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Like Father (2018) on NetFlix

Like Father (2018) on NetFlix

Like Father (2018) stars Kristen Bell as Rachel, a workaholic 30-something, and Kelsey Grammer as her long estranged father Harry, who shows up at her wedding hoping to reconnect and witness the happiest day of her life. Unfortunately life, and some sitcom-ish script writing conspire against them to have Harry accompany her on her honeymoon cruise. This is a fun little sitcom-like drama with plenty of laughs, lots of sweet moments, and just enough character growth to be believable. A…

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Thelma (2017) (on Hulu)

Thelma (2017) (on Hulu)

When should parents tell their child about a genetic mental illness that runs in the family? At puberty? Possibly. Maybe when the turn 18? Probably. But definitely before they leave for collage. Especially when they are pretty darn certain their child has the illness. Now don’t get me wrong telling Thelma might not have changed the course of events, but certainly they would be less culpable in what happened during her first semester of collage. I watched Thelma on Hulu…

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Whether you love the KKK or you hate them, you’re going to love BlacKkKlansman, the latest movie from Spike Lee. Just kidding, haters are going to hate this true life story of Colorado Springs police rookie Ron Stallworth as he masterminds the infiltration of the local chapter of the KKK. This film takes a serious story and adds humor and black culture to creates something meaningful and entertaining without being preachy.

2018 Ticket Stub Review

2018 Ticket Stub Review

I watched 168 movies in 2018 according to my Letterboxd Diary. You can click on the link and see the movies I watched and their ratings. For the most part I am going to ignore the blockbusters (except A Star is Born) and focus on movies that did not have big budget advertising and that you probably haven’t heard about. All but one of these have passed the wife test and have a thumbs up by both me and the…

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Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017)

Columbus (2017) If you find architecture boring and character driven movies slow, then you should probably skip seeing Columbus. If on the other hand you are interested in a well constructed drama with top notch acting and beautiful visuals, then you should hurry to the theatre before it is gone. Jin, played by John Cho, is called to Columbus Indiana where his famous architect father has fallen ill. While stuck in the limbo of waiting for his sick father to…

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017) Frikin Awesome! That’s the best description for this smart drama from writer/director Taylor Sheridan. A possible murder on an Wind River Indian reservation requires FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elisabeth Olson) to lend a hand to the local police department. Being short handed she enlists the assistance of the local game and hunting official Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) to help her investigate in the inhospitable Wyoming  outback. This mystery unfolds in such a way as to keep you on…

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Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014) Kylie is an angry, destructive, juvenile delinquent who get sentenced to house arrest after a botched ATM robbery. She is forced to move back into her childhood home with her mother and stepfather, and to make matters worse the house might be haunted. Kylie is placed under house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet enforcing her confinement. This turns out to be every bit as bad a punishment for her mother and stepfather as it is for her. Kylie is…

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Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall (2017) Before I Fall is a cross between Mean Girls and Groundhog Day with a dash of suicide prevention thrown in. Now that I write that, it doesn’t sound too appealing, but this tight little teen drama held my attention and had me almost liking even the meanest mean girl. And that’s a real trick when you make the antagonist somewhat likable and completely understandable. I’ve seen time loop movies before and this one jumps into a familiar genre and makes each…

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Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017) Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is usually the stuff of romantic comedies. First you meet her parents, then her siblings, and maybe a few close family friends, and then you add in a few comical misunderstandings, and by the third act not only does everyone love the new boyfriend, but the girlfriend has a new appreciation of what a real jewel she has. But first time writer/director Jordan Peele (of the comedy duo of Key &…

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Sully (2016)

Sully (2016)

Sully (2016) I was probably about 12 when my friend Al first took me for a ride in his four seater Cessna airplane, and I was hooked. Every since then I have taken every opportunity to fly, or go to an airshow, or watch movies about flying. So it was predestined that I would see Sully, and probably be predisposed to liking it. You then add in that it was directed by Clint Eastwood and staring Tom Hanks, there is…

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