Joker (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Joker (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Written by: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Runtime: 122 min

Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham's fractured society.

A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night...but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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Midsommar (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Midsommar (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: Ari Aster

Starring: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Vilhelm Blomgren, Will Poulter

Runtime: 140 min

Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village.

What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing.

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Booksmart (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Booksmart (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Olivia Wilde

Written by: Emily Halpern, Susanna Fogel, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

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Runtime: 105 min

The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters (Amy and Molly, respectively), two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more.

Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

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47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Johannes Roberts

Written by: Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera

Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone, Davi Santos, Khylin Rhambo, Brec Bassinger, John Corbett

Runtime: 89 min

47 Meters Down: Uncaged follows the diving adventure of four teenage girls (Corinne Foxx, Sistine Stallone, Sophie Nélisse, and Brianne Tju) exploring a submerged Mayan City. Once inside, their rush of excitement turns into a jolt of terror as they discover the sunken ruins are a hunting ground for deadly Great White Sharks.

With their air supply steadily dwindling, the friends must navigate the underwater labyrinth of claustrophobic caves and eerie tunnels in search of a way out of their watery hell.

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Ad Astra (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Ad Astra (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: James Gray

Written by: James Gray, Ethan Gross

Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland

Runtime: 124 min

A paranoid thriller in space that follows Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.

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It Chapter Two (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

It Chapter Two (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

Written by: Gary Dauberman

Starring: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgård

Runtime: 169 min

Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began. Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), he has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways.

However, kids are disappearing again, so Mike (Isaiah Mustafa / Chosen Jacobs), the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all ... putting them directly in the path of the clown that has become deadlier than ever.

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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Written and Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino

Runtime: 159 min

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).

Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don't recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor ... Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

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Brightburn (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Brightburn (2019) - SPOILER-FREE Review

Directed by: David Yarovesky

Written by: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner

Runtime: 91 min

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? This is the premise of Brightburn, which offers a different perspective on the superhero genre, in this case, of Superman’s origin story.

Produced by James Gunn, written by his cousin(Mark) and brother (Brian), and directed by David Yarovesky, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Goth Ravager.

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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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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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