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About the Critics:

Doug Solem has been in love with movies ever since he first snuck into the Anoka Theater to see Steve McQueen in Bullitt. He goes to at least one new movie every Friday.  He has also been a voice talent for TV and Radio commercials for the past 20 years and is currently represented through the Moore Talent Agency. Click Here For Doug's Voice Demo He had his first starring role in the local independently produced movie "SEVER" Click Here for information and pictures for "Sever" - a horror film shot throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communications.  His favorite directors include the Cohen Brothers and Steven Spielberg.  Favorite actors include Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale. 

Doug Jr. takes after his dad. He has been obsessed with movies since he was a child. "JR" graduated from St. Cloud State University with a major in Graphic Design.  He has worked for Professional organizations including the Minnesota Gophers, Lynx and Timberwolves, creating video features and in game entertainment. His love for movies started when he was first introduced to the Back to the Future Franchise. From that point on he knew he want to be a creative and tell stories through video. His favorite directors include Quentin Tarantino, Robert Zemeckis, and Wes Anderson.

 

 

 

JR'S FEATURED MOVIE REVIEW
GLASS
DIRECTED BY M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originalsó2000ís Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016ís Split, from Universalóin one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James Mcavoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumbís superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

                      

Going in to this movie I was more excited than anything else.  I knew Shyamalan has a history of great movies (Unbreakable, Split, Signs, Sixth Sense).  On the other hand I also knew he has a history of making absolute duds (The Happening, After Earth, The Last Airbender).  However, his movies are usually self-financed, original and full of twists, which is something I can appreciate.
 
It took almost two decades for this third installment to premiere.  Overall I was very happy with the final film. This movie has a star studded cast which includes, Bruce Willis, James Mcavoy and of Course Samuel. L Jackson.   Willis and Jackson had solid acting performances, not amazing but good.  Mcavoy stole the show.  His ability to go in and out of personalities is stunning and deserves more recognition.  Overall, there are plenty of holes in this movie which may irritate people.  However, I found a lot of the problems I had throughout the movie, were resolved by the end.  My advice is to not set expectations too high, and have an open mind when watching it.  I have to praise Shyamalan on his creative story telling. Things donít always make sense but itís always original and something you havenít seen before.  Flaws, Twists, and shocks, expect the unexpected. 
3 out of 5 stars.

 

 

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