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 – (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 – 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.
Continue reading Wretch: Creepy, Scary and Very, Very Effective!
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.
Continue reading Glass Is a Solid Conclusion to A Splendid Trilogy!
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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Aquaman – Arthur Curry/Aquaman – Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures & DC Comics.
Aquaman is likely to break $100 million at the North American box office this weekend and it deserves every penny.
This one terrific superhero movie.
Continue reading This Aquaman Is No Joke!
Welcome to Marwen – The dolls of Marwen (from left): Anna (Gwendoline Christie), Cap’n Hogie (Steve Carell), GI Julie (Janelle Monáe), Roberta (Merritt Wever), Suzette (Leslie Zemeckis) and Carlala (Eiza Gonzalez) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.
Welcome to Marwen is the fictionalized story of how artist Mark Hogancamp survived a near fatal beating and, despite losing all his memories from before the beating, overcame that trauma and being in a coma for weeks, and came to be a well-regarded artist in a different field.
This is not just the story of one man overcoming overwhelming odds to survive, but to flourish.
Continue reading Welcome to Marwen Is Not Your Standard Feel Good Movie!
Bumblebee – Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) and Bumblebee – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Remember the first live-action Transformers movie? The one with Steven Spielberg watching over Michael Bay’s shoulder so there was as much character as action?
Bumblebee is even better than that.
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Mary Poppins Returns – Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) – Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
Occasionally you come across a movie that just makes you feel wonderful from start to finish.
Mary Poppins Returns is one of those films.
Continue reading Mary Poppins Is Two Hours of Pure Joy!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) – Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.
The last major animated feature released in 2018 just might be its best.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is spectacular!
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Mortal engines – Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) – Pg=hoto courtesy of Universal Pictures.
In a world ripped apart (literally) by quantum energy weapons called Medusas, Cities and towns could only survive by becoming mobile.
Mortal Engines opens with a chase sequence like nothing you’ve ever seen before – the massive London bearing down on a small mining town. It’s very exciting – but then we start meeting characters…
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