That moment when you feel guilty for laughing at a time that should be a sad or real moment. There were a lot of those moments in this hardcore and raw drama set in Ebbing Missouri. I had to look it up on imdb.com if this was under the category of a comedy. Believe it or not, it is considered a comedy, crime, and drama. That relief I felt finding that it was okay to laugh when I shouldn’t, was great. If any of you decide to go see this movie in theatres, for any reason than award considerations, you are in for a mixed emotion thrill ride with a A+ cast as you guide.
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The amazing Frances McDormand takes us on an emotional journey into the life of tough as nails Mildred Hayes who is having a tough time handling the death of her teenage daughter who was murdered by an unknown criminal. The case unfortunately was never solved which doesn’t give her any closer. I mentioned earlier that Mildred is tough as nails so she decides to challenge the local police and put a fire under their asses to solve the case after time has passed by posting a blunt, straight to the point, and to some graphic message on three distinctive billboards close to her home, to the chief of the town and lead on the case Chief Willoughby, played by the brilliant Woody Harrelson. This starts a spiraling reaction to not only the police but the whole town of Ebbing with people who agree and disagree with her tactics to obtain justice.
Wonder is one of those movies that reminds you to love the little things in life. Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder is full of heart, it’s inspiring, and just makes you feel good to be alive when you walk out of a theatre. There are many ways escapism works when you go to the movies and this film provides you with a reminder that even through the hard times we could be facing in our world today, it is possible to be happy and that positive attitude can be contagious to others.
This feel good movie involves Jacob Tremblay (Room) as Auggie, a boy who is entering the fifth grade after being homeschooled by his mother, Isabel, played by Julia Roberts. This is his first time going to a public school which should be exciting for a kid but Auggie is a unique individual who has facial differences. Auggie and his family also including his Father, Nate (Owen Wilson), and sister, Via (Izabela Vidovic) are concerned with how people will receive him because he looks different.
How could I not write a review without comparing both movies. They are practically the same movie, similar premise, just a different gender focus. It is November and even though Thanksgiving is a solid recognized holiday, it seems that it’s time for the Christmas movies to start rolling in. While I would like more Thanksgiving themed movies to come down the pipeline, it is what it is. Two movies, both Christmas movies, and both sequels. How did they do?
First off, I should point out that this review is coming from someone who enjoyed the first entry of both movies. Daddy’s Home received a better score of 4 ½ out of 5 while Bad Moms received 3 ½ out of 5 on my entertainment scale. This time around I actually enjoyed A Bad Moms Christmas more than Daddy’s Home 2.
I have to admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to the latest from Pixar Studios but the movie geek in me decided to take a chance on it and see for myself. Let me just say that this movie is one of the best of the year and also one of the top 5 best Pixar films to date. This movie surprised me so much on how innovative, creative, and unique it is compared to the rest of the library of films Disney and Pixar have come out with.
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The story of a little boy named Miguel who is looking for a way to follow his passion for music in a family that despises music and musicians. His quest in performing in a talent show behind his families back it transports him to the Land of the dead on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Watching this film, you will discover the wonderful world of the land of the dead and see what its like to be on the other side of the bridge between the living and the dead.
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It’s finally here. The moment we have all been waiting for. The DC heroes are banning together for the first time in the DCEU. Since seeing The Avengers from the MCU, the anticipation on how DC was going to handle their band of heroes was on every geeks mind. I’d have to say that now the movie is out, I am happy that I was able to witness this movie during the superhero craze at the movies but unfortunately, this movie didn’t live up to the hype and expectation I had. Combined with reviews and comments from early viewers, the high action and very revealing trailers removed most of the surprise and WOW factor the movie could have presented. Sadly, I wanted more and wish this movie came further down the timeline.
Our heroes which include returning Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), with newcomers Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and last but not least Aquaman (Jason Momoa) All from different parts of the world, they are intertwined with a long-time battle with Steppenwolf, the Destroyer of Worlds, awaken to carry out a mission to combine 3 artifacts to open a portal to his own version of hell onto earth. This big bad is joined by infected winged creatures who aid in his crusade. Batman searches for these heroes to join him in this fight as well as possibly start a team that could be there whenever the world is in need in the future.
It took a total of four additional years since Thor: The Dark World for Thor to catch up with Iron Man and Captain America by adding a third solo movie to the MCU. Between the three members of The Avengers, Thor’s solo movies just continue to get better and more entertaining. Since the first installment, Thor (2011), those movies had a lot of growing up to do. Compared to the rest of the MCU the first two Thor movies are very low in the ranks but what has improved with each one is that Chris Hemsworth continues to get better with his comedic chops and his surrounding world becomes more interesting.
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Ragnarok involves Thor going back to Asgard to deal with a prophecy he had a vision about in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and learns about Loki’s last mischievous behavior and the whereabouts of Odin. From there he has to deal with the people of Asgard becoming instinct with the arrival of a new villain Hela, played by the amazing Cate Blanchet. She has a bone to pick with Odin and Asgard and she is a force to be reckoned with. Before Thor can deal with her he has to escape a planet he was sent to that captures strong warriors and uses them to fight each other for entertainment to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Director Taika Waititi, who directed What We Do In The Shadows, brings us one of the funniest installments and probably one of the top five in the entire MCU. The hype definitely adds up from all the advertising you have seen leading up to its release this weekend. Thor movies have a lot more pressure I believe than the rest of The Avengers when you think about it. While still intertwined in the main story with a few lines and references in the overall story, the plot usually is very separate and distance from the main mission that rarely effects the whole scheme of things. With that being said, Thor is no longer an origin story anymore so having a plot that has to do more with him and Asgard instead of driving the story further like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War. With Ragnarok, we finally got a Thor movie that not only connects more to the overall story but has set up some groundwork to a lot to look forward to.
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In 2004, a tradition was born. A franchise of 7 movies were released back to back, once each year around the last weekend of October for Halloween. That franchise is the Saw franchise. The group of films also gave birth to a horror icon and one of the most diabolical killers on the silver screen. His name is John Kramer a.k.a. Jigsaw Killer. Director, writer, and producer James Wan along with an assorted group of writers and directors kept this franchise going pass anyone’s expectation and gave us one of the biggest twist in a horror film or any genre for that matter to be executed, one of the longest running franchises to tie into each other, all the while providing us with social issues and giving us some creative deaths like you have never seen.
It is now 2017, 7 years after the latest installment, Jigsaw, the long-anticipated sequel, has graced us with its presents. I love this series and I always told people, “If they keep making them, I will keep watching them.” The sequel comes back with a story to tell that attempts to tie in to the previous installments, still keeping them all connected and the illusion that Jigsaw is always thinking ahead. Unfortunately, this entry wasn’t the best way to bring back the franchise after such a long-extended break. While the movie was still fun and exciting to watch, it seemed to have borrowed from an old playbook that has already been used; making this film a watered-down version of what it could have been. Jigsaw fans will still get some enjoyment out of it but will be disappointed if this is a preview of more of these films in the future.