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Category: 2.5 Stars

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Fantasy Island (**1/2) almost comes true

The two teenage girls I was with love this film. It is more than enough for one whose range of experience with movies is less jaded and more exuberant. For this viewer, it’s an average trip, less remarkable than pleasant.

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Hell Fest (**1/2) – Surprise! It doesn’t suck!

#hellfest “…The success of the scenarios with which the characters are dispatched varies. There are some pretty good scares and some surprising misses. Then there’s some dumb stuff to balance it out. 

Whether this is good or not depends on how you think the good compares to the bad. For this viewer, the last scene wins points for originality. It’s creepy as hell, too…”

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Blockers (**1/2) tries to be everything

#blockers “This is not a bad film. It’s definitely not a great one. In total, I laughed maybe twice. But I smiled a few more times. If you see it, don’t look at it as any sort of guide to life, because no one should use comedy films as a guide to life. Except for Bill Murray movies.  “

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (**1/2) is a take worth leaving

McDonagh has been effective in the past, with many of the same actors, even. He completely wastes Searcy, Dinklage and Hawkes here. If his writing seemed better in the past, it may have been due to more familiarity with the subjects. I wish the focus had been more on realistic characters, maybe punching up the plot a bit. Telling urban American city folk that the people living out there where there’s green trees and grass are creepy and weird is a surefire way to win festivals and maybe awards. It will not win as history or any sort of lesson, though.