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Movies in a Minute: ‘Midnight Special’

First off, let me just say one word: WOW.

That’s exactly how I walked away from “Midnight Special” feeling: amazed, amused and astounded.

The film, for those who may not know, is about a young boy named Alton who discovers he has special powers after escaping a religious cult with his father, played by Michael Shannon.

While you might be thinking to yourself, “Oh, I’ve seen a sci-fi movie like that before,” let me stop you right there — you haven’t.

Alton’s undisclosed magical powers are being fought over by several different entities, who believe they can use them for their own benefit.

The movie is about an hour-and-a-half long and, for that entire time, I was on the edge of my seat. In fact, out of five stars, I’m giving “Midnight Special” a four.

Alton, played by Jaeden Lieberher, is absolutely phenomenal for such a young actor and his stellar cast — consisting of Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver (yes, Kylo Ren!) — really help move the film along.

Honestly, pack up the family and go spend your April Fools weekend at the movie theater seeing “Midnight Special,” I promise you won’t regret it.

(And no — I’m not joking.)


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