Category: Reviews of Movies

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Bewitched

Bewitched: Directed by Nora Ephron. With Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine. Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched (1964). A movie about a universe in which “Bewitched” is being remade, and actual witch gets roped into starring as the lead role in the remake of the classic television show. It’s meta within meta! I was sent a MoviesAnywhere code of this for free from the studio with a note apologizing about something that went wrong that...

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Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian

Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian: Directed by Aziz Ansari. With Aziz Ansari, Phil Hanley. Comedian Aziz Ansari’s fourth comedy special. Turns out that Aziz is still funny, even in a last minute performance at the Comedy Cellar. Buy On Amazon!

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Eternals

Eternals: Directed by Chloé Zhao. With Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek. The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. I’m standing by my previous review of the film, it’s a mediocre MCU film, but an ok movie by itself. It would have served itself better by trimming about 45 minutes from the total run time, but alas, we got what we got. Buy On Amazon!

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan The Director’s Cut 4k

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: Directed by Nicholas Meyer. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan. With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. Previously owned this digitally, but now own it on disk! It was part of a set of the first 4 movies that I got for christmas, and it’s still a movie that I feel comfortable going back to time and time again. The soundtrack, the plot, the acting, it hits everything I need...

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Hi, Nellie

Hi, Nellie: Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. With Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Ned Sparks, Robert Barrat. The managing editor for a newspaper, in hot water with his boss, is demoted to writing the “Nellie Nelson” heart throb column, where he gets the unexpected opportunity to crack a major story. Another Glenda Farrell movie, this one is volume 8 of the Forbidden Hollywood series, one of four or five movies included in the collection. They’re all supposed to be movies that were released before the Hays code and were “forbidden” to be shown, but in reality most of the films in this...

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Lucy in the Sky

Lucy in the Sky: Directed by Noah Hawley. With Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens. Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. Loosely based on the story of Lisa Nowak, astronaut who had an unfortunate break from reality after she returned from space and ended up being arrested at an Orlando airport. woman in space needs just a couple more minutes, then returns to earth, picks up her neice from school, has dinner with her...

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Predestination

Predestination: Directed by Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig. With Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, Christopher Sommers. For his final assignment, a top temporal agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. The chase turns into a unique, surprising and mind-bending exploration of love, fate, identity and time travel taboos. Time cop has his face melted off, so he’s given a new face and a new voice, then put back on the time cop job, where he’s now a bartender who’s checking his scifi watch when a mysterious stranger walks in. The mysterious stranger turns out to...

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*batteries not included

*batteries not included: Directed by Matthew Robbins. With Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña. Aliens help a feisty old New York couple in their battle against the ruthless land developer who’s out to evict them. A corny love story of two alien robots, who are summoned by the psionic cries for help from a building being threatened by an over eager corporate thug who’s employed a gang of actual thugs to harass the property owners to sell their beloved homes. It’s corny, campy, and everything amazing you could hope for in a retro future alien robot movie. Buy...

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Chaos Walking

Chaos Walking: Directed by Doug Liman. With Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo. Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality where all thoughts are seen and heard by everyone. I threatened to buy this for my home collection, and this last week that’s what I did. I was super excited to get my wife to watch it, but she was only half interested in seeing it, so there was a lot of the “move explains a thing” then 20 minutes...

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife: Directed by Jason Reitman. With Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. I was ready for the nostalgia going on, but it still hit me like a ton of bricks when they delivered on everything I was hoping for. I am by no means a fanatic about the franchise, but the first two movies were great, the 2016 one was definitely a movie, and this one...

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Xanadu

Xanadu: Directed by Robert Greenwald. With Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan. A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness. opening universal logo thing had an airplane, another airplane, a ufo Opens with an artist doing art while the beginning credits happen, he rips up his art and throws it out his window, and it hits a wall, bringing wall art to life, it’s our first song! I’m alife! ONJ is there to dance for us! Then they turn into color beams that fly around Hollywood, one of...

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The House

The House: Directed by Andrew Jay Cohen. With Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Ryan Simpkins. After the town takes away their daughter’s college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend’s house to make back the money. Released back in 2017 around the same time as “Daddy’s Home 2”, this has been on my watch list for a while. Every time I had an opportunity to watch it though, I kinda waffled about it. I do love Amy Poehler and I do love Will Ferrell, but they can be, at times, a bit much, and that seemed...

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Don’t Look Up

Don’t Look Up: Directed by Adam McKay. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett. Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth. Imagine if a comet was discovered in 2017, and it was sure to hit the planet. It’s big enough to end all life as we know it, but with a little luck and a little ingenuity, we might possibly, just maybe, save all of humanity. Do you think we could have done it in 2017 with the leadership that the US was...

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Encanto

Encanto: Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith. With Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo, Mauro Castillo. A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. This movie was not for me, which is just fine, apparently other people are super enjoying it! For me it was a confusing mess and an odd misstep from modern Disney, the story was muddled, the songs confusing, and the voice work not all that impressive. I listened to the first song in the movie and realized I would have...

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Directed by Richard Fleischer. With Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre. A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo. A sea monster is rampaging around the south seas and the US government asks a French scientist and his apprentice to check the situation out and report back. Not so much that they believe that there’s dragons eating ships, but that ships are going missing and someone needs to figure out what’s going on. They learn though that it’s not sea monster,...

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