Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: André Øvredal

Written by: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan

Starring: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint

Runtime: 120 min

It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large.

It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah (Kathleen Pollard), a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. Stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.

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The Lion King (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

The Lion King (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Written by: Jeff Nathanson

Starring: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Runtime: 110 min

From Disney, director Jon Favreau's all-new The Lion King journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba (JD McCrary / Donald Glover) idolizes his father, king Mufasa (James Earl Jones), and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Mufasa's brother (and former heir to the throne) has plans of his own.

The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

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Crawl (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Crawl (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Written by: Alexandre Aja, Michael Rasmussen, Shawn Rasmussen

Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Anson Boon, George Somner

Runtime: 87 min

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters.

As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Jon Watts

Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Starring: Tom Holland,

Runtime: 129 min

Our friendly neighborhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya), and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's (Tom Holland) plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

This is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the last movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, after the climactic events of Avengers: Endgame.

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Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Annabelle Comes Home (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: Gary Dauberman

Starring: McKenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga

Runtime: 100 min

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her "safely" behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target: the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy (McKenna Grace), and her friends.

This is the sequel to 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation, and it’s also the seventh installment in the The Conjuring Universe.

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Dark Phoenix (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Dark Phoenix (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: Simon Kinberg

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain

Runtime: 114 min

This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), as she evolves into the iconic Dark Phoenix. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet.

It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet -- one of their own.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Written by: Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O'Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Zhang Ziyi

Runtime: 132 min

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species - thought to be mere myths - rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, and the third movie in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, which also includes Kong: Skull Island. In 2020, Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to be released.

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Aladdin (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Aladdin (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Written by: John August, Guy Ritchie

Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen

Runtime: 128 min

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

This is Disney‘s 11th live-action remake of an original animated film and the 9th since the beginning of the new decade. Now, it’s time for the remake of Aladdin (1992)!

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Aladdin (1992) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Aladdin (1992) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: John Musker, Ron Clements

Written by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio

Starring: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker, Gilbert Gottfried, Douglas Seale

Runtime: 90 min

After a sultan (Douglas Seale) gives his daughter, Jasmine (Linda Larkin), three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin (Scott Weinger), who charms his way into her heart.

While the sultan's Vizier, Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), weaves a spell so that he may marry Jasmine and become sultan himself, Aladdin discovers Genie's (Robin Williams) lamp in a cave, rubs it, and sets the mystical entity free, so beginning his quest to defeat Jafar and win the hand of the princess.

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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

Written by: Derek Kolstad, Chris Collins, Marc Abrams, Shay Hatten

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Mark Dacascos, Asia Kate Dillon, Lance Reddick, Anjelica Huston, Ian McShane

Runtime: 130 min

In this third installment of the adrenaline-fueled action franchise, super-assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin's guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world's most ruthless hit men and women await his every turn.

I don’t have a written review for each of the previous films, but I did watch both and thoroughly enjoyed them! John Wick (2014) is one of the best movies of that year and one of the best action films ever. However, John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) is a bit more convoluted and messy regarding its story and how it brings our protagonist back into the game, but the franchise’s jaw-dropping choreographed fight sequences still make it tremendously entertaining.

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