The Curse of La Llorona

Film Title

The Curse of La Llorona

Synopsis

How to scare your children.

Director

Michael Chaves

Cast

Linda Cardellini
Roman Christou
Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen
Raymond Cruz
Marisol Ramirez
Patricia VelasquezTony Amendola

Do you know where your children are? As parents, we tell our kids all kinds of lies to get them to behave. Right now, you are thinking of Santa Claus. Jolly old St. Nick is mostly a harmless lie, unless you subscribe to evil versions of Santa like Krampus or Tim Allen. Be good and […]

Shazam!

Film Title

Shazam!

Synopsis

Big meets Power Rangers meets Hancock.

Director

Davidd F. Sandberg

Cast

Zachary Levi
Mark Strong
Djimon Hounsou
Jack Dylan Grazer
Asher Angel

Tag. You’re it! If ever a movie was being given a massive pass for not being the next putrid entry in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Shazam! is it. Currently, it sits at 93% positive critics ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, which ties it for best in the franchise with Wonder Woman. In no universe, including […]

Storm Boy

Film Title

Storm Boy

Synopsis

A kid raises pelicans on the beach. I am not kidding.

Director

Shawn Seet

Cast

Geoffrey Rush
Jai Courtney
Finn Little
Morgana Davies
Trevor Jamieson
Erik Thomson

No, seriously. When I read the title Storm Boy, all I can hear in my head is Phoebe from Friends, saying “Flame Boy” and it makes it really hard to take Storm Boy seriously. And it should be taken seriously. It’s about a boy and his pelican. *giggles* In fact, it’s about a boy and […]

The Aftermath

Film Title

The Aftermath

Synopsis

If Days of Our Lives happened in post-WWII Germany.

Director

James Kent

Cast

Keira Knightley
Alexander Skarsgard
Jason Clarke
Flora Thiemann

Of everything. Prior to screening The Aftermath, I was looking for a quick synopsis of the film because I knew nothing about it.  The first thing that popped up in the Google search was a review for The Aftermath subtitled “The Aftermath is the cinematic equivalent of crying after sex.”  This nearly made me spit-take […]

Us

Film Title

Us

Synopsis

Dad jokes and murder.

Director

Jordan Peele

Cast

Lupita Nyong'o
Winston Duke
Elisabeth Moss
Tim Heidecker
Shahadi Wright Joseph
Evan Alex
Madison Curry

My lips are mostly sealed. I often struggle in these reviews with how much to reveal when discussing a movie.  Okay, I sometimes struggle.  On one hand, nobody likes spoilers.  Even for movies that are obvious and preordained crap, people want to be surprised and decide for themselves.  Incidentally, these are the same people who have to touch the […]

Wonder Park

Film Title

Wonder Park

Synopsis

June and friends try to save their amusement park from cancer.

Director

David Feiss (Uncredited??)

Cast

Jennifer Garner
Matthew Broderick
John Oliver
Ken Hudson Campbell
Kenan Thompson
Mila Kunis
Ken Jeong
Brianna Denski
Norbert Leo Butz

Only the best rides make you puke. Based on the previews, I was expecting Wonder Park to be much worse than it ended up being. I am probably cutting it some slack due to my man/nerd crush on John Oliver, but it exceeded my expectations. More importantly, it kept my son’s attention, which is really […]

Captain Marvel

Film Title

Captain Marvel

Synopsis

Captain Marvel learns who she is, what she can do, and what the mid-1990s had to offer.

Director

Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Cast

Brie Larson
Jude Law
Samuel Jackson
Ben Mendelsohn
Annette Bening
Lashana Lynch
Clark Gregg
A Cat

Settle down, all you geeks. With the release of Avengers: Endgame rapidly approaching (just six short (LONG!!) weeks away), movie theaters are preparing for the ultimate nerd-gasm. You might think they are prepared for this after the first Avengers and Avengers: Infinity War (not to mention Star Wars: The Force Awakens), but we nerds have […]

Greta

Film Title

Greta

Synopsis

It follows.

Director

Neil Jordan

Cast

Chloe Grace Moretz
Isabelle Huppert
Maika Monroe

Decidedly not for kids. If it seems like I have only been reviewing kid movies lately, I feel your pain. This time of year has been unusually quiet for me in the movie department, partly due to personal travel and partly due to a dearth of movies being screened in advance or that I am […]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Film Title

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Synopsis

Dragon hunters and vikings clash in a kid friendly way.

Director

Dean DeBlois

Cast

Jay Baruchel
F. Murray Abraham
America Ferrera
Cate Blanchett
Gerard Butler

There be dragons. Apparently, everyone read my rules of theater etiquette prior to the screening of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World because everyone was on their best behavior. Thus, no complaints and we’ll get straight to a six-year old’s musings of the third installment of dragon training. What’s the movie we saw?How […]

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Film Title

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Synopsis

Legos are the best.

Director

Mike Mitchell

Cast

Chris Pratt
Elizabeth Banks
Charlie Day
Nick Offerman
Will Arnett
Tiffany Haddish
Alison Brie
Stephanie Beatriz

A PSA or Parental Service Announcement. Before we get to my son’s insights on The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, we need to review proper theater etiquette. I am a huge Lego nerd and my enjoyment of the film was significantly diminished by people who have apparently never been to a movie before. The […]