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What to Watch in the Theater:
The Disaster Artist (R) is in theaters now. This movie about the making of a bad film is filled with so much star power, it ALMOST makes us want to see “The Room.” It’s a clever undertaking for the Franco brothers, but we’re not completely on board with re-hashing bad filmmaking.
Our rating: 3.33 out of 5

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Molly’s Game (R) is in wide release today. Based on a true story about a woman who built her own empire from high-stakes poker, this movie is compelling, and an excellent vehicle for Jessica Chastain. It’s great to see a smart woman make the best of her situation, and continue to take the high road, even when confronted with possible dire consequences.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

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Insidious: The Last Key (PG13) opens today. It’s nice to see Lin Shaye’s Elise take center stage in this one, and to finally get her origin story. It’s not the best of the franchise, but it offers some good scares – not all of them of the paranormal variety. We smell the potential for more sequels, featuring a new generation.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

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A Flurry of Films for Years-End

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG13) is in theaters now. This fun adventure is jam-packed with clever jokes and lessons for the whole family. On the surface, it may seem to perpetuate stereotypes, but look closer and you’ll see it pokes fun by forcing characters to face the way they look at things (and people). With their hilarious new outer shells, a group of teens learns to work together, relying on each of their strengths, and finding out what’s really important in life.
Our rating: 5 out of 5

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Downsizing (R) is in theaters now. With an intriguing premise and a likable leading man, this film held great promise. But alas, all of the good parts were shown in the trailer, and the second half of the movie takes a serious turn for the worse. With the addition of an annoying character and a weird plot diversion, the movie loses it’s way – and our interest.
Our rating: 2.17 out of 5

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I, Tonya (R) is in limited release. This is an interesting biography of Tonya Harding that gives us the backstory leading up to the infamous “incident” involving Nancy Kerrigan. The casting is masterful – with Margot Robbie and Allison Janney leading the pack. The story is told interview-style, with some fourth-wall breaking to add levity. It’s an entertaining watch for those who lived through that episode in Olympic history.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Going in Style (PG13) This solid remake features a great cast, pulling off the heist of a lifetime. It’s like Ocean’s Eleven for the older set, but you really care about the characters and what inspired them to rob a bank. It’s a caper movie that will entertain you, while warming your heart.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Let’s Put on a Show!

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What to Watch in the Theater:
The Greatest Showman (PG) is in theaters now. This film takes us to the 1800s in New York City, where P.T. Barnum first establishes his circus. It’s an interesting tale of a man striving to succeed at doing something he loves, while giving a home to people shunned by the very society he desperately wants to accept him. And by the way, it’s a musical! But it’s NOT a period musical – the wonderful songs are contemporary, and the performances (especially Zendaya and Zac Efron’s together) are impressive. Oh, and there are some important messages as well. This movie packs in almost enough stuff for three rings, or at least a VERY large tent.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Pitch Perfect 3 (PG13) opens today. At first you may wonder why the franchise needed a third installment, and think the premise is a little iffy. But then the action – and the music – take center stage, and you can’t help but get swept into this aca-awesome closing act. You may just have to admit you really care about what happens to Beca, Fat Amy and the rest of the Bellas. And why won’t those pesky judges turned documentarians (John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks, even more over the top than usual) just leave them alone? Yes, the story gets pretty outrageous, but it’s a fun romp full of great songs.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Christmas Eve (PG) Compared with other films celebrating multiple stories on a particular day (New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and the killer – Love, Actually) – this one just shouldn’t have bothered. While the intertwined stories hold a bit of interest, there isn’t enough here to make us care about what happens to these characters while they’re stuck in elevators, or wonder what comes next for them once they get out. DON’T add this to your must-see list for the holidays.
Our rating: 1 out of 5

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A Force to be Reckoned With

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Ferdinand (PG) opens today. This story, based on a beloved children’s book, is full of fun characters and positive fish out of water and tolerance messages. It’s the kind of movie that has something for all ages, so parents will appreciate a lot of the gags and jokes kids may not catch. Action-packed and heartwarming, it’s an entertaining film for the whole family, with a great voice cast.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG13) opens today. The Force is strong with this one! It’s an action-packed trip through a galaxy far, far away, featuring several main characters (and at least one newcomer) following their hearts toward an uncertain destiny. No spoilers here, except to say that it takes up where Star Wars: The Force Awakens left off, so you might want to brush up on that one.
Our rating: 5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Ingrid Goes West (R) This film is about a social media obsessed girl stalking the object of her online admiration in real life. While entertaining at times, the premise and characters are so annoying, it’s hard to sit through, even though it’s only 90 minutes long. If you’re a fan of any of the actors, you may enjoy it. Then again, it might just annoy you, too.
Our rating: 2.5 out of 5

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TVMA) We enjoyed binge-watching all 8 episodes of this smart and funny Amazon Studios original. Midge is a 26-year-old picking up the pieces of a failed marriage in the late 1950s, when she discovers she has a flair for stand up comedy. Great characters (and cast) fill this wonderful story of a time period when women had limited options in life, and even more expectations to fulfill. It’s a fun watch, but is only available to stream on Amazon Prime, and is for adults only.
Our rating: 5 out of 5

Future Man (TVMA) We didn’t rate this Hulu Original when we reviewed it a couple of weeks ago, because we wanted to finish the season first.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

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