⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 [TV-14]
The second season of the beloved sci-fi fantasy horror drama Stranger Things is just as good if not better than the first, the acting is still great especially from the kids and the music and special effects are even better this season. Stranger Things is the latest character driven show like Firefly, the kind where probably the best part of the show is the interactions between the awesomely written characters, and there is even more of that this time. This is the first time I have enjoyed the second season of a Netflix series anywhere near as much as the first and I think this season solidifies Stranger Things as my favorite currently running TV show.
There is some stuff that might scare little kids but obviously if your kids have seen season 1 they can see season 2.
Available only on Netflix.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 [R]
Mr. Nobody is a beautiful film about a man named Nemo Nobody who experiences life and time differently than everybody else. It is one of those movies with a plot that can take many viewings to fully piece together, but unlike many of those movies, I believe every little detail adds up to a story that makes sense. Even the things I thought were continuity errors the first time around, I realized on second viewing had significance and meaning behind them. Mr. Nobody is full of wonderful imagery and great cinematography, it utilize’s it’s beautiful score as well as it’s non-orginal music extremely well and Jared Leto gives a great performance as Nemo. If you’re into delightfully strange and confusing films than I highly recommend Mr. Nobody.
There is barely any violence in this movie but it is fairly mature and has some sexual content so I would suggest 14 and up.
Extended Director’s Cut available on iTunes and Amazon.
Theatrical Cut available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☁️ 4/5 [R]
Watchmen is Zack Snyder’s film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name which takes place in an alternate 1985 and is about former superheroes coming out of retirement after an old colleague is murdered. As far as book-to-film adaptations go this is a job pretty well done, its very faithful to the source material and cuts out and changes only minor things and only when necessary, until, that is, 30 minutes before the end of the movie when a major plot point is severely altered which I believe took a great deal of emotional weight out of the story. The casting choices for all the characters (especially Jackie Earle Haley who is perfect casting for Rorschach) are great, except for Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt which I think was the wrong decision for the character. There is plenty to like about this film though, the cinematography, tone, action scenes, and music choices (nearly all of them are directly from the novel) are all great. Even though Watchmen is not as emotional or deep as the graphic novel, it is a great action epic that is worth watching.
There is a lot of violence and sex in this film so I definitely wouldn’t suggest younger than a mature 14 to watch this.
Available on iTunes and Amazon.
Watchmen is an ingenious science-fiction graphic novel/limited series that takes place in an alternate history where superheroes emerged in American society during the 40s and 60s and vigilantism is now outlawed, the story follows two generations of superheroes from the close of World War II to the Cold War. It is truly an extraordinary masterpiece of visual and literary storytelling, it uses synchronicity, symbolism, and repeated imagery brilliantly and virtually every detail in every captivating panel means something. The highly fleshed out mythology and characters are extremely intriguing. Watchmen has inspired and continues to inspire many other works of art and I believe it is the best book I have ever read so I very highly recommend it to everyone that has not read it at least once before.
Watchmen deals with many mature subject matters and is very complex, 14 is the youngest I would recommend this too.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 [R]
Wind River is a chilling thriller about a veteran game tracker/hunter and an FBI agent working together to solve a murder on the Wind River Native American reservation. This film does an incredible job of creating a consistent cinematic atmosphere for its desolate, bleak location with the cinematography, music, and acting, all of which are fantastic. Jeremy Renner gives probably the best performance of his career and the score is hauntingly beautiful. The action scenes in Wind River are stunning, the level of tension and realism is very impressive, they are few in number but that just makes the handful of action scenes that much more poignant. Overall Wind River is an excellent and impactful neo-western thriller that I think is one of the best films of the year and I definitely recommend you watch.
I wouldn’t suggest letting your kids younger than 14 watch Wind River.
Currently in Theaters.
⭐️☁️☁️☁️☁️ 1/5 [PG-13]
Kong: Skull Island is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse (after 2014’s Godzilla) and it is a very bad sign for the future of this cinematic universe. This movie is pretty easily the worst I have seen this year, the editing is atrocious, the characters are terribly uninteresting, the camera is aimed at Tom Hiddleston’s tight shirt for a ridiculous amount of the runtime, the attempts to be like a 70’s Vietnam movie got on my nerves pretty quickly, Kong himself looks cartoonish, and most of the scenes look like they were shot on a totally green set even when they weren’t. The first 30 to 50 minutes are moderately enjoyable as a popcorn flick but as soon as Tom Hiddleston grabs a katana out of midair, puts on a gas mask, runs through poison gas slicing monster-birds out of the air, and then proceeds to remove said gas mask while standing in poison gas without any consequences, Kong: Skull Island falls deep into an abyss of shockingly bad filmmaking. If you’re looking for a so-bad-it’s-good film to laugh at, this might be the one to watch, but if you were looking for a promising future for the MonsterVerse, than prepare for a huge disappointment. The fact that this is currently higher on Rotten Tomatoes than Godzilla, an exceptional film, baffles me to no end.
There is a lot of violence in Kong: Skull Island but I think kids 11 or 12 and up can probably handle it.
Available on iTunes and Amazon.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⛅️ 4.5/5 [PG-13]
Spider-Man Homecoming is about Peter Parker’s life after his brush with The Avengers in Captain America Civil War. This film is way better than the marketing had convinced me it would be, the comedy, action, and tension are all handled excellently. The characters are great, Tom Holland does a marvelous job as Peter Parker, Micheal Keaton plays the best MCU villain in quite a while, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark does not overstay his welcome in the plot as I feared he would. A particular scene in Homecoming caught me off guard more than any film has since I saw Fight Club and created brilliantly crafted tension over the next 10-20 minutes. If you still can, I would definitely recommend seeing the highly refreshing and charming Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters.
Kids 10 and up shouldn’t have a problem with this film.
Currently in Theaters.