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Bodies Bodies Bodies - Movie Review

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Bodies Bodies Bodies - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 9 of 10 Cinephiles readily recognize the studio name A24, but general audiences may not be as aware of this newer film studio, like if you were to say, “the new A24 film”, many would say “what’s that?”. Well, A24 is a movie studio and distributor that has become a mainstay in the world of art house, eclectic and foreign movies and has generally solid filmmaking standards. While they love the horror film genre over there at A24, I haven’t seen them handle many films specifically like their new movie, Bodies Bodies Bodies. It’s more of a Knives Out type of film, a stylish who-dun-it that skews heavily towards a Gen-Z demographic with it’s brilliant cast of younger actors and actresses. Despite it’s appeal to youth, in much the same way Knives Out delivered a combination of suspense and laughs, Bodies Bodies Bodies leaves a trail of murder, mystery and hilarity in it’s wake that will leave audiences of al

Prey - Movie Review

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Prey - Movie Review Critics Score - 7 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 I can still remember the first time I watched the original Predator film, I was on vacation at a hotel and we were watching TNT or TBS or one of those cable channels, for those that remember cable television. The sequence of Bill Duke seeing an invisible creature in the jungle, grabbing that minigun and firing it like crazy, Arnold Schwarzenegger and company joining in and shooting the crap out of the jungle is all still indelibly etched on my memory. From that film, the Predator IP has spawned a couple sequels and a few other iterations of the property as well as some films that tried to stitch the Alien and Predator franchises together. But now 20th Century Fox has unceremoniously dropped the new film Prey, a prequel of sorts for the franchise, onto the Hulu streaming service. The director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) clearly has an eye for the the sci-fi genre, even though this film plays almost l

Luck - Movie Review

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Luck - Movie Review Critics Score - 5 of 10 General Audience Score - 5 of 10 Kids Score - 6 of 10 In it’s efforts to reel in subscribers, Apple+ has been getting some pretty great TV shows with some impressive quality in the last year or so. On the movie front, they still have only a handful of original films, some better than others, but they did get Coda, the Best Picture winner from last year to add some clout to their lineup. They now are getting their first digitally animated film, after the wonderfully hand drawn animated Wolfwalkers from a couple years ago, Luck debuts as their first fully CG film. Unfortunately the movie fails to impress on both the animated front as well as much of the story and screenwriting elements. The Skydance Animation studio behind the film clearly had aspirations of an Inside Out part two, but to compare Luck to Inside Out would be an atrocity. While the film struggled just to be average in most every way, to compare it to Pixar’s Lightyear from a coup

Cha Cha Real Smooth - Movie Review

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Cha Cha Real Smooth - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 Cooper Raiff is an up and coming writer, director and producer in Hollywood that general audiences will start to notice soon. After critics responded well to his debut film S#!% House back in 2020, he’s back for another round with Cha Cha Real Smooth. After debuting back at the Sundance Film Festival, which is where I got to see it in January, and after winning the U.S. Dramatic Competition Audience Award, Apple purchased Cha Cha for a reported $15 million dollar price tag. It just dropped into theatres and streaming on Apple+ last month, and while it’s ultimately a film about, life, love and heartache, general audiences and critics alike can enjoy the melancholic emotional beats the movies hits. The humor, likeable characters and their relationships that the screenplay gives us to work with are well above average and they make this romantic drama/comedy one of the better ones I’ve seen in a whi

The Sea Beast - Movie Review

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The Sea Beast - Movie Review Critics Score - 7 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 Kids Score - 7 of 10 When it comes to kids movies, getting and holding a child’s interest is not an easy task. As a father of a seven year old with ADHD and a ten year old with autism, unless they’re already familiar with the characters on the screen from the opening scene, getting them to stick around for a full length feature film can be quite a challenge. The new digitally animated film from Netflix, The Sea Beast, as an independent IP, with children not being familiar with any of the characters or story, is up against it from the opening scene. Fortunately for my viewing experience, this film was up to the challenge, with a great sense of pirate ship sailing, animated sea monsters attacking, swashbuckling adventures to be had right out of the gate. The opening had me harkening back to the beginning of The Little Mermaid and the song Fathoms Below or how the opening of Frozen with the Frozen Heart

Nope - Movie Review

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Nope - Movie Review Critics Score - 8 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 I used to be a movie trailer junkie. As soon as the latest trailer would drop for a Marvel, Pixar, alien, sci-fi or pretty much any other kind of film, I’d be all over it. But the older I get, the more value and also the more fun I find in knowing as little as possible, at least for the films I know I’m going to see. After Get Out and Us, Jordan Peele has locked himself in as this generation’s M. Night Shyamalan and I know, no matter what his next few projects are, I will watch them no matter what trailers come out or what they show me. Peele’s new film Nope is flying into theatres this weekend and this is a shining example of a film I wish I’d seen and knew as little as possible about before setting foot in that theatre. Don’t watch any trailers if you haven’t yet. As a matter of fact, don’t read the synopsis of this review, unless you’re on the fence that this is a film for you. Peele clearly has the hang of

Thor Love And Thunder - Movie Review

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Thor Love And Thunder - Movie Review Critics Score - 9 of 10 General Audience Score - 9 of 10 Taika Waititi is a fascinating actor, writer and director. After directing the critically acclaimed and generally beloved superhero film Thor Ragnarok back in 2017, he went on to win an Oscar for his 2019 Jojo Rabbit screenplay. Apparently the executives at Disney liked him enough to have him back for the fourth Thor installment, Love And Thunder. Taika’s got a wacky sense of humor that some people can’t get on the same wavelength with but he also has a very smart take on the superhero genre. Thor Love And Thunder deconstructs the superhero Thor and if you know anything about Waititi, he does it with a humorous spin on it. But while Ragnarok had it’s moments of hilarity, Love And Thunder is an absolute riot. The jokes fly at a near constant basis through the first two acts but the film settles down to establish some emotional stakes in the third. Some will say it’s too goofy, the characters ca

After Yang - Movie Review

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After Yang - Movie Review Critics Score - 9 of 10 General Audience Score - 7 of 10 When critics put together their favorite films of the year list (we all do), we consider the movies that move, touch and reach us on a different level than the rest. Certain films speak to us more than others do, it’s the nature of art and it’s interpretation by each individual viewing it. I got to see the new film from writer/director Kogonada, After Yang back at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It was not only my favorite film of the festival, it’s stayed my favorite film of year, as of this writing. With it’s recent release on VOD streaming and Blu-Ray, I wanted to revisit the film and put my thoughts down about this creation from a wonderful director. This is a delicate film, it’s not big, loud, it’s not in your face, there are messages but they’re contemplative, not instructive. Kogonada invites us to relax, pull up a seat, enjoy a cup of tea and let your mind ponder the complexities of this t

The Black Phone - Movie Review

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The Black Phone - Movie Review Critics Score - 7 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 With the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, many movie studios have added disclaimers to any films or TV shows that depict violence against children. The new season of Stranger Things 4 starts out with a disclaimer about the school shooting. I’m almost surprised that the new film from Universal, The Black Phone, was allowed to rollout on schedule, dropping into theaters less than one month after the previously mentioned tragedy. Not because it’s particularly bloody or overly violent, but the subject matter of violence, murder and kidnapping involving children is sure to touch a nerve with some audiences. The feeling of dread and the ominous tone the film carries through the first act may prove very unsettling for some and caution should be exercised by anyone sensitive to these elements. That being said, aside from the unnerving content, this film is engrossing. The way it’s able to sustain th

Navalny - Movie Review

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Navalny - Movie Review Critics Score - 9 of 10 General Audience Score - 8 of 10 When it comes to spy thriller films, most minds probably drift towards the James Bond and Jason Bourne franchises. But there’s also the more subtle spy films with more mystery and espionage as the focus. I’m talking about movies such as Bridge Of Spies, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or the wonderful but sadly overlooked film Breach (2007). The latest documentary film from the joint studios of CNN films and HBO is about the prominent Russian lawyer, opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. It’s currently available to stream on HBO Max. This fascinating film plays out like a political drama but then morphs into a thriller and spy chase. The real world events that transpire are as entertaining as the best written screenplays from the films I previously mentioned. For those of us that are familiar with the character Alexei Navalny, there’s sure to be details in regards his stand against Vladim