Pitch Perfect 3: Third Installment an Aca-tastrophe Worth Seeing

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Pitch Perfect 3 is the third installment in the musical comedy series about  a cappella and  the bonds of sisterhood.  If you enjoyed the other two and want one last hurrah with the Bellas, then you should embrace your inner completionist and seek this out.  And, even if you’ve never cared for this series, I would still recommend it purely to watch Continue Reading

Deadpool 2: Silly Sequel is Surprisingly Dark, Relentlessly Juvenile

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Deadpool 2 is the first disappointment of 2018.  With a genius marketing campaign, hilarious trailers, and the prospect of seeing our favorite foul-mouthed antihero again, I was ready to dive head-on into this Pool.  Sadly, Deadpool 2 is a needlessly darker and sophomoric outing that emphasizes violent action over clever wit, making for a film that Continue Reading

Millennials: Skip this Book Club

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) I know I am not the target audience for Book Club.  In fact, the only reason I saw it was because I got the times wrong for another movie, and Book Club was the only other option at that time.  However, I was fully ready to embrace the film, be surprised, or have a laugh.  I wanted to enjoy this movie, but the longer it dragged on, the less inertia Continue Reading

Melissa McCarthy’s Newest a Decent Party Film

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2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Life of the Party may have the slightest plot I’ve seen in 2018, and I’m okay with that (seriously, An Extremely Goofy Movie had more narrative thrust than this).  In a time when most big Hollywood releases are trying to cram “important messages” down our throats, Life of the Party comes along to give us a good laugh.  This is not Melissa McCarthy’s funniest movie, nor her best Continue Reading

Game Night: Clever Comedy Mixes Twisty Thrills with Dark Humor

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3.5 out of 5 stars (Above Average) In my opinion, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are two of the most likable actors working today.  Both are approachable, charismatic, and make mostly solid career choices.  (Excluding Bateman’s The Change-Up, a study in how not to make a raunchy comedy, and McAdams’ less-than-Oscar-worthy turns in those Sherlock Holmes movies).  Game Night brings the two together as a Continue Reading

Logan Lucky: Overlong Crime Flick with Blasé Performances Wastes Potential

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1.5 out of 5 stars (one of the worst of the year) I walked into Logan Lucky expecting to be entertained by a breezy crime comedy.  Brought to us by Steven Soderbergh (the man behind the hit-and-miss Oceans trilogy), Lucky has the potential to be in that vein; fast, funny dialogue combined with charismatic performances.  Unfortunately, Luck is not in the cards this time, as I witnessed a film turn from Continue Reading