‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ Film Review

Grade: B

Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith in Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Two decades have passed and Pokémania is still sweeping the nation. Fads come and go, but this phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, as long as there are new creatures and worlds to expand. Its popularity only seemed to go strong with the rise of an app called ‘Pokémon Go’, causing many a lazy butt to go outside and a generation of millenials to become social, yet never have we had a live-action ‘Pokémon’ movie until now. ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ is just as fun as a movie set in this world could be; elevated by great effects and the charm of Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the electric-type creature.

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‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ Film Review

Grade: D+

John Malkovich, Haley Joel Osment, Joe Berlinger, Zac Efron, Jim Parsons, Angela Sarafyan, Kaya Scodelario, and Lily Collins in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Ted Bundy was one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, second to Charles Manson, committing a series of grisly murders of thirty plus women in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Florida, Colorado, and Utah. His crimes were described by Judge Edward Cowart as “Extremely wicked, shockingly evil, vile, and the product of design to inflict a high degree of pain”, and he was executed in the Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989. Though he was a despicable human being with no regard of human life, what sort of separated him from other serial killers was how charismatic he was; no other person could take on the persona of Bundy like Zac Efron, an actor with enough charisma to carry a movie, which is exactly what he does in this scatterbrained biopic based on the memoir ‘The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy’ by his former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall (Portrayed by Lily Collins).

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Film Review (Spoiler-Filled)

Grade: A-

Now that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has had a good, albeit successful run in theaters for a few weeks, and the spoiler ban has been lifted, I have felt the need to go into detail about ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Being that this review is filled with spoilers, those who still have yet to see this epic conclusion to Marvel’s ‘Infinity Saga’ should turn back and come here afterward; otherwise, you can keep going.

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Jacob’s Top Ten Anticipated Movies of Summer 2019

May is only a day away, which means that the month of summer movies is nigh. While ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is busy making bank and breaking all kinds of records (and what a movie that was), it is now time to give attention to all the movies set to keep me busy during the summer months. Will I see them all? Probably not. But these are the Top Ten movies I am keeping on my radar prior to release!

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Film Review (Spoiler-Free)

Grade: A-

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Danai Gurira, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to this; eleven years and twenty-one films have led to a conclusion of epic proportions! Though, it takes a while to get to where it needs to be, due to its three-hour runtime. As much as I would love to talk about ‘Avengers: Endgame’, I feel by doing so would ruin a movie this huge and massive, it has to be seen to be believed. Nothing can prepare you for what is to follow, and how it all ends.

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‘Shazam!’ Film Review

Grade: B

Zachary Levi in Shazam! (2019)

It took a long time for DC to get the formula right for a fun, light-heated adventure like ‘Shazam!’, but here we are! In a world saturated by superhero movies, one rises up to prove itself to be a little different than the rest, and that turns out to be a good thing. It is hard to believe we came a long way from the dark, grey matter that was ‘Man of Steel’ to a bright and colorful rainbow known as ‘Shazam!’; it has the makings of ‘Big’ if it were a superhero movie and has the giddy childlike nature to show, but does not risk its intensity and punches to make for an entertaining action movie.

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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

You are probably wondering how a sequel to a ‘Groundhog Day’ wannabe manages to work, especially being that it is basically the same movie. Like a repetitive day, if one were to add some fun, charm, and plenty of twists, it essentially becomes enjoyable. While ‘Happy Death Day’ felt more like ‘Groundhog Day’, ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ feels like ‘Back to the Future Part II’ by focusing on the science of how Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) got stuck in the time loop.

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‘Us’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Lupita Nyong'o in Us (2019)

After the critical and financial success that was ‘Get Out’, for which writer/director Jordan Peele won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’, the new mastermind of horror has now returned to give us… well… ‘Us’. It plays as a throwback to 70’s horror films with its cinematography and style, and as a feature-length ‘Twilight Zone’ episode with its themes and characters, yet one thing is for certain; Peele is a filmmaker that requires you to throw expectations out the door and pay attention, even if the results turn out as predictable as you expect for a horror film.

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‘The Dirt’ Film Review

Grade: B

Colson Baker, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber, and Iwan Rheon in The Dirt (2019)

There is no denying that musical biopics are making a comeback. With the success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and the upcoming ‘Rocketman’ set to hit theaters this summer. It is even more prevalent with the new Netflix film, ‘The Dirt’, which is based on the best-selling autobiographical novel of nearly the same name (subtitled ‘Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’) by the members of Mötley Crüe, consisting of Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx. You would expect the story of one of the most controversial hard rock bands of the 80’s to be fodder for a documentary about the band itself (which was what I expected at first), yet screenwriter Rich Wilkes, and director Jeff Tremaine could not help but ride off the success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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