Thursday, January 26, 2017

In Theaters Now - 1/27/17



(new releases in green)
  • Nocturnal Animals      Grade: A
  • Manchester by the Sea      Grade: A
  • Arrival      Grade: A
  • Fences      Grade: A
  • Lion      Grade: A
  • A Monster Calls      Grade: A
  • The Founder      Grade: A
  • Patriots Day      Grade: A
  • 20th Century Women      Grade: A-
  • Doctor Strange     Grade: A-
  • La La Land      Grade: A-
  • Gold      Grade: A-
  • Collateral Beauty      Grade: A-
  • Moana      Grade: A-
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Grade: A-
  • Live by Night      Grade: B+
  • Passengers      Grade: B+
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     Grade: B+
  • Why Him?      Grade: B+
  • Hidden Figures      Grade: B+
  • Moonlight      Grade: B
  • Julieta      Grade: B
  • Elle      Grade: B-
  • Sing      Grade: B-
  • Jackie     Grade: C+
  • Assassin's Creed      Grade: C
  • Split     Grade: C-
  • Silence      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • The Bye Bye Man
  • A Dog's Purpose
  • Monster Trucks
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • Sleepless
  • Underworld: Blood Wars
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Friday, January 20, 2017

In Theaters Now - 1/20/17



(new releases in green)
  • Nocturnal Animals      Grade: A
  • Manchester by the Sea      Grade: A
  • Arrival      Grade: A
  • Fences      Grade: A
  • Lion      Grade: A
  • A Monster Calls      Grade: A
  • The Founder      Grade: A
  • Patriots Day      Grade: A
  • 20th Century Women      Grade: A-
  • Doctor Strange     Grade: A-
  • La La Land      Grade: A-
  • Collateral Beauty      Grade: A-
  • Moana      Grade: A-
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Grade: A-
  • Live by Night      Grade: B+
  • Passengers      Grade: B+
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     Grade: B+
  • Why Him?      Grade: B+
  • Hidden Figures      Grade: B+
  • Moonlight      Grade: B
  • Julieta      Grade: B
  • Elle      Grade: B-
  • Sing      Grade: B-
  • Jackie     Grade: C+
  • Assassin's Creed      Grade: C
  • Split     Grade: C-
  • Silence      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • The Bye Bye Man
  • Monster Trucks
  • Sleepless
  • Underworld: Blood Wars
  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Friday, January 13, 2017

In Theaters Now - 1/13/17



(new releases in green)
  • Nocturnal Animals      Grade: A
  • Manchester by the Sea      Grade: A
  • Arrival      Grade: A
  • Fences      Grade: A
  • Lion      Grade: A
  • A Monster Calls      Grade: A
  • Patriots Day      Grade: A
  • Doctor Strange     Grade: A-
  • La La Land      Grade: A-
  • Collateral Beauty      Grade: A-
  • Moana      Grade: A-
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Grade: A-
  • Live by Night      Grade: B+
  • Passengers      Grade: B+
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     Grade: B+
  • Why Him?      Grade: B+
  • Hidden Figures      Grade: B+
  • Moonlight      Grade: B
  • Julieta      Grade: B
  • Elle      Grade: B-
  • Sing      Grade: B-
  • Jackie     Grade: C+
  • Assassin's Creed      Grade: C
  • Silence      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • The Bye Bye Man
  • Monster Trucks
  • Sleepless
  • Underworld: Blood Wars

Friday, January 6, 2017

In Theaters Now - 1/6/17



(new releases in green)
  • Nocturnal Animals      Grade: A
  • Manchester by the Sea      Grade: A
  • Arrival      Grade: A
  • Fences      Grade: A
  • Lion      Grade: A
  • A Monster Calls      Grade: A
  • Doctor Strange     Grade: A-
  • La La Land      Grade: A-
  • Collateral Beauty      Grade: A-
  • Moana      Grade: A-
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   Grade: A-
  • Passengers      Grade: B+
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them     Grade: B+
  • Hacksaw Ridge      Grade: B+
  • Why Him?      Grade: B+
  • Hidden Figures      Grade: B+
  • Moonlight      Grade: B
  • Elle      Grade: B-
  • Sing      Grade: B-
  • Jackie     Grade: C+
  • Loving      Grade: C
  • Assassin's Creed      Grade: C
  • Trolls      Grade: C
  • Silence      Grade: D

Additional Films Not Reviewed:

  • Office Christmas Party
  • Underworld: Blood Wars



A Monster Calls


Lewis MacDougall plays a young boy dealing with a lot.  His mom (played by the omnipresent Felicity Jones, currently also starring in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is quite ill.  His grandmom (Sigourney Weaver) isn't very maternal.  And he's being bullied in school.  But when a tree monster appears, it may be of some help.

Don't make the mistake of writing off this film as a kids' movie.  A Monster Calls is many things.  Part fantasy.  Part fairy tale.  Part family drama.  All terrific.  And while it's certainly suitable for older kids, it's really just as good if not better for adults.

Grade: A

Who is this movie for?  It's really a very emotional and poignant film, that to me was reminiscent of one of my favorites, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  If you like emotional family dramas, definitely seek this one out.