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Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

In the exciting final installment of the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Freed, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) are getting married! After a short engagement these two crazy kids are about to begin the next exciting chapter of their life together. The Greys then depart for their romantic honeymoon in France, but they don’t get their happy ending right away.

The Fifty Shades series isn’t going to win any awards. It’s not intended to save humanity. But it’s an entertaining, inspiring, fractured fairy tale love story for current times. If you like the books, you’ll enjoy this movie.

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Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit

The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter goes like this, there is a boisterous little rabbit named Peter who defies his mother by eating vegetables out of a nearby garden. His sisters obey their mother and receive a fine supper, while Peter gets sick from being chased by the owner of the garden, Mr. McGregor. That’s pretty much it. So, I wasn’t sure how Sony was going to make this into a feature length film. It would need a lot more to flesh out such a simple story. But, did they go too far with creative license or manage to get it right? 

What makes Peter Rabbit a quality film is the brilliant balance of interweaving Potter’s illustrations into the cinematography in a way that parents could appreciate as a reminder of the classic whilst keeping the attention of the kids who are used to seeing big CGI effects in films. There’s a good story in Peter Rabbit, and I was definitely entertained and would recommend you check this one out with your family.

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12 Strong

12 Strong

Everyone who was alive on September 11th, 2001 knows exactly where they were and what they were doing that morning. It’s one of those moments that gets captured in time like a chrysalis and from that pupal stage we were all born anew as students of a new reality. So many of us had wild fantasies about directly confronting the enemy, head on, and making “the shot” – the shot that would end the life of our persistent tormentor, Osama Bin Laden. He famously said that we would lose, because we love life, where his troops loved death. Well, ODA 595 with the help of the “Northern Alliance” decided to send as many of those fuckers to “paradise” as the Pentagon would allow. 12 Strong tells their story, or at least the best that Hollywood can.

Full review available on FilmGrouch.com

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The Last Starfighter

The Last Starfighter

A little bit Sword in the Stone with a touch of Star Wars (set in our galaxy, in our time), The Last Starfighter filled a vaccum left after the “final” Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi. I saw this one in theaters when it was released, and it has resonated with me ever since: a story about a reluctant hero who is thrust into a full on space war, as the enemy creeps ever closer to his home planet, Earth. The Last Starfighter reminds us that when it’s time to fight, sometimes that’s all there is left to protect those we love – so that they don’t have to. Real courage isn’t around every corner, sometimes you have to scour the universe to find it.

Full review available at http://FilmGrouch.com

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stuck

Stuck

Thomas Bardo (Stephen Rea) is a hard up schlub who is having one shitty day: he’s been kicked out of his apartment, the unemployment office told him they lost his application after keeping him waiting for three hours, and a cop booted him off his park bench just as he was settling in for the night. As if his situation couldn’t get any worse, or more degrading, a fucking car plows into him. It’s not bad enough that his leg is broken and he’s been cut to ribbons, he is actually lodged in the front windshield of this vehicle, and he can’t get out.

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