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Movie Reviews: Snatched and Growing Up Smith

Snatched

Cary, NC – Snatched is a very funny action comedy starring Amy Schumer and the legendary Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin, The First Wives Club), in her first on screen performance in 15 years. The movie itself is solid, with director Jonathan Levine (50/50) delivering some solid action and plenty of outrageous situations, but it’s Hawn who is the main draw here and she does not disappoint. Read more

Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and After the Storm

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Cary, NC – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a gut-bustingly funny sequel that once again provides unique characters and gorgeous visuals. Writer and director James Gunn isn’t just content with that though, as he also adds an enormous amount of heart to the film, making for a surprisingly emotional film as well. Read more

Movie Reviews: Free Fire and The Lost City of Z

Free Fire

Cary, NC – Free Fire is a darkly comic crime thriller about a gun deal gone bad. The film, directed by Ben Wheatley (High-Rise), is deceptively simple. Taking place almost entirely in a single warehouse, the film is basically one long shoot-out between its characters. Thanks to its razor sharp script and willing and hilarious cast, Free Fire proves to be a breezy and highly entertaining time at the movies. Read more

Movie Reviews: The Fate of the Furious and Love & Taxes

The Fate of the Furious

Cary, NC – The Fast & Furious franchise has defied expectation at almost every level at this point. Now on its eighth installment, no one could have guessed it would still be going at this point, or continue to be as fun as it is. Granted, at this point you’re either with these films or you’re not. Myself, I love them, and this latest entry only solidifies that enjoyment. Read more

Movie Reviews: Going In Style and Neruda

Going In Style

Cary, NC – Directed by Zach Braff (Yes, THAT Zach Braff), Going In Style is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name, this time starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as three lifelong pals who attempt to rob the very bank that took their life savings. Breezy, charming and carried by its three leads, Going In Style is a small and enjoyable crime caper that had me smiling from beginning to end. Read more

Movie Reviews: Life and Power Rangers

Life

Cary, NC – Life tells the familiar story of astronauts aboard the international space station who discover life on Mars and get more than they bargained for. Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) uses his excellent cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation) and tight direction to make this otherwise standard sci-fi tale a cut above the rest. Read more

Movie Reviews: Beauty and the Beast and The Shack

Beauty and the Beast

Cary, NC – Beauty and the Beast continues Disney’s winning streak with remaking their animated classics in live action. Director Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) makes a sumptuous adaptation that, while slightly overlong, fondly and graciously recalls the original. Read more

Movie Reviews: Kong: Skull Island and Get Out

Cary, NC – Kong: Skull Island is a monstrously good time at the movies. This latest iteration of King Kong wastes no time in getting to the good stuff, fills the screen with likable and memorable characters and features some truly insane action beats. That’s definitely a compliment by the way. Read more

Movie Reviews: Logan and Toni Erdmann

Logan

Cary, NC – Logan is not your typical comic book movie. Director James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk The Line) has made a classic western/family drama that just so happens to feature superheroes. The result is a fantastic last at bat for Hugh Jackman as the titular mutant character, giving perhaps the best performance of his career and a chance to go out on top. Read more

Movie Reviews: A Cure For Wellness and Elle

A Cure For Wellness

Cary, NC – Director Gore Verbinski (The RingPirates of the Carribean) returns to the horror genre with A Cure For Wellness. The film is filled with atmosphere and terrifying imagery, and while it can’t quite stick the landing, credit must be given for Verbinski trying something so daring and dark on a big studio level. Read more