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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Review

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Budget of $65 million – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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Mavis realizes the more she and her father Dracula work together, the less time they spend together as a family.  She wants to make sure Dennis knows his grandfather.  So, Mavis books a cruise with several stops and the final stop being the Bermuda Triangle.  At first, Dracula isn’t impressed because he believes a cruise boat is just a hotel on the water.  But he changes his mind when he sees Captain Ericka.  Dracula hasn’t told his family, but he has been feeling lonely and wishes he can feel the “zing” again.  He hasn’t felt it since his wife died.  So, having that “zing” come back the moment he sees Ericka puts a pep in his step.  But Dracula doesn’t know that Ericka is the great-granddaughter of his arch nemesis Abraham Van Helsing.  And she has one mission, to retrieve an item to destroy all of monster-kind, including Dracula.

This movie falls in-line with the Hotel Transylvania franchise (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has enough kid humor to keep children entertained while providing the musical score parents will love.  This movie features a DJ mix off you will never forget.  While it does have several aspects you will love, it starts to get boring and predictable.  Your mind will start to wander.  However, it does provide a message of love and loss that children and adult will understand.  See this movie matinee

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

She’s my right arm’s cousin – Frank

When will you Van Helsing learn to get go of that – Dracula

Yes, I’m human but don’t hold that against me – Ericka

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Review

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Budget of $35 – 45 million – 2 hours and 2 minutes

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The U.S. Government want to add Mexican Drug Cartels to the terrorist list after several suicide bombers attacked on American soil with the cartels’ help.  At first, they consider going after the head of the cartel.  However, Graver knows this approach will only create more cartels.  Graver decides to start a cartel war by going after the kingpin’s children.  He will kidnap Isabel with the help of Alejandro.  And during the kidnapping, they will make Isabel think they are saving her in order to gain her confidence.  But when the mission changes Isabel and Alejandro are collateral damage that must be dealt with immediately.  Will Graver hurt or help this situation?

The second act of Sicario, this movie is not a continuation of the first but still keeps the same momentum (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has lots of action and twists to keep you entertained.  But some moments are just dull and slow.  It was bloody, violent, and with government cover-ups, however, it never fully captivated the audience.  The stand-out moment was the US/Mexican shootout near the border.   It provided more action in that one scene than most action movies have it their entirety.  If you are a fan of the first, you will enjoy this one.  To newcomers, you don’t need to see the first to watch the second.  Also, there is a great potential for a part 3. But this won’t be the cult classic the first movie became.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You believe that change is the goal. You have been doing this too long to believe that – Cynthia

Remember what happened to the price of cocaine after 9/11. Tight borders are good for business – Gravers

So you want to be Sicario. Sit down. Let’s talk about your future – Alejandro

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Uncle Drew – Review

Uncle Drew – Budget of $17 – 19 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Uncle Drew was the biggest name in Rucker tournament.  However, after a clash with his team members, none of the 5 players showed up.  Now, the tournament has a $100,000 prize and creates legends.  Dax is a Ruckers coach who has lost his players, girlfriend, and home.  He needs this $100,000 to get his life back on track.  As he sits on the sidelines, literally and figuratively, trying to figure out what to do, he sees an old man teaching a young man about the game.  Dax, like most onlookers, laughs at the elderly man, until he starts to win.  Dax quickly finds Drew and ask him to be on his team.  Drew tells Dax it has to be his team and his rooster.  Dax tries to counter but Drew breaks him down.  Dax and Drew go on a road trip to find:

  1. Boots – on a psychiatric hold and in a wheelchair
  2. Big Fella – a Karate instructor
  3. Lights – blind
  4. Preacher – A preacher with a wife who WILL find him

While they all get closer, Drew and Dax are both keeping a secret.  Dax isn’t opening up about his missed hoop dreams and lack of love.  Drew isn’t opening up about his role in the team’s break up.  In order for the team to become a family, everything must come out into the light.

While this movie is better than expected, it’s what you expect.  It has some laughs, some heart, and some good basketball.  The team not only play in the Rucker Tournament, they also play against high school girls.  This movie also has a lot of messages.  First about letting go of the past.  Second, keep playing.  Three, don’t let your pride get in your way.  Even though it has all these messages, it doesn’t get preachy.  So if you are looking for a decent laugh, see this movie matinee.  If you love basketball, wait for Netflix or Vudu.  Stick during the end credits for bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

A bag of Dax makes more sense – Mookie

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Uncle Drew

You’re Gladys Knight and they’re the Pips – Dax

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#AlmostChristmas – Review

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Almost Christmas – Budget of $17 million – 1 hour and 51 minutes

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Ten months ago, Walter Meyers lost his wife of 30+ years. Now, 5 days before Christmas, the Meyers family is getting back together to celebrate the holidays. Walter, the patriarch of the family, is a retired mechanic and auto body shop owner. He misses his wife and is reminded of her presence in every part of their home. Christian Meyers, the eldest son, married father of 2, is running for congress. He has vowed to not let his campaign interfere with family time. His campaign manager, Brooks, has other ideas. Dr. Cheryl Meyers, DDS, eldest daughter, is married, but annoyed her husband, Lonnie, hangs onto his basketball past. Rachel Meyers, youngest daughter, divorced mother of 1, is changing careers again. She refuses help from anyone and constantly fights with her older sister. Evan Meyers, college student hoping to turn pro, has been given the green light to stop taking pills and get back on the field. But the passing on his mom is bring more pain than he can bare. Aunt May, Walter’s sister in law, is doing all that she can to keep the family together and fill a hole caused by her sister’s passing. With Rachel and Cheryl always at odds, Evan trying to ignore is emotional pain, and Christian’s bad political decisions, it’s hard to believe this family will make it to Christmas together.

Although this will not be a Christmas classic, it is definitely better than Love the Coopers. There are lots of laughs with the help of Mo’Nique and a great assemble cast. Now, the script is 100% predictable, but the love of family shines through. The Meyers are your family. Even though they fight and bicker, they are family through and through. This is a great film to see in theaters but keep young children at home. The language is a little raunchy for a holiday movie.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Change the locks – Walter

Who wasn’t raised by a black woman. I know I was – Brooks

This girl – Malachi

I’ll go get grandma – Cheryl

You ungrateful bastards – Aunt May

Do you want to be on the team or own the team – Cameron

Wait, you have a boyfriend – Rachel

It was an accident – Evan

Mom, focus – Niya

I can’t do this – Christian

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#Barbershop:The Next Cut – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Barbershop:The Next Cut – Budget unknown – 1 hour 52 minutes

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Calvin loves the south side of Chicago, but with gang violence at an all time high, he doesn’t feel that Chicago loves him. He starts to consider moving his barbershop to the north side to protect his family and keep his son, Jalen, from going down the wrong path. Many believe that the government has forgotten about Chicago and could do more to help. While others feel that the community should help itself. Local politicians want to fence in the community; believing that having 1 way in and 1 way out will stop the violence. However, Calvin and Angie, a co-owner, knows that will hurt the barbershop’s profits. Hearing the fence plan, the Barbershop decides to ask for a Cease Fire for 48 hours from the neighborhood gang leaders.  And the Barbershop will give free haircut during the Cease Fire.  They hope that if politicians see the community fighting to keep the streets safe, then the fence idea will be scrapped. #BarbershopSavesTheNeighborhood

Like with the first 2 Barbershop movies, this movie hits on the social pulse of what’s going on in the United States (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Even with serious and sensitive topics, it manages to keep the humor needed to release any tension. And like in the first 2 movies, there are several side stores to keep the movie interesting, but they do not distract from the flow of the movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This film is a great talking point to start a real conversation. If you want something done, the community must do it.  Also, you do not need to the Barbershop 2, but seeing Barbershop 1 will help.  This movie is a must see at any time.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

My life would be so much better if you weren’t in it – Jalen

I didn’t give up. I gave out – Calvin

The streets are talking. They’re tired. They’re angry – Calvin

That sandwich was handcrafted – Eddie

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#Barbershop:The Next Cut – Review

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Barbershop:The Next Cut – Budget unknown – 1 hour 52 minutes

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Barbershop:The Next Cut
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Calvin loves the south side of Chicago, but with gang violence at an all time high, he doesn’t feel that Chicago loves him. He starts to consider moving his barbershop to the north side to protect his family and keep his son, Jalen, from going down the wrong path. Many believe that the government has forgotten about Chicago and could do more to help. While others feel that the community should help itself. Local politicians want to fence in the community; believing that having 1 way in and 1 way out will stop the violence. However, Calvin and Angie, a co-owner, knows that will hurt the barbershop’s profits. Hearing the fence plan, the Barbershop decides to ask for a Cease Fire for 48 hours from the neighborhood gang leaders.  And the Barbershop will give free haircut during the Cease Fire.  They hope that if politicians see the community fighting to keep the streets safe, then the fence idea will be scrapped. #BarbershopSavesTheNeighborhood

Like with the first 2 Barbershop movies, this movie hits on the social pulse of what’s going on in the United States (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Even with serious and sensitive topics, it manages to keep the humor needed to release any tension. And like in the first 2 movies, there are several side stores to keep the movie interesting, but they do not distract from the flow of the movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This film is a great talking point to start a real conversation. If you want something done, the community must do it.  Also, you do not need to the Barbershop 2, but seeing Barbershop 1 will help.  This movie is a must see at any time.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

My life would be so much better if you weren’t in it – Jalen

I didn’t give up. I gave out – Calvin

The streets are talking. They’re tired. They’re angry – Calvin

That sandwich was handcrafted – Eddie

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