Movies for the week of July 2nd and 4th of July weekend!

These are the must see films coming out for the Fourth of July extended weekend!

Spider-Man Far From Home

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Men In Black International Review

Men In Black Internationals is the fourth installment of the suit wearing, alien hunting, and Earth saving agents we’ve seen now. The film is directed this time by F Gary Gray and stars a great cast of funny and charming actors, who are totally under utilized and uninspiring.What a waste of such a great cast! The film isn’t bad exactly, it’s just not good and it’s kind of dull. The script is the real issue here, as it’s unrecognizable as a fun or well made movie and it lacks the sense of awe, wonder, or joy the first film had.The characters make no sense at times, the plot is silly, and the threat and twist can be seen light years away. Mib international does have a few laughs and fun moments early on and then later with Kumail Nanjiani.

Escape Room review

Escape Room or Saw lite is the first major release of 2019 isn’t what you typically expect from a January horror film, It’s close though. Escape Room has a few solid cast members and some cool shots and set pieces, but the third act almost destroys what the first two acts built up. The actors are awful for the most part and are not likable at all. This is basically Pg-13 Saw. I would say it’s worth a watch for January cinema and even more if you’re a horror fan. Solid 2.5/5

Bumblebee review

Bumblebee harkens back to the heartfelt Spielberg films of the 80’s that encourage exploration and acceptance of the unknown. There’s a bit of E.T in Bumblebee and that’s not a bad thing.

This latest installment of the Transformers franchise is a prequel of sorts that sets up how Bumblebee came to Earth and depicts the war for Cybertron. The basic plot is somewhat similar to the first Shia Lebeouf film and that’s not a bad thing either! This time though we have Hallie Steinfeld as our protagonist and she’s fantastic!

I really dug the film. It’s fun, fast paced, and has some great humor.

A solid 3/5

Venom Review: Turd in the Wind

The Tom Hardy super hero vehicle, Venom isn’t the worst film of 2028 and but it might be the worst superhero film of 2018. I liked parts of Sony’s take on the Marvel franchise and one of Spider-man’s greatest and most infamous foes!

The movie is often boring and has little to no heart. The shining light is Hardy and Venom’s bromance throughout the film. Hardy does everything he can to try and save this disaster. Even the great Michelle Williams does nothing throughout the film that also features Riz Ahmed and Woody Harrelson as villains.

I’d say to still check out Venom now that’s it’s out on home release, but be cautious as it won’t be for everyone, but it does have its enjoyable moments.

Annabelle Creation

Annabelle Creation was pretty fun. The theater I saw it in was packed for the Thursday night showing. The crowd was excited and scared pretty easily. These are great experiences for the theater going experience that you cant always get at home.

Now the movie itself has rapid fire scares over it’s two hour runtime. The scares mostly consist of jump and audible scares, but Annabelle sneaks a few true terror scenes in from time to time. I enjoyed this enough to justify seeing it in theaters and would give Annabelle Creations 3/5.

The Coen Bros. Marathon

Over the last two weeks I embarked on the pleasure to marathon the entire Coen Bros. directorial filmography. The Brothers Coen, are some of my favorite filmmakers around.

My rankings for the complete Coen Filmography.

  1. No Country for Old Men
  2. Fargo
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. The Big Lebowski
  5. True Grit
  6. Barton Fink
  7. O’ Brother Where Art Thou
  8. Hail Caesar
  9. A Serious Man
  10. Blood Simple
  11. The Man Who Wasn’t There
  12. Raising Arizona
  13. Burn After Reading
  14. The Hudsucker Proxy
  15. Intolerable Cruelty
  16. Millers Crossing
  17. The Lady Killers