The Predator (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€
What an unexpected JOY! Assuming you know anything about me or have seen the movies I watch, I’ve got a big soft spot for creature features and scifi. I enjoy a good summer monster flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And yet, this one went above and beyond what I expected. The writing kept me smiling, laughing, and saying, “Oh COOL!”Β  …

Lady Bird (2017)

IMDB: [R]Β In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
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Rating: [7] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

A true coming of age story, Lady Bird shows things in a more raw and realistic way. The styling and acting lifts it above other similar stories. However it has some of the same pitfalls as any story that has been told so many times. …

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β Circa 1969, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colors – before everything goes to hell.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€

Now, I HIGHLY recommend that you just…watch the movie. It’s one that I wish I hadn’t seen a trailer for because I think the overall story would have been more impactful. This one gave me just about everything for a top review. It was beautiful, acting was great, and it surprised me. The cinematography and writing are fantastic.Β  …

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

IMDB: [PG]Β A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€

Set in 1955 comes a story about a boy, his uncle, and their neighbor. We’ve got hilarious banter, great acting, and an absolutely awe inspiring set design to place it all onto. Overall it’s a fun, creepy, and magical story that makes me want more! …

Venom (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.
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Rating: [7] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

At first I was really on the fence about this. I wanted a fun, silly romp with some jokes and fun fight sets. It starts extremely slowly with some tropes built on top of tropes that had my patience running thin. But then, it gave me what I wanted! Some fantastic CGI, fights, and banter! If you can stick it out through the unnecessary setup then you’re in for a joyful time.Β  …

Searching (2018)

IMDB: [PG-13]Β After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
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Rating: [10] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šUpdate

You’ll be spinning as you click and search along side David as he desperately tries to find his missing daughter Margot. There have been more than a handful of screen-view style films but this one is seamless and stunning. The atmosphere is calm, tense, frustrating, emotional, and dizzying all displayed in pixels. It’s one that will leave you second-guessing everything.Β  …

The Good Neighbor (2016)

IMDB: [NR]Β A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting elderly neighbor while keeping his every reaction under surveillance. A series of coincidences leads to tragedy.
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Rating: [8] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€

A down-tempo well done docu-style film brings us a new take in the vein of Rear Window. Two teens, Ethan and Sean, get wrapped up into a project studying humans but push the limits too far. This one went in a surprising direction and overall was much better than I expected. The documentary-style footage was done well composed, though the plot and writing stumbled in a few places. While slower moving it still kept me glued to the screen. Toss in some heavy emotions and we’ve got a winner. …

Colette (2018)

IMDB: [R] Colette is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€

Set in the 1890s to early 1900s we see a story based on the true life of Colette, a French novelist. There’s dazzling costumes, rich emotions, quick and deep romances, and the perseverance of a prolific artist’s mind.Β  Β The setting is stunning and it’s a story begging to be told.Β  Much like real life, characters are complicated and none are purely virtuous or villainous.Β  …