Monthly Archives: April 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

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I don’t think anyone expected Guardians of the Galaxy to be the phenomenon that it was. In 2014 it blasted into the Marvel universe with a wry sense of humor, otherworldly atmosphere and made household names out of some fairly obscure characters. It was refreshing, that first movie. The sequel suffers a little bit under the heavy weight of the original film’s legacy, but it still stands out as truly fun and funny flick.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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There’s such a wave of nostalgia based programming these days that it’s really getting tiresome. I think there is something special in just letting a thing exist for the time it was supposed to exist. Gilmore Girls had a nice, solid run for seven years. My thirst for creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ‘final four words” made me crave a reunion that was mostly unnecessary. I just heard one of my favorite shows of all time (Roseanne) was mulling a new series. Please don’t. Not everything needs to come back. Not Friday Night Lights. Not Battlestar Galactica. Not Buffy. Just leave them be and move on.

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Colossal

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It’s a shame that this comes so soon after “Get Out.” While they are completely different movies, they do combine two genres –horror and comedy— that aren’t generally balanced together. And Get Out was next level awesome, while Colossal is merely really, really good. Colossal actually leans more towards a monster movie than horror, or maybe psychological thriller, but it also serves up more laughs than expected. The setup is about all that’s worth talking about because the less you know about the plot, the better. Anne Hathaway is Gloria, an out of work party girl who, after a breakup, relocates to her parent’s empty house in her upstate New York hometown to dry out. She runs into her childhood friend Oscar, a completely game Jason Sudeikis. Meanwhile, in South Korea, a Godzilla-like monster is attacking the city. Yeah.

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The Fate of the Furious

the-fate-of-the-furious-charlize-theron-vin-diesel-1200x630-cLook, I know these aren’t good movies. They never have been. The first one was a Point Break rip-off that worked out too well. Two sequels followed that were barely tangentially connected to the first. Then the fourth movie retroactively made them all work together. The fifth, sixth, and seventh while still being genuine fluff, managed be thoroughly entertaining action popcorn movies, that had gasp-worthy stunts and legitimate thrills, while soaking in its increasingly eye-rollingly bad dialogue. And then comes Charlize Theron in braids.

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