Archive for August, 2019

16th August
2019
written by Adam

On the cusp of becoming teenagers three lifelong friends ditch school in a semi prepubescent musketeer adventure whilst carrying illegal drugs, running from teenage girls, and trying to find their way to a much anticipated consensual kissing party. Will the Beanbag Boys endure or will 6th grade pull them apart? Directed by Gene Stupnitsky and co-written by Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg this irreverent comedy comes in the form of essentially three stale-ish joke models being told and re-told, which, while not entirely effective, does manage to land a handful of chuckles; specifically, jokes centered around the naivety of youth and misunderstanding of modern colloquialisms. But, in terms of comedy freshness, the born on date here appears to be a bit underdeveloped. Still, the film’s three leads, Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon, manage to carry the weight of higher expectations just fine with extra charisma and nutty chemistry in this brief 89 minute romp. Maybe a matinee, but just fine as a rental later, Good Boys is rated R.

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16th August
2019
written by Adam

A visionary architect who’s long since stepped away from her craft, Bernadette (Cate Blanchett), rediscovers her passion lest her idle hands turn to malevolent creations. But first, before this butterfly can emerge from a 20 year chrysalis, the squaring of cards with her husband and daughter (Billy Crudup and Emma Nelson) will also carry a weight, can she make it all happen before sabotaging herself? Directed by Richard Linklater and based on the book by Maria Semple, this emotional journey to find a lost passion is a chuckle worthy endeavor with an amazingly deep talent pool for an ensemble. Curiously, a bit questionable in its pacing as Bernadette’s story is spilled out between the bustling of Seattle and the desolation of the arctic circle, this oddly shaped narrative appears difficult to condense, even for an experienced storyteller such as Linklater. Regardless, enough, charm, quirk, and comedy from Blanchett manages to sell the drama, even while fans of the novel moan of the film’s shortcomings. Worthy of your matinee dollar or a rental later, Where’d You Go, Bernadette is rated PG-13.

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9th August
2019
written by Adam

When Stella, Chuck, Augie, and Ramón (Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush, and Michael Garza) break into the old Bellows mansion on Halloween night the gang get more than they bargained for when they accidentally raise the malevolent spirit of Sarah Bellows (Kathleen Pollard). Now unleashing stories untold and written in blood, tempering these flames of rage will take teamwork and fast thinking….before it’s too late. Directed by André Øvredal, Produced by Guillermo del Toro and based around the stories and artwork of Alvin Schwartz’s now classic compendium of horror titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, this faithful and heartfelt interpretation and incorporation of the source material delivers the chills and thrills with the perfect balance of creepshow and comedy all told in semi-vingnette style. With top notch art direction, dizzying cinematography, polished acting, and a loving score all based around the traditional arrangement of the Hearse Song, this is a perfect release to herald Halloween’s early arrival currently haunting grocery stores everywhere, it’s just around the corner but who’s counting? Of note for the parents, the gore factor here is low, but the scares are real, and some language pushes the PG-13 envelope, keep the young ones at home. For the rest, you’re about to fall in love with horror all over again, here’s your gateway, don’t mind the pitchforks on the way in…..Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is rated PG-13.

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