Stealthy with a Side of Quirk

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What to Watch in the Theater:
American Assassin (R) is in theaters now. This special ops adventure, based on a book series (which we are not familiar with), is a good introduction to the main character, Mitch Rapp. Although violent, the story was compelling, well-acted and moved along quickly. We (except Jen – it’s not her kind of movie) would gladly watch more in the series, if they continue.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (R) opens today. This sequel features a lot of explosions from the get go, plus new characters and locations, but the same over-the-top attitude as the first. With the violence and quirkiness maybe even escalated this time around, it was an enjoyable ride, but we were split on whether it was as good as the first.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster (TVMA) Unfortunately this Netflix original had us yearning for Jeff’s earlier work, as this one featured way too much swearing and wasn’t as funny as his other specials. We’re still big fans, but disappointed in this one.
Our rating: 2 out of 5

We also share Jennifer’s interviews with the cast and filmmakers at The LEGO Ninjago Movie premiere, which you can watch here.

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Don’t Trust the Haters

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Home Again (PG13) is in theaters now. This rom com dram is a fun film about family and embracing change. There’s a little something for everyone, with an extremely likable cast and some interesting plot points. It’s a warm fuzzy kind of story, and sometimes that’s just what you need.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Little Evil (TVMA) This comedy/horror from the genius behind Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil pales in comparison to that film. It has its funny bits and cool homages, and is entertaining, but just feels like it’s missing something.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

Collateral Beauty (PG13) This movie was panned for reasons we can’t fathom, so it was widely overlooked at the box office. We loved the variety of characters and the way they intertwined. It’s a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, that’s definitely worth a watch. Have plenty of tissues handy.
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5 (Max actually gave it a 7)

Kill Switch (R)  Unless you’re a big fan of playing first-person shooter video games, you’ll want to skip this movie. The SciFi premise is interesting, but it’s ruined by jumping back and forth into first-person POV, which is in itself hard to deal with. The story would make a good video game.
Our rating: 1.25 out of 5

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Everyone’s Eager for Something

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Tulip Fever (R) is in theaters now. This historical romance, which takes place in 17th century Amsterdam, has its interesting aspects and some nice performances. But aside from the excitement surrounding a plot for young married Sophia to escape her husband, the story is not overly compelling.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

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It (R) opens today. This eagerly-anticipated re-telling is a solidly entertaining film, a bit reminiscent of Stand By Me. The horror could have packed a little more punch in the scare department, but the real wallop is up to each viewer’s fear of clowns, or lack thereof. A lot of great acting from the cast, young and old.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
CHIPS (R) This update to the 70s TV series was more of a farce than a comedy/drama, with some pretty outrageous and inappropriate gags. It was entertaining, with some good laughs, but has some performance issues.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

Naked (TV14) This Netflix original was a fun watch. Not just because it’s an homage to Groundhog Day, but because the story was done really well. It was heartwarming to see the main character’s growth through the movie, with a lot of hilarious situations along the way.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Venturing into Unfamiliar Territory

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Leap! (PG) is in theaters now. This family-friendly animated film has been out in other parts of the world since December. It’s neither the best animation nor historically accurate, but it’s a fun film about following your dreams. It’s an interesting voice cast, including the legend himself, Mel Brooks.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

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Wind River (R) is in theaters now. This movie, based on true events, brings to light a life-threatening situation faced by Native American women. The story is compelling, with a pair of Avengers in the leads. (That’s coincidence, it’s not a superhero film.) Well-acted, with beautiful scenery, let’s hope this sad tale gets the ball rolling on making some changes to the system.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
How to Be a Latin Lover (PG13) Parts of this movie were laugh out loud funny, but much of it was inappropriate for 13-year-olds. It’s like an ALMOST family-friendly sex farce. It’s a funny story with a great cast, but be prepared for questions from the kiddies.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (PG13) This film got a bad rap at the box office, perhaps because it’s from Guy Ritchie or maybe nobody wants to see the King Arthur story again. It was an origin story of sorts, with some extra black magic and well-choreographed fight scenes. Not worth the huge budget, but not a bad watch.
Our rating: 3.88 out of 5

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