It Comes at Night – Movie Review

Trey Edward Shults returns to the director’s chair after firstly directing A24’s Krisha (2016), with his latest film also distributed by the same film company, It Comes at Night.

This film’s marketing was almost completely shrouded in mystery, as none of the trailers, posters, or even screenshots from the film, seemingly did not show us what the film was really about. It Comes at Night follows a man named Paul (Joel Edgerton) who has a wife named Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and a son, Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). The entire family lives in a secluded house in the middle of a luscious, but creepily dull forest, as they are attempting to hide from an impending fear that lurks ever closer towards their household. Another family eventually finds Paul’s family home and stays with his family as he is also afraid of the outside fears.

Whatever you do, please do not watch any of the trailers for It Comes at Night. Luckily, I only saw the first trailer around a year ago, and nothing else, so going into the theatre to see the film, I did not remember that trailer at all. However, after seeing the film, I went back to watch the trailer for a second time, and it did show quite a bit of the best scenes, and may lead you to believe that the film is a traditional, old-fashioned horror film; but that is not the case.

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The story for It Comes at Night is truly disturbing and as you watch as the film unfolds, you begin to slowly feel a slight uneasiness. There is no jump scares of any sort in the film, and it never feels as if Shults is trying to make a typical horror film. It always feels like its own movie, and the technique Shults used to direct the film, was done masterfully, and while there are no monsters in It Comes at Night, the true horror of humans turning against each other because of their own fears, is a monster all in itself.

Joel Edgerton gives yet again another fantastic performance as our protagonist, Paul. This however, is not the first time Edgerton gave a stunning portrayal of a character in cinema, as he was absolutely riveting in 2015’s The Gift. Kelvin Harrison Jr. is also terrific and gives a very real feeling performance as Paul’s son, Travis, as well as Christopher Abbott, who is masterful as the character of Will.

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Unfortunately, Shults’ It Comes at Night is not a masterpiece, as there are around five dream sequences, which almost everybody hates. After about the second dream sequence, I was hoping that it would not happen again, but it continued for much longer. Even though those scenes were somewhat of a bother, I still had fun watching those sequences, because those can be some of the film’s best moments.

There is also not full resolution at the end of the film, and does not at all answer all of your burning questions you may have had earlier on in the film. Shults really wants you the viewer to put the puzzle pieces together to figure out what occured in earlier events.

Trey Edward Shults’ latest film boasts true horror, and does not contain any monsters – which is brilliant. The real “monster” in the film is fear itself, which is dark and deeply disturbing.

Overall Grade: A-

MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images, and language

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Riley Keough

Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

Distributed by: A24

Running Time: 91 minutes

Film review by Caillou Pettis

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Movie Review

The fifth film in the swashbuckling action/adventure series, Pirates of the Caribbean, is finally here, once again starring Johnny Depp as the lovable Captain Jack Sparrow, in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

The previous Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, is highly regarded as the worst film in the series, and I have to agree. This however, may have turned some people off, and made them not want to see Dead Men Tell No Tales, because of the colossal flop that was On Stranger Tides, but do not worry, as the latest instalment in the on-going film series may just be one of the strongest films in the entire franchise.

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Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

Johnny Depp once again brings a great performance to the series as Captain Jack Sparrow, and it is truly wondrous to see this iconic character that we all know and adore back on screen for the first time since 2011. The first time we see his character, fans of the series will get a nostalgic feeling, since this character certainly feels like he his lived and breathed into this world for years now, and it gives the film a sense of weight to it all as well.

The elusive and extremely talented Javier Bardem is a new addition to the series, and plays the film’s main villain, Captain Salazar. Not only does Bardem give a haunting, creepy, and very uneasy performance in this film, but his character is given a great backstory that gives him more humanity, and makes you feel where he is coming from during certain scenes. The CGI is also top-notch for Captain Salazar, and definitely adds to Bardem’s creepy performance, as the CGI adds unsettling cracks in his face, as well as strange moving hair.

The film’s action is truly fun to watch, and whenever there is a sequence with swashbuckling fun, I do wish there was more of it. There are only a few action scenes in the film, and I could not help but wish there was more, since a Pirates of the Caribbean film should have action, as that is the film’s main selling point, alongside the performance of Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp.

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Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

Even though I had a terrific amount of fun throughout the majority of the film, there were a few times here and there where I was tad bored, and wanted to see more exciting things occur, which could be due to the film’s pacing issues that are evident during some scenes.

The fifth instalment in the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean film is a ton of fun to watch, and adds Javier Bardem as perhaps one of the creepiest and most entertaining villains to watch on screen in the past five years in film.

Overall Grade: B

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content

Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario

Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg

Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Running Time: 129 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790809/

Film review by Caillou Pettis

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Movie Review

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is directed by David Bowers, who directed the first three films which I really love. So I was quite anticipating this movie hence the fact that the original three movies were a part of my young childhood. I remember watching Rodrick Rules in particular every time a friend and I had a sleepover. If a friend slept over we were both really wanting to watch Rodrick Rules over and over again. However, just because David Bowers is back to direct, that does not mean that the same cast is back to portray these characters. The movie does not star Zachary Gordon, nor Devon Bostick, but stars Jason Drucker, Charlie Wright, Alicia Silverstone, and Tom Everett Scott as the Heffley family, and in this zany adventure, the family goes on a road trip across the country to get to their grandma’s house for their 90th birthday, and insanity ensues along the way.

Now I’m not going to sit here and complain about the new cast like I would like to, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. When the new cast was first announced on social media, and we got our first look at Greg and Rowley, I could just tell, that somehow, and in someway, this was just not going to work, and the majority of people agree. In fact there’s even a hashtag that was spawned by fans, complaining about the new casting of Rodrick Heffley. The film is now out, and yes. The new cast was not all that good at all in this movie. And since the movie’s cast is important, I will discuss briefly my thoughts on the new actors.

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Charlie Wright (left), and Jason Drucker (right), in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017).

Jason Drucker plays Greg Heffley, our main protagonist, and to be completely fair, he isn’t horrible, in fact he does sort of look a bit like Zachary Gordon, but there are quite a few sequences in this new film where I feel that Drucker just overacts at times, and
there was a scene very early on in the movie where Greg is talking directly at the camera, and you could just tell that Bowers was sitting behind the camera, telling Drucker to look right into the camera lens, because he tends to look off camera at times
and I can’t help but feel like he’s reading off a teleprompter.

Charlie Wright is Rodrick Heffley in The Long Haul, and yes. Unfortunately, he is terrible. Devon Bostick in the original three films played a very convincing Rodrick because his character is supposed to be this older brother of Greg who is mean to him all the time and tends to almost always put Greg down. When you see Rodrick on screen in the first films, you can tell this guy is trouble. In The Long Haul, Rodrick looks only a few years older than Drucker, and Wright’s acting is way too silly to be Rodrick, because this guy is the definition of overacting.

The best actor in the entire film to me is easily Alicia Silverstone as Greg Heffley’s mom, Susan. She was portrayed by Rachael Harris in the first films, and I may actually like Silverstone as equally as I do Harris. She actually pulls off a very convicing mother in
this film, and a lot of her lines of dialogue and some of her scenes did remind me of how the character acted in the book, which was a certainly refreshing sight, since the rest of the film’s new actors were constantly bogged down by the other new actors, whereas
Silverstone has been acting for decades, and it shows.

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Jason Drucker (left), Charlie Wright (middle), and Alicia Silverstone (right), in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017).

The Long Haul‘s story isn’t all that entertaining, but there were a few times where I did want these characters to succeed in the things they wanted to accomplish. The only issue is that, the film never tries to peak our interest too much, and the storyline sort of stays
the same throughout the majority of the run time.

But I think the worst element of The Long Haul, is the film’s sense of humor, because it always relies on poop, puke, and fart jokes, which did not make me laugh. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days all had fun, clean, and almost always consistently hilarious scenes that did not rely on those types of inmature jokes, which is why it is so upsetting to see this type of humor all throughout The Long Haul.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a vastly disappointing sequel that could have been a reinvigerating film in the series, but instead falls flat to to it’s new actors, and inmature sense of humor, that the other films did not use.

Overall Grade: D+

MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor

Cast: Jason Drucker, Charlie Wright, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Joshua Hoover

Directed by: David Bowers

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Running Time: 90 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6003368/

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is once again written and directed by James Gunn, who wrote and directed the 2014 film, Guardians of the Galaxy, and this film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and more, returning once again as the Guardians of the Galaxy, and this film further explores Peter Quill aka Star Lord’s parentage.

Now I know I did not review the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy, and the reason why is because I did not make movie reviews back in 2014, but I do just wanna say that I do love that first movie quite a bit. Up until that point, every superhero movie was about really famous superheroes like Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, those types of heroes that pretty much everybody knows who they are. But in 2014 when Marvel Studios released Guardians of the Galaxy, it took everybody by surprise because not everybody knew who the Guardians of the Galaxy were, and now since the release of that movie, a bunch more people know who they are.

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Zoe Saldana (left), Chris Pratt (center), and Dave Bautista (right), in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Now talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the heroes that we know and love are back, and believe it or not, I believe that this movie is actually funnier than that first film. The first movie was hilarious, but this movie tops it in every way, in fact there are
sometimes in which I would call this movie a straight up comedy with action as a side element. Also, all of the jokes were funny. Even some of the best comedy movies have a few jokes that don’t work or aren’t too funny, whereas Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has an abundance of jokes and they all hit, and literally make you belly-laugh. I saw this movie with my mom, and there were quite a few times where we couldn’t help but literally laugh out loud because something that a character said was just absolutely hilarious.

Also, the action in this movie is an absolute blast to watch. This is probably due to the incredible CGI, outstanding choreography, and absolutely mind-melting visual effects! Seriously every time we see our heroes on screen fighting, I was always on the edge of my seat, having an absolute blast, and something that I loved about this movie is that there are so many times in which we see the Guardians fighting off villains, and them looking really awesome, and they tell jokes at the same time. It’s so funny, and it just reminded me how good superhero comedy movies can really be.

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Dave Bautista (left), and Pom Klementieff (right), in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Now a lot of people complain that Marvel movies don’t have good villains. I’ve even seen lots of the biggest Marvel movie fans say that. I can gladly say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has the best villains in any Marvel movie I have ever seen. In fact the first time we really see the big baddie of the movie, I was shocked, and I really loved how it all turned out, it did not feel forced at all, and it just worked.

However, I do think this movie does have a bit of pacing issues, that are quite noticeable at times, but even though those pacing problems were there, it didn’t stop me from having so much fun.

Pom Klementieff plays Mantis in this film, and I think she is an absolutely amazing addition to this film, because not only is she just an overall funny character, but she is actually quite badass during a few scenes. She actually added a lot to the emotional side of this movie, and that was something that took me by surprise.

Now, no spoilers because I hate spoiling movies, but the ending to this movie was really breathtaking. The entire third act was some of the best action I have ever seen in a superhero movie ever, and I mean that. The actual final ending was truly surprising to me, and it was very emotional, and I think it is one of the most brave things Marvel has ever done in any of their films so far.

There were a lot of people saying that this movie was not as good as the first movie, but to be honest with you, I think Vol. 2 is loads better than that first film, because this movie further builds upon our characters, we learn more about them. Also, the action is more amazing, the jokes are funnier, and of course, the soundtrack. The soundtrack I also thought was a better soundtrack than the first movie’s soundtrack, and had incredibly iconic smash hit songs.

In-Summary: James Gunn delivers a sequel that is a major step-up from the first film, improving on not only the incredible eye-candy action sequences, but our heroes that we first got to see in 2014.

Overall Grade: A

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper

Directed by: James Gunn

Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Running Time: 136 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198/

The Circle – Movie Review

The Circle is directed by James Ponsoldt and is adapted from the book of the same name, and stars Emma Watson as a girl named Mae, who gets hired to work for an astoundingly large social media company. But as she continues to work in this social media giant, it may not be the greatest thing for her.

Let me say that I was actually quite excited to see this movie, not because I read the book because I did not read the book, but the reason why I was excited to see the film because of the fact that it stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Well I was extremely disappointed for many reasons. This film BARELY even has Tom Hanks in it, which is very misleading considering the fact that literally every commercial, trailer, and everything, has Tom Hanks looking like he is one of the main characters. The truth is really that Tom Hanks is almost not even in this movie, and even the scenes that he is in, are actually quite boring.
And also, Tom Hanks is not that great at acting in this film. It sucks to say it but recently, Hanks has been not too great of an actor. Last year we had Inferno, and that movie was terrible, and by far the worst Tom Hanks performance I had ever seen.

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Emma Watson in The Circle (2017).

Emma Watson does do a fairly decent job in The Circle, however it’s just that her character is a bit cliche at times. And she honestly does feel like a movie character, instead of a real person. If you guys have watched lots of my movie
reviews before, you know that sometimes if I see a good movie, I praise that the main character felt like a real person on Earth, rather than just a character written in a screenplay, to be put into a film. That is of course due to excellent writing
and directing, however, Emma Watson’s character kinda just stays flat. And for the most part, she does feel like a movie character unfortunately. This is not Watson’s fault however, for it is the film’s directing and writing. A great example of a film character feeling real, and not feeling like a film character, is Tom Hank’s performance in the 1994 film, Forrest Gump. The entire time I viewed that film, I thought to myself “That’s Forrest Gump on the screen”, rather than “That’s Tom Hanks on the screen”.

Also, I gotta talk about the story. I gotta admit, there were some elements to it that actually interested me quite a bit. The unfortunate thing is, that sometimes when I got really invested in this story, the film undoes everything that was previously extremely interesting and either makes it really dumbed down for the audience, or they just kinda don’t do much about it. That is by far the worst element of the film, because in all seriousness the story can be a bit philosophical because the film constantly asks you the viewer in a way, what will social media be like in the future? Will we even have any privacy online, or will everything be public? Those aspects of The Circle I found very investing and I wanted to see if they could go anywhere with, but they really didn’t do much.

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Tom Hanks in The Circle (2017).

John Boyega is also in the film, and he is not the best character in the film, however I did find his character to be a little bit interesting, even known his character can also be quite cliche. If I were to pick a favorite character from this movie, I will have to go with Emma Watson’s character, because yes, even though she is a very typical and flat film character that the film doesn’t really go anywhere with, I still found myself the most attached to her character.

In-Summary: The Circle is a film with a bit of potential with a promising story that unfortunately goes nowhere and always falls flat right when it gets the viewer enthralled in it all.

Overall Grade: D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use

Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Karen Gillan

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Distributed by: STX Entertainment

Running Time: 110 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4287320/

Get Out – Movie Review

Get Out is a recently released horror/thriller/suspense movie, and it’s directed by Jordan Peele from the hilarious sketch comedy series, Key and Peele. I know what you’re thinking; a man known for comedy directing a horror movie? Honestly, that does sound a bit strange. Key and Peele is a very hilarious series though, in fact, me and my mom actually really love that series.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as a black man named Chris, who has a girlfriend named Rose, who is played by Allison Williams, and when Chris is about to meet Rose’s parents, he begins to get worried because he is not sure if her parents know if he is black. And when Chris gets to Rose’s house, a lot of crazy and strange stuff begins to happen.

Firstly, I have to praise Daniel Kaluuya who plays Chris. This guy is an absolutely amazing actor, and this is definitely his breakout role. He has been in other films before, like Sicario, but this is definitely the role that people will for sure remember him for. This character feels so real, in fact there was not a single scene where I felt like this was a movie character. Such incredible acting. Also, Allison Williams does a great job as Rose, Chris’ girlfriend in the film. She is also in this film, just like Chris, oblivious to all these strange things happening to Chris, and throughout the film, she is there to basically reassure him that he will be okay.

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Daniel Kaluuya and Keith Stanfield in Get Out.

And oh my god. I HAVE to talk about Lil Rel Howery in this film! This guy, is officially now one of my favorite movie characters ever. Some of the things this man says in the movie, seriously had me rolling on the floor laughing because his character is so funny and well written. This guy says what some people might be thinking when they are watching the film, and pretty much everything this guy says sounds so funny.

That’s another thing to praise about this movie is that, on top of it being very strange and scary, the film is also hilarious. Even though Jordan Peele, the director, is known for comedy mainly, sometimes it can be very hard to combine two genres in one film, but
Peele did a fantastic job, mixing comedy and horror together. The two genres seamlessly blend into one amazing film that had me laughing and had me scared the entire film.

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Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.

The story to the film is so intriguing once you actually get into the swing of things, but there is something that I didn’t like about this film. There is one scene in the trailer that looked very interesting – and it basically showed this skeleton like animal and when I saw the trailer for the first time, I was interested to see how that would come into play in the story, however that scene was not shown even a single time in the actual final version of the film. Also, there’s a scene in the trailer where you see a man running at full speed towards the camera and then quickly turns, which has now been made into a challenge believe it or not, where you film a friend running towards the camera and they quickly turn. The scene where the man runs towards the camera was in the film, but it doesn’t really make sense. They do try to explain what that scene was all about later, why
he was running, but the explanation I thought felt quite lazy.

Besides that though, Get Out is a masterpiece in filmmaking and effortlessly blends two genres, and I can easily see myself rewatching this film again. I love this film, it’s definitely one of my favorite films, maybe of all time.

In-Summary: With Get Out, Jordan Peele does a magnificent job at making a film that scares the daylights out of you, while also managing to be a hilarious and philosophical masterpiece.

 Overall Grade: A

MPAA Rating: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Marcus Henderson

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Running Time: 103 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/

Going in Style – Movie Review

Going in Style is directed by Zach Braff and stars three of the biggest actors in all of Hollywood, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, and in this film, they portray three friends, that have been friends their whole life, and they attempt to
rob a bank, after their pension fund turns awry.

Listen, I was not excited to see this movie, I really wasn’t. Yes, there’s Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine in the movie, and both of them are amazing actors who have been in great movies. Freeman has been in The Shawshank Redemption, one of the best movies ever made, and Michael Caine has been in The Dark Knight trilogy, and others. But the reason why I was not at all excited to see Going In Style, was because usually movies that follow old people doing really dumb, and really stupid things that they should not be doing, I don’t tend to like. But honestly, Going in Style wasn’t even that bad.

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Easily, the best thing about this entire film, are the three main actors, Freeman, Caine, and Arkin. These guys in this film believe it or not, actually do portray funny characters. Quite a bit of the stuff they do in this movie, while quite silly, are actually things that I laughed at, and I was actually really surprised by that. I thought this movie would be a tortureous experience where I was begging to get out of the theater, but I actually had quite a fun time with the movie.

The story to this movie I feel is really weak though. It’s a movie about a couple of old guys robbing a bank, and that’s pretty much it. You are able to get behind some of the characters at times, but I was hoping to have more of an emotional attachment to them, but I didn’t.

And also, this won’t really be a comedy movie where 5 years down the road, people will be saying how it’s a classic comedy movie of the decade or something. It’s honestly just a fun, disposable, comedy movie that shouldn’t be taken seriously, because it’s a comedy
movie, and the movie’s main purpose is to make you laugh. It’s not meant to have this really insane and jaw-dropping story with extravagent twists – it’s a comedy.

A comedy’s purpose is to make you laugh, and to be honest with you, I did laugh quite a bit of times, at this movie, so it did succeed in what it was trying to do, and that is, make me laugh.

In-Summary: With exceptionally funny performances lead by legendary actors, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, Going in Style surprised me in the long run with it’s comedic aspects, and made me laugh,  which is the main goal of this comedy.

Overall Grade: B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language and some suggestive material

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Joey King, Matt Dillon

Directed by: Zach Braff

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Running Time: 96 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2568862/

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Movie Review

The new 2017 version of Ghost in the Shell is a live-action adaption of the 1995 film of the same name, directed by Mamoru Oshii. The new version is directed by Rubert Sanders and stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major, a human who is saved from a crash, and then becomes cyber-advanced to be a super soldier, and goes after a mysterious figure named Kuze.

The visuals of Ghost in the Shell are truly astounding and truly phenomenal to look at. Every time we see the city in this film, it reminded me of the aesthetics and style of 1982’s ‘Blade Runner’. I was honestly in awe that the visuals were as great as they are, and surprisingly, the 3D actually made it better.

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Scarlett Johansson was a talk of controversy, as many fans of the original film said they wish the film’s main lead actress was a woman of the right ethnicity. However, the people that were worried Johansson would not be a good choice for the role of The Major, rest assured, because she is great in the film. Johansson does an exceptional job at portraying such a beloved character, and it was great to see her truly give it her all to deliver a good performance.

However, something that was present in the 1995 film that made it so great, was not as present in this film, and that is the philosophical aspect. Even though you can really feel throughout the film, Major’s feelings of being robotic, and human, it is not quite strong and emotional as it was back in ’95.

The action sequences are also fun, and very well choreographed, even though the film does not rely on it, which is not a bad thing. The film focuses on the story of the Major, and her trying to find Kuze.

Also, there were a couple of times where I did not quite feel the same excitement captured in the original Ghost in the Shell film, in this version. There was something unique and never seen before from the original film, which may have been the great animation, which may not have translated flawlessly to the big screen.

In-Summary: Great visuals mixed with an exceptionally fun action are the best things about Ghost in the Shell, however, it quite simply does not have some of the original film’s unique feeling.

Overall Grade: B+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, suggestive content and some disturbing images

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Running Time: 106 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219827/

The Edge of Seventeen – Movie Review

The Edge of Seventeen is directed by Kelly Fremon Craig and stars Hailee Steinfeld as a teenage girl named Nadine, who suffers from depression, and is very
socially awkward, mainly because of a very tragic family accident that happened to her years ago. And this movie practically shows Nadine traversing through
high school and having to deal with all these terrible things in her life.

Now, in case you didn’t know, Hailee Steinfeld is actually in movies like True Grit, and Pitch Perfect, but, she is also a singer. She has her own albums out
which is great for her, but usually when singers are actors, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out, but that is not the case with her in The Edge of Seventeen, in fact,
after seeing this movie, not only do I want to see it again, but I really want to listen to all her music.

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She does an absolutely fantastic job playing Nadine. And even though her character can be a bit of a brat at times, you can really understand why. And no
spoilers (because this scene happens literally in the first 10 minutes) her dad dies, and because of this, she is a changed person, obviously. She deals with
depression and nobody ever talks to her. Everybody ignores her, but she does have only one friend (and no spoilers again because it happens right away) her best friend
starts dating her brother. So life is literally horrible for Nadine and you always feel bad for her.

Woody Harrelson is also fantastic in this movie, and he plays Nadine’s teacher. Most of the time when Nadine is upset or just needs to vent to somebody, she goes right
to Woody Harrelson in hopes that somehow he can help her through her mess. Some of the best scenes in the entire movie come from the scenes with Nadine and her teacher
because they can be quite funny at times.

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That’s another thing that is truly amazing about this movie – it has humor. Sometimes when movies just shove depressing things in your face, it can get a bit boring
and stale, and just a bit too grey, but this movie has humor involved, and it knows when the right time is to show you the humor.

And this movie really is a big look at how some tragic moments in your life, and how broken friendships can really change you as a person and that’s great to see
in a movie. Nadine has depression, and nobody wants to be her friend at all, and it’s upsetting to see. And also, she has a crush in this movie she just can’t seem
to muster up the courage to go and talk to him, and it’s really great to see this much realness in a movie.

However, I do think at times the character motivations are a bit questionable at times. Some scenes in this movie, I couldn’t help but think during the entire scene,
“Why would you do that”? But that doesn’t happen too much.

But this movie is really great, because most people might think this movie is only meant for teenagers in high school right now and stuff, but that’s not true at all.
Honestly this movie is perfect for anybody to watch. If you’re 55 I bet you would love this movie, and I think the reason why is because there is always something
in this movie that we can all relate to.

In-Summary: The Edge of Seventeen is a surprisingly real look at how life is for everybody.

Overall Grade: A

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and some drinking – all involving teens

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Woody Harrelson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto

Directed by: Kelly Fremon Craig

Distributed by: STX Entertainment

Running Time: 104 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1878870/

Split – Movie Review

M. Night Shyamalan is back directing another movie, and this time, it’s Split, starring James McAvoy as a man named Kevin who has 23 different personalities, and one of them kidnaps three girls and takes them to a mysterious place. The three girls now must work with the personalities that Kevin has in an attempt to escape.

McAvoy proves himself to be one of the most underrated actors today. He has received critical acclaim for various films in the past, but not as much as some other actors out there which is disappointing, since McAvoy gives the best performance of his entire career in Split. His characters are all very mysterious, and as the film progresses more, we learn more and more information, and each time we see him on screen, he gets even more interesting.

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Anya Taylor-Joy in Split (2017).

Also, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey was brilliant. She has proved herself to be an incredible actress in 2015’s The Witch, and it seems like she has upped her game even more for this film, as we also learn a bunch of incredible interesting details about her character as the movie progresses. She is also a very underrated actress, but that should change, as Split truly is her standout movie, and I am hoping that McAvoy gets nominated for Best Actor and Anya Taylor-Joy gets nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2018.

I was always very intrigued with the story, and I was always on the edge of my seat throughout the entire duration of the film, and that is because Shyamalan took so much care and effort into making Split, that it just shines. There was not even a single moment in Split where I was bored, and I was always thrilled.

In-Summary: Split is by far one of M. Night Shyamalan’s best films, and is one of the best thrillers I have ever seen.

Overall Grade: A

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Running Time: 117 minutes

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972582/