Paul McGuire Grimes review one of the most anticipated horror movie of all time. Plus he gives us his take on new rom-com staring Reese Witherspoon.
IT (theatrical release)
The town of Derry, Maine has experienced the same tragedy for decades. For Bill Denbrough the horrors all started after the death of his kid brother Georgie. It was down pouring one afternoon when Georgie decided to play outside with his toy paper boat. He watched it float down the water current right down into the sewer drain. He attempted to save it, but a clown appeared luring him in with his bubbly voice. Georgie was then eaten and sucked into the sewers by Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Over the next year Bill is determined to try to find Georgie despite the disapproval by his parents. He constantly deals with school bullies but has a good group of friends, each an outcast in their own way giving them the nickname “The Losers Club.” As the summer passes on, each one becomes haunted with their own fears and demons culminating in the sight of Pennywise. News continues to spread that more kids continue to go missing in Derry. Bill becomes determined that the only way to cope with Georgie’s death and prevent any more kids from going missing is for the Losers Club to band together and kill Pennywise once and for all.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? One of the best Stephen King adaptations in decades
RATING: 4 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
HOME AGAIN (theatrical release)
Reese Witherspoon is back to her rom-com roots in Home Again. She plays Alice Kinney, a single mom to two young girls who moves back to her dad’s old house in California after separating from her husband. Her mother is an actress and her dad was a former Hollywood director who left behind a lasting legacy after his death. She’s an interior designer trying to build a new client base. A night out with girlfriends for her birthday ends in a surprising encounter with three young filmmakers who have moved to L.A. to make their big break. Harry is only 27, and his smooth charming ways have a certain appeal to Alice. He takes a liking to her after they drunkenly spend the night together. Upon her mother’s advice, Alice allows the guys to shack up in her guesthouse as they’re trying to get settled. They are massive fans of Alice’s parents, so this is a dream come true. With the three guys always around, Alice gets the tech support, childcare, and sex she needs. Things get a bit more complicated when Alice’s ex-husband shows up hoping to win her over again.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? It’s the wistful Reese rom-com that you expect from it.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS