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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Girls Trip

The Flossy Posse is being reunited. It has been five years since these four best friends have all been together. And what could be better than a free trip to the Essence Festival in New Orleans? Ryan (Regina Hall) has a speaking engagement at the festival with her husband. She invites Sasha (Queen Latifah), Dina (Tiffany Haddish), and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) to reconnect. Almost immediately the women find out the Ryan’s husband is cheating. They rally together to help Ryan out but find out she knows and is sticking it out for their reputations. But the women help her realize that there is more to life and happiness than work and reputation.

This was a funny, if sometimes over the top, movie. A lot of great cameos and Tiffany Haddish is hilarious. Also starring, Kate Walsh and Lorenz Tate. Rated R

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Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) has a problem. She becomes attached to a person on social media and starts stalking them, trying to be their friend. The last one end with Ingrid in a mental institution. Now Ingrid is out ready to change her life. Once back home she starts her lonely life. But soon she is sucked back into her old ways and becomes obsessed with Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). Ingrid ends up going to California and soon finds Taylor. She becomes friends with her but her obsessive ways come out and Taylor is done with her. Will this finally be the wake up call Ingrid needs? Or is she doomed to this behavior forever?

I really ended up liking this movie. It was crazy to see how one person can get so fixated on another person and the lengths they will go to be friends with their obsession. Also starring, O’Shea Jackson, Jr and Wyatt Russell. Rated R


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A Ghost Story

C (Casey Affleck) and M (Rooney Mara) are a married couple living in a old house. M wants to move but C is hesitant. All of that changes when C dies in a car accident. Now M is all alone or is she? As she moves on with her life there is a presence in the house with her. Standing in a white sheet. The seasons pass and M moves away but the sheet stays. New families move in and then the house gets demolished. And then we are go back to the settlers. And then to when C and M move in. Confused? Me too!

This was the slowest movie I have ever watched. I get it is supposed to be thought provoking and artsy but I was so bored. At one point she is eating a pie by herself for like seven minutes. I would only recommend this movie if you like slow paced movies. Rated R


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Baywatch

Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) is a lifeguard. He doesn’t just sit on the beach tanning all day. He saves lives and solves crimes with the help of CJ (Kelly Rohrbach) and Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera), his fellow lifeguards. They have three spots open on the team and Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron) thinks he has the spot without trying out. Mitch soon puts him in his place. He does end up making the team along with Ronnie (Jon Bass) and Summer (Alexandra Daddario). They soon stumble upon drugs and dead bodies. It all leads to the new resort owner, Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra). Will they be able to find the evidence before it is too late?

This wasn’t as awful as I thought it would be. I mean it wasn’t great but I love Dwayne Johnson so I could handle watching this movie. It did hold my attention and there was some good action. Rated R


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When a Stranger Calls

Jill (Camilla Belle) has been grounded for going over her minutes on her phone. Not able to go to the big school bonfire, Jill agrees to babysit for a new family.  When Jill gets there she sees that they live in a secluded area in a huge house. The kids are already in bed and the housekeeper is supposedly gone. Jill settles in but soon receives a phone call. No one is there and Jill dismisses it. But the phone keeps ringing all night. Jill calls the police and they put a trace on the phone. When the stranger calls back, the police call Jill as soon as he hangs up. What Jill hears is, “The call is coming from inside the house.”

This is a remake of the 1979 Carol Kane version. The acting isn’t great but it is a good thriller. You don’t know where this stalker is and when he is going to strike. Also starring, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson, and Clark Gregg. Rated PG-13


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Bloodrunners

It takes so many people to make a movie and that’s what surprises me most about Bloodrunners, that no one said “this movie is bad and we should not make it”. However, it was still made and I watched the whole thing. The story takes place during prohibition and involves a crooked police department that shakes down local bars for bribe money. Things go awry when a new bar owned by ICE-T (aww yeah) pays the bribe but continues to run booze without the cops knowing. This leads to a standoff at which point we discover they’re not running booze but BLOOD! That’s right, ICE-T is also a vampire. Now the crooked cops have to fight the vamps and choose a “cathouse” for a base of operations. There’s also convoluted back story involving vamps in WWI, one of the cops got the local madame preggers before going to the war, and a gay man runs the entire operation as a front because a black man in charge would’ve been too crazy for the 30’s but apparently a gay man was totally fine??

My final take? I friggin’ loved this movie. It was so laughably terrible that it came back around to being good again. There was so much dialogue and exposition that I’m sure every rule of film school was broken. 4/5 stars.


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Kong: Skull Island

A group of scientists are giving permission to explore an uncharted island in the South Pacific in the 1970s.  Along for the ride is the military, a photographer and a guide. As they flew their helicopters to the island, they encounter an enormous ape. The survivors are scattered around the island and have three days to make it back to the rendezvous point or be stuck on the island forever.

This was just an okay movie for me. I love King Kong and I did enjoy John C. Reilly’s character but overall I wouldn’t recommend this movie. Starring, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Corey Hawkins. Rated PG-13