Ken’s Movie Diary 2018: films #77 to #81

77. Isle of Dogs (2018)

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Wes Anderson’s distinctive style is given a fresh coat with this dog-dominated stop motion dramedy. Featuring some of the most gorgeously animated armature puppets and detailed backgrounds, and Anderson’s troupe of regular performers, this is one of Anderson’s most entertaining and creative projects.

78. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare (2018)

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Laughably bad SnapChat Filter face-effects are just the start of this film’s problems. This is a Final Destination clone that is too PG-13 to show any of the gloriously gory kills. Too bad, because hanging around with characters as unlikable as these, it won’t take long til you are praying for their violent end.

79. Beirut (2018)

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Supposedly a version of this script was around in the 1990s and it shows, this is a movie about terrorism with a decidedly pre-9/11 view of the matter. While the movie is a period piece set well before 9/11, the sentiment of the film feels desperately out of pace with time. Jon Hamm basically just plays a spy version of Don Draper, and Rosamund Pike is “characterless female co-lead”.

80. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018)

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The most shocking thing about making a children’s film about WWI is that this was even considered to begin with. Even more shocking to me is how well it actually works. Sgt. Stubby tells the story of a dog adopted by an infantry unit as their mascot, and the (well-documented) true story of the dog’s surprising exploits of heroism. In between the heroics is a film that quite admirably captures the horrors of war in a digestible and educational portion for younger audiences.

81. Super Troopers 2 (2018)

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Did you enjoy the first Super Troopers? Then you’ll likely find plenty of funny moments here, as the Broken Lizard comedy troupe thankfully found some creative ways to avoid re-telling the same jokes. Unfortunately, the story is basically pointless, so the film’s worth relies completely on how funny you think this is. A few too many contrived “Canadian” jokes are survivable only because Kevin Smith made a far more arrogant film doing the same thing.

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