Of Mercenaries and Smugglers

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Deadpool 2 (R) is in theaters now. There’s no ramping up into the ultra violence here – it begins even before the opening credits. PLEASE, do not take your little ones to the theater for this one! That being said, Deadpool continues to be a fun, incredibly foul-mouthed anti-hero, played to the hilt by Ryan Reynolds. A great supporting cast and a lot of teamwork round out the action here, as we watch DP try to make sure his heart’s in the right place. This one’s a keeper!
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5

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Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG13) opens today. This long-awaited standalone film in the Star Wars universe brings us the origin story of everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler. Donald Glover steals the show as Lando Calrissian. Alden Ehrenreich makes Han Solo his own, and makes it work for him (and us), while the rest of the cast provide an intriguing assortment of characters. The connection to the SW timeline was a little hard to place, with this one falling just before Rogue One. We wanted just a little more – something – but otherwise it’s a fun ride on the Millennium Falcon.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Porco Rosso (PG) is on DVD. Keep your eyes peeled for the next GhibliFest in theaters (June 17-20), as this is a great way to see your favorite Studio Ghibli classics, or catch up with ones you haven’t seen. This 1992 anime is about a 1930s seaplane smuggler, who (under a curse of unknown origin) lives as an anthropomorphic pig. The historical setting blends well with the fantasy elements. Add a bit of romance, strong females, and quirky side characters, and it’s no wonder this one’s a classic!
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

The Kissing Booth (TV14) is a Netflix original. This coming of age story features Joey King as Elle, who blossoms over a high school summer, and doesn’t know what to do with new attention at school. The carnival kissing booth she runs with male best friend, Lee, opens up new worlds for both of them. Unfortunately, her new love is Lee’s older brother, and Elle struggles with breaking rule #9 of their friendship. There’s teen drama aplenty, but the characters are likable, so it’s not a bad watch.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

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Saving Lives & Living Them to the Fullest

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Life of the Party (PG13) is in theaters now. Melissa McCarthy faces mean girls and frat boys  in this comedy about a divorced mom heading back to her alma mater for senior year. Her daughter is also a senior there, and if the premise sounds familiar, think “Back to School” from 1986, but from a female perspective. It’s a funny, feel-good film about believing in yourself and having fun.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Breaking In (PG13) is in theaters now. Shaun (well-played by Gabrielle Union) takes her two kids to prep her late dad’s house for sale. They discover the house is like a fortress, full of the latest high-tech security. They also find a pack of dangerous guys trying to rob it. Shaun does everything in her power – and then some – in an attempt to save her kids. This is a great action film, without foul language or much gore, that shows just how strong a mother can be.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG) is on DVD. This anime is the first for Studio Ponoc, which was started by a former Studio Ghibli producer, and the similarities are apparent. Mary gets temporary magic from a mysterious flower, and is transported to a school for witches. When her new friend is kidnapped, she must figure out how to save the day. The animation and characters feel familiar, with fantastic creatures, family secrets and a whole lot of fun!
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

The Commuter (PG13) is on DVD. Liam Neeson is still doing action films, and that still works for us. This one is like “Non-Stop,” but on a train instead of a plane. A mysterious woman offers Mike $100,000 for doing a small thing. He just lost his job, so he needs the money, but as his ex-cop investigative skills kick in, he realizes the consequences are much higher than he thought. It’s a mystery and action film all in one, and a thrilling ride, without the gore and language you’d normally find in this type of movie. (We commend Liam for continuing this trend of  PG13 action films.)
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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A Lot to Handle

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Overboard (PG13) is in theaters now. This bilingual comedy, which is a remake of the 1987 movie with the roles reversed, is a fun watch. Single mom, Kate (Anna Faris), convinces amnesiac rich playboy, Leo (Eugenio Derbez), that he’s husband and father to her three girls. It’s a fish out of water story that morphs into a rom com. The role reversal really works, the personalities are quirky and interesting, and even if you know how it’s going to end, it’s still an exciting and heartwarming ride.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Tully (R) is in theaters now. Charlize Theron does a great job portraying a mother who’s completely overwhelmed as she welcomes her third child. She begrudgingly accepts help in the form of a night nanny, and a new voyage of self discovery begins. There’s a rollercoaster of emotions here, as we watch her deal with everything life throws her way. A great supporting cast makes this a well-rounded watch, which brings up some interesting issues.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Father Figures (R) is on DVD. This movie feels familiar – like Mamma Mia for men, but without all the production numbers, with a little bit of Delivery Man thrown in. Twins Kyle (Owen Wilson) and Pete (Ed Helms) go on a journey to find their real dad, following clues from their mother (Glenn Close) and each potential candidate. Along the way, they hear A LOT about their mother’s sex life, which is part funny and part creepy. They also learn about each other and themselves, and rediscover their relationship as brothers.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Great British Baking Show is on Netflix. Love cooking contests, but hate keeping track of when the next show is going to air? There are seasons upon seasons of this one for you to binge watch at your leisure (pronounce LEH-zhur, not LEE-zhur, because this is a British show, after all!). It’s fun and quirky, and full of interesting confections you don’t normally see in the US.
We recommend you check it out!

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May the Fourth Be With You

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Isle of Dogs (PG13) is in theaters now. This stop-motion animation is about dogs exiled to a Japanese island full of garbage, and the boy who attempts to rescue his dog. It’s presented in an interesting way, with the pairing of English-speaking dogs and subtitled/translated humans speaking Japanese, with a taiko drum soundtrack. The adventure is full of twists and turns, and some great artistry. We just wish we knew what the little pilot was saying!
Our rating: 4 out of 5

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Super Troopers 2 (R) is in theaters now. We didn’t feel we missed too much by not seeing the first installment. There were plenty of funny bits here (and some naughty bits as well), although the American/Canadian rivalry wore a little thin by the end. The slapstick, pranks and adolescent humor won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of the genre, go for it – eh?
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Call Me By Your Name (R) This film may has been lauded for its groundbreaking subject matter in mainstream film, but it’s not the easiest watch. The romance is at times sweet and sometimes bordering on creepy. It feels like a European film – with beautiful scenery and an incredibly slow pace (clocking in at a painful 2 hours and 12 minutes). It’s not something to watch for entertainment, but more for the messages. Though nudity was limited and situations were handled with discretion, it could be an uncomfortable watch for some.
Our rating: 3 out of 5

The Week Of (TV14) Oh Netflix, please stop throwing money at Adam Sandler! There are some funny situations and characters here, but it just feels forced. The premise is that Long Island small-time remodeler Sandler’s daughter is marrying Beverly Hills surgeon Chris Rock’s son. There’s a lot of class- and race-based stuff here. If this were the first Adam Sandler movie we watched, we would probably not watch another. Luckily, we’ve seen his earlier, really good stuff, so we keep hanging on, hoping for more of that.
Our rating: 2 out of 5

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