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Robin Hood: A Bit of a Mess but a Fun Ride!

Robin Hood – Robin of Locksley (Taron Egerton) – Photo by Larry Horricks/Courtesy of eOne.

Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood aims to out-Ritchie Guy Ritchie in this weirdly familiar take on Robin Hood – weird because it emulates Ritchie’s directing style; is influenced more than a little by Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins; Irish leading lady Eve Hewson sounds very American, and, like Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, it’s a bit of a mess but still a fun ride.

Plus, machine gun crossbows; ninja-like moves and slow-mo archery.

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Movie Review: A Star Is Born. Believe the Hype. Michelle’s Review


(L-R) BRADLEY COOPER as Jack and LADY GAGA as Ally in the drama “A STAR IS BORN,” from Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Live Nation Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Neal Preston. Image provided by Warner Bros Pictures. © 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

All year I’ve been hearing about how good the trailer for A Star Is Born was and all the early praise for just the movie trailer made me want to avoid seeing this and I’m a huge Lady GaGa fan. However, I don’t like walking into a movie with any preconceived notions, a film like this that has been praised to the high heavens before it was even officially screened. I believe nearly every version of this film has gotten award season love and the latest installment will be no exception. The story is timeless.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – Not The Empire Strikes Back of the Wizarding World!

The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – (L-R) Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), Credence (Ezra Miller), Maledictus (Claudia Kim), Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz), Theseus Scamander (Callum Turner), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol), Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) – Photo by Mark Seliger/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

The second chapter in the Fantastic Beasts Quintology is fun – mostly because of the beasts and the relationships. It could have done without so much Grindelwald (one of Johnny Depp’s least distinguished efforts).

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The Witch Files: Ambitious Tween Horror-Comedy!

The Witch Files – (L-R) M.J. (Tara Robinson), Brooke (Alice Ziolkoski), Greta (Adrienne Rose White), Claire (Holly Taylor), Jules (Britt Flatmo) – Photo courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

The Americans’ Holly Taylor and genre veteran Paget Brewster are the biggest names in The Witch Files – a smarter than necessary tween horror-comedy that isn’t quite scary enough to be a scary movie, or funny enough to be a comedy.

It hits a kind of sweet spot in between that produces a few chills and a few laughs while creating a group of characters that find themselves in wish fulfillment situation that has less than desirable side effects.

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Await Further Instructions – Scary Christmas!

Await Further Instructions – (L-R) Granddad (David Bradley), Annji (Neerja Naik), Scott (Kris Saddler), Tony (Grant Masters), Kate (Holly Weston), Beth (Abigail Cruttenden) – Photo courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

A family Christmas goes from casual racism to terror when the family home is surrounded by what appears to be a mysterious black sheath covering the entire building in Await Further Instructions.

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Venom Can’t Decide What Kind of Movie It Should Be!

Venom – Dr. Dan Lewis (Reid Scott), Annie Weying  (Michelle Williams) and Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy)/Photo courtesy of. Columbia Pictures.

I have never wanted to walk out on a Marvel movie – not even the Dolph Lundgren Punisher – but Venom…

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Movie Review: The House with a Clock in its Wall Michelle’s Take!

The problem with Jack Black’s latest film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is how derivative and unimaginative it is. It’s a blatant rip off of several recent and upcoming R.L. Stine movie adaptations. It tries really hard to distinguish itself but it doesn’t and Black’s constant winking at the camera doesn’t help matters. Beyond the really long and weird name, this is a movie that wants to be creepy, but can’t go all out because at the end of the day it is a kid’s horror film; so it settles for being weird.

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Assassination Nation: Assault on the Internet!

Assassination Nation – Em (Abra), Lily (Odessa Young), Bex (Hari Nef) and Sarah (Suki Waterhouse) –  Photo courtesy of NEON.

Assassination Nation is the story of how the internet brings a witch hunt back to Salem. It is brutally unsubtle and thrown together with a complete lack of nuance but is actually pretty effective at saying what it needs to say.

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The House with a Clock in its Walls – Little Kid Scary; Family Fun!

The House with a Clock in its Walls – (L-R) Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) and Mrs. Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett, right) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Eli Roth dials his horror instincts down a few notches to direct The House with a Clock in its Walls – a family comedy-horror tale that’s much more comedy than horror.

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