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Breaking – Review

Breaking – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Brian Brown-Easley stands outside Wells Fargo and thinks about his daughter and ex-wife. He walks inside and enters his information on a deposit slip. Rosa, a bank teller, calls Brian to her counter and makes small talk. He quietly asks Rosa for a piece of paper and writes a note. It reads, “I have a bomb.” Rosa looks at her bank manager, Estel, with unbridled panic and fear in her eyes. Estel walks to the customers and staff and tells each one to leave quietly. Everyone but Estel and Rosa get out before Brian tells them to lock the doors. They offer to give him money, but that’s not what Brian wants. He wants Rosa and Estel to get news reporters and police on the scene. For months, Brian felt ignored and unheard. Now he will make sure the world hears him. The VA and Lincoln College of Technology stole his money, and he wants the VA to pay it back.

Based on ‘They Didn’t Have to Kill Him’: The Death of Lance Cpl. Brian Easley by Aaron Gell, this movie covers many topics plaguing US veterans, including homelessness, PTSD, job insecurity, and the VA. It’s painful to watch this kind man fight for the little money he had. In the opening scene, people observe as security officers drag Brian out of the VA in handcuffs. The VA worker knows the VA and the for-profit college did something wrong, but they are slow to fix the problem. For the soldiers that give everything for the US, it’s disgusting that they have to jump through hoops to get anything back. Your heart will sink when Brian says the amount he’s fighting over. For some, this film feels like John Q (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). However, it’s real, and no one got a happy ending. Maybe, this movie will be the first step to righting some wrongs.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

The VA is FUBAR – Eli

I’m sorry – Brian

I can’t move – Rosa

I’m the manager – Estel

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The Invitation – Review

The Invitation – Budget of $10 million – 1 hour and 44 minutes

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Evie finishes her shift for the Finding Yourself party, and her best friend, Grace, swiped some swag bags, and a DNA genealogy testing kit is inside (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). A few months ago, cancer took Evie’s mom, and she has no known family members. Evie takes the test and discovers she has a second cousin named Oliver Alexander from England. He is in New York and wants to meet her face to face. 

Evie meets Oliver, and he explains that the Alexanders haven’t heard from her side of the family since the scandal. Her great-grandmother had an affair with her great-grandfather, and she got pregnant. He ran with and raised the baby alone. Evie tells Oliver that her mother wanted them to go to England to learn about their family history, but they never had the chance. Oliver says the family is having a wedding and invites Evie on an all-expenses paid trip to England. Evie isn’t sure, but Oliver convinces her to go.

Upon arrival, Evie bumps into the staff setting up for the wedding and makes one of the women drop a box of glasses. The head butler, Mr. Fields, scolds the maid, but Evie defends her. Lord Walter walks up to Mr. Fields and explains that Evie is a guest. Evie finds the wedding host handsome and charming. Oliver explains that the Alexanders handle Walter’s real estate holdings exclusively, and Walter isn’t a relative of Evie. Walter introduces Evie to her lady’s maid, Mrs. Swift, who helps Evie settle into her room. Evie can’t wait to attend the wedding of the century, but she doesn’t know that she will be center stage for a bloody scheme that’s generations in the making. 

Imagine if a Hallmark movie morphed into Ready or Not, and that’s what you have (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The trailers give you 50% of Walter’s secrets. The plot offers the rest in a quick recap that links to the beginning. If you are a fan of classic horror, this isn’t your film. The Invitation is more of a thriller than a horror. It provides a few jump scars and a killer in the shadows. The wedding has one shocking factor, but it’s all a part of Evie’s plan. This film can be a good date movie because it has something for everyone.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Eat, Pray, Love – Evie

I’ve always wanted a sister – Lucy

Get back in line – Viktoria

You make jealousy look radiant, Viktoria – Oliver

I have zero redeeming qualities – Walter

I will get what I deserve – Mrs. Swift

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Three Thousand Years of Longing – Review

Three Thousand Years of Longing – Budget of $60 million – 1 hour and 48 minutes

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Narratorlogist Alithea debarks her airplane and pushes her luggage cart through the airport before speaking at a conference. A man comes up and tries to take over her luggage cart, but Alithea shoos the man away. Her colleagues never saw the man and now escort her to the conference. Alithea speaks to the crowd and faints when she sees a pencil-drawn man moving throughout the audience. Alithea wakes up, stands, and waves to the on-lookers. Instead of taking it easy, Alithea goes to the local market and finds a bottle with a distinct blue swirl and burns. She buys the item and takes it to the hotel room to clean. After a couple of rubs with her toothbrush, a Djinn slinks out of the bottle and offers Alithea three wishes with ground rules. Alithea is only allowed three wishes, and Alithea can’t wish for immortality or harm to others. Alithea knows the Djinn folklore for being tricksters, so she doesn’t want to make a wish. Djinn asks for her heart’s desires, and he will make them come true. Instead, she questions Djinn about his origin and other masters. This tale will explain Djinn’s 3000 years of longing.

Based on The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt, this director made this film for an audience that loves fantasy and poetry (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Alithea narrates the story like a fairy tale because you wouldn’t believe her any other way. The graphics compliment her narration seamlessly. Because it’s a fairy tale, viewers can overlook the cartoonish nature of the movie’s CGI. Djinn tells his story, but it only proves Alithea’s case. Following the heart’s desires by making a wish is temporary and devastating. If you are into fantastical plots with metrical structures, you should check out this movie.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Humankind, what a conundrum – The Djinn

I just want to talk about love – Alithea

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