“You’re Next”, “Fruitvale Station”, & “The Family”

Winter is a perfect time to rent movies and many are coming out on DVD just in time for Oscar season.  We rented a few lately and one was fun, one could have been an Oscar contender, and one should have been nominated for the Razzie Awards!

“THE FAMILY”

And, that Razzie Award worthy movie is “The Family”.

Avoid.  Skip.  Pass.

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There isn’t much I can say good about this movie other than I love Michelle Pfeiffer — in other movies.

This $30 million movie made $62.8 million last fall and I’m sorry to those that paid more than $1.20 to rent it from Redbox.  I wonder if I could get my dollar back?

GRADE:  D

“YOU’RE NEXT”

This psychological thriller/horror movie was more fun than I expected it to be and it had plenty of twists throughout that made it exciting to watch.

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A large family gathers in a quaint, wooded, secluded home.  Unbeknownst to them, their closest neighbors were both murdered and the killers are on the loose.

At dinner, the mother tells her sons, her daughter, and their significant others (wife, girlfriend, and boyfriend) that she’s happy that the family is all together.  Of course, there is friction between two brothers and an argument ensues.

The boyfriend of the daughter walks away from the argument and while looking out the window, he is killed by an arrow that flies through the shattered glass window.  From there, mayhem takes over with plenty of spilled blood and gore as animal-masked killers off the group one by one.  Some of the family are so annoying that you want them to die!

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Australian actress Sharni Vinson is definitely the star of the movie and I rooted for her to live to the end.

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GRADE:  B

“FRUITVALE STATION”

This movie, starring Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, is based on a real life tragedy that took place in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day in 2009 in Oakland, California.

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Jordan, in a compelling and heart-wrenching performance, plays Oscar Grant III, a troubled 22-year-old who had been in jail, had gotten fired from his supermarket job, and was determined to change his life for his girlfriend and little girl, Tatiana.

On New Year’s Eve, Oscar was out ringing in the new year with his girlfriend and their friends and were on their way home.  They took public transportation and a fight broke out on the train.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police took Oscar and his friends off the train and detained them on the platform at Fruitvale.

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While handcuffed and on his stomach, a shot was fired from a policeman’s gun hitting Oscar in the back.

In a weaker Academy Award field, Jordan could have been nominated for Best Actor this year.  While watching him, you felt the failure that Oscar was feeling and you sensed that he was going to make an effort to better his life.

Spencer was so moving as his mother when she was holding on to faith that her son would survive and you wanted to cry along with her at the guilt she felt by convincing Oscar and his friends to take the train instead of driving if they were going to be partying.

GRADE:  B+

Anthony

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Anthony I bought the darn movie “The Family”. Now it was not that bad. I have to say there were some moments. lol!!! The other 2 I have not heard of but I know one looks scary and you won’t see me watch that anyway!!! My brother is in town and we went and saw American Hustler and that was outstanding.

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