onward – to #1 this weekend!

Onward is the latest movie from Pixar. It’s directed by Dan Scanlon, with a screenplay by Scanlon, Jason Headley and Keith Bunin. It stars the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. Onward is set in a modern suburban fantasy world where two elf brothers go on a journey to bring back their dead father. Continue reading

1917 – how did they do this?

1917 is a war film directed and co-written by Sam Mendes. It’s based on a story that Mendes’ grandfather told. The film stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Cinematography is done by the legend Roger Deakins, with a score by Thomas Newman. 1917 is about two young British soldiers during World War I who have to deliver a message warning of an ambush. Continue reading

jumanji: the next level – they’re back!

Jumanji: The Next Level is an adventure comedy film that’s a sequel to 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The Next Level brings everyone back from the first film, Jake Kasdan directs, and co-writes with Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. It also brings back Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Rhys Darby, joining them are Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.
This time around the same group of teenagers, along with some others, become trapped in Jumanji where they have to solve new problems and challenges while having to save the land from a new villain to get back to the real world. Continue reading

my top two movies of 2019

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year it came down to the numbers!

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star wars: the rise of skywalker – the force is strong with this one

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the latest installment into the franchise, it’s also the third part in the sequel trilogy following The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it’s co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio shares the other writing responsibilities. The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams. Continue reading

dark waters – ruffalo smashes it!

Dark Waters is a drama, legal thriller directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. It’s based on the 2016 article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich, published in the New York Times Magazine. The film stars; Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pulman and Bill Camp. It’s about Robert Bilott , and his twenty year legal battle against DuPont. Continue reading

a beautiful day in the neighborhood – it can be…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is this year’s film about Mister Rogers. It’s directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, it’s inspired by true events, specifically an article from 1998 entitled “Can you Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod published in Esquire. The film stars Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper. It’s about Lloy Vogel who’s assigned to profile Fred Rogers. Continue reading

frozen II – do you want to build a sequel?

Frozen II is the sequel to 2013’s Frozen, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee return, along with songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and composer Christophe Beck. The film is written by Lee, with a story by her, Buck, Marc E. Smith, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez. It’s voiced by; Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Ciaran Hinds, Alan Tudyk, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina, Marth Plimpton, Jason Ritter, Rachel Matthews, and Jeremy Sisto. This movie takes place three years after the events of the first film, Elsa has something calling her north, embarking on this journey with her are Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. Continue reading

ford v ferrari – comes in for the win this weekend!

Ford v Ferrari is technically a sports drama (sports because of the racing competition aspect). It’s directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller. The movie stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, with Jon Bernthal, Kaitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon. It’s about the team of American Engineers and Designers led by Carrol Shelby and British driver Ken Miles, who are tasked by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca to build a new racing car to defeat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Continue reading

doctor sleep – a horror movie not to overlook

Doctor Sleep is a horror film based on the Stephen King novel, which is a sequel to the 1977 novel The Shining. This film is written, directed and edited by Mike Flanagan. It stars Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran and Cliff Curtis. The film follows Danny Torrance several decades after the events of the original film with a now adult Danny. Continue reading