NUNN'S THEATER HABIT
Lego stacks up against the competition
Sat. February 23, 2019 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn
Three movies to check out over Oscar weekend
Forget Lincoln Logs, Legos are now more popular than ever in the kiddie market. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part continues to build on the Danish toy company's brand and movie franchise. For those that have seen the first one, part two is more of the same sensory overloaded action that began the series of movies that currently have several spinoffs.
While it can be overwhelming, there are many jokes throughout that pack a punch and it's entertaining to try to recognize the voices of the actors playing the various roles. One new addition to the Lego group is Tiffany Haddish. She has one of the strangest performances in cartoon history in The Second Part. It really needs to be seen to be believed.
One thing is for certain, Bricksburg will never be the same after new developments and expect a third part in the works for the future.
Now to totally change gears we head to Spain where Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up for the movie Everybody Knows. It's a thriller involving a lot of family drama. The novella slowly unfolds and finally heats up following the set up. After a kidnapping at a wedding, life takes a strange turn for the characters in the story.
Cruz centers the piece that is more than just a TV movie thanks to strong performances and a plot that doesn't paint by the numbers.
Fighitng with My Family was my favorite of the three films that recently opened at the theater. It's the story of a family of British wrestlers that want to make it big in America. This is based on an earlier documentary that was spotted by The Rock and director Stephen Merchant who have turned it into a big budget movie.
Florence Pugh is especially good playing goth girl Paige who tries to conquer the male driven WWE world. The cast is all excellent and for those that love an underdog story with a heart of gold, this is the feel good movie for them.
While many struggle to cram down the last of the Oscar nominated movies before the big night on Feb. 24, there are several new flicks worth seeing in a season at the cinema that rarely seems to slow down.