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Ralph Breaks the Internet – Literally and Figuratively!

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) and Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) – Image courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Now that Walt Disney Animation Studios equals Pixar for quality in both story and animation quality, we can be happy to see two movies from the studios in the same year.

Incredibles 2 was a lot of fun and now, Ralph Breaks the Internet comes along and is even better.

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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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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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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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