Highly Suspect Reviews: Page 22
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Avengers: Infinity War
The culmination of ten years and 18 films before it, it would just be plain silly to try to deny what Marvel has accomplished here. This track record of success (whether YOU like them or not) and giant merging of story-lines is a real first. Finally, we have the long-teased Thanos (Josh Brolin) throwing down with more or less ALL the characters from the MCU (with a few noted and remarked upon exceptions). The most fun part will be seeing all you guys with the “I know what’s gonna happen/Who’s gonna die” be startled by how wrong you all are. Oh man, surprises galore and we do a good job being spoiler-free…until we move on to the full spoiler review. Check out Chris, Kim, Beau, Michael, Zach, and Patience on the review.
Super Troopers 2
Who makes a sequel to a comedy almost 20 years after the fact? The Broken Lizard guys, that’s who. Chris and Michael review the fan-kickstarted movie that sets the off-beat officers in Canada (or what was Canada and now has been redistricted as America) as they track down smugglers and deal with some cantankerous Mounties and a former hockey all-star mayor of the small town (Rob Lowe). Are there laughs a-plenty? Depends on how well you remember the first movie.
This film being the feature directorial debut from Sergio G Sánchez, the writer of The Orphanage and The Impossible, was enough to sway our heads towards its extremely limited theatrical release. Also, you got the extremely in-demand right now Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and a talented young cast who all seem on the verge of breaking much bigger. So, this Emily Bronte, if she wrote about the 1960s kinda-sorta horror, made it seem like this might really be the sum of all its parts. Well, not so much. Listen to some of your Deliberations of Doom crew (Rob, Patience, Chris) put together the pieces of this gothy kinda-thriller.
You Were Never Really Here
Director Lynn Ramsey may not be a household name yet but she sure is with critics who lavishly praised her films We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvern Cellar, andRatcatcher. Here she teams up with Joaquin Phoenix as a thoroughly broken hitman who, when he’s not taking care of his elderly mother with dementia, is given the task to rescue a senator’s daughter from an underage sex ring. Unfortunately for him, it turns out some big power players are involved and his rescue quickly lands him in hot water. File this one under horrific and beautiful visuals because if nothing else, this is one great-looking piece of cinema. Listen to Chris, Frank, and Miguel discuss it in their review.
When Dwayne Johnson’s gorilla best-buddy (yes, The Rock is the one guy who believably can have a gorilla for a best friend) gets infected with a mysterious gas that causes him to start growing like crazy and becoming aggressive, it’s up to him and genetic engineer Naomie Harris to save the day against him and a giant flying wolf and crocodile and keep the entirety of the city from being destroyed. Based on the video game. Sounds…nichey, right? And lord knows, there’s never been a truly good video game adaptation before…until NOW. At least, that’s what Matt Frank, Goatkiller Mike, Elliott, and Harris have to say on this review. So obviously, we take it with a grain of salt. 😊
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
Yes, apparently we’ve got to add ‘Blumhouse’ to the beginning of films produced by Jason Blum starting now I guess? I feel like it might have been a better idea to launch this new titular strategy with Happy Death Day because this story of teens being killed by a curse wrapped around the Truth or Dare party game….weeeeelllll….just listen to Chris, Frank, and George on the review.
A Quiet Place
John Krasinski stars in (plus, co-writes and directs) this horror film that seems to be a surprise hit with audiences. He plays the father of a family in a post-apocalypse world where monsters roam that are hyper-sensitive to sound. He and his wife (his real-life wife, Emily Blunt) have taught their children the rules of this new world to avoid getting et. But how long can they stay safe? How long could YOU stay quiet for? Chris, Marco, Rob, and Patience examine these questions and many others in their review.
From Israeli director Samuel Maoz (who did the tremendously great and criminally underseen Lebanon all the way back in 2009) comes Foxtrot, a different kind of movie from his last but one no less startling and decidedly also rather anti-war. Divided into a triptych structure, Foxtrot tells the story of a family split by the news of the death of their son only to discover that everything is not exactly as they thought. Featuring some of the more stunning and imaginative cinematography you’re likely to see this year, this is a must-see…for those of you lucky enough to live near a theater that’ll actually play small foreign films coming out of Israel. Listen to the review with Chris, Miguel, and Michael right here.
Imagine three young ladies on the cusp of adulthood, getting ready for senior prom, making college plans, and thinking about their love lives. Like, thinking specifically about taking a big step in their love life on prom night. Now enter the parents: Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, and Leslie Mann. “Blockers” if you will, in reference to their teenage girls’ plans for the evening. Or, if you like the rebus, “Cock-Blockers”. And so, wackiness ensues which surprisingly, isn’t quite as wack as we were worried about. The “we” being Chris, Marco, Michael, and JC. Listen to their review here.
Ready Player One
In this Spielberg adaptation of the both maligned and celebrated book, Tye Sheridan plays the primary character Wade Watts as he sorts through decades worth of nostalgia in a giant online VR world in order to beat an evil corporation to the grand prize: to win teh internets. Chris, Mike, Marco, Harris, and Matt take this one and good lord everyone has a lot to say. Stay tuned for the spoilers section after the primary review if you’ve already seen it.
The Leisure Seeker
Long-married couple has serious health problems and takes a road trip. That’s about the gist of what I’m hearing from Beau and Mike in their review of this film starring Helen Mirren (who has cancer) and Donald Sutherland (who has late stage Alzheimers). This should be a bundle of joy. Check out their review here.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Guillermo Del Toro isn’t back for this sequel to his giant robots vs kaiju film, but Steven D. DeKnight makes his debut leap from tv to film here as he shows us the battles in broad daylight (finally) as John Boyega straps on the big jaeger shoes, taking the place of his fictional dad from the first film, Idris Elba’s character. And then lots of stuff blows up. But is it real good? Matt Frank (duh) leads the review with Elliott and Michael.
Isle of Dogs
Despite the lack of Fox’s confidence in Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs, we all jumped up to be on the list to see this new critically acclaimed animated work from the guy who did this sort of thing to great results in 2009 with The Fantastic Mr Fox. This, time, the story isn’t adapted from a previously existing work, but is all Anderson.
In Japan, a ruthless mayor banishes all dogs to a trash island because of a ‘canine flu’. A young boy, the nephew to the mayor, goes to the island to rescue his dog only to find him missing but with the help of a group of dogs (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Ed Norton, and Jeff Goldblum) he goes on an adventure to find his best friend. And we go on an adventure to convince you to go see this movie, as Chris, Beau, Marco, Zach, and Miguel come in with high marks indeed.
The Death of Stalin
The Death of Stalin is written/directed by political satire genius Armando Iannucci, creator of Veep and The Thick of It. Here, he casts his wicked lens on the rush to fill the power vacuum that happened when Joseph Stalin suddenly died in 1953. With actors like Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Jason Issacs, Jeffrey Tambor, Andrea Riseborough, and Paddy Considine (amongst many others) running around in this chaos, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time. Listen to Chris, Beau, and Miguel give their review.
Alicia Vikander takes on the iconic video game character in this reboot/prequel/? film that imagines her first tomb raid versus Walton Goggins and an evil corporation. You know, it’s a whole thing. Listen to Beau, Chris, and Michael try to make sense of all this.
David Oyelowo plays Harold, a businessman who works for a company that has developed a ‘weed pill’. When he sent on a trip to Mexico to deal with the manufacturing arm, he gets kidnapped by the cartel who have issues with his company, who then sends an offbeat professional (Sharlto Copley) to rescue him. Wackiness ensues. And, from what Beau, Lara, and Michael are saying here in the review, is pretty great wackiness indeed. Also starring Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, and Thandie Newton, this sounds like it could be one of those March surprise sleeper hits. Listen to their review and decide for yourself.
A Wrinkle in Time
Reactions seem to be mixed about director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation for Disney of Madeleine L’Engle’s popular children’s sci-fi/fantasy novel. And yes, getting three dudes to review a movie that DEFINITELY was designed to appeal more to the fairer sex is perhaps not really the best of ideas. But, here’s Chris, Miguel, and Beau on this movie nonetheless.
Jennifer Lawrence finds herself in a tough spot when she can’t professionally dance ballet anymore but needs to find a way to take care of her ailing mother. She’s in Russia and her creepy uncle (Matthias Schoenaerts) gets her a job that you literally can’t say no to with their secret agency’s spy division as a ‘sparrow’: someone trained to be irresistible who uses their wiles to get spy stuff. But then, she meets her target, the CIA’s Joel Edgerton with an offer to get her out, and the Russian agency finds out that they haven’t accounted for how pissed off she is.
For this lengthy John le Carré-esque spy film we recruited only the best, men and women who knew going in what it might mean and who were willing to die for their website. Featured on the review is Chris, Miguel, Lara, and Frank.
When Natalie Portman’s husband (Oscar Issac) goes missing for a year and then mysteriously appears and collapses in critical condition, she’s all like WTF? And then when on the way to the hospital, they are stopped and dragged into some kinda weirdo military outpost on the border of a strange shimmery wall, she’s like 2xWTF? Turns out, alien stuff from space happened, no one knows whats on the other side of the shimmer wall because everyone who goes in never comes out, oh, except her husband…and he’s both dying and can’t remember a thing. So what’s a girl to do except team up with some other ladies with nothing to lose and head into the unknown.
Based on the multiple award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer, screenwriter/director Alex Garland apparently very much went his own way on this one, pleasing some, displeasing others, and in general causing consternation (apparently). Only one of our crew read it and he wasn’t a fan. And I wouldn’t say he was really a fan of the movie either. But we had seven people on this and seven different opinions. Listen to Chris, Beau, Elliott, Lara, Miguel, Zach, and JC give their takes on the film, and then a lengthy, and very necessary, full spoiler discussion.
Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are the cutest (and most competitive) couple ever, and they host a regular ‘game night’ at their house with another couple and their friend who always shows up with a different date. When Jason’s better looking/more successful brother (Kyle Chandler) comes to town and hosts a party with a sports car as a prize for the winner and hired actors to stage a ‘kidnapping’, everyone is WAY on board to win. Only thing is, looks like his brother has actually gotten himself kidnapped by real bad guys. Or is he? Check out our review of this new comedy by some of the minds behind Spider-Man: Homecoming and Horrible Bosses, featuring Chris, George, Michael, and Frank. In the review, not the movie.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 1
The Federation of Shameless Star Trek fans at Oneofus.net has assembled to bring you the review of Star Trek: Discovery, the first season. But be prepared: this is not merely feverish praise nor is it fan rage, but shockingly is a pretty balanced review. Listen to Chris, Morgan, and Elliott suss it out.
Aardman Animation brings us another collection of goofy claymated characters in this movie featuring Eddie Redmayne as Dug, a stone age caveman who takes charge in trying to get his land back from bronze age encroachers by challenging them to a game of soccer. So, to be clear, this wasn’t one of our favorite Aardman movies, which is painful to say because we’re all big fans. Listen to Beau, Chris, and Michael offer explanations right here.
Marvel’s latest is here and with it comes a lot of hype, expectations, and political messages. Is this new Wakandan film all that and a bag of chips? Is it the game-changer some critics are saying it is? Well, you have to listen to the review with Chris, Marco, Beau, and George to find out.
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