THE COMMUTER - REVIEW

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THE POST - REVIEW

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Sunday, January 14

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Published: January 14, 2018


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Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.


R: February 9th, 2018 | R: n/a minutes | R: PG

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Saturday, January 13

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Published: January 13, 2018


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12 STRONG is one of the great unknown stories of American valor. Twelve brave U.S. soldiers dropped everything and ventured into an unknown land, outnumbered 5,000 to 1 to complete one of the most successful special forces missions of all time. However, they had to use the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers rather than state-of-the-art warfare to battle the heavily-armed Taliban. This is the amazing story of these 12 heroes and the families who wondered if they would come home alive.

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Friday, January 12

Paddington 2 - Review

Published: January 12, 2018



R: January 12th, 2018 | R: 103 minutes | R: PG

Paddington 2 is the sequel that brings viewers up-to-date on the happenings in Paddington Brown’s life. This polite and marmalade loving bear is once again having adventures in London and wants to get a gift that embodies the city for his Aunt Lucy’s birthday. Along the way Paddington runs into bumps but are the new adventures enough to keep this based on a book series alive?

I am not sure if the director and writers read more Paddington books or what but this film truly felt like a storybook come to life. From the characters to the scenery to the animation meets the real world, Paddington 2 felt like Paddington had escaped from his books and jumped to the big screen.

The characters really felt like they came alive in this as they were whimsical and very much like those out of a storybook. There are also several scenes where the “reality” of a situation gets mixed in to appear as if it is on a book’s page which was very visually pleasing to watch. The plot moves right along as if reading a book as well. Although there are twists and turns everything is intertwined in a way to keep viewers both entertained and wanting to know what’s on the next page (or in this case, scene).

That is also indeed helped by the villain Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) who is a theater actor who takes theater to the extreme. He is constantly talking to himself (or rather his many characters) and had both kids and adults wondering about his sanity. His greed and villainy is a good contrast with Paddington’s sweet nature and had several viewers voicing their opinions or squirming in their seats because of it.

Watching the first movie prior to is not necessary because Paddington 2 does a good job at covering the basics of what was missed but I still recommend watching it because you can see how far this series has gone since the four year gap. I will say though that this movie felt long toward the end and many of the younger viewers started to get antsy.

Overall I thought this movie showed the kind, accepting and marmalade loving nature of Paddington and brought the series where it needs to be. I am excited to see if there will be a third movie in the future and hopefully there won’t be such a long gap this time around.

Rating: 4 out of 5


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I never saw the first one but I don’t think that affected it at all. There’s a brief synopsis of how Paddington came to London and I think they did that for all the folks who didn’t watch the first.

Paddington is a bear who lives in London and is trying to earn money to buy his Adoptive Aunt a pop book about London. It turns out the book is actually a secret treasure map and the villain, Phoenix, played by Hugh Grant stole the book to find the treasure. Now Paddington’s family must find out where the book is and rescue Paddington.

This movie was more of a mystery, and in a way reminded me of National Treasure, going to landmarks to find clues. It was really fun and cute, I think if you have kids they will like this movie and you’ll enjoy it too!

Rating: 2.8 out of 5


AshleyK Ashley K. (Contributor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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The Commuter - Review

Published: January 12, 2018



R: January 12th, 2018 | R: 104 minutes | R: PG-13

The Commuter stars Liam Neeson as an insurance salesman named Michael MacCauley who lives a mundane life. He commutes to and from work by train in New York and follows the same schedule until one day he is met by a stranger who has a proposition to find the person on the train “who does not belong”. With yet another action thriller under his belt, can Neeson once again captivate the audience or does he fall short on this train ride?

The way this movie is set up feels so realistic at first as the camera follows MacCauley around during his daily routine of waking up at 6am to the local radio station. From there it turns into a montage showing the ups and downs of his life but nothing too out of the ordinary. I really enjoyed how this was portrayed and so few words were said during it to give off the idea that he is an average working man.

The contrast from this repetitious life to when he meets the mysterious lady on the train is enormous. MacCauley goes from being nonchalant to desperate as he is given an offer that he cannot refuse but quickly learns the consequences of his decision. Neeson’s acting plays a key role in building suspense in every scene. There is also another big factor helping to maintain and even increase the suspense along the way, that being the camera angles. The camera was almost always up close and personal to the patrons of the train giving off the lifelike uncomfortable feeling of being too close to strangers. It definitely was a plus in this case because as MacCauley tried to figure out the person who did not belong, I could not help but feel like I was on the train ride too.

That being said however the suspenseful build up was sort of a let down in the end when everything is all said and done. It felt like something was missing and they sort of copped out in the storyline. The underlying message they wanted to get across was understood but out of place and did not tie together well. Do not let that deter you from watching Neeson fight on a train and an epic train crash scene that is sure to make your eyes stretch and think yup Neeson is back again in his element!

Rating: 3 out of 5


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If you were expecting The Commuter to just be Taken on a train…you were absolutely right! Liam Neeson stars in yet another action movie with a mysterious plot line and a slew of random bad guys. Set on the commuter train running from Manhattan out to suburbs in New York, The Commuter did have some awesome action scenes - because Liam Neeson is always great, but overall the experience was a bit confusing.

Liam Neeson stars as insurance salesman Michael MacCauley. An ex-cop working in insurance in Manhattan for the past 10 years, we learn that he’s a loving family man living the 9-5 to provide for his family. With a son preparing for college, Michael is just five years away from retirement when he is let go at his job abruptly. After catching up with his old partner on the NYPD at a local bar, he is reminded that he needs to catch the MTA train back home and deal with telling his wife about his new unemployment. While Michael grabs his daily commute home, he is approached by a mysterious woman, played by Vera Farmiga, who forces Michael into a treacherous game requiring him to uncover a hidden passenger on the train who doesn’t belong. Thus unfolds the action that carries life and death stakes for not only him and his family, but everyone on the train.

While this movie did have some great action scenes, primarily due to Liam Neeson being a veteran in this field, the overall plot got very confusing. I enjoyed the suspense of trying to discover who the mystery passenger was and trying to deduce who it was before being revealed, yet I never could quite grasp the point of everything happening. The “big bad” of the movie turned out to be some type of NYPD internal conspiracy, yet we never learn what or why. His old partner, Patrick Wilson, is then exposed as a primary member of the “big conspiracy”, but why? Not one other member of the NYPD surrounding the train at the big showdown was part of it? What was IT? We also never learned WHO Vera Farmiga was. What was her purpose in the conspiracy and where did she come from? We go through the entire movie finally discovering that the mystery passenger is a witness to a crime who is trying to meet with the FBI to give them a hardware drive of … we don’t know what and we never find out.

Overall, I did enjoy seeing Liam Neeson do what he does best, and even toss a few jokes in about how he’s getting too old for this, but the plot line and purpose was just never clearly portrayed which made for a lot of questions that were left unanswered.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5


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Liam Neeson Stars in “taken on a train”, he plays Micheal and insurance salesman and former cop. He is approached by a woman named Joanna on his daily commute to work after just loosing his job. Joanna makes a proposition to him to find a secret passenger on the train.

After a series of events it turns out Joanna is part of a crime organization and now Micheal has to save everyone after figuring out who the secret passenger is.

I enjoyed this movie for what it was. I don’t take films like this seriously because they are meant to be fun and exciting! I love Liam Neeson and you’ll enjoy this movie if you like the Taken films.

Rating: 3 out of 5


AshleyK Ashley K. (Contributor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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The Post - Review

Published: January 12, 2018



R: January 5th, 2018 | R: 116 minutes | R: PG-13

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN meets SPOTLIGHT in a Spielberg hot take on journalistic idealism. Meryl Streep gets the MVP in an already overcrowded cast as Katharine Graham, the Washington Post publisher who played a critical role in reporting leaked classified documents about the Vietnam War against the U.S. Government's instructions. THE POST, a docudrama set in 1971, is centered around one scene: a company party hosted by Graham is in the middle of a toast when a call interrupts the hostess's speech. The call, as it turns out, was the decisive moment in which Graham would decide whether to publish the story that would put the whole newspaper in jeopardy.

Spielberg accomplishes to transport viewers to a different era through great production and costume design, as well as effective makeup and hairstyle. This is a staple of good period pieces and THE POST successfully pulls off the look that it needs to convince us Streep and Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee) lead the Washington Post's Pentagon Papers investigation. The two of them serving as compelling leads, but ultimately over-qualified for the purpose of what THE POST intends to tell.

The comparison made in the first line of this review fits this film like a glove, except THE POST is neither as nuanced nor emotional. Spielberg plays it safe, letting Streep do most of the legwork to bring audiences into a climactic finish. In the age of "Fake News," this film feels at least incisive, if not prophetic.

Rating: 3 out of 5


Gerardo Gerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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Monday, December 18th was Steven Spielberg's 71st birthday. To celebrate -- and as an assignment -- I went to screen his new picture, The Post. My affections for Senor Spielbergo were blossoming before I was even born.
I wouldn't enter this world until nearly a decade after Steven directed my favorite film of all time -- Jaws -- and was subsequently ROBBED by the Academy Awards when they announced nominations for Best Director. To be fair, Milos Forman won for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which I GUESS is okay...
But I digress.
It's safe to say that Steve-o Spielberg has an impressive track record. He's since picked up seven Best Director statues from the Academy, so he bounced back just fine.

In The Post, Kay Graham (Streep) has inherited The Washington Post -- previously run by her father and then her late husband. In the Vietnam era, written word and the free press had the final say in goings-on around the world. Practicing caution in their outspokenness with a desire to deliver the truth to the news-hungry citizens of the world, Kay struggles with the pressures of maintaining the success of the paper.

While The Washington Post wasn't the most sought out paper on the stands, it was a publication whose team was earnest and hard-working.
Kay's hard-nosed, no-nonsense editor, Ben Bradlee (Hanks), is always scrambling to break the next big scoop before The Times or any of their many competitors.
When one of their journalists, Ben Bagdikian (Odenkirk), gets wind of a lead on a huge story involving scandal that spanned over two decades -- and details ways in which the United States sorely mishandled relations in the Vietnam War -- The Post will be faced with a nearly life or death decision.
Running an operation that had previously only been governed by folks of the male persuasion, Kay has the final say in whether or not The Post will show the world the truth or not, and run the Pentagon Papers.

This movie boasts a robust cast and a hearty dose of feminism. As much as I enjoyed those two things, however, not even seeing David Cross and Bob Odenkirk side-by-side on-screen could jostle me from my yawning.
It's a slow mover telling an important story that doesn't quite engage the audience until we near the crux.
Believe me when I tell you that Steven Spielberg and John Williams have enriched my life immeasurably. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are two of our most precious resources and should be protected at all costs. Cross, Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Sarah Paulson, Bradley Whitford, Allison Brie, Pat Healy -- the players are heaven!

The story just didn't grab me by my lapels and shout, "Can you believe this?!" in my face, which tends to happen in most movies bearing Spielberg's name. I do understand that they can't all be Jaws, and will say that after we get into Act III, things amp up in a rapid fashion.
While The Post isn't my favorite of the year, it does tell a rather interesting story, integral to our country's past and even newsworthy here in 2017. See what I did there? Anyway, the movie will hit theaters in January. So if you need your Streep/Hanks jollies and would like to see the millionth film in the history of time to feature a scene with soldiers in Vietnam set to a classic rock song, check it out!

Rating: 3 out of 5


Katie Katie (Contributor) is a cinephile and Chicago native who has been reviewing film for nearly a decade. Her heroes include Roger Ebert and Jay Sherman -- it stinks!
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Phantom Thread - Review

Published: January 12, 2018



R: December 25th, 2017 | R: 130 minutes | R: R

A prime example of a really-good-but-not-great film. I adore the setting and the subject matter, both of which are departures for Paul Thomas Anderson. He is showing a very dynamic range as a director and that's interesting to see, despite its obvious flaws.

PHANTOM THREAD has a lot going for it. Daniel Day-Lewis is masterful in the last performance of his career, although Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville are both amazing, outacting DDL is most scenes. Anderson directs the film with pervasive and restrained confidence. The roles feel intimate, almost confidential. The score by Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame) is phenomenal yet a little on the overwhelming side, but it does more than enough to breathe in an insurmountable energy. The costume design is carefully constructed in a way that displays thoughts and feelings. On a technical level, Anderson's film successfully threads the needle to pull off all the difficult tasks it sets itself.

However, in spite of all the things I love about PHANTOM THREAD, it faintly misses the mark. At times, the film can feel uninspired. Anderson lets his influences show and the characters can seem ever so slightly out of place. Certain storylines never reach their potential, leaving you wanting more from something that's not there; shallow relationships stuck in their honeymoon phase. Additionally, despite small nuances that differentiate motifs, PHANTOM THREAD can get to a repetitive state, as it is structured to represent a metaphorical tug-of-war between the two main characters.

Whatever the case may be for these very subtle issues, PHANTOM THREAD is a charming piece, showcasing excellent performances and quite the spectacular direction from one of the most consistent filmmakers in Hollywood.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Gerardo Gerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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