Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

#HotelT3, #SicarioMovie, and more – Movie Reviews

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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

Sicario: Day of the Soldado
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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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#Mag7 – Review

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Magnificent Seven – Budget of $108 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

Note: I have not seen Seven Samurai or 1960’s Magnificent 7. This will only be a review of the 2016 version.
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Magnificent Seven
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In 1829, Matt Cullen and Rose Creek’s townspeople know that Bartholomew Bogue plans to run through their town like plague.  In turn, they plan to meet in their church to conjure a ideas of attack. During the meeting Bogue, walks into the church. He offers the $20 for each of their land, so he can take over the mines for gold. If they don’t comply, they die. And he makes his point with a bloody and cold fight, which ends in Matt’s death. Emma, Matt’s wife, finds Sam Chisolm, a well-known bounty hunter. She offers Sam all the town’s money if he can get rid of Bogue. At first Chisolm says no, but one mention of Bogue’s name, and he is on the case. Everyone knows that Bogue has a strong army of men, but Chisolm will only need 6.

  1. Josh Farraday, a gambler
  2. Goodnight Robicheaux, a sharpshooter
  3. Jack Horne, a tracker
  4. Billy Rocks, an assassin
  5. Vasquez, an outlaw
  6. Red Harvest, a warrior

The men roll through Rose Creek, they take out the opposition and send a survivor with a message for Bogue. Either Bogue comes to face the townspeople or everyone will know he is a coward. The Magnificent 7 must stay strong and teach the townspeople how to defended themselves in battles.  This will lead to a gruesome showdown

This movie is a remake of a remake. The original 1954’s Seven Samurai and the 1st remake 1960’s Magnificent Seven are classics (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It can be easy to write this movie off, but it’s a joy to watch. The costume and set designer did a terrific job with this period piece. Also, the screenwriter took the time to make you care about each character and their back story.  While the cast and the script are good (including Vincent D’Onofrio voice), it’s just not phenomenal. There just seems to be an element missing.  Seeing this movies at full price is fine. However, only see it in IMAX if sound quality is important to you, because it has no effect on the look

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

It won’t sweeten. It will only sour – Bogue

They’re better off without you – Chisolm

Money for blood is a peculiar business – Farraday

It’s alright. You just pay me double – Robicheaux

I’m Mexican. No such thing as a Texican – Vasquez

I think you need that more than I do – Teddy

I’m hungry – Red Harvest

Seems I was the only one with balls big enough – Emma

You forgot this – Rocks

I didn’t ask her to do that – Horne

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