Coming Up in April (2018)

Flowers are popping up and the rain is drip-drip-dropping all over everything. Sure, we’re all happy that we’re able to go outside without coats on (for the most part), but soon we’ll get tired of being wet, and then it’s just a great time to be inside watching movies. Here’s what’s coming up for the month of April.

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Game Night, Fun Night

There’s not a lot that we ask of our comedy films these days – as an audience, we want to have fun, and we want to be entertained. Most comedy can do that in short bursts, but one of the things comedy has been lacking (as of late) is one of the most important components of really enjoying the movie – restraint. Most movies are willing to try anything and everything to make their audience let loose at least a giggle, no matter how gross, raunchy, or controversial. Sometimes a lack of restraint can work – sometimes everything is funny because of how it is delivered, no matter how tasteless the actual joke is. In the case of Game Night, however, restraint is why the comedy works. The cast works together wonderfully and the jokes hit the way they should, not because they are wild and shoot for whatever they think will be funny, but because they are planned, coordinated, and know exactly when to stop themselves, keeping jokes both funny and tasteful. Game Night is a good night, a fun night, and definitely one that could inspire some game nights of your own.

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A Wrinkle in Time’s Confusing Beauty

As it turns out, A Wrinkle in Time was destined to be a Disney film long before Disney bought the rights – producer Catherine Hand, when she was ten years old, began a letter to Walt Disney and asked him to turn the book she loved into a movie. She believed Mr. Disney was the only person who could do the book justice. Fifty-four years later, she actively worked on the film that is now working its way through theaters. Way back in third grade, my class was one of the ones who didn’t end up reading the novel A Wrinkle in Time (by Madeleine L’Engle), even though it seemed like every other class in the world cracked the novel open at some point. With movies based on books that make their way into theaters (which has, sadly, become commonplace), I always have a bit of a conundrum – do I read the book before I see the movie? I try to judge the movie for itself, and not for the expectations the book has placed on me, but am I missing out on something important? For A Wrinkle in Time, I’m starting to think that reading the book may have been important – it’s wonderfully created with stunning visuals, but the story? I can’t tell if the movie did it justice or not.

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Reactions to the 2018 Oscars

This may have been one of the most boring Oscars ceremonies ever. That’s not to say that cool things didn’t happen, and that’s not to say that the winners weren’t exciting. Basically, it just means that I have no strong feelings one way or the other. Usually there is at least one winner that makes me very angry – like Suicide Squad (2016) – or a winner who makes me very happy – like Spotlight (2015) – and this year, even if my personal pick didn’t win, I was okay with whoever did. As for my personal picks, I had about 25% accuracy when it came to guessing the Oscar Winners, which was better than I expected in all honesty. Despite my hopes.

There were some categories where I hadn’t seen any of the nominated films – Documentary and Documentary Short, Foreign Film, Short Films (both animated and live action), so the guesses I took for those winners (and I actually did get one right) were shots in the dark, so I didn’t include those because in those cases, I’m just very happy for the winners.

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Coming Up in March (2018)

Flowers are starting to bloom, rains are starting to come, but it’s still really cold so you may as well stay inside and watch a couple of movies! More and more options are starting to trickle in for March, and we’re starting to see some block-buster type movies appear, but there’s plenty for all. Here’s what’s coming up this March.

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The Breadwinner’s Impactful Story Doesn’t Follow Through

As the only 2018 Oscar-nominated film that was not produced in the US, The Breadwinner definitely is bringing something different to the table compared to its fellow nominees. Namely, the decision to use a style mostly considered to be reserved for kid movies – animation – to tell the story of a girl living in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban, which is a pretty deep topic. It weaves a spell over the audience that takes them into a world they may not recognize, one that doesn’t seem fair and one that unfolds through paint and paper cut-outs. The story is woven so well, in fact, that you can almost forget that it doesn’t really have an ending and that several plotlines are picked up and dropped just to kind of sort of move the plot along – almost. While the film is intriguing and the art style is wonderful, the story of the film is all about craftsmanship, rather than the end result.

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Winchester: It’s Adorable How Hard You’re Trying

When a horror film comes out in February, you have to feel a little skepticism – after all, all the really good scary movies probably wait to be shown until closer to October, not in the dead month of the year where everyone is just waiting around for the big blockbusters that will start up in May – and, a lot of the time, that skepticism is warranted. Hopefully when the horror movie turns out to be not so scary after all, you might find that you can at least enjoy yourself with the parts that are ridiculous or silly, or maybe just trying so hard that they’re over the top and you have to at least laugh. This is the kind of film you will find with Winchester – cliche with scares that just won’t scare you, but if you sit through it (at an hour and thirty-nine minutes, it’s not so long that you’ll feel stuck) and do your best not to pay too much for it, you might find yourself having fun. Best case scenario is waiting until you can rent the DVD and have a bad horror night.

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