Highly Suspect Reviews: Page 23

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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.

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Skyscraper

Dwayne Johnson used to be a bad-ass. Now, he’s about 20% less bad-ass after he lost the lower part of his leg in an explosion. OR IS HE? See Dwayne take on evil accented criminals in the world’s tallest most futuristic building that’s ON FIRE while trying to rescue his family. And, you know, climb around the outside of it and dangle from things. WITH ONE LEG. You know you’re going to see this. Or maybe you won’t. Either way, you should listen to Chris, Patience, Marco, and

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Castle Rock: The First Four Episodes

Hulu’s greatly anticipated tv show set in the Stephen King universe is getting ready to drop July 25th and fans of the horror master are all SQUEE about the idea of a running series that mashes together quite a few of his different books. But is it that? Or is it in a town devastated by all the events of those books having already happened in the past. A town in supernatural time-out. Well, at least until after the sudden suicide of Shawshank prison’s warden (Terry O’Quinn) and the reveal that he was keeping a private prisoner (Bill Skarsgård) in a disused wing and NOBODY can figure out who this guy is. The series also stars Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, André Holland, Scott Glenn, Jane Levy and more. We were lucky enough to get sent the first four episodes of this show ahead of time. Listen to Patience, Chris, and Harris give you an overview of what to expect.

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Sorry to Bother You

This indie-alternate-reality-sci-fi film has REALLY been the buzzed-about comedy this summer and we are not surprised. Lakeith Stanfield is poor, desperate, and unhappy, but while working at a telemarketing job, realizes that his ‘white voice’ has magic powers over people. We brought in Marco, George, Michael, Miguel, and Beau to tell you all about it in THEIR white voices.

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The First Purge

The Purge series goes back to the beginnings to show exactly how all this got started in the first place as an ‘experiment’ is launched in the low-income Staten Island where locals must survive the 12-hour murder-spree (and possibly make some cash along the way just for playing). Check out our review with Chris, Miguel, Zach, and Ben.

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado

In this kinda-sorta-sequel (feels more like a spin-off), Josh Brolin returns as CIA Black Ops-y guy who now is being ordered by the government to covertly incite a war between the Mexican cartels and to do it by kidnapping the daughter of one the leaders and making it look like the other cartel did it. Who do you get for the blackest of black ops? Well, Benicio Del Toro’s character who returns as well from the first film only now he’s the center of the film as he has to defend the pre-teen from all comers. Listen to our review to hear Chris, Beau, and Michael discuss the pros and cons.

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Ant-Man and The Wasp

The Marvel train keeps-on-a-rolling, even while we wait on tenterhooks to see wtf happens after the last Avengers film. So here, as one of our critics put it, is a palate-cleanser, a touch of fluffy-happy-silly, to make you try to forget how much pain you’re still in from that last Spider-Man scene. If you can.

Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly now full-on as The Wasp, and a fun on-the-run storyline with various folks trying to steal Pym-tech, the FBI trying to keep Rudd house-bound, and our heroes trying to go back into the quantum realm to rescue Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Listen to Chris, George, Michael, Beau, and Kim sort out the tiny details.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Oh boy. This follow-up to 2015’s “Jurassic World” seems to be drawing the same mixed reactions as it did, only a BIT more vociferous on the ‘hated it’ side. Case in point: our epic-length review featuring Chris, Matt Frank, Michael, Patience, and Frank. Can Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard save this franchise (and lots of tasty people from being dino-lunches)? Listen and find out.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

The documentarian that brought us the Oscar award winning 20 Feet From Stardom now has turned his sights on the ultimate nostalgia, the nicest guy imaginable, an icon for all of us old enough to have grown up in his neighborhood, Mr. Rogers. But how do you make a feature-length movie about a guy who didn’t exactly live an adventure-filled life but was primarily known for his kindness towards others? Well, Marco, Zach, Taylor, and Frank are here to tell you.

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Tag

A group of old friends has been playing, one month out of the year, the same game of cross-country ‘tag’ for 30 years. Sounds like a funny premise for a movie right? It’s actually based on a true story. But true or not, you get Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, and Jon Hamm all teamed up to finally tag their one mega-badass friend (Jeremy Renner) who has never been caught before…well, that’s gotta be funny, right? Listen to Chris, Marco, Patience, Michael, Kim, and Beau give their review.

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The Incredibles 2

Director Brad Bird is back in the director’s chair (and Edna Mode’s skin) for this long-awaited follow-up to Pixar’s superhero movie, The Incredibles. This time around, rich benefactors (Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener) are helping the family pay the bills and try to make super-heroics legal again but they’re only interested in Elastigirl. Mr. Incredible becomes the stay at home dad witnessing the multiple powers being exhibited by their toddler Jack-Jack. Does this live up to the first? Listen to Beau, Chris, and Ian render their decisions.

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Ocean’s 8

Sandra Bullock plays Debbie Ocean, the sister to Clooney’s Danny (from Oceans 11, 12, and 13) and she’s got her own crew of capable and funny women ready to pull a jewel heist on an unsuspecting Anne Hathaway. With a crew like Cate Blanchette, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter, I think we were all actually pretty excited and hopeful for this one. And, well, you know. Listen to Chris, JC, Frank, Marco, Michael, and JC give their review.

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Hotel Artemis

Jodie Foster is ‘the nurse’ who runs a super-secret (despite its gigantic neon sign) hotel/hospital for criminals who have been injured. Members only and it’s getting pretty full on a night in the not-too-distant-future when Los Angeles is rioting, her guests aren’t exactly getting along, and the biggest bad of them all is en route. Co-starring Jeff Goldblum, Sterling K Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, Dave Bautista, and many more, if this little Carpenter-esque film isn’t on your radar yet, it probably should be. Even though Chris, Marco, Frank, Patience, Michael, and JC think it doesn’t QUITE live up to it’s potential.

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Hereditary

Toni Collette plays a mother who is dealing with the loss of her own mom and isn’t dealing with it in top form. It doesn’t help that strange things seem to be happening to her two children…and then everything goes bugfuck. You know, the less said in advance about this film the better. I know you’ve heard the overwhelmingly positive reviews by now (and probably hyperbolic ones) but regardless of your takeaway on a scary level, our crew found Hereditary a film WELL worth seeing. Listen to Chris, Patience, Marco, Frank, Zach, and Taylor tell it like it is.

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First Reformed

Legendary Hollywood screenwriter Paul Schraeder writes and directs this film about Toller (Ethan Hawke), a priest overseeing a very small church kept going, despite minimum attendance, largely because of its long history. His own struggles with the death of his son who he encouraged to enlist in the military (as the family tradition dictated) is sidelined by a young parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) who comes to him about her husband, a radical environmentalist who wants her to have an abortion and who she is afraid might be getting into dangerous stuff. Frank and Chris take a look at this acclaimed film but they have VERY different opinions about it. Check it out here.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

A teenage punk (Alex Sharp) from the streets of Croydon England and his friends end up at a party populated by some serious weirdos in colored vinyl outfits but also the girl of our young protagonist’s dreams (Elle Fanning). Unfortunately, she and her vinyl-coated friends are all aliens who aren’t planning on sticking around for long. Add in a punk priestess played to the hilt by Nicole Kidman, a cast full of funny English tv stalwarts (Matt Lucas, Ruth Wilson, Joanna Scanlan), and the directorial and very musical stylings of John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and you have a movie that Chris and Harris are, quite frankly, SHOCKED that apparently, most critics didn’t adore as much as they did. Oh yeah, and it’s based on a Neil Gaiman short story. Check out their review here.

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Adrift

Based on a true story (yada yada) Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin are meet-cuteing like crazy and take a sail on a rich guy’s yacht across the ocean but OMG huge storm and non-linear storytelling and TWIST and …yeah. Check out the review from Chris, George, and Michael right here.

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Upgrade

It’s the near-future and a man (Logan Marshall-Green) who doesn’t cotton to all those new-fangled driverless cars and implanted chips finds himself paralyzed and a widower after a random attack. A wealthy man (Harrison Gilbertson) convinces him to let him secretly and with full non-disclosure implant a chip into his neck that will give him full mobility again. But there’s a LOT more to that little chip than that and a bunch of stuff that he doesn’t know that will lead to, well, some pretty amazing action. Listen to Chris, Mike, Michael “100,00 subs”, Zach, and JC geek out over this could-be new classic.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

This has got to be one of the most simultaneously dreaded and eagerly awaited films of the decade. An origin story for Han Solo? With a different actor playing Han? (Alden Ehrenreich) And Lando? (Donald Glover) And even Chewbacca? (Joonas Suotamo)

Yes, there was trepidation in the fan base that day, I can tell you. But we’re here to tell you that this fun heist film co-starring Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany and more, is nothing to get worried about. It’s not re-inventing the wheel but perhaps you’ll remember why it’s fun to go ’round. Listen to Chris, Ian, Michael, and Beau begin the proceedings…

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Bookclub

What happens when you take four of the funniest, most talented actresses from the 20th century and put them in a movie together? Probably something different than what happens when you do it in the 21st century. Diane Keaton, Candace Bergen, Jane Fonda, and Mary Steenburgen are old friends who meet up regularly to drink wine, talk about books, drink wine, talk about their lives, drink wine, and snack. And drink wine. Then, they are confronted with the book (assuming you want to call it that) Fifty Shades of Grey, and they all start confronting issues in their sex lives (or lack thereof) accompanied by coincidentally timed meet-cutes with Don Johnson, Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, and more. And let’s face it: this is for your parents. Perhaps, grandparents, as long as they’re partial to two hours of non-stop sexual innuendo. But hey, I’m writing this and I’m (Chris) the guy who didn’t like it. Coming in with the dissenting opinion on the review with me is George and Mike “100 Subs” Riojas. Check it out here.

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Deadpool 2

If you don’t like meta-superhero movie jokes, extreme carnage, and lots of filthy jokes, then Deadpool probably wasn’t your thing. In which case, Deadpool 2 won’t be your thing x2. But, if it IS your thing, man you’re in luck, as Ryan Reynolds puts back on the spandex (the trick appears to be to try to get him OUT of it, not in it) and teams up with lucky superhero Domino (Zazie Beetz) to stop mutant assassin from the future Cable (Josh Brolin) from murdering a young mutant (Julian Dennison). Listen to Chris, George, Michael, and Patience describe how hard their stomachs hurt in their review of Deadpool 2.

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Life of the Party

“Hey, come on, Spy was funny”. This was the refrain oft-heard before the screening of Melissa McCarthy and her director/writer husband Ben Falcone’s latest film, Life of the Party. The desperate refrain of critics trying to shed themselves of expectations. But oh, how those instinctual expectations were justified. McCarthy plays a housewife and mom who when her husband unexpectedly dumps her, decides to go back to college and finish out her degree. The same college her daughter is finishing her senior year in. But this ain’t no Back to School. No indeedy. Listen to Chris, Marco, Michael’s brave tale of survival.

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Cobra Kai: Season 1

A television series set thirty years after the original The Karate Kid? Produced by and distributed through YouTube Red? Written and directed by the teams behind Harold and Kumar and Hot Tub Time Machine? None of this sounds like a recipe for success. So how in the world did Cobra Kai end up being so nuanced and emotionally involving? Well, the writers made it The Karate Kid meets Warrior. That’s how!

Justin Zarian and Unapologetic Geek Out‘s Nick Thyes give you all the reasons why you should strike fast and without mercy to sign up for a YouTube Red free trial just to watch this. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast headlined by William Zapka and Ralph Macchio, along with a script that mines character depth through well-paced plot developments, it’s a fast and solidly entertaining binge that will leave you eagerly awaiting a second season.

There will be minor spoilers discussed near the very end, but you can get a comprehensive non-spoiler review up to the 33:50 mark and walk away satisfied with our analysis.

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Overboard

In a gender-swapped remake of the 1987 Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn film, now we see Anna Faris as a working-class mom who convinces snobby prick Eugenio Derbez, after he falls OVERBOARD his yacht and becomes an amnesiac, that they are actually married. Which normally wouldn’t work (or, you know, ever) but Derbez’s wife is more than happy to let that particular ruse go on. So, what do ya think? Love the original so much you can’t wait to see this one? Hate the original so much you hope this gets it better? Don’t care a whit either way? Have we got the review crew for you! Listen to Zach, Miguel, JC, and George give this movie a surprisingly lenient review.

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Tully

Director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody, and actress Charlize Theron are together again on Tully, the story of a beleaguered mother who when she has a third child, is reluctantly talked into hiring a night nanny (basically a babysitter who only comes over for overnights so you can sleep). Much to her surprise, the nanny (Mackenzie Davis) is indeed the answer to all her problems but all is not as it seems, yada yada. Anywho, Chris and Lara got together to review this one. Check out their discussion right here.

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