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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Review
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Budget of $75 – 120 million – 1 hour and 26 minutes
It’s 3 weeks before Christmas and the mayor of Whoville wants everything to be 3 times bigger than last year. He even made flyers for it. And Whoville is up for the challenge. All except for one. The Grinch. He hates being in Whoville so his trip to the grocery store is packed with annoying people. One, in particular, is Cindy-Lou Who. She falls on top of the Grinch with a letter for Santa. In his frustrations, the Grinch tells Cindy-Lou that a letter is a wrong way to go, she should meet Santa face to face. Cindy-Lou believes the Grinch is right and decides to talk to Santa no matter what. Cindy-Lou’s joy reminds the Grinch that Christmas is the worst day of the year him. He grew up in an orphanage with no tree, no presents, and no love. But he could see all the happy people celebrating with their families. After accidentally lighting the Christmas tree, the Grinch is surrounded by those same singing happy people. He decides to put an end to their happiness by stealing Christmas from Whoville.
Based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, this movie follows the book with the rhyming narrative (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). However, it adds hints of the previous movie by providing the Grinch’s orphan backstory. While this movie is funny and a great kickoff to the holiday season, it feels like an animated version of the previous movie. It doesn’t really add its own twist to the story. While your children will love it, you will be happier introducing this classic to your children more than seeing it yourself. IMAX and 3D are not necessary.
For Kids: I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Everyone Else: I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
I’m not complaining. I’m venting. There’s a difference – Donna
You have my permission to attack anyone – The Grinch
I don’t know. Sometimes you just get lucky – Cindy-Lou Who
Beautiful Boy – Review
Beautiful Boy – Budget of $19.3 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes
David Sheff sits next to his son Nic. No words are spoken. They sit, cry, and hold each other. It is a miracle Nic is still alive. He OD’ed with copious amounts of drugs in his system. David can’t understand when everything went wrong for his son. He thinks about his son’s early years for a trigger. Nic being shipped back and forth between LA and San Francisco to visit his mom. David and Karen getting married. David and Karen having children. Then, he thinks about his teen years. Nic feeling isolated. Nic hating reality. Nic admitting to smoking weed. Nic dealing with college, love, and dating. While normal life changes didn’t help, Nic knows it wasn’t just one event that sparked his drug use, it was the summation of them all and his inability to find a healthy way to cope with them. Nic has to choose between his addiction and his family. David has to choose between Nic and his family.
Based on Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff and Tweak: Growing up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff, this is an honest look at drug addiction and how it affects an entire family (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). David is falling apart with each relapse. And with research, he learns how hard it is for crystal meth addicts to get clean. In one shocking and heartbreaking moment, David decides to understand his son in the worse way possible. At one moment David realizes his love his hurting Nic more than helping. If you know someone suffering from addiction, this movie may be hard to take. For everyone else, it’s an eye-opener for the ups and downs of addiction.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I need you to stay – Karen
You’re just the same old Nic – Jasper
That’s about as contradictory as it gets – Nic
Know your enemies, right – David
Hunter Killer – Review
Hunter Killer – Budget of $40 million – 2 hours and 1 minute
The USS Tampa Bay has disappeared while stalking a Russian submarine and R.A. Fisk deploys Commander Joe Glass to lead the USS Arkansas to find Tampa Bay in the Arctic. Also, Fisk knows ground support will be needed. So he deploys Lt. Bill Beaman and his men for grounds support near the Russian naval base. However, they will have to go ghost. No one can ever know they were there. When Joe and his team find the ship, they find a sunken Russian sub as well. Upon inspection, Joe notices the Russian ship was blown from the inside and they hear sounds. They lock onto the Russian ship and save the captain and 2 of his men. They are instantly made POWs. Beaman and the ground team continue to watch the Russian naval base; they see the Defense Minister Dmitri Durov lead the Russian President and his secret services out by force. They shoot the secret service men and pull the President away. Fisk knows this Dmitri is pulling a coup to start a war between the US and Russia. Fisk wants the ground team to save the Russian President and meet up with Glass and his team for safe passage home. One problem, Glass will have to navigate through Russian waters undetected and he can only do that with the help of the Russian captain. Fisk knows that Glass and Beaman will have to work fast or the US will be at war.
Based on Firing Point by Don Keith and George Wallace, this movie is intense (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). There is a moment when no one is the theater will make a sound out of fear of blowing up the USS Arkansas. From the moment the movie starts until it ends, someone is fighting for their lives. There isn’t any downtime for your heart to catch up. The only reason you won’t cheer for their success is due to the fact that you never get to know any of the characters. You only have a 2-second intro with no real backstory. When you see this movie, you can not be late or go to the restroom. One second away is enough to miss everything. So, see it full price but one time is enough.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
Now, who’s not sharing – R.A. Fisk
Your jobs are my responsibility – Commander Glass
I spoke to them and said you were indisposed and in my care – Dmitri
How well do you know the men on the ground – Jayne
Don’t ask me. I don’t know $hit about politics – Lt. Bill
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