Pet Sematary

Emmy says:
I didn’t find this film scary or suspenseful, and I don’t think that was because I already knew the story. Stephen King pruned his book into a screenplay that kept all the relevant information but I feel that it needed more time or fewer elements. This would allow time for the audience to stew on what might be coming instead of constantly being feed the next sequence. 6/10.

Jeff says:
Once again, a problematic transition from story to screen. All the elements are there (although there’s one strange change that conflated two characters in a way that didn’t do either justice), but it’s like a clip show – the connection between them isn’t there. With no time (it’s 103 minutes long) to build the suspense, the payoff is underwhelming. There’s a remake in the works, set to be released in 2019. It will be interesting to see if that version manages to avoid the pitfalls (given audiences are more willing to accept longer runtimes these days). The effects are dated, but serviceable. 5/10.

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Deep Blue Sea

Emmy says:
The special effects are fake enough to take you out of the story. The characters are one-note except for LL Cool J’s, and he has the most memorable scene. Entertaining enough, but nothing special. 6/10.

Jeff says:
I loved this movie when it came out, but watching it now I’m wondering why. It’s not just that the ‘scares’ were known in advance … it’s just that they weren’t scary. What was novel in 1999 is predicable here. To be fair, this might have been where the tropes developed from. The special effects have definitely not aged well, and the iconic scene (for me) looks worse on screen than my mind remembers it. Still, the characters were acting intelligently instead of taking stupid risks (once the action started) and that should be commended. 7/10.

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Beirut

Movie Marathon Film 9 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A stark look at the less pleasant side of history. Grey colour predominated in the war torn settings lending an emotional edge to the narrative. There were no subtitles for the Arabic, but pain needs no translation. 9/10.

Jeff says:
An incredibly well told tale of a difficult time in an unsettled place. The ending left me feeling dirty and unsure whether or not it was a “happy” ending … which is probably the only way the story should end after all. 9/10.

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The Breaker Upperers

Movie Marathon Film 8 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Had the meat of some good laughs but the connective tissue was absent. 6/10.

Jeff says:
I had heard good things about this, how it didn’t go down the standard women being mean to each other route. While mostly true, I was disappointed. There were definite laughs, but more in the vein of a series of skits from a running gag. The story didn’t really gel, and lost oomph about halfway through. A decent payoff, but by then I’d stopped being invested in the outcome. The writers/directors have promise though, and I’d watch their next film. 5/10..

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The Spy Who Dumped Me

Movie Marathon Film 7 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Totally ridiculous and I loved every moment of it 9/10.

Jeff says:
When we have a movie marathon weekend, our reviews tend to be short since we are typing them in our phones as the credits roll. We want to the reaction to be fresh. Sorry about that. Meanwhile, this movie should have been a hard to watch cringe fest. Instead it was clever, very funny, and charming. Kate McKinnon at her best and Mila Kunis managed to seem clueless and yet credible at the same time. A fun romp. 9/10.

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The Wife

Movie Marathon Film 6 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
The complexities and frailties of the human condition are exquisitely illustrated in this confronting work of art. 9/10.

Jeff says:
A tight, layered narrative which suits a literary tale. Some of the characters are a bit too one dimensional, and the central conceit is a little too hard to believe. I feel that the ending was also a cheap cop-out. Well acted nonetheless, but with this cast it’s expected. 8/10.

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RBG

Movie Marathon Film 5 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A entertaining, educational and mirthful lesson in one woman’s journey to what she believes in. 10/10.

Jeff says:
Whether US judicial decisions interest you, they have an impact. RBG has been making her own mark since the 60’s and is now an unlikely “rock star” judge. This documentary covers her life and artfully conveys the woman sure has always been. An excellent film. 10/10.

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Incredibles 2

Movie Marathon Film 4 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
Story script and animation are absolutely incredible! Great family dynamics in this one. 10/10.

Jeff says:
A sequel that was possibly better than the original. Engaging story, excellent role reversals. Villain’s identity was predictable, but it’s a kids movie. Funny, well-written, thoroughly enjoyable. 10/10.

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On Chesil Beach

Movie Marathon Film 3 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A window inside the uncomfortable and awkward moments in life, showing the opportunities missed. Bring your tissues. 8/10.

Jeff says:
I wasn’t sure how this story would translate to the screen, but the flashbacks poignantly told the tale of the relationship exquisitely. The use of music (and the lack) was expertly done. A tragic tale told terrifically. Not for everyone, but very well done. 8/10.

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Two Is a Family

Movie Marathon Film 2 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A great movie that pulls at the heart strings and shows a childhood and family life the eight year old in all of us would be envious of. Emotionally charged script and acting that draws the viewer into the story. 9/10.

Jeff says:
Omar Sy is an amazingly expressive actor, perfectly cast for this role. The movie almost didn’t go where the trailer implied and when it did it was almost irrelevant. A movie full of surprises both delightful and heartbreaking. 9/10.

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Knock

Movie Marathon Film 1 of 9, thanks to Palace Cinemas‘ $5 Movie Week.

Emmy says:
A wonderfully uplifting film that shows the lovable side of provincial archetypes. I’m impressed with the characters interactions and the genuine kindness shown. Laughed and cried. 9/10.

Jeff says:
I didn’t know, going in, that this was an adaptation of a 1923 play that already had a well-known (in France) film made in 1951. It shows, in the way it’s a quaint timeless romp (set in the early 50’s). The characters are all lovable (except the antagonist), and despite Knock’s moral flexibility you feel that he genuinely cares for his ‘clients’. There was one misstep towards the end with a heavy-handed visual metaphor that was badly done with CG (I think), but otherwise an excellent – if predictable – film. 9/10.

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Mission Impossible: Fallout

Emmy says:
The impeccable use of silence is back and as epic as ever. The plot was paced nicely and not over complicated. Wonderful scenery, a great way to frame the action. The comedy was well dispersed and relatable. 9/10.

Jeff says:
I’m not sure if this was more fun because we saw it on the big screen rather than at home. The action was stuff we had mostly seen before, but turned up to 11. There was still too much meta-narrative for my taste (I don’t think of this series as a comedy), although there were some nice call backs to previous outings. I’m trying to work out if the ending suggested an end to the series, or a justification for continuing with this series to the point of absurdity (even James Bond changed leads even if the character didn’t).  The ending was essentially predictable, but the ride getting there was a lot of fun. A return to form, but I still like MI-2 better (just). 8/10.

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