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The Best of Enemies
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...
 
4.1
 
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The Aftermath
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...
 
1.9
 
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Dumbo
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...
 
2.9
 
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The Beach Bum
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...
 
2.3
 
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Us
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,...
 
3.1
 
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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
There are few franchises that are as popular and have lasted as long as Nancy Drew. It seems like every fourth grader for the last 75 years has spent countless hours reading the Nancy Drew mysteries. There have also been several iterations of the young sleuth on film and TV. This reboot was meant to be a TV/streaming release, but they thought, why not give it a quick run in theaters. So, if you've never heard of this movie, you aren't alone. Even professional people in and around the film industry didn't know this movie was going...
 
3.4
 
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Wonder Park
About 14 months before the release of this film the studio fired its director because of misconduct allegations. They never bothered to replace him. Even with directors, there are so few movies worth paying the price to see in theaters. Now imagine trying to make a good movie without a captain. It's virtually impossible. Sure, they had a staff of high level executives working to make the decisions, but you need someone to break the ties and make the tough decisions. That is what a good director does. Needless to say, this movie is...
 
2.2
 
0.0 (0)
Captive State
This movie has so much potential. It is an interesting story with some compelling characters, but unfortunately, it wasn't written as captivating as it could have been. The movie is about 110 minutes long, and the first 105 minutes are constantly confusing. Every time I felt like I was starting to figure something out, something else would happen. If that form of storytelling is done well it can be a very effective way to surprise the viewer at the end with a huge reveal. This one isn't told in a way that makes it exciting, but...
 
2.6
 
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Five Feet Apart
Okay, I admit that I am a total sucker for first love stories. I'm sure most critics are going to hate this movie. They will call it simple, formulaic, and emotionally manipulative. To them I stick out my tongue and say, "Ppbbbbbbtttttttttttt!!!!!" This movie is amazing. Is it simple, formulaic, and emotionally manipulative? Of course. Do I care? Not one bit. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking. It is filled with joy, hope, life, and love. It is also filled with sadness, tragedy, fear and death. But the...
 
4.6
 
0.0 (0)
Gloria Bell
This is one of those films where I swear I saw a different movie than almost all of the other critics. Apparently, they saw something fantastic. I saw a movie that is slow, the main character is just as boring as every one of us in our normal day-to-day lives, the conflict is childish, and the arc of the hero is minimal at best. Essentially it is a story of old, white people dancing like old, white people and doing old, white people things. Then the main character has some form of a mild...
 
1.8
 
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Climax
This is the kind of movie that is made for people that like strange movies. If you are the kind of person who sees three or four movies a year then this is a film you should skip. For those of you that like the weird, odd, and totally insane flicks that hit theaters, this one takes crazy to an insane new level. Imagine your prom afterparty turning into a murderous, psychotic horror fest. That is exactly what you get with CLIMAX. The film is directed in a way that makes you feel like...
 
1.8
 
0.0 (0)
Captain Marvel
I don't envy anyone who is tasked with writing or directing an origin story. It is incredibly difficult to get through all of the important, but tedious information, and get to the action without boring the audience. MARVEL, for the most part, has done a great job at making its origin stories informative and exciting. This film is no exception. In fact, I would put this one up on the level of the IRON MAN origin story. CAPTAIN MARVEL takes us back to the early 1990's. It is a blast to see all of the throwbacks, hear...
 
4.1
 
0.0 (0)
A Madea Family Funeral
I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Typically, Tyler Perry doesn't like to bother with things like plot, or character development, or multiple takes to get a scene right. But he seems to have put a lot more effort into this MADEA film than the last couple. This film has several funny moments, some compelling drama, characters that the viewer can care about, and I didn't notice a single overdub of dialogue. For the first time in a long time I'm happy to say that this is a Tyler Perry film that is worth seeing. Now,...
 
3.0
 
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Greta
If you are in need of a lot of crazy in your life, let me introduce you to a movie called GRETA. This 90-minute cinematic dream-turned-nightmare grabs it's freak flag, waves it high and then tries to stab you in the heart with it. The unfortunate thing with this movie though is that the first 45 minutes are dreadfully slow and forced. It feels like things are supposed to be happening, but they aren't. It feels like the movie wants you to think things are suspenseful, but they aren't. It feels like it takes a really long...
 
3.1
 
0.0 (0)
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The first film in this franchise was so spectacular, the animation was so far ahead of it's time, that I never thought they would be able to capture the magic in a sequel. Then they did. And now, they have managed to do it again. Once again, the story is fantastic and compelling, the action is fast-paced and entertaining, the animation is still better than most animated films, and it is emotionally deep while still being a light-hearted kids' film. Very rarely does an animated film evoke a wide range of...
 
4.5
 
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