Highly Suspect Reviews: Page 12
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Who says making short films can’t lead to big things? Certainly not David Sandberg whose mega-creepy short swept the internet in 2013 and led to him getting a chance to make a full length film with the help of James Wan and Jason Blum. His full length feature expands the mythology with Teresa Palmer playing a woman worried about her younger step-brother Martin. He still lives at home with her mother (Maria Bello) and Mom is kinda nutty, believing that an old friend of hers named Diana lives in their house with them. Problem is, she does. In a way. A creepy as hell way.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Edina and Patsy may be in their 60s but the wacky drunken hijinx continue unabated as they make the leap from British television to the big screen. We brought in our own AbFab power crew (IE: fans) to check it out and see how it compares to the classic series. Beau, Sarah and Cat tell you what it’s all about, darling.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Taika Waititi. Not the easiest name to roll of the tongue. However, I suspect to film and comedy nerds, his name will be oft-mentioned in the coming years, if it isn’t already. This being the guy who wrote, directed, and starred in the recent and astounding What We Do in the Shadows. This being the guy who is directing Thor: Ragnarok. And even if all that hadn’t happened, he deserves full credit for writing and directing this film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I’ll stop my effusive praise here and let you just listen to Chris and Herman on the review, but this story of a little fat kid and his friendship with Sam Neill as they are chased through the New Zealand mountains (the bush) by an obsessed social worker falls into our ‘best of the year’ list.
I ain’t afraid of no…Ghostbusters review backlash. Ok, maybe a bit. But that’s ok, because, as you might imagine, our review of the new Ghostbusters remake/reboot/? is at times a bit angry. Towards the nay-sayers, that is. Because our crew (Sarah, Elliott, and JC) thought this sucker was not merely a phantom of the former film but a towering giant of a ectoplasmic disturbance! (that means they liked it).
Bryan Cranston has to go deep undercover as an accountant with super-money-laundering abilities in order to get close to the Escobar cartel. With the help of Diane Kruger as his faux-wife and John Leguizamo as his entry point to the underworld, he has his work cut out for him. As does director Brad Furman. How do you make an exciting movie out of basically someone posing as an accountant? Chris, JC, and Herman have your answer for you.
The Secret Life of Pets
The folks behind all those Minions movies bring you this story of your pets and what they do when they find themselves separated from the comfortable confines of your home out into the real world. Basically, revert to their animal natures, become a bunch of assholes, and then probably die. But I dunno, I didn’t see this one. But Herman and Elliott did so I (Chris) interrogate them on the successes and failures of this latest animated theatrical release.
The Purge: Election Year
This third chapter of James DeMonaco’s Purge series continues the tradition of opening the scope of the story. Whereas the first was a home, the second was a city, this film focuses on the country. Elizabeth Mitchell is running for President on a anti-Purge ticket, and the New Founding Fathers party, who are heavily invested in the continuation of the Purge (IE: evil) lift the ban on government workers from being Purged for what could be the final year. Of course, so they can take out Mitchell during the 12 hours of chaos and then their precious Purge doesn’t have to end. What they don’t realize is that when you’ve got Frank Grillo as your personal security, no amount of Nazi black ops guys are gonna be enough to get the job done. Chris, Richard, and Elliott purge their feelings in the review.
The Legend of Tarzan
It’s that time again. Hollywood says, “Let’s see, what stuff is in the public domain that is still charting as a recognizable brand that is worth making yet another movie out of? Oh, hey, it’s been awhile since we’ve done a Tarzan movie. Do that.” And here ya go, this time with the swinging ape-man being played by the hunky Alexander Skarsgård as he has to protect his Jane (Margot Robbie) against the evil Christoph Waltz. JC, Herman, and Chris (as their interrogator) tell you how it is.
Swiss Army Man
Paul Dano is on an island and he’s had it. The film starts with him preparing to kill himself, is what I’m saying. Not the most auspicious beginning for a film that is ostensibly a comedy. But wait, what’s this? Is someone else there? Has Daniel Radcliffe washed up on the beach and now Paul will have a deserted island friend? Well, sort of. See, Danny is dead. Sort of. Maybe. But regardless, Paul finds in Dan a reason to live, and a multi-purpose tool to help do it.
Independence Day: Resurgence
The aliens are back! And so are Fox’s hopes to get a franchise out of Roland Emmerich’s ID4, only 20 years later. This time around the world feels more prepared, as they’ve adapted much of the alien tech and advanced significantly, preparing themselves for interstellar defense in the future, only they hadn’t met the worst that their antagonists had to offer. Nor have we met the worst this franchise has to offer. Listen to Chris, Herman, Elliott and Hai hem and haw about the relative merits of this sequel in this SPOILER-LADEN review.
The Neon Demon
Director Nicolas Winding-Refn returns with his latest visual and auditory delight, albeit one that might very well send most audiences running out of the theaters…and for good reason. Elle Fanning plays a young wannabe model who has barely arrived in LA before she’s being sought desperately as the next big thing. But this fashion world is more than it seems. Although this movie is less than it looks like. Or so we thought. Listen to Chris, Sarah, and Herman debate.
Free State of Jones
Don’t mess with Matthew McConaughey. Now now, not in the future, and especially not during the American Civil War. Here, he plays a guy in Mississippi who’s had enough of all the fightin’ for rich landowners to keep their slaves and enough of Reb soldiers coming and taking all his and his neighbors stuff to support the war…he wants out. And that’s exactly what he and a bunch of other folks did. This is his story. His long..long…LONG..ass story. Chris, Elliott, and Herman review.
Because there were so many unanswered questions, Pixar felt the need to return to the undersea world of Finding Nemo with this new direct-to-dvd theatrical sequel, Finding Dory. This time…they have to find Dory. Yup. Also, the main bad guy and good guy (?) from The Wire as seals. And lots of mentally disabled or psychologically…different…animals. THERE’S A MESSAGE, DAMMIT. Chris, JC, Elliott, and Herman tell you about it.
The Conjuring 2
No one expected James Wan’s The Conjuring to be the blockbuster that it was. Let’s face it: American big studio produced horror is all too rarely any good. But, you know any big studio produced horror that’s a hit is going to become a franchise. That’s generally not so great either. But Wan, after initially turning down the director spot for the sequel, changed his mind and came on board to protect his baby. And thank goodness he did. Chris, Beau and JC tell you all about it.
Now You See Me 2
The Four Horsemen are back! Well, three of them anyway plus Lizzy Caplan stepping in to replace Isla Fisher as the lady magician on the team. This time it’s all about revenge as Daniel Radcliffe, a reclusive (about as much as you can get reclusive) billionaire forces the team to work for him, but his plans are more devious than they first appear. Will the team manage to trick their way out of this new jeopardy? Will the Fifth Horseman (no spoilers in the text here if you haven’t seen the first one, but spoiled in the review) manage to keep his identity secret from his employers? Will the mysterious organization The Eye finally reveal themselves? All of these questions will be answered, but not necessarily in this review. We just tell you what we thought of it. Chris and JC weigh in.
Duncan Jones (or as Herman insists, Zoey Bowie) moves from sci-fi indies to fantasy blockbuster as the great wall keeping us from having quality video game film adaptations is given another attempt to be breached. But does he succeed? Is this a historical moment to remember? Or, as some have dubbed it, the new Battlefield Earth? Are green women with tusks sexy? You’ll have to listen to Ed, Elliott, and Herman to find out.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
The turtles are back and this time they’re joined by…well, lots of characters that will make fans of the 90s cartoon just like CRAZY happy. Other folks? Maybe not so much. We try to delineate that line in the sand with our two teams. On team turtle: JC and Elliott. On team calling bullshit: Chris and Herman. Decide for yourself.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Andy Samberg plays Conner Friel, the biggest popstar in the world, about to drop his second solo album that is expected to break all records and be a mega-smash….and not so much. This mockumentary is essentially “Lonely Island SNL Music Videos: The Movie” but is that such a bad thing? Depends on who you ask. So, in this case you’re asking Chris, Sarah, Beau, and Herman.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
There isn’t time enough in the world to sit through an ill-conceived sequel to Disney and Tim Burton’s ill-conceived ‘reboot’ of Alice in Wonderland. But hey, that’s what we’re here for, so you don’t have to. Chris, Richard, and Herman tell you all about this tale of Alice’s return to Wonderland and her quest to save the Mad Hatter from angst. DEATH angst.
The Nice Guys
Christmas has come for this film circle. The Nice Guys takes place in the 70s in Los Angeles with Ryan Gosling as a widowed father, alcoholic, and incompetent private eye who ends up falling backwards into working with paid enforcer Russell Crowe to find a missing girl named Amelia. How this ties into an art porno film, the Detroit car industry, and Hannibal Buress as a giant talking bee is something that will be your pleasure to discover, hopefully. Our feelings about this film aren’t shared across the board, but hopefully (from the viewpoint of those of us who DID really like it) our discussion, featuring Chris, Beau, Herman, and Sarah can lead you in the right direction.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
After the events of the first Neighbors film, where Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne have to defend their quietude from the noisy frat next door headed up by Zac Efron, we see them now…peaceful, happy…until a major film studio drives up to their door with huge bags of money and say, “Hey, trade you these for an unnecessary sequel”? Which isn’t to say this sequel isn’t bad, as such, just generally more of the same, now adding Chloe Grace Moretz as the leader of a new sorority that takes over the house next door. This is apparently a world that police do not exist in. Chris, JC, and Elliott tell you whether this grade is a pass or a fail.
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