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: Kidnap

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Directed by: Luis Prieto
Written by: Knate Lee
Start Date: August 4th 2017

 IMDB lists the run time of this movie to be 90 minutes – an hour and a half.  Now, I’m not saying that there was some slow credit crawl padding (I definitely used that trick back in college) … but I was walking to the bus stop an hour and 18 minutes after the lights when down in the theater so you can do with that information as you will.

That being said I’m not completely sure how long that movie could have really been. Each time the film attempted to slow down, everything would come to a screeching halt.  It’s hard once you’ve hit that 1000 mph tempo to bring it back down to what now feels like a turtle’s pace at just 70 mph.

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Movie: Atomic Blonde

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Directed by: David Leitch
Screenplay by: Kurt Johnstad
Based on the Graphic Novel by: Antony Johnston & Sam  Hart
Release Date: July 28, 2017

The problem with movie trailers today is you get the entire plot and the best jokes before you even get to the theater. At the very least the trailer is an awful representation of the film.  The trailer for Atomic Blonde however, is absolutely perfect.  Everything you need to know about this film is right there in the trailer.  The look, the feel, the amazing soundtrack – it is all there in the trailer and yet, it doesn’t give away any of the amazing twists and turns.

Do you like Mission: Impossible? James Bond? Did you always wish those films were more neon artwork starring an incredible Charlize Theron? Then guess what.  Atomic Blonde is that film.

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