MOVIES



TOP 10 MOVIES FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCT. 5, 2018
1. Venom - $80,030,000
2. A Star is Born - $41,250,000
3. Smallfoot - $14,900,000
4. Night School - $12,275,000
5. The House With a Clock in Its Walls - $7,295,000
6. A Simple Favor - $3,435,000
7. The Nun - $2,610,000
8. Hell Fest - $2,075,000
9. Crazy Rich Asians - $2,060,000
10. MET Opera: Aida - $1,240,229
(From comScore, Inc.)




The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Based on the book of the same name by John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in Its Walls begins with 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) being sent to live with his uncle after the death of his parents. Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black) is Lewis’ only living relative and one Lewis doesn’t remember ever meeting. Jonathan lives in a old rundown house that the neighbors believe is haunted. The outside is decorated with jack o lanterns (even though it’s not Halloween) and horseshoes. Inside the house however is actually quite nice. Lewis is surprised to see that it is decorated with a rather large collection of clocks. Read More >>>



First Man
In 2016, director Damien Chazelle set out to create a modern musical movie that paid tribute to the classic ones who came before it in La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. That film won six Academy Awards. This weekend, his epic Neil Armstrong picture, First Man opens in theaters and also stars Gosling in yet another winning performance. Based on the book by James R. Hansen and written by Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post) First Man aims to show the struggles and costs associated when dealing with one of the most dangerous missions on earth and in the heavens with much of it from Armstrong’s point of view … and a lot of close-ups. Read More >>>

Little Women
In case you are unaware, this is a story about the March family. Papa March (Bart Johnson) is off to war while Mama March, or Marmee (Lea Thompson) is at home raising their four daughters without him. The family doesn’t have a lot of money, so the girls make up their own fun by telling stories and creating their own club in the attic of their home. Jo (Aimee Lynne Johnson and Sarah Davenport) is the oldest, headstrong daughter who knows in her heart that she will one day become a famous author. As the oldest, she feel entitled to boss around her younger siblings: Meg (Melanie Stone) who wants nothing more than to get married and have children, Beth (Reese Oliveira and Allie Jennings) who doesn’t know what’s she wants out of life and just wants to enjoy her time with her sisters and Amy (played by Jane Susan Miller, Elise Jones and Taylor Murphy) wants to become a famous artist. Read More >>>

Christopher Robin
The new Disney film shouldn’t be confused with last fall’s Goodbye Christopher Robin which starred Domhnall Gleesaon and Margo Robbie. That film was about the real Christopher Robin and his father, A.A. Milne, who wrote the original stories. The new film, which stars Ewan McGregor and Hayley Atwell, is about the fictional Christopher Robin, who of course was a character in his father’s stories. Both movies are excellent with similar messages for adults, but they are both very different too. Taking a cue from the earlier animated tales, this story is told from the pages of a storybook and begins with a young Christopher Robin (Orton O’Brien) leaving the Hundred Acre Wood to attend boarding school. Pooh and friends have put together a going away party for the boy and he promises them that he’ll never forget them. Read More>>>


The Meg
Though beautifully shot in New Zealand, The Meg takes place somewhere near the seas of China. The film opens with a rescue diver, Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), attempting to save a group of scientists in an underwater attack. While he is able to save some, he wasn’t able to save them all. After the incident, one of the men he saved, Dr. Heller (Robert Taylor), accused Jonas of acting irrationally. Fast forward five years later, Taylor is called to save a small crew of international undersea observation program, whose submersible has been attacked by some unknown creature. Not only is this situation similar to the earlier rescue mission, but Dr. Heller is there to object to using Taylor as the rescuer and one of the scientist needing rescuing is Taylor’s ex-wife, Lori (Jessica McNamee). Read More>>>

Private Life
We live in a new age when movies are shown in movie theaters and home theaters at the same time. It’s sort of a strange concept. Why go out and see a movie if you can just stream it home? It will be interesting to see how well the indie film, Private Life will do since it will premiere in 21 theaters (in UK, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC) while also making its debut on Netflix on Friday, October 5th. The comedy/drama from Tamara Jenkins tells a very honest (with a little too much TMI) story about an artistic couple, Richard and Rachel (Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn) and the the trials and tribulations they face in hopes of starting a family. Both being “past their prime” age-wise, the pair struggle with something that many other couples do everyday: infertility. If that doesn’t sound like fun, you would be correct. Read More >>>

Bad Times at the El Royale
Writing a review of Bad Times at the El Royale is difficult partially because it’s a hard film to describe, partially because I don’t want to give too much away and partially because it doesn’t offer much redemption for its characters and yet, I liked it anyway. It makes you think. It has a mix of everything I like in a great movie: atmosphere, distinct characters, mystery, quirkiness, fantastic photography and a little bit of humor too. While not all of the characters are likable, they are all fascinating. Each isn’t exactly who they claim to be and because of that, you want to know about them. Every character is intriguing and every one of them is hiding some sort of secret. Read More>>>






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

A  A Good Day to Die Hard  /  A Hundred Foot Journey  /  Admission  /  Adrift  /  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  /  Avengers: Infinity War

Bad Times at the El Royale  /  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  /  Black Panther  /  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  /  Christopher Robin  /  Chronicle  /  Cinderella  /  Code Black  /  Cold in July  /  Confessions of a Prodigal Son  /  Coco  /  Cold November  /  Commuter, The  /  Courageous  /  Crimson Peak  / 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes  /  Death of Stalin, The  /  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  /  First Man  /  Florence Foster Jenkins  /  The Founder  /  FrankenweenieFrozen  /

Geostorm  /  Gifted  /  Gimme Shelter  /  God Bless the Broken Road  /  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  /  House with a Clock in Its Walls, The  /  How to Train Your Dragon 2  /  Hunger Games, The  /  Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The  /  Hunt for the Wilderpeople 

Identical, The  /  In Darkness  /  Incredibles 2  /  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  /  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom  /  Justice League

K  Kelly and Cal  /  Kidnap

L  LEGO Batman Movie   /   LEGO Movie, The  /  Les Miserables  /  Life, Animated  /  Little Hope Was Arson  /  Little Rascals  /  Little Women  /  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  /  Meg, The  Mighty Macs, The  /  Million Dollar Arm  /  Minions  /  Miracles From Heaven  /  Mirror Mirror  /  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol  /  Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation  /  Mission Impossible: Fallout  /  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

Ocean's 8  /  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  /  Pope Francis: A Man of His Word  /  Post, The  /  Prisoners  /  Private Life  /  Pursuit of Happyness  /  Puss in Boots  /  Puzzle

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  /  Skyscraper  /  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

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

U

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 

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Skyscraper
Available on digital on September 25 and DVD and Blu-ray on October 9
Despite what you might think from watching the trailers, Skyscraper has more in common with Diehard than it does with The Towering Inferno. Yes, there is a burning building and people need to be rescued, but that’s about it for the comparisons to the former. It survives on the star power of its star, Dwayne Johnson. No matter how silly or outlandish a film is, you just can’t help but like it if it stars Mr. Johnson. And Skyscraper even shows a glimmer of the depth of Johnson’s potential as an actor. Read my review >>>

Ant-Man and The Wasp
Available on digital on October 2nd and DVD and Blu-ray on October 16In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both the Super Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost and her ally Bill Foster.

Incredibles 2
Available on digital on October 23 and DVD and Blu-ray on November 6While we’ve been waiting 14 years to see what has happened to the Parr family at the end of The Incredibles, the sequel, Incredibles 2, picks up immediately after the events of the 2004 movie. If you remember, Dash had just completed his first track meet and no-longer-shy Violet was asked out on a date from a fellow schoolmate. But the “normal” family life is short-lived as the Underminer wreaks havoc on the town and it’s back to work for the Parrs. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible  task Violet and Dash with babysitting Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) while the husband and wife go to work. Read my review >>>


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