Friday, September 21, 2018

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Starring: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan and Renee Elise Goldsberry
Running Time: 1 Hour and 45 Minutes

This movie is based on John Bellairs 1970's children's book, "The House With The Clock In Its Walls". He has also written many other scary children's books. (I bet if this movie is successful, they will make more of his books into movies too).
When young Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) suddenly finds himself an orphan after a tragic car crash kills both of his parents, he is whisked off on a bus by himself to live with his next of kin. He is sent to live with his fathers brother, Johnathon Barnavelt (Jack Black). Uncle Johnathon is not someone that young Lewis is familiar with. Johnathon's unconventional lifestyle is weird and quirky and he lives in a very old and what seems to be haunted house!
There are all kinds of weird goings on at the house and it makes Lewis very uneasy and just plain scared!
Johnathon has absolutely no idea how to be a parent and allows Lewis to do and eat anything and everything that his heart desires. Johnathon has an unusual friendship with a unique woman named Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett). She is very kind and understanding to the young and bewildered Lewis.
Lewis walks himself off to his new school all alone to register and finds he doesn't really fit in with the student-body. He feels like a misfit both at school and at his new place of residence.
As time goes by he is finding more and more creepy goings on at the house! He finds out that Uncle Johnathon is actually a Warlock and that he performs magic in the house too! A clock is constantly ticking but at night, it gets especially loud and no one can seem to find out where the mystery clock really is.
There are many haunted and magical things going on all of the time!
Lewis grows to like both Uncle Johnathon and Florence. He becomes a little more comfortable in the unusual surroundings and also starts to do better at school.
This movie is an intense movie. It has many scary and unusual special effects. I also thought a lot of it was very clever, especially if your are looking for a new and surprising Halloween movie.
Parents be advised: This movie is only rated PG. I honestly believe it should be rated PG-13. I would not recommend it for children under the age of 13. It has some very intense and dark scary scenes. The special effects are realistic and might be too much for young children! I think it could cause them to be uneasy and have nightmares! There was also some mild profanity and a lot of unnecessary bathroom humor. It kind of has the feel of an old-fashioned horror movie complete with sound effects and organ music. Great for teenagers and adults alike. .
I am giving "The House With A  Clock In Its Walls" two and a half bags of popcorn.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

Starring: Constance  Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina and Ken Jeong
Running Time: 2 Hours

Based on the popular 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan and the first film by a major Hollywood Studio to feature a majority Asian American cast since "The Joy Luck Club" in 1993.
What a fun, happy and pleasant surprise this movie is!
 Rachel (Constance Wu), a wonderful young woman  meets the dreamy young man Nick (Henry Golding) in New York, and they start up a romantic relationship.
When Nick needs to go home to his native Singapore to attend the wedding of a relative, he invites Rachel to go with him.
When they get on the plane and fly first-class, she becomes a little suspicious. She is suddenly very well aware that Nick is not like an ordinary average young man as his family owns one of the wealthiest real estate companies in Singapore.
Rachel is a little shocked and overwhelmed with all of the action and excitement that Nick's upper-class lifestyle has to offer.
Many young eligible Singaporean women have their sights set on Nick and do not approve of her relationship with him.
Thrust into the middle of Nick's ultra fast-paced life, she is confronted by Nick's very possessive mother, Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh). Eleanor makes it very apparent that she does not approve or condone of Rachel, she wants her to leave and go back home to America.
 Rachel is heartbroken and discouraged and decides to leave.
I really enjoyed this movie. It has a bit of a fairy tale feeling to it. A great popcorn escape movie.
The scenery and upscale Singapore lifestyle was very fun and exciting.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I would recommend this movie for children over the age of 12. There is some profanity and adult-themed circumstances. Overall it was fun and refreshing.
I am giving "Crazy Rich Asians" three bags of popcorn.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Christopher Robin

PG Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael and the voices of: Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh/Tigger), Brad Garrett (Eeyore), Nick Mohammed (Piglet), Peter Capaldi (Rabbit), Sophie Okonedo (Kanga), Sara Sheen (Roo), and Toby Jones (Owl)  
Running Time: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes

This movie was so tender and so touching. One of the sweetest movies I have seen for a long time.
Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin is the perfect fit.
Christopher Robin was a totally different character than I was expecting, a little rough around the edges. As an adult, he had been conditioned to the times and hardships to which he was living in.
When Winnie the Pooh unexpectedly makes an appearance in his life, the important things suddenly start to come into focus for Christopher.
Sweet little Winnie is still very much in love with his old-time pal and thinks things should still be the same as they were many years ago, but they are not. Some precious things in life are so valuable that you should never take them for granted!
This movie was incredible they way they took all of the original "Winnie the Pooh" characters and brought them back to life. How Disney meshed them back into Christopher Robin's current life is magical!
The characters were absolutely adorable, so lovable and believable. 
I absolutely loved this sweet little movie! It was very touching and it will transport you back in time to your childhood when things were more simple, fun and exciting. This movie also deals with some serious adult issues as well.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG. It deals with realistic life issues and it is not a fantasy movie. I would not recommend it for children under the age of eight years old. 
I am giving "Christopher Robin" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Incredibles 2

Starring the voices of: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini
Running Time: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes

Fourteen years later... and we have "Incredibles 2". What a great, colorful, exciting, intense and very fun sequel to enjoy with all the members of your family. This story takes place directly after the first one left off. We find The Parr family just living their regular lives outside of doubling as a family with their own superhero powers! Each member has their own unique power.
Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell),  Dashiell Parr/Dash (Huck Milner) and Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) complete this little superhero team. Once an evil attack ensues in their city they jump into action to help out.
Elastigirl is specifically called on to help and leaves her husband Mr. Incredible, to take over the family responsibilities at home. Mr. Incredible finds out that it is more difficult than what he realized and baby Jack/Jack is discovering his own distinct superpower!
Fortunately at the very last and very intense moment, a major catastrophe is averted and
The Incredibles  save the day!
I found this movie suitable for all age groups and even more applicable for children because of the darling children and the baby highlighted in the movie.
This was a really fun and exciting story filled with all kinds of twists and turns.
Pixar did an excellent job again! Remember, Pixar always releases an adorable little short film before the movie. This time it is called "Bao", and it is definitely worth your time to see it!
I am giving "Incredibles 2" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ocean's 8

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Fanning, Griffin Dunne, Elliott Gould and Richard Armitage
Running Time: 1 Hour and 50 Minutes

After the very successful "Ocean's" movies; "Ocean's Eleven" in 2001, "Ocean's Twelve" in 2004 and "Ocean's Thirteen" in 2007 we have another smooth "Ocean's" movie with an all-female twist!
Sandra Bullock stars as Debbie Ocean, (the sister to Danny Ocean (George Clooney) in the former "Ocean's" movies). Debbie has just recently been released from prison. She has a personal vendetta against Claude Becker (Richard Armitage) her former boyfriend who framed her.
While serving her time she comes up with a detailed genius plan to pull off a $150 million mega-heist during "The New York Metropolitan Museum Of Art" fundraising gala which is the most exclusive party invitation in America! Debbie knows that Claude will be there!
Debbie starts immediately to contact and build her ultimate "dream team" of all women to help her make this heist a reality. She had searched out individuals with special skills or accessibility to complete her brilliant plan!
Lou (Cate Blanchett) Debbie's good friend, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) a famous actress, Rose Wall (Helena Bonham Carter) a fashion designer, Amita  (Mindy Kaling) a diamond expert, Nine Ball (Rihanna) a computer hacker, Tammy (Sarah Paulson) a suburban mom who collects stolen goods and Constance (Awkwafina) a professional pickpocket are the women she recruits to make this long awaited plan a reality.
I found this movie to be really entertaining and just all around fun to experience. A great popcorn movie with all the special touches that most women only dream of. High-fashion, beauty, parties, high-society and Diamonds! Lots and lots of gorgeous diamonds, Cartier Diamonds and...
 did I mention Diamonds? It also reminds me a little bit of some of the old "Pink Panther" movies which I loved in my youth!
This is definitely a chick-flick but I really feel men will enjoy it as well.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I think children over the age of ten will be fine with this movie. It deals with adult schemes and crimes to heist millions of dollars from others.I did not find anything really objectionable other than some mild profanity and the f-bomb was dropped one time.
I am giving "Ocean's 8" three and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Starring:Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Peter Dinklage, Zoe Saldana, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Idris Elba, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Tessa Thompson and Angela Bassett
Running Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes

This is the big one folks! The 19th movie in The Marvel Universe. The Marvel Cinematic Universe "movie of all movies"!
This is going to be a very brief synopsis from me about this movie.
We critics were asked to keep a lid on the story so that every person can enjoy this movie without spoiling any part of it. We had a strict embargo that we were asked to adhere to.
I have chosen to honor this request to keep it authentic. #Thanosdemandsyoursilence!
I will say that I knew this movie was going to be a bit shocking, I was in no way prepared for all of the carnage that took place!
Thanos (Josh Brolin) is a diabolical super-villain who has just arrived and is on a mission to collect all six of the Infinity Stones, he will stop at nothing to obtain them!
That is all I am going to divulge. I will say that this is a very dramatic and emotional movie.
In light of all the seriousness of it, it was actually pretty humorous as well. I would say that it is the total package. Make sure you stay until all of the credits have finished, there is a very important scene you can't miss!
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. This is a strong PG-13. Lots and lots of super-villain violence, very intense and some strong profanity too. I would recommend no children under the age of 13.
I am giving "Avengers: Infinity War" four bags of popcorn.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Naomi Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jake Lacy, Malin Ackerman, Joseph Manganiello, P.J. Byrne and Demetrius Grosse
Running Time: 1 Hour and 47 Minutes

In case you you were not aware, the movie "Rampage" is loosely based on the very popular 1986 arcade game by Bally Midway. I will honestly admit that I went into this movie with zero expectations. I found myself immediately drawn in and completely engrossed in this movie! It reminded me of my childhood adventure movies that held my complete interest and kept me on the edge of my seat.
This is the story of a Primatoligist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson) who works closely with primates and has become very close and attached to a silverback gorilla named George, to the point that he can converse with him through sign language. George is a very intelligent and human-like gorilla who has been raised by Davis since birth. The two of them share a very special relationship.
A renegade experiment had taken place by some unethical characters, the experiment went awry and all chaos ensues! A dangerous chemical is released into the atmosphere and it adversely affects the gorilla George, an alligator in the Florida Everglades and a wolf in Wyoming.
 It causes them to become super-sized, get very angry and become extremely violent! The three of them converge on the City of Chicago where a signal is being released and they are drawn to it.
This is where the ultimate showdown takes place!
Like I said in the beginning, this is just an edge of your seat popcorn movie. It really did take me back to my childhood days when I would watch the old "King Kong" movies and be completely captivated.
I actually really did enjoy this action/adventure movie, it was just a fun thrill ride. The special effects were great too.
Parents be advised: This is a PG-13 rated movie. That allows for more flexibility. This movie has a lot of monster type violence. There is a lot of profanity, even the f-bomb is dropped in this movie.
I am giving "Rampage" three and a half bags of popcorn.

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