The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Emmy says:
Wonderfully lighthearted with brooding tones. Definitely awesome and a worthy successor for the franchise. 9/10.

Jeff says:
For a toy movie, there’s a lot in this. MovieBob has an excellent review that sums up most of what I think in greater depth than I can. The songs were still catchy, but also really clever; the story had unexpected turns that were impressively deep in places; and the overall message is one that it seems more people need to hear – so I hope they see this. As with the first movie, the ‘bigger world’ bits are a little tedious because the real world isn’t as fun as the imagined world, but it’s also where a lot of the heart is. This was absolutely still awesome. 10/10.

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Secret Window

Emmy says:
Without knowing the liberties this screenplay has taken from the book, some of the earlier bits of information are jarring and seem like a poor choice. After the conclusion they do, however, make sense. The limited costume for Mort definitely accentuates the depths to which he has sunk. The music provided a background level of tension that heightened the sense of impending dread. A very good adaptation of the short story. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I’ve been meaning to watch this for years, and the Stephen King Watch-a-long has finally given me the opportunity. Was it worth the weight? Not especially. Another King adaptation where all the interesting bits are left out. To be sure, this was necessary – even for a short story – to keep it under 100 minutes. There were changes that didn’t need to be made, and I feel like the ending spoiled what King had intended. Still, decent acting from pre-‘eccentric’ Depp – which is just as well since it’s just him for over half the film. This was an odd little story when King wrote it, the adaptation is an odd little film. I guess that’s fitting, in the end. 7/10.

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Captain Marvel

Emmy says:
A whole lotta kick ass action with amazing alien and de-ageing effects. An absolute must see. 10/10.

Jeff says:
This is a fantastic movie! Capturing the 90s easily, with impressive special effects (including making Samuel L Jackson look young) and a killer soundtrack, this movie is everything I hoped it would be and more. While some of the beats were able to be guessed if you have been paying attention to the MCU, the story was engaging and uplifting. This film is going to be talked about in terms of how great for women and girls it is (especially as today is International Women’s Day), but that sells the movie short – this movie is great for everyone. A lot of heart, a lot of action, and some surprising story decisions that paid off brilliantly. Go see it! 10/10.

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Alita: Battle Angel

Emmy says:
Beautifully designed world with outstanding character design. Empowering story with stunning action. Highly recommend 9/10.

Jeff says:
Visually stunning, an excellent adaptation of a cyber-punk manga. Awesome to see the female lead actually LEADING and asserting her own agency. The fight sequences had weight and felt as real as possible given the unreality of the context. Like in Upgrade, I felt the fighting reflected the reality of the type of people involved. Parts of the film dragged over-long and made the barely 2 hour movie seem longer (which is not a complement). An ambitious project that exceeded my expectations. 9/10.

(Guest Reaction) Erin says:
Thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Love the graphics. 9/10.

(Guest Reaction) Jono says:
Loved the graphics, but the ending really made it fall flat for me. The build up was there and had me expecting a conclusion, but left me asking why it didn’t go that way. 7/10.

(Guest Reaction) Ms 14yo:
Very Intense! 10/10.

(Guest Reaction) Ms 12yo:
I was emotionally invested the whole time. 10/10.

(Guest Reaction) Ms 10yo:
Loved the dance fighting. 9/10.

(Guest Reaction) Mr 5yo:
Awesome fighting. 10/10.

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Happy Death Day 2U

Emmy says:
Oh so much fun! The movie leans heavily on the previous film and I’m not sure it’d be enjoyable without it for context. Wonderfully constructed comedy and a unique story. 9/10.

Jeff says:
I’m not sure it’s fair to criticise a sequel for relying on familiarity with the previous film, but it is true that you really need to see Happy Death Day to get the most out of this one.  Just don’t expect the same movie … this one crosses genres and has even less gore than the first one (which was already fairly tame on that front). Having said all that, this was an absolute blast. It was great to spend time with these characters again, and see the secondary characters get more story. A fun, funny ride that still managed some surprising depth. Given the creativity shown in being different to the first, I could stand to see a part three. 9/10.

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Escape Room

Emmy says:
The high intensity pre-credit sequence pulled no punches and set the tone for the rest of the movie. I was pulled along through each of the rooms and was invested in the solutions. Thoroughly enjoyable. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Although visually excellent, this film is unfortunately derivative and predictable. The film thinks it’s cleverer than it really is, and didn’t know how to end (honestly, there were at least three places the film could have ended! The first one would have been the best choice.) The ending is obviously a set up for a ‘bigger world’ in the inevitable sequel, but I would rather have made that the start of the sequel instead of polluting what would have felt like a tighter picture without it. Some interesting ideas, one REALLY good sequence, and the rest was … fine. 7/10.

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Smallfoot

Emmy says:
An epicly produced film that doesn’t pull punches when it comes to xenophobia. The lyrics to the songs are great and the conclusion gives a wonderful hope. 9/10.

Jeff says:
This movie surprised on many levels – that it’s a musical; that it has such a deep message for a silly kid’s film; that it is legitimately funny for an adult (since it’s a kid’s movie); that Channing Tatum isn’t that bad as a singer; and more.  A very intelligent film that is never-the-less filled with improbable pratfalls. Having there not be common language at ANY time was an excellent and exciting choice. Common’s song ‘Let It Lie’ is exquisite storytelling with a fantastic beat. Just astonishingly enjoyable. 9/10.

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Galaxy Quest

Emmy says:
Childlike wonder is the feeling I have from this film. Highly enjoyable every time I watch it. 8/10.

Jeff says:
We couldn’t believe friends of ours had never seen this! Galaxy Quest is one of my favourite movies – it lampoons conventions, although lovingly, before conventions were really huge. The fanaticism of fans when the film was made was really only limited to a couple of shows (mostly Star Trek) which is why this is what it is. There was so much they got right – including things that hadn’t become common yet. A delight to watch, this one never gets old. 10/10.

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Léon: The Professional

Emmy says:
A strangely romantic movie of corruption and killing. Highly enjoyable with simple costuming and nuanced acting. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I have always remembered this movie fondly – even affectionately. There are moments that are now more uncomfortable to watch than they were in 1993, but it is still a brilliant film. Jean Reno is at his best, and for a debut performance Natalie Portman was incredible. Danny Aiello and Gary Oldman are also superb – Oldman’s disturbed villain is rightly praised. The soundtrack was fantastic. This is how I found out who Luc Besson was, and why that mattered. 8/10.

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On the Basis of Sex

Emmy says:
A very powerful and informative movie. Showcasing a woman as individual as RBG is no small achievement and Felicity Jones excelled. This is wonderfully scripted and directed and should become mandatory viewing for all. 10/10.

Jeff says:
After seeing RBG I wasn’t sure how a dramatic retelling could hold up to reality. It was amazing. Felicity Jones embodied RBG down to the Brooklyn accent and small things like the way she holds her jaw. I think everyone should watch this, then watch RBG for the rest of the story. Even knowing what happens, this was a gripping tale. It was told very well. Armie Hammer was also excellent. 10/10.

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Train to Busan

Emmy says:
A great piece on parenting that’s full tilt and relentless. The physical acting is outstanding on top of inspired interpretations of the mob instincts. Magnificent direction with powerful emotions. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Wow, this movie was incredible. A tight, well-told, effective zombie film that doesn’t rely on cheap jump ‘scares’. The main characters are relatable and realistic – some clever decision making and some noble efforts (as well as some believable decisions that were less admirable from other people). Decisions and sacrifice had weight and meaning, and the film does not let anyone seem safe. The way the zombies were realised was something to behold. A must-see. 10/10.

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Glass

Emmy says:
Brilliant performance from James McAvoy, I am astonished at his physical performance. Wonderful piece of narrative backed by an emotive soundtrack. A definite Must-See (as long as you’ve watched Unbreakable and Split). 10/10.

Jeff says:
I have to be honest – I struggled for a while with how I felt about this movie. It was an interesting premise with engaging, well acted, characters – James McAvoy is once again incredible – but something nagged at me the whole time. I think it was mostly Sarah Paulson’s doctor who I spent most of the movie thinking “how hard do you have to work to deny something so obvious?” After the movie, however, I had another problem: this made me like Split less. As it’s own movie, I loved Split – just as I did Unbreakable all those years ago – but trying to shoehorn them into one story made me retrospectively dislike the film that didn’t seem like a superhero movie when I watched it. If this was the plan all along, then I think it was a disservice to the previous movies. If it was the product of an afterthought while making Split, then it should have stayed a thought. Also, once again, M Night Shyamalan doesn’t seem to know how to end a movie. 8/10.

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