While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam
find a magic book that brings Slappy, a mischievous talking
dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L.
Stine to life. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps
Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back
to life -- just in time for Halloween.
As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches
and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his
sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and
foil Slappy's much more evil and sinister plan.
The Players: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy
Ray Ken Jeong Jack Black
Directed by Ari Sandel
Screenplay by Rob Lieber and Rob Lieber
Reviewed by J. Brad Staal..
Night School is what happens when you combine A Beautiful
Mind with Lean on Me and toss in a lot of comedy and some
slapstick, place on blend and serve. They want you to make
the Lean on Me connection so much they put a poster for it
in the principal's office.
Kevin Hart plays Teddy Walker, a high school drop out that
covers for his several learning disabilities by becoming an
exceptional salesman and liar. He is living far beyond his
means and when an accident happens that causes him to lose
his job he's forced to finally go get his GED. He goes back
to his old school and discovers his old rival (Taran Killum)
is now the principal. Teddy's plans to try and smooth talk
his way to a diploma are quickly squashed. This forces him
to attend the titular night school taught by an over worked
no nonsense teacher (Tiffany Haddish). In class he meets a
very diverse cast of losers and weirdos.
The standard hijinks occur with a lot of good comedy. Teddy
eventually learns that he has just about every learning disability
but his teacher works with him in a very unique way. Overall
I would say this is a good comedy, it won't go down as a classic
or touchstone for anyone's career but if you want a good laugh
go check it out, or wait for it on Bluray if you have other
films more pressing on your to do list.
The Players: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Brooke Butler |Taran
Killam Kieth David
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Screenplay by Kevin Hart, Harry Ratchford
Released by Universal Pictures
More monster movie than a superhero one, hen Eddie and Venom
are actually bantering and telling each other off, it can
While exploring space for new habitable worlds, a space probe
belonging to bioengineering corporation Life Foundation discovers
four symbiotic lifeforms and brings them back to Earth. One
escapes in transit, causing the ship to crash in Malaysia,
but the Life Foundation recovers the other three and transports
them to their research facility in San Francisco.
Its CEO, Carlton Drake, becomes obsessed with bonding symbiotes
to humans to prepare humanity for Earth's inevitable ecological
collapse, and begins illegally experimenting on vagrants,
resulting in numerous deaths – including one of the
remaining symbiotes – and attracting the attention of
investigative journalist Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) , who arranges
an interview with Drake through his girlfriend Anne Weying
(Michelle Williams), a lawyer affiliated with the Life Foundation.
Against instructions, Brock confronts Drake with confidential
materials indicating wrongdoing that he stole from Weying's
e-mail, leading to them both being fired from their respective
jobs and the end of their relationship. Brock is approached
by one of Drake's scientists, Dora Skirth, whotakes him to
Life Foundation's headquarters, Brock learns that Drake has
bonded with the fugitive symbiote, "Riot", and that
they are planning to launch a probe into space and bring a
legion of symbiotes back to Earth to assimilate the human
Venom has by this time come to realize that in his society
he is as muchof a loser as Brok is and that together they
canboth be winners. Venom then decides to help Brok stop the
invasion and destroy Riot.
The Players: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Marcella Bragio
Jenny Slate Riz Ahmed
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg Jeff Pinkner
Released by Columbia Pictures