“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Movie Review

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” dir. Jake Kasdan

In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever, to be played by others without break.

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“The Post” – Movie Review

“The Post,” dir. Steven Spielberg

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher, Kate Graham of The Washington Post, and its hard-driving editor, Ben Bradlee, to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government in publishing the Pentagon Papers.

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“Phantom Thread” – Movie Review

“Phantom Thread,” dir. Paul Thomas Anderson

Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.

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“The Disaster Artist” – Movie Review

“The Disaster Artist,” dir. James Franco

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

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November 2017 Films Ranked

Another month down, another ranked list. I saw 16 films released in November and, for the most part, it was a great month for movies. The only major release I missed that I wanted to catch was “Wonder,” especially after hearing such solid buzz. Still, November was filled with strong awards contenders so let’s get started with the list!

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What’s New in Theaters (12/1/17): “The Disaster Artist,” “The Shape of Water,” and More…

No new wide release films come out this weekend, but more awards season hopefuls open in limited release as well as the rerelease of one of the year’s biggest films. We have Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic “Dunkirk,” Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel,” James Franco’s highly anticipated “The Disaster Artist,” Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-frontrunner “The Shape of Water.” Let’s get more in depth with each of these films!

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“The Shape of Water” – Movie Review

“The Shape of Water,” dir. Guillermo Del Toro

An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

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