November will get off to a pleasant start for renters anxious to get back indoors after cleaning those gutters.
VACATION – Superior sequel to the Chevy Chase vehicles about the Griswold family that originally appeared as a story in National Lampoon magazine. This effort finds the son, Rusty, all grown up and ready to relive the road trip excursion idea with his family. The usual complications ensue and are well acted by a comic cats that includes Chase and Beverly D’ Angelo returning as the parents and Ed Helms(The Hangover) as the grown up Rusty.
BATMAN SEASON 3 – The 60s version of the DC Comics hero is back in this 60s series that had fun with the character and pitted him against various talkative villains on day0glo sets. This was the final season and it benefitted from the addition of the late Yvonne Craig as Batgirl. The villains were a who’s who of big names which included Vincent price, Eartha Kitt, Joan Collins and Milton Berle.
INSIDE OUT – Pixar Studios scored another winner with this sensitive study of a young girl dealing with a sudden lifestyle change when her family moves form the Mid West to New York City. The story is told through her eyes and the emotions that try to influence her life while competing for control of her actions. These include Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger, and Sadness. Joy is in charge but gradually losing control at the onset of puberty begins to complicate the emotional landscape. Like the best Pixar animated features this benefits for an intelligent premise with a strong central theme that all of our emotions make up who we are. Fun and informative -especially if you have a Tween in residence.
END OF THE TOUR – A reporter spends five days with a novelist for an article and this film charts their time together. More of a drama with comedic undertones and well acted thanks to strong work by Jason Segel as the author and Jesse Eisenberg as the reporter. Poignant and based on a true story.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.