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Frozen II Movie Review

Six years ago, when Frozen was released into theaters, it was a phenomenon beyond phenomenons.

Last weekend, Frozen II hit theaters.

Elsa (Idina Menzel) is firmly installed as Queen of Arendelle. Anna (Kristen Bell) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) are still going strong. But as things return to normal, Elsa is called away from Arendelle by a mysterious voice that she cannot ignore. With Anna and Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven go on a journey to discover the source of the voice and the unanswered mystery of their family’s past.

While most sequels are decent, they do not hold up to their predecessor. Frozen II not only holds up to its predecessor, it exceeds all expectations. Though this film is firmly aimed at children, there is more than enough material for the adults to be entertained. There are themes of growing up, dealing with change and moving away from relationships that were once considered unquestionably important.

I recommend it.

Frozen II is presently in theaters.

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Murder On The Orient Express Movie Review

Agatha Christie is among the most beloved and respected of mystery writers.

This weekend, the newest adaptation of her book, Murder On The Orient Express hit theaters.

When Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is found dead, it is up to Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to figure out who the killer is. Is it Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley), Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad), Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer) any other of the passengers on the train?

I have not read any of the Agatha Christie books, nor have I seen the previous adaptations, so this review is strictly based on this movie.Β  While the cast is clearly the best that Hollywood can offer and Kenneth Branagh is no slouch in the directing department, the movie is a bit slow around the second act. While the ending was a bit surprising, the film is not as exciting as the trailer made it out to be.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Murder On The Orient Express is presently in theaters.Β 

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Wish I Was Here Review

Wish I Was Here is about being an adult and dealing the crossroads in life.

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) is a 35 year old married man with two kids. His wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson) works to support the family while Aidan tries to find acting jobs. Aidan made a deal with his father Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), that he can choose his grandchildren’s school as long as he pays for it. For the past few years, Gabe has been paying the tuition so his grandchildren to attend Yeshiva. But Gabe has cancer and can no longer afford to pay the tuition. Aidan’s brother, Noah (Josh Gad) is living on the beach, emotionally and physically separated from his father.

I liked this movie. It’s bit a long, but there is a heart and a humanity to this movie. The themes of life and death, parents and children and being an adult while still not knowing everything just spoke to me.

I recommend this movie.

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