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Goddard Textiles, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox,

Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth, Nick Offerman, Russell Crowe, Alvina August, Mark O’Brien

The El Royale is a run down hotel on the border between Nevada and California near Lake Tahoe. Half of the rooms are in one state and the other half are in the other, decorated especially for each state, but there is a red line running down the middle of the main lounge that divides the room in half. The hotel used to be a hot destination, but is dying since they lost their gambling license and all the slot machines are out of order. Now no one stays here. A tired old priest (Jeff Bridges) shows up at the same time as a lounge singer (Cynthia Erivo) who is staying at the El Royale because it is very cheap. When they enter the lobby the find the hotel empty except for a traveling salesman who is also looking for an attendant. Over time, a few more people show up, but nobody is what they appear, all are hiding deep secrets, and things are going to go bad due to a whole bunch of bad choices as well as a great number of misunderstandings, and it truly is Bad Times at the El Royale for everyone.

I was intrigued by the trailer and really wanted to get to see it in the theater, but for some reason I never made it. I was excited when this was released on DVD, and was anxious to see it. It was well worth the wait, and I’m glad I finally got to see this. In fact, it was so much fun, I watched it twice. This is a mystery from start to finish, and it was really fun trying to figure out who the people really were. As you go along, as soon as you figure it out, you find out you’re completely wrong. As the pieces are revealed bit by bit, the puzzle comes together, and it was a really exciting movie. This reminded me a lot of “The Hateful Eight” in the way that nobody actually was who they claimed to be. This was a very insightful film, very dark, but yet somehow really beautiful. The way they built the set completely from scratch, and built the entire lobby building as a single set, allowing them to do long and complex shots in a single take without a cut. It was very well crafted and I enjoyed the movie twice from start to end, and really enjoyed the extra features that were were included on the DVD with info about how and why the film was made the way it was. The actors were superb. Jeff Bridges and Jon Hamm were outstanding. Cynthia Erivo did all the singing herself, and she was exceptional. Though this movie is pretty dark, there are enough puzzles and loose ends to keep us very interested in what’s going to happen. I am glad they didn’t tell us who was in the film at the end. I’m sure I know, but I’m only guessing. I really enjoyed this film.

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Taylor Russell McKenzie, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, Yorick van Wageningen, Adam Robitel, Jessica Sutton, Kenneth Fok, Vere Tindale

Six strangers are given unusual boxes with a ticket inside for an Escape Room attraction, but when they are sitting in the waiting room, they soon come to realize they game has already started. After one close call after another, they soon find out the game is for real and death is not only possible, but highly likely. A sequence of challenges, each harder than the previous one is knocking them off one by one.

This was an interesting film. It is similar to many of the other puzzle films, such as the SAW series, and a number of others, but the freshness of the Escape Room concept is very current. The rooms are very well thought out, and the mix of players is an interesting twist. Each has their own special skills and talents, and the puzzles are certainly very well done. This is a unique look at this genre and it was very well done and worth the price of admission. I totally enjoyed it, and the suspense level was very intense. Very cleverly put together, and one I can recommend for those who love suspense.

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Bona Film Group, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pariah,

Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jonah Hauer King, Edward James Olmos, Alexandria Shipp, Barry Watson, Wes Studi

Bella is a lonely pit bull pup who was abandoned and lost, but taken in by a mother cat. He’s adopted by Lucas, a young medical student who’s landlord does not allow dogs. Lucas works for a veteran’s hospital and sneaks Bella into the hospital to interact with the patients, but he knows he has to send Bella off 400 miles away for a while while he finds a new place to live. Unfortunately Bella escapes and undertakes a long journey to travel the 400 miles or so to find his way back home.

I actually wanted to see this, even though it looks like a really sappy dog story like many in the past, but I found myself really enjoying it to the top. Although it was obvious what would happen, the voice acting was good, and the photography is absolutely stunning. Bella naturally makes a few friends along the way, which really added to the story a LOT, and it was very touching, but insanely interesting. I was pulled in through the entire story, and really enjoyed a nice relaxing evening in the recliner chairs, munching popcorn, and enjoying the journey. I highly recommend this film for #1 – dog lovers who are going to love the dog story. #2 – Parents and grandparents who want to really enjoy a PG movie with the little ones who will also love this, and #3 – basically anyone who wants to relax and enjoy a pleasant story with a happy ending. I found this movie really well done, and the live action animal actors really entertaining. Furthermore, it does bring up some really good issues to talk about, or at least think about after the film. This is a winner!

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Blumhouse Productions, Entertainment One, LStar Capital,

Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, Ava Kolker, Hana Hayes, Josh Stewart, Javier Botet, Tessa Ferrer, Marcus Henderson

In the beginning of this fourth entry into the world of Insidious, we see Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as a young girl (played by Ava Kolker) as she grows up with a monster of a father who is warden of a prison in a little town in New Mexico. Elise and her brother Christian (Bruce Davison) (child played by Pierce Pope) fear their ferocious father who particularly hates the fact that young Elise has the power to see dead people and talk to the dead. Finally, Elise has had enough and leaves Christian behind and heads out on her own. This prequel is shown us because in this film, Elise gets a call from a person who lives in her old home needing her help. She decides she must go back to the house, find the evil that she brought out decades ago. In the process she learns the truth about the things that happened in that house, reconnects with her estranged brother and his two daughters.

This is another entry into “The Further” with Elise. Elise has been the centerpiece of all the films, one of the best horror franchises ever, but in this film we really get to learn her back story. I found that particularly interesting. Most of the scary parts of this film are very similar to the rest of the franchise, but the story itself is what makes this so enjoyable, although I did get really scared a few times. The location is really creepy, and this house is a star. It’s really nice to fill in the story of Elise’s background, and this is a first rate horror film. It has some fierce competition in the box office, but this is a great horror film, and fans of the genre definitely ought to catch this one. I really enjoyed it.

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** A Christmas to Remember

Crown Media Productions, Lighthouse Pictures, Storybox Entertainment,

Mira Sorvino, Cameron Mathison, Jesse Filkow, Bailey Skodje, Elle McKinnon, Brenda Crichlow, Steve Bacic, Kevin McNulty, Wendy Abbott, John Innes, Ona Grauer, Tanya Champoux


Jennifer Wade is a high strung TV personality chef, and she’s really in need of a break. Her friend offers her a cabin in the mountains for some skiing, but a blizzard and a car crash leave her wandering in a small town with no memory of who she is and where she came from. She meets John Blake (Cameron Mathison) who takes her in and tries to help, but even with the help of the whole town, they can’t seem to solve the mystery of who she is. John is a young widower raising small kids, and Jennifer just seems to fit in. But she can’t decide anything until she finds out who she is and where she came from.

This is a really nice little holiday film, and very well acted. The setting is really beautiful, and the acting of Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison is top notch, as are the children. The town is exactly where I’d like to wake up, and it’s a heartwarming story. Why is it mostly at Christmas we love to see the small town life in the movies.But this is a really warm and touching story and one of the best of this year’s class of holiday films. Be sure to watch this one.

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