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The Last Jedi


Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson.

Wow!  This was incredibly different from what I expected.  After The Force Awakens was pretty much a scene for scene carbon copy of Star Wars, I totally expected this to be a carbon copy of Empire Strikes Back.  It was very much not.  This was a very different Star Wars movies from the others.  It made everything much more open and bigger than just the Skywalkers.  It answered questions about the past and looked to the future.  A much different and open future than we are used to with the Star Wars films.  I can't really go into too much more details without spoilers.  I can just say that there were so many surprises, twists and turns that it made the long running time fly by and I cannot wait to see where this story goes because I honestly have no idea.  The one knock I can make against it is that there was too much CGI.  Honestly it was borderline prequels at some points and so not necessary.  But that was really it.

I would absolutely recommend peeps checking this out.  Those that are too analytical and want big elaborate and connected answers to the big mysteries will likely be disappointed.  But those who want to enjoy an awesome ride with great characters both new and old/respected will no doubt love it.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle


In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers in detention are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, into the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

I had pretty low expectations going into this one.  I figured this was going to be one of the lamer reboots or whatever you want to call them when they are kind of sequels.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  The Rock bounced back to his usual greatness after the Baywatch turd.  He had great chemistry with the three other kids having to adjust to their very  different avatars.  Jack Black honestly stole the movie though.  Him as a 16 year old girl provided the biggest laughs throughout the movie.  

I would definitely recommend people checking this out.  It was a very fun ride and paid respect to the original while developing their own version of it.

Darkest Hour


During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright, "Darkest Hour" is the dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history.

This is another one of those movies that you know is a great movie as you are watching.  You know the acting is great.  You know it's going to be nominated for a ton of awards.  But I'm not that much into historical/biographical movies so I was bored out of my mind.  I appreciated how well done t was across the board but I just wasn't enjoying it.

I would still recommend people checking this out.  Anyone into these types of movies is guaranteed to like it and appreciate the performances.  I know it was a great movie.  It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic defense attorney whose life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career. Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

This is one of those movies that you know are well done, well acted and well written.  It was definitely watchable.  But by seeing the trailer you pretty much already saw the whole movie.  Like literally the whole thing.  Nothing took place in this movie that I had not already seen and it made the movie just kind of be there.  Even though it was a decent watch it ended up being about as memorable as the commercials showing you everything.

I would somewhat recommend people checking this out.  It is a decent watch but I wouldn't say its worth the time and money at all.  

Coco


Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Pixar doesn't do bad movies.  That streak continues with Coco although this was easily their toughest sell to date.  They really went all in with hispanic heritage and did an excellent job of bringing it to a mainstream audience.  The story about the importance of family was beyond heartfelt.  Everything related the Day Of The Dead was excellently done and you are totally hooked by the voyage of the little boy.  

I would absolutely recommend people checking this out.  It was a very well done movie but what else is new for Pixar.  

The Star


In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.

This is pretty much an animated movie for Sunday schools about the birth of Christ.  The songs were like hymns in church.  The journey of Mary & Joseph was told through the animals around them.  I'm shocked that this was given in wide release in theaters.  

I wouldn't recommend anyone bother with this.  Unless you are super religious.  If that's the case - this might be your favorite animated movie of the year.

Marshall


Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

This was a great story and very well acted by all parties involved.  The problem is that even with that being said, the movie ends up just kind of being there and is easily forgettable.  It's a shame because the three main actors continue to get bigger and bigger and this movie will surface years from now as a "remember when" type of movie.

I would recommend people check this out still.  It really was a good movie.  It will just be forgotten in the grand scheme of things.

Justice League


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Oh where should I start?  So many different ways to review this one.  By DC standards - it was better than average.  Nowhere near as good as Wonder Woman but definitely much better than Batman Vs Superman.  I have no doubt that going into this movie with super low expectations helped, but I did not hate the movie.  I could see me watching it again at some point.  The CGI was still garbage.  Cyborg was garbage.  The villain was beyond garbage.  But Aquaman was great and so was The Flash - even if both overdid it with the machoness and nerdiness.   Still - if you were to put this up against the slate of Marvel movies this would absolutely be the worst one.  

I would recommend people checking this out but keeping their expectations super low like I did.  It is one of DC's better offerings when seeing it through that point of view.  

Wonder


Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wow!  This was one hell of an excellent heart string pulling movie.  Great performances by everyone!  And I loved that it ended up being so much more than just Auggie's take on everything.  It was great to see the genuine point of view of his older sister and other kids in both of their age groups dealing with life and growing up and being connected to Auggie.  I hadn't read the book but am now very annoyed that I didn't.

I thought this movie was excellent and would recommend that everyone check it out.  It's an excellent feel good movie that will also make you cry your eyes out several times.

Daddy's Home 2


In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

This was pretty much more of the same laughs from the first one with the holiday stuff pushed in there.  It was formula in every way but regardless of how cheesy the laughs were, I still was able to enjoy this movie because of the chemistry between the actors.  The additions of Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were perfect to complement the already existing characters.  

I would recommend this to anyone that enjoyed the original.  It really was just more of the same and is not a good movie technically but the laughs did hit me regardless.

Murder On The Orient Express


Agatha Christie’s novel, published in 1934, is considered one of the most ingenious stories ever devised. The novel revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case, but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. In addition to directing the film, Branagh, a five-time Academy Award®-nominee, will star as detective Hercule Poirot. Depp portrays Ratchett; Pfeiffer is Mrs. Hubbard and Ridley plays Mary Debenham.

This was a weird movie for me.  It wasn't a bad movie.  It was actually quite good.  It just struck me as boring.  Kind of like watching paint dry.  Interesting paint.  But still very capable of making you fall asleep while watching it.  I even gave the movie a second go around to make sure and I felt the same way.  I know it was good.  I know it had good performances.  I just thought there would be more suspense or intrigue which I felt like it was running very low on.  I think my expectations of this really ruined it honestly.

I would still pretty much recommend people checking this out.  It is a good movie.  I just found myself bored by it because of high expectations.  

A Bad Moms Christmas


A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. And if creating a more perfect holidays for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers. By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

This was pretty much more of the original which I thought was hilarious.  This one added the dimension of the main characters mothers and added the whole Christmas part to the equation.  The laughs were still there and Katherine Hahn still stole every scene she was in.  This was a textbook sequel to capitalize on the success of an original.  Don't reinvent anything.  Just give the people more of the same with little tweaks or additions.

I very much enjoyed this movie and like these characters.  It's a great watch for someone wanting to see an adult movie with christmas flair.  

Thor: Ragnarok


In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor will arrive in Asgard after hearing about trouble in his home world, and when he arrives he finds Loki’s style of ruling (while impersonating Odin) has led to some lapses in the rules and leads to the freeing of prisoner Hela. Thor and Hela naturally come to blows when they meet, which sees Thor “blasted” to Sakaar, described as “a barbaric planet ruled by the charming but nefarious Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).” There he meets Valkyrie, who is hiding out on the planet, and brings him to the Grandmaster to make him a gladiator, where he meets the most popular competitor in the arena, The Hulk, and loses his trademark hair and hammer.

This was a major game changer for the Thor franchise.  Easily my favorite of the three, this one totally changed its tone and might honestly be the funniest Marvel movie to date.  Like major belly laughs throughout kind of funny.  They continued to build on already established characters and did a great job of introducing new ones.  The action was great.  The pacing was great.  It really was an all around awesome ride and a great change for the Thor franchise.

I would absolutely recommend people check this out.  It was Marvel excellence yet again and honestly funny as hell

Jigsaw


Thirteen years ago on Halloween weekend – "Saw" and the character of JIGSAW introduced the world to a new face of horror. For seven straight years “If it’s Halloween it must be Saw” was a holiday tradition. After a series of murders bearing all the markings of the Jigsaw killer, law enforcement find themselves chasing the ghost of a man dead for over a decade and embroiled in a new game that’s only just begun. Is John Kramer back from the dead to remind the world to be grateful for the gift of life? Or is this a trap set by a killer with designs of their own?

I really am not sure that there was a need for the Saw franchise to return.  The movies are literally carbon copies of each other.  If you like the idea of seeing people get out of the traps - cool.  If you don't - then these movies are garbage.  This is pretty much more of the same.  No sort of reinvention.  Just another copy of the whole "story".  I'm not saying that it was bad.  It really depends on if you like these kinds of movies.  

I would recommend anyone who liked the other Saw movies to watch this one.  You will most likely enjoy it.  Otherwise - stay far, far away like you did with the others.  

Geostorm


After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything...and everyone along with it.

This movie was awful.  This had so much less to do with end of the world natural disasters than it did with a silly ass plot to control the world with some weather station and the voyage to shut it down.  I don't even want to waste more time writing about it.  It was such garbage.

I wouldn't recommend anyone bother with this.  Total waste of time and definitely not worth any money being spent to see it.

The Snowman


Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson, based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller. When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

This was a massively disappointing movie.  If there was ever a movie that should have just been done like a Criminal Minds episode and it would have been awesome - this is the one.  Instead it was massively overdone, sloppily edited and boring as hell.  I wish that they would have put half as much effort into making the movie creepier - especially with how the opening 5 minutes had you in a paralyzed feeling of watching extreme awkwardness that teased that the whole movie would be like that - instead of pushing the country of Norway as some sort of a character kind of.  It was very strange and beyond disappointing.

I wouldn't recommend that anyone bother with this.  Like I said - it could have been soooooooo good but they completely dropped the ball.  

The Foreigner


The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of Casino Royale.  The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

This was a very enjoyable film when the action was happening.  Jackie Chan was awesome as always.  The only thing was that the movie was paced like a race between snails.  It dragged massively and really didn't have to.  They could have stepped on the gas a lot more.  

I would somewhat recommend people checking this out.  It's not great but is still a decent watch.

Happy Death Day


Blumhouse produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

This was basically a scary movie version of Groundhog Day.  It seemed like it would be a really stupid idea/movie.  But I was very pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed this movie a lot and it was done in a way that was both scary at times but very, very funny.  

I would absolutely recommend people checking this out.  Never thought I would be saying those words going in, but this movie was a lot of fun.  

Blade Runner 2049


Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

This was one of the most amazing visual movies ever.  It is basically a current day wow type of movie visually like the original Blade Runner was way back then.  The number one rule of a great sci-fi movie is that it fully transports you to their alternate world and makes you feel like you are really there.  This movie absolutely delivered on that.  And it was a great, well developed story.  I will say that the movie is about twice as long as it had to be but it was still a very enjoyable watch.

I would definitely recommend people checking this out.  It's a great watch and one of the more excellent visual movies ever.  

Flatliners


In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

The original Flatliners was a favorite of mine growing up.  I used to watch that movie all the time.  I can't possibly do justice to how not excited I was to see that they were remaking this.  And my crappy expectations turned out to be dead on.  This was nowhere near the level of the original Flatliners.  It had some super small scares here and there but not nearly enough.  And the casting was horrible.  Especially the one guy that I guess was trying to do the Kevin Bacon role from the original.  Every time that guy spoke or did anything I wanted to yell shut up at the screen.  He was so bad.

I would not recommend that anyone waste their time with this.  It's definitely one of the lamer remakes with the flood of them that have been done.

Battle Of The Sexes


The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the "Battle of the Sexes" and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

This was an excellent autobiographical movie.  Emma Stone and Steve Carell were both awesome and brought so much more to each of the people that they were playing then just a tennis match.  The build up to the match was incredibly well done but it was them playing these people behind the scenes of it all and behind closed and very private doors that really made this movie a joy to watch.

I would absolutely recommend people checking this out.  It has great build, great acting and really is an excellent story.  

American Made


In Universal Pictures' American Made, Tom Cruise reunites with his "Edge of Tomorrow" director, Doug Liman, in this international escapade based on the outrageous (and real) exploits of Barry Seal, a hustler and pilot unexpectedly recruited by the CIA to run one of the biggest covert operations in U.S. history.

This is one of Tom Cruise's better performances in a long time because he let go of the need to be in action all the time and just played a guy in way over his head with a situation spiraling more and more out of control.  This movie developed excellently and was basically a movie version of the Netflix show Narcos BUT through the eyes of a pilot transporter who never should have been involved to begin with.

I would sort of recommend people checking this out.  It's not a must see but it is definitely an enjoyable watch and nice to see that Tom Cruise can still actually act outside of running and fighting all the time.

The Glass Castle


Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

This was a very well acted family drama.  Everything felt beyond genuine and real.  Brie Larson and especially Woody Harrelson really put in Oscar worthy performances and both really hook the audience into caring big time.  The back and forth between childhood and adulthood dealing with the family by Brie Larson made for excellent story telling.

I would absolutely recommend people checking this movie out.  Excellent acting across the board and a dysfunctional family story that completely hooks you.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie


In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

This was yet another enjoyable Lego movie.  It's nowhere near the laughs and enjoyment of The Lego Movie or the Lego Batman Movie because the characters are not already known entities and what not.  I liked that it was a Princess Bride type thing with live action narration that they would go back to.  It also had tons of funny moments sprinkled throughout just like the others that were absolutely more for the parents/adults than the kiddies.  

I would definitely recommend people checking this out.  It was a fun watch and the kids will love it.  

Kingsman: The Golden Circle


Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...

I forgot how much I enjoyed the first one until I had a chance to rewatch it a second time a couple weeks ago.  It was lots of awesome off the wall action and Matthew Vaughn really doesn't make non-enjoyable movies.  This one is pretty much more of the same from the original.  The off the wall is definitely there.  The characters that you have come to love are definitely there.  Just an enjoyable ride.  The only knock I could make is that the movie was like a 1/2 hour too long.  

I would definitely recommend people check this out.  It's a fun take on the whole James Bond like world just like the original.  

American Assassin


American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I was going to.  It was formula in every way and was kind of like a poor man's Jason Bourne but I liked the actors and the chemistry between Keaton and O'Brien was awesome.  Loving how Michael Keaton has come back from the dead.  Probably one of my favorite actors ever.  This movie was a very enjoyable action movie with lots of testosterone and adrenaline up there on the screen.

I would definitely recommend that people check this one out.  It was a fun watch and a great popcorn movie where you just shut off your brain and enjoy the 2 hour ride.

Home Again


Home Again stars Reese Witherspoon as Alice Kinney in a modern romantic comedy. Recently separated from her husband, (Michael Sheen), Alice decides to start over by moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles with her two young daughters. During a night out on her 40th birthday, Alice meets three aspiring filmmakers who happen to be in need of a place to live. Alice agrees to let the guys stay in her guest house temporarily, but the arrangement ends up unfolding in unexpected ways. Alice's unlikely new family and new romance comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband shows up, suitcase in hand. "Home Again" is a story of love, friendship, and the families we create. And one very big life lesson: Starting over is not for beginners.

This is one of those enjoyable movies that ends up just sort of being there.  It was cute and a fun watch but I will forget about this movie in like 2 days.  There was no long lasting appeal to it even though it was a decent watch.  The characters were cute.  The story was cute.  The chemistry was cute.  But there really isn't much else to say about it.

I would sort of recommend people checking this out.  Again - its not a must see although its a decent watch because there really isn't too much memorable substance to it.

Mother!


A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," "Requiem for a Dream"), "mother!" stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

This movie is exactly why artsy movies should not star huge actors and be advertised as a mainstream movie.  I knew going in that this would be one of those massively mismarketed movies and my expectations were spot on.  This is an artsy movie filmed in a visionary style that film studies people could easily examine and rave about.  It is NOT a mainstream movie in any way.  I honestly said "what the f am I watching" out loud about 70 times.  This movie was off the charts strange and all about being open for interpretation.

I would only make the suggestion that filmmaking buffs see this due to the visionary style of Aronofsky.  Outside of that - this will pretty much be seen as a massive turd by all.

IT


New Line Cinema’s horror thriller "IT," directed by Andrés Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

This movie was everything that I hoped it would be.  It focused on the kids part of the story and took the time to develop all of them.  This gave the movie a real ET or Goonies feel in that aspect.  Penny wise the clown was AWESOME and creepy as hell.  Every time he spoke you were on the edge of your seat and it wasn't cheesy scares.  There was outright tension and fear throughout.  This was honestly one of the better overall Stephen King adaptations ever.  Like on the Stand By Me or Shawshank Redemption level.

I would absolutely recommend people checking this out.  It was an excellent watch and easily one of the better made scary movies in a long time.

Wind River


The film follows a rookie female FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a veteran, local game tracker with a haunted past (Renner) to investigates a murder on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of avenging the girl’s death.

This is one of those movies that is a decent watch if you have the time but is ultimately just there.  It's not a must see but it's not necessarily bad either.  It's a decent story with decent characters but is really just kind of there.

I wouldn't really recommend anyone feeling the need to get to your local theater and pay for this.  Catch it in passing if you have the time once it shows up on cable or Netflix.

Leap!


11-year-old orphan, Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream - to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own - to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But - there's a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor's encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

What a snoozefest.  I honestly can't remember an animated movie that was this boring for both kids and adults.  The material is not cutesy enough for kids honestly and it's too boring for adults.  There is a reason why this movie was in release limbo for what felt like years.  It should have completely been removed.

I would not recommend anyone bothering with this turd.  It's a total waste of time.

Logan Lucky


Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

This was a very quirky movie and a great cast.  I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did but the laughs were plenty even if they were mostly the shaking your head at the stupidity of the actors.  You could tell that it was a Soderbergh movie though because it very much had an Ocean's 11 kind of feel to it where what you were really seeing would be cleared up later.  

I would recommend people checking this movie out.  It's a fun watch with a great cast.  The quirkiness throughout really made it enjoyable.

Patti Cake$


In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in "Patti Cake$," the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music-video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, "Patti Cake$" chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy and some unforgettable beats.

This was a pretty enjoyable watch.  If you were to take 8 Mile and make Eminem a white girl with a very random posse - you have Patti Cake$.  That being said, the movie was well done and enjoyable regardless of the feeling that you have kind of seen it before.  The characters and the freedom they are given acting wise really carried it.  

I would sort of recommend people checking this movie out.  It's not a must see by any means and honestly it barely opened so I'm not sure about how much it's possible for anyone to see it if they wanted to, but it's a pretty good watch.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature


Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

This was poop and I stopped trying to watch it 30 minutes in.  I don't remember much about the first one which pretty much screams why was a sequel made.  Add to that how the portion of this movie I watched was a really lame rip off of Over The Hedge and I couldn't fight off pulling the plug on it.  

I would not recommend anyone wasting their time or money with this.  It's poop and not even worth taking kids to see it.

The Hitman's Bodyguard


The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife.

This was a throwback summer action movie.  Turn off your brain and don't question the logic/validity of the things happening on screen and enjoy the show.  Lots of crazy banter.  Lots of sarcasm between the leads.  Lots of silliness and some love stuff mixed in.  I have always been able to enjoy movies like this especially when there is great chemistry between the actors like in this one.  

I would recommend people checking this out.  It is by no means a good or great movie but it can be very enjoyable if you can turn your brain off.

Annabelle: Creation


She’s back! In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.

This movie was impressively creepy.  It made me wish that I was more into the Conjuring universe because they did a good job of connecting all the movies.  There were more than enough scares and tension to make this an entertaining scary movie.  It was much better than expected.  

I would definitely recommend this movie to people that like scary movies.  This was a much better than average one and worth the trip to the movies.

Detroit


From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of '67.

Wow!  This was one hell of an intense movie.  It pretty much took you directly to this time and made you sit through some incredibly uncomfortable stuff. The direction was amazing and the performances were top notch too.  I left the theater beyond annoyed at the world that something like this could have happened and honestly continues to happen on a regular basis.  

I would absolutely recommend that everyone check this bad boy out.  It is an absolute must see from both a society/historical view point.  It's also an excellent example of filmmaking at its best.  Just be prepared to be very uncomfortable watching it.

The Dark Tower


Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is the most ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors. Now the story comes to the big screen starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim. The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel ("A Royal Affair"). 

This is one of the biggest movie disappointments ever for me.  I have read all the books and have been dying to see it end up on a big screen or a tv screen for what feels like forever.  I was thrown off when I first saw the trailers because they didn't make sense in terms of which book they were doing.  I kept putting off looking into anything because I didn't want spoilers or anything.  It turns out that they did not adapt any of the seven books.  Actually they just took bits and pieces from some of them and positioned the story AFTER the whole book series kind of.  It was very choppy and rushed and completely wasted the best parts of the movie - which were Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and what could have been McConaughey as the Man In Black.  They made the movie more about the kid and through his eyes with no adequate background given to everything else.  Basically, they tried to make the movie "down the road" so that you could enjoy it if you read the books but also enjoy it if you hadn't and failed on both fronts.  No fan of the book will be a fan of this movie because of how wrong it fells on so many levels and no newbie will be a fan becuase the books end up being like a prerequisite for understanding it.  

I would not recommend anyone bother with this movie.  It was flawed in so many ways.  The show really should have been brought to tv like Game Of Thrones or Westworld.  That would be the only way that I could see this whole story being given justice.

Girls Trip


Four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival and rediscover their sisterhoods and wild sides – enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Wow!!!  I never saw this one coming.  This movie was by far the funniest movie of the summer.  Like nothing else was even close.  I can't tell you how many times this movie had me crying from laughing.  All of the characters delivered on one level or another but the unknown actress playing Dena stole the show.  She was beyond hysterical.  The only thing I can compare it to was Catherine Hahn in Bad Moms.  She literally stole every scene she was in and its the type of character that would normally get stale as the movie went on but not at all.  Even the running time of two hours for this movie should have been a major red flag.  Even the attempt to get dramatic at times that normally ruins comedies didn't ruin this one.  This was A LOT of laughs.  Definitely rated R laughs but so many of them.

I would absolutely recommend people checking this movie out.  Again - easily the funniest movie of the summer.

Atomic Blonde


The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies. 

Charlize Theron was one bad ass mofo in this movie.  She was perfectly cast as a female Jason Bourne type.  The action was great.  The spy stuff was great.  The pacing was great. This movie was a very fun ride and the 80s soundtrack was awesomely worked in to the different moods on screen at that time.

I would definitely recommend peeps checking this out.  It was a very enjoyable watch and a hell of a ride of action.

The Emoji Movie


Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

The unfortunate thing for this movie is that animated movies have stepped up their game so much with Pixar & Dreamworks pretty much leading the way that adults enjoy them just as much (if not more) than the kids.  That being said - we can sometimes lose sight of the general idea that these movies are technically for kids.  This movie has been the worst reviewed movie of the year.  And it very much was a mess of a movie in every way . . . . . For adults.  Thats the part that a lot of these critics shot right past.   Kids will most likely love or at the very least enjoy this movie.  The parents that take them and will want to go to sleep for the movie.  I did for a chunk of it.  But just grin and take it for the children, it will be over soon enough and they will be glad they saw it.

The movie was definitely garbage but . . . . I didnt think it was as bad as hyped and the kids still liked it.  That's really all that is supposed to matter with this.  Adults seeing it without kids?   You should hard pass on that!

Kidnap


A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mom Karla Dyson (Academy Award winner Halle Berry) when her son suddenly disappears. Without a cell phone and knowing she has no time to wait for police help, Karla jumps in her own car and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. A relentless, edge-of-your seat chase ensues, where Karla must risk everything to not lose sight of her son. 

How was this a full length movie?  Better question - how the hell has Halle Berry fallen this far?  It wasn't too long ago that she was a top actress in Hollywood, right?   Now she is in what should be straight to DVD movie or an extended Criminal Minds episode.  This is pretty much a giant waste of time and you have pretty much seen it by watching the commercial.

I wouldn't recommend anyone bother with this.  Really don't understand how this was made at all.

War For The Planet Of The Apes


In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

This movie was great just like the other ones.  It really is amazing how they make the apes seem like such fluid and normal characters.  And the fact that they develop the apes over the course of the franchise like they are legit actors is even more impressive.  You feel for this apes that you have been watching for three movies now and you get excited about new additions - especially Bad Ape.  That one had me laughing out loud so many times during this movie.  The only knock I'll make against this movie is that in the grand scheme of things it just felt like a long isolated battle.  It didn't feel like another chapter in this progressing story as much as the other two did.  It just kind of felt like well let's fight this group of humans now.  Not sure if that makes sense or not but it just seemed to be lacking a little bit of a hook that the other movies had.  It was also way too long considering what I just said above.  Sorry - that was two knocks.  

I would still recommend people check this movie out - especially if you are fans of the franchise.  It is a very enjoyable watch even if it kind of lacked as much substance as the others.