Ensemble Movies Abound

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Suicide Squad (PG13) opens today. This eagerly-anticipated DC Comics film about super villains has an overabundance of characters and an interesting premise. It’s a messy ride, but doesn’t disappoint.

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Star Trek: Beyond (PG13) is in theaters now.  Hard not to view this with a nostalgic eye, given it’s the last time this cast will be together. Good story, lots of action and teamwork.

What to Watch at Home:
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (PG13) This part 3 in the series features re-hashed storyline and new sets, making it hard to re-connect with the characters. Now we see why producers chose to make part 4 a TV movie.

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (unrated) Even our teen reviewer just wanted to slap some sense into these characters, and she read the book! Not a good adaptation, although the cast is attractive and seems to play the roles well.

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There’s Almost Always a Lesson

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Nerve (PG13) is in theaters now. Action and heart kept us on the edge of our seats and caring about the characters. We just worry about copycats.

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Jason Bourne (PG13) opens today.  Glad to see Matt Damon back and in such good fighting shape. Hope he continues in this role. We like learning a little more about Bourne each time.

What to Watch at Home:
The Adderall Diaries (R) James Franco is good at complex and messy characters. This movie is not for everyone, with lots of adult subject matter and drug use.

Green Room (R) Realistic violence is the scariest of them all. Wise to skip unless you want a slasher movie with villains you could actually encounter in real life.

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PG13 Scares Are the Best (Don’t Boo the Reboot)

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Ghostbusters (PG13) is in theaters now. The story is fresh and new with a really funny cast, great homages and cameos, a rockin’ soundtrack. It’s not the original, but it doesn’t have to be. This movie can stand on its own.

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Lights Out (PG13) opens today.  The age old question: mental illness or demonic presence – with a bit of a twist. Good cast with plenty of things to make you jump.

What to Watch at Home:
Break Point (R) Brothers that let tennis come between them, and how they get back together. Interesting movie, but a little too much tennis. Not so much a comedy as a relationship movie.

Knight of Cups (R) Beautifully filmed movie full of narration and improvised dialogue with an unclear plot and not much action. You’ll either love it, or hate it, or just be confused.

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Multipurpose Companion & Scaring Up a Sequel

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What to Watch in the Theater:
Swiss Army Man (R) is in theaters now. This offbeat film is perfectly cast and a fun ride. Be prepared for some zany inappropriateness and to be left wondering.

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The Conjuring 2 (R) is in theaters now.  This sequel lives up to its predecessor, and can also stand on its own. A good scare, with characters you can relate to, and no gratuitous gore.

What to Watch at Home:
Get a Job (R) Another movie about 20-something stoners, this one was made 4 years ago, before most of the cast members were well-known. Not the best, but it has its fun moments and the cast grows on you.

Search Party (R) This one was also on the shelf for a while, and feels like it borrows liberally from the Hangover movies. Be prepared for full frontal male nudity, some funny/stupid bits, and of course, stoners.

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