Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEW: Kevin Hart Delivers in ‘Night School’

Kevin Hart Delivers in 'Night School'

Release Date: September 28, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 51 minutes Grade B- Rated PG-13 Directed By: Malcolm D. Lee “You are one big mixed drink of learning opportunities” Teddy Walker drops out of Piedmont High School in his senior year due to his inability to take tests. Due to his intense charisma, he does well in life as a salesman at Joe’s BBQ City. So well that Joe tells Teddy that he plans on giving the store to him when he retires. Somehow he convinces his girlfriend, Lisa, that he has more financial security than he really does. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Star Is Born’ is a Love Story Rock Epic

MOVIE REVIEW: 'A Star Is Born' is a Love Story Rock Epic, lady gaga

Soaring into Theatres: October 5, 2018 Running Time: 2 hour and 16 minutes Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters Produced & Directed by Bradley Cooper Grade: A++ “Hey, I just want to take another look at you” I experienced A Star is Born in a Dolby Theatre before the October 5 release. It might be categorized as a musical drama category, but it is at its core a love story and a rock epic. I can’t stop thinking about this film. In his directorial debut, delivers a career-best …

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Occasionally poignant ‘Smallfoot’ trips over its story

By Andy Moser Grade: C+ Rated PG for some action, rude humor, and thematic elements. Running Time: 1 hour and 36 minutes Directed by: Karey Kirkpatrick Screenplay by: Karey Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James  The shoe has been placed on the other foot, so to speak. Director Karey Kirkpatrick’s (Over the Hedge) film about a group of curious yetis in search of the legendary “smallfoot” (we know them as human beings) is occasionally quite charming. It’s a slick-looking animated musical adventure, but unfortunately, its kicks are only as big as the title …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Nick Hornby’s Novel ‘Juliet, Naked’ Comes to the Silver Screen as Relatable Romantic Comedy

A comic account of life’s second chances Annie () is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan () – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Juliet, Naked is a delightful romantic comedy set in a small English seaside town. The film stars Rose Byrne (Spy, Bridesmaids), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Molly’s Game), and multiple Academy Award …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Meg’ is Suspense, Drama, Action, and a 75-foot Prehistoric Megalodon Shark

MOVE REVIEW: ‘The Meg’ is Suspense, Drama, Action, and a 75-foot Prehistoric Megalodon Shark

That living fossil ate my friend Jonas is an experienced rescue diver who is called in to help when he learns that his ex-wife, Lori, is trapped six miles beneath sea level in a submersible craft. Lori is part of a team of scientists led by Dr. Zhang, who are exploring the depths of the Mariana Trench where they believe there are interesting and valuable creatures that dwell beneath a thermal layer. When Jonas rescues the submersible by creating a distraction, he unknowingly opens up the thermal layer to allow a few sharks to rise above it and into the …

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‘I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday’ Experience From the Jacksonville Film Festival

I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday, Jacksonville Film Festival, Durden Godfrey

The Jacksonville Film Festival seems like it’s starting to make a modest comeback, screening such films as ’s I am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. The film fest is largely defunct, but the non-profit under that name is looking to hold screenings throughout the year. Durden Godfrey is a Jacksonville director, working with Jacksonville talent and shooting in Jacksonville. He’s known for his music videos and slasher type films. This film is less straightforward, more of a psychological thriller with slasher elements. The crowd that came out was a mixed one both in dress and attitude: Bikers in evening …

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” Comes to Sun-Ray Cinema in 5 Points

Eating Animals, IFC Films

In the past ten years, the way we think about food in the US has changed. Today the term ‘foodie,’ need not be explained, farmer’s markets are almost passe again, and vegan options are standard at modern restaurants. Yet has the way we make food changed at all in that time? People’s diets are sacred to them. The what, where, when, how, and who you eat is a very personal thing. The ability to choose what one puts into their body feels like fundamental aspect of free will and ability to act on one’s preferences. Yet the process to get …

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Movie Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Running Time: 1 hour 53 minutes Genre: Romance, Comedy, Musical Rated PG-13 for some suggestive material Grade: B Written and Directed by Ol Parker Based on the original musical by Catherine Johnson Do What Makes Your Soul Shine Ten years have passed since opened in theaters in July 2008.  The story, with hits from the popular super group ABBA and based on the smash-hit stage musical, was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical by the Golden Globes.  It went on the gross $615 million, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2008. The beloved characters are back to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Rock Stands Tall in SKYSCRAPER

Release Date: July 13, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 42 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber Light a man’s house on fire and you’ll find out what he truly loves Will Sawyer is a former US war veteran and FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader who now runs a security assessment business from home. He is honored when his former FBI teammate, Ben, recommends him for employment to Zhao Long Ji in Hong Kong. Ji has built the world’s tallest super structure and named it The Pearl. Referenced by Ji as the world’s 8th wonder, The …

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Lizards On The Loose! Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Movie Review

Grade: A Release Date: June 22, 2018 Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi Produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow Directed by J.A. Bayona Screenplay by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly Based on characters created by Michael Crichton If you enjoyed Jurassic World, then you will love Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  The trailers promised an exhilarating film and Fallen Kingdom delivers.  This may be the first film since the Dark Knight Rises that I watched on the big screen two nights in a row. Fallen Kingdom …

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