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Reviews and Editing by R. Allen Leider
with Andrew Johnson, Monis Rose and J. Brad Staal

October 12th, 2018
 

x"Goosebumps Haunted Halloween"..

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junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam find a magic book that brings Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine to life.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
Released by


x"Night School "

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


x"Venom"..

More monster movie than a superhero one, hen Eddie and Venom are actually bantering and telling each other off, it can be entertaining

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 race.

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


 

 
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