Movies: Spring 2024

Monarch Movie Recommendations

Director:wade Allain-Marcusstarring: Simone Joy Jones, Jermaine Fowler, June Squibb, Iantha Richardson

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead delivers a nostalgic blend of comedy and coming-of-age charm. Simone Joy Jones shines in her role, infusing the character with charisma and relatability. The film follows a group of kids as they navigate the hilarious and often absurd situations that arise after their babysitter’s untimely demise. Jones’s performance anchors the film, balancing humor and heart with ease. While the plot may verge on the formulaic, the genuine chemistry among the cast and witty dialogue keep audiences engaged throughout. Overall, it’s a lighthearted and enjoyable ride down memory lane, perfect for a fun movie night.

Director: Minhal Baig≪Br /≫ Starring: Blake Cameron James, Gian Knight Ramirez, Lil Rel Howery, Jurnee Smollett

We Grown Now is a refreshing comedy that brings laughter and warmth to the screen while anchored by the comedic talent of Lil Rel Howery. The film follows a group of childhood friends navigating the complexities of adulthood, from relationships to career struggles. Howery’s charismatic performance injects the film with humor and heart, making it relatable to audiences of all ages. While some plot points may feel familiar, the genuine chemistry among the cast and witty dialogue keep the story engaging. With its blend of humor and heart, We Grown Now is a delightful reminder that growing up doesn’t mean losing your sense of fun.

Director: Stephen Glover, Jamla Olori, Luis Perez, Fam Udeorji≪Br /≫ Starring: Donald Glover, Caleb Mclaughlin, 21 Savage, Jabari Banks

American Dream: The 21 Savage Story offers a compelling glimpse into the life of rapper 21 Savage and blends raw honesty with introspection. Through interviews and archival footage, the documentary explores his journey from the streets of Atlanta to hip-hop stardom, shedding light on the challenges he faced along the way. The candid reflections of 21 Savage provide a poignant narrative thread revealing the complexities of fame, identity, and social justice. Directorial finesse ensures a balanced portrayal, capturing both the triumphs and tribulations of his rise to prominence. With its insightful storytelling and powerful message, American Dream offers a thought-provoking exploration of the pursuit of success in modern America.

Director: Mark Molloy≪Br /≫ Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kevin Bacon, Taylour Paige

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F breathes new life into the iconic franchise, with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as the irrepressible Axel Foley. This action-packed sequel delivers the same blend of wit, charm, and adrenaline that made the original a classic. Murphy’s magnetic performance drives the film, infusing every scene with his trademark humor and charisma. While the plot may feel somewhat formulaic, the dynamic action sequences and clever dialogue keep the audience hooked from start to finish. With its nostalgic nods to the past and fresh energy, Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is a worthy addition to the series, sure to thrill fans old and new.

Director: Michael Sarnoski≪Br /≫ Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alex Wolff, Djimon Hounsou

A Quiet Place: Day One expands upon the gripping universe of its predecessor with tension, terror, and heart. Lupita Nyong’o delivers a captivating performance, anchoring the film with emotional depth and resilience. Set in a world overrun by sound-sensitive monsters, the narrative explores the origins of the apocalypse, unveiling the harrowing journey of survival. Director Michael Sarnoski masterfully crafts suspenseful sequences, utilizing silence as a tool to amplify fear. While it maintains the intensity of the original, the sequel enriches the story with new layers of intrigue and character development. A Quiet Place: Day One is a riveting continuation that solidifies its status as a modern horror classic.