Monday, April 16, 2018

A Quiet Place

A family struggles to survive in their new world, where making noise is a death sentence.

This was such a fun and exciting thriller.  Very well acted with AMAZING sound design. Full of edge of your seat jumps and jitters. Don't let the lack of dialogue deter a screening of this creative I am Legend meets Alien adventure.

*** 1/2 MUST SEE

Rated PG-13 (for violence and gore) 

Monday, March 19, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the novel written by Madeleine L'Engle, published in 1962, the first in the Time Quintet series.

An extremely watered down version of the book, that spends more time on special effects and costumes than the story or character development.

I read this book when I was in elementary school and absolutely loved it - the cinematic version was an acute let down compared to my childhood imagination.

** Rentable

Rated PG (for mild peril) 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thoroughbreds

Two privileged teenage girls, Amanda and Lily, reconnect and develop an unlikely friendship after years of growing apart.

This is an very interesting commentary on what society has labeled as emotionally troubled.  Amanda, feels nothing and her brutal honesty and fake emotions has made it difficult for her to fit in. Lily, is smart and popular but lies to everyone to assimilate. Who is more troubled?

Very interesting with an ending that will leave you thinking about it for days to come.

*** Must See

Rated R (for language) 

Molly's Game












Based on the book written by Molly Bloom herself, this is a quick witted, fun and mind blowing tale of a hopeful Olympic-class skier who ran the most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested by the FBI.

Fabulously written - Aaron Sorkin was robbed at the Oscars.  Full of high energy the story never slows or becomes redundant or predictable - wonderfully cast and amazingly acted.

*** 1/2 - Must See

Rated R (for language and some violence)  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Red Sparrow

A Russian ballerina is injured and left without a source of income to provide for herself or her ill mother. Her uncle, a high ranking government official, steps in and offers to provide a way to maintain her apartment along with the medical attention her mother requires, she must become a sparrow.

This was an rousing, albeit very predictable espionage thriller.  Jennifer Lawrence is always fun to watch and makes no exception here. The story however, is easily foreseen and because of that it feels quite a bit longer than its' two hour and twenty-two minute running time.

** 1/2 Rentable

Rated R (for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity) 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lady Bird

A young woman struggles balancing her relationship with her family, particularly her mother with the wonder that is adolescence, her senior year of high school.

A quirky coming of age movie that ushers in the era of the millennial. Set in 2002, post 9-11 and pre-smart phone it is somewhat of a love/hate roller coaster ride with the main character. She is from a family that is financially struggling yet she is seemingly just as entitled to all that is beyond what her parents have to offer.

Fun indy-type film that has been nominated for multiple Oscars this year.

*** Must see for the Oscar crowd

Rated R (for language and sexual content)

Game Night












An extremely competitive couple and their group of friends join together regularly to compete in trivia, charades, and other board games - when their game night is unknowingly hijacked by some criminals it's winner takes all.

A very clever and funny concept that falls short of its potential. Several plot holes and implausible coincidences that make the story weak and predictable.

There are some very humorous moments but overall it's forgettable.

** Rentable

Rated R (for language, sexual references and some violence) 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed


The third and final installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

So I didn’t read these books, I did however see all three movies and based on the movies alone I can only assume that the only reason to read said books were for the gratuitously detailed sexcapades. The “story” is so poorly presented on screen; one can only imagine there wasn’t much of one on the page to begin with.  It is so pathetically predictable, trite, banal, clich├ęd, prosaic, rushed, and overall thrown together – it is like watching a soap opera – and I feel somewhat guilty insinuating that soap operas are this bad. 

 – Not-a-Chance (the soundtracks to all three movies however are fantastic)

Rated R (for violence, language, nudity and of course sex – lots and lots of sadistic sex)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Black Panther












The King of Wakanda has been killed - his son T'Challa returns to the isolated African nation to take the throne.

Again the Marvel Universe has presented me with yet another comic book hero that I am oblivious to and clueless to said storyline...Well done.

The characters are original, unique and very fun. The film itself runs slightly long at two hours and fifteen minutes, but is engaging enough that it is forgivable. Mindful of it's racial and politically charged themes it is neither heavy-handed nor compulsory.  Enjoyable and distinctive addition to the Avengers line up.

*** Must See for Comic Book Enthusiasts

Rated PG-13 (for prolonged violence and language)

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Shape of Water




















A mute woman, working as a janitor at a government facility, forms an unlikely relationship with the latest top secret discovery.

This is a very dark and twisted adaptation of Hans Christian Andersens' The Little Mermaid. Set in Baltimore, during the 1950's cold war era, the production design is immaculate. The special effects are well done and the characters are intriguing. Nevertheless, the tale itself, is a far cry from Guillermo del Toros' Oscar award winning Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and at times the romantic element is slightly uncomfortable to watch.

** Rentable

Rated R (for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language)