Hollywood

Good or bad, the recent Hollywood movies and larger indies with a traditional theatrical release followed by a DVD and Blu-Ray release.

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Table 19: Movie Review


   


Random quirkiness doesn’t elevate a romantic comedy.
As a romantic comedy, Table 19 doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, nor does it try to change anything; it just is. And as an indie comedy, Table 19 doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, nor does it try to change anything; it just is. The romantic comedy genre is satisfied by the fact that Eloise (Anna Kendrick) has just been dumped by the best man at her oldest friend’s wedding. She attends anyways and with the help of a handsome stranger, might find some closure. 2016

Directed by: Jeffrey Blitz

Screenplay by: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Wyatt Russell
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Fist Fight: Movie Review


Forced humour derails what could have been a very funny film.

I would like to say that I don’t understand the thought process behind Fist Fight, but the problem is, I do. It’s loosely based on the ‘80s comedy Three O’Clock High, but switches the students and teachers around to make a social commentary on today’s education system. That idea should work, but the execution does not. Forced jokes fall flat and anything interesting to say is lost in the lazy joke-telling. 2017

Directed by: Richie Keen

Screenplay by: Van Robichaux, Evan Susser

Starring: Charlie Day, Ice Cube
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Hidden Figures: Movie Review


   


Crowd-pleasing history.
The best thing about Hidden Figures is its story. Based on real events about a trio of African American women who worked for NASA and literally helped launch a man into space, it’s a story that’s not all that well known, you’ll learn something, and it’s easy to get interested in. It also helps that the entire cast works well together and can add a lot of bravado and humour to the movie. A true crowd-pleaser in every sense of that phrase. 2016

Directed by: Theodore Melfi

Screenplay by: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner
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La La Land: Movie Review


   


A movie of love, music and soul.
La La Land couldn’t have a more fitting title. An homage to LA, but more than that, an homage to the dreamers of LA and the life-as-a-musical that they could have. La La Land sells itself strictly as a romantic musical. The characters sing and dance as they fall in love – and even if that’s all it is, it would still be a pretty good movie. A movie that survives on the pure cinematic experience, but also provides a bit of soul. 2016

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Screenplay by: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
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