Movie Reviews

6th July
2018
written by Adam

Balancing home life and the life of a super hero, Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) finds himself torn between needs, wants, and demands as Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne and Hope Van Dyne (Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Evangeline Lilly) come calling. Meanwhile the work of a dark character known as Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) stirs the pot further, now dropping to the sub-atomic level gains even more importance. Finding balance between big and small, this could take some work. Directed by Peyton Reed and Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari the entertainment demands for the sophomore dance of the lesser known comic hero are set sufficiently high, and, in light of recent events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (think Thanos’s hand of fate), the desire for levity is and was certainly necessary, proud to report, success. Sure, there are gimmicky tricks of shrinking and growing using “science,” but it’s still fun, the entertainment factor is still there, and the overall story is still successful in taking the viewer on a summertime popcorn chomper ride. Meanwhile, humor beats hit on a regular basis to provide the necessary chuckles to keep the ball rolling; and, the chemistry of the ensemble add extra glue to keep this picture together. Fun! Ant-Man and the Wasp is rated PG-13.

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22nd June
2018
written by Adam

Three years since the fall and closure of Jurassic World, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady (Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt) are called to action to help save the last dinosaurs before a volcanic eruption wipes them off the face of the earth…again. But, not everything is as it seems, and, an even more sinister plan for the dinosaurs may be in the works, only one way to find out…Roar!Directed by J.A. Bayona and written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, the DNA in this feature would appear to be strong, but, in actuality the end result is a bit flat. A few predictable chills and spills, plenty of nostalgia laughs and known dino tropes fill in the rest of the simple coloring book of Jurassic lore; we’ve got ourselves a popcorn chomper that does little to reveal more than we already knew, even with semi baked twists in consideration. Chomp chomp chomp, this might serve best as a matinee, better yet a rental later, no rush. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is rated PG-13.

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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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