Early Man Movie Review

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Typically, I am not a fan of stop-motion animation.  Though A Nightmare Before Christmas is definitely an exception to this, as I really enjoyed that film. Even without my generally enjoying this type of movie, when Early Man was brought to my attention by my daughter, and I noticed that it had such voice talent as Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall, I thought it would make for a fun family movie night. Made by Aardman Animation, the same studio that gave us Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away, and Shaun the Sheep, Early Man is a stop-motion animation film that tells us a story of Dug, a caveman who, along with his tribe, was run out of his home and his quest to return to it. Production & Cast Early…
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In Time Throwback Movie Review

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Dystopia is a term we hear now and then but don't always realize what it truly means. Most of the time when we think of dystopian futures, we have thoughts of tyrannical governments, like in V for Vendetta, or worldwide calamities, like Waterworld shows. But there are some dystopian futures that we don't often think of, most notably one made by technology.  The most notable film with a dystopian technological future is The Matrix, but one that doesn't usually get looked at is the film In Time. In Time's dystopia comes from the population being genetically engineered to use time as a form of currency. Using time for currency allows the rich to live forever while the poor fight over mere minutes or days. It's an exciting concept that takes the term "time is money"…
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Adrift Movie Review

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If there is one thing I am afraid of, it's drowning. But the strangest thing is, despite that, I do love the water. The fear itself has resonated with me my whole life to the point that I, a middle-aged man, do not know how to swim. Though when it comes to being in a boat, or playing in a pool or open body of water, I'm able to have fun. So, when I see sailboats or speedboats, I look at them in both awe and fear, wondering how much fun they would. But at the same time, I'm left wondering what could happen. Adrift tells the true story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft and Richard Sharp who, in 1983, sailed through Hurricane Raymond on their way to San Diego. During the…
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Coco Movie Review

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I can remember when I was younger thinking that The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, was just a day that was essentially a Halloween celebration. Over the years, this perception has started to change but it wasn't until I got to watch Coco recently that I truly began to understand what Día de Muertos really is. Día de Muertos is a celebration of family. A day to remember the family that has passed and to tell their stories. Pictures of ancestors are arranged on an altar with their favorite earthly foods and possessions positioned with them to give the spirits, at least according to the film, an anchor to the living world to see their family. Family Coco's main story, while revolving around Día de Muertos, is all about…
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

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When the Han Solo origin film was first announced, I was not that excited. Within the Star Wars Saga, Han has always felt like a complete character that didn't need an additional backstory other than what we were already given. From the previous films, we understand his motivation and why he is where he is in his life. And it's that reasoning that I felt going back and looking at his younger years wasn't necessary. Within the old Star Wars extended universe, we had a handful of novels that gave us Han's backstory. And much of what we are given within Solo is right from those novels. Though there were some details that were changed, like locations and names of some people, the ideas behind why and how Han got…
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Super Troopers 2 Movie Review

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The Broken Lizard comedy troupe returns for the first time since they produced 2012's Freeloaders. And other than a standup special, this is their first starring film since 2009's The Slammin' Salmon. The troupe has been together for more than 20 years and put together not only the previously mentioned films but the original Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Club Dread. Most of this troupe's films were released during a time that I look back on fondly. Specializing in physical and gross-out humor, Broken Lizard hit their high point when I was at an age where that kind of comedy really spoke to me. As I have grown, I have mostly moved away from of the gross-out humor but the physical comedy still hits me pretty well. Cast The titular Super Troopers are played by the Broken Lizard group. Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve…
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Super Troopers Throwback Movie Review

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When I was younger, there were a handful of comedies that I kept on a constant rotation. One of these comedies was Super Troopers. Having a wide release in 2002 after debuting at Sundance in 2001, and having a budget of about $3 million, it ended up bringing in $23.2 million at the box office. In its day, it would have been considered a box office success based on its budget and its box office return. Critics at the time, though, did not look at this film as highly as the audience did. If you check out the Rotton Tomatoes scores for Super Troopers, most critics rated it less than favorable with only 35% of them giving it a positive review. The audience, on the other hand, had 90% that gave it a…
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Deadpool 2 Movie Review

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What kind of person would you be if you had stage 4 cancer but had a healing power that wouldn't let you die? Would you be a superhero? Or just some smuck that did what he wanted? This is essentially where we find Wade Wilson in Deadpool 2, being a global mercenary hunting down the people others can't or won't. Still as violent and unfiltered as before, Wade has love in his life and is happy. The only thing that he finds missing is something that he considers the "F" word: Family. If you can look at the first Deadpool as a love or romance story, you can look at Deadpool 2 as a film about family and what it means to be a part of one. Cast Being a sequel, Deadpool…
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Deadpool Movie Review

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch a superhero film that stars a superhero that really just didn't care? I don't mean that this hero doesn't have a care in the world, but one that doesn't care what others think about him. This hero is Wade Wilson. Not caring what you think of him, Wade is extremely violent and has no filter. He says and does anything that comes to his mind, no matter if it's to the audience or to the people around him. Deadpool recounts the reasoning and how Wade becomes the hero that he is. While it is not explicitly stated if it set within any superhero universe that we are aware of, it does use ideas that are within other Fox superhero…
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Shrek Throwback Movie Review

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When Shrek first released in 2001, I was still in High School. This was the period of time where I really started to get into movies and Shrek was one that always floated in the back of my mind as a film that helped define that era for me. Looking back on it, the story still resonates as one that focuses on what it takes for someone to truly be in love. How love can take many forms, romantic friendship or otherwise, is the main driving force for the story itself even though it doesn't always seem that way with the comedy front and center. Performing admirably in the theaters at the time, making $484 million worldwide on a reported $60 million budget alone makes it a hit in the…
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