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Venom
Well, that was a bummer. I walked into the screening of VENOM with high hopes. The MARVEL movies are almost always worth seeing, Venom is an interesting character that could make for some wild scenes, and Tom Hardy is one of my all-time favorite actors. What could go wrong? The first act. That's what could go wrong. And, it did. It went VERY wrong. I went with a buddy of mine who just happens to direct feature-length films and he said something to the effect of, "that was the most boring...
 
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A Star Is Born
Very rarely is a movie any good that is written, directed, and starring the same person. Bradley Cooper did all three for this film and he has made it very clear that this film is the exception to the rule. Cooper's directorial debut is simply spectacular. Lady Gaga gives a masterful and moving performance that will almost assuredly win her a lot of golden statues. Her chemistry with Cooper is nothing short of magical, her character arc is fascinating, and her voice is other-worldly. Cooper is heart-breakingly wonderful as a musician on top of...
 
4.4
 
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Smallfoot
During the last 10-15 years animated movies have gone from simple kids' flicks to excellent films that can easily stand on the same level as some of the best live action films to ever hit the big screen. So, when an average animated film comes out it really stands out. Not in a good way. SMALLFOOT is an average animated film. The animation is okay, the story is species-flipped, but still formulaic and simplistic, the music is fun, but not great, and the characters are flat. My eight year old daughter thought it was...
 
2.4
 
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Night School
It's hard to believe that anyone could steal the spotlight from Kevin Hart in a movie written by him and starring him, but Tiffany Haddish isn't just anyone. She is a comedic force, and she kills it in this movie. Without Haddish this would be a fairly typical, mostly average comedy, but she raises it up a couple of notches to a film that is worth seeing in theaters. Ironically though, she isn't in the funniest scene in the whole movie. It is a scene which I wish I could see again because I missed nearly all...
 
3.6
 
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Hell Fest
This may be the least scary horror flick I have ever seen. It is mind-numbingly stupid, painfully slow, and dreadfully boring. Not even 10 minutes into the movie I was done. I mean totally done. If you've ever been to a lame haunted house you know how obnoxious that experience is. Now imagine just watching someone go through that stupid maze. That is basically the action that takes place on the screen for about 3/4 of the film. It's literally just watching bad-acting teens walk through a crappy haunted house. This movie is...
 
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The House With A Clock In Its Walls
If you have a child that is in the 8 - 10 year old range and they are wanting to dip their toe into movies that are more mature than the films they watched as younger kids, this is a great movie for them to see. It offers up some suspense, a few creepy-crawlies, a couple of minor scares, and a lot of laughs. It has an interesting story that is simple enough for kids to follow along, but still compelling enough to keep adults engaged in the film. Jack Black and...
 
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Life Itself
Have you ever heard the old joke that action movies are a bunch of people dying really fast, while a romance is about one person dying really slow? This may be the movie that bucks the trend. It's an ensemble cast film filled with ensemble death. (And just about as many f-bombs as a hardcore action flick). The film has some very nice and moving moments, it also has some scenes that will take you far out of your comfort zone. But for the most part it's pretty boring until they finally "land the plane." By that...
 
2.3
 
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The Predator
There is a high probability that this movie is going to end up on my 10 Worst Films of the Year list. It's going to take several real stinkers to knock this one off of the list. Director Shane Back should be embarrassed that he made such a terrible movie, and the producers should be ashamed that they didn't secure enough funding to make this thing look better than a bad made-for-television film from the mid-80's. The effects are so bad they are literally laugh-out-loud funny. The acting is terrible to the point...
 
1.2
 
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A Simple Favor
A SIMPLE FAVOR is simply fantastic! This is one of the best dark comedies of all time. I would even go so far as to put this on the same level as FARGO. There are very few movies that can pull off a sick and twisted plot but still have you laughing hard every few minutes. This one does it nearly flawlessly. Anna Kendrick is a beast and this is Blake Lively's best role of her career. I was worried that Kendrick might be a bit too nice to pull off her role,...
 
4.2
 
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White Boy Rick
While this film is based on a fascinating true story, it feels like it never really gets going. The whole movie is a slow burn. Even the climax is barely exciting. It is a film worth seeing for the interesting story and the great acting, but this one would be a lot easier to watch if you can pause it every once in a while and do something else. It is relentlessly sad and depressing. There are very few moments of joy and even fewer moments of redemption. Most of it is desperate people...
 
3.3
 
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The Nun
This is another film in the world of the CONJURING movies. While it is scary in several places the story is weak. It is a far cry from the terrifying films before it. As I watched the CONJURING movies I was disturbed and chilled by them. With this one I was bored most of the time, and when it neared the climax it turned into some sort of weird zombie flick instead of a demonic presence. The good news for horror fans is that this movie does offer a lot of scares of...
 
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Peppermint
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And Jennifer Garner's character is a massive fist of fury ready to knock out anything and everything in her path. If you are a fan of ALIAS you have to see this movie now. In many ways it feels like the return of Sidney Bristow. If you like movies like JOHN WICK you need to see this movie now. I would love to see a battle royal between Jennifer and Keanu. It would be two hours of the best MMA fight you've ever seen. For those...
 
3.8
 
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Searching
This is an interesting film. It's almost a "found-footage" style movie, but it takes it a step further by incorporating texts, chats, and more. And even though the director decided to use webcams, phone video, and news coverage, he still treats it like everything was shot through a movie camera. So instead of us seeing a video chat in the same flat way, he uses closeups and camera movement to evoke emotion and suspense. The technique strays away from the "rules" of found footage films, but it makes the movie much more entertaining. The story is told...
 
3.8
 
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Kin
I wasn't sure what to make of this movie when I saw the first trailer. Now that I've seen the movie, I'm still not sure what to make of it. It feels like a pet project for Michael B. Jordan. He is the Executive Producer and he has a small role in it. But it is also an origin story for a much bigger plot. I'm sure that if this movie makes money we will see a sequel in a couple of years. It's an odd film because it has Sci-Fi elements to it, but 95%...
 
2.6
 
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Operation Finale
I know it is way too early in the year to start throwing around award nominations, and I'm sure this film doesn't have the staying power to be considered by the different voting groups when the time comes, but this is an incredible and award-worthy film. Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac deserve all of the accolades for their portrayals in this film. Kingsley, in particular, becomes Adolf Eichmann. Even down to the facial movements. He is able to switch from family man to abhorrent monster in the blink of an eye. There are moments where you loathe...
 
4.8
 
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