Coming to DVD and VOD June 5th
Director: Jamie Jones
Writer: Ev Duran (Screenplay)
Starring: Denyce Lawton, Brian Hooks, Tiffany Haddish, Christian Levatino, Jay Phillips, Tabitha Brown
Plot: Clara and Ray are newly engaged. As they gather family and friends together for a dinner party to make an announcement, what begins as a celebratory evening turns into disaster as secrets and skeletons surface. One night, one mistake, one dinner changes the lives of four people.
Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Party of Laughs
Story: All Between Us starts as engaged couple Clara (Lawton) and Ray (Hooks) are hosting a diner party for family and friends to make their big announcement. Clara’s parents will be meeting Ray for the first time and Clara’s best friend Mishawn (Haddish) has started to settle down with Ty (Levatino).
As the night unfolds secrets have been coming out and now the mistakes of the past will come to life and will need to be worked through for the happiness of the people involved.
Thoughts on All Between Us
Characters – Clara is one of the hosts for the party, it is her family that will be attending the party with her big announcement, she must bring out the best in Ray for the first-time meeting, knowing her love can make him stronger. Ray is the fiancée of Clara a writer for profession that is nervous to meet his future parents-in-law knowing they are judgemental and already don’t approve of him. He spends the night getting verbal abuses from the family. Mishawn is Clara’s best friend, the one that knows the news she wants to tell and has turned her party ways into a more stable relationship with Ty. We have plenty of other characters are this party with Clara’s loud brother who has always been against most people and her judgemental father that spends the night putting Ray down. They all work for different moments in the film.
Performances – This is a great ensembled cast giving us strong performances throughout, the biggest known star is Tiffany Haddish after last years ‘Girls Trip’ who only gives us glimpses of the pure energy she bought to that film, she must take the back burner at times in this film. Denyce Lawton and Brian Hooks are great too, while Esau McGraw gives us a character we grow to dislike early.
Story – The story brings friends and family together for a couple’s announcement, with the whole story taking place over this one evening. This does give us a real-time feel with the story and the secrets coming out push relationships to limits. The story does keep things simple and each character does fit into a group even being individual enough. This is a story that could easily be a play too which is something I like to point out with this style of storytelling.
Comedy – The comedy in the film does work for the most part, the funniest moments do hit well, it is the small jokes that can sometimes miss. Freddy does get the most laughs, mostly for the wrong reasons because of his characters race related opinions.
Settings – The film takes place in one location, the apartment which plays out well because this is the only place we need to be for the events unfolding.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderful ensembled cast performance, the solo night gives us the laughs we need and the truths show us how lives can be hiding something from everyone.
Overall: Enjoyable comedy.
Writer: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle (Screenplay)
Starring: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Sterling Jerins, Claire Geare, Pierce Brosnan
Plot: In their new overseas house, an American family soon finds themselves caught in the middle of a coup, and they frantically look for a safe escape from an environment where foreigners are being immediately executed.
Tagline – Blood for water
Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Non-Stop Action Thriller
Story: No Escape starts as the Dwyer family moves to an unknown Asian country for the father’s work, Jack (Wilson) has bought his wife Annie (Bell) and girls Lucy (Jerins) and Beeze (Geare) to hopefully start a new life, luckily for them they meet man that knows the area Hammond (Brosnan).
On the first morning Jack learns that the country is about to be nothing like they had ever imagined as the locals are creating a coup which is against the foreigners that have come into their country. Jack must now do everything to get his family out alive before they are murdered.
Thoughts on No Escape
Characters – Jack is a mechanic sent to this unnamed Asian country, to take over the local water company, he has bought his family along and feels this will be a fresh start for them. He must show his determination as he finds his family in danger during a coup in the country. Annie is the wife of Jack, that has supported him in his decision to move across the world, she helps Jack try to get their family out alive. Hammond is a man that has been to this country a lot, he enjoys a drink and a fight, he also knows the best way to survive against this deadly enemy.
Performances – Owen Wilson is not known for this style of movie, this helps us understand his helpless to what is happening because anyone that can handle a fight would look out of place in this film. Lake Bell is good in her role because she does at times play the victim, while Pierce Brosnan as the shady guy that can handle a gun offering protection does what he does best.
Story – The story becomes one of the simplest and most effective one for any action film, a family needing to survive against the locals of a new country that are trying to kill any American people they can get their hands on. This starts early in the with the action and the only thing that matters is getting out alive. We don’t need detailed back stories for anyone else in the film, a history of employment, we just need to see their love is going to be driving them to survive.
Action – The action is war based, we have a coup happening which will put the characters in danger and needing to survive, each situation is surrounded with tension as the peril always feels real.
Settings – The film doesn’t give us the name of the country, which works because it shows how a country could rise up against the people taking their jobs.
Final Thoughts – This is an action film that just doesn’t stop, it is a must watch for action fans because you will be left needing an extra breath.
Overall: Action Fans Watch