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.
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.
This is one of those titles that just snuck up on America. Not much advertising, no official trailers in theatres, just word of mouth and a bit of research online. Most horror fans who follow upcoming movie news knows about this and that is how I found out about this film. Not knowing much about it all I could tell from the trailer is that it’s sort of a home invasion movie with mask killers, a cabin, a family, and a battle to the death.
Jackals is the first of many horror movies coming out in Sept. This is not a sequel to the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal. This homage to the 80’s is a creepy and somewhat sad story of a family led by parents Kathy and Andrew Powell, played by Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech respectively who hires a man, Jimmy, a professional who helps rehabilitate people who have lost their way through unethical methods. Against his will, Justin, their son is taken to their family cabin to undergo an intervention to leave the cult but shortly after his cult family are there to bring him back and kill anyone that gets in their way leaving the family to defend themselves by any means necessary.
A friend of mine asked me If I have a top # list of movies I like so far. It is usually something I post at the end of each year on my blog of all the movies I have watched for the year and put them in order from worst to best.
Well to give any newcomers new to my blog a hint as to my taste level and to gain your trust as a movie critique here are my top 5 of the best and worst movies I have seen so far, this year.
Let’s start with the ones I believe are the worst so far:
Wish Upon is one of those horror movies that comes out and keeps you busy until a highly anticipated horror movie comes out, like Stephen King’s It. Not that these two movies are from the same production company but that is how I feel about movies like these. Wish Upon is a movie involving a story that has been told very often but just in a different way for a different audience. When movies like The Conjuring and Get Out are released to the world, the last think you want to see is some teenager having a hard time at school making messed up wishes that if granted takes someone’s life in return.
No, I am not talking about the trailers that are mobile. I am talking about movie trailers that I have seen lately that really grabbed my attention. I love a good trailer. Usually when I go to the movies I have to see trailers. They just set the tone for me and gets me in the mood for the movie I am going to watch. One trailer involves a natural disaster while the other two talk on social issues and awareness. These trailers have already sold me and maybe they will convince you too.
I love disaster films. It’s a genre that disappeared for a while that is slowly making a comeback. I remember watching the film 2012 (John Cusack) back in 2009 and then didn’t really return until San Andreas (Dwayne Johnson) came out in 2017. San Andreas reminded me how much I enjoy disaster films. So watching a trailer for Geostorm, which is about satellites that control the global climate starts to attack Earth. So any kind of natural weather disaster you can think of happens.
Still on a high from the smart and clever 21 Jump Street & 22 Jump Street. The trailer to Seth Gordon’s Baywatch gave the impression that the duo of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zach Efron would bring the same chemistry and hilarity as Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill brought to the screen. Sadly, that same magic on adapting the beloved over the top series Baywatch TV Series fell short of becoming a possible franchise. I really wanted this movie to work.