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A Quiet Place Is a Haunting Post-Apocalyptic Tale!

A Quiet Place – Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) – Photo courtesy of  Paramount Pictures.

First, let me make something perfectly clear – I can’t decide whether A Quiet Place is an alien invasion movie cleverly disguised as a horror movie, or a horror movie cleverly disguised as an alien invasion movie.

Whatever the case, it’s a clever, original, haunting frequently scary film that has, at its heart, the bonds of family.

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Ready Player One Is A Great Popcorn Movie!

Ready Player One – Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) – Photo by Jaap Buttendijk/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

In a dystopian future, most people try to escape their pitiful real lives by entering a cyberworld called The OASIS. When the OASIS’ creator dies, he sets in motion an Easter egg hunt with the winner gaining his fortune and complete control of the OASIS.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and four fellow gunters (Easter egg hunters) team up to beat corporate monolith Innovative Online Industries (I.O.I.), fronted by the slick Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) – who has hundreds of experts behind the scenes, feeding him information and taking hits in the games – to the prize.

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Love, Simon – A Teen RomCom for Our Times!

Love, Simon – Simon ( Nick Robinson) – Photo by Ben Rothstein/Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The usual teen romantic comedy has a very simple formula: boy meets girls; they fall in love; boy loses girl; boy gets girl.

With Love, Simon you do not just get the formula beginning with boy meets boy. It’s not quite that simple, and it’s certainly more rewarding.

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Game Night – Too Many Games, Not Enough Fun!

Game Night – (L-R) Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), Kevin (Lamorne Morris), Ryan (Billy Magnusson), Sarah (Sharon Horgan), Max Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) – Photo courtesy of New Line Cinema/Copyright: 2018 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC.

A movie called Game Night ought to be a laugh riot, right?

Then why does it end up being such a farce of a farce?

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Black Panther is almost as good as the Hype Suggests, Michelle’s Review!

You all know how I roll. I’m not one of those “Marvel can do no wrong” and all DCEU movies “Sucks” fangirls (I mean critics). I’ve hated plenty of Marvel films. I’d love to be my usual contrarian self here and tell you all that Black Panther sucks but it doesn’t.  With that said please stop with the blatant lies about the “historical significance” of this movie. When did the “Oh my god this is the first black led Superhero film” and “this is such a milestone movie because of all the black people involved” garbage come from?

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Marvel’s Black Panther Rules (Literally and Figuratively)!

Marvel’s Black Panther – T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman_ – Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Marvel’s Black Panther follows the basic plot structure of the studio’s other movies (hero arises; hero faces obstacles and loses; hero finds a way to overcome said obstacles) – but there are only so many stories (back in high school literature class the number seven was mentioned), so the differences have to come, largely, from point of view.

Black Panther’s point of view is unique – a superhero who is the latest in his country’s line of hereditary monarchs – and African.
Marvel may have taken its time to bring the Black Panther to the screen, but it took the time to get it right.

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This Is (And Isn’t) Your Grandma’s Peter Rabbit!

Peter Rabbit – Peter Rabbit (James Corden) – Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures/Sony Animation..

When I came out of an advance screening for Peter Rabbit I would have gladly paid to see it again right away.

The hybrid film (live-action/CGI) features a mostly CGI cast of animals interacting with human beings in the real world and it’s done so well that you buy in immediately.

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12 Strong: The Green Berets for This Generation!

12 Strong – (L-R) Colenel Mulholland (William Fichtner), Warrant Officer Hal spencer (Michael Shannon), Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) and Lt. Col. Bowers (Rob Riggle) – Photo by David James/Courtesy of Warner Bros.

12 Strong (based on the book Horse Soldiers, a vastly superior title) is The Green Berets for today (that is not a compliment) – with Chris Hemsworth starring as John Wayne.

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Paddington 2: A Charm Offensive To Bring Smiles to All Ages!

Paddington 2 – Paddington Brown (voiced by Ben Whishaw) – Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

If the quality could be maintained, it would be lovely to open each new movie year with a Paddington movie

Paddington 2 brings the same sharpness of detail, sense of whimsy, and whiff of danger that made Paddington a global hit.

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