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King Richard – Review

King Richard – Budget of $50 million – 2 hours and 18 minutes

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While Venus and Serena Williams study and practice, their father, Richard, passes out brochures to everyone at the local country club.  Richard works as a security guard at night, and his wife, Brandy, is a daytime nurse.  Before Venus and Serena’s birth, Richard wrote a detailed plan for their tennis career.  While he believes in his daughters, Richard can’t get someone to coach the girls for free.  With five children in a 2-bedroom house, the Williams family has very little money but need a coach with connections.  With his brochure getting little traction, Richard packs up Venus and Serena and drives them to see Paul Cohen.  Richard talks Paul into watching the girls hit a few balls, and Paul is impressed.  But he tells Richard that he can only coach Venus for the junior tournaments.  This moment is the first time something hasn’t gone according to the plan.  He has to decide if he will allow Venus to advance in a tournament known for burning players out or keep Venus with Serena and go through the daunting tasks of finding a new coach.  Now, Richard has to make a lasting decision that will affect Venus and Serena’s lives forever.  Heavy is the head that wears the crown.  

King Richard tells the story of a complicated man in a battle with himself and the world for what he pre-ordained.  At the moment, it’s hard to understand if Richard is doing this for pride or love.  Often, Brandy calls him out on his pride privately.  She understands why he makes his decisions but doesn’t like that Richard excludes her or the girls in them.  Although he is instrumental in the girls’ success, as Richard steps back, the girls fly.  Venus takes the reins with Nike, and Serena does when she enters herself in a competition.  Sit back and watch history in the making.  

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You look pretty rich to me – Richard

I want the people to want to play like me – Serena

Are we a team – Brandy

I know I can beat her – Venus

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Review

Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 5 minutes

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Callie gets her kids, Trevor and Phoebe, ready to meet with an estate lawyer.  Her father died and left Callie a farmhouse in his will.  As Callie opens the door, she sees her landlord placing an eviction notice on it.  He says that when Callie walks out, he will lock the door for good.  So, she packs up the kids and moves.  Inside the home, they find books to the ceiling, numbers on the crown molding, and a future riddled with repairs.  Then Janine walks into the home and tells Callie that her father only had the decrepit house, worthless land, and debt.  Callie decides to stay and fix it up for her family instead of renting it.  The next day, Callie drops Phoebe off at summer science camp, meets Phoebe’s teacher, Gary Grooberson.  Then, Callie drops Trevor off at work.  At work, Trevor meets his crush, Lucky.  She invites Trevor to go to the old mine with other co-workers to have fun.  At the mine shaft, they see a glowing figure and hear noises. 

At school, Gary puts on Kujo for his students (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Then, he steps back into his office.  Phoebe walks in, sees his seismic activity map, and asks Gary about it.  Gary explains that Summerville isn’t on a fault line, but it shakes every day.  However, the seismic activity is unlike any other.  When Phoebe gets home, she notices a chess piece moved.  After two rounds, she knows there is a ghost in the house.  She grabs the PKE meter she found earlier and goes through the house.  Under the floor, Phoebe discovers a ghost trap.  She takes it to Gary, and he assumes it’s a replica.  But when he touches it, the ghost trap starts to spark.  Later, Gary, Phoebe, and Phoebe’s friend, Podcast, hook it up to a car battery and jump it.  When the trap doesn’t open, Gary taps it and releases a hell on earth not seen since 1984.  

With a Revelations 6:12 warning, this movie builds up new characters while bridging the gap to the previous ones.  Phoebe and Trevor didn’t know their grandfather or his famous past because their grandfather and Callie were estranged.  As the film develops, their grandfather will reconcile with everyone.  And they will discover the man within the madness.  With so many technological advancements, the director made a smart move by not changing the look or sound of the proton fire or the slime ghost’s look.  However, newer graphics are clean and not distracting from the storyline.  With this careful distinction, the director invited new fans to the franchise without alienating the cult-like following of the 1984 classic (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  And stay for the mid-credit and post-credit scenes.  They have fun with the past and build towards the future.  

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

What do you call a dead polar bear? Anything you want.  They don’t care – Phoebe

You’ll live – Callie

You made me bleed – Trevor

Oh, there was no money to manage – Janine

Was that a geometry joke – Gary

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