A Few Things for the Older Crowd

midsommar

What to Watch in the Theater:
Midsommar (R) is in theaters now. This movie follows a group of  young American friends as they join their Swedish friend in his hometown for an important cultural festival. What starts out as a beautiful, welcoming experience quickly turns into a nightmare, as the group splinters, the festivities become very disturbing, and the friends get pulled into situations they never could have imagined. This movie is bizarre and disturbingly gory – not too surprising considering it comes from the writer/director of last year’s Hereditary.
Our rating: 1.5 out of 5

stuber

Stuber (R) opens today. This film stars Kumail Nanjiani as the title character and Dave Bautista as his passenger, a cop who’s just had laser eye surgery. There’s comedy from the get go, as we have a two fish out of water scenario – Stu, the Uber driver, knows nothing of dealing with bad guys, and  Vic doesn’t know how Uber works. They go through some very harrowing situations, with a lot of violence, but there are quite a few laugh out loud moments. It’s fun to watch their relationship develop.
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5 

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Stranger Things 3 (TV14) is streaming exclusively on Netflix. Season 3 gives us even more 80s references, with the new setting of Starcourt Mall in the summer of 1985. There are some new characters in the mix, as the Hawkins kids pursue the Mind Flayer and get tangled up with some new enemies. The dynamics in the group have changed, and we see the kids maturing, and even dating. We didn’t think this show could get better, but it just continues to shatter our expectations. Can’t wait to see what happens next, no matter how long we have to wait.
Our rating: 5 out of 5

See You Yesterday (TVMA) is streaming exclusively on Netflix. This Spike Lee film tackles the subject of race relations (specifically between cops and young black men) in a more subtle fashion than you’d expect – with a SciFi twist. Young CJ and Sebastian are putting the finishing touches on their time travel science project, when CJ’s brother is killed. They go back in time to save him, but there are complications. The characters are smart and determined, and the young actors do a great job bring us a fresh take on a difficult situation, combined with one of our favorite SciFi themes. Look for a wonderful homage cameo near the beginning.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

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Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fans of Disney Channel’s Cameron Boyce, after his untimely passing. You can view our video tribute to Cameron here.