Now that I’ve finished covering TIFF, now time for me to get back into the latest releases in theaters right now. Today, I’m going to review the three new releases that came out this past weekend as well as the big movie that opened a couple weeks ago that I missed out on due to the festival. Those films are Andy Muschietti’s “IT,” Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan’s “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” and David Gordon Green’s “Stronger.” Let’s get to it!
“IT,” dir. Andy Muschietti
In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
I’m a sucker for movies revolving around a group of kids, whether it be something like “Stand By Me” or “Super 8,” so I was very excited to see “IT.” Thankfully, this thing was a total blast! While admittedly there are times where I was distracted by some overacting from the adult actors and a couple of scenes are a bit too exaggerated, but the kids carry this movie so well, the vast majority of scares feel earned, and Bill Skarsgård knocked it out of the park as Pennywise. This was great!
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” dir. Matthew Vaughn
When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency known as the Statesman to save the world.
While it definitely retains some of the fun and style of the first film, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is far more exhausting and outlandish, making the overall film a little frustrating to watch. That being said, it could have been a lot worse. It could have been “Kick-Ass 2” level bad.
“The Lego Ninjago Movie,” dir. Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan
Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home of Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors using their skill and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy….high school.
“The Lego Movie” still remains as not just one of my favorite animated movies of the decade, but one of my favorite movies of the decade in general. You’d think it’d be hard for lightning to strike twice, but “The Lego Batman Movie” was an absolute blast. Now, WB is trying to make lightning strike for the third time and . . . yeah, that didn’t happen. Sure, there are some fun and creative bits sprinkled throughout, but “The Lego Ninjago Movie” lacks heart and gets too frantic for its own good, even considering how frantic its predecessors are. The cat was really funny, though.
“Stronger,” dir. David Gordon Green
A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
“Stronger” doesn’t really have a lasting impact like last year’s “Patriot’s Day” did for me, but it does have some really strong emotional beats and an incredible performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as expected.
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