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Louis C.K. voices Max, a dog who’s living a happy life with his owner, Kate, in a Manhattan apartment. When Kate brings home Duke, a much larger dog, Max feels jealous and threatened. As Max and Duke keep trying to get rid of each other, they eventually find themselves lost in the city, having to rely on a variety of animals to help them get home.
We Said: “The Secret Life of Pets is one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I had in 2016 to date. Illumination really has grown into a fantastic animated movie studio that has surpassed DreamWorks and Blue Sky in my opinion to be only second to Disney/Pixar. This a movie that is great for everyone to go see and have a great time.” Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In the fifth installment of the Bourne series, Matt Damon returns as the titular memory loss sufferer and former assassin. While trying to avoid being killed by the government that once employed him, Bourne begins to uncover hidden secrets about both himself and his late father.
We Said: “Jason Bourne ends by teasing a bold new direction, however it ultimately settles in a status quo we'll immediately recognize. The world of Bourne never really changes; there are new foes and new secrets but the journey remains the same and that is both a strength and weakness.” Rating: 3 out of 5
An improv troupe called The Commune is made up of a tight-knit group of friends in New York who all dream of making it big. Their bond is tested when one of the members, Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), becomes the only one who’s offered a job by a TV show.
We Said: “[Director Mike] Birbiglia shows tremendous progression as a filmmaker in meshing the different tones, but his greatest accomplishment may be that he doesn't treat improv with kid gloves, or portray it as too precious. There may be a spirit of love and cooperation that goes into the world of improv but showbiz is dog-eat-dog, and Don't Think Twice isn't afraid to put those harsh realities on center stage.” Rating: 4.5 out of 5