New Releases 10/9/18

New Releases – October 9

Solo : A Star Wars Story – Follow Han Solo and his new friend and copilot, Chewbacca through a series of daring escapades. This epic adventure aboard the Millenium Falcon will change the fate of the galaxy.

Skyscraper – A daring action film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who plays a security official for skyscrapers. While working in the tallest building in the world he, encounters trouble and must escape with his family.

Dark Money – A political thriller, documentary tracces the influence of untraceable money on American elections and the real life impacts of corruption within government.

The Tunnel : Vengeance – Season 3  – Karl and Elise take on the question what is life worth. They are forced to take on an impossible choice that will haunt us viewers. Set in England, PBS.

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New Releases 10/2/18

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Sequel to the action thriller starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro which takes place on the USA/Mexico border.

Three Identical Strangers : Remarkable Documentary about three strangers, born triplets, who were separated at birth. There reunion unearths an unimaginable secret.

Leave No Trace – A father and teenage daughter living off the grid in Oregon have their idyllic life shattered. They set off on a journey to return to their homeland. Drama starring Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.

This Is Us – Season 2 – Life Affirming Dramedy follows the Pearson family across the decades as they search for love and fulfillment to the present day.

Shetland – Season four – BBC The thrilling tale of a murder investigation taking place in Scotland’s breathtaking Shetland Islands. Murder is only a ferry ride away.

 

New Releases 7/17/18

Super Troopers 2 – Comedy sequel in which Vermont Highway Patrolmen resolve a US-Canada border dispute.

Isle Of Dogs – Boy goes to an island of exiled dogs to search for his dog Spots.

Rampage – Dwayne Johnson stars as a primatologist trying to stop mutant animals from destroying the world.

Lean On Pete – Teenager befriends a racehorse.

You Were Never Really Here – Stars Joaquin Phoenix as a veteran who get’s caught up in a major conspiracy.

 

New Releases 7/3/18

Atlanta (Season 1) – Two cousins, both rappers in Atlanta, face issues of race, class, and family. 

A Wrinkle In Time – Based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle, an adventure about the power of family and love. 

Blockers – Three parent’s mission to stop their daughters from losing their virginity after prom. 

Beirut – Starring Jon Hamm as a diplomat attempting to arrange an exchange with Israeli secret police. 

 

Chappie Movie Review

Chappie is a sci-fi action film directed by Neill Blomkamp and stars Sharito Copley, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman, and Watkin Tudor Jones and Yolandi Visser of the South African zef rap-rave group Die Antwoord as metafictional versions of themselves. It starts with the police using robots to help stop crime. As a robot is getting sent to be destroyed because of problems with it, a robot programer takes it. He gets kidnapped by criminals and has to teach the robot how to do things with the criminals. The soundtrack features songs from Die Antwoord. It is a fun film that is sad at parts. This film is available at Bedrock and I highly recommend it.  -T Frampton

Studio Ghibli – History & Movie Reviews

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese film animation studio that started in 1985. Since it’s founding it has released many successful films, notably My Neighbor Totoro which became the studio’s mascot and won an Academy Award for best animated feature.

Each Studio Ghibli film has a unique style, but all play with the theme of magical-realism and things that aren’t quite what they seem. With bright colors and lovable characters these films are great for children, and their plots often have deeper meanings for adults as well.

Here is a short review for five of Studio Ghibli’s most popular films.

 

My Neighbor Totoro – Satsuki and Mei move to a new house in the countryside with their father, and discover the strange spirits that live in the house and surrounding woods.

This film expertly captures the anxiety and excitement of coming to a new home, and the tensions of the family dynamic. But fear not, the drama is spaced around wondrous adventures and feel-good moments with the character that came to represent Studio Ghibli- Totoro!

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service – This coming of age film follows Kiki, a young witch, and her familiar, a black cat named Gigi, as they travel to a new town and attempt to make a living as is tradition for all young witches. This film is equally heart-warming and funny, and was Studio Ghibli’s first film in their fifteen year partnership with Walt Disney.

 

Spirited Away – One of the darkest Studio Ghibli films, Spirited Away focuses on Chihiro, a ten year old girl trapped in the spirit world after her parents have been turned into pigs.

 

Howls Moving Castle – Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle takes place during a war between two kingdoms. A girl named Sophie is aged into an old woman by a witch, and taken in by a mysterious man named Howl and his moving house.

 

Ponyo – A small goldfish called Ponyo escapes her father and washes ashore, rescued by a boy named Sōsuke. They become fast friends, but Ponyo’s escape brings a fierce storm that threatens the family and her one wish- to become human.

 

Come by Bedrock to check out these films!

 

-Cassius