Movie Reviews

‘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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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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