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.

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.

 

 

Mr. Nobody (2009) [Extended Director’s Cut]

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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.

 

Watchmen (2009) [Director’s Cut]

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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.