Category Archives: Movie Review

‘Ocean’s 8′ is a solid spin-off

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    ”Ocean’s 8″ brings us back to the brilliantly risky Ocean family business in a solid spin-off of the successful “Ocean’s 11″ trilogy. Following George Clooney’s iconic role as Danny Ocean, Sandra Bullock plays his estranged sister Debbie, who has just been released from prison. She is putting together a [...]

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‘Player One’ an action-packed adventure

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    In a future on the brink of collapse, the virtual reality world of the OASIS offers an escape. When its eccentric creator dies, he hides an “Easter egg” inside the game, leaving his fortune to whomever finds it. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) is the reluctant hero who uncovers the [...]

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‘Life of the Party’ has harmless fun

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    ”Life of the Party” follows Deanna, a middle-aged housewife whose   husband unexpectedly asks for a divorce, forcing her to take back her   own life. Deanna, played by Melissa McCarthy, responds by going back to   college and finally finishing her degree. The movie quickly checks off   most college movie clichés [...]

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‘Infinity War’ keeps you guessing

By Bret Pierce Times-News correspondent    ”Avengers: Infinity War” is by far, the best meshing of superheroes yet. Marvel fans are going to be delighted to see The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora [...]

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‘Love, Simon’ is heartwarming & honest

By Paulina Lopez Times-News correspondent    ”Love, Simon” is funny, heartwarming and refreshingly honest. Based on the young adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” is a story about a 16-year-old boy named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson). Through the one-hour, 50-minute-long film, audiences will laugh at Simon’s awkwardness and [...]

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Rewriting the stars: New musical reshapes rags-to-riches story

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    Despite a reportedly inaccurate portrayal,   award-winning actor and Broadway star Hugh   Jackman delivers an outstanding performance   as P.T. Barnum, the creator of the first circus,     in the film “The Greatest Showman.” The story  follows Barnum as he rises from a homeless, hungry orphan to a famed ringmaster. Inspired  [...]

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’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham Times-News correspondent “47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate. Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on [...]

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‘Wonder Woman’ is a wonder to behold

By Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent   In her first title role, Gal Gadot reprises Wonder Woman, as first seen in  the 2016 action blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She  will play this beloved heroine once again in the upcoming Justice League  movie to be released this November. The statuesque 32-year-old, martial  arts-trained Gadot [...]

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Latest ‘Pirates’ is quirky, action-packed

By Lily Pope Times-News correspondent     “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, aligns well with the previous movies. It is action-packed and filled with Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) quirkiness. With a strong female presence throughout, Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) played [...]

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Catchy songs & lovable characters

By Lily Pope Times-News correspondent  The Disney animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” is now a long-awaited modern screenplay with catchy songs and lovable characters. This rendition of the movie sticks close with the original storyline but has a much darker theme, with a sad backstory behind both Belle and the Beast and a fair [...]

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