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#AntManAndTheWasp – Movie Review

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Ant-Man and the Wasp – Budget of $130 million – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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After Scott survived the Quantum Realm, Dr. Hank Pym and Hope believe Janet (his wife and her mother respectively) could still be alive.  If so, they hope to bring her back.  Over the past 2 years, they have been working on the Quantum Tunnel.  They will use the tunnel to go subatomic and bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm.  Of course, they decide to test the machine just to work out any issues.  On house arrest, Scott has a dream about Janet playing hide and seek with a little girl.  While he is not supposed to contact Janet nor Hank while on house arrest, he can’t help but leave a message about his dream.  When Hope and Hank hear about Scott’s dream, they know their machine works and Janet is alive.  Now they are on a mission for one final artifact to ensure Janet’s safe return.  Hope goes undercover with a black tech dealer named Sonny Burch.  But men on Sonny’s payroll discovered Hope’s true identity.  Now, Sonny wants Pym tech in exchange for the artifact.  When Hope says no, he takes the artifact and her money.  During the battle against Sonny’s men, Hope (as Wasp) gets help from Scott (as Ant-Man) to stop Sonny.  Just when they believe they have the battle under control, they are stopped by Ghost.  Ghost can walk through any object and has superhuman strength.  And to make matters worse, she has stolen the lab with the Quantum Tunnel inside.  The shrunken lab.  Now Scott, Hope, and Hank must defeat Ghost, get the lab back, go to the Quantum Realm, and save Janet while stopping Sonny from stealing their tech.   And they must do this without Scott losing his probation.  Or he will get 20 years in jail, minimum.

This film proves Marvel has mastered special effects (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is dizzying and funny to see Scott go from tiny to huge to normal to medium and back.  Also, a lot of real-world items were used in the fight scenes to make them more lifelike.  Unlike most Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a villain and an anti-villain.   Sonny is just a bad guy doing things for profit.  While Ghost’s story is more complex and has more heart.   You understand why Ghost is willing to sacrifice Janet’s life to save themselves.  With Avengers: Infinity War taking a darker turn, this movie provides the laughs and thrills to lighten the mood.  But don’t worry, it makes the connection between itself as a separate movie, the first Ant-Man, and Infinity Wars.  You get a recap scene voiced by Luis similar to the first movie.  You get a new storyline to separate itself from the other movies.  And you get a recap of what led to Scott’s house arrest.  Because of the recap, it’s not necessary to see Ant-Man.  But you should watch Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War before seeing this film.  While this is a great Dolby or Imax film, 3D is not necessary.  And say past the end credits for a shock and a question.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I still think about the night your mom and I had to leave you – Hank

Do you guys just put ‘quantum’ in front of everything – Scott

Did you guys get crushed by the building – Luis

It’s a pleasure doing business with you – Sonny

What do you want to be when you grow up – Hope

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#JusticeLeague and #ITonya – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Justice League – Review

Justice League – Budget of $300 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Lately, monsters who smell fear have been appearing in Gotham.  When Bruce destroys them, they leave an image behind of 3 squares.   Batman is sure of three things.  First, these are aliens. Second, these boxes mean something.  Three, he is going to need help.  After an intense battle, Wonder Woman explains the 3 boxes are the Mother Boxes. The three boxes were left on earth and keep apart. The boxes were hidden in Themyscira, Atlantis, and somewhere on earth. But with the world more divided than ever, the boxes have woken up and called Steppenwolf.  If the boxes come together, creating the Unity, Steppenwolf will rain terror on earth.  The world fought off Steppenwolf before and won. Now, he is determined to rule the world once and for all.  Bruce knows the team is tough but it needs a true leader.  In order to get the best leader, they must bring him back.

The graphics should only be on the big screen.  Since one of the main characters and the main villain are heavily CGI’ed, it takes away from some of the fight scenes.  It’s noticeable when the actor is replaced with a computer simulation.   Since 3 of the heroes didn’t have a movie to explain their origin story, the writers were tasked with making us care about them.  They succeeded.  Cyborg’s tumultuous relationship with his father, The Flash’s painful relationship with his father, and Aquaman’s distance from Atlantis are all explained in great detail.  Knowing what drives them breathes new life into the DC Universe movie.  The storyline brings you in and keeps your attention.  The movie features heart-wrenching moments along with some good laughs.  See this in theaters and stay past the end credits for a look at the future of the Justice League.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Hope is like car keys. Easy to lose but if you dig around, you can find it – Superman

Fear. I can smell it – Batman

Does anyone know I’m alive – Cyborg

Children. I work with children – Wonder Woman

So we’re the accidents – The Flash

The water talks – Aquaman

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I, Tonya – Review

I, Tonya – Budget of $11 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

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At a “soft 4”, Tonya could outskate girls twice her age and had the awards to prove it.  It was those skills and her mother’s dogged tenacity that landed her the top-notch coach Diane.  With constant barbs from her mother, Tonya did everything to prove she was worthy of love and a gold medal.  But as she got older, she learned the cold truth about figure skating.  The judges didn’t want someone who could just skate, they wanted a ‘wholesome’ girl with the right pedigree and money to represent America.  With Tonya’s rock music, blue nails, and homemade clothes, she would never be seen as the girl next door with a good family.  However, Tonya would never let the judges stand in her way.  And when she became the 1st woman to land a triple axel in a U.S. competition, she was guaranteed a spot on the Olympic Team.  But as the pressure mounted, a death threat, retractable baton, and a lying nobody will bring Tonya’s dreams to an end.

So, you think you know Tonya? Well, you are wrong.  This telling of Tonya’s story is more than just the “incident”.  It’s the story of a little girl who did anything and put up with everything to be loved but got abused.   However this story is interesting because you don’t feel bad for Tonya, you understand her, laugh, and respect her ups and down.  As each person is interviewed, you relive that moment with them.  During a fight, Tonya and Jeff tell their sides of the story in an interview while breaking the 4th wall during the fight.  It’s that compelling storytelling that will keep you interested.  This movie is eye-opening, funny, and raw.  A must see in the theaters.  And the best part, you will gain a new respect for the Triple Axel.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tonya is totally American – Diana

After the triple axel, everything changed – Jeff

She’s a soft four – LoVona

Yeah, that was me – Shawn

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Incident – Tonya

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#ITonya – Movie Review

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I, Tonya – Budget of $11 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

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At a “soft 4”, Tonya could outskate girls twice her age and had the awards to prove it.  It was those skills and her mother’s dogged tenacity that landed her the top-notch coach Diane.  With constant barbs from her mother, Tonya did everything to prove she was worthy of love and a gold medal.  But as she got older, she learned the cold truth about figure skating.  The judges didn’t want someone who could just skate, they wanted a ‘wholesome’ girl with the right pedigree and money to represent America.  With Tonya’s rock music, blue nails, and homemade clothes, she would never be seen as the girl next door with a good family.  However, Tonya would never let the judges stand in her way.  And when she became the 1st woman to land a triple axel in a U.S. competition, she was guaranteed a spot on the Olympic Team.  But as the pressure mounted, a death threat, retractable baton, and a lying nobody will bring Tonya’s dreams to an end.

So, you think you know Tonya? Well, you are wrong.  This telling of Tonya’s story is more than just the “incident”.  It’s the story of a little girl who did anything and put up with everything to be loved but got abused.   However this story is interesting because you don’t feel bad for Tonya, you understand her, laugh, and respect her ups and down.  As each person is interviewed, you relive that moment with them.  During a fight, Tonya and Jeff tell their sides of the story in an interview while breaking the 4th wall during the fight.  It’s that compelling storytelling that will keep you interested.  This movie is eye-opening, funny, and raw.  A must see in the theaters.  And the best part, you will gain a new respect for the Triple Axel.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tonya is totally American – Diana

After the triple axel, everything changed – Jeff

She’s a soft four – LoVona

Yeah, that was me – Shawn

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Incident – Tonya

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#StarWars: #TheLastJedi and #Ferdinand – Movie Reviews

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 32 minutes

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Rey is now face-to-face with the legendary Luke Skywalker.  She wants to be trained in the ways of the Jedi and bring him back to Leia & the Resistance.  He has no interest in training another Jedi and thinks it should end.  He wants to stay on his island and enjoy the simple life, without the force.  However, while Rey is with Luke, she realized she can connect to Kylo’s mind.  Kylo tells her she doesn’t know the truth about Luke.  She must ask him why he decided to give up the ways of the Jedi.  Only then will she see the truth about Luke Skywalker and join Kylo.  In space, Finn has just woken up to learn the Resistance is under attack.  They are down to their last ship and can’t run for two reasons.  First, they are low on fuel and can travel light speed one more time.  Second, the First Order can track them through light speed.  The Resistance wants to abandon ship and find safety.  However, Finn and Rose (a new friend that stunned him) come up with a plan to jam the tracker and give the Resistance time to escape.  But first, they have to break into the biometric scanner so the ship won’t detect them on board.  Maz tells them they need a code breaker on Canto Bight.  Finn must stop the tracking device so Rey will have a ship to come home to after her training is done.  With everyone’s plan in place, the Resistance will need to come together to escape the deadly clutches of the First Order.

Visually, this is an amazing, beautifully shot movie.  The scene of Rey and Luke on Ahch-To are stunning.  Also, the battle scene on Crait was enhanced with an effect where the salt became red if it was disturbed by movement.  It was the exclamation point the scene needed.  While this movie offered a lot of “hold your breath”, cheering, and crying moments, it still felt too long.  Also, Luke give you the feeling of being Mei Pei instead of a reluctant Jedi (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You sit waiting for the real Luke to come back.  As this happens, you find yourself getting bored.  This movie could’ve been shorter and had the same impact.  So, definitely see it in Dolby.  When a ship gets hit, your chair will shake.  Although 3D is nice, it’s not a necessity.  While this is not the best of the Star Wars franchise, it’s not the worst (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

You and your friends are doomed – Holdo

I can’t feel my tongue – Finn

I don’t think they like me – Rey

I can’t imagine why – Luke Skywalker

Ask him – Kylo Ren

I know, I changed my hair – Leia

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Ferdinand – Review

Ferdinand – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 47 minutes

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A young calf named Ferdinand lives at Casa Del Torro and, unlike the other bulls, he doesn’t want to fight.  He wants to snell the flowers and care for others.  His father tells Ferdinand his wants are noble.  But they are bulls and one day he has to fight.  His father is one of the best bulls in the business and is usually picked by the Matador.  After a match, Ferdinand’s dad does not come home.  In shock, Ferdinand escapes and catches a train.  He jumps off the train, runs, stumbles, and is knocked unconscious.  He wakes up in a barn and is approached by Nina.  He smells her flower in her hair and instantly becomes her pet.  She promises to never hurt him and never make him fight.  Ferdinand lives, sleeps, and eats with young Nina.  They go to the Flower Festival each year but this year Ferdinand can’t go.  Juan, Nina’s father, tells her Ferdinand is a full grown bull, not a calf.  People in town will not understand that he is gentle and sweet.  So, Nina, Juan, and Paco the dog go to the festival.  Even though Ferdinand is given every holy sign not to go, he does anyway.  After a chance of clumsy events, Ferdinand is mistaken for an angry, baby-eating bull and is taken away, back to Casa del Toro.  When Ferdinand learns the truth about bullfighting, he knows he must escape and get back to Nina or he will face the Matador in the ring.

Based on the book Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, this is a funny light-hearted comedy about tough events (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now, they never say the word “die” or “death” but it is implied.  So be prepared for the younger children to asks “what happened”.  Out of respect for the culture, they never display the bullfighters as good or bad, they are just a part of the plot to help move the story along.  Ferdinand isn’t trying to run from the fighter, but the fight itself.  He doesn’t want to be a fighting bull, just Nina’s pet.  One thing is painstakingly clear, the amount of time the animators spent studying Madrid’s city, farmland, and Matador traditions.  The backdrops and costumes are some of the most amazing in animation.  You will want to find out if these places are real and if you can go.  Stay past the first set of credits and 3D is not necessary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Hey, I thought I was the good boy – Paco

A+ on the flank. Mommy like that. Mommy like that – Lupe

You’re either a fighter or meat. Later meat – Valiente

Think thin – Ferdinand

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#JUMANJI – Movie Review

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 59 minutes

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In 1996, Alex followed the sound of drums and found a board game on the beach.  He took it home but say “no one plays board games anymore” and started playing with his video game.  In the middle of the night, the game started to glow.  Alex opened the game and it changed.  The middle was gutted and all that was left was a video game cartridge.  He inserted the game into his console and disappeared.   Now in 2017, 4 students have been sent to detention for different infractions.  Spencer is allergic to everything, very smart, but lacking confidence.   Bethany is a social media butterfly that is obsessed with her phone.  That obsession has led her to be very self-absorbed.  Anthony (aka Fridge) is failing, so he has resorted to cheating from the one person he knows won’t say no, Spencer.  Anthony hopes that Spencer’s brain will keep him on the football team.  Martha is a driven girl with her eyes set on Princeton.  She wants to focus on classwork only, not gym class but she finds Spencer cute.  The principal tells them to clean up the room for the new computer lab.  If it doesn’t get done, they have to come back over the weekend to finish.  The principal tells them they should think about what the do with their lives because they only have one to live.  A few moments later, they find the video game with a cartridge inside called Jumanji.  They decide to play.  When they start picking avatars, they notice one cannot be select.  After picking, they are sucked into the video game.  Now, they are their avatar and have special abilities and skill sets.  Here is the breakdown.

Real Name Avatar Name Strength Weakness
Spencer Dr. Xander Bravestone Fearless, Speed, Climbing, Smoldering Intensity, Boomerang Nothing
Bethany Prof. Shelley Oberon Cartography, Archaeology, Aaleontology Endurance
Athony Dr. Franklin “Moose” Finbar Wepons valet, zoologist Cake, strength, speed
Martha Ruby Roundhouse Karate, Tai Chi, Jui Jitsu, Dance Fighting Venom

As they look around the jungle, they learn a hard truth about the game; they only have 3 lives and if they die in the game, they die in real life.  Then, the four meet Nigel.  Nigel tells them the story of “The Jaguar Eye”.   Ven Pelt stole the Eye (a green gem) and it overcame him with darkness.  Now, he has control of the animals in Jumanji and will do anything to keep it.  This caused Jumanji to be cursed.  The four must get through the jungles of Jumanji, replace the eye, and say Jumanji.  Then Jumanji and the 4 are safe and they can leave the game.

This is not a remake.  THIS IS NOT A REMAKE.  This is an extension of the first movie.  It starts where the other ended.  And since it is a board/video game, it kept the villain’s name the same: Van Pelt, The Hunter.  He hunts the characters in Jumanji with lethal force and voracious tenacity.  While it provides really great CGI effects, it stays true to the video game realm with scripted players, a backstory, levels, lives, and outrageous weakness and strengths.  However, since it does focus on teens, it becomes another teen movie.  With the jock, nerd, introspective (yet cute) girl, and the self-absorbed hot girl who must work together.  By working together they become better people.  They just have to deal with the occasional hippo, elephant, jaguar, and black mamba.  While it falls into a teen story, it does stay true to Jumanji’s core values: be brave, be bold, and fight.  That is what makes this a good movie.  So, don’t bring the little ones because of penis jokes but tweens and teens will have a good time.  If you see it in 3D, go matinee.  Otherwise, pay full price and have fun.  And yes it does pay homage to Robin Williams.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

See you later, refrigerator – Spencer

It’s a requirement – Martha

I look like a garden gnome and where is my phone – Shelley

Don’t let this new body get your butt whooped – Franklin

That was my first kiss – Bravestone

No thank you. I’m ok – Ruby

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#AtomicBlonde, #TheNutJob2, and #WindRiver- Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Atomic Blonde – Review

Atomic Blonde – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 55 minutes

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Ten days before the Berlin Wall falls, Lorraine is given her mission. The night before an agent named James was killed and a watch containing a list was taken from him.  She must find the list (on microfilm) which contains the name of all the current spies in the field. It must be recovered soon because one spy is listed as a double agent. They need the list to save every operative in the field and to stop the double agent. Her point of contact in Berlin is David.  But Lorraine is worried because the moment she lands in Berlin, she is made by the KGB and must fight.  She is quickly discovered by David who gives her the 10 cent tour of Berlin.  David is quick to exchange anything for information.  Now Lorraine recalls the events of the past 10 days with her boss in an interrogation room.  By the end, her story will include a man with a photographic memory, a beautiful French operative, an ice pick, and a corkscrew.

Based on The Coldest City by Anthony Johnston, this thrill ride starts at the very beginning (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has the right dose of kick-butt action with dashes of humor when needed.  As Lorraine discusses not having the right outfit before a battle or comment on her contact’s balls, it makes for an easy laugh in tense situations.  Some of the fight scenes are a spectacle to see because everything is a weapon.  There is a not sweeping shot of the fight scenes, just up close and personal.  This is purposely done to make the audience feeling each punch, kick, stab, and gunshot.  Also, the hand to hand combat makes things seem more realistic.  This is a fun watch for any action fan.  Be warned that all of Lorraine’s fights are in the trailer but not at full scale.  Are the best parts of the fight scenes in the trailer? NO.  However, you will anticipate them as the scenes play out.  Anyone younger than 16 should stay home and no need to stay past the credits.  There could be a part two but we must see how this movie pans out with audiences.  See it with the understanding that you may need to see it twice.  It goes fast and there are a lot of twists and turns.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Your not the best, are you? – James

Would it make you more comfortable if I stood on the other side of that mirror? It’s a bit crowded back there. – CIA Agent

Money is good. Information is better – David

Sorry. It looked like you needed saving – Delphine

Well, shall we began – Lorraine

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Review

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 31 minutes

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Surly and the other animals are enjoying the high life at the old Nut Shop.  Since it closed, they have taken over and stop scrounging for nuts in the forest.  Now it’s a 24-hour party.  Andy, however, thinks they are becoming lazy, fat, and entitled.  They are losing their animal instincts.  She tries to teach the younger children but it’s falling on deaf ears.  Surly doesn’t see why Andy worries so much until the Nut Shop explodes.  The animals don’t know what to do for food and they don’t want to scrounge for it.  Surly and Buddy try to find a new Nut Shop but fail.  Andy tells them they must learn their old ways in Liberty Park.  However, Andy doesn’t know that Mayor Muldoon is upset about Liberty Park.  It is the only place in this town that doesn’t earn him any money.  So, he wants to get rid of it and create an amusement park.  As his bulldozers rip apart the park, the animals try to stop them.  The Mayor calls Critter Catchers to trap them.  Surly is caught in a trap and is freed with Precious’s help.  But soon, Precious is taken by Heather Muldoon, the mayor’s daughter.  Buddy and Surly go to rescue Precious from Heather.  While Andy tries to find a new place to live and go back to nature.

The sequel to The Nut Job is just a fun movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Animals are becoming lazy because they don’t have to work anymore.  Everything is given to them.  So they lose their need to fight and survive.  Once the handouts are gone, they don’t know what to do.  They wait for Surly to give all the answers.  Getting back to basics is the best for these animals.  This is a great lesson for kids to learn.  They should get strong and not settle for an easy path but learn to fight and survive.  Once they learn, they must keep fighting and growing.  Also, kids learn that money isn’t everything and animal need a home too.  While golf and amusement parks are nice, parks and recreation are just as good.  Kids will enjoy this film and adults will get some laughs, too.  This is a wholesome movie for all with plenty of lessons thrown it.  And pay attention to the Mayor’s license plate.  It tells all you need to know about him.  See it in theaters but no need for 3D.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If you are lucky, they give you a nut. If you are unlucky, they are nuts – Surly

See class, hard work pays off – Andy

Ha. Now we both have smooshed faces – Precious

Daddy, I can do it. I love to shoot helpless, defenseless animals – Heather

I’m Frankie. That’s short for Frank – Frank

If you ever come back to the city, you’re dead – Mr. Fang

The best thing about being Mayor, I get to sign my own permits – Mayor Muldoon

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Wind River – Review

Wind River – Budget of $11 million – 1 hour and 51 minutes

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Near to the town of Lander, there is Wind River Reservation.  They have had an issue with mountain lions killing the local livestock, so they call in U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer Cory Lambert.  It’s his job to hunt big animals and keep the town and reservation safe.  While tracking the family of lions, he comes across the dead body of Natalie Hanson.  She was barefoot, beaten, and raped.  Cory can see that her footprints are in the snow and she has frostbite on her feet and face.  He calls the murder into the Tribal police, who call the FBI.  Cory meets with Jane, the FBI agent, who realizes that his knowledge of the area will help her in the investigation.  She asks him to help her hunt for a killer.  Her biggest obstacle is the medical examiner.  He doesn’t want to list Natalie’s death as a murder because she died because of the exposure to the cold, not her injuries.  Jane and Cory are furious.  They know she was running from her attackers and that caused her to freeze and die.  Now Jane has to investigate without any other agents on her side.  Just the Trible Police and Cory.  While Jane hunts for a killer’s motive find him, Cory hunts for a killer’s trail to find him.  But during the investigation, Jane learns this hunt is personal for Cory.  Natalie was his daughter’s best friend and his daughter Emily was a murder victim too.  Solving this crime will not bring his daughter back, but it will bring the closure to a family that he was never given.

Inspired by several events among Native women, this is a heart-wrenching tale of crime, grief, and loss.  This movie completely contradicts with the picturesque landscapes, open land, and magnificent snow.  You learn that while the land is beautiful, it masks a horrible legacy of rape, drug abuse, and murder.  As Cory tells Jane how the victim died, you will feel the theater get colder and your chest tighten.  You will wonder how long you could survive given the circumstances.  This movie is different because you just don’t hear the crime, you see it first hand.  Also, you will see the effect her death has on her family but comes to no shock to the reservation.  And just as you find peace with the ending, you learn a horrible statistic.  The number of missing Native Women is not a tracked statistic.  No one knows for sure how many are missing.  Hopefully, this film will spark a change.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

What’s the rule, son? Guns are always loaded, even when they ain’t – Cory

Why is it when you people say you want to help, it starts with an insult – Martin

Please don’t make me laugh – Jane

It’s not good – Ben

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#HitmansBodyguard and #TheNutJob2 – Movie Reviews

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Review

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Michael Bryce was working for Triple-A Protection Services and giving his clients top notch treatment.  Until his client was murdered after boarding a plane.  Two years later Michael has not recovered from losing his client.  He is still a bodyguard but for low-end players.  Darius Kincaid has offered his testimony against a murderous tyrant for his wife Sonia’s freedom.  He doesn’t care that he will spend the rest of his life in jail because he only wants her to be free.  Interpol knows that anyone who was scheduled to testify against the tyrant Vladislav Dukhovich dies before they take the stand.  So, they decided to protect him every step of the way.   Amelia Ryder is in charge of the Interpol Protection detail.  Once they head to the courthouse, it all hits the fan,  After multiple bullets, Amelia and Darius are on the run to her safe house.  Darius warns her that Interpol must have a leak and she needs to call someone she can trust to help her that’s outside of Interpol.  She only knows one person that can handle Darius and that’s Michael Bryce.  Once Michael learns he must protect Darius (who attempted to kill him 29) he says no.  But Amelia promises Michael she will get him his status back in the protection business.  Michael has to keep Darius alive but he (and Duhkovich’s men) want to kill him every step of the way.  If Michael doesn’t get Darius to the court on time and alive a Dukhovich will be free.

What if Pulp Fiction’s Jules met Deadpool (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer)? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore.  This movie is your answer.  With quick-witted banter, 2 crazy “how we met” stories, plenty of fights, and a plethora of car chases, this is a fun shoot-em-up movie.  While the plotline is nothing new nor the characters, it’s still fun.  It’s the comedic timing of Reynolds & Jackson that make this movie worth watching.  Seeing Reynolds do his best Jackson impression is great.  When the action slows down, the dialog picks up and vice versa.  Now the storyline between Michael and Amelia is boring, the storyline between Darius and Sonia will compete with Harley Quinn and Joker.  They may just be the movie couple of the year.   See this one in the movies and see it until the very end of the “director’s cut”.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You are as useful as a condom in a convent – Darius

Let’s just focus on you “dying of natural causes”, shall we? – Michael

Like I said, there is nothing more important than a good education – Dukhovich

Did I say you could look around – Sonia

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Review

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 31 minutes

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Surly and the other animals are enjoying the high life at the old Nut Shop.  Since it closed, they have taken over and stop scrounging for nuts in the forest.  Now it’s a 24-hour party.  Andy, however, thinks they are becoming lazy, fat, and entitled.  They are losing their animal instincts.  She tries to teach the younger children but it’s falling on deaf ears.  Surly doesn’t see why Andy worries so much until the Nut Shop explodes.  The animals don’t know what to do for food and they don’t want to scrounge for it.  Surly and Buddy try to find a new Nut Shop but fail.  Andy tells them they must learn their old ways in Liberty Park.  However, Andy doesn’t know that Mayor Muldoon is upset about Liberty Park.  It is the only place in this town that doesn’t earn him any money.  So, he wants to get rid of it and create an amusement park.  As his bulldozers rip apart the park, the animals try to stop them.  The Mayor calls Critter Catchers to trap them.  Surly is caught in a trap and is freed with Precious’s help.  But soon, Precious is taken by Heather Muldoon, the mayor’s daughter.  Buddy and Surly go to rescue Precious from Heather.  While Andy tries to find a new place to live and go back to nature.

The sequel to The Nut Job is just a fun movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Animals are becoming lazy because they don’t have to work anymore.  Everything is given to them.  So they lose their need to fight and survive.  Once the handouts are gone, they don’t know what to do.  They wait for Surly to give all the answers.  Getting back to basics is the best for these animals.  This is a great lesson for kids to learn.  They should get strong and not settle for an easy path but learn to fight and survive.  Once they learn, they must keep fighting and growing.  Also, kids learn that money isn’t everything and animal need a home too.  While golf and amusement parks are nice, parks and recreation are just as good.  Kids will enjoy this film and adults will get some laughs, too.  This is a wholesome movie for all with plenty of lessons thrown it.  And pay attention to the Mayor’s license plate.  It tells all you need to know about him.  See it in theaters but no need for 3D.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If you are lucky, they give you a nut. If you are unlucky, they are nuts – Surly

See class, hard work pays off – Andy

Ha. Now we both have smooshed faces – Precious

Daddy, I can do it. I love to shoot helpless, defenseless animals – Heather

I’m Frankie. That’s short for Frank – Frank

If you ever come back to the city, you’re dead – Mr. Fang

The best thing about being Mayor, I get to sign my own permits – Mayor Muldoon

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