MOVIE REVIEW: THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT (Johannes Roberts, 2018)

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Even worse than the first. Watching this movie about a family of morons getting butchered definitely put the torture in torture porn.

It was so bad that I was gleefully singing along to Air Supply’s Making Love Out of Nothing At All while the whiny daughter was getting ready to be filleted.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

(Originally published June 16, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: BAO (Domee Shi, 2018)

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I found the accompanying short film Bao a more effective representation of parenting (than The Incredibles 2). One scene elicited the loudest gasps from the audience and I immediately knew how much I loved this bizarre little treat. The fact that it broke my heart in just a few minutes (very much like Up’s opening sequence) was just a bonus.

I probably would never look at a dumpling the same way again. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t have strong cravings for Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao (those in HK, not the terrible ones in BGC) after watching, though.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published June 19, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLES 2 (Brad Bird, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

I liked how they switched up the traditional gender norms that had Mr. Incredible acting all Mr. Mom. I just wish they chose a much different (and less predictable) villain, especially considering its take on feminism. Overall, it needed much better pacing, too.

Although I laughed really hard in that diner scene with Violet, it was Jack-Jack who obviously stole the whole movie. I would gladly pay to watch a spin-off with him fighting a raccoon for two hours.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 19, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: UNSANE (Steven Soderbergh, 2018)

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The entire film was shot using an iPhone and I couldn’t even take a decent selfie with one.

Too many implausibilities made it fall short of being a gripping thriller.

Claire Foy (who looked and talked like Sarah Paulson) was terrific as a troubled woman who might be one fry short of a Happy Meal.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 11, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: WHEN WE FIRST MET (Ari Sandel, 2018)

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Adam Devine, who had the charm of Jack Black and the obnoxiousness of Seann William Scott, was the only reason to watch this tired iteration of Groundhog Day.

Now where could I find that mystical photo booth to get back the 97 minutes that I just wasted?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published June 10, 2018.)