The Movies — POMS


Directed by Zara Hayes.

Starring Diane Keaton, Jackie Weaver, Pam Grier, Celia Weston, Rhea Perlman, Charlie Tahan, Carol Sutton, Ginny MacColl, Patricia French, Phyllis Somerville.

PG-13. Running time: 1 hour, 31 mins.

After years of nurturing others, older women are often expected to turn doting into overdrive while spouting non-threatening grandmotherly-like wisdom to guide the next generation.

Coming in like a welcome breath of air: Poms.

It’s not a perfect movie – what is?  But it’s perfect for our times, with an empowering message that you’re never too old to reach for your dreams.

As long as there’s life, it’s our job to live it. And that’s what Diane Keaton’s character, Martha does, alongside a team of actresses of all shapes and sizes playing women of all shapes and sizes, every wrinkle a sign of beauty and defiance.

Martha is keeping a secret from her friends, but not the audience, that she is dying of cancer.

Diane Keaton and Celia Weston

She sells most of her possessions and moves into a senior care community with the intention of dying alone. What she doesn’t count on is her loud, outrageous neighbor, Sheryl (a spirited Jacki Weaver) intruding in her life and, ultimately prodding her to think about dreams deferred.

A key dream, it turns out, was wanting to be a cheerleader, something Martha never got to do in real life.

This is where director Zara Hayes kicks the story into gear.

There’s an incongruity, not that there should be, with elderly people pursuing new endeavors. It was a twist that the 2012 British Song for Marion mined eloquently in a story about seniors joining a competitive singing group.

Unlike Song for Marion, however, this film wastes times on straw villains — a member of the senior community who, for some reason, takes it on herself to try to ban the cheer club, and the angry son of one of the cheerleaders.

The time could be better spent giving each member of the strong ensemble, from Rhea Perlman to Phyllis Somerville to Pam Grier, more time to shine. Besides, let’s face it, the real villain is time and the inevitable deterioration of the body, sped up by diseases such as the one Martha battles.

But when this film is good, it’s very good. It’s brimming with heart and a percussive beat about life and seizing the moment. So join that chorus or that dance group, cheer, create art, build, invent, make some noise.

Rhea Perlman, Diane Keaton and Jackie Weaver

Poms cheers the courage to take chances, the imperative to live life every minute and that’s why I’m cheering Poms. Watch the trailer here.


Director: Robin Bissell | Story by: Osha Gray Davidson | Screenplay by: Robin Bissell

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Wes Bentley, Anne Heche

PG 13 | Drama/History | Run Time: 2h 13m

The true story of the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader. During the racially charged summer of 1971, Atwater and Ellis come together to co-chair a community summit on the desegregation of schools in Durham, N.C. The ensuing debate and battle soon lead to surprising revelations that change both of their lives forever.

Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay and Taraji P. Henson

What the critics are saying:
“A rock-solid movie: squarely deliberate, a little long and predictable, but honest and thoughtful enough, precise in its period and locale, with very strong performances”- Variety
“The Best of Enemies is the latest muddled and well-meaning big-screen attempt to find solace in the history of American racism.” – The New York Times
Watch the trailer here.


Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Screenplay by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

PG 13 | Sci-Fi | Run Time: 2 hours 4 min

For everyone who loved and admired Stan Lee, the beginning of the film honors his life with a special tribute. Be sure to keep an eye out for Stan’s cameo. He truly enjoyed his pop-ins and fans love looking out for him. Many agree this is his best cameo ever. Leave it to Stan to make a lasting impression!

Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson

Captain Marvel is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls.

Living on earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as a U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.

With help from Nick Fury, Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special superpowers to end the war with the evil Skrulls.

What the critics are saying:

4/5 Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend

A fantastic hero debut within a spectacular and twist-filled, 1990s-set adventure. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s Captain Marvel is absolutely a blockbuster to which the industry should look as it’s doing its part to try and reinvent the wheel, and while doing so serving up a fantastic hero debut within a spectacular and twist-filled, 1990s-set adventure. Read official review.  Here are a few behind-the-scene shots:

Brie Larson

Ben Mendelsohn in Captain Marvel (2019)

Djimon HounsouBrie LarsonRune TemteGemma Chan, and Algenis Perez Soto in Captain Marvel 

Directors, Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck and actor Ben Mendelsohn,

Jude LawLee Pace, and Anna Boden in Captain Marvel (2019)

Captain Marvel (2019)


Stan and Ollie


Director: Jon S. Baird | Writer: Jeff Pope

Starring: John C. ReillySteve CooganDanny Huston

1 hour 38 minutes | Biography | Comedy | Drama

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.

Steve Coogan, left, as Stan Laurel, John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy, in Stan & Ollie. Directed by Jon S. Baird. Nick Wall/Sony Pictures Classics

What the critics are saying:

Nick Wall/Sony Pictures

The director Jon S. Baird’s genial portrait of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the greatest double act in the history of movies, is a tightly focused narrative about this pair — after their prime. Full review

Escape Room, movies, film


Directed by Adam Robitel.

PG-13. Mystery | 1h 49m.

Six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to experience the escape room — a unique game where players compete to solve a series of puzzles to win $1 million. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun soon turns into a living nightmare as the four men and two women discover each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death.

What the Internet is talking about:

“When it tries to be its own thing, Escape Room is remarkably liberating and exciting.” – Collider

“Familiar horror tropes and a well-trod storyline get livened up, thanks to an appealing cast and some mind-bending puzzles.” – IndieWire

Take One: If you, your family and your friends enjoy psychological thrillers then this is the perfect film for you!
Watch the trailer here.

Originally posted by: PlaceWise Digital | January 2019

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