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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ caters exclusively to kids

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 86 minutes

The Secret Life of Pets proved to be something of a surprise success back in 2016, chronicling the lives of animals and what they get up to when their owners are away. It earned solid reviews from the press and a massive box office haul. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before audiences would be receiving a sequel. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is bright, colorful and will certainly impress children. However, adults will find it nothing more than genial and forgettable. They’ll probably be most pleased by the fact that their kids are sufficiently distracted.

Even if you haven’t seen the original film, there’s nothing...

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is overbaked and...well...undercooked

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 131 minutes

This reviewer is something of a monster movie aficionado who grew up watching old creature features on the television screen before actively seeking them out on various video formats. As a fan, I can come across as somewhat picky about them. The previous giant lizard film from 2015 had its share of issues. However, the movie succeeded in presenting the titular being with a sense of gravitas, displaying it as a truly immense and awe-inspiring force of nature. Godzilla: King of the Monsters does feature an onslaught of monsters fighting across the globe, but doesn’t feel as exciting, impressive, or weighty.

Since the events of...

‘Aladdin’ looks exceptional, but has some dry spells

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Rating: «« out of ««««
Running Time: 128 minutes

Disney certainly has gone all in with live-action remakes of its animated titles. Just two months ago we got the new Dumbo, and this week Aladdin is the feature being updated. This effort follows the original far more closely, which is both a benefit and a curse. The result is a pretty looking redo with excellent production values and photography on display. Yet its construction does feel a bit overextended, and the results are something of a mixed bag.

Set in the Arabian city of Agrabah, Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is a thief who survives by taking what he can, when he can (although he also seems to enjoy giving his stolen property...

‘Booksmart’ provides enough laughs to earn a good grade

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Rating: ««« out of ««««
Running Time: 102 minutes

Over the past thirty years, there have been more than a few coming-of-age teen comedies. The latest arrival is Booksmart, another tale of young people spending their graduation night on the town and attempting to find some kind of closure for this chapter of their lives. This wild comedy isn’t perfect and follows some of the typical tropes, but does provide a good helping of laughs, thanks to efforts of its two leads and supporting cast.

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are stellar students at their high school, excited to start the next chapter in their lives, but are less successful at navigating social...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 24, 2019

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Welcome to another look at new releases arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. It’s a busy edition with a wide variety of discs hitting store shelves. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try.

Big New Releases!

Big Brother - Released in Hong Kong as Dai si hing, this foreign-language action/comedy follows an ex-soldier turned schoolteacher who is tasked with instructing a group of delinquent kids. When a nasty entrepreneur decides he’d like to tear down the institute, the hero and kids team up to stop the hostile takeover. The movie was successful in its homeland. While there aren’t a lot of notices for it in this part...

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