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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)

Alright I’m going to start out by admitting that I never saw the original “Dora the Explorer” animated TV show so I can’t really commit on how true the movie is to the original source material, in case some millennial purist wants to know. But what I can tell you is that Dora is sweet, fun, and funny. Somehow in the couple of month between the airing of the last episode of “Dora the Explorer” TV show and the release…

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

I always see a few animated films each year, and they tend to be high quality since they are targeting both youngsters and their parents, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is no exception. The Spider-Man films have always been some of my favorite Marvel movies since they are action based, light on world saving, and heavy on comedy. Spider-Verse’s action seems like it is taken directly from the comic pages and released into a medium that can showcase the artist’s…

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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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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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Wildlike (2014)

Wildlike (2014)

Wildlike (2014) Netflix Streaming While her mom is off-line in an in-patient treatment center Mackensie must move to Alaska and live with her uncle whom she hasn’t seen since she was little. Unfortunately living with her uncle is less than ideal and being a teenager she decides to forgo civilization and try roughing it in the Alaskan outback. Luckily for her she finds an older male hiker that she latches unto and forms an interesting relationship. This is a fun little…

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2016 Ticket Stub Review

2016 Ticket Stub Review

  While I liked many movies in 2016, only a few of them made any lasting impression. Here are the ones I ended up seeing twice or in a few cases ended up purchasing for my collection. The Conjuring 2 (2016) This sequel is as good or better than original. Loosely based on a case from supernatural detectives Ed and Lorraine Warren when they traveled to England to investigate a haunted house. Scary, suspenseful and sure to entertain. [rating=4] Green…

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (now streaming on Netflix) is a TV show based upon the popular novel of the same name by first time author Susanna Clarke. Susanna took 10 years to finish this first novel and won the 2005 Hugo, among other awards. The story takes place in 19th-century England during the Napoleonic Wars. This alternative history finds England after a 300 year magical drought and warring with France. Mr. Norrell is wealthy gentleman who has…

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ARQ (2016)

ARQ (2016)

ARQ (2016) I just streamed this little time travel movie on Netflix and was really disappointed when it was over because I wanted more. Since it was rated TV-MA I thought I was watching the pilot to a new series, but it was just a made for tv movie. It’s similar to Edge of Tomorrow and Groundhog Day in that the protagonists live one day and loop back and do it again. It follows the time loop movie rules with a few…

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Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

Deepwater Horizon (2016) I like disaster flicks for one simple reason: Crises reveals character. Day to day most lives are boring, but when crises arises people’s mettle is exposed. On the Deepwater Horizon mobile drilling platform many things go terribly wrong and we get to see these common working men and women rise out of the fire as real life heroes. There are books describing the accident, but reading about this is much less fun than watching it. Ok there’s another reason I…

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The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant (2016) The problem with most movies of this type is the protagonist is usually too perfect. He is brilliant, charming, witty, looks great in a tux (he owns his own), and is an expert at foreign espionage. That is not the case with The Accountant. He is so obviously flawed when it comes to social interactions that he can barely function. That’s what makes this so much fun. Ben Affleck stars as the titular accountant alongside Anna Kendrick…

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