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The Miracle Season

Overall, The Miracle Season has so much heart, I left the theater unsure if I would be crying, smiling, or both at the same time. The fact that it was a real story seemed to really hit home for most of the audience as well. You could hear whispering cheering during the volleyball matches and sniffles during the scenes of grief. While this movie isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I think it accomplished exactly what it set out to do. Showing women empowerment, how to handle grief, and how teens navigate life on a sports team. I left this screening telling my friends they had to go to see this, and I’d say the same to those of you reading this.

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Chappaquiddick

Chappaquiddick

It has often been said that The Kennedys are American royalty. With all the immediate images that conjures up in your head, they are replete with scandals: suicides; rapes; murders; cover-ups; and even assassinations that haven’t completely been solved. But a more obscure story about the last true patriarch of the Kennedy crime family is Ted Kennedy’s midnight ride in Chappaquiddick that ended with the mysterious death of his brother’s former aide, Mary Jo Kopechne. And this new film by Director John Curran finally dives into the murky waters and exposes at least one possible hypothesis for how those events unfolded. Is it completely historically accurate? Only two people really know for sure, and they are both dead.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

I am an ’80s film geek; I was nurtured on Spielberg films. When I first heard about Ready Player One it was in the form of a tweet with someone not too keen on it being made into a movie. The quip was something about how the book was essentially all just mediocre writing with more pop-culture references than plot. So, even though it was being directed by the legend, I was keeping my expectations humble. While I haven’t hated anything Spielberg has done, I have definitely been disappointed with some of his stuff, like A.I. and The BFG for instance. But, after plugging into OASIS and seeing how incredible the vast virtual universe was and how powerfully the characters were conveyed in both realities, I must say, I was blown away by all aspects of this fantastic film. This is one of the best Spielberg films of all time!

It’s like the ’80s exploded onto the screen in a giant cataclysm of radicalness that you get to see in your lifetime. Don’t miss out!

Read the FULL review at FilmGrouch.com

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Bright

When I first saw an ad for Bright, I felt the same way. Actually I thought of it more like Alien Nation, where there is an extraterrestrial species trying to assimilate with humans and work on the police force. I was excited to see Bright, and I was looking forward to getting a press screening for it. But, then I found out it was coming out on Netflix with no theatrical release. Interesting, I thought – and rather than focus on why that was happening, I decided that I would definitely be checking this one out. All I can say is, sorry I took so long, David Ayer!

I am a casual fan of Ayer, but I had no idea he was behind Bright. I was a bit disappointed with Suicide Squad, but my main critique was that he didn’t tap into what made him great, namely Training Day and End of Watch. Speaking of Suicide Squad, you will recognize quite a few of the actors in Bright.

READ THE FULL REVIEW AT FILMGROUCH.COM

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The Party

The Party is not so much about the physical gathering of friends, or what must pass for friends in Britain, as it is actually a treatise on the hypocrisy of party politics when love and passion take control.

Janet (Thomas) has just been promoted to a high ranking government office in England, and naturally she invites the people who supported her and encouraged her to help her celebrate her good fortune. But as the story unfolds, everyone is ultimately revealed to be living different lies, all surrounding different aspects of love. Oh, but this is not a love story, it’s about how foolish we behave trying to convince others we aren’t just base creatures terrified of our actions as we mask those emotions and call it love.

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