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Monday, October 8, 2018

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews


Boy do we have some reviews for you.  Sit back, get read, and let us help you decide what movies you may want to see this weekend.


Night School

This comedy stars Kevin Hart as Teddy Walker. In high school Teddy was the popular guy who could do everything but pass a test. So he drops out.

Years later Teddy is poised to take over control of the barbecue store where he works when the current manager retires. While celebrating with his high class girlfriend, he proposes. She accepts and Teddy is on top of the world. But an explosion occurs destroying the store and ending his job.

Teddy's best friend is a financial advisor and has a job for Teddy as long as he gets his GED. But his girlfriend cannot know. Teddy enrolls in night school where his high school nemesis is now principal. The class is taught by Carrie, who is played by Tiffany Haddish, who has a crazy way of ensuring that her class passes. The class consists of a hodgepodge of students who all have their own issues. This includes a prisoner and a dad (Rob Riggle) who is trying to set an example for his son. Night school is just as hard as high school but Carrie is persistent.

This movie has really funny scenes but the script dragged at times. Kevin Hart, Rob Riggle, Tiffany Haddish, and the rest of the cast were great they just needed more to work with. A cast like this brings great expectations but it really didn't live up to its potential. I can only give this movie 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

The Nun

This horror film takes place at a Roman Catholic monastery in Romania. When two nuns are killed and one has hung herself Father Burke (Demian Bichir) is called upon to investigate. Sister Irene, who is played by Taissa Farmiga, is a novice nun and is asked to accompany him. Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet) who delivers supplies to the abbey had found the nun and takes Father Burke and Sister Irene to the site. They soon discover that a demonic force exists in the abbey and they must drive it out.

This movie is part of the Conjuring franchise. It was good but not great. At times the story was slow and dull and at other times pretty good. The script was not well written but the makeup, the costumes, the special effects, and the set were outstanding. The script just needed more development. They could have delved deeper into the why and how things occurred.

The Conjuring movies are absolutely better than the Nun. But I still gave it 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

The Predator


This movie is the 6th of its kind. Army sniper, Quinn McKenna, played by Boyd Holbrook, is on a mission when the Predator ship crashes down. He is able to subdue the Predator and recovers armor and a small ball that can make him invisible. He mails the armor home where his autistic son, Rory, played by Jacob Tremblay, finds the package unbeknownst to his mother.

Will Traeger (Sterling K. Brown) leads the investigation into the Predators and has McKenna arrested. Dr. Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) is brought in to assist in studying the captured alien. While observing, the Predator awakens killing everyone in site but sparing Casey. With the help of McKenna and a band of army misfits, Casey escapes.

Rory decides to wear the armor trick or treating and activates something that allows the other Predators to track him. McKenna and his new crew must stop the Predators and save his son.

I loved the first Predator movie that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. This one was enjoyable too. They changed it up a bit having the Predator go into the neighborhoods. The entire cast including Olivia Munn were all really good. The costumes were absolutely outstanding. There were even Predator dogs that added a new twist. There were a few disappointments and at time the story lagged. The sound is really good in the theater but other than that, you can wait for the blue ray or see it in the cheap theater.

I gave it 2 1/2 out of 4 stars.

Peppermint 


Jennifer Garner stars in this thriller in which she plays the part of Riley North. Riley witnesses her husband and daughter gunned down while at an amusement park. The North family were struggling financially. They own an auto shop that is about to be foreclosed on and Riley works at a bank. Riley's husband, Chris, is asked to help steal from Diego Garcia who is a drug lord. Chris considers but turns them down. However, Diego has already learned of the plan. As the North's celebrate their daughter's 10th birthday eating peppermint ice cream, Diego's thugs kill Chris and daughter, Carly, and badly injure Riley.

Once Riley recovers, she positively identifies the shooters. However, the judge has been paid off and declares that there is insufficient evidence. If Riley wants justice, she must take it herself.

Peppermint is such a good movie. It reminds me of Charles Bronson in Death Wish. You find yourself really rooting for Riley. The script was good and all the actors were great, but Jennifer Garner was fantastic. Everything she does is top notch. The action is phenomenal, but very violent. You should not take young kids as it truly should be "R" rated due to the violence.

I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. Go see this one!

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