Fans of Mad Men will want to see this horror film co-starring Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper on that show. Shipka plays Kat, a student at a Catholic boarding school who is stranded there during winter break with a classmate. Something odd is happening with Kat, who appears to be alternately haunted or psychic as the film unfolds. At the same time, a young woman in her 20s, Joan (Roberts), is on her way to the school after breaking out of a mental hospital. How their stories intersect isn't the hardest twist to figure out, but it is a good twist, and Kiernan Shipka's performance is breathtaking.
My favorite movie of 2017. I've become a big fan of Taylor Sheridan's screenwriting, having immensely enjoyed this movie, Sicario and Hell or High Water. I appreciate the gritty adult tone of his films, as opposed to the snarky, lightweight superhero movies that current audiences prefer, especially since this film happens to star Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch from the Marvel movies. Sheridan as a director is lacking slightly, however. His tight framing, constant handheld camera and quick edits give the film a made-for-cable feel as opposed to something truly cinematic. But it's a small price to pay for some seriously suspenseful crime storytelling. I look forward to his writing of Sicario 2: Soldado.
If you're looking for an adorable romp with '90s Brendan Fraser, look no further! Blast from the Past explores the age-old question: can you find love in the big city after spending all of your life in a fallout shelter? Watch as Fraser woos the cynical Eve (played by Alicia Silverstone). Delight in the zany antics of his parents as they struggle to accept life in the late '90s after living in a time capsule from 1962. Enjoy old-timey charm and a snazzy swing dance number. You won't be disappointed!
While the plot is fairly paint-by-numbers as spy films go, this is an entertaining popcorn movie with great performances by its cast, with some excellent fight choreography. 'Eggsy' is a fresh take on the Bond-like protagonist, while Colin Firth shines as his mentor. A great film with lots of laughs and plenty of exciting action.
Bradley (Vince Vaughn) is an ex-boxer and ex-convict who works as a driver for drug dealers in order to support his family. When a deal goes wrong, thanks to the partners forced on him, Bradley finds himself headed back to prison. When he learns that the drug lord who was responsible - and who is threatening his wife - is imprisoned in another institution, Bradley works to get himself transferred. One heck of a revenge tale, not for the squeamish or those looking for a good time movie. Vaughn is great as the powerful but almost zen-like Bradley. Look for Miami Vice star Don Johnson as a deeply bad prison warden.
Quirky and heartwarming, this tale of starting over brings together two unlikely trios: a recently separated forty-year-old mother and her two young daughters, and three filmmakers in their twenties desperate to make their mark. Through twists, turns and sometimes brutal truths, these unlikely housemates show that family isn't about blood relation and, no matter how scary or daunting it is, starting over can show just how strong you really are. Witty and sincere, Home Again leaves a smile on your face and your heart open to new possibilities.
An animated tale about a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan
The Breadwinner is a beautifully animated tale about a courageous young girl named Parvana living in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The story begins with Parvana and her father selling some of their prized family possessions in the marketplace of Kabul. Parvana's father is arrested when illegal books are found in their home. This leaves their small family in an impossible situation, as women are not allowed to go outside without a man. In order to provide for her family, Parvana cuts her hair short, dons boys clothes and tries to get her father out of prison. The Breadwinner alternates between two different animation styles for the parallel stories it tells. The first is of Parvana's realistic and unforgiving Afghanistan, the other is of a more childlike and blocky style where she tells a story to her little brother. The characters themselves are rich as well, from a passionate and angry Taliban recruit, to the older sister's pout and her mother's sorrow. The Breadwinner is a heartwarming tale that will appeal to children as well as adults.
Westworld is a series set in a Wild West fantasy park filled with android "hosts" running on artificial intelligence. Guests can interact with the hosts and forge their own stories within the park. However, some of the hosts start to deviate from their programmed scripts, causing trouble. Westworld is a show you need to watch twice to catch everything. Non-linear stories and plot twists keep you on your toes while you are trying to piece together the multiple story lines. The show brings into question human nature and what makes us truly human.
An endlessly re-watchable classic. Lerner and Loewe's boisterous music drives the story of Eliza Doolittle's (Audrey Hepburn) ascendance through Edwardian London's social class under the tutelage of the indomitable Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison). Cecil Beaton's costume design is worth the watch in and of itself! The opening day of the Ascot races and Ambassadors Ball are chock-full of unique and humorous designs which all support the atmosphere in which Eliza must try to survive. Keep an eye out for Freddy Eynsford-Hill (played by a young and dashing Jeremy Brett) serenading Miss Doolittle. And her father, Alfred P. Doolittle (Stanley Holloway) steals each scene into which he strides. Don't miss your chance to get a copy for your library today and enjoy a timeless classic!
I had to watch it twice because I laughed over so many lines!
This movie made me laugh so many times. I have showed it to all my friends, but I'm terrible to watch it with because I laugh so much. I already know that this is going to be one of my all-time favorite movies. It is based on the true story of how comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon met. They wrote the script and made this amazing movie together. Holly Hunter, Ray Romano and Bo Burnham also appear and give the movie an amazing personality. I cannot recommend this movie enough!
Spider-Man has been my favorite hero since I was a little kid, and I feel like this movie, for the most part, finally got it right! They skipped the origin of how Peter got his powers, which most of us know by now, so we were able to jump right into the story. The Vulture was a great choice for the villain (and one we could understand how he came to be). It was fun, action-packed and funny. Strongly recommended!
Have you ever wondered what it'd look like if a man in a giant monkey suit, given electrical powers by falling into power lines, were to do battle with a man in a giant lizard suit that breathes atomic fire? Well, have I got the movie for you! A long-forgotten movie that pits two of cinema's greatest monsters against each other in a terrific B-movie brawl. Watch before they fight again in Godzilla vs Kong in 2020!
A stellar ending for an unexpectedly great trilogy
The new Planet of the Apes trilogy has been one of the most unexpected pleasures in film this decade. Rise and Dawn set the stage in surprising ways, and with this presumably final entry in the series, director Matt Reeves continues to subvert expectations and surprise audiences. Containing shades of war epics like Apocalypse Now and biblical epics like The Ten Commandments, War for the Planet of the Apes is truly a unique film experience. As the lead actor playing Caesar (through motion-capture), Andy Serkis gives an incredibly emotional and heartfelt performance, one that should have garnered several major awards nominations. The visuals in the film are the best in the series, with numerous gorgeous shots scattered throughout the film. The action in War is light, but when it comes, it's brutal and astounding. By the time the credits roll, War for the Planet of the Apes caps off a surprisingly mournful and meaningful film trilogy, one that should be remembered for years to come.
Have you ever wondered why you are alone? Where is your soulmate? If there is even somebody out there for you? Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. After being cast as Puck in his school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timothy discovers a secret recipe to make the play's Purple Love Pansy. Living in a small-minded town, Timothy turns everything on its head when he unleashes the Purple Pansy on just about every citizen in the town (starting with his crush, the school's Rugby star), turning them gay. An alternative musical comedy, this film had me in tears, laughing and singing along the whole time.
Not as well known as Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, is a well-crafted suspense story from author Daphne du Maurier. This film adaptation released in 2017 does an excellent job of giving you just enough answers but still leaving with the question, "Did Rachel do it?" Rachel Weisz shines as Rachel. She is charming and sweet - but with enough drive behind her eyes to make you wonder if a killer lies hidden in her. The locations are beautiful. Set on the coast of England, the director gives us many shots of the sea, the wind swept cliffs and the glorious old manor house. My Cousin Rachel is a mystery sure to delight fans of suspense and Gothic literature.
When Caleb wins a contest to spend time with his next generation tech CEO, he is delighted. The CEO's isolated, prison-like home and odd behavior is offsetting, but Caleb is drawn in by an experiment with artificial intelligence which has produced an extremely realistic android woman. Before long, Caleb finds himself drawn into her story of imprisonment and eventual destruction. This, like most good science fiction, works on more than one level. We have the narrative to follow but that narrative raises a number of ethical and moral questions along the way. For the discriminating film palate.
As a sequel to John Wick, this entry strives to surpass the original and provides the viewer with amazing action sequences. Wick is an unstoppable force that once started, can't be stopped. People don't believe that he killed a man with a pencil, but they don't know John Wick. The fight scene choreography is simply incredible in this new age of CGI-filled comic book movies. Besides expanding the Wick Universe, the film sets up the viewer for another chapter in the series which, hopefully, won't be too long coming.
Charlize Theron has been positioning herself as a female action star, and this is one of her best films in that category. While the plot is good, it is secondary to the mysterious character played by Theron and the spectacular action sequences in which she is featured. There are many surprises along the way, and this is a movie that should not be missed by action fans.
Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and even Chris "THOR" Hemsworth! A hilarious cast of clever comedians makes this remake quite a hoot. Manhattan is at risk of being maliciously mangled, and these ladies aren't having it. Great special effects, spectacularly spooky specters and sensationally silly sight gags abound.
Hitting everything from Beck to Queen and back again, this movie's soundtrack is an integral part of Baby Driver's story, as well as its action sequences. It is a love story set to music. And sometimes that music is the background noise to bank robberies. Baby Driver is for romantics, for action enthusiasts and for anyone who wants to see John Hamm play a drug-addled nymphomaniac rage machine. It's Edgar Wright at his finest.