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

September 28th, 2018
 

x"The House with a Clock in the Wall"..

After losing his parents, Lewis Barnavelt is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock and hisneighbor is a witch, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of an ambitious wizard named Isaac who wanted to cause the Apocalypse so that he could see what happened afterwards.

To do this, he constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it's too late, and before Isaac's wife, Selena, gets to it. While he learns magic from his uncle, Lewis accidentally ressurrects Izard and allHell breaks lose. Now the race is on to find the clock and estory it.


The Players: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro | Kyle McLachlin

Directed by Eli Roth
Screenplay by Eric Kripke John Bellairs
Released by UniversalPictures


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"The Predator"..

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe's most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.

When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. Outmatched and outgunned soldiers battle vicious alien warriors that hunt humans for sport.

The Players: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay Keegan-Michael Key Olivia Miunn Jacob Tremblay Jake Busey

Directed by Shane Black
Screenplay by Shane Black and Fred Dekker
Released by Twentieth Century Fox


 

 
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