This week’s movies: April 20-26

Now You See Me

Netflix summary: Brainy magicians Atlas and Henley lead a troupe of illusionists who specialize in robbing from the rich, in the form of banks, and giving to the poor, their audiences, all while trying to outwit a team of FBI agents determined to bring them down.

★★★ Actually pretty entertaining considering the director, Louis Leterrier also worked on the oh-so-bad Clash of the Titans (2010) and The Incredible Hulk (2008), both of which I gave two stars. This movie did genuinely have me laughing. And I just can’t say no to a movie with Michael Caine in it.

Monsters University

Netflix summary: This prequel to Pixar’s popular animated tale Monsters Inc. once again features eccentric monster pals Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. Set during their college days, the film tells the strange and amusing tale of how the pair became friends.

★★★ The best way to watch this is to be a kid (or watch it around 4:20). I find almost every Pixar movie delightful and this one is pretty good considering it’s a prequel.

The Killing

Netflix summary: A young Seattle girl’s disappearance sets in motion this moody crime series centering on a conflicted detective who’s working on the case.

★★★★ While this isn’t so much a movie as it is a television series (owned by Netflix!) I still count it. From the first episode I was hooked. Being a Seattleite, I appreciate the attention to detail concerning the location (willing to forgive them on overdoing the rain). If you crave series marathons or crime drama, this is something  you should check out.

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