#FiftyShadesDarker, #JohnWick, and more- Movie Reviews

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Fifty Shades Darker – Review

Fifty Shades Darker – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Fifty Shades Darker
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Christian Grey’s nightmares are back and he needs Ana presence in his bed to give him peace. He sends flowers to get her back, but no response. So he shows up at José’s art showcase. Ana is surprised, to say the least, but agrees to go to dinner. Ana decides to take Christian back, but with no rules and no punishments. Just a normal relationship with some BDSM. The two find their rhythm until Ana feels like Christian uses the money to control her. She doesn’t want to be a bird in a gilded cage. So Christian makes a compromise … he gives her a key and she will move in; then he will ease up on her life. Ana is taken back by how fast the relationship is going but starts to pack her things. As she is getting something, Leila, Christian’s ex-submissive, is in Ana’s living room with a gun. Before this tale is over, there will be a gunshot, a plane crash, and a kick to the groin.

Saying it’s better than the first is not a hard leap. The screenwriter had to pick up a lot of slack from Fifty Shades of Grey, it’s obvious that he read all the books (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Important characters, left out of the first movie, were added to this one. It makes the movie a little choppy, but fans of the novels will be able to understand (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Others, maybe a little confused. And to the readers, don’t worry, your favorite scenes are there. However, the therapist and goddess are out. If you are a fan of the books or the 1st movie, see it at a matinee price. And stay past the 1st end crawl for a sneak peak.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Tell that douchebag brother of mine to take a day off – Elliot

Qué? Qué? You’re kidding – José

It’s ok. I’m nobody – Leila

You know, they didn’t time my bathroom breaks. You should get your money back – Ana

Hey, I am not the enemy – Elena

Gee, you are just as bad as he is – Mia

Don’t come – Christian

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John Wick: Chapter 2 – Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 – Budget of $40 million – 2 hours and 2 minutes

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John Wick: Chapter 2
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John Wick completes one last task from his first mission, then buries his tools.  He plans on retiring until he gets a knock at the door from Santino D’Antonio. Santino heard of John’s rampage and believes he is out of retirement. Then Santino reminds John of a blood oath he took to do any job and anytime. John quickly says no and pays a price. The manager of the Continental, Winston, reminds John that blood oaths must be done. So, John goes back to see Santino and learn that Santino wants his sister killed. His sister, Gianna, was filled a seat on a crime enterprise board; and Santino wants it. John is disgusted by the idea, but heads to Rome. And this is the first 20 minutes and the domino that starts it all. John Wick’s one-man rampage will be international, bloody, and funny.

DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE. It is much better than the first without deviating from it. This movie starts by answering a question in John Wick that you forgot to ask (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You will see John prepare for his mission by going to the tailor, having a tasting, and then getting a little dessert. Although he did not make dinner reservations, the body count was much higher. You will see how this man became a Boogeyman Myth and a Pencil Legend. It is worth full price and even seeing twice. See it now!!!! And there will be a Chapter 3.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Alright. It’ll be ready Christmas … 2030 – Aurelio

Gas Leak? – Jimmy

Rules. Without them, we live with the animals – Winston

I’m sorry to hear that – Cassian

Consider it a professional courtesy – John Wick

No one sneaks up on me anymore … thanks to you – The Bowery King

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I Am Not Your Negro – Review

I Am Not Your Negro – Budget of $300k – 1 hour and 35 minutes

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I Am Not Your Negro
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James Baldwin can back to the US, via France, because of what he saw going on during the civil rights movement. He felt he could be silent any longer. He rights a letter to his literary agent about a book he is writing called “Remember This House”. The book will focus on his 3 friends: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evans. All 3 were killed within 5 years of each other, but all had a lasting impact on Baldwin. After their deaths, Baldwin spoke to the widow and their children and started his book. After completing 30 pages, Baldwin died. Baldwin speaks his truth about the NAACP, the Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, and race in America within chapters:

  1. Paying My Dues
  2. Heroes
  3. Witness
  4. Purity
  5. Selling the Negro
  6. I Am Not a N****r

Although he writes about these men, the manuscript becomes an autobiography that will truly leave an impression.

Based on the book, Remember This House, this movie blends news clips, movies, and music with the beauty and grace of a painter (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Mr. Baldwin’s words are not just heard, but felt to the core. It should not be considered a Black American film because it is truly an American film about the American experience and culture.  And that is what Baldwin wanted, not to demonize, but educate. Baldwin’s words can have an impact on the world today if we choose to listen. If only Baldwin could have finished, but his words will live on. Go see it today and asked that it be shown in schools with a true discussion.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

They made legends out of a massacre – James Baldwin

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The LEGO Batman Movie – Review

The LEGO Batman Movie – Budget 0f $80 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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The LEGO Batman Movie
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Bruce “Batman” Wayne is the toast of the town, but his butler, Alfred, makes one thing clear: He is a prisoner to his own fear – Being part of a family. Batman makes it clear that he can do anything on his own and he doesn’t do “ships” (i.e. friendships, relationships, etc). This fact hurts everyone around him. It hurts Barbara Gordon because she wants to work with Batman to create a better Gotham. It hurts Richard “Robin” Grayson, who was accidentally adopted by Bruce. And, of course, Alfred, who had been a pseudo-parent for years. But the person hurt the most by Batman … Joker. Joker wants Batman to acknowledge him has his greatest enemy and solidify their relationship. Batman refuses. Joker loses and hatches a plan. While at a party ( a retirement party for Jim Gordon and introduce CommissionerBarbara Gordon), Joker and all of Gotham’s worst criminals surrender. Barbara and Batman know there is more to Joker’s surrender and both want to catch him. Batman will need to open his heart and work with others to defeat the Joker.

Great movie about teamwork and creating your own family. It has a strong message for kids while slipping in a few jokes for children. The movie makes fun of all the Batman movies, Suicide Squad, and Jerry Maguire (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Lego fans will enjoy dreaming of the LEGO sets to come. With everything great about the movie, at times it does drag. Some of the jokes will make you laugh but only internally, like typing LOL. It’s a good movie, not better than the first, but better than some live action Batman movies. No need to stay past the end credits. So if you want to see it in IMAX, Dolby, or 3D, see it matinee. Otherwise, pay full price

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m your new co-pilot and I always come to work with a smile – Joker

When playing roulette, always bet on black – Batman

You mean nothing to me, no one does – Batman

Mr. Wayne are you in the market to adopt a child – Robin

It’s time for operation take out the laundry – Harley Quinn

Riddle me this … What happened? – Riddler

It takes a village, not a Batman – Barbara Gordon

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