Movie Review: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Haley Bennett, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amy Schumer, Scott Haze, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey Writer: Jason Hall, based on the book by David Finkel Director: Jason Hall Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: October 27, 2017 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE takes its title from the phrase commonly uttered to U.S. soldiers home from the war. The film, based on a nonfiction bestseller by David Finkel, follows several U.S. Army Iraq War veterans as they return home to Topeka, Kansas in 2007. While a number of other veterans and their families figure in THANK YOU […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAPPY DEATH DAY

HAPPY DEATH DAY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken, Jason Bayle, Phi Vu, Rob Mello, Cariella Smith, Caleb Spillyards Writer: Scott Lobdell Director: Christopher Landon Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 13, 2017  GROUNDHOG DAY isn’t the only tale of someone stuck reliving the same day over and over, but it’s perhaps the best-known in pop culture. Also, it’s the one that gets eventually name-checked in HAPPY DEATH DAY, so it seems appropriate to use that 1993 comedy as a reference point. HAPPY DEATH DAY has, as its basic premise, GROUNDHOG DAY redone as a PG-13 college-set […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARSHALL

MARSHALL movie poster | ©2017 Open Road

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell Writers: Jacob Koskoff & Michael Koskoff Director: Reginald Hudlin Distributor: Open Road Release Date: October 13, 2017 Going into MARSHALL, knowing only that it stars Chadwick Boseman as legal legend Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, one can be forgiven for supposing it’s a biopic. In fact, MARSHALL is based on a very small slice of biography. Set in 1940, when Marshall was the top lawyer for the N.A.A.C.P., the film turns out to be a mixture […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRIEND REQUEST

FRIEND REQUEST movie poster | ©2017 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Ayicia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo, Brit Morgan, Brooke Markham, Sean Marquette, Liesl Ahlers, Shashawnee Hall, Nicholas Pauling Writers: Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch & Simon Verhoeven Director: Simon Verhoeven Distributor: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: September 22, 2017 Not to be confused with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, the new movie FRIEND REQUEST is a tale of quasi-online horror. It has one idea about characterization that’s so good that it somewhat excuses lapses in logic. Directed by Simon Verhoeven from a screenplay he wrote with Matthew Ballen & Phillip Koch, FRIEND REQUEST begins with a college classroom announcement […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

KINGSMAN THE GOLDEN CIRCLE movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry, Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Jeff Bridges Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book THE SECRET SERVICE by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons Director: Matthew Vaughn Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 22, 2017  KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is a follow-up to 2015’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE. Like its predecessor, KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE is based on THE SECRET SERVICE comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and is again directed by Matthew Vaughn, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REMEMORY

REMEMORY movie poster | ©2017 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Evelyne Brochu Writers: Mark Palansky & Mike Vukadinovich Director: Mark Palansky Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: September 8 (theatrical), August 24 (VOD) REMEMORY revisits a versatile sci-fi premise: what if memories could be recorded and played back? Films as diverse as TOTAL RECALL and STRANGE DAYS have utilized this idea. In REMEMORY, scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has developed a device that does this, which he intends to use for therapy. However, there are some unintended side effects that make some of his test subjects very unhappy. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REBEL IN THE RYE

REBEL IN THE RYE movie poster | ©2017 IFC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Paulson, Victor Garber, Hope Davis Writer: Danny Strong, inspired by the book J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE by Kenneth Slawenski Director: Danny Strong Distributor: IFC Release Date: September 8, 2017  Writing is a solitary activity that, unlike some others (bicycling, mountain climbing, even painting), is extremely difficult to make watchable. In bringing the early life of CATCHER IN THE RYE author J.D. Salinger to the screen, REBEL IN THE RYE writer/director Danny Strong deftly surmounts the challenges of the subject matter. Inspired by Kenny Slawenski’s biography J.D. SALINGER: A LIFE, Strong gives us […]Read On »

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Movie Review: IT

IT movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott Writers: Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman, based on the novel by Stephen King Director: Andy Muschietti Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line Release Date: September 8, 2017 The new IT movie exists on a weird kind of Moebius strip. Set in the late ‘80s, the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel is reminiscent of STRANGER THINGS, which had its first season on Netflix last year but is acknowledged to be inspired by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DAVE MADE A MAZE

DAVE MADE A MAZE movie poster | ©2017 Gravitas Ventures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Nick Thune, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Adam Busch, James Urbaniak, Frank Caeti, Scott Narver, Scott Krinsky, John Hennigan, Stephanie Allynne, Kristen Vangsness, Rick Overton Writers: Bill Watterson & Steven Sears, story by Steven Sears Director: Bill Watterson Distributor: Gravitas Ventures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): August 18, 2017  DAVE MADE A MAZE has the production aesthetics of PRIMER or CUBE, matched with the attitude of JOHN DIES AT THE END and perhaps STORY THEATRE. If you recognize these references, you are enough of an indie film/TV fan to be part of the target audience. It is trippy […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DETROIT

DETROIT movie poster | © 2017 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: John Boyega, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Lattimore, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever Writer: Mark Boal Director: Kathryn Bigelow Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: July 28, 2017 DETROIT for much of its running time plays as a fact-based horror movie. Although it is set against the backdrop of the conflagration that occurred in the title city during July 1967, DETROIT is actually about one specific incident. At least in the film, written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (the same team from THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY), the initial breaking […]Read On »

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