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The Neon Demon
56 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

<3 This is a love-it or hate-it film, but upon a first viewing with family chatting away and interruptions aplenty, I loved it... Not even sure where to begin. Stylistically, it is flawless!

Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I cringed at the initial trailers for Disney's Pete's Dragon remake, as the original is one of my all-time favorite family-films.
As time went on and more was shown, the new film started to grow on me...
Having now seen the movie I am still torn. It is a good film. I enjoyed it a lot!
However, it could have been about 20-30 minutes longer, to flesh some things out....
It is far from being the 70's musical classic many of us know. There are no songs (musically, that is). There is a major lack of mischief and overall playfulness that made the original so whimsical...
In fact, the only real similarity between the original and the new is that simple fact that a boy named Pete has a dragon-friend.
There are layers and layers of storytelling in the original that are swept to being just one linear chapter, leaving out a vast majority of plot lines and characters.
That being said, you can not compare the two movies fairly. They feel like entirely separate entities due to these changes. Both are good on their own levels.... but can't match up.
This new entry has some really great moments with the special effects and emotions giving way through CGI... But, I still want "more"....

Ghostbusters (2016)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The new Ghostbusters is so much fun!!! Smiles and laughs from beginning to end! The cast was awesome! Great way to reboot the franchise.

Brooklyn (2015)
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

(4.5 of 5 stars) Terrific film and a standout as being one of the year's best! It is a simple story of a new girl in the big city experiencing the struggle of finding herself, falling in love for the first time, and feeling homesick through it all... but it is done very well on every level. Extremely moving and relatable for anyone that has left home on their own to pursue their dreams, but is torn on the question as to where their place of belonging truly exists. Saoirse Ronan is one to watch for the Best Actress nomination come awards season. Emory Cohen, as the love interest, gives a star-making performance. The chemistry oozes off of the screen with these two as the film perfectly captures the awkwardness of puppy love turning into much more when least expected. There is a innocent playfulness in Cohen's performances that just made me smile and recognize those small moments of what it takes to fall in love. I don't have one bad thing to say about this film. After a year of so many letdowns, I can say that BROOKLYN currently finds itself at the top of my list. For such a simple story, it has a huge heart!