The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Released 11/02/2018                              Rated: PG

I have no idea how many times I’ve seen some rendition or other of the Nutcracker ballet/story because it’s never really held much interest for me, but it’s not a high number. After seeing this movie I had to look up the plot for the ballet. So, obviously, I’m not super familiar with the source material. I mean, I associate the sugar plum fairy music more with Fantasia than The Nutcracker for crying out loud. Continue reading

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Released 05/25/2007                              Rated: PG-13

I remember when this trailer came out. The pies stand out to me the most. “‘I can’t have no affair because it’s wrong and I don’t want Earl to kill me pie’ Hold the banana.” Love it! That and that Jenna is pregnant and is kissing on her doctor. I don’t recall a strong desire to see it at the time, but it seems to keep cropping up lately. I finally had a chance to check it out. Continue reading

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The Last Five Years

Released 02/15/2015                              Rated: PG-13

When I saw this trailer I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out. Unfortunately it never did. It hit a limited release in the States and I’d bet money the only two states that saw it were New York and California. Now, I could understand releasing it to one theater per market, that would make sense. If my husband and I want to go see something bad enough, we will travel for it. But if it’s only showing at either end of the country, obviously, we’re SOL. Continue reading

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There vs Here: Let The Right One In / Let Me In

Låt den rätte komma in is a Swedish novel from 2004. The author also penned the screenplay for the Swedish film of the same name in 2008. And in 2010 Hollywood made their own version, but once again something got lost in translation. It’s the story of a bullied twelve year old boy and a vampire child who moves into the next apartment over. The two develop a close friendship but when the body count begins to rise and people start growing suspicious, Eli/Abby needs to leave in order to survive. There truly is a fundamental difference between these two movies which the UK’s leading film critic Mark Kermode summed up beautifully: “Let The Right One In is a film about kids that happens to feature vampires. Let Me In is a film about vampires that just happens to feature kids.” Continue reading

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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

Released 09/21/2018                              Rated: PG

When I first saw the trailer I was like “What is this? This looks awesome!” A kid’s movie, but awesome nonetheless. I’d never heard of the book before, and didn’t even realize it was one until I saw it at the library. I’m mildly interested in reading the book, but only because I enjoyed the movie. Continue reading

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Released 10/05/2018                              Rated: PG-13

Go See This Movie. I’m the first to admit that I’ve been on the fence since the release of the first trailer. But my husband and I loved it, and we don’t understand all the hate other than it has to be the preconceived notion that no matter what you’re going to hate it. And I shouldn’t have to say it, but this is a thousand times better than the Spider-man-esque atrocity from Spider-man 3. We were blown away. Continue reading

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Into the Woods

Released 12/25/2014                              Rated: PG

Into the Woods is a musical that integrates the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel to that of a childless baker and his wife. I hadn’t even heard of this before the movie came out (not surprising), so I was really excited for it. Unfortunately I only really liked half of it. Continue reading

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