Big Personalities Abound

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Like a Boss (R) is in theaters now.
Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Bad Boys for Life (R) opens today.
Our rating: 3,83 out of 5 

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Marriage Story (R) is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (PG) is available to rent.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Plus box office results, movie news, what’s new on DVD and Blu-Ray, awards and the latest trailers.

Award-Worthy Performances

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Uncut Gems (R) is in theaters now.
Our rating: 3.75 out of 5

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Just Mercy (PG13) opens wide today.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5 

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Zombillenium (PG?) is available to rent.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

The Neverending Story (PG) is available to rent.
Our rating: 3.33 out of 5

Plus box office results, movie news, what’s new on DVD and Blu-Ray, awards and the latest trailers.

Adventures of the Varied Kind

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Bombshell (R) is in theaters now. Based on a true story, this movie follows three main female characters who had direct contact with Fox Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes during the period leading up to his resignation. Although one character is fictitious, meant to represent multiple women, the other two are Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (a nearly unrecognizable Charlize Theron). Their portrayals bring to the big screen a shocking story of sexual harassment that helped usher in the MeToo movement. The acting is superb and although the storyline was already pretty well-documented in the press, seeing it play out made it seem all that more real.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5

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Jojo Rabbit (PG13) is in theaters now. This comedy-drama about Nazis follows the title character, a young boy in the Hitler youth, as he meets a Jewish girl and learns a valuable lesson about hatred. His imaginary friend just happens to be Adolph himself, played to the comedic hilt by writer/director Taika Waititi. Although the movie is often laugh out loud funny, it’s infused with heart and important messages about thinking for yourself.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5 

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
The Aeronauts (PG13) is streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. This adventure reunites the charismatic Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne, and is loosely based on the true story of aeronaut James Glaisher’s history-making balloon flight. Fictional character Amelia represents a combination of male and female aeronauts. Bits of the story are told in flashback during the journey, there are some slow spots interspersed with peril. It’s an interesting story, with a strong female protagonist.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (TVPG) is streaming exclusively on Hulu. This animated chapter of the story is a short holiday-themed episode, rather than a full-length film. A few years past HTTYD 3, we see Hiccup and Astrid with their kids, who have no knowledge of what life was like with dragons. As they put on a pageant to share their dragon story, visitors appear to bring the story home. It’s a heartwarming tale that wraps up rather quickly, but we enjoy getting all the characters back for the holidays – plus some new additions to the clan.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

The Mandalorian (TVPG) is streaming exclusively on Disney+. Revisiting this one briefly, now that we’ve finished the first season. Thoroughly enjoyed this Star Wars live action series, with its journey to various planets, plus new friends and foes. The Child has stolen our hearts, and we can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead for this unlikely pair.
Our rating: 4.88 out of 5

Plus box office results, movie news, what’s new on DVD and Blu-Ray, and our Top 10 movies of 2019.

A Vacation Full of Family Fare

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (PG13) is in theaters now. No spoilers here. We’re fans of the Star Wars franchise, and have had our hearts wrenched so many times in the latest trilogy, that we don’t know how much more loss we can take. Although there’s a little disconnect between these last three films, and the storylines of our heroes didn’t cross as much as we’d like, we still really enjoyed the ride. We’ve become attached to the new generation heroes and villains, and this was a fitting (although emotional) end to the latest chapter in the saga. And we still want more.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Spies in Disguise (PG) opened on Christmas Day. The casting for this animated spy story is perfect – Will Smith as Lance Sterling, a super spy with a giant ego and Tom Holland as Walter Beckett, the brilliant young scientist who accidentally turns him into a pigeon. There’s a bad guy who’s framed Sterling, so his agency is trying to capture him, while he’s trying to prove he’s right and nab the villain. The plot is complicated by Sterling having to adjust to the new skills (or lack thereof) that come with his transformation. This fish out of water spy story is both smart and funny, providing a fun adventure for the whole family.
Our rating: 4.17 out of 5 

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
6 Underground (R) is streaming exclusively on Netflix. Ryan Reynolds character, One, puts together a vigilante team to take down global criminals. Team members literally operate underground (by faking their own deaths) and go by number rather than name, to keep it from getting personal. Each has a special skill they add to the squad. This is like a caper movie, but with lots of violence and explosions (directed and produced by Michael Bay). Reynold’s Deadpool-esque humor comes through here, as we watch the team attempt to bond through their mission, despite some internal disputes. This was an enjoyable action film, and we’re on board if they choose to accept more missions.
Our rating: 3.75 out of 5

Togo (PG) is streaming exclusively on Disney+. This movie is based on the true story of the 1925 sled run to Nome and a dog that beats the odds and becomes an unsung hero. It’s a tear-jerker of a story, about a man who’s determined to be all-business with his sled dogs, and how one dog changes (and saves) his life. Not gonna lie – we’re mad about the Balto thing, but so glad we know the real story now. We’ll just be over here crying about all the good dogs…
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

Plus box office results, movie news, what’s new on DVD and Blu-Ray, and what’s leaving and coming to Netflix.