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ROCKETMAN is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Scott’s Take

Now, this is what Bohemian Rhapsody should have been like. Taron Edgerton is absolutely fantastic as Sir Elton John and Jamie Bell turns in an Oscar-caliber performance as John’s longtime writing partner Bernie Taupin. Rocketman shows what Elton John overcame to become the rock legend he is today and doesn’t cut corners when it comes to his drug use and sexuality. Rocketman is my Blu-Ray Pick of the week and one of, if not the best film of 2019.

Steve’s Take

What Scott said. Absolutely in my top 10 of the year and looking better and better as time goes by. If you haven’t seen this one yet, I implore you to check it out. As much as I loved this one, we all have to admit that Joel > Elton. Boom.

Kyle’s Take

Dan’s Take

Godzilla: King of Monsters

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Scott’s Take

Godzilla: King of Monsters is an ultra letdown of a film that tries to do too much, all while throwing up shoddy special effects that mostly take place in the dark and in the rain. While not a bad creature feature to watch on a rainy night or Sunday afternoon, this isn’t a film to seek out much less buy.

Steve’s Take

While not nearly one of the best flicks of the year, it was quite entertaining. Leave your mind at the door and check this one out in the comfort of your own home along with some popcorn on a Saturday night.

Nardo’s Take

The Secret Life of Pets 2

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will follow summer 2016’s blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the sequel to the comedy that had the best opening ever for an original film, animated or otherwise. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 will see the return of writer Brian Lynch (Minions) and once again be directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax).

Scott’s Take

I’m not going to lie, I laughed more than a few times while watching The Secret Life of Pets 2. Actually, I laughed more times than I expected. This is a great movie for kids and one that parents won’t feel time just slipping away while sitting on the couch next to the younglings. Feel free to go out and grab this one.

Steve’s Take

You know I’ve got a kid and you know I will be grabbing this one. There is no way around it. I’ve tried.

Kyle’s Take

Scott’s Wrap

This is an easy one. My pick of the week is Rocketman and it isn’t close. Coming in a distant second is The Secret Life of Pets 2, and if you have nothing better to do, go check out Godzilla: King of Monsters. Next week we have Men In Black: International, Octavia Spencer’s horror flick Ma, and Booksmart. Have a great week everyone.

Steve’s Wrap

I’ll go with Rocketman and The Secret Life of Pets 2 this week depending on the crowd. There is absolutely a way for there to be total happiness in a household. Actually, if you’ve got kids you will probably also want to Red Box Godzilla. Enjoy your week and your extended weekend!