Friday, 25 January 2019 13:48

MOVIE REVIEWS - In Theaters Now

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Let's see what's at the movies these days!

 

The Upside

The National Critics are being unkind to this, and I am scratching my head why.  Are there flaws here?  Yes, some.  But I have to ask this.  What do you want from a comedy?  I mean what do you want?

This is not a rip roaring hilarious comedy, but this is an entertaining, and sometimes funny movie, based on a true story of a very rich man confined to a wheelchair, and the unlikely guy he takes a huge chance on to be his caregiver.  Kevin Hart, Brian Cranston, Nicole Kidman and others star here and all give strong performances.  This has a heart, a soul, and is a pretty darn good story.  This does not mire itself down in raunchy skits and language, and keeps its head above the fray. It  develops characters well, and you feel like you're in the movie with them.



Yes, this is a bit too long, and there are a few moments that may have been rethought or redone. But over all this is quite good, and audiences are going to really like this movie despite that the national media will not.   This could have been a lot of things.  But it dares to be a real movie and not a sell out to easy locker room laughs.   Pay no attention to the critics, go see this.      




Escape Room

This is the first in what will be an ongoing franchise, that will remind many people of the Saw series.  It is not as violent, or bloody, but the premise is essentially the same.  Some person, or entity trying to off a bunch of heavily researched and chosen young people and this time the rage of the trendy Escape Room game is used.

This movie does a few things well.  It's short, and has a script that is not leaning on blood and guts to make it's point. There are some intense moments, and this is shot pretty well, in fact better than most movies of this type and budget.


But it loses points with me for lack of originality, and a formula that has been done to death.  This will find a loyal audience, and more will be made and this will do well streaming and DVD.



Vice

Sometimes there is a big difference between a good movie, and good movie making.   That is going to be the take away from many I feel with this.  This is the star studded bio-pic of former Vice President Dick Cheney.  This as you may have guessed is no where near flattering to him, and this clearly has a political agenda that some will have a hard time looking beyond.



Whether you agree with the message or not, what is undeniable is the sheer skill used to make this movie.  Christian Bale stars as Cheney, and he is incredibly good.  The transformation to become our star character is simply phenomenal.  In fact the makeup and performances in this movie are insanely good.  Costumes, sets, settings, the entire thing is amazing as we are taken from era to era. The script is slick and keeps you guessing the entire time.

This movie is very polarizing and there will be division in the coffees grabbed afterwards, but what is not up for debate is the fact this is one of the best made movies of the year.



The Mule

Clint Eastwood has a new movie out, and it is simply fantastic! The Mule stars Eastwood as a very elderly man who somehow finds himself running drugs for the Mexican Drug Cartel to Chicago.  He has failed in about every avenue of his personal life, and this is a final chance to be relevant again, and make easy money.

Eastwood continues to amaze us with his movie making, and in this case his performance.  He is terrific here as is his incredible supporting cast of Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishbourne, Andy Garcia Diane Weist, and various members of his family.  Great script, shot wonderfully, and an amazing musical soundtrack that is used very skillfully.



This is intense at times, fun at times, and very entertaining.  Plus, this movie delivers a very powerful real life message that is really refreshing to see.   This is dramatic movie making at its very best.

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Scott Wynn

Scott Wynn is the "Wynn" part of the Wynn and Wilson morning show on WQMX. Scott is a Northeast Ohio native, a 28- year radio veteran and has hosted many great morning shows in markets all over the country. Scott's stops have included Columbus, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Lakeland, Florida. In 1997 Scott, while at WPCV in Lakeland was recognized with then-partner Tom O'Brien as the CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year. Scott is lifetime member of the CMA, and has worked in country radio exclusively for the past 26 years. Scott is also a contributor or AkronNewsNow.com as a blogger and as a movie reviewer. Contact Scott at  scott@wqmx.com