Friday, October 27, 2017

In Theaters Now - 10/27/17



(new releases in green)
  • The Florida Project      Grade: A+
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle     Grade: A
  • American Made      Grade: A
  • Blade Runner 2049      Grade: B+
  • The Mountain Between Us      Grade: B
  • It      Grade: B
  • All I See Is You      Grade: B
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin      Grade: B
  • Victoria and Abdul      Grade: B-
  • Battle of the Sexes      Grade: B-
  • The Snowman      Grade: B-
  • Wonderstruck      Grade: B-

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
  • Breathe
  • Dina
  • The Foreigner
  • Geostorm
  • Happy Death Day
  • Jigsaw
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Marshall
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Only the Brave
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  • Suburbicon
  • Thank You For Your Service


The Florida Project

The Florida Project Poster



Every once in a while a film that I wasn't expecting to care much about blows me away.  The Florida Project is one of those films.  

The Florida Project follows a six year old girl living in an Orlando motel with her mother who is barely getting by, and their day to day experiences at the motel with all of the other "hidden homeless" residents and employees.  With mainly inexperienced and first time actors, and filmed on a microbudget, it seemed like just another indie that will come and go and soon be forgotten.  But this one is truly mesmerizing.  All the performances are among the best I've seen this year.  We'll surely be hearing a lot about six year old Brooklynn Prince come awards season, because her performance is better than most experiences adult actors.  Same goes for first time actor Bria Vinaite who plays her mom.  And Willem Dafoe, the resident acting veteran of the cast, gives one of the best performances of the year.  This is truly a standout film and you should definitely go see it.

Grade: A+

Who is this movie for?  Everyone.  Take a break from the big budget Hollywood assembly line stuff and see something different.

Friday, October 20, 2017

In Theaters Now - 10/20/17



(new releases in green)
  • Wind River      Grade: A+
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle     Grade: A
  • The Big Sick      Grade: A
  • American Made      Grade: A
  • Home Again      Grade: A-
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)    Grade: A-
  • Blade Runner 2049      Grade: B+
  • Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House    Grade: B+
  • The Mountain Between Us      Grade: B
  • It      Grade: B
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin      Grade: B
  • Victoria and Abdul      Grade: B-
  • Stronger      Grade: B-
  • Battle of the Sexes      Grade: B-
  • The Snowman      Grade: B-
  • mother!      Grade: C+
  • Columbus      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • American Assassin
  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
  • Dina
  • Flatliners
  • The Foreigner
  • Geostorm
  • Happy Death Day
  • Leap!
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Marshall
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Only the Brave
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Friday, October 13, 2017

In Theaters Now - 10/13/17



(new releases in green)

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • American Assassin
  • Dina
  • Flatliners
  • The Foreigner
  • Happy Death Day
  • Leap!
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • Marshall
  • My Little Pony: The Movie
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women


Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Poster


You may not know Mark Felt by name.  But you may know the handle he was given by the media: Deep Throat.  And yes, this is yet another retelling of the Watergate scandal that eventually brought down Richard Nixon in the 70's.  So how's it different from the 70's classic All the President's Men?  Well, it's not all that different.  But it is from Felt's (played by Liam Neeson) perspective, rather than from journalists Woodward and Bernstein.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Personally I feel like I knew the story and didn't need to see this.  But the ensemble cast is good and it's well made.  So if you're interested in the Watergate scandal go see it.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

In Theaters Now - 10/6/17



(new releases in green)
  • Wind River      Grade: A+
  • Brad's Status      Grade A+
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle     Grade: A
  • The Big Sick      Grade: A
  • American Made      Grade: A
  • Home Again      Grade: A-
  • Blade Runner 2049      Grade: B+
  • The Mountain Between Us      Grade: B
  • It      Grade: B
  • Victoria and Abdul      Grade: B-
  • Stronger      Grade: B-
  • Battle of the Sexes      Grade: B-
  • mother!      Grade: C+
  • Columbus      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • American Assassin
  • Flatliners
  • Leap!
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie
  • My Little Pony: The Movie

The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us Poster


Kate Winslet and Idris Elba play two traveling strangers who get stranded out in the snowy mountains.  Together they must battle all the hazards of nature in order to survive.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?  Fans of (wo)man vs. nature adventure / dramas should find this adequately but not excessively interesting.  It's not one of the best in the genre.  But there's no denying these are two quality actors.  And attractive to boot.