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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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.

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.

 

Book Review: Watchmen (1986-1987)

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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.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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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.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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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.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.