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The Boss Baby: Family Busine$$ – Review

The Boss Baby: Family Busine$$ – Budget of $82 million – 1 hour and 47 minutes

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Thirty years since their last mission, Ted and Tim Templeton are all grown up.  Ted married Carol and became a stay-at-home dad for his two daughters, Tabitha and Tina.  Tabitha is a second-grader and accepted into the most prestigious elementary school in town, The Acorn Center.  Tina is the younger sister and the apple of Tabitha’s eye.  Ted is a CEO and doesn’t come around much, but he does send lots of lavish gifts for Tim’s family.  As Tim puts his girls to bed, Tabitha’s new grown-up attitude leaves him feeling abandoned.  She doesn’t want a song, hug, or a kiss good night, but she wants to be like her Uncle Ted.  As he leaves Tabitha’s room, Tim hears a sound coming from Tina’s bedroom and goes in to check it out.  It’s Tina’s toy phone, and Tim gets the shock of his life.  Tina can talk, and she is in the family business.  Tina uses a recording teddy bear to manipulate Tim’s voice and calls Ted feigning that Tabitha is injured.  Ted gets on his helicopter to come to his niece’s aid.  When Tina gets Ted and Tim alone, she stuffs pacifiers in their mouths and takes them to Baby Corp.  At Baby Corp, Ted is a legend, and Tina hopes to make him proud.  Tina explains that Dr. Irwin Armstrong created a school that destroys children’s childhoods.  Tim recognizes Dr. Armstrong because he runs The Acorn Center.  While Ted wants to complete the mission alone, Tina tells Ted that he needs Tim by his side.  She gives them a formula that makes them 30 years younger for 48 hours.  They will need to go to The Acorn Center and plant listening devices in Dr. Armstrong’s office.  Then Baby Corp can learn his plan and stop him.  While it sounds easy, Tim and Ted must overcome weird kids, detention, and their estrangement to save the children of the world.    

Based on The Boss Baby and The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee, the same message is inside a different plot (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, the most meaningful lessons are for the adults in the theater (or at home).  As siblings get older, they often grow apart.  This change isn’t because they stop loving each other.  But missed opportunities, forgotten moments, and adulthood poisoning the well.  While they physically grew up, they revert to children and sibling rivalry when they are together.  In their childhood states, they find each other, and Tim connects with Tabitha.  He sees that his little girl is growing up and pulling away, but she still needs him.  That moment will rock your core.  While it’s not as funny as the first, it’s an entertaining movie for the entire family. And you must see it from the beginning to get a recap of all the babies from the first movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). 

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

They call me a stay-at-home dad, which means I hardly stay at home – Tim

Well, it didn’t really make a lot of sense – Tabitha

Never abuse the snooze button – Wizzy

Hi daddy – Tina

Childhood was the worst 3 years of my life – Ted

The only thing holding your child back is you – Dr. Armstrong

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Summer of Soul ( …Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – Review

Summer of Soul ( …Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 57 minutes

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Tony Lawrence heard about the upcoming Woodstock festival but realized it was missing key artists.  So, with his hustling skills and connections, he made half promises to managers and the city of Harlem about creating a festival at Mount Morris Park.  But with Maxwell House and Mayor John Lindsay backing him up, Tony Lawrence creates a festival with scores of acts and 300,000 attendees over six weeks.  These acts include B.B. King, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, David Ruffin, Ray Barretto, Hugh Masekela, and many more (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Learning that this cultural festival of jazz, funk, blues, pop, gospel, latin, and pop music would happen, several people came together to film it.  That film sat in a basement for 50 years, until now.  Watch as Questlove talks to spectators, culturalists, artists, and organizers to bring this history out of the darkness and into the light.

1969 was a historic year for all Americans because there were assassinations, political change, and a moon landing.  But there was a culture shift happening in Harlem.  The days of buttoned-up suits disappeared for dashikis and afros, and the music of this time reflected this shift within the small community.  And the Harlem Cultural Festival mirrored it all.  With the festival running along with Woodstock, it’s easy to see why this festival didn’t gain steam outside the community.  But for it to disappear for so long is a travesty.  Hopefully, with the popularity of this movie, the film’s proprietors will release the concert in its entirety.  And while focusing on the history is beautiful, you will leave the theater wishing to see more of the festival.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

How can you be an artist and not reflect the times – Nina Simone

Watching you watch it … It’s overwhelming for me – Questlove

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@Zola – Review

@Zola – Budget of $5 million – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Zola works at a restaurant and waits on a petite blonde and her date.  The women openly flirt with each other before Zola goes to the back to put in the order.  Zola turns around to see Stefani, the petite blonde, standing in front of her.  Stefani recognizes Zola from somewhere.  After a quick discussion, they remembered they danced at the same strip club.  They exchange numbers and social media accounts.  The next day, Stefani texts Zola about a club in Florida where her roommate made $5,000 in one night.  Stefani wants Zola to come with her so they can make money together.  When Zola acquires more about the trip, Stefani gives vague or no answers.  But Stefani convinces Zola to go.  Zola gets in a car with Stefani, Stefani’s boyfriend, Derrick, and a driver, whose name Zola won’t know for 48 hours.  After 10 hours on the road, the group stops at a motel, far below Zola’s standards.  The driver tells them it’s just a place to lay their things until they dance.  Zola grits her teeth, grabs her things, and goes to the room.  The driver leaves Derrick in the motel and drives the women to the club.  They dance and make good money.  Soon Stefani asks Zola to take a picture with her because they both look cute.  From that point on, Zola tells you to keep an eye on everything Stefani does.  Zola has no idea she has entered a life that she knew existed but never wanted.  

Based on Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner, this movie is a warning to listen to your inner voice.  Zola ignored several warning signs on her chase for money.  Soon, she enters into a world of pimps, abuse, and suicide.  And she is dependent on the danger to get her back to safety.  This movie is not for young children, tweens, or teens.  It displays an unadulterated and unfiltered view of nudity, abuse, and adult occupations.  Within the film, the writers give you Stefani’s point of view, title @Stefani, for 5 minutes.  It’s up to the viewer to determine if you believe Stefani or Zola.  It’s hard to believe this world exists, but the 148 tweets back it up. 

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

When we leaving – Zola

You asks a lot of questions – Stefani 

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