‘Doctor Sleep’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Ewan McGregor in Doctor Sleep (2019)

When it came time to adapt ‘Doctor Sleep’; Stephen King’s sequel novel to ‘The Shining’, Mike Flanagan seemed to be faced with some tough decisions when writing and directing. Not only were King’s original novel and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation two different beasts, but they were so dissimilar that the author famously hated Kubrick’s take on his work. However, it seems that Flanagan has succeeded in crafting not only a worthy sequel nearly four decades after the original, yet a movie that seems to work on its own terms (Hey, if it is enough to please the “King”, then I am sure it will work for modern audiences).

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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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‘The Girl on the Train’ Film Review

Grade: C+

The Girl on the Train Movie Poster

Emily Blunt is a very charming and eloquent actress with films like ‘Into the Woods’ in her filmography, but in this movie ‘The Girl on the Train’, based on the book by Paula Hawkins, she plays someone who is obsessed with the people who kind of happen to be a part of her life; I mean that in a Robin Williams as Seymour Parrish from ‘One Hour Photo’ kind of way. Her performance as an alcoholic stalker, who spends her money on train rides from her city to New York (much to her roommate played by Laura Prepon of ‘That 70’s Show’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’s chagrin) in order to see what’s going on around her personal ex-married life, is one that should definitely be remembered during Oscar season.

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