Justice League

Despite not having seen any of the DC Universe films (except Wonder Woman), I decided to check out Justice League since I can watch unlimited movies at the theatre with MoviePass.  The movie wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I loved Wonder Woman and I did like seeing her on screen again, even though I wish she had been given more to do in the movie.

At the start of the movie, Superman has died (apparently in the previous movie) and Batman must assemble other superheroes together to defeat Steppenwolf.  He partners with Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.  Of course, Superman cannot stay dead for long and he is eventually resurrected and joins the team as well.  There were some exciting action scenes and it will be interesting to see where the future movies take some of these new characters.

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Mudbound

My husband and I watched Mudbound on Netflix last week at the recommendation of my parents who enjoyed it.  The story follows two families in the South right after WWII, one black and one white.  Both have strong connections to a certain piece of land, with one being the owner and the one working it.  Racial tensions are high, especially after the black son returns from fighting in the war where color didn’t seem to matter.  It is difficult to readjust to a society that seems backwards.  Certain scenes are especially difficult to watch, especially one where the KKK abducts and mutilates him.

The relationship between two brothers and the wife of one of them is also intriguing.  The wife, played by Carey Mulligan is obviously unhappy with being forced to move to this plot of land and it is clear that the tension between them all will come to a head at some point.  The acting and the setting are great and this was a good pick.

Wonder

I saw Wonder last week and loved this movie.  The kids and I had read the book a year or two ago and I love how the message is all about kindness and accepting others.  Auggie is a fifth grader who is about to start school for the first time after being home schooled.  He was born with a facial disfigurement and his parents are very concerned about how the other kids will react and treat him.  Via is Auggie’s older sister who is also dealing with friendships and relationships in high school.  The movie has such heart and is a fabulous choice for school aged children and their families.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

I saw this movie today with my parents.  Frances McDormand plays the main character and she has been getting a ton of buzz so I wanted to check it out.  She plays a mother who is frustrated with the police department who has not solved the murder and rape of her daughter.  She rents three billboards questioning them, which sets into motion a series of crazy events.

There are a ton of interesting side characters that add humor to the plot and while the running time seemed a little long, the movie was very enjoyable.

Coco

The whole family went out to the movies on Thanksgiving to see Coco, Pixar’s newest film.  Miguel is the main character, a young boy in Mexico who dreams of being just like his idol, a famous singer.  His family doesn’t support his dream and Miguel runs away and gets swept up in the Day of the Dead celebration, crossing over to the other side.

The movie is really impressive visually and has a great story and message.  My daughter and I definitely cried at a certain part and we were all entertained the entire time.

Turtles All the Way Down

I finished the latest John Green book a few nights ago, Turtles All the Way Down. I loved The Fault in Our Stars but haven’t connected to his others in the same way.

The main character is Aza, who is a high school girl struggling with mental illness. She compulsively thinks about how bacteria is invading her body and at her worst, she starts to ingest hand sanitizer. While I felt bad for her, I became frustrated at times especially when she didn’t take her medication. Aza’s illness also hurts her relationships with her best friend and her boyfriend. The story also follows a mystery regarding her boyfriend’s missing father.

I would rank this below Paper Towns. The mystery in that one was a lot more interesting.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

We had another flight and I was able to catch Spider-Man: Homecoming. The kids had seen this one already with my parents but I hadn’t gotten the chance yet.

This is a great Spider-Man story. Tom Holland plays Peter Parker as a high schooler and the movie skips the origin story. Instead Peter is thrust into the spotlight after the events of Civil War. He wants to be a part of the Avengers, but Tony Stark holds him back.

Peter discovers a villainous plot led by Michael Keaton and goes after him with the help of his high school buddy. Marisa Tomei is great as Aunt May as are all the high school characters. I would have loved to have seen this on the big screen but it was a fun movie even on an airplane.