Philomena is based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, the story of a woman in 1950’s Ireland who was forced into a convent to work manual labor in order to hide an illicit pregnancy. Three years into living in the convent her child was adopted. Eventually she left, was married, and had other children. But throughout her life she never stopped searching for the child that was taken away from her. Journalist Martin Sixsmith (author of the book) read of her story and decided to assist in her quest. Their journey led them all the way to America where life changing secrets were revealedRead More →

“It was good. It was funny.” -Terry Watts Cast: Ice Cube…….James Payton Kevin Hart…….Ben Barber Laurence Fishburne…….Omar Tika Sumpter…….Angela Payton John Leguizamo…….Santiago Bryan Callen…….Miggs Bruce McGill…….Lt. Brooks Gary Owen…….Crazy Cody Jay Pharoah…….Runflat David Banner…….Pawnshop Jay Dragoș Bucur…….Marko Gary Weeks…….Dr. Cowan Jacob Latimore…….Ramone Ben Barber, a security guard aspires to join the Atlanta Police Department alongside his girlfriend’s brother who he is desperately trying to impress. Unfortunately, the brother, James Payton, can’t stand him. In a last ditch effort to drive him away James takes Ben on a “ride along” responding to emergency calls dispatched over the police radio. It’s all fun and games for JamesRead More →

What is real and what is not real? Spike Jonze, writer and director, attempts to give an answer with his newest film, Her. Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore Twombly, a lonely man addicted to technology. When seeking comfort in sex chat rooms, phones, and video games fail to keep him satisfied he finds a seemingly ingenious solution to his problem. Meet Samantha, an OS custom programmed to “evolve” to meet Theodore’s desires for companionship. (Picture a hyper advanced “Siri”.) At first she was a voice of reason in the midst of divorcing his wife, Catherine, like a friendly shoulder to cry on. Watching flashbacks  toRead More →

Walt Disney promised his daughters that he would make a movie about the beloved heroine from the popular children’s book series, Mary Poppins. Little did he know that keeping such a promise would turn out to be a test of perseverance through a battle of wills. Over 20 years passed before production even began. Los Angeles circa 1961 is where we meet the characters as story lines are written, revised, then revised again, and music is composed. The film also goes back in time to Australia in 1906 where the author, P.L. Travers grew up. We see her as a child and learn what droveRead More →

Watching a good movie is my favorite pastime. There’s just something about seeing how scripts, a director’s vision, actors, and locations can all come together. Any theater where you can catch the latest flick for under $5 any day of the week is an added bonus. Cinemark Palace at the Plaza is such a theater. Located between Noodles & Company and Urban Outfitters it’s usually a go to on date nights for Terry and me. Another location is in Merriam, KS. The Palace has a VIP Room great for upgrading your viewing experience. It costs a little bit more than a regular evening priced ticketRead More →