Movie Reviews

October 2022 Screen Reviews

Best of the Silver Screen and the Small Screen   Best New Movie: Confess, Fletch The latest adaptation of Gregory McDonald’s Fletch novel series does an admirable job of bringing the comedic detective series to modern audiences, many years after Chevy Chase’s iteration of the character. Jon Hamm stars as the investigative reporter, Irwin M. “Fletch” Fletcher, hot on the case of searching for his wealthy fiancé’s (Lorenza Izzo) stolen collection of priceless paintings—until he stumbles into a murder investigation where he gets labeled the presumptive prime suspect. Greg Mottola, the director behind Superbad and Adventureland, helms the picture keeping …

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September Movie Reviews

Bullet Train A group of disparate and colorful assassins are placed on a speeding bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto in order to complete a job from a mysterious benefactor. Brad Pitt stars as the perennially unlucky retired hitman, Ladybug, in this entertaining but overly convoluted action comedy from director David Leitch, one of the minds behind the John Wick series and several other major action films from the past decade. The film’s plot is filled with double crosses and revelations that makes it nearly impossible to describe the events in an efficient manner, but the film is saved …

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August Film Reviews

Nope Jordan Peele has enjoyed one of the most unexpected second acts in the history of Hollywood; going from being a cult hero in the sketch comedy scene to being arguably the most prominent mainstream auteur to emerge in American cinema in the last 20 years, with Peele presenting himself as a kind of 21st century Rod Serling, telling modern-day parables about our culture through a lens of horror and science fiction. With his latest film, Nope, Peele looks to the skies to create thrills that are on the biggest scale he has done yet as an adaptive alien being …

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April Film Reviews

Harry Moore X Set in the summer of 1979, a group of filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas. But when the elderly and extremely conservative owners of the ranch they’re filming on catch them in the act, the cast and crew must fight for their lives in order to see the morning. The latest horror movie from A24 draws more from the slasher movies of the ’80s than from their more usual arthouse fare. Ti West, director of The House of the Devil and In a Valley of Violence, returns to feature filmmaking after a …

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February Film Reviews

Harry Moore Scream When a new maniac puts on the Ghostface mask and begins terrorizing the town of Woodsboro, it is up to the seemingly unkillable trio of Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley (played by franchise veterans Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette) to team up with a new generation of would-be teenage victims in order to uncover the killer and put an end to the carnage.  It’s been 25 years since the first Scream, directed by the late great director Wes Craven, slashed its way into movie theaters and syphoned together a level of witty self-awareness …

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ is the Perfect Ending to a Perfect Story for Audiences of all Ages

This is a new kind of enemy. We need to find the Hidden World. In the time since Hiccup defeated Drago Bludvist and became Chieftan of Berk, they have been freeing dragons from captivity and bringing them to Berk to live in harmony with Berkians. After the most recent rescue mission, Hiccup seems to be oblivious to the fact that the island has become very crowded until Gobber makes him aware. He recalls a time when he was a young boy when his father, Stoik, told him about a Hidden World where dragons live. After taking a good look around, …

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‘Halloween’ Ultimately Slashes Itself, Jamie Lee Curtis Kicks Ass

Grade: B- Directed By: David Gordon Green Screenplay By: David Gordon Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak Rated R for horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity. Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes For fans of John Carpenter’s original Halloween from 1978, the 2018 version gave plenty of reason for excitement. Carpenter overseeing the film as an executive producer. Jamie Lee Curtis set to return as Laurie Strode. And Universal Pictures tapping a talented director in David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express) to helm the project. If …

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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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