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Going in Style
17 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It definitely helps that I went into "Going in Style" with kind of low expectations. While the trailers looked kind of fun, I was worried that it would be a one-joke premise with the three main actors sleepwalking through their performances. Thankfully, though, while many of the jokes can be boiled down to "We're OLD!", Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and especially Alan Arkin bring charm, humor, and a whole lot of fun to a surprisingly entertaining movie. The plot has a few genuinely surprising twists, and while the film may not have cared too much about any of the side characters, (I didn't even know Michael Caine's granddaughter's name until the last 10 minutes) it really makes you care about the three leads. The jokes can be predictable, and sometimes the pacing can drag, but when the humor works, like in a shoplifting setpiece, it REALLY works. There were also some entertaining scene transitions, and the direction, done by Sacred Heart Hospital's own John Dorian, was much better than an "old men robbing a bank movie" should have been.

Logan (2017)
53 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

After 17 years, Hugh Jackman finally gets a Wolverine solo movie worthy of his great performances. LOGAN is a long, slow, depressing film with some great performances and incredibly brutal action sequences. The amount of slashed faces and hacked off limbs really earn this movie's R rating, so this definitely isn't the X-Men movie you're used to. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart give it their all as Logan and Charles Xavier, making this feel special as their (supposed, according to them) final films as these characters. It's bloody, depressing, tear-jerking and slow, but man it's a film to experience.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to cry myself to sleep.

The Lego Batman Movie
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

To be perfectly honest, this is the best Batman movie ever made. It takes the standard "dark and gritty loner taking on a multitude of weirdos" formula of most Batman movies and cranks it up to 11, with cameos from some deep-cut Batman villains and even a few surprises. It's action-packed, well animated, and gut-bustingly funny, so much so that I was giggling from the very first frame, which is just a blank screen. It even takes a surprising turn into having a fair amount of character development for Batman, involving his origin story and his surrounding comrades, like Robin, Alfred, and Barbra Gordon. It's a crazy wild ride that I'm still smiling about as I write this, and hopefully a good sign for Lego movies to come.

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"La La Land" is a little clichéd and relies on Golden Hollywood-era nostalgia a lot, but that works in the movie's favor. My goodness, what a film. A gorgeous score, wonderful cinematography, great performances, incredible songs, beautiful sets, and an ending that isn't perfect as an ending itself, but is perfect for the film. It's a love letter not only to classic Hollywood, but to dreams and aspirations. And man, does it shine.

Moana (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Moana is a gem. It's hard to say anything else about it. It's hilarious, epic, with one of the most solid soundtracks to come out of a Disney movie since....maybe since The Lion King. Lin-Manuel Miranda's songs alternate from being hysterical, like Maui's insanely catchy "You're Welcome" to the Flight of the Conchords/David Bowie-esque 'Shiny", to triumphant, like Moana's ballad "How Far I'll Go", a song that's destined to go down in Disney history. Every voice actor, from established actors like Dwayne Johnson and Jermaine Clement to total unknown Auli'i Cravalho, to good old Alan Tudyk doing just chicken noises, gives a great performance. The story follows slightly familiar beats, but that's hardly a blemish on this beautiful and fun gem of a movie.