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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Budget of $170 – 187 million – 2 hours and 8 minutes

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
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Isla Nublar, 120 miles off of Costa Rica, is inhabited only by the dinosaurs left behind after Jurassic World was forced to close its doors because a genetically modified hybrid, the Andomus Rex, destroyed the park.  Three years later a volcano is set to destroy the island and all life on that island.  While some believe this is God fixing man’s mistake.  Others believe that dinosaurs are animals that should be protected like all other endangered species.  Claire is on the dinosaurs’ side.  She runs the Dinosaur Protection Group and calls every member of Congress and the Senate to help.  She is saddened when she sees a news state that the U.S. will do nothing to help.  Just in moments of hearing the news, she gets a call from the Lockwood Estate.  Lockwood worked with John Hammond to create the first Jurassic Park.  Now elderly and ill, he looks after his granddaughter Maisie with the help of Iris and Eli.  Eli Mills, head of the estate, tells Claire they have a new sanctuary for the dinosaurs.  No cages, no fences, no humans.  It if is fully sustainable and safe for the dinosaurs.  He feels he has the manpower to save 11 species, including Blue.  But Claire knows no one will ever get close enough.  Only one man can get Blue.  Owen.  Owen is resistant to save the dinosaurs.  He believes that park and all the animal should die.  However, he is drawn to save Blue.  So Claire, Owen, Zia (Dinosaur Protection Group’s paleoveterinarian), Franklin (Dinosaur Protection Group’s systems analyst and hacker), and Ken Wheatley (a mercenary sent to command the Isla Nublar mission) board a plane to the volcanic Isle Nublar.  It doesn’t take long for Owen to find Blue, then shots ring out.  Ken shots Blue with a tranquilizer dart.  But she doesn’t go down and attacks one of his men.  Then, Blue is shot with a bullet.  Owen knows he and Blue have been crossed.  Owen tries to attack Ken but is shot with a dart.  Owen wakes up to find Zia taken as a medical hostage for Blue and Franklin and Claire in the path of a stampede.   Now they understand Mills was lying about saving the animals but for what purpose?   That purpose will lead Claire to a hard decision of letting life happen or destroying it.  Welcome to Jurassic World.

This has all the scares to make you jump, the anticipation to make your heart beat faster, and the dumb decisions that will make you talk to the screen.  There are new moments in this film.  Like when Owen, Claire, and Franklin have to choose death by dinosaur or death by lava.  However, 1993 Jurassic Park fans will get snippets of the original film (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  For example, the girl trying to pull down a door while a dinosaur charges toward her.  Or hiding behind a log during a stampede.  It’s those moments and consistent reminders of John Hammond that connect this movie to the original.  It pays beautiful homage to its predecessor while maintaining its originality.   Also, be ready for a new dinosaur that will send a chill down your spine.  The sequel to Jurassic World will not disappoint finds with action, graphics, and comedic timing.  However, the growth of the love story between Owen and Claire is nil.  And it replays itself again in this film.  If a third is made, which it will be, they should either be together or stay apart.   But don’t drag this out for another film.  While Dolby is great, 3D will have glitches with reflects in a glass.  And stay past the end credits for a brief look at a true Jurassic World.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

They’re all going to die and no one cares – Claire

You should right fortune cookies – Owen

You call this a plane. My cousin has a drone that’s bigger than this – Franklin

This will be a nice centerpiece for my necklace – Ken

They need a mother – Dr. Wu

He blood is contaminated – Zia

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#AdriftMovie and #HotelArtemis – Movie Reviews

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Hotel Artemis – Review

Hotel Artemis – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 34 minutes

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In 2028, Nurse has run Los Angelos’s Hotel Artemis for 22 years but it’s not a hotel.  The only open floor is the penthouse and its a hospital for criminals.  They must pay monthly dues, bring no guns, have no visitors, do no business, and never bring the police to the hotel.  And Nurse keeps everyone in line with an orderly properly named Everest.  Each room in the penthouse has a name and the patient is only referred to by this name.  The current patients are:

  • Nice: A hitwoman who only goes after important people and has an interesting implant
  • Honolulu: A bank robber with multiple guns shot wounds and a stolen pen
  • Waikiki: A bank robber who tried to get out of life but kept paying his dues
  • Acapulco: An arms dealer with a big mouth and something to prove

But two patients will cause every rule in Hotel Artemis to be broken, leaving a bloodbath.

If you are a fan of John Wick, this is right up your alley.  This movie gives you enough back story on each character to see how they are all interconnected as friends, lovers, and enemies.  It’s hard to understand how this Hotel has stood the test of time.  However, with the rules and security, everything stays in place.  Also, you will get the added bonus of learning the truth about Hotel Artemis’s start with Nurse making a deal with the devil.  Be warned there are some violent moments, so younger children should not attend.  This is going to be a cult classic and it is possible for a part 2.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I may be a professional but she is the business – Waikiki

Don’t cross my line – Nice

I am not fat – Everest

Get your hands off the Guc – Acapulco

Those things will kill you – Nurse

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Adrift – Review

Adrift – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Adrift
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Grifter Tami Ashcraft just drifted to Tahiti.  She has no job, direction, nor money.  Her plan is always the same.  Find a job, save money, and go to the next place.  While painting a boat, she sees Richard coming ashore.  Their connection is instant and strong.  After a few magical days together, Richard asks her to sail away with him.  She agrees.  But before they can get away, Richard is offered a job.  Sail a man’s yacht to San Diego and earn $10,000 and 2 first class tickets back to Tahiti.  Tami doesn’t want to head to San Diego because it’s home.  She is not ready to go home just yet.  However, out of fear of holding Richard back, she agrees to go.  The first few days are lovely but when a hurricane hits, the loving couple will be tested in faith, strength, and love.

Based on the novel Red Sky in Mourning by Tami Ashcraft and Susea McGearhart, this is the harrowing survival of 41 days adrift supported by true love (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  After Richard is injured, he guides Tami into sailing them to safety.  However, when they realize that California is too dangerous, the sail to Hawaii.  For them, it will be like hitting a moving target.  And if they miss, Japan is the closest landmass.  So with little water, little food, no power, no radio, and injuries, they have to fight to live.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Did I just ask you to marry me using my dead mother’s voice – Richard

Whatever job pays enough to get to the next place – Tami

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#ThorRagnarok and #OrientExpressMovie – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Thor: Ragnarok – Review

Thor: Ragnarok – Budget of $180 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes

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Thor has been working to stop the prophecy of the Asgard’s demise called Ragnarok.  However, when he gets home, he learns that the 9 realms are falling apart.  Thor knows his father would never let that happen, so he confronts him and exposes that it is Loki.  Thor demands to be taken to their father.  Oden lets his sons know that Hela is on her way.  She is the Goddess of Death, bent on revenge, and their sister.  As the oldest, Hela feels she is the rightful heir to the throne.  She despises Oden for changing his way and locking her away.  While absorbing the news of a new found sister, Thor and Loki stand before her.  During the fight, Loki calls for Heimdall.  But all three are swept up in the Bitfröst Bridge while still fighting.  Hela throws Loki and Thor out; she heads to Asgard to rule while the brothers land on the planet Sakaar.  Hela sets her sights on taking over all the realms and by destroying everything in her path.  Her only obstacle: someone stole the Bitfröst Sword.  She must find it to continue her domination.

Thor, without his hammer, is confronted by Sakaar locals.  But soon Scrapper 142 finds him and marks him as a contender.  Thor is set to be in the Grand Master’s game and face the Grand Master’s Champion.  Thor worries that without his hammer, he will fail.  But he will learn the truth about Scrapper 142, the Grand Master’s Champion, Loki’s whereabouts, Hela’s power, Ragnarok, and what it truly means to be the God of Thunder.

Be prepared to laugh and be in awe.  When there isn’t a physical battle, you are given a verbal battle.  Sakaar is given its own color palette which completely separates it from Asgard.  New characters are introduced with clear and concise backstories which allows them to shine with their own personalities.  Since this movie is one of the funniest in the Marvel series, the humor causes the special effects to be more cartoonish than realistic.  So, the Hulk looks like a cartoon next to a real object.  At times it just doesn’t blend.  Don’t worry, you will get the joy of cameos from Stan Lee and Dr. Strange.  As well as post end credit scenes.  So see this movie at full price and IMAX, before someone tells to much.  3D is not necessary

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t cut my hair – Thor

I’m just a janitor – Skurge

I have been falling for 30 minutes – Loki

Let’s call it a tie – Grandmaster

I see you. But you are far away – Heimdall

Thor, I think I’m freaking out – Bruce Banner

Many apologies your highness – Valkyrie

Now you look just like father – Hela

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Murder on the Orient Express – Review

Murder on the Orient Express – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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World famous detective Hercule Poirot just finished a case at The Wailing Wall and wants to take a vacation.  Just as he is planning to relax, he gets a new case from London and must return.  Poirot’s friend Bouc (director of the Orient Express) offers him a ride on the full train.  During a dessert service, Poirot is approached by Samuell Ratchett.  Ratchett has received several death threats and wants to hire Poirot as his bodyguard.  During the night, Poirot sees someone running in a red robe and hears noises coming from Ratchett’s room.  The butler knocks on the door, hears “It’s nothing”, and walks away.  Poirot goes to his room and sleeps.  Later an avalanche, the train derails and leaves them all stranded together.  The butler knocks on everyone’s door but when Ratchett doesn’t answer, Poirot opened the door.  Inside Ratchett is dead with 12 stab wounds to the chest.  Poirot finds a partially destroyed note, a bloody handkerchief with the letter “H” on it, and a cup of barbital drugged coffee.  Poirot must discover the killer before the train is back on the tracks.

Based on the novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, this movie has to be watched twice (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is so much going on with so many characters, it’s hard to keep up.  While telling a grim tale, it does provide a few laughs at the human condition.  You feel an urge to solve the mystery along with Poirot.  This movie allows you to come up with your own theories as Poirot questions each suspect.  But be warned this movie DOES follow the book; no new suspects, plots, or murders are given.  The director, Kenneth Branagh, must be applauded for his use of continuous shots as Poirot enters and leaves the train.  Also, some scenes are shot from above, allowing the audience to be a fly on the wall or ceiling.  Seeing the behind the scene and the director’s commentary on this movie will be amazing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Order me the fish – Princess Dragomiroff

Vice is where the devil finds his darling – Pilar Estravados

I blame the chicken – Hercule Poirot

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#ThorRagnarok and #BadMomsXmas – Movie Reviews

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Thor: Ragnarok – Review

Thor: Ragnarok – Budget of $180 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes

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Thor: Ragnarok
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Thor has been working to stop the prophecy of the Asgard’s demise called Ragnarok.  However, when he gets home, he learns that the 9 realms are falling apart.  Thor knows his father would never let that happen, so he confronts him and exposes that it is Loki.  Thor demands to be taken to their father.  Oden lets his sons know that Hela is on her way.  She is the Goddess of Death, bent on revenge, and their sister.  As the oldest, Hela feels she is the rightful heir to the throne.  She despises Oden for changing his way and locking her away.  While absorbing the news of a new found sister, Thor and Loki stand before her.  During the fight, Loki calls for Heimdall.  But all three are swept up in the Bitfröst Bridge while still fighting.  Hela throws Loki and Thor out; she heads to Asgard to rule while the brothers land on the planet Sakaar.  Hela sets her sights on taking over all the realms and by destroying everything in her path.  Her only obstacle: someone stole the Bitfröst Sword.  She must find it to continue her domination.

Thor, without his hammer, is confronted by Sakaar locals.  But soon Scrapper 142 finds him and marks him as a contender.  Thor is set to be in the Grand Master’s game and face the Grand Master’s Champion.  Thor worries that without his hammer, he will fail.  But he will learn the truth about Scrapper 142, the Grand Master’s Champion, Loki’s whereabouts, Hela’s power, Ragnarok, and what it truly means to be the God of Thunder.

Be prepared to laugh and be in awe.  When there isn’t a physical battle, you are given a verbal battle.  Sakaar is given its own color palette which completely separates it from Asgard.  New characters are introduced with clear and concise backstories which allows them to shine with their own personalities.  Since this movie is one of the funniest in the Marvel series, the humor causes the special effects to be more cartoonish than realistic.  So, the Hulk looks like a cartoon next to a real object.  At times it just doesn’t blend.  Don’t worry, you will get the joy of cameos from Stan Lee and Dr. Strange.  As well as post end credit scenes.  So see this movie at full price and IMAX, before someone tells to much.  3D is not necessary

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t cut my hair – Thor

I’m just a janitor – Skurge

I have been falling for 30 minutes – Loki

Let’s call it a tie – Grandmaster

I see you. But you are far away – Heimdall

Thor, I think I’m freaking out – Bruce Banner

Many apologies your highness – Valkyrie

Now you look just like father – Hela

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A Bad Moms Christmas – Review

A Bad Moms Christmas – Budget of $28 million – 1 hour and 44 minute(s)

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Amy sits in a destroyed house, in tears.  She has ruined Christmas for her children.  She sits and wonders where it all went wrong.  She thinks back to a few days prior when she got a text that froze her in place.  Her parents Ruth and Hank were coming for Christmas.  Ruth is extremely critical of Amy as a mom.  So when Amy tells Ruth she wants a laid back Christmas, Ruth takes over, decorates, coordinates, and congregates.  To get away from it all, Amy goes to see her friends Carla and KiKi.   Kiki’s mother Sandy came to town early.  She has no boundaries when it comes to Kiki.  Sandy says KiKi is her best friend and wants to spend every moment with her.  KiKi is horrified.  Carla’s mother Isis blew into town on a truck.  Isis is a hands-off mother with a gambling problem.  Carla is glad to see Isis but she knows Isis will ask for money and leave town.  Carla, KiKi, and Amy are stressed out with decorating, shopping, and wrapping to create the perfect Christmas.  But with their mother’s in town, they decide to take Christmas back and have fun.

A sequel to Bad Moms may have not been expected but fun for the holiday season.  While the holidays are fun, they are extremely stressful.  It’s fun to watch these ladies take over and be bad.  While each cast member holds their own, Christine Baranski takes over whenever she is on the screen.  Her ability to be the very definition of poised while ripping her daughter to shreds is amazing.  You will either laugh or have your jaw on the floor each time she speaks.  With a stripper, a smooth jazz legend, and tough game of dodgeball, this is a fun movie for adults.  Also no need to stay past the 1st end credits.  See this at the matinee price as an escape from the typical holiday movie.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I have cancer – Sandy

You, Betty White. You intrigue me. Come with me – Carla

Take the bags upstairs. Gracias – Ruth

You played that game 7 times – Lori

What’s wrong with her – KiKi

Are those really partridges – Amy

It’s Isis. Like the terrorist group – Isis

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#IndependenceDay: Resurgence – Review

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Independence Day: Resurgence – Budget of $165 million – 2 hours 0 minutes

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20 years after the first attack, the world has found global peace while creating new weapons, planes, and space stations with collected intelligence from the aliens’ technology. Also, several of your beloved characters have grown within the past 20 years. Here is a synopsis of their growth:

Character Independence Day Resurgence
David Levinson Cable TV Repairman who saved the world In charge of research for Area 51
Julius Levinson David’s father Author of “How I Saved the World”, Retired
Dylan Dubrow-Hiller Son of Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller & step-son of Steven Hiller Pilot and Captain of Earth Space Defense (ESD)
Jasmine Dubrow-Hiller Mother of Dylan, Wife of Steven, Exotic Dancer Hospital Administrator
Steven Hiller Pilot, Hero Died in test flight
Thomas J. Whitmore President, Pilot Completed second term, having nightmares and visions
Patricia Whitmore First Daughter Former Pilot, speech writer for the current president
Dr. Brakish Okun In Charge of Research at Area 51 In a coma for 20 years

Now, the world is monitoring the sky, when a spherical space ships looms over earth. With one vote from the world’s leaders, it is quickly neutralized. Once again, earth wins. But Thomas Whitmore and Dr. Okun know better. Since their close encounters, they experience headaches and visions that something bigger is coming and we may not be able to stop it. Then, a much larger ship comes and sets anchor destroying everything in its path. This ship is drilling to the earth’s molten core to extracted it for fuel. It this happens, all earth on life is lost. Dylan, Patricia, and Jake (reckless pitot, Patricia’s fiance, Dylan’s former friend) must work to defeat the invaders once again. This time everyone will learn that all things aren’t as they seem.

This movie is just as fun as the first, Independence Day (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You should see the 1st movie before seeing the 2nd to get jokes, reason for vision, and answers to your “what happen to …” questions. The special effects are great during the landmark destruction scenes but lost in the battle scenes. This movie is a “must-see” in the theater at full price. You won’t be bombarded by product placements. You will have cheer, laugh, and have your heart break. No need to stay past the end crawl or see it in 3D.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars

Let’s go kick some alien ass – Dr. Okun

I honestly didn’t think that would work – Jake

Just tell me you will be careful up there – Jasmine

I waited a long time to do that – Dylan

At least your father spared the elephants. Good for him – David

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