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Movie Review: Killing Gunther

20 October 2017 8:14 AM, PDT

In the movie review business, you see films that make you think and inspire you to greater things. There are films that leave you with your jaw dropped in absolute shock and disgust, wondering how anyone would loan the filmmakers money to finish something so terrible. And then, there’s the stuff that makes you chuckle, even as you sit there and think of how silly and ridiculous it all is. Guess which category Killing Gunther lands in?

Taran Killam (one of the more recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) alumni to dip his toes in the movie waters) pulls triple duty as director, writer, and lead, playing Blake, a hitman who has hired a camera crew to document his journey to kill the best hitman on Earth, Gunther, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear at first. Along with a cadre of fellow hitmen (including fellow SNL player Bobby Moynihan), they feel victory is assured, »

- Seth Paul

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Movie Review: The Florida Project

20 October 2017 7:49 AM, PDT

Right off the bat, The Florida Project is a curious juxtaposition. As the film begins, viewers are blinded by alarmingly bright pastel scenery—lilac is simply not a color picked as the primary pigment for a film. Welcome to the Magic Castle—a freshly painted purple motel on the outskirts of Disney World. As we acclimate to the color pallet, we’re serenaded with “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. At the onset, we feel jovial. But the Magic Castle isn’t such a magical place for its residents. Despite the lively, luminous romp portrayed in portions of The Florida Project trailers, this is not a feel-good movie. An easy movie to watch? Yes, absolutely. A good story? Yes; I’ll attest to that. But a feel-good, Disney-esque film? No. A thousand times, no.

Harsh reality sinks in as director Sean Baker transports us into the shadows of Disney World. With »

- Mandi Ruffner

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Movie Review: The Snowman

20 October 2017 7:02 AM, PDT

From Silence of the Lambs (1991), to Zodiac (2007), to Se7en (1995), detective thrillers can prove to be a great escape for the moviegoing audience. It puts us in the shoes of a profession we’ll probably never be in and most of the time it asks us to participate in actively solving the mystery at hand. You usually receive the clues at the same time the characters do and it can be endlessly engaging to help solve the puzzle. When the genre works, it works well. When it doesn’t, you get movies like The Snowman. The intentions might have been to produce a film in the same vein as the previously mentioned thrillers, but The Snowman completely misses the mark. With a plot that is scattered, a terribly miscast group of actors, and shaky direction, The Snowman is a slow-burn that eventually melts from its own stupidity.

The Snowman is inspired »

- Scott Davis

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Win Advance Passes to See Last Flag Flying

19 October 2017 9:56 AM, PDT

Enter here for your chance to win a pair of passes to an advance screening of the new film Last Flag Flying starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.

For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Last Flag Flying at the Mjr Troy Theater in Troy, Michigan on Monday, November 13th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

About The Film

Last Flag Flying: In 2003, thirty years after they served together in the Vietnam War, former Navy Corps medic Richard “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with ex-Marines Sal (Bryan Cranston), and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) on a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War. »

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The Preview Reel for October 20, 2017 Releases

18 October 2017 8:12 PM, PDT

Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Last week we told you to never count out Blumhouse even when their movies look subpar, and what do you know, Happy Death Day overachieved with $26 million. This weekend will see a slew of new releases, but will they be able to take down the Groundhog Day influenced horror flick? Let’s see if Geostorm, Only the Brave, Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, or The Snowman can do that.

 

Geostorm

What we are excited about: To be honest, not much. If we had to choose we would go with the expansive cast. Gerard Butler is always a generic action lead, but Jim Sturgess, Andy Garcia, and Ed Harris are mostly reliable actors. If these actors can elevate the typical boringness of a world disaster action film, maybe this can rise above the rest. »

- Scott Davis

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