GET OUT Review — LOGAN Review — One is Brilliant, One is Brutal

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Get Out Review — A brilliant cinematic surprise

Get Out review Logan reviewHorror never has been my favorite genre, but I’ve gone absolutely gaga over Jordan Peele‘s cunning, creepy and clever Get Out. It’s frightening in so many delicious ways and on so many different levels.

The concept is this: White girl (Allison Williams) takes black boyfriend (Daniel Kaluuyahome to meet the parents. She tells him the worst he’s going to have to put up with is listening to her dad (Bradley Whitford) talk about how he would have voted for a Obama a third time, but you know that ain’t right. I’m not going to say one more thing about the plot, because discovery is have the fun…and half the fright.

Writer/director Peele of Key & Peele fame has packed it all into this gem of a film: suspense, jump scares, surprise, horror, social commentary, irony, wit,  — there’s even comic relief, which, believe me, is welcome and necessary.

If you only see one horror movie — ever — this should be it.

Rated R

2 Hours 10 Minutes

Logan Review — That Wolverine sure is cranky!

Get Out review Logan reviewI know, I know — this is the X-Men film comic fans have been waiting for. It’s the first R-rated Marvel movie from Fox, and perhaps filmmakers were encouraged by the  success of Disney’s Deadpool, also rated R. But Ryan Reynolds as Deadpoool was fun and flippant. Hugh Jackman as Logan, or Wolverine, in not. He’s dark, brooding, morose and mean.

Logan is set in the year 2029, when most of the mutants have been destroyed. Wolverine and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) are being hunted down, and are barely hanging on. They’re in the worst shape we’ve ever seen them, and they go down hill from there. Pain, both emotional and physical, seems to be the underlying theme.

The entire film is relentlessly glum and violent. For the first time in an X-men movie, we’re shown excessive blood splattered, limbs severed, organs skewered and expletives spewed. The violence, much of it committed by a child, is so brutal I had to look away from the screen several times. Clocking in at two hours and 15 minutes, it feels like it lasts an excruciating two days and 15 hours.

It’s a Must-See only if you’re a huge fan of the X-Men. Otherwise, you’ll feel the pain a little too acutely.

Rated R

2 Hours 15 Minutes

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GET OUT Review — LOGAN Review — One is Brilliant, One is Brutal

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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