Updated: 07/15/2016 4:06 PM
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7/15 Movie Trip
TCL’s Movie guy, Paul McGuire Grimes (Paul's Trip to the Movies) review’s the polarizing Ghostbusters remake. Plus a sweet road trip movie from Netflix.
GHOSTBUSTERS (theatrical release)
Rest assured as this new take on Ghostbusters will have you laughing from start to finish. Kristen Wiig plays Erin Gilbert, a nervous university professor who has put her days of tracking the paranormal behind her. She was firmly under the impression that her book, “Ghosts from the Past” was long forgotten until the head of the Aldridge Mansion Museum comes to her office looking for help. Apparently Erin’s co-author, Abby Yates has placed the book in circulation. Erin is forced to confront this part of his life even if it risks her chance at tenure. The reunion between Erin and Abby isn’t all roses and daisies, but they team up with Abby’s assistant Jillian to investigate the mansion. Inside they come in contact with a full-blown Class 4 apparition who spews slime all over Erin. The Aldridge Mansion isn’t the only sighting of ghosts. MTA worker Patty Tolan catches a creepy dude lurking along the subway tracks and spots him placing a device on the wall of the tracks. It’s a homemade portal made to unleash ghosts into the city. She calls upon Abby and Erin to get to the bottom of it and ultimately joins their team. Word spreads in the media about their viral videos of ghost sightings, and they are branded the “Ghostbusters” much to Erin’s demise.
-Starring four of the funniest women working today: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon.
-Chris Hemsworth has great comedic chops at playing their moronic secretary. It’s a play on the bimbo secretary hired for their beauty over brains.
-Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) really knows how to write and direct for his actors. He utilizes their specific brands of humor and knows when to rein them in before killing a joke.
-Works best when you try not to compare it to the original. Far less scary and plays more for the comedy with all the nutty characters
-Fresh contemporary take on Ghostbusters. Lives in the universe without relying too much on old jokes, references. No mentions of characters or events from first two movies. Many of the original actors have cameos.
-Running commentary on how the women defy the naysayers who are out to prove they are a hoax. Wonder how much was added with due to the backlash the film received.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? May just be one of the funniest movies of the summer
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CARING (home release)
When you become a caregiver, you have to understand how to navigate a complicated relationship and situation. There are certain commandments you must learn when you sign up to become a certified caregiver. One of them is to follow the ALOHA acronym, which is to ask, listen, observe, help, and ask again. Ben Benjamin is taking is life in a new direction. He’s a writer who is recently divorced and looking for a change. The very first client he works for is a precocious and unique young man named Trevor who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Ben is the breakthrough Trevor needs to grow up and live outside his usual routine based lifestyle. There’s a lot of trial and error at first in their relationship and budding friendship, but a trust is formed to the point where Ben concocts a crazy idea for them. He wants to take Trevor on a road trip visiting bizarre attractions and odd rests steps leading them to the World’s Deepest Pit. Trevor’s mom is leery at first, but knows that it’s ultimately a healthy move to get him out of the house and let him live as big of a life as possible despite his disabilities.
-Exclusively found on Netflix Streaming, part of their ever-growing list of original content.
-Starring: Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts (Neighbors), Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades of Grey)
-Selena Gomez continues to take film roles that help distance herself from the goody goody Disney reputation she had growing up. She plays one of the hitchhikers the guys pick up along the way.
-Paul Rudd adds his usual charm, sparkle, sense of humor, and honesty that he brings to every role. He takes any mediocre movie over that edge that keeps you watching and invested because he gets you to care about his characters.
-Ben enters the world of caregiving without fully dealing with his issues. Provides a good reminder that we need to care of ourselves before we can care for others
-Like many road trip style movies, it’s full of self-discovery and reminders to what is most important in life. It has the funny, touching, and hopeful qualities you like for in the indie genre.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? While it’s not the most original concept, Paul Rudd and Craig Roberts are two actors you don’t mind being on a road trip with even when you are in the middle of nowhere.