Movies

John Wick: Chapter 2

MOVIE REVIEW Release Date: February 10, 2017 Running Time: 2 hours and 2 minutes Rated R Grade: B Directed By: Chad Stalheski How good to see you again so soon Mr. Wick After doling out retribution for the loss of his 1969 Mustang and his puppy named Daisy, John Wick slides quietly back into retirement. The infamous assassin dubbed “The Boogeyman” spends his time with the pit bull that he rescued in the home that he and his deceased wife shared. Winston, the owner of the Continental, had warned him that if he had so much stuck his finger in the …

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What’s All the Wag About? “A DOG’S PURPOSE” Movie Review

Release Date: January 27, 2017 Running Time: 1 hours 40 minutes Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril Grade: B+ Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any of this? For Bailey, a Red Retriever, it all began with a boy named Ethan. They met when Ethan was a little boy and as the years went by Bailey was always there for him. Whenever life got Ethan down, Bailey knew exactly what to do. Bailey was there when Ethan met a girl and when Ethan’s …

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “SPLIT”

Release Date: January 20, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B+ Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan I’ve never seen a case like this before. Twenty-three identities live in Kevin’s body. Claire is celebrating her birthday with her friends when her father insists that they drive the loner in the group named Casey to her home. Claire and her best friend, Marcia, are sitting in the back seat while Casey is in the front passenger seat. As Casey buckles her seat belt she notices that a stranger is sitting in the driver seat instead of Claire’s …

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Wake Up! 90 Years Early “PASSENGERS”

Launch Date: December 21, 2016 Travel Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes Rated PG-13 Directed By: Grade: B There is a reason we woke up early Jim Preston is a mechanical engineer who is on his way, along with 4,999 other passengers and 243 crew members, to populate a new colony on a planet called Homestead II. Approximately 30 years into the 120 year journey, Jim’s hibernation box opens. He is stunned to learn that he will perish prior to the landing date since there is no way to resume hibernation. Jim keeps himself occupied aboard the space ship Avalon by …

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Collateral Beauty – Will Smith Confronts Love, Death & Time

Release Date: December 16, 2016 Running Time: 1hour and 36 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B Directed By: David Frankel Love. Time. Death. Now these things connect every single human being on Earth. Howard is a natural in advertising and the CEO of his New York advertising firm. He gives a passionate speech about how to sell to people using the following logic: we long for love, we wish we had more time, we fear death. His partners (Whit, Claire, and Simon) care deeply about Howard and believe in him, but everything changes when Howard loses his six year daughter. Howard …

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“A Man Called Ove” absorbs you

Jacksonville Release Date: December 2 at Sun-Ray Cinema Running Time: 1 hour and 56 minutes Language: Swedish with English subtitles Rated PG-13 Grade: A Written & Directed By: Hannes Holm A Man Called Ove is a character-driven film based on Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel. The film is the official Swedish selection for the Foreign Film category for the Oscars and I can see why. A Man Called Ove absorbs you.  Director Hannes Holm tells Ove’s story in present day with extensive flashbacks into his life as a child, teenager and young adult.  The story he weaves allows you to …

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Ho! No! No! “BAD SANTA 2”

I traveled all the way across the country to rob a charity? After their 2003 seasonal hijinks lands Marcus in jail, he is released due to over-crowding and makes Willie a proposition that he can’t refuse. Willie, who we know needs a reason to live, has just tried to off himself again when Thurman comes back into his life. After an attempt to hire Opal to make Thurman a man, he joins Marcus on a cross country mission to steal 2 million dollars. Much to Willie’s surprise, the target is a charity that helps children called The Giving City. Undaunted …

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Magical Release Date: November 18, 2016 Wizarding Time: 2 hours and 13 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: A Spellbound & Directed By: David Yates You’re an interesting man Mr. Scamander. Just like your suitcase, I think there’s much more to you than meets the eye. In 1926, Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who works for the Ministry of Magic, has traveled to New York City with a suitcase that has trouble keeping itself locked. Once there, he meets a muggle named Jacob Kowalski as Jacob prepares for a bank loan interview. After Jacob is turned down for a loan to open a …

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Holiday Movie Countdown, It’s “ALMOST CHRISTMAS”

Release Date: November 11, 2016 Running Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: C Directed By: David E. Talbert If I close my eyes, I can see Mom in here like it was yesterday. Walter, the patriarch of the Meyers family, lost his wife 10 months before this Christmas. For the first time since he lost his beloved Grace, his family is gathering together five days before the holiday. Unfortunately, his family does not get along. His eldest daughter, Cheryl, is a mother of two and is married to a former basketball player who has a roving eye. …

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