Of Mercenaries and Smugglers


What to Watch in the Theater:
Deadpool 2 (R) is in theaters now. There’s no ramping up into the ultra violence here – it begins even before the opening credits. PLEASE, do not take your little ones to the theater for this one! That being said, Deadpool continues to be a fun, incredibly foul-mouthed anti-hero, played to the hilt by Ryan Reynolds. A great supporting cast and a lot of teamwork round out the action here, as we watch DP try to make sure his heart’s in the right place. This one’s a keeper!
Our rating: 4.67 out of 5


Solo: A Star Wars Story (PG13) opens today. This long-awaited standalone film in the Star Wars universe brings us the origin story of everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler. Donald Glover steals the show as Lando Calrissian. Alden Ehrenreich makes Han Solo his own, and makes it work for him (and us), while the rest of the cast provide an intriguing assortment of characters. The connection to the SW timeline was a little hard to place, with this one falling just before Rogue One. We wanted just a little more – something – but otherwise it’s a fun ride on the Millennium Falcon.
Our rating: 4.75 out of 5

What to Watch at Home (Or Not):
Porco Rosso (PG) is on DVD. Keep your eyes peeled for the next GhibliFest in theaters (June 17-20), as this is a great way to see your favorite Studio Ghibli classics, or catch up with ones you haven’t seen. This 1992 anime is about a 1930s seaplane smuggler, who (under a curse of unknown origin) lives as an anthropomorphic pig. The historical setting blends well with the fantasy elements. Add a bit of romance, strong females, and quirky side characters, and it’s no wonder this one’s a classic!
Our rating: 4.33 out of 5

The Kissing Booth (TV14) is a Netflix original. This coming of age story features Joey King as Elle, who blossoms over a high school summer, and doesn’t know what to do with new attention at school. The carnival kissing booth she runs with male best friend, Lee, opens up new worlds for both of them. Unfortunately, her new love is Lee’s older brother, and Elle struggles with breaking rule #9 of their friendship. There’s teen drama aplenty, but the characters are likable, so it’s not a bad watch.
Our rating: 3.67 out of 5

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