Movie Reviews

15th December
2017
written by Adam

Having incited the First Order the rebels are on the run in order to re-group. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is on a quest to learn the ways of the Jedi from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill); at the same time, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is completing his lessons in the force from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Secrets of the past and Mysteries of the force will be uncovered, but who will live to continue the battle between light and dark? Written and Directed by Rian Johnson this next installment in the beloved saga represents a clear departure from its predecessor, relying less on nostalgia and instead forging its own path in a galaxy far far away, a move that may in fact prove to be the hardest pill for long time die hard fans to swallow at first. Changing things up further, overt and thorough humor sets the tone as less Shakespearean and more comedic early on, clearly not your father’s Oldsmobile. Regardless, expected pulpy melodrama is still present, some DNA just can’t be exorcised. Ensemble wise, the diverse cast including Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Kelly Marie Tran continues to make strides expanding the universe showing more diversity than in the previous seven films. Overall, a well assembled addition to the Star Wars saga with plenty of cultural reflection on present day world news and politics. Worth your time, but you knew that already. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is rated PG-13.

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15th December
2017
written by Adam

As the cold war is warming up janitors Elisa and Zelda (Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer) are two friends working inside a government research facility in the 1960’s, an unfulfilling and dead end job. But, when tough guy Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) arrives with a strange amphibious creature (Doug Jones) for further study, an unlikely and fulfilling relationship is made. Directed by Guillermo del Toro this buffet of cinematic beauty combines the cinematography of Dan Laustsen, the music of Alexandre Desplat, and the creative writing brain of Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. End result, the creation of a stunning film aimed at whimsy, entertainment, and relevant political discourse regarding race, sexuality, and military action. This twist on a classic fairy tale sits nicely with del Toro’s catalog of monsters and creatures supported by a well toned ensemble of talent performers. Worthy of your entertainment dollar, The Shape of Water is rated R.

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8th December
2017
written by Adam

A 1950’s semi-transient family living and working on Coney Island, Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny (Kate Winslet) and her pyromaniac son Richie (Jack Gore), are struggling to make ends meet when Humpty’s estranged daughter, Carolina (Juno Temple), arrives seeking help. Neglecting Ginny, staying off the sauce, and now torn about caring for his daughter Humpty has some serious thinking to do; meanwhile, Ginny’s interest in heartthrob lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake) adds an angle of complication just the same. Leave it to the mob to show up and ruin everything, this can’t end well, or can it?Written and Directed by Woody Allen this period piece drama with schadenfreude comedic tendencies sets out with the best intentions but ultimately falls flat with comedy that never really soars and characters that otherwise feel only half cooked. On the positive, on top of her game Winslet still manages to pull off a feat of wonder of her own keeping Wonder Wheel from completely hitting the skids. Additionally, both cinematography and lighting shine thematically; but, the end result is a film that feels remarkably unimpressive even when held up against Allen’s hit and miss track record. Maybe wait for a rental on this later, Wonder Wheel is rated PG-13.

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