Saturday movie review: First Man

Saturday movie review: First Man

Stargazers and moon enthusiasts will have their eyes on the skies this weekend, seeking prime views of the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse set to reach its peak—and glow red—the night of January 20/21, 2019. Which is tomorrow night.

The spectacular lunar event makes this prime time for my review of FIRST MAN, the breathtaking biopic of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on that far-off, endlessly intriguing moon.

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Saturday movie review: Amira & Sam

I'm not one for mushy, gushy romantic movies, aka "chic flicks." At least not very often. I do, though, enjoy films that have a decent dose of romance—minus the mushy gushy—wrapped up in a good story.

The quirky romantic comedy AMIRA & SAM is my kind of film, with a good balance of sweet and silly amidst some serious social issues.

Amira & Sam DVD

Sam (Martin Starr) is veteran Marine Sargent who's returned home to NYC after...

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Saturday movie review: 'Love Is All You Need'

Valentine's Day weekend begs for a romantic comedy to watch, and LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED perfectly fits the bill for us middle-aged movie lovers. Actually, I think it fits the bill for all adult movie lovers, middle-aged or not, who crave an uplifting story about heartbroken people still hoping to find love and happiness.

 Love Is All You Need movie

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a delightful bilingual film — Danish and English, with subtitles for...

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Saturday movie review: 'Blue Jasmine'

Though I'm a longtime fan of Woody Allen's films, I wouldn't proclaim BLUE JASMINE a must-see film. It's not one of my favorites of Allen's — that honor belongs to PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. It's Cate Blanchett's role as Jasmine in the film, though, that is a hands-down, no-doubt-about-it must-see.

Blue Jasmine on DVD

All the many, many nominations Blanchett has so far received...

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Saturday movie review: 'Captain Phillips'

Sometimes movies based on true stories fail to intrigue viewers because audiences already know the full story, the outcome. Not the case with CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. At all.

Captain Phillips DVD

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS was released on DVD Tuesday, and Jim and I were thrilled to have it in our hands Tuesday afternoon. (Thank you, Netflix!) We watched ...

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Saturday movie review: Top 10 DVDs of 2013

Instead of reviewing one movie for you today, I'm going to give you ten — the top 10 DVDs Jim and I watched in 2013. If it's on this list, consider it a movie I recommend, a movie I want to share with you before moving on to reviewing newer flicks of 2014.

This is not a definitive list of what I consider the top movies released on DVD last year, as my husband and I do see a lot of movies in the theater, many of which are now out on DVD. These are just our favorites of those we saw last year for the first time on DVD — not in the theater — listed in...

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Coming next week: Monsters University and Last Vegas

Welcome back to a Saturday post on Grandma's Briefs. I've taken weekends off from blogging since the beginning of summer. During that time, I most missed sharing movie trailers with you — which were often the primary subjects in my The Saturday Post posts because I love movies so.

In light of that, Grandma's Briefs is back on Saturdays, with a movie double feature!

Going forward (at least until we all tire of it), each Saturday I'll share with you my picks of the upcoming week's movie releases — one on DVD and one opening in the theaters. Some I've seen, some I plan to see. Either way, I count them as the best bets of the week's releases for Grandma's Briefs movie lovers.


Out on Blu-ray and DVD Tuesday, Oct. 29:

Monsters University

Monsters University
2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy
Rated G


Opening in theaters Friday, November 1:

Last Vegas

Last Vegas
Starring: Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman
Rated PG-13
105 minutes


Enjoy your Saturday!