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15th June
2018
written by Adam

Looking into the life and lessons of the legendary and iconic children’s television host Fred Rogers, Director Morgan Neville offers up this touching, reassuring, and heartwarming documentary. Told from the perspective of several family members as well as fellow actors and crew on the show, Neville helps to paint Rogers as a man who actually walked his talk– effectively communicating, showing love, respecting all, and teaching his philosophies and moral codes with a kind hand. This is the film America needs to see to be reminded of what we CAN be and perhaps how we SHOULD be. Fair warning, at the press screening of this film (imagine a room full of hardened viewers) not a dry eye could be found. This is a must see, and while there is some question as to why not all surviving members of the show aren’t featured in the interviews, the spirit and intent of this film is pure gold. Won’t you Be My Neighbor is rated PG-13.

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Tag

15th June
2018
written by Adam

Thirty years later a small group of childhood friends are still engaged in an annual and moderately organized game of Tag during the month of May. And, this might just be the year that Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is deflowered as “it,” you see, all this time Jerry has never been tagged. Hogan, Bob, Randy, and Kevin (Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress) will have to come together as never before, all the while supported by Hogan’s wife Anna (Isla Fisher) and the watchful eye of reporter Rebecca (Annabelle Wallis). Getting Jerry may be one goal; but, there may be a bigger message about Tag than any of these friends ever anticipated. Directed by Jeff Tomsic and written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen this deceptively compelling story about brotherhood tees up irreverent male humor with enough heart and soul to deliver a heartwarming message in a simple package, and, loosely based on a true story none the less. Simple escapism awaits as we roll closer to the Summertime blockbuster season just days away, there isn’t exactly rocket science involved in this slapstick adventure, but rather, enough laughs to cross the finish line in fair enough order, especially with a run time of an hour and forty minutes. Tag is rated R.

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8th June
2018
written by Adam

Released from five years in prison, con artist Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has had ample time to plan out the perfect heist; the job to end all jobs, settle scores, and perhaps even retire by, a perfect crime at New York’s Met Gala. Aiding her are friends, colleagues, and partners in crime Lou, Rose, Amita, Nine Ball, Constance, Tammy and Daphne (Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Anne Hathaway). But, planning the perfect crime and committing the perfect crime will take expert precision, is this the team to actually get the job done? Directed and partially written by Gary Ross, this rollicking heist flick is a welcome jaunt into the summertime movie season. Heavy duty melodrama? No, not really, instead the audience gets simple fun, a few laughs, a few mild twists, and a really talented ensemble having a good time with the caricatures they’re embodying. Shot and edited with 60’s nostalgia flare, a tip of the hat to previous Oceans, Bullock and crew hold down the fort with tons of chemistry to drive the picture forward. And, coming in with a runtime of an hour and 50 minutes, welcome’s are not overstayed. Escapism for the weekend, check! Ocean’s 8 is rated PG-13.

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