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Published: December 15, 2017

Mind on Movies is very excited to announce that we are working with COMET TV on a December GIVEAWAY: Tank Girl Exclusive Swag And Cult Classic Goodness!

Look, it's been swell, but the swelling's gone down.
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It’s December, the time when you think of a rolling fire, having dinners with friends, and… Tank Girl! I mean, come on we’re not getting sentimental now are we? This month COMET TV has some of the cult-iest movies of all time. Earth Girls Are Easy, Tank Girl, Leviathan… and that’s just what I could remember off the top of my head! Think of what I could talk about if I looked it up!

There are also Cult Classic Theater films like Attack of the Puppet People, Dolls and more, plus we have the Martian Holiday Movie Marathon! This holiday season, prepare to head to another world. If you say that in an ominous inner voice, it sounds awesome!

And we want to give you the opportunity to have an awesome December of your own all month long! The COMET TV December Prize Pack is perfect for that kick butt adventure you’re planning, or just kicking back and watching COMET TV!

The Comet TV December Pack has:
Limited Edition Tank Girl x COMET TV T-shirt, Tank Girl 4"x9" UV Print, Stargate Atlantis x COMET TV SnowGlobe, and a COMET TV Collectable Card.

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Enter to win Detroit on Bluray!

Published: December 15, 2017

Mind on Movies is very excited to announce that we are working with Twentieth Century Fox to giveaway Detroit on Bluray!

From Kathryn Bigelow, the award-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, comes the gripping story of one of the most terrifying secrets in American history. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) plays a Detroit security guard caught in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparks a wave of violence that spirals out of control.

The Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with special features on this history surrounding the events portrayed in the film, including five behind-the-scenes featurettes and a music video featuring Algee Smith and the real Larry Reed from The Dramatics.

DETROIT arrives on Digital November 28 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD December 12.


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Wonder Wheel - Review

Published: December 15, 2017

R: December 8th, 2017 | R: 101 minutes | R: PG-13

When you look at the poster, you might get yourself ready for an artsy movie. Then you hear the name Woody Allen, and then you think artsy fartsy. This would be the way to describe this movie. The movie tries to give each character on screen their own monolog. So when Jim Belushi is arguing with his wife, Kate Winslet, he makes a ten minute monolog on why it's all her fault. Then, Kate Winslet gets her ten minutes to rebuttal.

Justin Timberlake was a nice addition to the movie, but he didn't help much. With his character only consumed with himself, and not adding any real emotion other than loving every woman on screen, this turned into a tv soap fast. Mixing love triangles with cat fights and more.

The film is very colorful though. If you're looking for a movie that will set you in the mood with color, this might be it. It is very vibrant, bright, and will catch your eye.

The movie itself is a long, slow moving, train that you watch as it looks like it will be derailed, but then at the last minute it switches tracks and nothing special happens. If I were you, I would wait and see this movie when you're in your sixties, when you might appreciate this film more.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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The Shape of Water - Review

Published: December 15, 2017

R: December 1st, 2017 | R: 123 minutes | R: R


I don’t know what other word I would use to describe this movie. If you are a Guillermo Del Toro fan, you won’t be disappointed. There are so many movies that are just lacking, story wise and being original - everything is a sequel or remake. If you are looking for something new that will move you, go see this!

This movie tells the story of Elisa(Sally Hawkins), she is mute and works as a cleaning lady in a hidden government facility with her best friend, Zelda (Octavia Spencer). Elisa and Zelda find themselves in charge of cleaning a particular room that is keeping a mysterious creature captive. Elisa ends up befriending the creature and the movie tells the story of their relationship.

Everything about this movie was captivating. From the sets, costumes, music, imagery, and most of all the unique characters and story line. It’s funny and heartbreaking, it moved me in so many ways.

Please go see this movie and let me know what you thought of it, this is probably the best movie I have seen all year.

Rating: 4.5 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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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Review

Published: December 15, 2017

R: December 15th, 2017 | R: 151 minutes | R: PG-13

There has never been a Star Wars like this. Rian Johnson's entry to the most popular movie franchise in the world is distinctive, able to stand its own ground against many predecessors. THE LAST JEDI is an explosive, emotional spectacle, replete with awe and the inspiring moments that kickstarted Luke Skywalker's adventure 40 years ago. This is a unique take on the epic space opera commanded by the likes of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Every single character gets their time to shine, even as we're introduced to fun new characters like Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) and Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern). Characters at the forefront and a strong, unpredictable storyline is Johnson's filmmaking signature, and he accomplishes his goal.

Johnson's script is entirely organic, weaving from plot point to another, creating new threads of subtext that fit the Star Wars mythos perfectly. THE LAST JEDI puts all of the weight on Rey's shoulder, picking up where THE FORCE AWAKENS left off. Luke Skywalker, the last Jedi alive, is tasked with training Rey and her force-sensitive gifts. Meanwhile, in the Resistance, General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) plans an escape from the First Order alongside Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega). The First Order's General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) directs the attack that will lead them to the mineral planet of Crait, all while reporting to a Sith Lord, the Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Along the way, we discover new qualities of the Force, remarkable allies and enemies, and fancy planets that will ultimately make this Star Wars movie one of the most memorable.

There are many shocking and incredible moments in THE LAST JEDI. Without going into details, Kylo's training is finally completed, Rey's past is uncovered, Luke reencounters an old friend, and Leia gives us one of the most epic moments in Star Wars history. In this film, the light and dark sides of the Force are more intertwined than ever. The gray area is fully explored in most of the main characters and becomes the bigger theme of the movie itself as well as in some subplots. In the end, the line between "good guys" and "bad guys" will shift and transform as we discover the secrets that lie in the Skywalker universe. Rian Johnson frantically turns at every possible corner, pulling the rug out from under you, creating twists out of potential plot holes. His excellent writing excels in the world of Star Wars, bringing new elements as well as respectfully nodding at the original trilogy.

After THE FORCE AWAKENS blew our minds with its impeccable visual effects, THE LAST JEDI is here with yet more Oscar-worthy looking visuals. A good part of the film is spent on space battles, and the technical mastery achieved in many shots is nothing to scoff at. The lightsaber battles, while losing the prestige they had gained by having so few in the last film, are some of the most amazing in all of Star Wars, an enormous feat that will be unparalleled for years to come. Some of the CGI is affected negatively due to an unfortunate amount of humor that simply falls flat. Porgs are a prime example, who are not fully taken advantage of by reducing them to comedic props (for Chewbacca, most of the time). But the visuals are a big part of why THE LAST JEDI is so effective, and the soon-to-be-iconic Red Room scene is breathtakingly staggering. Considering what leads up to that particular scene, and how it is resolved, that stunning moment will live on in Star Wars forever.

Perhaps it is impossible to discuss or even try to open the Pandora's box of thematic richness that Rian Johnson lays on the eighth Star Wars film without spoiling the whole movie. There are many essential plot points that must be glossed over in order to not reveal critical information, but if and when it happens, the discourse that kicks off anticipation for J.J. Abrams's ninth Star Wars will be exhilarating, to say the least. For now, let us rejoice in the fact that the most unique epic space opera we've seen since 1980 is here to stay.

Rating: 4.5 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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After the events of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” The Resistance is running from The First Order. While they are being chased by Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver), Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) is trying to recruit Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) to stop The First Order and being her training as “The Last Jedi”.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is written and directed by Rian Johnson (who has previously directed “Looper” and “Brick”) and stars Daisy Ridley (previously seen in “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Mark Hamill (previously seen in “Brigsby Bear” and “Star Wars: A New Hope”), Adam Driver (previously seen in “Peterson” and “Silence”), John Boyega (previously seen in “Attack the Block” and “Detroit”) and Oscar Isaac (previously seen in “A Most Violent Year” and “Ex-Machina”). With so much anticipation after the releases of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” I was honestly very disappointed by the first half of this film. The biggest problems I had with it was the tone and how it felt like a filler movie. The tone was extremely humorous and did not feel like Star Wars film. While the other films in the saga have had humor, it is far too much for this film. There was also quite a bit of expanding on the universe in this film, but it honestly felt like a reason for Disney to sell more Star Wars toys. I also felt that the writing was weak for this film, at points I was wondering why I was watching particular scenes. And the final criticism I have for this film was the acting by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. They were acting far too over the top. They seemed like they were just playing parodies of their characters.

Now I do not hate this film, and during the second half of the film it gets a lot better. I really liked how this film was on a smaller scale due to the events of TFA, and did not feel like it needed to one up the last film. I also really enjoyed Poe, Rey and Finn. And the action scenes as well as the CGI was amazing. It just felt like the rest of the story itself was filler for this trilogy as opposed to The Empire Strikes Back, which actually felt like its own stand alone film.

Overall, this film is okay. It was definitely a let down for me, and I am really worried about the new Star Wars Trilogy being overlooked by Rian Johnson. Like I did mention before, the second half of the film does pick up. This film is not a bad film and I think everyone who is invested in this universe should check it out. But if you are just a casual Star Wars fan, I would recommend just waiting till the Blu-Ray release.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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It’s Star Wars. The End.

Heehee j/k.

The Last Jedi takes place after The force awakens. It follows our young heroine, Rey as she tries to get Luke to come help the Resistance.

Leia (Carrie Fisher) is in the movie quite a lot. It’s bitter sweet to see her but also she’s just amazing and of course we all love her!!!

The costumes were on point, if there’s one thing that is good about ALL the Star Wars movies it’s the costumes. They take it back to speaking about Jedis as a religion, none of that midi chlorian stuff. I loved all the creatures too and have huge respect that Lucas Films continues to use actual animatronics and not just cgi. Porgs were cute, they look like my cat. I’m all about the Vulptex tho - copy Pok√©mon much...

I feel like a lot of movies lately have this almost slap-stick humor, in a way just trying too hard to be funny. It’s apparent in ALL the Marvel movies and has unfortunately found its way into Star Wars.

There are a few surprises in the film, overall it was great but not Force Awakens great. It’s hard to compare because Force Awakens had that excitement factor of seeing all our favorite characters on screen again, but alas - I still like Force Awakens more.

I know you’ll see this movie - comment below and let us know what you thought! Was the Force strong with this film?

Rating: 4 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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Ferdinand - Review

Published: December 15, 2017

R: December 15th, 2017 | R: 107 minutes | R: PG

Ferdinand brings the 1936 children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand” to modern day life. While the basis of the tale stays the same, there are new characters and events added to transform the bull’s story into something new. Are the additions enough to breathe new life into the story or is Ferdinand a flop?

The movie starts off with a young Ferdinand and his father in the countryside of Spain raised up to be fighters in the bull ring. His father wants nothing more than to be picked by a matador to fight in the ring in Madrid while Ferdinand has a much more serene aura and prefers taking the time to sit and sniff flowers. He even asks his father “is it okay if it’s not my dream?”.

Shortly after this conversation, the movie kicks viewers into their feelings as Ferdinand is faced with his father being chosen and Ferdinand choosing to run away luckily to a young girl and her father who sell flowers. From there Ferdinand grows into a massive bull who still would rather sniff flowers all day and play with his new family in their yard. He soon learns that not everyone sees him as a gentle giant and goes on an adventure while staying true to his kind hearted nature.

I thought Ferdinand did a great job at turning a topic as brutal and savage as bull fighting into a positive message for viewers that despite your surroundings, following your heart and staying true to yourself is the best route. The movie did deal with some of the harsh realities of bullying, adversity and how bull fights typically end. That being said some of the younger audience members around me cried and asked the adult(s) with them questions about the possible outcomes.

Do not be deterred from watching however because the sad scenes were evenly and possibly outweighed by the comedic ones. With a cast including John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias and even Peyton Manning, their dynamic voices did a great job at personifying the animals they played and turned them into lovable characters. There are even horses with a strong Austrian accents that do the popular “dab” dance move that had many viewers cheering.

The film did a great job on twisting the 1936 book as well the the 8-minute 1938 Walt Disney short into something more modern and elongated. In my opinion, there was never a dull moment during the runtime and seeing how the basis of the story was updated with the transporting cart changing to a hauling truck, the matador driving a fancy sports car and more touches was the right amount to bring this 81 year old story to the present.

The revamped adventures Ferdinand finds himself brought laughter and some tears but also found its way into one of my favorite animated movies this year.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Well...this movie really surprised me. It touched my heart, made me sad, happy, angry - so many emotions!!!

Ferdinand is a movie about a bull by the same name voiced by John Cena (YESSSS). It tells the story of him growing up on a ranch that trains bulls how to fight. Ferdinand doesn’t think violence is the answer and is looking for peace in his life where he can smell the flowers (he loves flowers!).

Through a series of events, Ferdinand escapes only to find himself back on the same ranch and will be facing the matador in the bull fights. You’ll find yourself rooting for this gentle soul through the movie. I became very attached to him, and all I wanted was a peaceful life for him.

This movie doesn’t shy away from explaining what happens in bull fights, how the bull never wins and how they become meat if they don’t make it to the fights. I heard many kids, including my niece who were asking questions and had a lot of curiosity about what was happening and if this really happens in real life. I think it’s an excellent movie to take your kids to if they love animals and if you want to engage in a discussion with them about using animals for sport.

There were a lot of funny parts in this movie, Kate McKinnon plays Lupe, the goat who is hilarious. The German horses are also super funny...there’s a really good scene with them but I don’t wanna spoil it!

So are you planning to take your kids to see Ferdinand? Or maybe you just wanna go see it sans kids! I think anyone will enjoy this movie.

Rating: 4.5 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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If you were to ask a 6-year-old John Cena what he wanted to be when he grew up, he probably would have said, "A giant bull, but a lover, not a fighter."

Fast forward 34 years and here we are. Dreams do come true.
Ferdinand (John Cena) is about a happy-go-lucky bull who takes great pleasure in the old adage, "stop and smell the roses." Growing up around bullies, Ferd has put his hoof down pretty firmly on the idea that he won't fight.

Unfortunately, the lives of bulls in Spain are dedicated to becoming the biggest and strongest so they can beat the Matador in the ring when the time comes. When he is separated from his best friend -- a little girl named Nina (Lily Day) -- after an incident in which he is labeled the beast he appears to be, Ferdinand is taken to a ranch where fighters are raised and eventually taken to the bullring.

Rejected by his competitors, Ferdinand befriends Lupe (Kate McKinnon) -- a goat with a heart of gold -- and hatches an escape plan. His emancipation and subsequent safe return home to Nina will be a team effort, calling on the assistance of his fellow ranch dwellers; from the tallest (the other bulls) to the smallest (a trio of helpful hedgehogs) and his BGF (Best Goat Forever), Lupe, everybody will play a part.

Ferdinand speaks to the ugly truth of Bull Fighting -- which is still a sport, amazingly enough -- and wildly popular. It simultaneously addresses the bullying -- HENCE THE BULLS -- problem facing so much of this country, young and old.

This is a movie marketed for kids that I would be comfortable taking my pre-teen niece and nephew to. In fact, when I pitched seeing it to my niece, we convinced my nephew by telling him that John Cena is the voice of Ferdinand. I like that there are jokes that I know will make them giggle, but also some fare for the more seasoned folks.

It's a truly sweet story and I -- a grown, 33-year-old woman -- cried 'neath the cloak of the movie theater darkness, but I don't care who knows it! I cried when Ferdinand stopped to smell those flowers! And that Nick Jonas fella did a fine job on the song "Home" featured in the film which has since scored a Golden Globes nomination!

Ferdinand is charging into theaters this weekend -- a perfect escape from the cold with the kiddos!

Rating: 4 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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