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#ThelmaAndLouise – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Thelma and Lousie – Budget of $16.5 million – 2 hours and 9 minutes

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Louise is ready to head out of town to help a friend and she asks Thelma to go with her.  Without any notice to her neglectful husband Darryl, Thelma packs up her stuff and gets ready for a road trip.  One item Thelma packs is a gun; in case they run into some crazy people.  Their first night out, Thelma parties with a guy.  Louise tries to warn her the guy’s a cad but Thelma just wants to dance.  In the parking lot, the guy attempts to rape Thelma.  Louise puts a gun to his head.  They start to walk away when the guy says something that rubs Louise the wrong way.  She shoots him and they get in the car and drive off.  Thelma wants to go to the police.  However, Louise is certain that no one will believe it was self-defense. Louise decides to get some money and drive to Mexico.  After some thought, Thelma decides to go with her.  These two fugitives are on the run to freedom but a drifter, a truck driver, and a robbery stand in their way.

It doesn’t take long for this movie to ramp up and deliver the goods.  The camera work while using a real car with real scenery is a change of pace in today’s CGI/green screen world.  This movie even uses the majesty of the Grand Canyon to bring peace and disruption to the same scene.  You feel like you are in the car and develop a sense of urgency as the two women are being chased.  It’s easy to see how this film inspired Kill Bill and Set It Off (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   It’s easy to lay blame on each woman for the decisions they made but they blame themselves too.  It takes some time but they take some responsibility for what they have done.  Now it does have a lull but hang tight and pay attention.  That lull is used for character development to give the viewer a relationship with each main character.  However, the most shocking entity: this movie is still relevant today.   It’s easy to see why this movie is labeled one of the greatest road movies of all time.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

No, I’m calling from the Playboy mansion – Louise

Well it’s a good thing you’re not Regional Manager and I am – Darryl

Because I didn’t ask him – Thelma

Don’t matter. Brains will only get you so far and luck always runs out – Hal

I just came to see you baby – Jimmy

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#JusticeLeague and #ITonya – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Justice League – Review

Justice League – Budget of $300 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Lately, monsters who smell fear have been appearing in Gotham.  When Bruce destroys them, they leave an image behind of 3 squares.   Batman is sure of three things.  First, these are aliens. Second, these boxes mean something.  Three, he is going to need help.  After an intense battle, Wonder Woman explains the 3 boxes are the Mother Boxes. The three boxes were left on earth and keep apart. The boxes were hidden in Themyscira, Atlantis, and somewhere on earth. But with the world more divided than ever, the boxes have woken up and called Steppenwolf.  If the boxes come together, creating the Unity, Steppenwolf will rain terror on earth.  The world fought off Steppenwolf before and won. Now, he is determined to rule the world once and for all.  Bruce knows the team is tough but it needs a true leader.  In order to get the best leader, they must bring him back.

The graphics should only be on the big screen.  Since one of the main characters and the main villain are heavily CGI’ed, it takes away from some of the fight scenes.  It’s noticeable when the actor is replaced with a computer simulation.   Since 3 of the heroes didn’t have a movie to explain their origin story, the writers were tasked with making us care about them.  They succeeded.  Cyborg’s tumultuous relationship with his father, The Flash’s painful relationship with his father, and Aquaman’s distance from Atlantis are all explained in great detail.  Knowing what drives them breathes new life into the DC Universe movie.  The storyline brings you in and keeps your attention.  The movie features heart-wrenching moments along with some good laughs.  See this in theaters and stay past the end credits for a look at the future of the Justice League.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Hope is like car keys. Easy to lose but if you dig around, you can find it – Superman

Fear. I can smell it – Batman

Does anyone know I’m alive – Cyborg

Children. I work with children – Wonder Woman

So we’re the accidents – The Flash

The water talks – Aquaman

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I, Tonya – Review

I, Tonya – Budget of $11 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

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At a “soft 4”, Tonya could outskate girls twice her age and had the awards to prove it.  It was those skills and her mother’s dogged tenacity that landed her the top-notch coach Diane.  With constant barbs from her mother, Tonya did everything to prove she was worthy of love and a gold medal.  But as she got older, she learned the cold truth about figure skating.  The judges didn’t want someone who could just skate, they wanted a ‘wholesome’ girl with the right pedigree and money to represent America.  With Tonya’s rock music, blue nails, and homemade clothes, she would never be seen as the girl next door with a good family.  However, Tonya would never let the judges stand in her way.  And when she became the 1st woman to land a triple axel in a U.S. competition, she was guaranteed a spot on the Olympic Team.  But as the pressure mounted, a death threat, retractable baton, and a lying nobody will bring Tonya’s dreams to an end.

So, you think you know Tonya? Well, you are wrong.  This telling of Tonya’s story is more than just the “incident”.  It’s the story of a little girl who did anything and put up with everything to be loved but got abused.   However this story is interesting because you don’t feel bad for Tonya, you understand her, laugh, and respect her ups and down.  As each person is interviewed, you relive that moment with them.  During a fight, Tonya and Jeff tell their sides of the story in an interview while breaking the 4th wall during the fight.  It’s that compelling storytelling that will keep you interested.  This movie is eye-opening, funny, and raw.  A must see in the theaters.  And the best part, you will gain a new respect for the Triple Axel.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tonya is totally American – Diana

After the triple axel, everything changed – Jeff

She’s a soft four – LoVona

Yeah, that was me – Shawn

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Incident – Tonya

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#TombRaider, #WrinkleInTime, and more – Movie Reviews

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Tomb Raider – Review

Tomb Raider – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Lara sits in a large boardroom with her former guardian Anna and her father Richard’s attorney.  Anna has urged Lara to sign the papers to confirm her father is dead so the company and properties can be passed over to her.  Her father went missing 7 years ago but she hasn’t worked up the nerve to confirm his death, until now.  Just as she puts the pen to paper, the attorney hands her a Japanese puzzle box from her father.   She puts down the pen and starts to work on the puzzle and out pops a key with a note.  She follows the clues to a private office.  She finds a camcorder with the words ‘Play Me” posted to it.  She is intrigued to find a message from her father.  He tells her he is more than just a businessman.  He worked to discover the legends of the world.  His latest mission was to find Himiko: The Goddess of Death.  However, he feels he is being watched by a group called Trinity.  He warns her to burn all his work so no one will ever find it.  Lara’s curiosity gets the better of her and she searches for the truth.  And by the end of this adventure, Lara will gain an ally, get some trademark firepower, and come face to face with the person who shot her father.

Based on the Tomb Raider video games, this adventure story goes from 0 to 100 real quick (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is better than you would expect and the best movie of this series.  During a chase sequence, so many bad things are happening in succession that Lara says the one thing the audience is really thinking: ‘Really?!?!’  Now there is a lull for 15 minutes to a pivotal moment but it does pick up.  The only downfall is the beginning has a lot faster pace than the end.  As they creep through the tomb and find traps, the soliloquies tend to drag for each character.  The end is only strengthened by the final fight scene.  Stay past the 1st set of end credits.  It does leave an opening for a part 2 and there is potential for a second.

I give it a 3 out of 5

Stop dancing and start fighting – Terry

You’ve been decorating – Anna

I’m sorry.  I’m just not that kind of Croft – Lara

What you got in the other boot – Lu

You shouldn’t have come here.  But I’m glad you did – bad guy

I love you – Richard

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Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Review

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Budget of $100 million – 1 hour and 49 minutes

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Meg is the beloved oldest child of scientists Dr. Kate and Dr. Alex Murry.  She soaked up every ounce of knowledge they placed in front of her.  So when they adopt another child Charles Wallace, they let her know she will always be loved.  So having her father disappear for 4 years has caused Meg to acted out.  Her latest interaction with a bully has caused a rift in the household.  During a conversation about her behavior with Kate, she hears Charles Wallace talking to a woman in the living room.  Kate and Meg are stunned to see Mrs. Whatsit talking to Charles.  Mrs. Whatsis lets them all know that Meg is important and Charles is remarkable.  She expresses that the others will be there to help the children in their mission.  Kate politely asks Mrs. Whatsit to leave.  The next morning, Calvin is drawn to Meg.  Charles says Calvin was summoned because he has the diplomacy they will need later.  While walking with Calvin, Charles takes them to an abandoned house to meet Mrs. Who.   She has gone beyond language and just quotes the words of others.  They leave her and go home.  The next day Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who introduce the children to Mrs. Which.   Mrs. Which tells Meg and Charles their father is still alive.  They will have to wrinkle time to find him in another dimension.  Meg will have to become a true warrior to save her father.

Based on A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine L’Engle, this visual masterpiece has a great message for children and teens (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It praises acknowledging your faults while having a deeper understanding and compassion for others.  As Meg’s lack-of-self makes her time wrinkle painful while Calvin and Charles love the experience.  As she becomes stronger and finds a reason to fight, Meg finds the strength she never knew she had.  While it’s not a new story, the imagery given to the author’s words makes it remarkable.  The special effects can only be experienced on the big screen, but 3D is not necessary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You have pretty hair – Calvin

Don’t use dad like that. It’s not fair – Kate

Your home is warm. You do a good job keeping the darkness out – Mrs. Whatsit

I love you – Meg

Let’s beat em up – Alex

Is there such a thing as the wrong size – Mrs. Which

I don’t like visitation – Happy Medium

Outkast, American – Mrs. Who

We tired her out – Calvin

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Gringo – Review

Gringo – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Harold has the typical 9 to 5 job in Chicago.  He was recommended by his friend Richard as an Operations Manager.  While he works hard, he is $20,000 in debt because he supports his wife Bonnie’s business that doesn’t make a profit.  Harold, Richard, and Elaine all go to Mexico on a business trip.  Richard and Elaine leave Harold in the dark about most of the business dealings.  For a while, to make a profit, they have worked with the Mexican cartel to sell their medical marijuana pills.  Now they want to cut off the cartel.  The cartel decides to steal the formula and the only one who can get behind the volt is Harold.  They go to find Harold but he has run off.  Not because of the cartel.  But his world is crumbling around him.  With one phone call, he learns he is losing his friend, his job, and his wife.  With his debt, he decides to fake his kidnapping for the company travel insurance.  The problem is Richard and Elaine let it lapse.  But there is another insurance policy; life insurance.  With Harold dead, Richard and Elaine will make millions.  Harold has no idea his fake kidnapping will become a real life and death situation.

There is so much going on its hard to keep it straight.  For a while it tries to be funny, then serious, then a gangster movie, and then a love story.  This movie goes in so many directions it leaves the watcher dizzy and confused.  This storyline that takes on too much at once.  At least 2 angles could have been removed and the story would still make sense.  Wait for Redbox so you can rewind and rewatch.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

You didn’t notice the guerilla – Bonnie

Do want to know what I had to eat on the flight home – Elaine

Eat your f’ing carrot – Harold

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Thoroughbreds – Review

Thoroughbreds – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Lily was paid by Amanda’s mom to tutor her and be friends.  While they were friends in the past, Amanda calls Lily out for her ‘pay-to-play’ friendship.  After seeing an interaction between Lily and her step-father Mark, Amanda can see the tension between them.  Lily finally gets real and tells Amanda she hates her step-father.  Lily has a solution: Kill Mark.  Lily cuts Amanda off because she knows Amanda killed her family’s horse.  Lily knows that killing Mark isn’t something Amanda says in just.  But after Mark tells Lily she is being sent to boarding school for being expelled and fired, Lily wants him gone.  So she calls Amanda to hear the plan to kill Mark and execute it.

So have you ever wonder what happens when a sociopath meets a psychopath? Well, wonder no more.  These two girls quickly delve into darkness when Amanda tells Lily she can’t feel emotions.  She can feel tired, hungry, and pain but she can’t feel sad, happy, or afraid.  Lily, on the other hand, can feel everything to the point she is overwhelmed with emotions.  But its a question of who is controlling who.  While it’s an interesting movie, this feels like a long Criminal Minds episode (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Wait for VOD.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

It’s only weird if you make it weird – Amanda

Some things weighing on you – Tim

Don’t drink that – Lily

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The Hurricane Heist – Review

Hurricane Heist – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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ATF and Washington liaison Casey is ready to end her shift.  She needs to drop off 3 truckloads of money to a US treasury in Alabama to be shredded.  Once she gets there, she learns their generator is down due to the incoming hurricane.  She can’t leave without witnessing the shredding.  Since the phones are down, she goes into town to find Breeze.  Breeze is an ex-marine, mechanic, and partier.  Breeze has been warned by his meteorologist brother, Dr. Will that this hurricane is going to be bigger than any other hurricane before it.  Even bigger than the one that killed their father in front of them.  Breeze decides to stay in town and help Casey instead.  Driving back, Casey and Breeze don’t know that the Treasury has been taken over and the thieves are using the hurricane as cover.  They plan on stealing $600 million before it can be shredded.  However, the power is out and Casey has the codes.

While Hurricane Heist was Twister meets Den of Thieves, it’s missing a twist and real punchlines (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It does offer special effects but nothing that hasn’t been seen before.  This movie is just missing the action and firepower that comes from Fast and the Furious.  There is no real connection between the characters besides football and the acting is subpar.  This movie should have gone straight to DVD or VOD.  Wait until it’s on cable.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

I shot them all – Casey

Here, don’t forget to take your vitamins – Breeze

How did that happen – Will

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#StalkedByARealityStar and #MyDaughterWasStolen – TV Reviews

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Stalked by a Reality Star – Review

Stalked by a Reality Star – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Stalked by a Reality Star

Kendra has a standing date with her mom to watch their favorite reality dating show with their favorite star Brad.  So when her friend presents her with fake IDs and tickets for a charity bash, Kendra says no.  However, after catching her mom with a new man, Kendra is furious and leaves her mother to go to the bash.  It’s there she meets Brad face to face.  They talk and hit it off.  She agrees to go on another date.  Things start well but when Brad snaps at the wait staff and won’t take no for an answer, Kendra reveals her real age: 17.  But Brad isn’t deterred from his assault until his manager walks in the room.  Kendra tries to forget the assault.  That is until she goes to school and sees him teaching her drama class as a guest instructor.   Now Brad will stop at nothing to see her.  He goes so far as to track her phone, install cameras, and even date her mom.

Ready to be annoyed?  If so, this is the movie for you.   First, you are annoyed by Kendra naivete.  Then, you are annoyed with the manager’s lack of concern.  Next, you are annoyed with the oblivious mother.  Then you are annoyed by the police.   Finally, you are annoyed with Brad.  The end of this movie is like the relief of having an obnoxious relative leave your house.  You welcome it without hesitation.  Everyone in this movie has a huge lack of judgment and it’s too much too bare.  Even with a twist ending.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Recovering just fine. Thank you – Kendra

Aw but you hate it though – Brad

Yes, it ends with a real damn wolf – Lynn

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My Daughter was Stolen – Review

My Daughter was Stolen – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

My Daughter was Stolen

Jackie has had a nagging feeling her mother Kayla wasn’t what she seemed.  She was abusive, keep dead bodies in the house, and an alcoholic.  When Kayla falls into a drunken stooper, Jackie removes a key from her neck and open a locked door.  Inside she finds news clippings about a kidnapped girl, a search, and the parents who lost their child.  Her memories come flooding back to her 4th birthday because that’s when Kayla kidnapped her.  She leaves the house, trapping Kayla inside with a blazing fire.  She heads for the police and informs them of her real identity.  If you think you were told the whole movie, you are wrong.  You only have the first 20 minutes.  As Jackie adjust back into her life, she learns her birth parents are divorced, her step-family hates her, and her birth mother is an alcoholic.  And to make matters worse, she is seeing Kayla everywhere.

This movie picks up where others leave off.  Usually, once the child is found, it’s a happy ending.  But this one talks about the after effects of a kidnapping.  While it doesn’t get too preachy like “based on true story” movies, it just gets creepier as Jackie keeps seeing the kidnapper in the shadows.  This movie is ok but Lifetime has done better.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Um, I’m resourceful – Sadie

I don’t even know you – Alicia

I love you momma – Jackie

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#ThorRagnarok and #OrientExpressMovie – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Thor: Ragnarok – Review

Thor: Ragnarok – Budget of $180 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes

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Thor has been working to stop the prophecy of the Asgard’s demise called Ragnarok.  However, when he gets home, he learns that the 9 realms are falling apart.  Thor knows his father would never let that happen, so he confronts him and exposes that it is Loki.  Thor demands to be taken to their father.  Oden lets his sons know that Hela is on her way.  She is the Goddess of Death, bent on revenge, and their sister.  As the oldest, Hela feels she is the rightful heir to the throne.  She despises Oden for changing his way and locking her away.  While absorbing the news of a new found sister, Thor and Loki stand before her.  During the fight, Loki calls for Heimdall.  But all three are swept up in the Bitfröst Bridge while still fighting.  Hela throws Loki and Thor out; she heads to Asgard to rule while the brothers land on the planet Sakaar.  Hela sets her sights on taking over all the realms and by destroying everything in her path.  Her only obstacle: someone stole the Bitfröst Sword.  She must find it to continue her domination.

Thor, without his hammer, is confronted by Sakaar locals.  But soon Scrapper 142 finds him and marks him as a contender.  Thor is set to be in the Grand Master’s game and face the Grand Master’s Champion.  Thor worries that without his hammer, he will fail.  But he will learn the truth about Scrapper 142, the Grand Master’s Champion, Loki’s whereabouts, Hela’s power, Ragnarok, and what it truly means to be the God of Thunder.

Be prepared to laugh and be in awe.  When there isn’t a physical battle, you are given a verbal battle.  Sakaar is given its own color palette which completely separates it from Asgard.  New characters are introduced with clear and concise backstories which allows them to shine with their own personalities.  Since this movie is one of the funniest in the Marvel series, the humor causes the special effects to be more cartoonish than realistic.  So, the Hulk looks like a cartoon next to a real object.  At times it just doesn’t blend.  Don’t worry, you will get the joy of cameos from Stan Lee and Dr. Strange.  As well as post end credit scenes.  So see this movie at full price and IMAX, before someone tells to much.  3D is not necessary

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t cut my hair – Thor

I’m just a janitor – Skurge

I have been falling for 30 minutes – Loki

Let’s call it a tie – Grandmaster

I see you. But you are far away – Heimdall

Thor, I think I’m freaking out – Bruce Banner

Many apologies your highness – Valkyrie

Now you look just like father – Hela

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Murder on the Orient Express – Review

Murder on the Orient Express – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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World famous detective Hercule Poirot just finished a case at The Wailing Wall and wants to take a vacation.  Just as he is planning to relax, he gets a new case from London and must return.  Poirot’s friend Bouc (director of the Orient Express) offers him a ride on the full train.  During a dessert service, Poirot is approached by Samuell Ratchett.  Ratchett has received several death threats and wants to hire Poirot as his bodyguard.  During the night, Poirot sees someone running in a red robe and hears noises coming from Ratchett’s room.  The butler knocks on the door, hears “It’s nothing”, and walks away.  Poirot goes to his room and sleeps.  Later an avalanche, the train derails and leaves them all stranded together.  The butler knocks on everyone’s door but when Ratchett doesn’t answer, Poirot opened the door.  Inside Ratchett is dead with 12 stab wounds to the chest.  Poirot finds a partially destroyed note, a bloody handkerchief with the letter “H” on it, and a cup of barbital drugged coffee.  Poirot must discover the killer before the train is back on the tracks.

Based on the novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, this movie has to be watched twice (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is so much going on with so many characters, it’s hard to keep up.  While telling a grim tale, it does provide a few laughs at the human condition.  You feel an urge to solve the mystery along with Poirot.  This movie allows you to come up with your own theories as Poirot questions each suspect.  But be warned this movie DOES follow the book; no new suspects, plots, or murders are given.  The director, Kenneth Branagh, must be applauded for his use of continuous shots as Poirot enters and leaves the train.  Also, some scenes are shot from above, allowing the audience to be a fly on the wall or ceiling.  Seeing the behind the scene and the director’s commentary on this movie will be amazing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Order me the fish – Princess Dragomiroff

Vice is where the devil finds his darling – Pilar Estravados

I blame the chicken – Hercule Poirot

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#DeathWishMovie and #RedSparrow – Movie Reviews

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Death Wish – Review

Death Wish – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 47 minutes

Death Wish
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Dr. Paul Kersey is an ER surgeon with a beautiful wife Lucy, a college-bound daughter Jordan, and perpetual borrowing brother Frank.  Paul loves to spend time with his family.  So when he has to cancel plans to cover for a sick co-worker, he is disappointed.  Lucy and Jordan stay home to bake Paul’s favorite cake.  As Jordan gets an iPad, Lucy sees an open window and muddy footprints.  She calls for Jordan but its too late.  Three men are in the house with guns.  After an altercation, both women are shot and rush to the hospital.  Not any hospital but Paul’s.  Paul learns his wife has died and his daughter is in a coma.  While in Texas with his father in law to bury his wife, his father in law tells him the cops don’t protect people.  They are only around after the incident.  Paul comes home to Chicago to see his daughter strapped to the bed due to a seizure.   With no leads on the killers, Paul is furious those men are free while his daughter is handcuffed.  He wants them and anyone like them to pay.

Based on Death Wish by Brian Garfield (the first of a duology) and a remake of the Death Wish film, this movie asks the age-old question: Is vigilante justice ok (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer)?  While Paul kills, he becomes a social media lore know as the Grim Reaper.  People make memes of him and praise him.  While others worry about a possible copycat getting hurt.  It’s easy to understand his pain, but can it ever go too far.  And will or can Paul stop?  This is a good matinee movie but be prepared for a bit of gore.  Nothing is held back during the kills.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

If I can – Paul

They won’t tell me where mom is – Jordan

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Red Sparrow – Review

Red Sparrow – Budget of $69 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Dominika is a famous ballerina in a Russian ballet company.  They pay for her home and her mother Nina’s medical treatment.  When she has a horrible “accident” on stage, her ballet career is over.  Three months later, her uncle Ivan warns her the company will stop paying her way and she, along with Nina, will be out on the streets with no medical care.  He tells her that he can help her earn money.  All she has to do is seduce a man, go to his room, and switch his phone with a duplicate when they are alone.  She agrees after finding Nina on the floor because she doesn’t have help to go to the bathroom.  She finds the man and seduces him.  But before she can blink the man is being killed in front of her.  The killer Simyonov takes Dominika back to headquarters and Ivan gives her a choice.  Be killed or become a sparrow.  Sparrows are trained in persuasion, manipulation, and seduction to extract information from enemies.  She will be able to provide for her family and help her country.  It’s not long before she learns she has no free will and controlled by Russia.  She will do, become, and say anything to get out.

Based on Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews, the first book in a trilogy, this movie can become slow and lose the audience for pivotal scenes needed during the flashback sequence in the end (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s more of a cat-and-mouse game between the Americans, Nash (American Operative), Ivan, Russia, and Dominika.   While Dominika is becomes a sparrow against her will, she is never portrayed as a victim.  She is smart, strong, and hot-tempered.  However, you never know who she is working for, who she is working with, and what she is loyal to.  Even at the end, you are still wondering.  Catch this matinee if you like cat-and-mouse stories.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I was protecting my asset – Nash

It was an accident – Dominika

Your body belongs to the state – Matron

We are a lot alike, you and I – Ivan

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#BadTutor, #DeviousNanny, and more – TV Reviews

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Bad Tutor – Review

Bad Tutor – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Bad Tutor

Emily has dreams of being a singer but if she can’t pass chemistry, her mother Kelly will never let her stand on stage again.  While the two bicker in the coffee shop, Devin overhears them and takes notes.  When Emily’s tutor appears at their door she looks under the influence.  She is quickly relieved of her duties.  The next day, Kelly is helping a patient with a chipped tooth.  The patient is wearing a lab shirt and mentions that he tutors.   Kelly asks him to tutor Emily and he says yes with feigned hesitation.  Kelly doesn’t know that he drugged her last tutor to get next to Emily.  He promises himself that this time he will get it right and everything will be perfect.  Even if he as to kill.

This is a fun drama with some suspense.  You will have an idea how it will end and you are right.  It tries to add a twist but its typical for a Lifetime movie.  While the story does develop quickly, you will be entertained by Devin ramping up the crazy.  Whether he is attacking a tutor, a bandmate, or himself, his ability to go from 0 to 100 is amazing.  Devin is the reason to watch.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

This is a mistake – Devin

Bye, dad. I’m gonna miss him – Emily

Let’s have a private conversation. Me and you upstairs – Kelly

You’re right. I do deserve a lot of the credit – Jared

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Devious Nanny – Review

Devious Nanny – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Devious Nanny

Gallery owner Elise is in need of some help and convinces her husband to hire an au pair.  While they interview several candidates, Amber lands on their doorstep late to her interview.  Even though Amber is embarrassed, she decides to apologize in person.  Brian quickly forgives her and allows her to interview.  Later that night, Elise and Brian decided they like her but can’t afford her.  That is until Brian lands a big contract at his job.  They decide to hire Amber and she is a dream come true.  While Amber is doing the right things, Elise still installs a nanny cam to spy on her.  But just as the family is finding a rhythm, Elise’s gallery is vandalized and Brian is passed over as team lead for a project he acquired.  Just as Elise believes things can’t get worse, people around her and Brian start dying.  While the police investigate the family, Elise suspects Amber and starts to look into her past.  She finds will leave her shocked.

Hold on to your seats, this is one wild ride.  You think you know where this movie is going based on the title.  Well, you are 100% wrong.  Don’t give up on this movie because the first hour and a half follow the Lifetime format.  It’s Lifetimer set up.  The last 30 minutes will leave you in total disbelief.  With all the suspense in the storyline, this movie has one of the best-choreographed fight scenes ever in a Lifetime film.  You feel each punch and slap.  These women didn’t come to look cute, they came to battle.  Make sure you catch this one before someone ruins the ending.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

But you could never be president – Brian

Ok, I’ll admit it. I liked her – Elise

Old enough to know better – Amber

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Royal Hearts – Review

Royal Hearts – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Royal Hearts

Kelly grew up a proud ranch hand and cowgirl under the tutelage of her father Henry in Montana.  But as she got older, she found a love for books especially Jane Austen (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now all grown up, Kelly is an assistant professor working on her doctorate.  She feels her father is disappointed she didn’t take up the family ranching tradition.  So telling him that she plans to leave for Oxford, has been difficult to do.  Once she finally musters up the courage, she is interrupted by Mr. Grimsby.  He tells Henry that is great, great grandfather left his country to marry an American woman of which his family did not approve.  However, Henry is the oldest living heir of his recently deceased uncle, leaving him the heir to a large estate.  In order to claim the estate, Henry must travel to the other side the world.  With a little prodding, Kelly convinces Henry to go.  Once they arrive, they learn that the estate comes with a title: King.  Now King Henry and Princess Kelly have to decide the fate of everyone in their kingdom.  But with outside forces like a council and love, Henry may give up the throne.  But the king’s ranch hand Alex may have something to say about that.

This is one of the best Hallmark movies in a long time.  While adjusting to life as a king, Henry instills his country wisdom of hard work and pride.  He is appalled at the idea of raising taxes to improve his castle.  While giving them some cowboy moxie, he has to decide if he wants to be a king or dissolve his country into King Nicholas’s, Ambrosia.  Just as King Henry is deciding, his daughter Kelly is falling for Nicholas; while Alex is falling for Kelly.   This love triangle is where most Hallmark movies will leave it, but this one delves into the complex relationships between fathers and daughters.  Royal Hearts is one of the strongest, in-depth storylines this network has produced in years.  And the scenery will make your heart melt.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Kelly, the kind of guy you’re looking for doesn’t exist anymore – Jasmine

You know why dog is man’s best friend? Because he wags his tail instead of his tongue – Henry

Don’t worry about him. This is what he does – Kelly

So your not going to send me to the dungeon – Alex

I hope you are not disappointed – Nicholas

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