MOVIES: What We're Watching

1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
2. The Post
3. The Commuter
4. The Greatest Showman
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
6. Paddington 2
7. Insidious: The Last Key
8. Proud Mary
9. Pitch Perfect 3
10. Darkest Hour
(From comScore, Inc.)

Justice League
The idea of building a movie franchise is easy. Creating one that works is a lot more difficult. Even for known properties. For instance, Universal has wanted to bring back their famous and classic movie monsters for years now, but their films, The Mummy reboot being the most recent, didn’t sit well with movie-goers. When Warner Bros. and DC Comics decided to not only reboot Batman and Superman, but also bring other DC Superheroes to the big screen for the first time, the idea was met with much enthusiasm. How hard could it be? Marvel has had great success with its Iron-Man, Captain America and Thor movies. Read More>>>

The Commuter
The first Taken film that starred Liam Neeson in 2009 received fairly good reviews and was a hit with movie-goers. When Taken 2 came out in 2012, the reviews didn’t go so well and fans generally thought the film was “okay.” When Taken 3 came out in 2015, it could have been sub-titled “Oh, Come On!” and needless to say that it received terrible reviews. So now we have Neeson’s latest film, The Commuter, which the trailers have led some to believe that it is really Taken #4. But it’s not. Sure, it’s another thriller/adventure film that eventually presents an unhinged Neeson, but this time, it’s an age appropriate Neeson. Read More>>>

The Greatest Showman
This is a rags-to-riches story where one man rises from obscurity to becoming one of the most well-known men of all time. Making his feature film directing debut here is Australian filmmaker Michael Gracey combining a well-written story with music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who also worked on La La Land). Getting Jackman to play the role of Barnum was brilliant. Can you possibly think of anyone better for this role? Though some film-goers only know Jackman as Wolverine from the X-Men films, this guy has a number of Broadway credits to his name. (Yes, he can sing and dance without the aid of large claws.) Read More>>>

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
There’s nothing new under the sun in Hollywood or so it seems. Everything now-a-days is a reboot-of-this or a reimagining-of-that. So it was a nice surprise when viewing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to find that although it is considered a sequel to the 1995 film, it is actually a whole different film entirely. The original board game from the first film makes a brief appearance and the premise is similar, but that is about it. If you remember in the first film, two kids play a game of Jumanji and the game comes to life within their home. Here, just the opposite happens. Read More>>>

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Reviewing Star Wars movies when they are done well is tough. We all have expectations when we walk into the theater to see the space spectacle and when those expectations are met, it’s hard to find fault. That is the case with the latest installment in the franchise, The Last Jedi. Just as The Force Awakens brought back the fun, thrills and charm of the original trilogy, so does this one. The two and a half hour movie flies by without hardly a dull moment. Read More>>>

From toys, to bugs, to cars, to emotions, Pixar ventures in new territory once again with Coco. Directed by Lee Unkrich (who also came up with the idea for the story) and co-directed and co-written by Adrian Molina, Coco is about a 12-year-old boy, Miguel, who has a love for music but is forbidden by his family to play any instruments of even listen to music. As it turns out, this is because many years earlier, Miguel’s great great-grandfather was a musician who traveled a lot despite his wife’s pleas to stay home with his family. One day he never returned. Bitter, the wife forbade music from her household and took up shoe-making. She passed down her shoe-making skills and her family was taught to learn that music was something that would only lead to heartache. Read More>>>

The Post
Meryl Streep plays the capable yet insecure Katharine. As she states in the movie, Graham loved the newspaper, but her father left control of it to her husband. When her husband died, she inherited the role, much to chagrin of others. The film shows Katharine surrounded by men and unsure of her own voice. She meets regularly with her editor, Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) about various stories running in the paper. Those these lunch meetings were his idea, they don’t seem to go that well between the two. Then comes the Pentagon Papers. Read More>>>

33, The  /  45 Years  /  90 Minutes in Heaven  /  99 Homes  / 

A  A Good Day to Die Hard  /  A Hundred Foot Journey  /  Admission  /  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  /  Alice Through the Looking Glass  / Amazing Spider-Man, The  /  Armstrong Lie, The  /  Avengers, The  /  Avengers: Age of Ultron, The

Batkid Begins  /  Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders  /  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  /  Battleship  /  Beauty and the Beast  /  Beatriz at Dinner  /  Believe Me  /  Ben-Hur  /  Big Hero 6  /  Big Year, The  Black Nativity  /  Black or White  /  Blue Like Jazz  /  Book Thief, The  /  Bourne Legacy, The  /  Boss Baby, The   /  Boxtrolls, The  /  Boyhood  /  Brave  /  Brickumentary  /  Bully  /  Butter

C  Captain America: Civil War  /  Captain America: Winter Soldier, The  /  Captain Underpants: The First Epic movie  / Captive  /  Cars 3  /  Christmas Eve  /  Christmas With a Capital C  /  Chronicle  /  Cinderella  /  Code Black  /  Cold in July  /  Confessions of a Prodigal Son  /  Coco  /  Commuter, The  /  Courageous  /  Crimson Peak  / 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  /  Deliver Us From Evil  /  Descendants, The  /  Despicable Me 3  /  Details, The  /  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days  Divergent  /    Dolphin Tale  /  Dunkirk

Ender's Game  /  Exodus  /  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  /

Fight Church  /  Finding Dory  /  Finest Hours, The  /  Florence Foster Jenkins  /  The Founder  /  FrankenweenieFrozen  /

Geostorm  /  Gifted  /  Gimme Shelter  /  Godzilla  /  Golden Shoes  /  Gone Girl  /  Good Dinosaur, The  Goodbye Christopher Robin  /  Gravity  /  Greatest Showman, The /  Guardians of the Galaxy  /  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  /  Guest, The  /  Guilt Trip, The 

H Hacksaw Ridge  / Hail Caesar  Heart of the Sea  /  Heaven is Real  /  Hell or High Water  /  Hello. My Name is Doris  /  Hero, The  /  Holy Rollers  /  Hotel Transylvania  /  Hotel Transylvania 2  /  How to Train Your Dragon 2  /  Hunger Games, The  /  Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The  /  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

Identical, The  /  In Darkness  /  Inside Out  /  Insurgent  /  Internship, TheIntersteller  /  Is Genesis History?  /

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  / Jeff Who Lives at Home  /  Jobs  /  John Carter  /  Johnny English Reborn  /  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island  /  Joyful Noise  /  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  /  Jungle Book, The  / Jurassic Park 3D  /  Jurassic World  /  Justice League

K  Kelly and Cal  /  Kidnap

L  LEGO Batman Movie   /   LEGO Movie, The  /  Les Miserables  /  Life, Animated  /  Little Hope Was Arson  /  Little Rascals  /  Lorax, The  /

Machine Gun Preacher  /  Maleficent  / Man on a Ledge  /  Man of Steel  /  Man Who Invented Christmas, The  /  Mansome  /  Marriage Retreat  /  McFarland, USA  /  Me Again  /  Mighty Macs, The  /  Million Dollar Arm  /  Minions  /  Miracles From Heaven  /  Mirror Mirror  /  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol  /  Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation  /  Monuments Men  /  Moms Night Out  /  Monsters University  / Mother India  /  Mother's Day  /  Mummy, The  /  Muppets, The  /  Muppets Most Wanted  /  Murder on the Orient Express

Need for Speed  /  Night at the Museum 3  /  Now You See Me  /  Now You See Me 2

O  October Baby  /  Oculus  /  Odd Life of Timothy Green  /  Only the Brave  /  Oz, The Great and Powerful  

P  Paranorman  /  Passengers  /  Patterns of Evidence: Exodus  /  Peanuts Movie, The  /  People Like Us  /  Pete's Dragon  /  Pirates! Band of Misfits, The  Pixels  /  Post, The  /  Prisoners  /  Pursuit of Happyness  /  Puss in Boots  /

Q  Quartet  /  Queen of Katwe  /

Raven, The  /  Real Steel  /  RED 2  /  Resurrection of Gavin Stone, The  /  Rise of the Guardians  /  Robocop  /  Rock of Ages /  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story  /

S  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  /  Saving Mr. Banks  /  Saving Winston  /  Secret Life of Pets, The  /  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  /  Shot  /  Spectre  /  Spider-Man 2  /  Spy  /  Stanford Prison Experiment, The  /  Star Trek Into Darkness  /  Star Wars: The Force Awakens  /  Star Wars: The Last Jedi  /  Step Up Revolution  /  Stonehearst Asylum  /  Suicide Squad

T  Taken 2  /  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles  /  Thor: Ragnarok  /  Tower Heist  /  Transcendence  /  Trouble With the Curve

U  U

V  V

W  War for the Planet of the Apes  /  What to Expect When You Are Expecting  /  What We Do In The Shadows  /  When the Game Stands Tall  /  Why Him?  /  Wonder Woman  /  Woman in Black  /  Woodlawn  /   Words, The  /  Wreck-It Ralph 

Y  Y