It is easy to dismiss ‘The Addams Family’ as yet another unnecessary reboot since so many people are more familiar with Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1991 film and its 1993 sequel; yet, in actuality, this “creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and all-together ooky” family has been around since cartoonist Charles Addams brought them to the comic pages in 1938. Though nothing is more familiar than the 1964 television series with Carolyn Jones as vampiric matriarch Morticia and John Astin as the suave and debonair Gomez and its theme song which still causes fingers to snap along every time it plays. No matter which version you prefer, it is clear that the legacy of the Addams’ still lives on.
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‘Tully’ is just about as honest a movie about motherhood as it is going to be. It shows the trials as well as the tribulations of what it is like to be a mother to multiple children. No other actress shows the anger and frustration as much as Charlize Theron, who shines in this movie. If this is an early attempt at another Oscar nomination, then it is well deserved. I loved almost everything about ‘Tully’ and what it brought to the screen. I was expecting a great movie from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody; I can gladly say that I was not disappointed.
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With ‘John Wick’, and now ‘Atomic Blonde’, director David Leitch (who was a stuntman for actor Brad Pitt) has proven himself to be skilled at directing action. Don’t believe me? Look at the way the action sequences in this action-thriller are choreographed. Charlize Theron manages to give and take every blow to and from her adversaries with a Bing! Bang! Boom! Making you feel every hit; injecting you with an adrenaline rush fit for an action movie. In one scene, that takes place in an apartment in West Berlin, MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is escorting a man named Spyglass (Eddie Marsan) to safety, when she is confronted by KGB agents, who come one by one as if they are re-spawning video game characters. She starts offing them in a long drawn-out sequence not set to music (almost all action sequences are stylishly set to 80’s New Wave, such as ‘Father Figure’ by the late George Michael, or ’99 Luftballons’ by Nena), albeit not as intense as the church shooting in ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, there is still a quiet intensity while watching people get stabbed, bloodied, punched, even kicked down the stairs; making it one of the greatest, and well-filmed action sequences.
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I believe what makes ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ worth watching is not only for its amazing stop-motion, but also for the animators’ ability to bring a large world- such as the one scene in this movie -to life. If you look at the mountains and the seas that are shown during this amazing, yet terrifying and thrilling adventure that young one-eyed Kubo (Voice of Art Parkinson) takes along with his companions: The fierce Monkey (Voice of Charlize Theron) and the idiotic, yet in some ways brilliant, master of archery Beetle (Voice of Matthew McConaughey in his animated debut), you can feel the style and effort these animators have put forth in order to make this movie an animated masterpiece.
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