Bulls Eye, Hit, or Miss: New Releases for the Week of January 25th

Goosebumps: Hit

  • A teenager falls for his neighbour who is the daughter of famous write R.L Stein. Unfortunately for Stein, his books come to life when Zach (Dylan Minette) accidentally opens them up.
  • Pros: Despire Goosebumps being known for its scary factor, the movie plays it in a more lighthearted manner which is definitely better for kids that are watching.
  • The humour makes the film very enjoyable.
  • Cons: The Goosebumps we grew up with were scary. This movie on the other hand, is not.
  • It’s cheesy factor is through the roof and sometimes unwatchable.
  • Why Hit? Although it is not like the original Goosebumps TV episodes it is still a fun watch.

Burnt: Bulls Eye

  • Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) is a world renowned chef who destroyed his shining career with drugs and irrational behaviour. After he cleaned himself up, he returns to London to get his third Michelin star.
  • Pros: The movie is always on. There is always something happening and the dialogue is very to the point and fast paced.
  • The world of being a highly “respected” chef is very well shown in the movie. Things that happen in this movie actually do happen in kitchens and that is quite terrifying.
  • There are some clever plots twists in the movie as well. Some may see them coming from a mile away but others may let out a gasp at the one twist.
  • Cons: Not enough character development, especially for the character of Adam. Although we are given flashbacks, we are not given more details in to how he became the way he did.
  • Why Bulls Eye? It’s a fast paced, great acting all around, and will probably make you want to eat a lot of food.

Hyena Road: Miss

  • As stated on IMDb “Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars – all stand at the intersection of modern warfare – a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems”. This is a better description than what we thought we watched.
  • Pros: It’s Canadian!
  • It’s like a lower budget film of the typical American Navy/Army/Armed Forces movies.
  • Cons: We really couldn’t connect with the film at all. This may just be because we don’t enjoy armed forces type movies that much.
  • Why Miss? A story that does not keep you enthralled at all.

Diary of a Teenage Girl: Bulls Eye

  • A teen artist has had a sexual awakening and gets involved in an “affair” of sorts with her mothers boyfriend.
  • Pros: We love what the movie talks about and how open it is about most things. Its subject matter is something that is rarely discussed in film and we appreciate it being so out in the open here.
  • Bel Powley is fantastic in her role as Minnie
  • Cons: The subject matter in general is very concerning. Minnie (Bel Powley) is a teenager who is having sex with a significantly much older man and it never really comes across as a concerning issue.
  • Why Bulls Eye? A movie with the subject matter that this has with a great led should be enough to draw you in.

Woodlawn: Hit

  • Based on a true story, talented football player Tony Nathan (Caleb Catstille) must face racial tensions on and off the field while being the best player he can be.
  • Pros: Like all football movies, there is always going to be those incredibly motivational moments that inspire you as a viewer and this movie of course has that.
  • For a film that’s main subject matter is religion, it does a good job of not being to overly in your face about it.
  • Cons: The story is exactly what we’ve seen before and unfortunately it’s getting really old really fast.
  • Why Hit? Based on a true story and surprisingly inspirational.

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