young mother who goes to great lengths to avenge the brutal murders of her husband and ten-year-old daughter.

Review: Love, Simon

There’s plenty to love about Love, Simon. It’s a charming romantic dramedy about a cool high school senior who has an awesome family, a great circle of friends, and one big secret: he’s gay. This isn’t some small indie drama that weighs heavy on the soul. It’s a sweet, lighthearted, relatable coming-of-age and coming-out story that plays a lot like a typical John Hughes teen ensemble movie updated for the times, where snapchat, texting and online forums are a primary means of communication. It’s backed by a major studio (20th Century Fox) so it actually has a fighting chance to reach a wide, mainstream audience – as it should.

Miracles From Heaven

Miracles From Heaven is like ‘a very special episode’ of Touched By an Angel or Highway to Heaven or some tv-movie you might see on the Hallmark Channel or ABC Family at Christmas or Easter. It doesn’t need to be seen on the big screen unless you’re a huge fan of the aforementioned programs and/or a good Christian family looking for a faith-based movie to affirm your faith in god, prayer, and miracles. The movie is based on a book that is based on a true story about a Texas girl named Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers). At age 10, Anna was diagnosed with an incurable digestive disease that miraculously went away after she fell 30-feet, head-first, into a hollow tree. That’s not a spoiler. That’s the story.

Draft Day

Draft Day is perfectly likable, but it wouldn’t really make the cut for anyone’s fantasy team of sports movies. It’s superficial entertainment geared toward the ESPN Sports Center crowd, with a bit of chick-flick appeal — sort of a rookie version of Jerry McGwire meets Moneyball. Kevin Costner plays Sonny Weaver, the general manager of football’s Cleveland Browns who is tasked with ‘making a splash’ on Draft Day if he expects to keep his job. It’s a dramatic day that can have a life-changing impact on the lives of front-office personnel, coaches, players and NFL hopefuls across the country. Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number-one draft pick. But his decisions come with consequences, personal and professional.

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club is another of the “based on a true story” flicks this season vying for some awards love. It’s all about hard-partyin’, rodeo ridin’ Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof who was shocked to be diagnosed with AIDS in 1985 because it was then considered a “gay” disease. Shunned by his friends and unable to find the any treatment that would save him, he did his own research and found a doctor in Mexico with an effective drug combination. And when it worked for him, he recognized a great business opportunity in importing it for other AIDS patients. Matthew McConaughey starved himself into skeletal shape for the role, but fortunately his portrayal is much more than skin deep. It’s definitely an Oscar worthy turn!

Butter

Yes, indeed. This is a movie about butter — a butter sculpting competition to be precise. Not something you see all that often, right? But I have not gone out of my way to search one out either. The movie gives you a glimpse into this odd state fair craft, through a somewhat funny little movie with a surprisingly all-star cast. Jennifer Garner plays Laura, wife of long-time celebrity state champion butter sculptor Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell from Modern Family.) When the butter powers-that-be decide that someone else needs to win and it is time for Bob to step aside, Laura’s world as VIP wife crashes around her. So she decides to enter the competition herself. But her biggest rival turns out to be a cute little, 10-year-old black foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi).

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is pure Disney. It’s simple, sweet and sappy with a healthy mix of humor and heart. It’s not a must see, but it’s still a fine choice if you’re looking for a family dramedy that can entertain those slightly older kids who claim to be over the whole animation thing. The movie stars Jennifer Garner (Alias, 13 Going on 30) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) as Cindy and Jim Green, a happily married couple about to give up on their dream of having a child. One night, they put pencil to paper (pencils play a big role in this flick) and draft a quirky list of all the qualities their dream child would have. They bury the list in the garden and prepare to move on with their lives. Then it rains. And Timothy appears.

Arthur

Arthur, oh where to start? It’s a remake of the 1981 Academy Award winner. Yep, nominated for 4 and won 2. It starred Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and Sir John Gielgud. And it was a HUGE hit. 30 years later, we get Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and someone I never heard of named Greta Gerwig in the role made famous by Liza. Oh, and there is Jennifer Garner. The story is basically the same. Arthur is a lovable, hard-partying super wealthy Peter Pan who gets an ultimatum from Mom: marry Susan (Garner) who is a her hand-picked dream daughter-in-law or give up his fortune. Only Arthur doesn’t love Susan, and just when he has grudgingly accepted the inevitable proposition, he meets a poor girl who steals his heart.

Valentine’s Day

Garry Marshall is brilliant. He made a mildly entertaining movie with an A-List cast and a name that virtually guarantees it a place in holiday rerun history. Valentine’s Day is like Crash-light. Really, really, really light. It follows a bunch of folks whose lives intersect in various ways as they break up, make up, find love or survive singledom on Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles.