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Yesterday

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed… and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Steve’s Take

Imagine if the Beatles never existed. See what I did there? Yesterday is an entertaining flick that should satisfy you after seeing it. People from various age groups have always been able to connect with the Beatles and I think the same can be said about this movie.

Dan’s Take

Anna

Beneath Anna Poliatova’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the world’s most feared government assassins. An electrifying thrill ride unfolding with propulsive energy, startling twists and breathtaking action, ANNA introduces Sasha Luss in the title role with a star-studded cast including Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, and Luke Evans.

Steve’s Take

I haven’t seen Anna yet, but I’ve heard…well, nothing. I don’t think I have spoken to a single person that has seen it. I will try to get to it this week so you can have an insanely expert opinion to go by.

Child’s Play

A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child’s Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Steve’s Take

What are we doing here? Really? Another Child’s Play? This one wasn’t terrible, but was there really a need for it? No. The answer is no. Should you see it? Sure, why not – Halloween is coming and we need to fit in as many of these as we can from now until 10/31.

Shaft

“Shaft” is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather coat, there’s no denying family. Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.

Steve’s Take

Anything with Samuel L. Jackson and a tag line of “more shaft than you can handle” is at least worth seeing, right? Absolutely check this one out, but remember what you are seeing and don’t come back to me complaining it isn’t Oscar-worthy. Steve never said it was.

Steve’s Wrap

Bigger selection than there has been over the last few weeks. All of these flicks are completely different from one another. I won’t recommend just one, but I will recommend for different occasions. Looking for a comedy with some good music – check out Yesterday. Want to get a jump start on the corny Halloween flicks? Child’s Play is your best bet. Want to laugh and see some action? Shaft is the answer. Want to see a movie blindly? See Anna. Me? I’ll see you all next week when we discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home! Have a great last week of September!