Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Five Feet Apart Adds a Few Wrinkles to a Formulaic Film!

Five Feet Apart (the screenplay for which was turned into a bestselling novel) is not just a ‘beautiful sick teens in love’ movie. It lacks most of the treacle that tends to get in the way of genuine emotion in these types of films.

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Movie Review: Captain Marvel Great start to Phase IV, Michelle’s Review

As the former Wrestler Vader used to say, it’s time, it’s Time! It’s Captain Marvel (Brie Larson ) time! Ok, that line sounds better in my head than it does on paper, but we’ll go with it. All the obnoxious, toxic, manufactured controversy aside this movie works and works well. It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but then I think most Marvel films are way overrated, but this is a solid time at the theaters.

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Movie Review: Greta Is Just Ok, Michelle’s Review

Ever since Kick Ass, I’ve been a massive fan of Chloë Grace Moretz  (Frances McCullen) and you team her up with one of my favorite Directors/Writers/Actors Neil Jordan how could I not want to see the psychological “horror” film Greta? Even if the whole Single White Female drama trope isn’t really my thing. Walked in with minimal expectations other than loving the creators. It also helped that my movie choices were limited this weekend, unless I wanted to see Madea.

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Movie Review: Happy Death Day 2U Michelle’s Review

Whether its Live Die and Repeat, Netflix’s new show Russian Doll or the horror film Happy Death Day. Can we please put a stop to this alarming trend of people ripping off Groundhog Day? The simple premise – what would happen if you were forced to repeat the same day over and over again is becoming tired. Or is it. Every movie and TV show that has used this gimmick has somehow managed to pull it off and the horror movie Happy Death Day was no exception so can I really be surprised there’s a sequel, Happy Death Day 2U? Is Happy Death Day a “franchise” now?

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Alita: Battle Angel First Great Movie of 2019! Michelle’s Review

After finally tapping out on the idea of directing his 20-year passion project the great James Cameron decided to hand over the reins of the Anime classic Alita: Battle Angel to another. In this case Director Robert Rodriguez of Spy Kids and From Dusk To Dawn fame.

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Mega Time Squad – Inept Crooks Plus Time Travel = Great fun!

Mega Time Squad is a low budget science fiction dramedy about a guy who masterminds (if that’s the right word) the theft of Chinese money in the small town of Thames in New Zealand.

The ramifications of the theft play out in witty multiples thanks to an ancient Chinese bracelet he lifted from the pawn shop that is a front for the Chinese organization.

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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part: Almost as Awesome!

The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part – (L-R) Unikitty (Alison Brie), Benny (Charlie Day), President Business (Will Ferrell), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman), Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy/Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) – Image courtesy of Warners Animation Group.

It’s been five years since The LEGO Movie became a surprise hit, but those five years were spent to good effect. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is almost as good as the original.

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Wretch: Creepy, Scary and Very, Very Effective!

Wretch – Caleb (Spencer Korcz) and Abby (Megan Massie) – Photo courtesy of ThoughtFly Media.

At first, Wretch plays like a slightly less lo-fi Blair Witch Project (color, b*tches!), what with it following three friends heading into the woods.

The pattern is familiar, but the motivation is completely different – what was meant to be a night of smoking some primo product and having some fun turns into something completely different.

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Glass Is a Solid Conclusion to A Splendid Trilogy!

Glass – (L-R) Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde (James McAvoy), David Dunn/The Overseer (Bruce Willis), and Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

M. Night Shyamalan got his career back on track with a couple of self-financed films (The Visit, Split) that did well critically and at the Box Office.

The revelation that Split was a sequel (to Unbreakable, to my mind his best film) provoked a lot of speculation – along with the critical acclaim and financial success.

Glass is neither as deliberate and moody as Unbreakable nor as spectacular as Split, but it is a solid conclusion to the trilogy.

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Destroyer is The Feel Bad Movie of Christmas!

Destroyer – Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) –  Phot courtesy of  Annapurna Pictures.

Detective Erin Bell sets out to right a wrong that occurred because, as a young undercover officer twenty years ago, she made a series of wrong decisions.

Destroyer features a two-pronged performance from Kidman – the earnest near-rookie from twenty-four years ago and the angry, drunken, intense performance of Bell in the present.

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