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What to Watch in the Theater:
Black Panther (PG13) opens today. This Marvel installment was a surprise in its depth and rich visuals. It was a breath of fresh air to have so much time devoted to a single superhero is his natural habitat. The story was complex, but presented a nice blend of technological advancement and cultural heritage. Featuring a solid cast and some impressive female role models, this one is a must, even if you’re not an Avengers fan.
Our rating: 5 out of 5


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (R) is still in theaters. This tale about a grieving mother, trying to light a fire under local law enforcement, shows us many sides of small town life. From the determination of a few to make a difference, to the desire of many not to make waves, to the unlikely allies one may encounter along the way. It’s a tapestry woven of sadness, resilience and redemption – chock full of excellent performances.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5


Winchester (PG13) is in theaters now. It’s refreshing to see a non-gory horror film full of good old-fashioned scares and an interesting backstory. This film adds new angles and characters to the well-known legend of Sarah Winchester and the “house that spirits built.” It’s a fun watch if you like paranormal stories based on real people, and prefer “bump in the night” scares.
Our rating: 4.5 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Victoria and Abdul (PG13) This DVD is based on a part of history that was recently discovered after being lost for 100 years. Queen Victoria, at an advanced age, meets Abdul from India, and enjoys his company so much that he becomes a valued member of her household. Her family and staff are perplexed by the monarch’s desire to learn the language and culture of a foreign land. The story is interesting and entertaining, giving us a glimpse of the more human side of the British aristocracy.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

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Run, Rabbits, Run


What to Watch in the Theater:
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG13) is in theaters now. We probably should have re-watched the second installment, since it was three years between that and this one. We lost some of the connection we had previously felt with the characters and story. It still had entertainment value, as a dystopian movie about teens running for their lives, while trying to save others. At 2 hours 21 minutes, it felt like it could have – and perhaps should have – concluded a few times before it finally reached the ending.
Our rating: 3.17 out of 5


Peter Rabbit (PG) opens today. One of us has a pretty significant childhood attachment to the Peter Rabbit stories, and this movie did not disappoint! It’s an action-packed romp full of fun characters (human and animal) and the CGI animals are incredibly life-like. This shows just how far the live action/animation hybrid has come. Lessons are learned, and only one of us had an issue with the (cartoonish) violence. That’s just what happens when humans try to get rid of cute, furry animals in an inhumane fashion. [Be sure to watch the video version for a special in-studio guest appearance by one of  Peter Rabbit’s friends!]
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5


Lady Bird (R) is still in theaters. This film has won a lot of awards already, and is up for 5 Oscars. It’s a coming of age film about a young girl desperate to escape her hometown and make a life for herself, while struggling to deal with her mother – who wants to keep her close – and other teen angst (like first love). It’s interesting and well-acted, but the story won’t appeal to everyone.
Our rating: 3.25 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Rip Tide (Unrated, but PG) This Aussie film, which we streamed on Netflix, features Disney alum, Debby Ryan, in the lead role. It’s a sweet teen “fish out of water” meets “coming of age” story about following your dreams, second chances, etc. It’s a little predictable and the acting isn’t the best, but there are good messages about unplugging, figuring out what matters most, speaking up for yourself, and learning when to let go. Plus there’s some gorgeous scenery. Not a bad watch, especially for pre-teens and their parents.
Our rating: 3.83 out of 5

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Fantasy Takes Many Forms


What to Watch in the Theater:
Paddington 2 (PG) is in theaters now. In this sequel Paddington has a comfortable life with the Browns, and is a valued member of the community. Of course there’s an incident, involving a certain bear and a very expensive gift he was saving up for, which goes missing. It’s an action-packed adventure filled with fun characters, including Hugh Grant as the villain.
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5


The Shape of Water (R) is in theaters now. It’s an interesting story about a mute lady janitor at a government research facility during the Cold War, who falls in love with a captive amphibian man. Their developing relationship is sweet, as they bond over food, music and sign language. Sally Hawkins is excellent as the lead, who is determined to save this creature at any cost.
Our rating: 4.25 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Bright (TVMA) This Netflix original is about a pair of cops who couldn’t be more opposite, learning to trust each other during a dangerous situation. Reminiscent of the 80s/90s movie/TV show, Alien Nation – this film replaces the aliens living among humans with mystical creatures, like elves and orcs. It’s an interesting twist, and the story unfolds well, for the most part, but with lots of violence.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

Mother! (R) We decided to give this bizarre movie a chance, to see if there was anything redeeming or interesting about it. There wasn’t. It’s dark and confusing and violent and extremely disturbing. And why the heck is Jennifer Lawrence in it? Don’t bother seeing it, even if you get a free Redbox rental. Just. Don’t.
Our rating: 0 out of 5

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Everyone Has a Story to Share


What to Watch in the Theater:
The Disaster Artist (R) is in theaters now. This movie about the making of a bad film is filled with so much star power, it ALMOST makes us want to see “The Room.” It’s a clever undertaking for the Franco brothers, but we’re not completely on board with re-hashing bad filmmaking.
Our rating: 3.33 out of 5


Molly’s Game (R) is in wide release today. Based on a true story about a woman who built her own empire from high-stakes poker, this movie is compelling, and an excellent vehicle for Jessica Chastain. It’s great to see a smart woman make the best of her situation, and continue to take the high road, even when confronted with possible dire consequences.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5


Insidious: The Last Key (PG13) opens today. It’s nice to see Lin Shaye’s Elise take center stage in this one, and to finally get her origin story. It’s not the best of the franchise, but it offers some good scares – not all of them of the paranormal variety. We smell the potential for more sequels, featuring a new generation.
Our rating: 4 out of 5

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