Updated: 03/11/2016 4:05 PM
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3/11 Movie Trip
Is the new thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane worth a trip to the movies? Paul McGuire Grimes from the website Paul's Trip to the Movies shares his thoughts. Plus, a "kid picK" and reactions to the trailers for Finding Dory and Ghostbusters.
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (theatrical release)
10 Cloverfield Lane is considered by the studio to be the “blood relative” sequel of the smash 2008 hit film Cloverfield. Producer J.J. Abrams snuck one on moviegoers by producing a sequel and keeping it shrouded in secrecy. Michelle is seen packing her belongings and leaving her engagement ring behind. As she’s driving away and getting that call from her fiancé, her car is struck and rolls over. When she comes to, she finds herself connected to an IV and chained to a cinderblock wall. She’s being kept captive in an underground fallout shelter. Her captor Howard claims that he saved her life and is keeping her safe from the outside world, which is under attack. To say anymore would be to completely spoil the gauntlet that is set in place.
-Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
-Goodman is fantastic at playing that creepy neighbor that you don’t really know if you can trust or not. He shifts back and forth on whether or not you believe him or think he’s psychotic.
-You don’t have to see the first Cloverfield to enjoy this one. Completely different characters and storyline. The only connection between the two comes into play at the end.
-Like any good scary movie, the score keeps the tension and suspense high throughout the entire moving leading up to a climax that is completely frightening.
-Plays on fear, paranoia, and claustrophobia as it takes place entirely in the bunker. You never know what’s going to happen next. Even if you try to guess what’s coming next, it takes some surprising and shocking turns.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? A well-made, suspenseful flick full of jumps for anyone needing a good scare.
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (home release)
Click here to read an Interview with writer Craig Schultz and director Steve Martino from “The Peanuts Movie” on Paul's website
It’s been thirty-five years since Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang graced the big screen. Creator Charles M. Schulz died in 2000, but his son Craig has written an all-new story for his father’s beloved characters. It’s a snowy day and school has been cancelled leaving the Peanuts with a full day of playing around on the ice rink, building snowmen, and throwing snowballs around. This also happens to be the day that Charlie Brown finds out he’s getting a new neighbor. The moving trucks arrive and so does The Little Red-Haired Girl, who also ends up joining Charlie Brown’s class. It’s love at first sight for Charlie and sees this as the perfect opportunity to have a clean slate. She won’t know about any of his old mishaps. As he tries to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl, his rascally friend Snoopy helps him along the way and embarks on a journey against the Red Baron as he rescues a beautiful poodle named Fifi.
- The biggest update the The Peanuts Movie has embarked on is the conversion from Schulz’s 2D drawings to full 3D computer animation. Naysayers should rest assured that it was done with great care and consideration to not compromise the essence of those original drawings.
-Each character feels like perfect recreation of the 2D illustrations.
-Written by Craig Schulz, who is the son of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz. He has wisely incorporated many of Charlie Brown’s old adventures and memories into this in order to make it feel as cohesive to the Peanuts world we all know and love.
-There are references to his flimsy Christmas tree, the great pumpkin, and there are appearances to Snoopy’s Joe Cool, and the Red Baron,
-Unlike many animated films where we hear adult actors voice kid characters, The Peanuts Movie has a plethora of young talent voicing our beloved characters.
-Has that innocent and timeless feel to it. It harkens back to what made the classic Peanuts so endearing. The writers went back to the original source material, as the messages are universal. The heart of the film is about being kind, honest, and true to yourself.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? The gang's all back for a story that's cute, charming, and full of heart.
NEW TRAILERS TO WATCH
FINDING DORY - Opens June 17th
GHOSTBUSTERS - Opens July 15th