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Hellboy is a very interesting and cool character from the comic book world. Hellboy combines History, Fantasy, the Paranormal, the Devil, King Arthur and even Nazis. So, the story possibilities are endless. But I am weary of another reboot of a franchise they got right the first time around. Judging by the negative reviews and poor box office so far, I am very curious as to what they did to this awesome character in the new movie “Hellboy”

*The MEAT* The story is right out of the comics that’s starts off with a mystery and takes you on an adventure through the Hellboy world, with plenty of action and humor along the way. Overall, I will say it was *Lackluster* because I was expecting more to tell you the truth.

*The POTATOES* David Harbour is the new Hellboy and he is pretty good, but not as good as Ron Perlman’s Hellboy in the previous movies. Daniel Dae Kim and Milla Jovovich are good too, but its Ian McShane who I love to see in almost anything. For that I will give the acting a *Pretty Good* overall.

*The Verdict* Guess I am weary of Reboots of late, so I wasn’t impressed with this new “Hellboy” either. Now it was entertaining and had its moments but not worth seeing on the big screen. I would recommend waiting to *See this one at Home*. Its not as bad as the critics are saying.

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shazam

DC films latest attempt at bringing their characters to screen is “Shazam”. And by all accounts it looks, different? Which is okay with me because I welcome any new ideas or spins to the Super-Hero movie genre right now. But, the preview does look goofy.

*The MEAT* The story is *Very Good*. I’m impressed that they took an almost eighty-year-old character with many origins and reboots, then made him fresh and different for today’s generation. I think “Shazam” captured what it would be like to be a boy with superpowers perfectly. A very clever and different Super-hero movie for sure.

*The POTATOES* Zachary Levi plays a real good kid in this movie. But it’s the young actors, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton and especially Jack Dylan Grazer that steals the scenes and makes this movie *fun*

*The Verdict* “Shazam” was surprisingly *Good and Fun*. I do recommend seeing this film in theaters with the whole family because it works on all levels, especially appealing with the young crowd, while having a lot of humor for adults too.  Another win for DC.

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dumbo

Disney is on a mission to live action all their classic cartoons. I thought “Jungle Book” was pretty good and they did an excellent job with “Beauty and the Beast” so next up is “Dumbo”. But, can the visionary master, Tim Burton, make one of the oldest Disney classics relevant and entertaining in today’ world?

*The MEAT* Of course the story has been updated for today’s politically correct world, after eighty years, a lot of changes were needed. They also took out the songs and talking animals to which maybe wasn’t the best of ideas. While Burton’s vision was spectacular as always, it just wasn’t enough to save this film from its overall story that was definitely *Missing Something*.

*The POTATOES* As much as I am a fan of Michael Keaton, and love watching him perform, I am also equally not a fan of Colin Farrell. Sorry, I just don’t see why Colin is still a leading actor in Hollywood. But anyways, Eva Green and Danny DeVito do a *good job* in this film.

*The Verdict* “Dumbo” just *Did Not Entertain* me like the old classic cartoon did. But I wasn’t the only one because I saw it in a theater full of kids and they were bored and restless during most of the film. For that main reason, I cannot recommend this film. Save your money for “Aladdin” and “Lion King”, I’m hoping Disney does better with them.

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Us

In just a little over a year, Jordan Peele has made another horror film, “Us”. It is his follow up to last year’s big hit “Get Out”. But it is not a sequel, it is a whole new movie with a completely different subject matter. I for one, am excited to see a brand-new idea for a scary movie.

*The MEAT* The story is *Borderline Brilliant* It is classic suspense horror with an underlining science fiction to it that adds thought provoking layers to keep you guessing while having you on the edge of your seat at the same time. Jordan Peele doesn’t want to just scare you, he wants you to leave the theater thinking about it for a while.

*The POTATOES* Lupita Nyong’o gives an *Outstanding* performance here. Would love to explain deeper, but I can’t because I don’t want to give anything away in this review. Just trust me, she is *Outstanding*

*The Verdict* “Us” is just a *Terrific* movie in the genre of horror films. And just like “Get Out” it will leave a lasting impression on you that will be discussed for years to come. I do recommend seeing it in the theater for sure. It is scary, violent, suspenseful and fun. Exactly what a great Horror movie should be.

 

Your Quarters Worth

American Gods

A 5280 Geek Book Review

By John Andreula


I can say forthright that I’ve read some really good books over the past few years. There have even been a few that separate themselves from the others enough that they enter into the stratosphere of literary greatness.

American Gods is one of those books. Continue reading “Your Quarters Worth”

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cap marvel

The first Epic. Popcorn flick of the year is here, “Captain Marvel” is the new Franchise from Marvel Studios. While “Captain Marvel” is the first female lead in a Marvel movie, the character Captain Marvel is really a fourth-tier character that has never commanded much attention in the comics. So, my review will be based solely on how it measures up to the *Marvel Movies* that have had so much success. They definitely have a formula.

*The MEAT* The story is *Okay* it works on most levels but does not live up to the usual Marvel storytelling or humor that we are accustomed too.

*The POTATOES* Academy award winning actress, Brie Larson does a good job as the hero Captain Marvel and Jude Law is always good. But Samuel Jackson’s portrayal of Nick Fury was disappointing. Not saying Jackson did a bad acting job, just saying this was not the Nick Fury we are used to. For that reason alone, I give it a *Okay* grade.

*The Verdict*” Captain Marvel” is an *Okay* movie, but I just can’t help but feel like it was missing something and that maybe they tried too hard making it, rushing to get it out. Judging “Captain Marvel” next to all the other Marvel cinematic Universe movies, I would put it at the bottom right above Thor 2 and Iron Man 3. Save your money for “Endgame” something tells me you’re going to want to see it multiple times.

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One of the highest reviewed films of 2018 is “The Favourite” it also boasts one of the best acting ensembles of the year. So, since it’s a quiet week at the movies, I decided to see a nice, simple period piece movie that has no special effects or grandiose production. It’s been awhile.

 *The MEAT* The story is *simple and fun*, easy to follow and will make you think about the ending long after its over. “The Favourite” might just surprise you too, just when you think you have it all figured out.

*The POTATOES* The acting is just a *Powerhouse Trio* of Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Weisz and Stone have already won Oscars and Coleman, with her bored, daffy Queen portrayal, won Best Actress Oscar this year for this role. I especially enjoyed Rachel Weisz’s performance the best, she was outstanding.

*The Verdict* ‘The Favourite” does live up to all the outstanding reviews and accolades that it received this year. It’s a *Fun Movie* for sure and I do recommend this movie to watch sometime, maybe not in a theater, but Pay-Per-View for sure or a movie channel someday.

 Next week… Back to the Epic, Grandiose, Popcorn Feature!