Movie Review: GOOD BOYS

GOOD BOYS movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Mariessa Portelance, Lil Rel Howery, Retta\ Writers: Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky Director: Gene Stupnitsky Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: August 16, 2019 GOOD BOYS is an odd coming-of-age comedy. The oddness springs not from originality, although it has some, but rather because it’s not clear exactly who the target audience is. The protagonists are three best friends and newly-minted sixth-graders, Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon). When Max is invited to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED

47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED movie poster | ©2019 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Sistine Rose Stallone, Brianne Tju, John Corbett, Nia Long, Davi Santos Writer: Johannes Roberts Director: Johannes Roberts Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: August 16, 2019 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED is a follow-up to 2017’s shark horror movie 47 METERS DOWN. Although it is written and directed by the earlier film’s director/co-writer Johannes Roberts, 47 METERS DOWNL UNCAGED is not actually a sequel, as it shares neither the characters nor the storyline of its predecessor. Instead, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED is a companion piece that can be viewed before, after, or completely […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DRIVEN

DRIVEN movie poster | ©2019 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Isabel Arraiza Writer: Colin Bateman Director: Nick Hamm Distributor: Universal Release Date (theatrical and on demand): August 16, 2019 DRIVEN is a mixture of character study, thriller and black comedy. Screenwriter Colin Bateman and director Nick Hamm take facts that are part of the public record and use them to weave a tall but compelling tale about John DeLorean, mostly from the point of view of Jim Hoffman. Car maker DeLorean, who passed away in 2005, would likely be pleased that he’s still primarily remembered […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STUBER

STUBER movie poster | ©2019 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin Writer: Tripper Clancy Director: Michael Dowse Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: July 12, 2019 STUBER pairs Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani in a buddy action comedy. Given the track record of both performers, especially Nanjiani, STUBER feels like it ought to be funnier. It’s agreeable in a LETHAL WEAPON knockoff way, and its leads are both deeply likeable. It’s just that few of the gags land in the way that seems intended. Bautista plays LAPD detective Vic, ferociously determined to avenge the death of his partner […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MIDSOMMAR

MIDSOMMAR movie poster | ©2019 A24

Rating: R Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe Writer: Ari Aster Director: Ari Aster Distributor: A24 Release Date: July 3, 2019 MIDSOMMAR is one of those rare films that is so physically beautiful and so consistent in its folklore that these elements elevate it throughout. Production designer Henrik Svensson deserves Oscar consideration, as do cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski and art directors Richard T. Olson, Nille Svensson and Eszter Takacs. Writer/director Ari Aster, whose previous film was last year’s HEREDITARY, introduces us to Dani (Florence Pugh), who worries that she’s leaning on […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, JB Smoove Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel comic book and characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: July 2, 2019 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is in the unenviable position of picking up the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline only three real-world months after the hugely emotional AVENGERS: ENDGAME. ENDGAME was presented as such a finale that it didn’t even have the customary Marvel mid-and-post credits […]Read On »

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Movie Review: NIGHTMARE CINEMA

NIGHTMARE CINEMA movie poster | ©2019 Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films

Rating: R Stars: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Maurice Benard, Elizabeth Reaser, Faly Rakotohavana Writers: Sandra Becceril, Alejandro Brugues, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade Directors: Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Ryuhei Kitamura, Mick Garris, David Slade Distributor: Good Deed Entertainment/Cranked Up Films Release Date (theatrical and VOD): June 21, 2019 Low-budget but high-octane, NIGHTMARE CINEMA is one of the better horror anthologies to come along in a good while. Five disparate segments by five different filmmakers are linked by a creepy movie theatre, where patrons find significant events from their lives (and often deaths) up on the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TOY STORY 4

TOY STORY 4 movie poster | ©2019 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars (voices): Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Madeleine McGraw, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Ally Maki Writers: Andrew Stanton & Stephanie Folsom, story by John Lasseter & Andrew Stanton & Josh Cooley and Rashida Jones & Will McCormack & Martin Hynes & Stephanie Folsom Director: Josh Cooley Distributor: Walt Disney Release Date: June 21, 2019 It’s not fair to judge most movies by the lofty standards of 2010’s TOY STORY 3, which was wildly entertaining, yet so emotionally potent that grown-ups were sobbing in their seats. Reportedly, some […]Read On »

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Movie Review: CHILD’S PLAY (2019)

CHILD'S PLAY 2019 movie poster | ©2019 Orion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, Mark Hamill (voice), Carlease Burke Writer: Tyler Burton Smith, based on the 1988 CHILD’S PLAY screenplay by Don Mancini and John Lafia and Tom Holland, story by Don Mancini Director: Lars Klevberg Distributor: Orion Pictures Release Date: June 21, 2019 While it doesn’t feel like the 1988 CHILD’S PLAY was crying out for a remake, what with the existence of 1990’s CHILD’S PLAY 2, 1991’s CHILD’S PLAY 3, and a whole slew of CHUCKY offshoots, the new CHILD’S PLAY is okay. Granted, this edition gets off to a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE DEAD DON’T DIE

THE DEAD DON'T DIE movie poster | ©2019 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Caleb Landry Jones Writer: Jim Jarmusch Director: Jim Jarmusch Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: June 14, 2019 If you are familiar with the works filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, describing THE DEAD DON’T DIE as a Jim Jarmusch movie with zombies should tell you pretty much all you need to know about it. If you’re not familiar with Jarmusch’s oeuvre, perhaps the best way to attempt to convey the experience by noting this is a review, written by someone who’s aware that it’s a review, […]Read On »

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