Coming Up in October (2017)

It’s finally cooling down, the trees are starting to turn, and everywhere you look there is pumpkin-flavored everything springing up on shelves. The change in weather also means that we’re heading into award season, and the movies that will be contenders for the next Oscars are starting to hit the big screens. Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep your eyes open for your new favorite.

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Girls Trip : The Fun Night Out

*Warning: Potential Spoilers*

I originally did not want to see this film. Not that I had anything personal against it the way I do with some other films, mind you, but this type of raunchy comedy just usually isn’t my thing and I either get uncomfortable (and feel like a prude because everyone else finds it funny) or I get bored. When my mother suggested we go see it, after it had already been in theaters for quite some time, I agreed because I knew she would probably enjoy it and there are not a ton of movies we agree to see together. This is a familiar tale for me, because it was almost the exact same reaction I had more than a year ago when she wanted to see Bad Moms (2016). And the end result is the same now as it was then – there are some over the top moments and parts that are more face-palm funny than laugh-out-loud funny, but it is just genuinely funny, and the end becomes more heartfelt than you had any right to expect from a fun summer flick. There’s a reason that it was in theaters long enough for me to see it, more than a month later (and what’s still got it in some theaters now). It is fun for just about anyone, even if not all the jokes land the way they could, and the ending is more touching than you would expect a fun summer comedy to be. Most of all, you will definitely have #friendshipgoals.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard : An Enjoyable Cliché

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There are some movies where the story is so simple, so cliché, that the only way you could justify seeing them (or making them) is that you have assembled the perfect cast to make it fresh and fun without needing new material. The Hitman’s Bodyguard is one of these movies – you can see the ending coming a mile off, you know the twists before they happen (and honestly it’s a little surprising that the characters can’t see right through them either), and while it is fun to watch, there is only one real reason that the movie works, and that is the cast. The studio picked the perfect time to put the film out and had the perfect people all lined up to make even the most obvious jokes seem funny again. So, while perhaps not totally worth the $10 theater fee you might pay, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is excellent for a fun night in (or out) and you can be sure that the talent of the film will keep you entertained, even if you know exactly what’s coming.

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