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Category: 2.5 Stars

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (**1/2) is a fluffy delight

“If you ever liked the creatures or know someone who really would, give it a shot. For me it’s a level above the TNMNT movie from 1990. It’s better looking, of course. And it doesn’t have Corey Feldman.”

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The Prodigy (**1/2) occupies safe territory

#theprodigy “There is nothing horrible about this film. In fact, it’s a decent starter film for those who haven’t seen a horror film or don’t want to be really scared. For someone who’s seen just one classic in the genre, it’s not going to stir much.”

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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.

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The Mummy (**1/2) guesses wrong…a lot

This film is messy, but it’s not a complete disaster. It guesses a lot and most of those guesses land awkwardly… The film is passable, but in no way can we consider it the solid basis for the Dark Universe franchise. The sense of adventure exhibited in this film could lead to something better. It’s a long shot, though.

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31 (**1/2) – It’s Hostel on the road

My hopes for this film started to drain the moment I heard Hilton-Jacobs faux Jamaican accent. Why oh why do they ever let that accent into any movie that doesn’t take place in the Caribbean? Hell, I even hated it in the third Johnny Depp opus. It’s something that should be discouraged at all points. No one likes the approximation of someone who calls pot ganja less than this reviewer. So much for that reunion with the past. How soon till they kill him off?

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Jason Bourne (**1/2): It all ends tonight…until the next movie

“This is not like Bond. We aren’t just changing locales, women and suits here. It’s not as gadgetty or as funny as the Mission:Impossible films became after the 2nd one, either. While those film franchises used the intensity of the Bourne franchise to catapult into something better, Damon and Greengrass took the reputation well earned by the earlier films and traded it for some quick cash as a mid-range summer blockbuster.”