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That’s right, your favorite geek conglomerate website is now doing audio movie reviews! The cast of reviewers is subject to change even movie to movie, we have a whole rogues gallery of cinema outlaws, but one thing you can always count on is that these funny and insightful film reviews will always be, in some way, Highly Suspect.
A high school play that once killed a student is re-attempted 20 years later, but something (!) wants, erm, to, ah, kill high schoolers. Boy, I’ll be the suspect list is endless on that one. This found footage film found fealty from few, but our critics see it how it is. Marvel at Ashley, Sarah and JC as they restage the play to understand its secrets.
Chris, JC, Beau, Ashley, Elliot, Sarah and Joe somehow manage to keep a reign on the potential chaos and deliver a review that explores the gamut of possible feelings about this divisive film. And, because it’s almost impossible to really talk about this without spoiling stuff, we keep it pristine for a regular review, then we come back and talk in depth with spoilers.
Magic Mike XXL
Chaos was the rule of the day, both in the (somewhat humid) theater we watched this screening of Channing Tatum’s male stripper sequel film, and in Chris’s house during the review of it. Or, I should say, as much of a review as we were capable of giving to a movie that doesn’t really lend itself to reviewing so much as to dollar bills pushed into it’s celluloid g-string…of which I suspect it will have many this weekend.
Ashley and Sarah reviewed this…Joe and Chris did their best to stay out of their way. Did I mention this is a bit chaotic? We liked it that way. And were possibly a bit scared.
What begins as an attempt to have a child with his new bride (difficult with no…erm…boy parts) leads to a civil rights case as the government tries to tell the magically alive teddy bear that he has no rights and is property not a person. Yes, this is the type of plot that seems called for in a film about a foul mouthed stoner teddy bear. Listen to Chris, JC, Elliot, Beau and Sarah come to opinions that vary more than ever before on this sequel…seriously, we’ve got one 10 out of 10 and one -3. Check it.
Me, Earl & The Dying Girl
Thomas Mann plays Greg, a high school kid too scared of being judged or hurt to make any real friendships in his life outside of being passingly friendly acquaintances with about everybody. Except for Earl, his childhood friend with whom he has filmed hundreds of pun-based classic film satires, his conversational daily content is sum-uppable in twitter lengths. But then, a girl from his school (Olivia Cooke) is diagnosed with leukemia and his mother orders him to go and spend time with her. Despite themselves, a friendship forms and Greg’s life changes…but will yours?
Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling are all too pleased to get to meet Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche who are a very wealthy and friendly duo. But as the night goes on, it seems these Californians might have something else on their mind. Something a mite bit more sex oriented than our Washingtonians planned on.
Pixar’s latest offering presents the voices that live inside a little girl’s head and what happens when the balance therein goes all askew. No, this isn’t The Exorcist, it’s a surprisingly thoughtful and inventive animated film that calls back the Pixar days of yore. Or, so our reviewing team says. If you can’t believe Chris, Ashley, Beau and Elliott, who can you believe? (no, don’t answer that)
Isla Nubar is now no longer the prepping for the opening of Jurassic Park that will never happen, but the long since having opened, Jurassic World. Families come from all over the world to visit their dinosaurs, but like every amusement park, if they don’t keep creating bigger and better exhibits, attendance starts to fall off. I can only assume Cretaceous and Triassic Park are big competitors somewhere.
Enter Bryce Dallas Howard who’s working with the eternally insidious InGen corporation to create a new hybrid dinosaur that is bigger and badder than anything they have ‘as-is’ genes for. Why is Chris Pratt the only one who sees that this is a bad idea? I mean, other than everyone watching the movie?
Melissa plays a CIA analyst whose field partner (Jude Law) is killed and she has to take the field herself for the first time to track down Rose Byrne and a hidden nuke. Does this sound like one of the funniest films of the year to you? Well, maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. You’ll have to listen to Chris, Beau, Ashley and JC to find out.
Insidious Chapter 3
The scariest thing on this review of the prequel film in the Insidious series might be that it starts out with Chris singing. Sorry about that. Other than that, it’s him, Ashley, Sarah and Elliott bringing your their perspectives on Lin Shaye trying to protect another teenager from yet another pissed-off ghost/demon.
Because you demanded it.,..oh wait, you didn’t demand it? Well neither did I. Hmm… HEY, ANY OF YOU GUYS BACK THERE DEMAND AN ENTOURAGE THEATRICAL FILM? NO? OK.
Yeah, I dunno. But here it is. A feature film capping off HBO’s tv series about a movie star and his three hanger-on friends going around LA, being shallow, and objectifying women. Hurrah. Chris, JC and Joe give their two cents.
Dwayne Johnson plays a Los Angeles Fire and Rescue helicopter pilot that can save about anything except his own marriage to Carla Gugino. Planning to take his daughter, Alexandra Daddario (rowr) on a road trip, the father-daughter bonding time is interrupted by California going boom boom. As the Earth goes crackity-crack and millions die, the Rock and his ex-wife put their differences aside to go rescue their progeny from the ruins of San Francisco.
Are you ready for a movie where a Kung Fu superstar (the titular, “Kung Fury”) has to avenge the death of his best friend at the hands of martial arts master Adolph Hitler (aka Kung Führer) by going back in time to end his reign once and all? Oh, and also he rides dinosaurs? Well, wait no longer, the internet has spoken and paid for “Kung Fury” to be made and the Unusual Suspects have seen it.
The Scooby gang gets together to see if this remake of the 1982 Spielberg/Hooper classic leaves us in high spirits, or if it’s just another dude in a rubber/CG mask (running the abandoned amusement park…my allegory ran out of steam). Sam Rockwell takes over the dad pants and might very well be the saving grace. You’ll have to listen to Ashley, Sarah, Chris, JC, Beau and Joe to find out…
“To Infinity…and Beyond!” No, wait, that’s the wrong Disney film. But still, we ARE talking a Disney film about a Disney product, a section of their theme park, to be exact. Said Disney brand is strongly emphasized (pretty much, ever-present) in this tale of the land that once was and could be again. Britt Robertson plays a teenage girl who is delivered a transformative preview experience of the titular world by a spunky child robot who directs her to team up with cranky ol’ George Clooney to save the world and find an entrance to Tomorrowland before the killer robots find them.
Pitch Perfect 2
In this sequel to Pitch Perfect, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and the rest of The Bellas enter the international competition, something no American team has ever won. And according to some of our critics, perhaps they shouldn’t. Elliott, Diva and JC review.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max returns, now played by Tom Hardy, in a cross-apocalypse-country road chase of a film that never lets up for a minute. Of course, Max isn’t REALLY the main character this time around. The film introduces Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a worthy equal to Max who is driving a battletruck full of escaped slave brides, and their former master has brought out pretty much the entirety of wacky death racers on the road in pursuit.
Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara are stuck with each other as these two women bicker endlessly as they run from gangsters and crooked cops. The Unusual Suspects were stuck watching this and have, for your pleasure, recorded their immense pain. Please make them feel like it was worth their suffering by listening to this review of “Hot Pursuit” with Chris, Brian, Sarah, Joe, and JC.
Far From the Madding Crowd
I guess since the main character from 50 Shades of Grey mentioned she’s a big Thomas Hardy fan, now we’re gonna get a bunch of Thomas Hardy adaptations with this one being the FOURTH time his 1874 romantic drama has been made into a film. Basically, as Beau and Joe put it in their review, Carey Mulligan becomes independently wealthy and must choose “Fuck, Marry, or Kill” between a shepherd (Matthias Schoenaerts), a military dude (Tom Sturridge) and a rich guy (Michael Sheen). She may win but it looks like we all lose.
The D Train
No, it’s not a Tenacious D film (unfortunately). Not THAT kind of D, just possibly a D-grade. Jack Black plays Dan, a not-terribly-lovable schlub married to the inhumanly patient Katheryn Hahn who puts his nerdy status quo in jeopardy when he manufactures a web of lies to get himself out to LA to try to convince former high school acquaintance turned actor Oliver (James Marsden) to come back to the home town for a reunion party. Already teetering, things get worse when he shows up and Dan can’t quite take not being Oliver’s center of attention anymore. Chris, JC and Diva give this one a spin. Check it out…
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