Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Avengers: Infinity War is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the point that all storylines have been leading to. Infinity War nailed the tone, perfectly utilized its characters, Alan Silvestri executed its score incredibly and the film gave me goosebumps many times. I don’t want to say anything else but to tell you to (if you haven’t already) watch all 18 previous MCU films then go to the best theater you can and experience the culmination of them all. This movie really beat my expectations and I loved it.

Infinity War is a little bit more mature than other MCU movies but if your kids have seen the others they can see this one.

Currently in Theaters.

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Ready Player One (2018)

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Ready Player One is a Steven Spielberg film about a digital world, like a super-futuristic MMO with VR, called the OASIS. It is based on the book of the same name by Ernest Cline which I have not read so this review is from that perspective. Ready Player One is very heavy on the CGI  I thought would take away from the experience but I was pleasantly surprised by how little it bothered me. The 1st and 3rd acts are quite entertaining, although the 2nd felt kind of lifeless. Even so, the message behind this film is a good one and trying to spot as many pop culture references as you can makes Ready Player One, if not that much more, a great popcorn flick.

Kids about 11 and up shouldn’t have a problem watching Ready Player One.

Currently in Theaters.

 

Lady Bird (2017)

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Lady Bird is a bittersweet coming-of-age drama about a seventeen-year-old girl in Sacramento, California. This film is very realistic and honest with solid performances all around and is an impressive directorial debut for Greta Gerwig. I suggest watching Lady Bird especially if you are a young adult or a parent.

There is some sexual content but I think kids 14 and up can and probably should watch Lady Bird.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

The Commuter (2018)

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The Commuter is an action/crime/thriller about an insurance salesman who gets caught up in a criminal conspiracy on his commute home from work. This movie was a pleasant surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting much from it but it has a good plot, unique editing and cinematography, a surprising good score, and Liam Neeson does a great job as always. I think the aforementioned editing and cinematography do a great job of immersing you in The Commuter’s setting and makes you sympathize with Liam Neeson’s character. Overall, if you can look past a handful of unbelievable plot elements I think you might really enjoy The Commuter.

There isn’t too much violence in The Commuter although there is certainly some in there, I don’t think kids 10 and up should have any problem watching this film.

Currently in Theaters.

Spark Movie Reviews Best Of 2017

These are the best films, TV shows and video games that I got to experience this year in release order. Click on them to read my full reviews, I apologize for the lack of reviews for Blade Runner 2049 and Logan.

John Wick: Chapter 2

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Logan

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The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild

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Baby Driver

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War for the Planet of the Apes

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Wind River

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Blade Runner 2049

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Stranger Things – Season 2

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama about a mother who starts a kind of personal war on the local law enforcement of a small Missouri town when they fail to catch her daughter’s killer. This is a masterfully crafted, highly unpredictable, and expertly acted film which manages its tones of grief and tragedy with black comedy very well. It is also an eye-opening depiction of rural America. I think Three Billboards is one of the best films of the year with superb characterization and a pretty good score too so I highly recommend you go see it.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is surprisingly violent and in general a mature movie so I would suggest 14 and up for seeing this with kids.

Currently in Theaters.

 

 

TV Review: Stranger Things (2016- ) [Season 2]

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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.