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New to Home Video: March 28, 2017

Updated on March 28, 2017
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Synopsis - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander is a wizard who, expelled from Hogwarts, searches for mystical beasts to protect and study. He finds a creature that he must return to its natural habitat in the United States. However once, getting to the U.S. with his case full of creatures, a few escape into the city. Newt must then team up with some unlikely allies to find the missing creatures and return them to his suitcase.

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Recommendation - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them had it's issues, there is no way around it. The plot, or plots, felt forced together to a complicated degree. The main character was under developed so was unrelatable, but the dynamic between him and the other two main characters (Tina and Kowalski) was a lot of fun to watch. I had a lot of fun in this movie as it reintroduces us to the wizarding world, and introduces us to new creatures and characters. The creatures were absolutely fascinating to watch which provided some entertaining moments during plot lulls.

I do not think this movie quite lives up to the epic that the Harry Potter movies were. I think this movie is a decent start to a new franchise and will hold up better once the sequels are released. This movie is a must own for any die hard fan of the world created by J.K. Rowling. If you are not a fan of the Harry Potter films then you won't like this one. If you are casual fan, I recommend renting this movie but cannot recommend adding it to your home video collection due to its plot issues.

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Synopsis - Why Him?

Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) has a struggling printing company and is taking his wife and son to visit his daughter at college for the holidays. Little do they know, his daughter is dating Laird Mayhew (James Franco) who is immensely wealthy from having created a popular app game. When they meet, Laird makes a very terrible first impression leaving Ned to wonder "Why him?". Laird then makes a deal with Ned stating that by the end of the weekend, Ned will be calling Laird "son".

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Recommendation - Why Him?

Why Him? was a fun movie, if I’m to sum it up as simply as possible. Some of the laughs worked, others worked really well and some didn’t work at all, but this movie is full of laughs. Between Bryan Cranston, James Franco and Keegan-Michael Key bringing tons of comedy, it is hard to not enjoy this movie. It sacrifices story for comedy as most comedy movies do, with a weak story that left me not caring about the outcome. However, the story was clearly not the focus of the film. The focus of the film was comedy and on that, Why Him? succeeded. I recommend checking this movie out when you get a chance, it is a lot more fun than the trailers suggested.

I definitely think this movie is worth renting. It is hard for me to say whether or not to buy (own) this movie. Some people will love it, some may not like it and others will think it is decent. All I can say is that I enjoyed watching this movie and would enjoy watching it multiple times.

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Synopsis - Patriots Day

Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) is a reputable Boston police officer who had recently been suspended but his last "lame" job, before being put back in field, is to watch the finish line of the Boston Marathon. No one could anticipate the horror that was about to occur and Saunders (along with many other men and women) suddenly had to walk toward the danger, help the wounded civilians and try to catch the men responsible. Patriots Day follows the events leading up to and following the Boston Marathon bombing and we follow some of the men and women there that day, as well as the two men responsible, in this intense retelling of the horrific events.

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Recommendation - Patriots Day

This was a good movie, but it could have been better. It was suspenseful and did not hold back when showing the horrific event. I thought there were way too many storylines shoved in here but that was really my only issue with the film. I thought the acting could have been more gripping but I would not go as far as to say it was bad, it just could have been stronger. I thought Massachusetts had a "Strong" presence in this movie which really helped the film overall. Oh and did I just see Supergirl? (this must be Earth 5 or something).

Anyway, this was a "Strong" movie and, while I think it could have been better, I do recommend checking it out. Oh and be sure to check out the testimonials at the end. I really enjoyed hearing from the real people and I liked seeing the current status of a "certain someone's" fate, as I have not heard anything in a while. Anyway, like I said, I recommend seeing this movie. I absolutely recommend renting it and I can recommend adding it to your home video collection (especially if you are from Boston or a surrounding area).

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Synopsis - Silence

In the 17th century, when Catholicism was outlawed in Japan, two (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) Portuguese priests must travel to Japan to learn the truth of their mentor's (Liam Neeson) fate. With Catholicism being outlawed, the priests have their faith tested on this dangerous journey. The two are challenged by eachother, their varying views, their varying interpretations of The Bible and its meaning. Yet the two must work together and overcome adversity in order to discover the truth behind their mentor's disappearance.

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Recommendation - Silence

While I enjoyed this movie, I will admit that I was a bit disappointed with Silence. There is a lot of depth to this movie. It challenges faith and religion but does so by delivering s slow and sometimes boring movie. The performances and n this movie were phenomenal, but it was not enough to make up for the boring spots in the film. Do not get me wrong, I think this is a good movie but it falls short of its potential. There are points where this movie is powerful and compelling and there are points that left me wondering how much longer this movie would go on for.

There is a lot to this movie and it is a movie that will give you more to sink your teeth on with multiple viewings but I do not think it is worth putting yourself through the slow story multiple times. My recommendation would be to rent this movie if you are a fan of the slower movie that challenges ones faith and morality, but I would not recommend adding this movie to your home video collection.

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Synopsis - A Monster Calls

Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with more than any boy should have to. His father (Toby Kebbell) is out of the picture, his loving mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill and, as if things could not get any worse, it seems as though Conor will have to live with his incredibly strict grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). One night, Conor is visited by a giant tree monster (Liam Neeson) who takes Conor on an epic journey that blends fantasy with reality and forces Conor to face his fears and face the reality of his mother's fate.

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Recommendation - A Monster Calls

The best way to explain my opinion of this movie would be to say that it is a fantastic coming of age drama, if you know what you are getting yourself into. I was fascinated by so much of this movie but could not help but notice how terrible the marketing team was at promoting this movie. This is a wonderfully written, dark drama in which a boy has to deal with death, bullying, and isolation. This is by no means a family or kids movie. This is a dark movie with very real concepts that is absolutely suited for an adult audience despite the main character or fantasy elements. That being said, I think that this movie expertly merges adult concepts with a fantasy-based plot. This a great movie with a great story, great visuals, and great performances. It just is not the kids movie that the trailers may suggest.

I definitely recommend seeing this movie. Just remember what I said here and be aware of what kind of movie this is. I think this is a movie worth watching but I recommend renting it. You will not be disappointed but I do not imagine many people will want to watch it multiple times so I cannot recommend adding it to your home video collection.

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