“Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind” re-mastered - it’s the 40th anniversary of the classic which was written and directed by Steven Spielberg. It was his 2nd movie after “Jaws”, which came out 2 years earlier. A sci-fi classic dealing with UFO’s, “Close Encounters” brought 30 (!!!!) year old Spielberg his very first Oscar nom. Richard Dreyfuss starred, along with Terri Carr as his disbelieving wife . Back in ’77, “Ther Hollywood Reporter” called the film “Terrific”. “The New York Times” says it was the best and most spectacular 1950’s science fiction film ever made. It could 20 mil to make. A pittance for today’s Hollywood. It’s 2-hours-and 20 minutes worthy of every minute of your time.
“I Do, Until I Don’t”…written & directed & starring the very talented Lake Bell. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you to say “I Do” to this ensemble film, despite an all-star cast that could otherwise entice you. Ed Helms stars as Lake Bell’s hubby. Mary Steenburgen and Paul Reiser play a couple on the verge of divorce while Amber Heard plays a hippie who says she doesn’t believe in monogamy. They’re all brought together by a director who’s out to make a film supporting her belief that marriage should be a 7-year contract with an option to renew. Very predictable , though funny in spots. I’m still waiting for Lake Bell’s masterpiece, because I know she has one in her.