Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

We Bought a Zoo (♦♦♦)

Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon), a widower with two children, is tired of living in the city, going to the same places that remind him so much of his late wife. What to do? Buy a farm in the country, of course! The family falls in love with a house that comes with a big responsibility: a zoo.

This is a feel good family movie, with some fun on the side. Sometimes the actors try too hard to be funny, but the result is a fun time at the theater without profanity or violence. The story is predictable but light and entertaining.