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KIN – Review

KIN – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 42 minutes

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Elijah goes around town finding scraps from abandoned buildings to sell. He is saving for a new pair of shoes. On one of his explorations, Elijah finds dead bodies and a high tech weapon. He gets spooked and runs home. He comes home to his disappointed father Harold. Elijah was suspended for fighting a kid who spoke badly about his deceased mother. Harold tells him if he is not in school he will be doing chores all day. In addition, his brother Jimmy will be coming home after a 6-year bid in jail. Elijah goes back to the abandoned building to clear his head. The bodies are gone but the weapon is still there. He grabs the weapon and it lights up. So he puts the weapon in his bag, sneaks into the house, and hides it under his bed. The next day Harold finds Elijah’s scraps and tells Elijah taking those things is stealing. He wants Elijah to call all the Section 8 housing directors and apologize. When they get Harold’s business to make the phone calls, Harold notices the chain is broken. He tells Elijah to stay in the car until he comes out. Elijah puts on his headphones and waits. A few minutes later Jimmy comes out and tells Elijah their dad is staying because someone broke in and poured concrete everywhere. Harold told Jimmy the two should immediately go on a trip to Lake Tahoe (their mother’s favorite place) and he will meet the two later. Elijah is happy to get away from the chores. In a hurry, Elijah grabs some food, clothes, and his new secret weapon. But Jimmy is hiding a huge secret too. Before he ran to the car, he helped two men (Tyler and Dutch) break into is Harold’s business to steal money he owed them. When Harold tried to stop them, Tyler killed Harold and Jimmy killed Dutch (Tyler’s brother). Jimmy knows Tyler and his crew will come after him and kill him and Elijah. Unknowingly, Elijah is on the run from the police, Tyler, and his crew.  Oh and let’s not forget, someone is looking for that weapon.

This movie, produced by Michael B. Jordan, mixes a complex storyline with a sci-fi flair.  Elijah is learning what it really means to be a man and the true definition of a family each mile of the road trip.  As Jimmy takes him to motels, a strip club, and a poker game, he does it with the intention of keeping Elijah happy.  But Jimmy hates himself for keeping their dad’s death a secret.  Jimmy is not represented as cold and evil, just irresponsible and lost.  While this movie starts with a weapon as the answer to some of his problems, it’s really the key to unlocking the truth.  Parents, be forewarned, that this movie does involve strippers.  They are clothed but it’s equal to a bikini.  While this movie has a strong message about manhood, the strip club scene is 10 minutes long and up to your discretion.  But this is a strong movie that deserves a second look and possibly a part 2.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I don’t even know why I listen to you – Elijah

I got a lot of money. I am looking to get drunk. He is looking to get caffeinated. You want to join us – Jimmy

Don’t hide it. It proves you’re a survivor – Milly

You are not a replacement – Harold

Be careful, it’s slippery there – Tyler

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A-X-L – Review

A-X-L – Budget of $10 million – 1 hour and 40 minutes

A-X-L
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Miles is a motocross racer who feels like he has nothing going for himself. He did poorly in school, has no money, and no sponsors. He feels that racing is all he has. Sam, the competition has money and sponsor. Miles believes if he had those things, he could have made it to nationals by now. So when Sam asks Miles to attends one of his parties, his dad tells him it may be the connection he needs to move up in the racing world. He has fun and gets to meet Sara again. He saw her after a race and kept a picture she drew and threw away. Sara is the daughter of Sam’s housekeeper. While Sara sees Sam is an arrogant, playboy, Sam sees Sara is one of his girls. After losing Sara and a race to Miles, Sam sees him as a threat. So he causes Miles to wipe out on his bike and leaves him in the middle of nowhere with gas. When he tries to start up his bike, he hears banging in a container. Inside the container, he finds a robot dog. The dog chase Miles on his bike until the dog gets impelled by a large pipe. When Miles removes the pipe, the dog sees Miles as a friend and delivers maintenance instructions to his phone. Miles learns the dog’s name is A-X-L (Attack, Exploration, Logistics). Axl was created to replace K9s. It biometrically links with its owner, can carry a slew of payloads, and kills. When the dog is activated, it alerts its owner Craine Systems. When the owner discovers the dog is advancing like never before, he decides Miles will be the first human subject and he will study Axl’s progress. Axl, however, is very volatile and extremely dangerous. Axl snapped once to escape Craine Systems, he will snap again. His new owner Miles may be in danger but will he be able to give Axl up?

This movie is a mix of Transformers, Alpha, and Frankenstein (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It uses Axl’s POV to help the viewer understands how he makes connections between friend and foe using body scans, commands, and hacking.  If you blink, you will miss this critical information.  Also, in the first 2 minutes, the movie gives a brief explanation of the start of the Axl program.  But don’t worry if you miss it, there is a longer recap later.  While the tech and human/robot dog relationship is fun to watch, this movie is better suited for adolescents and pre-teens.  It’s a good matinee movie for the entire family.  Otherwise, wait for Redbox.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Axl, remember this – Sara

We’re friends, right? Friends don’t bite friends – Miles

Yo, send it – Axl

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#FreeFire and #UnforgettableMovie – Movie Reviews

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Free Fire – Review

Free Fire – Budget of $7 million – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Frank and his crew (Justine, Stevo, Chris, Bernie) are meeting in an old factory to buy weapons from Christopher and his crew (Ord, Vernon, Martin, Harry, Gordon). Things don’t go smoothly because Vernon got the wrong weapons. He brought AR70 instead of M16. Frank and Chris are noticeably upset with the change but decide to try the weapons and fire them. After being please, he decided to buy the AR70s. But when Stevo and Harry recognize each other from the previous night, Harry throws a punch at Stevo. Both crews pull the men apart, but when Frank finds out why Harry is upset, he starts to beat Stevo. Stevo is forced to apologize. And, well, let’s just say, his apology is met with bullets. This causes a chain reaction that leads to a 63-minute shootout. And just when they believe they know who their enemy is, snipers are added to the mix. But who is with the snippers and who will be left standing?

While this shootout starts off funny, it gets gruesome in the last 15 minutes. You may forget how serious the situation is until the fire, a car, a telephone, and propane tanks are added to the mix. It’s interesting to see who lives and who dies in this movie but it’s amazing how much you learn about the characters in such a short time. Vernon jokes that he doesn’t remember what side he is on but don’t be surprised if you feel the same way. After the actors a covered with dirt, water, and blood, it’s hard to tell them apart. While it’s fun to watch it does lag at times. This movie is best for RedBox or Netflix.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I just want everyone to go home happy from this deal – Justine

I told you, I don’t like working with someone who is carrying a loaded weapon – Christopher

I’m leaving a trail of breadcrumbs – Stevo

It’s better this way. Machines don’t lie – Martin

Vernon is a weird and mysterious jewel – Vernon

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Unforgettable – Review

Unforgettable – Budget of $12 million – 1 hour and 40 minutes

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David’s brewery is making money, his daughter Lily is happy, and his girlfriend Julia said yes to his proposal. His life is on the right track. However, his ex Tessa does not see it the same way. She believes that Julia is a bad influence on Lily and will never be a perfect mother. Tessa on the other hand eats, dresses, walks and talks perfectly at all times in public. And she wants her daughter to be the same. Tessa has decided that she wants David back and recreate the perfect family she had before. She must do one thing first: GET RID OF JULIA. She steals her phone, makes a fake profile page, and steals her jewelry to break Julia down and make her look bad in front of David. But when Tessa brings up Julia’s dangerous past, Tessa’s actions become fatal.

Get ready to yell at the screen. While this movie plays on the crazy ex-wife archetype, it’s expanded by catfishing, phone-cloning, and caller ID spoofing. So why wasn’t it on Lifetime you ask. Well, because of the sex scenes. Now Lifetime has been known to get a little steamy, but this movie would have been too much for the channel. Now you may find yourself laughing at the things Tessa does, but when you meet her mother Lovie you will start to feel bad for Tessa. And you will also understand why she snapped. So if you are just trying to kill 2 hours with a little mindless fun with no introspective value, see this movie but see it a matinee. And don’t be surprised if there is a part 2. Also, yes it’s a chick flick.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You should go now. GO! NOW! – Tessa

Your dragging your knife and your silver needs polishing – Lovie

I love you and I don’t like people – Ali

I’m gonna be in trouble – Lily

She is the mother of my daughter – David

I never wanted you to see me like this – Julia

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Sing Street – Budget Unknown – 1 hour 45 minutes

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Conor (renamed Cosmo) is starting a new school and dealing with family troubles when he sees the girl of his dreams, Raphina.  When Cosmo, learns that Raphina is a model, he ask her to star in a video for his band.  Only one small problem … he doesn’t have a band.  He slowly gathers a group of friends with musical talents and names the band Sing Street (after their school Synge Street).  Brendan, Cosmo brother and a pure music/video lover, abruptly tell him that Synge Street music is garbage and they will need to be more than just a cover band.  Brendan tells Cosmo to write music and gives him “homework”.  With a new sense of self, Cosmo gets back with his band and creates magic.  It is not long before the bullies, the administrations, and … yes … Raphina take notice.   You will need to watch to see what becomes of Cosmo, Raphina, and Sing Street.

This coming-of-age story is a mix of Stand By Me and The Five Heartbeats with a Guardian of the Galaxy “killer” soundtrack.  This period piece stays true to the 80’s fashion, music, and technology.  Sing Street, filmed in Dublin, uses its surrounding as an integral part of the story, not just a backdrop.  Because of the accents, it may be difficult to understand the characters but it makes the story more authentic.  You will sing, laugh, and even daydream of what could have been.  This is not a good fit for anyone under 13 but a great movie.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars

We can’t get any peace here.  Let’s go else where – Eamon

He’s got to be able to play something.  He’s black  – Darren

You know you can record over tapes – Conor

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#SingStreet – Review

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Sing Street – Budget Unknown – 1 hour 45 minutes

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Sing Street
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Conor (renamed Cosmo) is starting a new school and dealing with family troubles when he sees the girl of his dreams, Raphina.  When Cosmo, learns that Raphina is a model, he ask her to star in a video for his band.  Only one small problem … he doesn’t have a band.  He slowly gathers a group of friends with musical talents and names the band Sing Street (after their school Synge Street).  Brendan, Cosmo brother and a pure music/video lover, abruptly tell him that Synge Street music is garbage and they will need to be more than just a cover band.  Brendan tells Cosmo to write music and gives him “homework”.  With a new sense of self, Cosmo gets back with his band and creates magic.  It is not long before the bullies, the administrations, and … yes … Raphina take notice.   You will need to watch to see what becomes of Cosmo, Raphina, and Sing Street.

This coming-of-age story is a mix of Stand By Me and The Five Heartbeats with a Guardian of the Galaxy “killer” soundtrack.  This period piece stays true to the 80’s fashion, music, and technology.  Sing Street, filmed in Dublin, uses its surrounding as an integral part of the story, not just a backdrop.  Because of the accents, it may be difficult to understand the characters but it makes the story more authentic.  You will sing, laugh, and even daydream of what could have been.  This is not a good fit for anyone under 13 but a great movie.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars

We can’t get any peace here.  Let’s go else where – Eamon

He’s got to be able to play something.  He’s black  – Darren

You know you can record over tapes – Conor

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