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  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★★★

    Two men on the run from distinctly different circumstances converge and come to form an unforgettable friendship in this charming southern adventure that leads them through the American frontier on their way to Florida. Written and directed by Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon unites Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome who is on the run from his caregivers at a nursing home, and Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), an ill-fated fisherman who stirred up trouble…

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★★

    Just married into the Le Domas Family Dominion, newlywed bride Grace finds herself tied into a game of chance as part of her new family’s wedding night tradition. Since the Le Domas Family earned their massive fortune through games, they host a customary gathering and game night every time a new member joins their family. Inside their mansion at midnight, everyone takes a seat at the table in the game room, and Grace (Samara Weaving), being the newest relative, has…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Well, sure enough, my opinion did change. My dad convinced me to give the movie another shot before it's pulled out of our local theater tomorrow, so we went and watched it again today (my second viewing, his third). I'm not one who often changes my opinion much after additional viewings, and I hate to sound like a push-over here, but I have to admit that this time I actually kind of loved it. It's as if all of my…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★

    Being no stranger to controversy, acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino sets his latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in Los Angeles in 1969, right before the notoriously nightmarish Manson murders. The story focuses on the lives of actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a television icon turned movie star whose popularity is in decline, and his enigmatic stunt double and good friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Dalton, full of self-doubt and fearful of the possibility of his impending irrelevancy, is…

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Angel Has Fallen

    ★★★

    After putting in plenty of years and two prior movies spent protecting the President, Secret Service member Mike Banning is up for promotion. In Angel Has Fallen, the third installment of the Fallen franchise, Banning has been personally hand-picked by President Allan Trumbull to take over as the new Secret Service Director. Trumbull tells him the good news directly during a getaway fishing trip, but then things quickly turn bad when a drone attack attempts to assassinate the President. Banning…

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★★

    In the early 1980s, author Alvin Schwartz created a book of short horror stories titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark that would go on to terrorize a whole generation of curious young readers. Combined with its morbid and ghastly illustrations by artist Stephen Gammell, the book would serve as an introduction to horror for many. Over the next ten years, Schwartz wrote two more books in the Scary Stories series, and now, nearly forty years later, it has…

  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    47 Meters Down: Uncaged

    ½

    I love a good shark movie. Since as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by sharks. I think they’re some of the most interesting creatures on our planet. Even when I was a kid, I used to wear shark tooth necklaces because I thought they were so cool. Basically any time you’ve got sharks in a movie, I’m all in for it. Amusingly enough, that same sentiment does not apply to video games where I think…

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★★½

    Based on a true story, Blinded by the Light follows the life of Javed, a down-on-his-luck Pakistani teenager living in Great Britain in the 1980s, who is in a social stranglehold by his strict father. He just wants to live a life like any other kid his age, and hang out with his friends, and go to parties, and maybe even meet a girl, but his overbearing dad has other expectations and plans for him. Being that they’re minorities in…

  • The Kitchen

    The Kitchen

    ★½

    Married into a life with the mob, three women living in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City in the late ‘70s find themselves trapped in their husband’s shadows in Andrea Berloff’s debut film, The Kitchen. Based on a 2014 DC Comics graphic novel by the same name, the film focuses on these three female friends facing the aftermath of their husband’s botched crime and subsequent imprisonment. Their Italian crime family promised to take care of them while their spouses are locked…

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Propelled by its near perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, I went cold turkey into The Big Sick, without so much as seeing a trailer. Although it took a worrisome amount of time, I did eventually warm up to the film and ultimately I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. The Big Sick is a movie that’s unflatteringly honest at times, and it’s a bit light in both of the romance and comedy departments, but it’s a well-rounded true story…

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★

    It Comes at Night is a bleak and mysterious psychological thriller that tells the story of a small family fighting against a faceless virus that has seemingly decimated most of the population. Joel Edgerton plays the father of the family, Paul, who takes every possible precaution to protect his wife and son. None of them know what’s happened, nor what’s causing the sickness, but they all agree that they must never go out at night. In their fear of the…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is a pulse-pounding, jukebox-jamming blast! In this wildly entertaining crime thriller, a young man called Baby is the perennial pedal-pushing getaway driver for an Atlanta crime boss known as Doc. The two of them have worked countless jobs together, and in Doc’s mind, Baby is the only one worthy behind the wheel. Unbeknownst to Doc, however, Baby plans to wipe his hands clean and hit the road for good as soon as the opportunity arrives. Tensions…