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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,...
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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
 
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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
 
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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...
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1.8
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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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Fighting With My Family
I've never been a fan of pro wrestling, so I went into this movie knowing nothing about the real story. I can't be certain of which way is better to see it, knowing or not knowing, but what I can say is that I was fully entertained and completely engrossed in the story the whole time. I did talk to a couple of big-time fans after the movie, and they both loved it as well. I was surprised that a movie about the WWE could be so full of emotion. It has moments where you will...
 
4.6
 
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Isn't It Romantic
For those of you that love RomComs, but also find them to be completely formulaic and cliche, this may be the perfect film for you. It has all of the fun and emotion of a RomCom, but it also makes fun of the genre at the same time. Rebel Wilson is okay in the movie. She plays the exact same character that she plays in every other movie she's ever been in, but she does have a few funny moments. Adam Devine completely steals the show. He is funny, charming, and totally likable from beginning to end....
 
3.4
 
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Happy Death Day 2U
The first film in this franchise was a thrilling surprise. It's not exactly a horror film in the truest sense of the genre, but it is one of my favorite horror films of all time. And this one is even better. Yes, you read that right. The sequel is better than the original. It is so much fun, and smart, and scientifically nerdtastic all the way through. The characters are great, the acting is way above average for a horror flick, and the story is compelling and exciting enough to keep the viewer engaged....
 
4.5
 
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Alita: Battle Angel
For some reason Hollywood loves to turn graphic novels into movies, but very rarely does it translate into a successful film. Sure, many of them become cult classics, like SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, but that movie lost more than $13 Million on production budget alone. ALITA has a $200 Million production budget to overcome. That's a lot of manga fans seeing this movie more than once just to get to break even. As for the movie, it is pretty good. It's filled with fast-paced action and incredible fight scenes. The story is interesting, which is a...
 
3.2
 
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