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Film Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson

by Brad Heyen / Published: August 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm   /   Movie Reviews

If you’ve seen any promotional material or just considered the personas of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson alone, you know what kind of movie you’re going to get with The Hitman’s Bodyguard… and that is not a bad thing. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes, and is an action packed comedy in which Darrius […]

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Film Review: ‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ Starring Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl

by Brad Heyen / Published: August 11, 2017 at 8:46 am   /   Movie Reviews

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is the sequel that nobody asked for, and is the follow-up to its 2013 predecessor (you guessed it!), The Nut Job. Did you know it even existed? I didn’t. In this film, we follow Surly Squirrel: an egotistical purple squirrel voiced by Will Arnett (whom I found to be quite a […]

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Review: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne

by Brad Heyen / Published: July 21, 2017 at 7:49 am   /   Movie Reviews

When the first trailer dropped for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, I was captivated by the imagery – and believed this film could very well be quite the spectacle upon its release in July. Written and directed by Luc Besson (the visionary behind the cult classic film The Fifth Element), my interest […]

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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei

by Brad Heyen / Published: July 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm   /   Film, Movie Reviews

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth feature-length film for the titular hero and stars Tom Holland this time around as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. This is the second reboot by Sony since Raimi’s trilogy in the early 2000s and had a lot of ground to make up after the less-than-stellar Amazing Spider-Man films in the early 2010s. Fans […]

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Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

by Brad Heyen / Published: June 30, 2017 at 9:05 am   /   Movie Reviews

2010’s Despicable Me surprised a lot of people when it introduced the evil, yet lovable, villain Gru (Steve Carell) to the world. It had a heartwarming story as we watched Gru transform from villainy to a loving father to three adorable girls who taught him how to love. Come 2013 when they decided to release […]

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Review: ‘The Hero’ Starring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter

by Brad Heyen / Published: June 30, 2017 at 9:04 am   /   Movie Reviews

The Hero is a character piece directed by Brett Haley and co-written by Marc Basch. The film revolves around Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott), an actor old in age and years past his prime. Lee is down in his luck; he’s divorced, has no relationship with his daughter, can’t seem to land any respectable acting gigs, […]

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Review: ‘Baby Driver’ Starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm

by Brad Heyen / Published: June 28, 2017 at 5:18 am   /   Movie Reviews

Following is an uncut title sequence in which Baby is strolling down the street, dancing to the music playing in his ears. His surroundings and the actions of him and others play out to the tune of the music and it’s delightful (and even includes a few nods to some of Wright’s previous films). Again, […]

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Review: ‘It Comes at Night’ Starring Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

by Brad Heyen / Published: June 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm   /   Movie Reviews

After the critical success of his first film, Krisha, writer/director Trey Edward Shults returns with his sophomore film, It Comes at Night. The psychological thriller revolves around a family isolated in an abandoned house in the woods, while trying to avoid a sickness that is plaguing the rest of the world. Thematically, this is a masterful […]

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Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ Starring Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

by Brad Heyen / Published: May 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Everything, Everything is based on a young adult book of the same name and is a story about a teenage girl named Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) who is confined to her home due to a rare illness and has longed for but never stepped a foot outdoors. A short while after a few expository scenes, […]

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Review: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ Starring Jason Ian Drucker, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone

by Brad Heyen / Published: May 18, 2017 at 6:44 pm   /   Movie Reviews

If this movie did anything for me, it was that it reignited my childhood crush on Alicia Silverstone. Before you say anything, yes – I’m well aware I wasn’t within the target demographic of this film. However, I do still expect children’s movies to be at least somewhat intelligent and enjoyable for the adults who […]

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