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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Want to have a good time at the movies?  Run, don't walk, to see "LAST VEGAS!"  It will not disappoint!   What a treat! 
 I apologize for using so many exclamation points, but how else can I even begin  to emphasize how delightfully  funny this comedy is. The all star cast includes (in alphabetical order!): Robert DeNero, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Mary Steenbergen (she sings, and she actually sings well!)  
The dialogue is clever (and funny!), the acting is, of course, flawless, and it has a believable plot.   I laughed a lot, and I mean a lot (and so did the rest of the audience!)
I went in worried that the film might not live up to what you'd expect from these famous actors, but, I loved it!  I could see it again!  Directed by Jon Turteltaub, Written by Dan Fogelman.  Thanks to all those involved; you made my day!


Based on the true story told by Captain Richard Phillips in his book describing the hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates in 2009, this film, starring Tom Hanks (giving  possibly his most outstanding portrayal ever!) is so exciting, but so painful to watch that I almost walked out, because I could barely stand the violence and the suspense!  However, I kept my seat because I had to find out how he was going to be rescued. (By the Navy Seals: Hooray!!!  I felt like standing up and cheering!!!!)
It was worth the sticking it out to the end,  just to see the amazing performance Hanks offers, especially after his rescue, of a man so shattered from the horrors  he has endured, that he can't even speak.   It  is trite to say his performance is "Oscar worthy", because that doesn't even begin to offer the accolades his work deserves!  Catherine Keener, always excellent  plays his wife. Billy Ray wrote the Screenplay; Directed by Paul Greengrass   Fantastic film, but not for the faint of heart.