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Movie Review: Happytime Murders 3/5 Stars

By Kevin Thomas
Writer, Contributor 

Mismarketed Puppet Film a Decent Crime Drama, With Raunch

3 out of 5 stars (Average)

The Hapytime Murders is by far the most heavily mismarketed film of 2018.  Advertised as a wild and raunchy comedy, the film is actually a decent crime drama with raunchy humor that showcases that puppets can do far more in movies than sing to your kids.  However, people who want a unique (if flawed) crime drama with some ribald humor will likely be impressed at the immaculate puppetry on display here, along with a solid human cast that plays surprisingly well off of their stuffed cast members.  The Happytime Murders is a good step in legitimizing puppetry as adult entertainment, despite a few bad jokes and some questionable script decisions.  It’s not as good as it could be, but my God, if it couldn’t be a lot worse. Continue reading Movie Review: Happytime Murders 3/5 Stars

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Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians 3.5/5 Stars

By Kevin Thomas
Writer, Contributor

Romantic Dramedy Promotes Positive Representation, Despite Flaws

3.5/5 stars (Above Average)

Crazy Rich Asiansis a pretty big deal.  Not only is it a mainstream film promoting positive representation of Asian culture, but it is also a funny, sweet, and sometimes thought-provoking look at the bonds of family.  Anyone expecting this to be a turn-your-brain-off yuk fest will surely be disappointed, but for people who go in with an open mind, Crazy Rich Asiansshould be a mostly satisfying experience. Continue reading Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians 3.5/5 Stars

Movie Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

By: Kevin Thomas
Writer, Contributor

Dino Sequel Darker, Scarier, and More Thrilling
3.5 out of 5 (above average)

I am baffled by the critical reception to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  Sitting at an unbelievable 50% critics rating on Rottentomatoes.com, reviewers are claiming this entry is stale, unimaginative, and lacking the magic of its predecessors.  I completely disagree with those criticisms and believe the film actually improves on its predecessor by being darker, scarier, and providing all the expected dino-action without sacrificing the heart and character of this franchise.  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomshould leave moviegoers totally satisfied with action, thrills, anda scarily plausible plot in today’s world. Continue reading Movie Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom