I have the opportunity to view films prior to their general release.
How often are you uncertain whether you might want to see a movie in the theater, rent it for home viewing, wait until it is available on cable or satellite TV, or just pass on it altogether?
Do you always agree with what the critics write? How do you separate all the advertising hype from the many differing points of view?
When I view a movie, I form an opinion based on whether the movie was an enjoyable and entertaining experience and whether it would really be worth the money to see it on the big screen. Isn't that what you really want to know?
Bookmark and return to this page for additional listings and opening date information. I welcome your opinions, too. See you at the movies!
Barry's Box Office
Key to Ratings:
**** - Excellent - A must-see on the big screen! You'll get your money's worth and more.
*** - Very Good - A great movie choice. Worth your time and money to see on the big screen.
** - Fair - Might be worth a look. A DVD rental or waiting for cable or satellite TV could be the best choice. Will appeal to some moviegoers.
* - Poor - Pass on this one. Save your money. A waste of time even on cable or satellite TV.
Watch this space for coming attractions.
Watch List for October 2013:
Barry's Box Office Mini-Reviews for August 2013:
Lovelace - *** - Practically anyone who came of age in the late 1960s and early 1970s has heard about the movie, Deep Throat. Many who saw that first scripted pornographic feature film in 1972 have remained clueless to the back story of the film’s star, Linda Lovelace. That is, until now.
Lovelace, a truth-based movie directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, opened Aug. 9 and stars Amanda Seyfried. It attempts to fill in the gaps for anyone interested in the story of how Linda Boreman became Linda Lovelace.
As a risk taking teen with low self-esteem and raised by ultra-religious parents (Robert Patrick and Sharon Stone), Linda (Seyfried) needed change and craved excitement in her life. Her ticket out of the house presented itself when she became acquainted with, and quickly married, aspiring porn director, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard). Giving in to his overpowering encouragement and constant manipulation, Linda agreed to star in an adult film. Initially, she enjoyed the instant fame and attention that resulted from her sudden rise to stardom. Her elation was short-lived. Escalating abuse by her scumbag husband and developing humiliation caused Linda to finally take control of her life.
Lovelace captures the essence of the 1970s in dialogue, costume and set design. The acting is convincing and generally very good. The film had the appropriate feel of a “B” movie. The cast of colorful characters and “hippie-age” dialogue are at times very funny. More often, this film is sad and troubling to watch, but it will definitely keep your interest.
Lovelace is rated R with a running time of 92 minutes.