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In Movie Theaters This Weekend

Fantastic Beasts:  The Crimes of Grindelwald

Just like every single movie in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is visually spectacular.  Unfortunately, the story itself isn’t on the same level as its scenery.  If you’ve never seen the films before, this definitely isn’t where you should be starting.  With all the Easter eggs they drop, they’ll mean nothing to you because you don’t know what they’re talking about.  Then with all the different directions they went, I sometimes had to stop and think, why haven’t shown so and so in a while?… I actually did that a couple of times.  It’s really a film that’s kinda all over the place, but will eventually lead to something in the next film.  So if you’re a series fan, and I know many are, I know you’ll be happy with it, I don’t think anyone else will.

Widows:

Like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis is one of those actors who always gives you your moneys worth.  For my taste, this one started off kinda slow.  But since it was due to the story developing, I’ll let it slide because where it went was pretty kick ass.  Even though you might have an idea of what’s going to happen, it still gets you good when it finally does.  The four main leads, Viola, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo make for an awesome on-screen team.  Even better than another movie featuring an all-female team, Oceans 8.  Don’t sleep on this, it’s one drama that will leave you thrilled.

The Front Runner:

Based on the true story of former Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), who, in 1987, was the man that many thought would be the next President Of The United States.  That is until he got busted having an affair.  After seeing this one, I must admit, there wasn’t really new insight, to the story, that made you care about what was happening.  It may have been huge news then, but a scandal like that pales in comparison to the things we see now.   I like to think if they had given us more of what the two main women in this story, his wife Lee (Vera Farmiga) and Donna (Sara Paxton) were dealing with, it might be a more compelling story.   But we didn’t get that, so the potential that was there for something great was completely missed.

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs:

The Coen Brothers, are known for films that are a little different than the average bear.  The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs is another one of those films.  With various stories of the old west, that are, at times, really brutal, dark and sad, and believe it or not funny as hell.  Great casts in each story and neither one like the other.  I really liked this one.  Hell, I even wanted a couple of the stories to go on a little longer.   Even though you’ll be able to catch this on Netflix starting the 16th, it will be playing a limited release this weekend at Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square.

Also Opening This Weekend:

Instant Family:

A Private War:

 

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