Movie: A Simple Favor

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Written by:  Screenplay by Jessica Sharzer
based on the novel by Darcey Bell
Directed by: Paul Feig
Release Date: September 14th

 

A Simple Favor is a well-crafted over the top chess match between two very different but very smart women. Anna Kendrick plays Stephanie, the instagram Mommy Blogger. Her youtube channel is full of last-minute brownie recipes and tips on how to make the perfect friendship bracelet.

Stephanie strives to make the outside perfect and convince everyone she’s the winning Mom, however, her closet isn’t exactly empty of skeletons as she would like most to believe. Blake Lively as Emily is a cool mysterious woman with the perfectly tailored suits, sharp tongue and who is able to make the perfect martini (the trick is that it’s all gin). Two minutes after Emily’s introduction I was leaning to my friend and declaring I was going to be here when I grow up.

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Movie: Bad Samaritan 

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Written by: Brandon Boyce
Directed by: Dean Devlin
Release Date: May 4, 2018 

Sean and Derek (Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero) are two small time thieves who use their valet business as a way to gain access to people’s homes. When Cale Erendreich (David Tennant) shows up for dinner and is incredibly rude to the boys, Sean takes the opportunity to rob him. While at Cale’s home he stumbles upon a gruesome scene of a woman being held captive. Cale Erendreich is absolutely a serial killer. Sean makes the mistake of panicking and leaves the girl behind with a promise to come back for her. What follows is Sean desperately trying to find someone to believe him and ends up finally taking matters into his own hands.

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Movie: Tully

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Directed by: Jason Reitman 
Written by: Diablo Cody 
Release Date: May 4, 2018 

Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman reunite for a third time creating an unintentional trilogy consisting of Juno, Young Adult and now Tully.  Each film is about different women at different parts of their lives but each film compliments each other forming a trilogy about women and motherhood.

Marlo (Charlize Theoron) is an overworked mother who is having a hard time balancing her children and herself.  She’s struggling even before she’s due to give birth to her third child and receiving little support from her oblivious husband, Drew (Ron Livingston). Marlo’s brother (Mark Duplass) offers her the number for a Night Nanny, his baby gift to her.  Marlo is hesitant at first as it would require her to allow a stranger into her home.

After a wonderfully edited montage of the stressful, daily routines and duties to a newborn, Marlo has reached her breaking point. Tully shows up soon after like something out of a fairy tale.  Tully is exactly everything that Marlo needs at this moment in time.

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Thoughts: Avengers: Infinity War (SPOILERS)

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Directed by: Anthony  & Joe Russo
Release Date: April 27, 2018

Full disclosure: This is more of a stream of conscious ramble of thoughts regarding the film than a straight forward review. It’s abundantly clear from the following that I have way too much love for fictional characters.

There will be lots of spoilers as I intend to just dump all my thoughts I have below. So if you haven’t seen the movie or if you have a lot of feelings about spoilers, please stay away.

Seriously. I will spoiler everything.

Thursday was an extremely long day for me.  Ten years of movies had led to that night. I don’t think I can properly convey my excitement as I sat bouncing my knee at my desk counting down the hours that I could leave for the theater. My phone was buzzing next to me as I worked.  My friends were already there and waiting in line. One friend had decided to build an infinity gauntlet out of duck tape and ring pops. We were all very excited. We had been discussing our theories for weeks leading up to Thursday night. We’d spent the past few weekends re-watching all of the movies from the MCU and we thought we knew how it was all going to go down.  We were prepared for our favorites to die noble deaths as they saved the universe. After 10 years we were pretty confident in the formula for a Marvel movie.

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Movie: A Quiet Place

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Release Date: April 6, 2018
Directed by John Krasinski
Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck & John Krasinski

 

A Quiet Place aka a study in sound and the art of building tension. John Krasinski creates an ever-evolving world of set-up and pay-off.  Scenarios are created scene after scene in which I audibly heard the audience hold their breath and wait for the unavoidable end. An audience full of people sitting at the edge of their seats as this film loaded Chekhov’s gun over and over again. You would think this kind of pace to a film would become exhausting but it never does, because at its heart this is a movie about love and family.  At its heart this film is about two parents trying to protect their children to the best of their abilities in a world inherently unsafe.

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Movie: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

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Premiere Date: December 15, 2017 
Directed by:  Rian Johnson  

Not Spoiler Free!

This has been pretty difficult for me to write. Star Wars and I have a lot of history. For starters, I am not an objective viewer… at all.  I have been obsessed with the Star Wars universe since I was 9 years old and my father took me to theater for the re-release.  I have a very vivid memory of finding myself on the literal edge of my seat as the credits rolled.  I remember bouncing around my mom as I talked all about the movie.  Essentially, my life had changed.  If it’s a Star Wars movie, I’m going to love it because its more of the universe I grew to love so much. I mean, let’s be honest here there are some movies, that I love more than others, but we’re not here to talk about those movies.

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Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Directed by: Jake Kasdan 
Release Date: December 20, 2017

Every other weekend I’m seeing another sequel/remake/reboot of something from my childhood.  One look at my feelings on things like IT and Stranger Things will tell you I’m in no way opposed to jumping on the nostalgia train.  However, it does get a little bit much from time to time to always rehash old things and while there’s a lot of good out there… there’s also Independence Day: Resurgence.  I find myself always TRYING to keep one foot on the ground when I see a trailer.   

In 1995, I saw Jumanji and it was incredible.  Honestly, it should be listed as one of those movies which shaped my imagination.  It was scary and funny and to an 8 year old the danger was “real”.  So, to say that I was going to hold Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to some tough standards was an understatement.  I was going to have to try and be objective and keep an open mind. Which was tough because those first few set photos were not inspiring any kind of confidence.  What do you mean it wasn’t going to feature a board game? What do you mean it’ll star Dwayne Johnson?? It’s supposed to be about kids! Is that really what Karen Gillian is wearing?! What is this?! 

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