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CARRIE'S CiNEMA REVIEWS WITH CHILDRENS RATINGS

 

Panga- Was inspired from the life of a national level Kabbadi player from India. . It follows her triumphs, struggles and overcoming of stereotypes as she makes a comeback to the sport at the highest level with the love and support of her family. Hindi movie with subtitles- the literal translation of panga is “to mess with”. Great movie about family and never giving up on one’s dreams. Had a very “Rocky” feel to it. Loved it. 

 

Child Rating: 4th grade and up, good movie for the family

 

Birds of Prey-Superhero film based on the DC Comic and a follow-up to Suicide Squad.  Follows Harley Quinn as she joins forces with Huntress and Black Canary to save Gotham city from Black Mask. Disappointed in this movie- The fight scenes are redundant and old fashioned, reminiscent of the original Batman and Robin series. It has a “girl power” vibe to it, which I am all for, but it just wasn’t as fun and entertaining as movies of this genre usually are.

 

Child Rating: MATURE High schooler

 

The Assistant-Follows a day in the life of new graduate, Jane, an aspiring film producer, as she lands what she thought was her dream job as an assistant to a powerful, entertaining mogul. She becomes increasingly aware of suspicious sexual abuse and finds herself trapped in the system. Powerful message but painfully slow and boring movie.

 

Child Rating: Mature content, sophisticated high schooler

 

Downhill- A remake of a 2014 French movie, Force Majeure, (which I also saw) during which a family barely survives an avalanche during a ski trip and are forced to reevaluate their lives and feelings for each other. Interesting seeing Julia Louis- Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in dramatic roles. Good movie but not great. The original was better. It makes you think that you never know who will be the hero and who would be the coward when push comes to shove.

 

Child Rating: Mature high schooler

 

The Photograph-When her famous photographer mother, Christina Eames, dies, she leaves behind her daughter a lifetime of questions to be answered with a letter and a photograph left to her in a safe deposit box, along with a surprising new romance. Good, sappy romantic movie Genre- Very “the notebook” feel to it.

 

Child rating: Mature high schooler

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