Static Movies

What we do:

The movie group meets for Tuesday matinees at the Cineplex on Montrose Ave in Niagara Falls or at the Seaway Mall in Welland, occasionally we go to the Pen Centre or to the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on St Paul St. in St Catharines.   Anyone can suggest a movie and we see movies based on what’s playing.  So please send me an email if you hear of a movie that you would like to see.

Where we meet:

As noted above, we meet at the chosen theatre and carpooling is encouraged, and we occasionally have dinner together at a restaurant in Fonthill.

When we meet:

Movie group meetings are arranged very much on an ad hoc basis depending on the movie chosen and its play time. In other words, we don’t meet on a pre-scheduled Tuesday.

What’s New…

Rocketman is based on Elton John’s life story and it is being released on May 31st.  I’ll be checking to see if it’s playing near us. I’ll send an email with details probably for the Tuesday showing.

On May 23rd,  13 of us saw Red Joan at the PAC in St Catharines.  This movie is loosely based on the book Red Joan, which is loosely based on the real life spy Melitta Norwood, aka the Granny Spy.  If you missed it but would like to see it, check out the Film House listings as it is playing into June.

If you are not receiving my emails with advance notice of the movies, please contact me by email or see me at a PROBUS meeting.

Prior Posts about some of the movies we’ve seen

On Sunday December 30th we saw Vice at Niagara Square.  In the words of Dirty Rotten Tomatoes: VICE explored the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. 

Thursday December 20th we saw Mary Poppins Returns.  I thought that Emily Blunt did an amazing job filling the shoes Julie Andrews wore in ’62!

Sunday Dec 9th we saw The Widows.  Here is the write-up for the movie:
A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows — Veronica, Linda, Alice and Belle — have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses’ criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, Veronica joins forces with the other three women to pull off a heist that her husband was planning.  
The movie featured a strong cast including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell and Brian Tyree Henry.

See you at the movies!

Tuesday November 27th we saw The Green Book . I’m not surprised that it has received 5 Golden Globe nominations, including Best Performances by Viggo Mortensen(Lead) and Mahershala Ali (Supporting).

On Tuesday August 7th we saw Christopher Robin.

Christopher Robin — now a family man living in London — receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends — Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.  

Mama Mia Here We Go Again was a fun, uplifting musical with amazing vocals from both Lily James, young Donna and Amanda Seyfried, Sophie. Cher put in an appearance and sang a couple of songs, the most important being Fernando.  This movie won’t be nominated for Best Picture but it was worth the price of admission.

We saw All the Money in the World, which you might know had a last minute change in cast.  Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey as J Paul Getty.  (All the Spacey scenes were re-shot in 10 days!)  The movie centred around the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and the lengths that his mom, played by Michelle Williams went to get her son released.  This movie received 3 Golden Globe nominations, Best Film Drama Actress(Williams), Best Film Supporting  Actor (Plummer) and Best Director (Ridley Scott).  This is a good movie that will have you questioning the ways of the very rich!

A definite crowd favourite was The Darkest Hour (based on a book with the same title) has been nominated for Best Picture.  Gary Oldman‘s portrayal of Winston Churchill won him a Golden Globe and an Academy Awards nomination.  The movie focuses on the first few weeks of Churchill’s time as Prime Minister during World War II.  If you enjoy history, read the book, or see the movie, you won’t be disappointed.

Molly’s Game is based on the life story of Molly Bloom starring Jessica Chastain (she was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role).  At one point Molly Bloom ran the highest stakes poker game in the world.  She was arrested by the FBI 2 years after she had stopped running the poker games. The FBI wanted her to divulge stories about the players at her poker games.  You’ll have to watch this one on  TV or rent it to learn more.  I don’t want to ruin the story for you!

Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan (she won a Golden Globe for this performance) is an outspoken teen who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her strong-willed mother played by Laurie Metcalfe, (who was nominated for a Golden Globe) over the course of an eventful and poignant senior year of high school.  This movie won a Golden Globe in the Best Picture Comedy/Musical category.  The reviews from the 6 of us who saw this movie were evenly split between love the movie (I was in that camp), the movie was okay and the movie was the worst ever.  So you’ll have to ask your friends for their opinion on this one.  It has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalfe).

Hugh Jackman is a multi-talented actor who stars in The Greatest Showman.  This musical is inspired by the imagination of P T Barnum and the start of the circus.  Both Jackman and the movie were nominated for Golden Globes, but neither won.  The song This Is Me has been nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song.

On Tuesday January 23rd we saw  The Post. Here is the official write-up:

Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.  

It was another crowd pleaser!  Both Meryl Streep (nominated for an Academy Award, again, lol) and Tom Hanks delivered strong performances.  This movie was based on the book ‘The Post’ about Katherine Graham who was the publisher for The Washington Post and her decision to print the story about the Pentagon Papers.

Later in January, seven of us saw The Shape of Water.  (It’s been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Picture). Surprisingly we all loved it!  I say surprisingly because this was a most unusual film about an alien water creature captured by the US Government.  Here is the official write-up:

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

Sally Hawkins is nominated for Best Actress and Richard Jenkins is nominated for Supporting Actor. It was a beautifully filmed movie.

On Tuesday January 30th we saw Phantom Threads at the Pen Centre at 3:30.  Daniel Day-Lewis has announced that this will be his last film.

Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.Written by Focus Features

While it was a beautifully filmed movie and was well acted, the main characters were difficult to like and as a result it was not a crowd favourite.

The regulars in this group saw Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri.  It is a candidate for Best Picture for an Academy Award and Frances McDormand is nominated for Best actress.  I was alone in my opinion that it should not be in the Best Picture category.  My fellow film buffs liked it alot.  So you’ll have to see this one for yourself (the language is peppered with F bombs, so be prepared).

On Tuesday, February 13th, I saw Peter Rabbit at the Pen Centre at 1:00.  This movie was not been nominated for any awards and it has mediocre reviews…but the movie made me laugh out loud, the animation is amazing and the music is wonderful, so I’m going to suggest you go see it for a ‘feel good’ experience.

 Please email me and let me know if you want to see a movie.  I love to watch them and always enjoy company.


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