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Yesterday

A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

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Aladdin

A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

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Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin


Midsommar

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at...

Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper

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The Lion King

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It Chapter Two

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Movie Guru's Current Movie Reviews


Since I write many of these briefs the day before the movies are released, what we have here are mostly ruminations on movies I have not yet seen. You will have to decide for yourself if these briefs have any value. I believe the less you know about a movie, the better chance you might enjoy it to the upside. Too many reviewers seem to go out of their ways to ruin for you with way too much information your upcoming movie experience. In fact my D graded Master’s Thesis proposed that reviews should be embargoed until after the opening weekends allowing moviegoers to see the movies fresh and without plot summaries taken right out of the press kits.

  • Aladdin

    This live action remake of the Robin Williams Disney animation treasure is the hit of the early summer.  Will Smith takes over the role of the genie and somehow pulls it off.  The middle of the movie is pretty boring but the early scenes draw you in to the story, and the last third of the movie is rip roaring fun.  Disney deserves alot of credit for remaking, rebooting, and sequeling every classic in their library without cheapening the product (see this summer’s Men in Black: International, Xmen’s Dark Phoenix, Godzilla: King of the Monsters).

  • Anna

    A real life hot Russian model goes John Wick on a series of professional killers who seem to want to eliminate her.  Directed by French director/producer Luc Besson of Fifth Element fame among other cult favorites, this is a B-movie high want to see for me.  Besson often attempts to outdo American filmmakers with over the top renditions of gangster and sci-fi movies, and I love him for it.

  • Annabelle Comes Home/Child’s Play

    I can live without either but don’t begrudge others from being perverted by despicable modern horror. The bloody reboot of Child’s Play is especially awful when considering how the original was as scary as they come without pushing the envelope of inhuman death. And Annabelle Comes Home is simply a money grub continuation of what began seven movies ago as an excellent horror story, The Conjuring.

  • Avenger: Endgame

    This is it. After Endgame the Avengers as a team are no more. (Though I doubt that future generations of fans will be deprived of reteamings.) This movie is an example of Made in America know how. Other countries try, but none have ever figured out how to duplicate the international appeal of our blockbusters. It is not spoiling the movie to say there is lots of talk that is only important to fervent fans; they want every last morsel of Avengers lore to be rehashed. But as in all great Hollywood three hour epics, the concluding battle and bittersweet endgames leave you more than satisfied. Like I remember Ben Hur and Godfather and Dances With Wolves, this generation will remember Titanic and Endgame and who knows what is next. I believe that December’s Star Wars 9 finale needs to be a three hour epic or it will be less than it should be.

  • Men in Black: International

    Like with most coming soon big time sequels, we have been inundated with Men in Black 4 previews. In these previews Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson and Thor (slim again after his weight gain in Avengers: Endgame) and an unknown to me young fresh female actress all seem to be having a great time together which makes me want to see this movie. However my failing memory reminds me that the previous Men in Black 3 was terrible. I will go but be on my guard against false expectations.

  • Midsommar

    Writer/director Ari Aster is well known for intellectual horror that scares your brain.  This latest of his looks like if he pulls it off, it will be his Citizen Kane.  Do you want to see it?  Depends upon your interest in broad daylight evil.  I do not like modern slasher films.  However based on Midsommar’s provenance, I look forward to this one and hope the horror is kept to a minimum.

  • Rocketman

    The R-rated Elton John version of the PG-13 Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody.  Actually Rocketman is closer to The Greatest Showman from last year as they both are closer to biographical musicals with their spectacular song and dance numbers than Bohemian Rhapsody’s straight biography with insanely great Queen performances all over the place but without the Busby Berkeley 1930’s creations.

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

    This is the end of Avengers, I think.  Maybe I mean this is the epilogue to Avengers: Endgame.  Or maybe it’s a denouement or coda.  Anyway this is the kid Spider-Man out and about away from home I assume getting into super hero trouble.  And maybe it has nothing to do with Avengers: Endgame.  But it probably does, at least a little.

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The first was excellent. I believe that this sequel will be just as good. The filmmakers are plugging Harrison Ford as the voice of the new big dog, but when they show Ford in interview clips all I can think is are they certain that is not David Letterman. What is it with scraggly beards and old celebrities? I think it is time for President Trump to grow one for his White House portrait. That could start a Presidential trend.

  • Toy Story 4

    I do not cry at the end of Toy Story movies which puts me in the minority and should make me ineligible to write about this latest iteration.  I can’t wait to take the grandkids and hope they won’t ruin the day by forcing me to purchase all the Toy Story 4 gear in the lobby.  This is a recent hell on Earth for moviegoers with kids in tow.  Concessions plus movie merchandise can ruin the movie experience for moderate income parents.

  • Yesterday

    What seems to be an imaginative fantasy about everyone in the world totally and completely wiped of all memories of the Beatles and their songs. Except there is one young singer failure who remembers and sings the beloved songs and becomes bigger than the Beatles ever were. In the preview there is a tease of what happens next. It looks like great fun.



Movie Guru's Past Movie Reviews


  • A Quiet Place

    A tour de force auteur horror film with intelligence and understandable fear, John Krasinski and his actress wife Emily Blunt create a believable world of silence and monsters.

  • Acrimony

    Actually I see this movie advertised as Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.  Tyler Perry, like Steven Spielberg, is another machine filmmaker.  His Tyler Perry Madea comedies alternating with his genre films show a filmmaker with all the confidence in the world whose audience follows him everywhere.  I will give this movie a try though another Fatal Attraction clone is not what I was looking forward to seeing.

  • Book Club

    Counterprogramming at it’s finest. Welcome faces for the older crowd, Keaton, Bergen, Fonda, and Steenburgen up against the violent scatological hero Deadpool. Personally I am waiting most of all for Action Point, Johnny Knoxville rebooting his Jackass films but surrounding the stunts with a real movie plot about competing amusement parks.

  • Brightburn

    The reviews I glanced at gave me the impression that this was a special low budget entry in the young director sweepstakes. Creating a cheap horror film that garners critical praise is one of the fastest ways for directors to get their wings and fly into the stratosphere of big budget, star driven moviemaking. Brightburn is David Yarovesky’s best chance at climbing the ladder. The movie is better than its ilk but not good enough in my opinion to send David to the moon. I will watch his 2014 directorial debut The Hive. If it is interesting, I will keep an eye out for his third chance if he gets one.

  • CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

    CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is another recent intelligent entertainment. Especially because the movie is based on a true story which you probably watched on the news, the accuracy of various incidents can interfere with the intensity of the viewing experience. But if you just go with the flow, questions of plot and character delay until afterwards at which time you can visit the internet and find out that even the participants in the ordeal do not agree on what happened.

  • Dark Phoenix

    This is another X-Men prequel. Any X-Men movie without Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is a lower case x-men. I want this movie to be good, but I have the Godzilla blues and worry I am in for another less than happy two hours.

  • Deadpool 2

    I didn’t understand why Deadpool, the original, became such a huge hit except that super-heroes were getting boring, and Deadpool is the ultimate super anti-hero. Deadpool 2 will probably be bigger but maybe not better. Let’s wait and see. The Deadpool break from the all too common super hero template is warranted and welcome.

  • ESCAPE PLAN

    Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s ESCAPE PLAN is the ultimate test of going with the flow. Trapped in a ferocious prison without any possibility of escape, Arnold and Sly are tasked with escaping. Though you will have to see the movie to find out the result of their escape attempt, I can tell you that the movie is just good enough to allow you to suspend your disbelief and accept the impossibility of the entire situation.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Johnny Depp is Grindelwald.  That probably works since Johnny Depp creeps people out since we have found him to be another victim of Hollywood profligacy.  My Master’s thesis was on separating the public promotion from critical views of art.  However that was in 1972 when such a thing was possible.  Now promotion and art are so intertwined, I give up.  This is the second in a new series pre-dating what takes place in the Harry Potter series.  At least the author is living and writing these new stories.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    I did like the previous reboot and looked forward to this one before seeing the latest previews which reminded me of all the unending Transformers battles that ended up wearing me to a frazzle. I like smart talk in combination with bits and pieces of monsters culminating in an imaginative battle that whisks you away – think the original Avengers movie. Maybe I am wrong on this one and it won’t be just a slugfest among the monsters of our youth. We can always hope.

  • Gravity

    GRAVITY in 3D is excellent and enjoyable. Director Alfonso Cuaron creates a three dimensional world in the vacuum of outer space which while watching seems totally believable. Only afterward do you wonder how you could have been hoodwinked into accepting Sandra Bullock as an astronaut hero on a par with the Apollo 13 astronauts.

  • Grinch

    This is not a Jim Carrey live action sequel which would have been fun considering Carrey’s super Grinch-like current public behavior, but instead is a toon made by the best and brightest in the animation field.  Of course I fell asleep throughout but did end up spending $52 on stuffed Grinch dolls in the lobby.

  • Hereditary

    Debuting at midnight during the Sundance Film Festival, this horror film about a family’s dissolution amid ancestral secrets seems to be 2018’s scariest movie as described by everyone who has already seen it. Toni Collette from Sixth Sense is the tortured Mother.

  • Hereditary

    Debuting at midnight during the Sundance Film Festival, this horror film about a family’s dissolution amid ancestral secrets seems to be 2018’s scariest movie as described by everyone who has already seen it.  Toni Collette from Sixth Sense is the tortured Mother.

  • Hotel Artemis

    Jodie Foster as The Nurse in this slightly futuristic actioneer about a hospital for really bad guys. Already chosen as the worst movie of the year by aging New York film critic Rex Reed, that may be all the push I need to put this at the top of my list of must sees.

  • Hotel Artemis

    Jodie Foster as The Nurse in this slightly futuristic actioneer about a hospital for really bad guys.  Already chosen as the worst movie of the year by aging New York film critic Rex Reed, that may be all the push I need to put this at the top of my list of must sees.

  • Instant Family

    Mark Wahlberg hits the comedy trifecta with Daddy’s Home (excellent), Daddy’s Home (not as excellent), and now Instant Family.  I hope it is funny.  Even if it is not, giving out hope is value enough these days.

  • Late Night

    Emma Thompson is terrific as the cold-blooded ice queen losing her grip on her late night hosting gig.  Mindy Kaling as the recent diversity hire comedy writer changes everything with her current events wit and sincerity.  The plot is so obvious, but the laughs are real, and the backstage views of late night shows seems very real as well.  A welcome antidote to summer sequels out now.

  • Life of the Party

    Melissa McCarthy at her vulgar best is always a sight for sore eyes (whatever that phrase is supposed to mean). However Life of the Party is cleaned up losing weight McCarthy in a PG 13 sort of boring comedy that needs another fifty pounds and ten or twenty more swear words.

  • Ma

    Octavia Spencer’s roles in the likes of The Help and Hidden Figures have brought her acting bonafides to the public’s attention, but if you look at her filmography she works as much as anyone in Hollywood. Therefore her choice of the horror genre for this starring role is not as odd as it seems on first sight. I don’t think I am going to watch it (I just sat through the over-reviewed Brightburn), but I am certain that Ms. Spencer gives 110% which makes the movie worth watching for some.

  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu

    Am I going to tell you that my grandkids between the ages of 3 – 9 preferred this movie to Aladdin? Yes I am. Did I prefer it to Aladdin? Yes I did. But except for the boring middle of Aladdin, I liked Aladdin as well. So I hope you get the message. Take your kids to both these movies and also next weeks The Secret Life of Pets 2 and then Toy Story 4 and then the live action remake of The Lion King. Nothing is more important than taking your kids to movies. When they grow older, moviegoing will keep them out of bars and crack houses.

  • PRISONERS

    The best way to enjoy the well acted and well written PRISONERS is to go with the flow. Some of the plot points, if found in a lesser movie, might cause you to get up and walk out. But in this movie, the twists and turns leave you smitten and without remorse for sticking it out.

  • Ready Player One

    Director Steven Spielberg changed the world beginning with his hit Jaws way back when.  Bouncing back and forth between the serious (Schindler’s List, Amistad, Munich, Lincoln. Bridge Of Spies, The Post), and the blockbusters (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. , Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park), Spielberg is a machine whose blockbusters created a worldwide thirst for more movie theaters, better movie theater presentations, and less censorship of American movie product.  Therefore I will go to Ready Player One about teenagers and Virtual Reality, two subjects I have no interest in whatsoever.

  • Shaft

    If the title doesn’t trigger in your head the Isaac Hayes theme music from the original, that’s your loss. Richard Roundtree replaced by Samuel Jackson in this reboot is OK by me. However the previews seem to rely on a jokey John Shaft more than I remember from the 1970’s tough guy Shaft. We shall see.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    The preview looks like a Star Wars movie but without the series beloved actors who are either dead or are past their prime.  This prequel is obviously a money grab.  Firing the original creative team because they were not following the Star Wars template, then replacing them with competent journeyman Ron Howard is all you need to know.  But of course I will be hoping for the best when I see this for myself and can let the finished product speak for itself.

  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web

    I very much enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.  In fact I read all three books and watched the foreign film versions and the American version.  Then suddenly the author died.  His estranged family took the notes for the fourth book in the series and hired a writer to write a fourth book and sold the rights to the movies.  I am boycotting this movie as this modern trick of eeking out every penny of a dead man’s living works offends me.

  • Upcoming Great Previews

    Whoo! I am getting blown away by the current trailers for upcoming 2019 movies. We all know that previews are too often better than the actual films, but hope springs eternal. Yesterday Opens June 28th. The Beatles don’t exist but one singer knows all their songs and becomes bigger than Jesus Christ. That looks hysterical with all the great Beatle songs besides. Terminator: Dark Fate Opens November 1. It seems like James Cameron is very involved with this latest. The special effects look great, and like last year’s Halloween with the grizzled Jamie Lee Curtis, grizzled Linda Hamilton and grizzled Arnold seem to be part of this one. Downton Abbey returns September 20. The Royal Family is about to visit and all the staid English residents of Downton Abbey are giddy. I get the chills.

  • Widows

    American actress supreme Viola Davis spreads her wings in this caper movie in a way Meryl Streep was never allowed to do,  Along with Liam Neeson and a great cast, and directed by Steve McQueen (the British guy, not The Great Escape guy) with his first feature length movie since 12 Years a Slave, I want to see this movie first and foremost among all others.

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