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11/11 Movie Trip

Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul's Trip to the Movies reviews "Arrival" and "Bad Moms". 

ARRIVAL (theatrical release)
Arrival is the latest film to examine what life may be out there beyond this planet. It stars Amy Adams as Dr. Louise Banks, a college professor who specializes in linguistics. What seemed like a normal day on campus is anything but when she arrives to class to find that a majority of her students are gone or buried in their phones. There is breaking news that twelve space pods have landed across the world. Little is known about the pods but the U.S. Army has been able to successfully enter the pods and note the presence of an alien species. Dr. Banks is approached by Colonel Weber of the Army to join their team and translate the communication that has been captured from the aliens. She’s partnered with Dr. Ian Donnelly, a theoretical physicist who has a slighter different way of thinking about the origin of a species. Together they risk their lives by getting right up close with the aliens in order to bridge the gap of communication between each species.
-Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
-Adams has that maternal side to her that embodies the heart of the character all the while having that sassy and direct nature to prove she knows what she’s doing and can be taken seriously in male-oriented workspace.
-I would expect it to be part of the awards season banter due to the complex nature given to this story and the lofty concepts it approaches.
-I was hooked right from the beginning. It’s a film that lives very much in the present for its characters and the audience. So much of it is kept a mystery with its limited scope at any given time so the audience never gets ahead and sees more than what Dr. Banks or Dr. Donnelly are experiencing as they learn more about the aliens.
-The basic concept of communicating with aliens is at the forefront, but Dr. Banks goes about it in a very elementary way using visual clues and tactical gestures that are at the forefront of attempting communication with anyone that doesn’t speak the same language you do. Banks’ continual exploration of communication challenges her outlook and life and how we view the time we are given.
- It fires on all cylinders as its stunning visuals, score, and the questions posed by Dr. Banks mirror the exact dialogue about communication that the film seeks out. 
-I bet it will be that thought-provoking movie that sits with you longer than expected.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to see it all over again.
BAD MOMS (theatrical release)
For Amy, the only thing she feels that succeeds at is running late. Between working at a hipster coffee company and raising two children, she feels like she’s always on the go taking care of others. Her husband is less than responsible and often acts like the third child. She is constantly judged at school by the other moms who are all snotty and question why she works instead of being at school keeping tabs on her kids. “Perfect” mom Gwendolyn is head of the PTA and has rules and regulations for every school event, club, and organization. She’s the rich mom that everyone fears. Amy finally breaks and makes a Jerry Maguire-style exit from the PTA proclaiming she’s had enough and is stretched too far. This sudden realization is a turning point for Amy and her new attitude is noticed by struggling moms, Kiki and Carla. The three of them find new and semi-successful ways to reclaim their selves while trying to be the best moms that they can be. Unfortunately, their newfound “freedom” does come with some consequences but also a lesson that can be learned for the other moms at their school.
-Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumulo
-Casting is pretty strong as the film fully utilizes Kathryn Hahn’s nuttiness, Applegate’s cruel death stares, and it’s nice to see Kunis lead a film as opposed to being the sidekick friend.
-Very much an R-rated, blunt comedy not afraid to use some raunchy jokes and profanity when the moms are venting in frustration
-While wild and over the top at times, there are a variety of characters and situations you are relatable. Kunis plays the mom that got married young and had kids at a young age. Bell is the stay at home mom of four kids, Hahn is the nutty single mom. There are a variety of mommy issues, topics, and struggles that are brought up.
-While it very much is a Hollywood comedy and contains some impractical moments, there are enough good natured moments and lessons to be learned for any mom out there that may be struggling or feel that they are imperfect.
-Hopefully the movie can be a good mom’s night out for any mom that feels in the same rut as the main characters.