Hope is a Great Motivator

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What to Watch in the Theater:
The Big Sick (R) is in theaters now. This movie is heartwarming, funny, and full of the true-to-life awkwardness that goes with new love and dealing with families. It’s a love story with a twist, and enough laughs and unresolved issues to keep you engaged till the very end.
Our rating: 4.83 out of 5

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Dunkirk (PG13) opens today. Neither one of us likes war movies, but this one blew us away. We were engaged throughout by the terrifying ordeal these servicemen endured, presented in such a powerful way, from three different perspectives. Who knew that a movie with so little dialogue and no character development could convey so much? Well done, Christopher Nolan!
Our rating: 5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
The Comedian (R) Our second movie about a stand up comic this week, it’s an entertaining vehicle for Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann. There are some really funny moments in this unique story (although if they went head-to-head, we’d pick The Big Sick).
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale (no rating) Netflix is on to something with this “choose your own adventure” story. Fans of the Puss in Boots movie will be drawn to the characters, although Antonio Banderas is not reprising the role of Puss. This is a good choice for family-friendly entertainment, although we had some challenges viewing it on a laptop.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

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Looking at a Dark Future

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What to Watch in the Theater:
War for the Planet of the Apes (PG13) opens today. This film answers many questions left by the original 1968 movie, giving us darkest chapter in Caesar’s legacy. Full of sadness, struggle and hope for a better future, this story brings new perspective to the apes’ journey toward world domination.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Okja (TV-MA) Part warm and fuzzy animal buddy movie and part political message, this Netflix original has some fun moments and quirky characters. Okja and Mija are adorable together, and the comedic roles Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton take on are amusing, but the movie takes a dark turn, which is a bit jarring.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

Shut In (PG13) This thriller goes for some cheap scares and then switches up the premise partway through. After the mid-movie reveal, the story gets creepier, but the action turns familiar (maybe even cliched), so it’s not as scary as promised.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Of House and Homecoming

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What to Watch in the Theater:
The House (R) is in theaters now. We still love Will Ferrell, and there are definitely some funny parts, but  this movie doesn’t do much to help the slipping adult comedy genre. Wait for this one on DVD or streaming.
Our rating: 3.33 out of 5

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (PG13) opens today. If you’re attached to the origin story, you may feel something’s missing, but if you’re a fan of the Marvel Universe, this film brings Peter Parker into the fold nicely. Action-packed but down to earth, we can’t wait to see what happens next for this web-slinging teen. And who knew Michael Keaton could be such a good bad guy?
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
The Girl with All the Gifts (R) Not your typical zombie movie, this film has an interesting premise and an interesting twist. Melanie is an appealing, although overly chatty, lead character, who makes it hard to root for Glenn Close’s as the doctor.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Shack (PG13) This religious movie gets a little heavy-handed at times. Good casting and interesting premise, but it felt like there was something missing. The movie would’ve been more believable if Mack’s supposed anger were more visible. However, Octavia Spencer as God is genius casting.
Our rating: 3 out of 5

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Finding New Family

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Despicable Me 3 (PG) opens today. It’s an action-packed sequel with a fun new villain and some family bonding. The 80s hits are a great addition to the soundtrack by Pharrell. We’ve also got Jennifer’s red carpet interviews with members of the cast and filmmakers, including Steve Carell, who voices both Gru and his long-lost twin brother, Dru.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Baby Driver (R) is in theaters now. It’s an interesting story about a young man making the best of a bad situation, until things get worse just as he falls in love. The incredible driving and varied music selections keep the film moving, even when the violence gets pretty extreme.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
My Life as a Zucchini (PG13) Sweet stop-motion animation from France, about an orphan boy navigating his new life with other children. Not the most interesting plot, but at only 70 minutes long, it’s a fairly pleasant watch.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

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