Despite the positive word of mouth ‘Game Night’ has received in recent reports, I found it to be many things; lacking in laugh-out-loud humor, twisted, and atmospherically dark. One half of it fails to muster up a hearty, enjoyable laugh, while the other plays with your expectations; making it a well-done mystery-thriller, but a failed comedy. I expected better from its original premise. Come to think of it, ‘Game Night’ is more or less, a messed-up, unpleasant re-adaptation of the ‘Clue’ board game. While it is not a murder mystery per se, ‘Game Night’ does involve a group of people finding clues in order to win a game. These people are idiotic at best, which is what is supposed to make the comedy work, yet they come off as annoying, while the jokes seem tired.
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Benedict Cumberbatch dons the levitating cape, a blue mystic outfit, and a Vincent Price hairdo, as Marvel’s own Mystic superhero, Doctor Strange. In the newest Marvel Studios outing (which is reported to tie into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’) Strange starts off as a real doctor named Steven Strange; (the name isn’t made to sound cool either.) he has a PhD, but what makes him different from the other doctors is his knack for 70’s music, (which turns into a game of Name-That-Tune with him and his colleagues while getting the job done), sarcastic wit, and arrogance which somewhat makes him the jerk of the hospital. It also makes him clash with two of his colleagues; Christine Palmer (Rachael McAdams), the former love of his life; and Nicodemus West (Michael Stuhlbarg), who he gives a ton of guff to.
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‘The Little Prince’ had promise to be a great animated film. The first trailer I’ve seen of this film made it seem to be a sweet, heartwarming drama about the friendship between an old man (Voiced by Jeff Bridges) and a little girl (Voiced by Mackenzie Foy) as they experience the story of ‘The Little Prince’. (titled “Le Petit Prince” in France, where the story first originated) I expected emotion, heart, and tears to stream down my face by the time the film ended; what I got was a plot element that needed to be worked on more. As a movie however, ‘The Little Prince’ seems to do well with what it’s presenting. It is a take on what it is like to lose childhood innocence as you grow older and face the dark cruel world of reality, and a tendency to leave your memories of childhood behind you.
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