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Angel Has Fallen
This is the third film in the "FALLEN" franchise. You would think by now that the President would realize that his number one security guy is incredibly terrible at his job, because people have almost killed him in massive plots three different times. Just fire the guy already! As for the movie, it's the same stuff as before, just a different setting. Lot's of explosions, lots of gunfire, and about a thousand laws broken, but none of that matters in the end, because the good guy finally gets his man. ...
 
2.6
 
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Overcomer
If you've seen any of the Kendrick brothers' movies, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into with this film. Is it a cinematic masterpiece? No, but it is inspirational, it will make you ugly cry, and it is a good, clean story for families. There aren't a lot of family-friendly films that are entertaining enough to earn your theater dollars and your time. This one teeters on the edge of being good enough to see in theaters, but when it comes down to it, there really isn't anything in the movie that makes it...
 
2.9
 
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Ready Or Not
There is a fine line when a horror film tries to be quirky and funny at the same time. Most horror flicks don't get it right. This one gets it close enough to right to make it fun and entertaining. In fact, this may be my favorite horror film to come along since IT hit the big screen. (Although HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U was really good, too). It takes a few minutes for this movie to hit it's stride. At the beginning it feels like the pacing, the actors, and even the music aren't...
 
3.8
 
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47 Meters Down: Uncaged
If you saw the first film in this franchise you know that the ending made most people throw their leftover popcorn at the screen. Thankfully, the makers of this movie learned their lesson and didn't give us a terrible ending. This flick is not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it does exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you feel lost, claustrophobic, and panicked, and then the sharks show up and scare you half to death. This isn't a movie for people that like to think about plot, or examine why...
 
2.8
 
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Good Boys
It isn't very often that you can see a movie that is sweet, heart-warming, and adorable, and at the same time it is, insanely raunchy, foul-mouthed, drug-filled, and ridiculously hilarious. It's even less often that those opposite elements can be combined to make a great movie. In this case, they work. Jacob Tremblay (ROOM, WONDER) is fantastic in his first coming-of-age role. He's been a great actor for years already, but this film proves that he also has comedic timing. His co-stars are wonderful in their own ways. Keith Williams steals a ton of...
 
3.9
 
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Blinded By The Light
I don't really like to compare movies to other films, but in this case I almost have to do it. This is a British comedy focused on music. It would be shelved right beside films like YESTERDAY and SING STREET. Unfortunately, both of those films are far superior to this one. This movie feels like a low-budget, second-year-film-student project. It has pacing issues, the acting, aside from a couple of secondary characters is bad, the dialogue is stilted, and for a movie about a teen's love for all things Bruce Springsteen, it feels like there aren't a...
 
2.7
 
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The Angry Birds Movie 2
This is one of those times where Hollywood should have walked away when it had the chance. The first ANGRY BIRDS movie was a lot of fun, and funny. This one feels like nothing more than a poorly written cash grab. I saw it in a theater with a bunch of kids and their parents. I might as well have been in a library with how quiet the place was. I guess on the one hand, maybe that means the kids were captivated enough by the movie to sit quiet and still for 100 minutes, but it...
 
2.3
 
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold
As the father of five kids I have seen what feels like several thousand episodes of DORA THE EXPLORER. When I heard about the live action film I was wondering how they were going to take something so simple and turn it into something fun for the kids but also exciting enough to keep parents from being insanely bored. I shouldn't have worried, because they killed it. This movie is so much fun for kids and adults. There are hilarious throwbacks to the cartoon, there are moments of irreverence. and there are poop jokes....
 
3.9
 
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The Kitchen
Sometimes an idea looks great on paper, but when it finally plays out it isn't very good. That is the case with THE KITCHEN. What should be an entertaining, female-empowering, 1970's mobster film turns out to be a slow, half-told story where, ultimately, it is men that are really the ones in power. The good news is that the acting is very good and the music is great (especially if you are a fan of Fleetwood Mac). Aside from that this movie has very little to offer that would make your ticket purchase worth it. ...
 
3.1
 
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This is about as middle-of-the-road horror flick as you can get. It's not overly scary, it's not mind-numbingly stupid, but it also never really goes anywhere innovative or exciting. It just sort of happens. It feels like a lot of the cast and crew were just going through the motions while making this movie. There are several scenes that are shot poorly, or have bad acting, or terrible lighting. The characters aren't very compelling, in fact it is pretty difficult to care about any of them. And the scary figures are more laughable than creepy. ...
 
2.7
 
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The Art of Racing in the Rain
First off, let's just get this one out of the way right away, Kevin Costner is a terrible voice actor. I spent the entire film picturing him standing in a recording booth reading lines over and over again, but always reading them the same way until the director finally just gave up and said, "we've got it." There are so many lines that feel awkward and out of place. Next, since the entire movie is narrated by the dog (Kevin Costner), it feels like I was watching someone read a bad book aloud. The whole time...
 
2.0
 
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Hobbs and Shaw
Sometimes in life you just want something brainless, ridiculous, and stupid to satisfy your cravings. This is the perfect movie for that. It is, in every way, brainless, ridiculous, and stupid. But it is also a good movie. The banter and jokes thrown between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Staham are fantastic, funny, entertaining, and awesome. I have no idea how they managed to shoot several of the scenes without cracking up every single take. One of the best additions to this film, and the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise is the appearance of...
 
4.2
 
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The Farewell
This is easily one of my favorite movies of the year. It is so touching, emotional, and so perfectly Chinese in every way. I have had the pleasure of spending a significant amount of time all over China and there are things there that you would never experience in the West. Watching this movie brought back all of those memories. Lulu Wang does an amazing job at directing this film. The pacing is perfect, the shots and sets are artistic and beautiful, and the story is told well. ...
 
5.0
 
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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
If you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino's other films, you should stop reading now and get to the theater as fast as possible. You are going to love this film. It's set in a semi-real, semi-fictitious 1969 Los Angeles, so everything about it looks cool and the music is fantastic. If you can't stand Quentin Tarantino films, you should stop reading now and never see this movie. This film is as "Quentin Tarantino" as it gets. It's over 2 1/2 hours long, it has several scenes that are too long and don't advance the plot, and...
 
4.3
 
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The Lion King
When Disney released the animated version of THE LION KING in 1994 it was a game-changer. It was innovative, beautiful, and an instant classic. Now, 25 years later, in the midst of Disney remaking many of their classics into live-action films, we return to Pride Rock, but it feels like we are Simba returning after Scar messed everything up. This is one of those movies where the studio said, "We can do this!" But they never stopped to think if they should do it. This new version does nothing better than the original. In fact, it does...
 
3.4
 
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