⭐️☁️☁️☁️☁️ 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.
⭐️⭐️⛅️☁️☁️ 2.5/5 [PG-13]
Valerian is a sci-fi film by Luc Besson about two special operatives trying to protect Alpha, the City of a Thousand Planets, a huge metropolis housing species from a thousand planets. For a film from the director of The Fifth Element, a movie ahead of its time, Valerian is years behind its time. Similar to the 2009 film Avatar, Valerian received lots of hype, is full of CGI, has a cheesy and obvious message, and will leave no lasting impression on our culture. The casting for this film is really what killed it, Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne deliver mediocre at best performances and are just a bad fit for their characters. The score is highly disappointing because if nothing else this movie could have had good, memorable music, but instead it’s a cheap and generic imitation of the Star Wars scores. I wouldn’t recommend seeing Valerian unless all you want is eye candy, because that’s all it is.
Pretty much all kids should be able to watch Valerian.
Currently in theaters.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 [PG-13]
War for the Planet of the Apes is the third entry in the rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy that has gotten better and better with every film. Matt Reeves has accomplished something incredible by creating such a technically impressive film with amazing motion capture technology as well as an emotional and meaningful story from start to finish where the audience cares a great deal for the characters, and he has made it even better than Dawn, which he in turn made superior to Rise. Andy Serkis as always does an amazing job of acting in motion capture and Michael Giacchino delivers one of the best scores of his career. I highly recommend watching or rewatching Rise and Dawn then going to see War for the Planet of the Apes because it is a beautiful, technically and emotionally impressive, masterpiece.
This is a fairly dark movie at times but if your kid has seen the first two films, they can probably handle the third.
Currently in Theaters.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⛅️☁️ 3.5/5 [R]
Colossal is a sci-fi dramedy about a young alcoholic woman named Gloria (Anne Hathaway) who is kicked out of her life in New York city and moves back to her hometown, meanwhile a seemingly unrelated giant monster is attacking South Korea. This movie is wholeheartedly original and fairly compelling, however, even though it is advertised as a comedy, it is much more a drama than a comedy. The characters are complicated but somewhat unrealistic. Although it suffers from these flaws, Colossal is still a fresh and entertaining story I recommend viewing.
Colossal is much darker than advertised so I wouldn’t propose kids younger than 13 see it.
Available on iTunes and Amazon.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5 [TV-MA]
Breaking Bad is a crime drama about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer who starts cooking crystal meth, and I regard it as the closest to perfection any filmmaker has ever gotten, especially on TV. The acting and characterization are outstanding and the writing is beyond phenomenal. The cinematography as well as the music, original and otherwise, are extremely favorable. Breaking Bad is unparalleled as the best Television series I’ve ever watched so I strongly urge you to start binge-watching right away if you haven’t already seen it.
I wouldn’t advise kids younger than 13, maybe 12, watch Breaking Bad.
Available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⛅️ 4.5/5 [R]
Baby Driver is Edgar Wright’s highly entertaining “action musical” about a young getaway driver that loves music who gets wrapped up in a heist doomed to fail. This movie has a great cast including Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, so the acting is obviously pretty solid. Visually this movie is impressive, but where it really shines is the music that is magnificently intertwined into the film, Baby Driver really is part musical, so much is in time with the music that by the time the credits roll you might even be thinking on beat. I highly recommend Baby Driver especially if you’re an Edgar Wright fan.
Most kids younger than 12 probably shouldn’t watch Baby Driver.
Currently in Theaters