TCL Movie guy, Paul McGuire Grimes has two great movies for you to check out in theaters right now and a surprise box office hit you can stream.
A QUIET PLACE (theatrical release)
Funnyman John Krasinski is shaking things up by turning his focus to the horror genre by directing, co-writing, and starring in A Quiet Place. Krasinski and real-life wife Emily Blunt play married couple Lee and Evelyn. Along with their three children, they are some of the only remaining survivors after a mysterious force has wiped out their small town. The movie picks up on Day 89 as they head to find shelter making as little noise as possible. We learn through an extremely shocking moment that noise attracts these ravenous creatures that pop up out of the woods killing everything in sight. The story jumps ahead to Day 472. Evelyn is now pregnant, and the family is living in a semi-secure house where Lee has set up security cameras, a fallout bunker, and a lighting system to aid in their family alerts without relying on noise. Lee and Evelyn may have a safe space, but the same can’t be said for the other villagers in hiding who start to crack as the days and pressure to stay quiet become too much to handle.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A good old-fashioned monster movie that will have you jumping in your seat.
RATING: 4 out of 5 Ticket Stubs
ISLE OF DOGS (theatrical release)
Kobayashi is the mayor of Megasaki City in Japan and has banned all dogs from the city after an outbreak of Snout Fever and Dog Flu has spread over the canine population. It comes as no surprise as he is a staunch cat lover. The dogs have been banished to Trash Island where they scarcely get by on the scraps that are thrown out with the trash. They’re separated into their own little cliques lamenting over the life they once had. Chief lives up to his name by helping them stay strong with lifted spirits. One of the dogs banished to Trash Island is Spots who once belonged to Atari. It just so happens that Atari is the distant nephew of Kobayashi. Atari takes upon himself to sneak away from Megasaki City and lands on Trash Island hoping to find Spots. It becomes a rescue mission for Atari to not only save Spots but also the band of dogs he meets along the way. It’s a dangerous task when Kobayashi gets wind of his disappearances and sends his Municipal Task Force of soldiers and robot dogs to capture Atari before he can rescue the dogs trapped on the island.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Only Wes Anderson could create this kind of movie and make it work as effortlessly as it does.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
JUMANJI (home release)
The Robin Williams film from 1995, based on the Chris Van Allsburg kid’s book, has been rebooted with a fresh concept that will be a winner for a family movie night. Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha are four high school students all with vastly different personalities: the jock, the nerd, the pretty girl, and the tomboy. Spencer and Fridge used to be friends as kids, but have since grown apart except for Spencer doing Fridge’s homework for him. All four of them are given detention for various reasons like cheating on homework, talking back to the gym teacher, and disobeying cell phone rules. Their detention has them doing work in a dusty old media room where Fridge spots an old video game console with the game “Jumanji” stuck inside. The game’s a bit scratchy getting started but once all four pick their characters, the fuse starts to short circuit transporting them into the game itself. Spencer, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha are dropped in the middle of the jungle now taking on the bodies of their character avatars. This shocking realization leaves them in a panic, especially for Bethany who’s now in the body of an overweight middle-aged guy. In order to exit the game, the foursome needs to win it by returning a stolen jewel, which would reverse the island’s curse and save Jumanji.
-Now available to rent through iTunes, Xfinity OnDemand, or at a RedBox