In Movie Theaters This Weekend…

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM:  Based in 1926, 70 years before Harry Potter, writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in the wizarding world of New York and finds there are dangers growing in the city.  Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets and threatening to expose the wizarding.

Sounds like an interesting story, and it kind of was, but just like the Harry Potter films I really couldn’t get into it.  Even though I did like Redmayne as Newt, I actually enjoyed the story of the sub characters better.  Dan Fogler as Jacob and Allison Sudol as Queenie their story, for me, was much more entertaining.

Unfortunately when it come to Fantastic Beasts… I don’t think it was that fantastic.  So this one I’m gonna say in Not A Must See Movie.


THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN:  Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever.

Even though I am way past my high school years, in some way shape or form I think people who go see this will relate to it.  Maybe the way you were attracted to someone who didn’t know you were alive and they way you tried to get them to notice you.  Or purposely not noticing the one who was into you.  Maybe feeling like you were let down by the one closest to you even though they really didn’t do anything wrong.  We’ve all been there at some point, even if it wasn’t in High School.  The Edge of Seventeen really captured what it’s like to be 17.

This movie is Fun & Funny at the same time and one I really liked.  That’s why it is A Must See Movie this weekend.


BLEED FOR THIS:  The true story of one of Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza (Miles Teller), a local Providence champion boxer, who after a near-fatal car accident leaves him with a broken neck, is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring for what could be the last fight of his life.

Even though I’m not a big Miles Teller fan I think he is doing some pretty good work lately and his performance here reflects that. Even though the film itself was pretty much a basic sports movie, Miles and Aaron made it better.  You could feel the pain, to a point, that Vinny went through.  You could feel, to a point, some inspiration on his comeback trail.  But that’s pretty much it.

I was hoping this one was going to be a better film, not that it was bad, but I hoped for more.  So for me, this weekend, this is Not A Must See Movie.