Child’s Play (2019)


Directed By: Lars Klevberg
Starring: Tim Matheson, Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill, David Lewis, Brian Tyree Henry, Carlease Burke, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio,
Rating: R
Grade: B-

When a customer returns a defective Buddi doll, struggling single mom Karen begs her boss to let her take it home for her lonely son, Andy. Shortly after the doll is activated by Andy and named Chucky, it begins to display strange, even violent behavior toward the people and things Andy dislikes, including the family cat and his mom’s boyfriend, Shane. When Shane is mysteriously murdered, Andy becomes suspicious of Chucky, and attempts to dispose of the doll. However, Chucky is determined to remain with his best friend, and goes on a violent rampage in an attempt to keep Andy as his, and only his, friend.

A remake of the 1988 movie of the same name, this version updates the plot for the modern era, and takes away the supernatural component of the original. Instead of a doll possessed by the soul of a killer, it’s manufactured with the safety protocols removed by a disgruntled employee of the factory where the dolls are made. The actors all do well with their roles, and Plaza and Bateman are believable as mother and son. Aside from some obvious jokes from Henry’s character about being a black person in a horror movie situation, the writing is decent, and Hammill had proven in the past to have the capability to sound menacing.

The special effects appear to be decent in quality, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

Die-hard fans of the original may not like this version, but casual horror fans will probably enjoy it, though the scene involving implied violence toward the family cat may turn off animal lovers. The story is simple enough that you don’t need to play close attention, and interesting enough that it shouldn’t become too much of a bore if watched more than once.

Child’s Play (2019) is not currently available free to stream through providers, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.


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Overboard (2018)


Directed By: Rob Greenberg
Starring: Eugenio Derebez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Swoosie Kurtz, Mel Rodriguez, Josh Segarra, Fernando Luján, Cecilia Suárez, Mariana Treviño,
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B-

After spoiled, rich playboy Leonardo dismisses struggling, overworked mom of three Kate and gets her fired from one of her jobs as a cleaning lady, he gets drunk and ends up falling off his yacht into the ocean. The next morning, he wakes up on shore, and is brought to the hospital where he’s diagnosed with amnesia. His sister, seeing an opportunity to get her brother out of the way, and get a position in the family company she feels she was overlooked for, she decides to leave him where he is. When Kate, still reeling from Leonardo’s treatment of her, learns that he’s in the hospital with amnesia, she lets her friend convince her to pretend to be his wife in order to get some of the help she desperately needs if she wants to finish nursing school, and also get revenge for his treatment of her. As time passes Kate begins to have second thoughts, and also finds herself falling for him. When Leonardo eventually regains his memory, he finds he must choose between the easy life he was raised in, or the life of hard work he found with Kate and her children.

This remake of the 1987 movie of the same name follows the same basic plot, only with the gender roles reversed. It also follows the basic rules of nearly every other romantic comedy out there, making it a fluffy, harmless way to pass 90 minutes of your time. One thing that was changed from the original is that Kate seems to have reservations about what she’s doing the entire time, despite the fact that she does go through with it. Derebez and Faris have pretty good chemistry, and all other the actors work well together. There are some parts with Leonardo’s family that are exaggerated to resemble a telenovela/soap opera, but that’s likely just to mirror the fact that a couple of the characters are obsessed with those types of shows.

There don’t appear to be any special effects, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

This movie will probably appeal to anyone who likes romantic comedies. The story is actually enjoyable, and doesn’t require tons of attention. Though there are several sequences in Spanish that you might want to pay attention to, at least the first time you watch it.

Overboard (2018) is currently available to stream through Amazon Prime and Hulu, and it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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Sorry to Bother You


Directed By: Boots Riley
Starring: LaKeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steve Yeun, Danny Glover, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Harwick, Terry Crews, Kate Berlant, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Armie Hammer,
Rating: R
Grade: B-

Broke and living in his uncle’s garage in Oakland with his artist girlfriend, Cassius Green gets a job at RegalView, a local telemarketing firm. While there, he finds that he’s not having much luck selling the product, until an older coworker suggests Cassius use his “white voice” when speaking with customers. After an employee meeting, Cassius is told by a coworker that one of the firms’s biggest clients is a company called WorryFree, which many people believe exploits slave labor, and in an effort to keep his uncle from signing up with the company, Cassius begins using his white voice when dealing with clients until he is promoted into the higher ranks of the firm, where he learns that WorryFree is the least troubling client the firm handles. After alienating himself from his friends, Cassius attends a party at home of WorryFree’s CEO, where he learns a terrifying truth about the company, and becomes determined to bring both WorryFree and RegalView down.

I’m not gonna lie: I didn’t really get the movie the first time I watched it. That was entirely my fault, though, since I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I watched it. I was expecting a strait comedy where a head trauma somehow transports a telemarketer into a strange alternate universe instead of the slightly surreal social commentary where Cassius’s bandaged head isn’t much of a plot point. The story itself is interesting, and makes you wonder about some of the bigger corporations out there. It’s a little off-centering to have the strait man as the main character, but you get used to it. All the actors work well together, and they all seem to be having fun with the material. Stanfield and Thompson have a believable chemistry.

The few special effects there are seem to be okay. There’s some stuff toward the end that’s a little iffy, but I think it’s because they tried to mix practical and CGI. Any background filler isn’t noticeable.

This movie won’t appeal to everyone, but as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into, it probably wouldn’t be a waste of time to watch it at least one. Just keep reminding yourself that it’s not supposed to be entirely laugh-out-loud funny, though there are some parts, mostly the stuff involving Armie Hammer, that reach that mark. If you do decide to watch the movie, you’re going to want to pay pretty close attention. I didn’t the first time I watched it, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on half the time.

Sorry to Bother You is currently available to stream through Hulu, and it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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Timeless: Complete Series


Starring: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey, Claudia Doumit, Goran Višnjić, Annie Wersching, Susanna Thompson,
Rating: TV-14
Network: NBC
Grade: A

Late one night, a private think tank is infiltrated, and one of the scientists working there is kidnapped, along with the project they were working on. College history professor Lucy Preston is brought to the site of the think tank, where she meets soldier Wyatt Logan, and scientist Rufus Carlin. After being told that a time machine was stolen by a man named Garcia Flynn, Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus are tasked with following Flynn throughout history and attempt to stop him from altering history. When they learn of a secret organization known as Rittenhouse, they eventually team up with Flynn in an attempt to preserve history, and keep the world from being taken over by those at the head of the organization.

A short-lived, yet utterly enjoyable series, Timeless is likely to down as one of those shows that was ahead of its time, and canceled far too soon. With an interesting premise, and an almost unlimited number of historical events and dates to travel to, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened with the show if it hadn’t been cut short, although I do know that two seasons isn’t something to sneeze at when it comes to television series in this day and age. The actors all have good chemistry, and I enjoyed the way they humanized their first season villain and kept him on the show after his main purpose was fulfilled. It was also nice that the network allowed for two more episodes, presented as a TV-movie, to wrap the series up and give a small bit of closure.

The special effects seem to be fairly well done for a network series, and the background filler isn’t noticeable for the most part.

Despite the premise, this show is more of an action/drama that just happens to involve time travel. Anyone who doesn’t mind their action/dramas with a sprinkling of science fiction will likely enjoy this series. It’s easy to watch, and doesn’t require tons of attention for the most part, and the subject matter is light enough to make bingeing easy without the need to take time off every so many episodes. Though I will say again that two seasons doesn’t seem like enough.

Timeless is currently available to stream on Hulu and the NBC app, and can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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Directed By: Jonathan Baker, Josh Baker
Starring: Miles Truitt, Jack Reynor, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Kravitz, James Franco, Carrie Coon, Ian Matthews, Gavin Fox, Lily Gao, Michael B. Jordan,
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B

Desperate to help his dad make some extra money, 14-year-old Eli Solinski sneaks onto the site of an abandoned building hoping to find something he can salvage. When he gets there, he finds dead bodies and strange weapon. Startled when someone dressed like one of the bodies approaches him, Eli steals the gun and heads home to find his adoptive brother, Jimmy, has been released from prison early. After Jimmy discovers that he owes a gangster $60,000 for protection while he was in jail, he attempts to ask his father, Hal, for the money. When Hal refuses and kicks him out, Jimmy decides to take the money from the safe at his father’s construction business, but they are soon discovered, and gunfight ensues, killing Hal and the gangster’s brother. Scared, Jimmy takes Eli on the run across the country, where they’re pursued by gangster, as well as the mysterious figures from the warehouse, who are looking for the gun Eli stole.

Despite the muddled, slightly confused storytelling, this movie isn’t actually half bad. At times, it almost feels like an origin story for a dystopian YA novel, while at others, it’s simply a cross-country caper with a sprinkling of science fiction spread throughout. While it’s unlikely to ever garner a sequel, this movie feels incomplete, like it cut off right as the real story was emerging. I’m actually insanely curious as to what the rest of the story is; however, that could just be my inner nerd rearing its ugly head. The acting isn’t fantastic, but it’s not terrible either. James Franco chews on scenery most of the time he’s on screen, and Zoë Kravitz’s character seems to have been shoehorned in to appeal to teen boys, since she serves no real purpose until the very end.

The special effects look pretty good, and the background filler isn’t really noticeable.

Anyone who doesn’t mind a little sci-fi mixed into their action/thrillers (or vice-versa) should enjoy this movie. As stated before, it’s not actually that bad, when viewed as part of the larger picture it seems the writer/directors were trying to paint. Though, at times, the sci-fi angle seems like a bit of an afterthought. Perhaps it would have been better-received if they’d simply chosen a genre and ran with it, instead of throwing the two into a blender and making the most of what came out.

Kin is currently only available free to stream if you have HBO, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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Dora and the Lost City of Gold


Directed By: James Bobin
Starring: Isabela Moner, Jeff Wahlberg, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, Eugenio Derebez, Madeleine Madden, Nicholas Coombe, Danny Trejo, Benicio del Toro,
Rating: PG
Grade: B

Raised in remote jungles by her explorer parents, 16-year-old Dora is in over her head when they suddenly decide to send her to live with family in America so she can attend high school and learn to be a regular teenager. However, on a class field trip, Dora, her cousin Diego, and their classmates Sammy and Randy are all kidnapped by people looking for her parents and the fabled lost City of Gold they’ve spent most of Dora’s life looking for. With the help of an old colleague of her parents’, Dora sets out to find them, and the fabled city, before the bad guys can get what they’re after.

Having never seen the cartoon series this movie is based on, I can’t make any comparisons regarding the quality. From an outsider’s perspective, however, the movie is actually pretty good. The storyline works, and the younger actors all do well with the material, and manage to keep pace with their adult counterparts. The dialogue can get a little clunky and ham-handed, and at times Dora seems annoyingly naïve, but that’s more likely from an attempt to keep it on par with the source material. Despite that, it’s still an enjoyable movie.

The animations for Boots and Swiper are a little cartoony, but that could be on purpose. Aside from that, the special effects seem decent, and the background filler isn’t really noticeable.

This movie should appeal to most kids, as well as just about anyone who doesn’t mind an action/adventure geared towards a younger crowd. With a fairly simple story, it’s easy to follow, and there’s enough action and humor to keep it interesting. About the only things that might take adults out of the movie are the (occasionally) talking animals and a sequence animated to look like the cartoon show, which seemed slightly out of place in my opinion.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is not available free to stream at the moment, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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