Miles Morales, a New York teen just starting out at a new school finds himself bitten by (yes) a radioactive spider...but this isn't your typical Spider-Man origin story. From there the Spider-verses collide and an eclectic cast of characters comes together from multiple realities. Readers of the comics will definitely appreciate this merge, but all can enjoy the superhero action and sparks of humor we are used to throughout most of the Marvel Universe. So join Miles as he learns to have confidence in himself and figures out his Spidey senses to save not only his dimension but also everyone else's!
The Wife is the bittersweet tale of the life of Joan Castleman and her husband, Joe, a beloved, acclaimed novelist. The movie begins with what seems to be a relatively ordinary marriage, but a quiet tension builds in the days leading up to Joe's receipt of the Nobel Prize in literature. Joan, played by Academy Award nominee Glenn Close, looks back on their forty-year marriage with a mixture of love and regret. As she examines the consequences of the compromises she has made, the film takes on a palpable urgency which is driven not just by the storyline, but by Close's amazing performance as well.
The Wife expertly presents the husband-wife dynamic in all its complex glory. From the mundanity of daily life to the once-in-a-lifetime joys to the oh-so-often-overlooked betrayals, this is a movie chock full of drama not to be missed!
Young Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) marries an older writer, nom de plume Willy (Dominic West), who takes her from the countryside to cultural, sophisticated Paris. They lead an extravagant lifestyle, always having bills to pay. He convinces her to ghostwrite stories for him, and she does turning out a semiautobiographical novel of a bold, young girl that becomes the new sensation in Paris. She continues to write as she explores her sensual side and Willy takes all the credit for the rage of Paris. Colette is visually a beautiful movie and definitely an adult story because of her sexual appetite.
This 2018 movie adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's 1963 Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time was highly anticipated by many book fans. I was not one of those book fans. I distinctly remember reading the first chapter of the book during a thunderstorm and getting too frightened to read any further. I was probably in third grade.
When the movie was announced, I was excited to finally go back to the story that I had paused on so long ago. The movie met every one of my expectations: a little bit strange, a lot of CGI, and a huge heart -- driven mostly by actress Storm Reid. I would recommend this to families who want a gentler fantasy adaptation for younger children. As for fans of the books, I have heard that the movie was less than perfect, but isn't that always the case with movie adaptations? (Don't get me started on Remus never telling Harry who the Marauders were in Prisoner of Azkaban...) Check out A Wrinkle in Time and decide for yourself.
Set in the future, Edge of Tomorrow is an action-packed movie about humankind fighting off an invasion of seemingly invincible aliens. After upsetting his superior officers, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is sent on a suicide mission. Having no combat experience whatsoever, Cage dies within minutes of stepping foot on the battlefield. His death triggers a time-loop, and he is sent back to the previous morning to relive his last day and his death over and over again. Each day and death
This movie surprised me. I went in thinking it would be just another action movie that I'd forget in two weeks. I ended up discovering a movie that I have enjoyed watching again and again. The witty humor and relationship between William Cage and Rita (Emily Blunt) fit perfectly against the background of intense battle scenes and horrifying aliens. After Groundhog Day, I hadn't found a movie that could pull off the time-loop cliché but this movie does a great job of executing it without making the story seem predictable or cheap.
Versatile actor Bill Murray is primarily known for his comic roles.
- Carl Spackler, the demonic assistant groundskeeper in Caddyshack (1980)
- Peter Venkman, a paranormal investigator in Ghostbusters (1984)
- Bob Wiley, a needy therapy patient in What about Bob? (1991)
- Phil Connors, a TV weatherman in Groundhog Day (1993)
- Vincent, a grumpy next door neighbor who drinks and gambles in St. Vincent (2014)
His comedic talent helped make these movies box office successes. Bill Murray is from the Chicago area and performed in The Second City before starring on Saturday Night Live.
Check out The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg to learn more about the actor.
I can't believe that I missed Wreck-It Ralph when it first premiered in 2012. I am so glad that the sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet came out to remind me to find the original. This is a fantastic comedic adventure that will engage the whole family. Kids will root for Princess Vanellope, who they will likely relate to as she's constantly told "no" and left out of the race. Ralph will make them laugh and gain their support by the end of the movie -- a "bad" guy that everyone loves. Adults will enjoy moments like the bad guy support group meetings and the Diet Coke/mentos mountain -- a chemical reaction that yields some fantastic YouTube videos.
Definitely give this a re-watch before the sequel comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray in February.
I loved this sweet movie for the message it shared, but be warned, it will leave you and your children in tears. Keep a box of tissues nearby! If you love A Dog’s Purpose as much as I did, you’ll find more movies featuring our furry, four-legged friends here.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful music that sets Moana soaring. While I love Auliʻi Cravalho's voice (the voice of Moana) and "How Far I'll Go," my favorite songs are the ones that are sung in Tokelauan. Lastly, I would encourage you to seek out reviews from Pacific Islander reviewers to speak to the culture represented in the movie. This Buzzfeed article is a great round-up of dialogue, and so is this review from Strange Horizons.
All in all, I think Moana is a genuine, worthwhile story and a great Disney film that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
While this is not a faithful adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel, James Dean’s breakthrough role make this film worth watching. His performance is mesmerizing. Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Cal’s mysterious mother.
This post-WWII noir classic was directed by and stars Orson Welles. Fabulous shadow effects, long camera shots, and dramatic angles are hallmarks of Welles’ style and make this movie a visual delight. The Stranger was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first Hollywood feature film to include documentary footage of the Holocaust. It’s a must see for lovers of classic noir and fans of suspense. Check out our list of other 1940s Noir Classics too!
Seeing the movie in theaters was like attending a giant slumber party where the whole audience was rooting for Simon and cheering. At home, it feels comforting and like a true teen rom-com, you're just hoping it will end with a "happily ever after".
Make sure to check out Love, Simon from the library today.