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The trailers for this film looked terrifying, and when I found out it was tangentially related to the CONJURING world ,and done by the same people, I was eagerly anticipating it. Then I saw it. Does it have a few scares and jumps and bumps? Yes. Will it terrify you to the point that you don't want to sleep alone? Not even close. The scariest thing about this movie may be the clothes, because the whole thing is set in 1973. And we all know how horrifying 70's fashion was. ...
While this isn't a bad film at all, it feels like it missed it's production window by about eight years. I know that singing competitions are still popular, but they are nothing now compared to a few years ago when they were just about the only thing people talked about when it came to TV. Elle Fanning is incredible in this role. She pulls off a foreign accent, a foreign language, and she even sings all of the songs herself. For an actor to do any one of those things is pretty good, but to nail all...
Teen Spirit New
About five minutes into this movie I was done. I'm sure Chrissy Metz is a wonderful person, but her acting in this movie was so bad I could barely handle to watch any more of it. Thankfully, I endured the painful start and was treated to a very good...not great....movie. Fair warming to all of you that see this movie, bring a lot of tissues. You will be ugly crying at least three times and probably more. It is a highly emotional film that is willing to take you to the breaking point. The...
It's hard to believe, but this is the 10th DisneyNature film release. We've gone all over the globe with the team and now we get to see the incredible scenery of the Antarctic in PENGUINS. The film follows the antics of a klutzy but adorable penguin named Steve. It shows his journeys, looking for a mate, and trying to raise a couple of kids in the world's harshest environment. As with all of these movies, the cinematography is the true star. They are all beautifully shot, making the whole film a visual treat. ...
Don't let the cover fool you, ladies and gentlemen. Once you get past the, "oh, that looks hot and steamy," you'll come to the realization that it is nothing more than just another in a long line of movie posters and book covers with two white people almost kissing. 9 times out of 10 that means the content is going to be stupidly formulaic, poorly written, and dull. This film is all three of those things. There is zero chemistry between the lead characters, the dialogue is cringe-worthy, and the plot is...
I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. I went into it with an open mind like I always do, but this film gave me way more than I was expecting. It is fantastically funny from start to finish. If you are a fan of literal humor, this is a must-see movie for you. Yes, this is a movie targeted to young children, but there are so many jokes designed to keep parents interested all throughout. If you go with your kids they will be asking you why you are laughing at certain things. Good...
Missing Link New
Have you ever had to endure the acting and writing of a sixth grade play? That's basically the level of competence displayed in HELLBOY. Of course, we can't blame the sixth graders for this...after all they are really young and just starting out on their paths to theatrical greatness. But we can blame the people that made this ridiculous nonsense. I'm sure almost every critic will use this line, but I have to anyway, so here it goes... Sitting through HELLBOY is pure hell. Whew, now that I've got that...
This film uses magic to transform an adult woman into her former, young self, but the real magic is that, despite all of it's efforts, this may be one of the most bland films of the last decade. Aside from a few laughs there is nothing that draws out any emotion. Regina Hall's character is thoroughly unlikable for a majority of the movie, as is her younger self. (The girl who plays her, Marsai Martin, is adorable, but the character traits are horrible). And even when she finally sees the error of her ways she is still...
Congratulations, DC. You completely nailed it with this film. Finally. Yes, WONDER WOMAN was really good, but it had a lot of cliche moments. Yes, the first two DARK KNIGHT films are technically DC, but those are more Christopher Nolan's success than DC. Therefore, this is the first really great DC comic book film to hit the big screen. It is tremendously funny, filled with great suspense, it has wonderful character development, and it is entertaining throughout. The only issue I had with the film are a couple of pacing flaws...
When it comes to the Horror genre there is no greater name than Stephen King. That said, several of his movie adaptations have been pretty bad. Then last year we got the gift of an extraordinary film in IT. I was hoping this movie would be just as good. It isn't...but it is still a decent flick. John Lithgow does a great job of carrying the secrets of the movie with him. But the young girl, Jete Laurence, steals the show. She is sweet, charming, terrifying, and horrible. Without her acting abilities the...
Pet Sematary New
I was watching this film recently, and about 30 minutes in I thought, "This is the point where this movie decides to be good or terrible." Thankfully, it chose wisely and decided to be a good movie. I give a lot of credit to Robin Bissell, the writer and director. Not many people could read a story about a two-week long civil rights meeting and find a movie in it. Even fewer could do that and actually make the movie enjoyable. The driving force behind this movie is the powerful acting...
If you are looking to be fantastically bored for two straight hours, do I have the movie for you. One would think that a film about a steamy affair would be somewhat interesting, but alas, even the bad stuff is awkward and dull. Jason Clarke all but kills the movie. His acting is incredibly monotonous. And Keira Knightley, who is usually very good, must have spent too much time hanging out with Clarke during the filming, because her acting is just as flat as his. The story takes forever to get going, and by...
The Aftermath New
Disney has done several live-action remakes of classic films. Up to now, I've considered all of them to be good to great. Now, the little, flying elephant is hitting the big screen in all of his big-eyed, big-eared, CGI glory. Every streak has to come to an end at some point. I wish I could say this movie is fun and exciting and amazing for kids of all ages, but I can't. The reality is that it is really long, slow, and boring. The pacing is slow for most of the film, and it...
Somehow I've always imagined that the character Matthew McConaughey plays in this movie is his real life persona. I can just see him sitting around with some weed, a bongo, a bright swimsuit, and a Lamborghini in the background. I'm pretty sure he didn't have to act at all during the making of this film. As for the movie, it wonders around like a hapless beach bum for a good 30 minutes before we ever get any semblance of a plot or a quest. And even after that it is still a meandering mess that...
GET OUT was one of my favorite films from 2017. Because of that I was really looking forward to the second horror flick from Jordan Peele. Maybe I was looking forward to it a little too much. As the credits began rolling at the end of my screening of US, I sat in silence trying to figure out what I had just witnessed. At first I thought it was just me. I thought I must have missed something. Then, slowly, I began to notice other people around me with the same puzzled look on their faces. Finally,...