‘Incredibles 2’ Film Review

Grade: A

Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Brad Bird, and Huck Milner in Incredibles 2 (2018)

It has been (almost) fourteen years since ‘The Incredibles’ was released in theaters; I say “almost”, because the first film was released sometime in November, whereas, this sequel was released in June. However, since superhero movies have been the new “Summer Blockbuster”,  last month was a perfect way to ring in the summer. Let me just tell you that ‘Incredibles 2’ is a delight from start to finish. Not only does the animation look as clean and fresh as ever, but the film is pretty darn entertaining, both as a superhero movie, and as a family comedy!

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‘Hereditary’ Film Review

Grade: A

Toni Collette and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018)

 

 

I have never been so blown away by a horror movie quite like ‘Hereditary’; it is the most intense, disturbing, well-acted and directed movie I have seen since ‘A Quiet Place’. While both movies rely on suspense and tension, there is something unnerving about this movie. With its score and direction, every scene is enough to keep you on your toes, as you expect terror around every corner. It may not rely on jump scares, but it does not need to; ‘Hereditary’ succeeds in just about every aspect. It is reminiscent of old horror classics and makes you remember what made those movies terrifying in the first place.

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke, and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

The ‘Star Wars’ train keeps running with ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. Taking place between the events of ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘Rogue One’, ‘Solo’ feels like a long time coming. If you know that George Lucas scrapped Han Solo’s origin story in ‘Revenge of the Sith’, you would probably feel it fair that the beloved smuggler get a story of his own. Who knew that there would be production problems in the process? From reports of Alden Ehrenreich’s dismal acting to the firing of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to the hiring of Ron Howard as eventual director, it seemed that fans and I were skeptical about how it could play out. A 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes revealed that there was some hope, but I had to see for myself to see how it fared.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Film Review

Grade: A

Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, Leslie Uggams, Morena Baccarin, Lewis Tan, Stefan Kapicic, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Karan Soni, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, and Brianna Hildebrand in Deadpool 2 (2018)

I have never had so much fun watching ‘Deadpool 2’. What the first feature lacked, David Leitch’s sequel gains — in terms of fast-paced, non-stop action, and jokes that actually hit me. In case you did not know already, I thought the first ‘Deadpool’ was okay. I was expecting it to be a great superhero movie, but its uneven structure really bothered me; of course, that may have been its intention, and it actually proved to be more enjoyable on its second viewing. I just really loved ‘Deadpool 2’. Not a dull moment flew past me as I sat through explosions, profanity, gore, and fourth-wall breaks. The character of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is a gift from Marvel heaven, though he has yet to make his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (The Disney/Fox merger happened in 2017). We might as well enjoy these cinematic offerings while they are hot, naughty, and R-rated.

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‘Blockers’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Blockers (2018)

It is easy to describe ‘Blockers’ as ‘American Pie’ meets ‘Neighbors’; not only was it produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg of ‘Neighbors’, but its concept is very similar to ‘American Pie’; teens want to lose their virginity on prom night. The only twist? It is from the perspective of some worried parents desperate to stop the fun and debauchery from happening. What follows is some hilarity, and a surprisingly heartfelt look at accepting your kids as they grow up.

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Film Review

Grade: B+

Rebecca Ferguson, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Skylar Dunn, Cameron Seely, and Sam Humphrey in The Greatest Showman (2017)

‘The Greatest Showman’ may be out on Blu-Ray and DVD, but being that it is a cultural phenomenon, a review is still in order. In all seriousness though, I actually got to witness this film on the big screen just a few weeks ago, which I count myself lucky to have experienced. Though it is not the greatest musical (or movie) I have seen, it still goes out on a high note. 

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‘Love, Simon’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Nick Robinson in Love, Simon (2018)

I have never felt so much emotion watching a high school movie than I did after ‘Love, Simon’ – based on Becky Albertalli’s book ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’. It is one of the most realist, honest, sweetest, and heartbreaking films I have seen in a long time, even when it manages to feel cartoonish at times (No thanks to Tony Hale’s portrayal of a high school teacher looking to connect with his students). I still managed to see ‘Love, Simon’ for what it was; a walk in a closeted gay teenager’s shoes.

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‘Three Amigos!’ Classic Film Review

Grade: C-

Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short in ¡Three Amigos! (1986)

One question I need to ask! How can three legends of comedy fail so miserably? Not saying that John Landis’ cult classic ‘¡Three Amigos!’ is all that terrible (the film manages to be enjoyable in its goofy swagger), but if you have the likes of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and an up-and-comer named Martin Short at the center of your comedy, you would expect something gut-bustingly funny! For some audiences, ‘¡Three Amigos!’ is a riot of silly proportions, but for most, this western parody goes between the ranks of ridiculous and mediocre.

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‘Tully’ Film Review

Grade: A

Tully (2018)

‘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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‘The Titan’ Film Review

Grade: B

Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling in The Titan (2018)

I checked out ‘The Titan’ not too long ago. Although science-fiction is not nearly my interest (especially content that looks released for DVD), I found it to be as engaging and endearing way more than I expected it to be. Netflix has been making great content lately, and the popular streaming site shows no sign of stopping. Every month, there is always a new show, or movie released with the hope that viewers will tune in. While I do not see many audiences watching ‘The Titan’, those who are into science-fiction or want to think will find themselves immersed.

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