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Better than average horror-comedy about a woman, Grace (Samara Weaving), who marries in to a family that is ultra-rich built on a gaming empire - yet there's more to this marriage than she expected. Well developed with decent acting and steady pace, with the right balance of horror and comedy.
Enjoyable if rather hooey-rific film about time travel intersecting with the travails of living black in Brooklyn, NY, "See You Yesterday" is well acted, well paced and, once you get past the unbelievable scientific premise of HS kids perfecting time travel, it delivers real drama and tension that had me waiting to see what would happen. The lead characters, CJ (Edna Duncan-Smith) and Sebastian (Dante Crichlow) are engaging and believable. They're both well supported by an extended cast that gives a realistic feel for black family and communal life in Brooklyn. The movie is making a point about violence in urban centers, yet it's done in a heartfelt and impactful way without being overly preachy or judgmental, allowing the audience to come to their own realizations.
A condensed and rather cursory version of the book, yet "The Hobbit" is enjoyable as an introduction, especially for younger children, to Tolkein's fantastical world. And, far and away much better than the bloat and over-CGI'ed Peter Jackson helmed series "The Hobbit". Those films could have been well done in one movie. But, no. Jackson and crew, in their shameful greed for maximum profit, stretched "The Hobbit" in to multiple films that eviscerated all the charm and joy of the book.
OK, yet dated, "The Emperor Jones" is more interesting as a period piece and for historical reference than as a good film that stands up to the test of time. Most compelling to see the great Paul Robeson for his magnetic personality and his magnificent singing voice.
"Code 8" is a decent flick about a future where some people have superhuman powers. But, instead of these people being superheroes, their first used for their abilities to do the dirty work of manufacturing, etc. That is until robots take on all those roles, so then they're treated like outcast. Conner (Robbie Amel) is one such power, having electric abilities. He lives with his mom, who's suffering some unnamed disease. Realizing he'll never make enough to get his mom the help she need, Conner hooks up with some gangsters/druglords and the movies follows his fall in to crime. "Code 8" has a good plot and set-up, ok acting and realistic scenarios. So, while not a Hollywood caliber production, that's not such a bad thing at in basic film like this.