Jun 28 2019


Struggling to get by as a songwriter and street performer Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) hits an all time low when he’s struck by a bus at the exact moment an inexplicable hiccup renders the entire planet in darkness for just a split second. Upon waking from the hospital, minus a few teeth, Jack discovers somehow, some way, he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. With the entire Beatles catalog now in his songwriting book, Jack achieves a relative degree of local fame. Innocently backed by his best friend and manager, Ellie (Lily James), Jack is haunted with the prospect of this seemingly victimless crime of plagiarism. Meanwhile, the chalice of fame and fortune is a massive temptation when new manager Debra Hammer (Kate McKinnon) and pop Sensation Ed Sheeran arrive on the scene. Careful what you wish for…. Written by Jack Barth and Richard Curtis and Directed by Danny Boyle this Oz like journey into a parallel universe thankfully avoids the “oh it was all just a dream” trope and instead focuses on a much simpler straightforward feel good story. Specifically, none of the lead characters are particularly tricky and the real driving momentum comes from well rehashed Beatle magic. Dotted with endearing humor and select moments of the Danny Boyle cinematic je ne sais quoi, this is no Trainspotting or Slumdog, regardless, the positives outweigh the negatives, and, for folks looking for the next singalong flick, stop go no further. Yesterday is rated PG-13.

Jun 28 2019

Annabelle Comes Home

When spiritualists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga) leave their daughter Judy (McKenna Grace) at home for an overnight with trusted babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) it should be a simple low drama stay. But, when Mary’s friend Daniela (Katie Sarife) shows up, a series of unfortunate mistakes leads to the release of Annabelle, A doll that happens to be a conduit and anchor point for a powerful demonic spirit. Keeping the balance between the worlds of the living and the dead will make these adventures in babysitting far from ordinary. Written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman and Directed by Gary Dauberman, this surprisingly effective third installment in the Annabelle storyline manages to maintain all the spook, boo, and bump in the night from start to finish. Relying largely on practical effects and careful cinematography for its most effective scares, this hand wringing roller coaster is loaded with plenty of surprise, even for fans of Wan’s off beat tactics. Effective scoring by Joseph Bishara continues the creep factor to 11, giving our ears plenty to fear just the same. And, with a handful of real-life Warren “Easter eggs” peppered throughout the film, a careful eye throughout is required; reason not to blink, even when you want to look away! Fun for those who enjoy a solid dark ride, Annabelle Comes Come is rated R.

Jun 21 2019

Toy Story 4

It’s been many years since Woody (Tom Hanks) and the rest of the toys were passed from Andy to a new owner, Bonnie (Madeline McGraw), and, with Bonnie headed off to school soon, there’s a growing sense of uneasiness with the gang. Adding to their chagrin, the introduction of Bonnie’s newest toy “Forky” (Tony Hale) signals a clear turning of the tides. Relevancy, love, mid-life crisis and keeping up with progress are just some of the challenges the toys will face, ultimately, big decisions will have to be made. Written by a team of masterful writers and Directed by Josh Cooley, Pixar continues it’s reign in emotionally intelligent, thoughtful, and hilarious storytelling, layering honest and real human ethos and pathos into lovable, relatable toys– each lead challenged with good and bad choices but ultimately a decision that must transcend their current position altogether, smart. Furthermore, the entire cast meets and beats expectations matching sentimentality with fantastic new characters and delivery to boot. And, if that isn’t enough, advances in technology have made for even more impressive animation textures and visual bang in this latest installment. Serving well as a fantastic pause point or final chapter, Toy Story 4 is on track to become a fast favorite in the franchise. Rated G.