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Mile 22 – Review

Mile 22 – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 34 minutes

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Sixteen months ago, black operatives stormed a home looking for cesium while being overseen by Overwatch.  They killed everyone inside and got away without being seen.  Now, Jimmy is furious because his partner Alice got bad intel.  There was more cesium than they were told.  He knows this because of an officer named Li Noor.  Li crashed into someone on purpose in front of the U.S. Embassy.  And to make matters worse, Li was Alice’s asset for the first mission.  He has a disc containing the location of the last cesium.  And this disc is slowly removing its information with every passing second.  Li wants safe passage out of the country and he will give Jimmy the code to unlock the disc and save the data.  The airstrip is 22 miles away from their current location.  With Overwatch monitoring from the sky, this seems like an easy trip.  But this trip will leave a scar on Jimmy that can never be healed.

So much action packed into one movie is just not possible.  But Mile 22 finds a way to get it done and get it done right.  Mile 22 doesn’t waste time with holier than thou good guys or over the top evil bad guys.  It makes every person human and with a purpose.  You will not only hear but you will feel each death blow and get a strong sense of this teams connection.  Even as they leave members behind to fight to the death, it is done with a moment of sadness.  But the mission must continue.  This movie can only be appreciated on the big screen so you can see each move through smoke and fire.  See it today and look forward to a part 2.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I just wasted 10 minutes coming back for you – Jimmy

Don’t. I’m a mother – Alice

Stop monologuing – Mother

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Crazy Rich Asians – Review

Crazy Rich Asians – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Crazy Rich Asians
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Economics professor Rachel Chu is completely in love with her boyfriend Nick Young.  Nick’s best friend Collin is getting married in Singapore and Nick is a groomsman.  Nick wants Rachel to come as his date to the wedding and take this chance to meet his family.  While sitting in a restaurant discussing the trip, Nick is spotted by 2 women who use social media to alert the world of his relationship.  In seconds, his mother Eleanor gets wind of Rachel and Nick’s relationship.  She warns Nick not to bring her but Nick defies her.  On their way to Singapore, Rachel learns that Nick’s family is uber rich.  Now, she not only has to worry about thumbing her knows at traditional culture but walking the line of rich etiquette.  Both worlds make her feel like an outsider.  Is Rachel’s love for Nick stronger than Eleanor discontent for her?

Based on the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy by Kevin Kwan, the power of money is on full display but the Young family does it with so much style and class you want to be one of them (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  That is until Nick gives you an overview of his whole family.  You see that money, while it has been extremely helpful, it has become a leash around their necks.  While Rachel is seeing this all first hand, she is making a careful decision about her possible function in this family.  As bitter exes, overbearing mothers, and gossipers try to put a wedge between Rachel and Nick, you will laugh each step of the way.  But Rachel has her best friend Goh Peik Lin and her family by her side to help.  Just when you believe the two have found their “happily ever after”, this movie does what no other does, it extends the story beyond what you know as “the end”.  It’s not just a cultural phenomenon but a unique twist to the Cinderella love story.  Except, Rachel is the one to be feared not rescued.  See it today.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Of course. I’m not an animal – Goh Peik Lin

Do get a mop. The floor is wet – Eleanor

You dealt with it – Nick

Family never says thank you – Grandma

It’s not my job to make you feel like a man – Astrid

I buried it. It was disgusting – Rachel

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Alpha – Review

Alpha – Budget of $55 – 80 million – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Keda has just passed is the spear-making test and can now join the seasonal hunt for bison.  He and his tribe must travel the sacred path to the bison in order to keep their tribe alive.  Keda’s father, the Chief believes this will make him stronger.  He knows Keda is smart but worry he does not command the strength and killing instincts to be the Chief.  Traveling to the hunt is long, painful, and dangerous, so the women, including Keda’s mother, are extremely worried about their safe return.  When the hunters find their prey, they prepare by hunkering down.  They strike and lead some of the animals to their death by having them jump off a cliff.  But one turns around and comes straight for Keda.  Keda is thrown off a cliff and onto a ledge.  The Chief tries to save him but his men stop him because Keda is too far down.  They believe Keda is dead, leave burial markers, and return home.  Keda wakes up on the ledge after a buzzard tries to eat him.  He is on a ledge, with a broken leg, and all alone.  But not for long.  He will meet a wolf and take mercy on it.  This chance meeting will forge the “first” relationship between man and dog.

You will quietly chuckle as you see the “first” game of tug & war and fetch played between Keda and Alpha.  The layer of trust isn’t given instantly between the two.  It is earned over several days and nights while Keda and Alpha are healing and hiding from a pack of hyenas.  However, with the touching storyline, it is the cinematography of each scene that will leave you awestruck.  A director has not used light and scenery like this since The Revenant (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  IMAX was made for movies like this.  See it matinee today but be prepared for lots of subtitles.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Pain will journey with us – Tau

He leads with his heart not with his spear – Mom

I will keep you alive – Keda

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Molly’s Game – Review

Molly’s Game – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Molly Bloom survived a 63-degree curve in her spine to become an Olympic hopeful.  And with a frozen branch, her path to life took a dangerous, illegal, and drug-addicted turn.  She started working as a cocktail waitress at a nightclub at night and a director’s secretary in the day.  With a high LSAT score, the best college education, and a head for numbers, Molly knew her boss’s company was failing.  However, he was still making money.  Molly didn’t know how until he told her to contact a list of numbers for an underground poker game he ran.  As Molly collected the buy-in, took tips, and cashed out the players, she studied every term, play, and every player to become the “Princess of Poker”.  But no princess could ever do what she did.

Based on the novel Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom, this movie goes at a pace as fast as a poker game (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Molly explains how she got in the business, why she got in the business, and who she is outside the tabloid headlines.  She remained clean and even paid taxes, but the last 2 years were a downward spiral with drugs, attacks, and illegal rake taking.  She doesn’t lie about who she is or what she did.  However, she protects the players who have not been exposed.  Even with a million dollars on the table and no money to her name, she refuses to give up her players.   She is a stand-up woman in a man’s game.  This is a movie to watch twice and see if you can keep up.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

The United States of America versus Molly Bloom. I like to bet on the heavy favorite – Molly

You choose now to read The Crucible – Charlie

I like to destroy people’s lives – Player X (Michael Cera)

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The Greatest Showman – Review

The Greatest Showman – Budget of $84 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Phineas Barnum was a tailor’s son.  Although his father made and fix clothes for the rich, Phineas still had holes in his shoes.  During a job, he meets Charity and made her laugh causing her to spit out her tea.  Phineas was slapped and Charity was sent to finishing school.  Although the two were separated and living vastly different lives, they continued to write each other letters.  When she comes back, he is waiting to present her with a ring.  Several jobs and 2 kids later, Phineas has lost his job and believes he has failed his family. Although Charity tells him she is happy, he wants to give them the life he believes they deserve. So with fake paperwork, he secures a loan from the bank to create a Museum of Oddities. He has no takers until his girls given him an idea. They tell their father he has too many dead things in his museum. If he wants people to come, he has to have things that are alive and spectacular. P. T. Barnum collects the oddest humans he can find to create the Greatest Show on Earth. With his success will P.T. ever be taken seriously or just another act in his “freak show”?

From the opening number to the final song, you will feel chills with each performance. Admiring one person on the screen cheats yourself of all the stunning performances on the screen. Like P.T.’s Circus, there are 5 different things happening on the screen at one time. If you do not see this movie in the theater, you can not understand the true beauty and awe of each performance. The songs will ring in your head and become a soundtrack to get you out of hard times in your life. You will feel a connection to each oddity on the screen. As stated in the film, P.T.’s ability to put people of different sizes, backgrounds, races, creeds, religions, and stations in life together on stage was a celebration of humanity.  Not a freak show.  Come and enjoy this movie/musical of inclusion and acceptance with the whole family.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I wish for happiness like this forever – Charity

What happened to thriving off of controversy – Ann

I have to go – P.T.

You’re here – Phillip

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All the Money in the World – Review

All the Money in the World – Budget of $50 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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In Rome 1973, Paul “Paolo” Getty walked up to some prostitutes to find a good time.  After being rejected for his age, he is kidnapped and held for $17 million dollars.  Now to some, this is a large sum of money but Paul is the grandson of John Paul Getty.  John is the richest man in the history of the world.  He discovered a way to get oil out of Saudia Arabia and created a shipping company to get the oil to the US.  He is a billionaire a few times over.  He can make the ransom in interest alone.  But when asked by the press, John believes the price to pay is nothing.  He has 14 grandchildren and believes paying the ransom will put them all at risk.  However, behind the scenes, John has hired Fletcher Chase; his #1 deal maker.  Fletcher has to strike a deal with the kidnappers and handle his toughest obstacle: Gail Getty, Paul’s mother.  John has refused her request to see or speak to him about helping her son.  She has been broke since she divorced her husband (John’s son) and got full custody of the kids due to her husband’s drug addiction.  This mother will stop at nothing to help her son, even go after an empire publicly.

Based on the novel Painfully Rich by John Pearson, you will leave being disgusted and saddened by John Getty (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s understandable to see his concern about how ransom payment will make his family victims.  But how much money is enough for one person?  And when is the money controlling you?  John valued things not people and could hold grudges for years.  Gail was the polar opposite of John.  She valued her family and was determined to go to every extreme to get her son back.  While the world believes she was rich, she only got the Getty name, not the money.  She will take the empire to task and you will cheer for her each time she stands up to John.  The biggest turn around in the entire movie is Fletcher.  He will go from one of John’s henchmen to Gail’s biggest supporter.  This is one to see and experience.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If you can count your money, then you’re not a billionaire – John Getty

We’re not poor, we’re broke. There’s a difference – Gail

There you go, using that word again ‘joke’ – Fletcher

You should give me a discount on account of my age – Paul

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#AllTheMoney and #MollysGame – Movie Reviews

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All the Money in the World – Review

All the Money in the World – Budget of $50 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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In Rome 1973, Paul “Paolo” Getty walked up to some prostitutes to find a good time.  After being rejected for his age, he is kidnapped and held for $17 million dollars.  Now to some, this is a large sum of money but Paul is the grandson of John Paul Getty.  John is the richest man in the history of the world.  He discovered a way to get oil out of Saudia Arabia and created a shipping company to get the oil to the US.  He is a billionaire a few times over.  He can make the ransom in interest alone.  But when asked by the press, John believes the price to pay is nothing.  He has 14 grandchildren and believes paying the ransom will put them all at risk.  However, behind the scenes, John has hired Fletcher Chase; his #1 deal maker.  Fletcher has to strike a deal with the kidnappers and handle his toughest obstacle: Gail Getty, Paul’s mother.  John has refused her request to see or speak to him about helping her son.  She has been broke since she divorced her husband (John’s son) and got full custody of the kids due to her husband’s drug addiction.  This mother will stop at nothing to help her son, even go after an empire publicly.

Based on the novel Painfully Rich by John Pearson, you will leave being disgusted and saddened by John Getty (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s understandable to see his concern about how ransom payment will make his family victims.  But how much money is enough for one person?  And when is the money controlling you?  John valued things not people and could hold grudges for years.  Gail was the polar opposite of John.  She valued her family and was determined to go to every extreme to get her son back.  While the world believes she was rich, she only got the Getty name, not the money.  She will take the empire to task and you will cheer for her each time she stands up to John.  The biggest turn around in the entire movie is Fletcher.  He will go from one of John’s henchmen to Gail’s biggest supporter.  This is one to see and experience.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

If you can count your money, then you’re not a billionaire – John Getty

We’re not poor, we’re broke. There’s a difference – Gail

There you go, using that word again ‘joke’ – Fletcher

You should give me a discount on account of my age – Paul

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Molly’s Game – Review

Molly’s Game – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Molly Bloom survived a 63-degree curve in her spine to become an Olympic hopeful.  And with a frozen branch, her path to life took a dangerous, illegal, and drug-addicted turn.  She started working as a cocktail waitress at a nightclub at night and a director’s secretary in the day.  With a high LSAT score, the best college education, and a head for numbers, Molly knew her boss’s company was failing.  However, he was still making money.  Molly didn’t know how until he told her to contact a list of numbers for an underground poker game he ran.  As Molly collected the buy-in, took tips, and cashed out the players, she studied every term, play, and every player to become the “Princess of Poker”.  But no princess could ever do what she did.

Based on the novel Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom, this movie goes at a pace as fast as a poker game (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Molly explains how she got in the business, why she got in the business, and who she is outside the tabloid headlines.  She remained clean and even paid taxes, but the last 2 years were a downward spiral with drugs, attacks, and illegal rake taking.  She doesn’t lie about who she is or what she did.  However, she protects the players who have not been exposed.  Even with a million dollars on the table and no money to her name, she refuses to give up her players.   She is a stand-up woman in a man’s game.  This is a movie to watch twice and see if you can keep up.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

The United States of America versus Molly Bloom. I like to bet on the heavy favorite – Molly

You choose now to read The Crucible – Charlie

I like to destroy people’s lives – Player X (Michael Cera)

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#DaddysHome2 and #OrientExpressMovie – Movie Reviews

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Daddy’s Home 2 – Review

Daddy’s Home 2 – Budget of $69 million – 1 hour and 40 minutes

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Brad and Dusty are making the co-dad relationship work.  But they are dealing with co-parenting issues like kids leaving things at one parent’s house, parents buying the same gift, and separate Christmases.  However when Megan stands up in front of her entire school and says she hates separate Christmases, Brad and Dusty decide to have one Christmas together.  Then, the phone rings.  Kurt, Dusty’s father, is coming for Christmas.  Kurt has been unavailable for Dusty’s biggest moments and it’s driven a wedge in their relationship.  Dusty is not happy about his father’s arrival but Brad is ecstatic.  Brad realizes that their fathers will land at the same airport at the same time and he can’t wait to meet Kurt.  Kurt arrives and has nothing but shady comments to give.  Brad’s dad Don arrives with hugs and kisses for everyone.  Kurt believes that all the dads are playing nice and harbor deep resentment.  He will do anything to expose it.  So when Brad and Dusty tell them their plans for a “Together Christmas”, Kurt rents a cabin for both families.  He plans to pick everyone apart.  Starting with Dusty.

The sequel to Daddy’s Home, this movie adds more dads but keeps the same amount of laughs and heart.  Luckily, the story is different.  While the first movie was developing respect among parents and step-parents.  This movie is about harboring emotions among fathers and sons as well as step-parents. If you are seeing this movie for John Cena, please be advised he is only in the last 30 minutes of the film.  Most of the film revolves around the 4 other men.  The subplot is the 4 men giving Dylan dating advice while stopping Adrianna’s influence on Megan.  If you have a child younger than 13, it will get a little awkward during some of the jokes.  The rest are ok.  If you are a fan of the 1st, see this movie at matinee price.  And be ready for a new dad in the picture!

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Leather pants and side boob, that’s perfect for a school event – Sara

You’re leaving – Adrianna

Brad, you don’t know what you are talking about so shut your fat hole – Dusty

I wanna be his friend so bad – Brad

Next time you shoot someone, don’t graze them. Aim for center mass – Kurt

It’s a beautiful tree – Don

I love this song – Roger

Hi, I shot a man and a turkey today. Guess which one died – Megan

I did it. I kissed a girl I liked – Dylan

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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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#Transformers and #Cars3 – Movie Review

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Transformers: The Last Knight – Review

Transformers: The Last Knight – Budget of $260 million – 2 hours and 29 minutes

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1600 Years ago, Lancelot waited for Merlin, his magician. While Lancelot’s knights tried to urge him to leave, he trusted Merlin’s magic to help them defeat their enemy on the battlefield. Merlin went to a cave and shouted for help. A transformer appeared and gave Merlin a staff. However, Merlin is warned that in the future, someone will be coming for the staff. Fast forward to today,

  • Cade is a wanted man
  • Optimus Prime is floating in space
  • Transformers Reaction Force (TRF) is hunting all Transformers
  • Cuba is the only safe space for a Transformer

A few kids go into an off-limits area of Chicago to see dead robots. They discover a transformer being protected by Izabella (only 14). She helps the kids but her transformer is detected by the TRF. When the Transformer is shot down, Cade Yeager steps in to help the kids escape. Cade discovers a fallen Transformer Knight that attempts to give him a talisman. Cade says no but the talisman follows him, along with Izabella. It’s not long before Megatron gets the word that Cade has the talisman and he starts looking for Cade. During this, Optimus Prime crashes onto another planet and meets his maker Quintessa. She warps his mind and makes him believe that Earth (which they call Unicron) is the enemy and must be destroyed. When the Earth is gone, Cybertron can reside in its atmosphere. The only obstacle standing in Quintessa’s way is the staff. She needs the staff to complete her mission. So Optimus Prime is sent to find talisman and bring the end of the earth. In England, a young professor, Viviane is working hard to teach her students and maintain her father’s legacy. While she believes these stories are all fake, she will soon learn that she is tied to it all.

A blockbuster start killed by a lackluster ending.  Starting with a huge battle in the 1600s, that looked real and grabbed your attention in 15 minutes, fizzled out with the final battle.  While the new transformers were funny and jumped out on the screen with personality and smooth (albeit mechanical) mechanical movements, it just wasn’t enough to wow the viewer.  Even the comic relief of Jerrod Carmichael and Cogman could help.  Nor could hearing Bumble Bee’s voice for the first, as well as second, time.  The final fight scene just dragged on far too long.  This movie should have been 2 hours max and the same point could have been conveyed.  Even Shia LeBeouf’s cameo, the musical score, and CGI weren’t enough to save this film.   The end is the biggest killer.  Save your money and watch it on Red Box.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m tired of people messing with me – Bumble Bee

Yes but from you, it sounds vaguely racist – Chief Sherman

They just killed the only thing I call family – Izabella

The late 60s are not ancient history – Cade

What any human would? To go home – Megatron

Don’t kill the messenger. The messenger will kill you – Cogman

You could ask me about my work – Viviane

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Cars 3 – Review

Cars 3 – Budget of $175 million – 1 hour and 49 minutes

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Lightning McQueen is at the top of his game and loving every moment of it.  That is, until the Piston Cup.  Lightning is passed by Jackson Storm, a younger, faster, and souped-up race car.   Lighting brushes off the loss and prepares for the next race, while other cars are discouraged and retiring.  Once again, he is nose to nose with Jackson in a race.  However, not only does Jackson beat Lightning, but he causes Lightning to crash.   Lighting is out for the season and it’s not sure if he will return to the racing world.  Lightning doesn’t want to be forced into retirement like his mentor Doc.  He wants to do it on his own terms.  So Lightning makes an agreement with Sterling.  If he wins his next race, he can keep his endorsements and race when he wants.  If he loses, he will retire.  Lightning starts to train with Cruz Ramirez but doesn’t like her training style.  She wants to train with technology, but Lightning wants to get his wheels dirty and go in the sand and mud.  Cruz tries to work with him but can’t keep up.  He realizes he is spending more time training her to train him, instead of training himself.  Out of frustration, he decides to enter a local race in disguise, but he doesn’t know that the race is a demolition derby.   With a few mishaps, Cruz is entered in the derby too.  At the end of the derby and a huge fight, Lightning learns the truth about Cruz and her dreams.  With a pep talk from Mater, Lightning makes up with Cruz and heads the Thomasville, the hometown of his original trainer Doc.  Lightning talks to Doc’s mentor Smokey about not seeing a future without racing.  Then, Lightning learns that Doc loved racing but he loved something else even more.  Lightning is charged to face Jackson and win, but also he is driven to do something new.

It’s better than the second, but nothing can beat the first (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While the second dealt with espionage and performance enhancing, this movie focuses on Lightning feeling slower but not older.  While older model cars are retiring and newer cars depending more on technology, Lightning wants to keep it old school and get his tires dirty.  This is a struggle within the generation gap today.  This is the message adults will understand from this movie.  The kids will get the message of believing in yourself despite what label others give you from Cruz’s story.  While she is female, they really don’t push gender bias as a reason for this character’s lack of success.   She doesn’t believe in herself and her family reinforced that disbelief.  Gender as a hindrance was only discussed when Lightning and Cruz spoke to the pioneers in the field.  This is a source of inspiration for Cruz to continue racing.  These messages are what make the movie great and believable.  This movie great for the whole family, but no need in 3D.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Lighting McQueen. I am so happy to beat you – Jackson Storm

Think small. That’s what my family always said. Think small or not at all. – Cruz

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Patriot’s Day – Review

Patriot’s Day – Budget of $45 million – 2 hour and 13 minutes

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Sargent Tommy Saunders is on suspension from the Boston Police Department and has to do beat cop work to get his job back.  The final beat is patrolling the Boston Marathon’s finish line. Dun Meng was trying to sell his new app to local restaurants while missing is family in China. He finally works up the nerve to ask out a cashier at a restaurant and takes her out after the bombing for normalcy. Patrick Downes and Jessica Kesky, newlyweds, decide to watch the race instead of going to watch the Red Sox play. Steve Woolfenden, a family man, takes his son, Leo, to the race for a good time.  Officer Sean Collier, works for MIT security and makes plans to go out with his dream girl to a concert. Brothers, Dzhokhar “Black Hat” and Tamerlan “White Hat” Tsarnaev, sit and watch Al-Qaeda instruction videos for bomb making while eating breakfast. All these people, Boston, and the world will be changed with 2 bombs. When the smoke clears, blood, body parts, and ball bearings will be all over the ground … leaving the FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers in charge over Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis ,his team, and the investigation. They know they have to stop Black Hat and White Hat before they set of another bomb. But another question the police have: Is there anymore bombs around the City? They will do everything to stop the bombers and save Boston.

BOSTON STRONG!!!! This movie is shot like a reality TV show. The camera focuses in and out, is not steady, and it’s shot from weird angles. This makes you believe you are watching this as it happens. Also, real clips of the bombing, race, capture, and news coverage are used to help drive the story. This movie tugs at the heart strings, will make you scream in angry, and smile with joy. You are inspired that Boston, the Police, and the FBI all came together and work as a unit to catch the Tsarnaev brothers. The FBI quickly learn that their biggest weapon was Boston’s eyes and ears. And hearing first person testimonials at the end are poignant and endearing perspective.  Although every story that day can not be told, these accounts gives a conclusion to each story. This is a great movie for adults to see at full price. Children will not be able to handle some of the images.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Do I look like a clown – Tommy Saunders

Is it just me or do I get better looking everyday – Jeffrey Pugliese

Are you ready for this – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Yeah, but I am a fornicator – Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Yeah, it’s very dead out here – Sean Collier

You know nothing about me – Katherine Tsarnaev

I bet I will race before you – Patrick Downes

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Why Him? – Review

Why Him? – Budget of $38 million- 1 hour and 51 minutes

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After a memorable and untraditional introduction, Ned and Barb’s daughter, Stephanie, decide to let her parents meet her boyfriend, Laird. On their way to the hotel, Stephanie informs them they that she changed the original plans. Her parents and her brother, Scotty, will be staying at Laird’s home. She wants her parents to get to know him better, but after “the introduction”, Ned feels he knows enough. After some tense and uncomfortable moments, Laird invites Ned to his “office”. Laird asks for Ned blessing to ask for Stephanie’s hand in marriage. Ned says “No” because “Stephanie isn’t ready”. Laird disagrees. So the two make a pinky promise. If Laird can win Ned over, Ned will give his blessing. And with that blessing, Laird will propose on Christmas (which is 3 days away). Now, Ned is determined to change his Stephanie’s mind about Laird. But Laird is changing the family one member of the time.

Get ready to laugh and cover your eyes in surprise/shock/disgust. Is easy to miss jokes because you are laughing and have your eyes close. Now, crude humor is used in this story, but it is done well. Every F-bomb is done in a matter that is funny not stupid. It does tell the story of a power struggle between two men who have more in common than they know. Although Ned is asking “Why Him”, in a video montage the audience sees Laird and Stephanie’s love. Cameos are used more as long running jokes that drive the story. You will want to watch it again to believe you saw what you think you saw. You will never see a toilet, a moose, or food the same after this movie. If you like 21 Jump Street mixed with Guess Who? with a dash of The Hangover, this is for you (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I will see your almost black balls later – Stephanie

Well it’s something alright – Barb

So if I googled for you, what would I find – Ned

I have blinders. I see nothing. I smell nothing – Gustav

We are going to nail him like he is nailing your daughter – Hacker

I’m getting my seat at the table – Scotty

What’s your favorite curse word – Laird

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#PatriotsDayMovie, #xXxTheMovie, and more – Movie Review

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Patriot’s Day – Review

Patriot’s Day – Budget of $45 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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Patriots Day
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Sargent Tommy Saunders is on suspension from the Boston Police Department and has to do beat cop work to get his job back.  The final beat is patrolling the Boston Marathon’s finish line. Dun Meng was trying to sell his new app to local restaurants while missing his family in China. He finally works up the nerve to ask out a cashier at a restaurant and takes her out after the bombing for normalcy. Patrick Downes and Jessica Kesky, newlyweds, decide to watch the race instead of going to watch the Red Sox play. Steve Woolfenden, a family man, takes his son, Leo, to the race for a good time.  Officer Sean Collier, works for MIT security and makes plans to go out with his dream girl to a concert. Brothers, Dzhokhar “Black Hat” and Tamerlan “White Hat” Tsarnaev, sit and watch Al-Qaeda instruction videos for bomb-making while eating breakfast. All these people, Boston, and the world will be changed with 2 bombs. When the smoke clears, blood, body parts, and ball bearings will be all over the ground … leaving the FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers in charge over Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, his team, and the investigation. They know they have to stop Black Hat and White Hat before they set off another bomb. But another question the police have: Is there any more bombs around the City? They will do everything to stop the bombers and save Boston.

BOSTON STRONG!!!! This movie is shot like a reality TV show. The camera focuses in and out, is not steady, and it’s shot from weird angles. This makes you believe you are watching this as it happens. Also, real clips of the bombing, race, capture, and news coverage are used to help drive the story. This movie tugs at the heart strings will make you scream in angry, and smile with joy. You are inspired that Boston, the Police, and the FBI all came together and work as a unit to catch the Tsarnaev brothers. The FBI quickly learn that their biggest weapon was Boston’s eyes and ears. And hearing first person testimonials at the end are poignant and endearing perspective.  Although every story that day can not be told, these accounts give a conclusion to each story. This is a great movie for adults to see at full price. Children will not be able to handle some of the images.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Do I look like a clown – Tommy Saunders

Is it just me or do I get better-looking every day – Jeffrey Pugliese

Are you ready for this – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Yeah, but I am a fornicator – Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Yeah, it’s very dead out here – Sean Collier

You know nothing about me – Katherine Tsarnaev

I bet I will race before you – Patrick Downes

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage – Budget of $85 million – 1 hour and 47 minutes

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage
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When a satellite falls from the sky, killing a top agent, Jane Marke assembles the highest ranking world leaders in one room.  She tells them the satellite falling was not an accident but a deliberate attack caused by Pandora’s Box.  This box can break through any firewall, take over missiles, and (of course) drop satellites from the sky.  Only the people in the room had the ability to run Pandora’s Box and she is determined to know who dropped the satellite.  Just when she starts to drill the leaders, a man, Xiang, jumps through the window and starts shooting.  In the melee, Pandora’s Box is stolen by the man and his crew members (Serena, Talon, & Hawk).    Jane knows she must call someone who thinks, moves, and fights like them in order to get Pandora’s Box back.  She pulls Xander out of hiding by “testing” him.  Xander decided to help, but he must have his team.  First, Adele Wolff, who hasn’t seen a target she can’t hit.  Second, the life of the party, Nicks.  Finally, Tennyson, who loves to crash cars.  For safe measure, Marke adds Becky to Xander’s team.  Becky is a technical wiz who’s mouth runs faster than her brain … especially around Xander.  Xander must work with his team to find Pandora’s Box and return it before more satellites fall from the sky.

As the third installment of xXx franchise (xXx, xXx: State of the Union), this movie performed much better than it’s predecessors (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It had a lot of high impact fight scenes, great stunts, and amazing characters to drive the story.  It does help to see the first two movies or you won’t get the shuttle jokes or references.   There are a few moments the movie makes fun of itself and it’s obvious cliches.  This movie has a Fast & Furious feel with a bit of James Bond (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The co-stars shine bright and add a fresh perspective on the mission, fights, and espionage.  Also, you never know which way is up, who is bad, who is good, and who is in charge.  But all will be revealed in the end.  If you can, see it in Dolby but not 3D.  On another note, there is nothing after the end crawl; but they the possibility for a 4th movie.  Although this movie is a wild ride, viewing it once is enough.  It’s not a movie to buy and watch it over and over again.  But see it once in the theaters.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Who says there is no such thing as a free … meal. – Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons

One of you here did this and I am not leaving until I find out who – Jane Marke

I need a new map – Xander

That’s the problem. You forgot the queen – Serena

If you need a 50 of purple Urkel, I am not the girl to talk to – Becky

It was like that when I got here – Tennyson

You look so sexy with a frisbee in your mouth – Adele

That’s my style though – Nicks

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TheFounder – Review

The Founder – Budget of $7 million – 1 hour and 55 minutes

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Ray Kroc is selling a 5 spindle milkshake mixer that makes 5 milkshakes at once. He his having a hard time selling when he gets a big order. He is so curious about the business, that needed 8 mixers, he travels from across the country to see it. The business is McDonald’s. Owned by Richard “Dick” and Maurice “Mac” McDonald, they were able to do what no restaurant could do, serve a meal within 30 seconds. After several failed business, they decided to start a restaurant. But when they were losing money, they did what few do.   They studied their success and failures and changed. They only sold a few items, got rid of the wait staff, and got rid of silverware. Then to make sure the food would be fast, they changed their entire kitchen to focus on precision and speed. Seeing this model only made Ray think of one thing: Franchise. The brothers quickly said no; because in the past quality was sacrificed in franchising. They only wanted their store and nothing more. But Ray promised he could do better, so they drew up a contract to allow Ray to be the Head of Franchising. But this deal wasn’t the beginning of McDonald’s (i.e. Mac and Dick), it was the beginning of Ray’s vision, the McDonald’s Corporation.

Calling all Entrepreneurs, Business People, Business Students, and anyone with a great idea. See this movie. Mac and Dick had the best intentions and tried to protect themselves, but they were no match for Ray and the Tastee Freeze King. Parts of this movie will be laughable when you hear what Dick didn’t want McDonald’s to become – compared to what it is now. It will be difficult to look at McDonald’s the same again. And prepared to be shocked to find out how much a #1 cost then. Even if you don’t know the history of McDonald’s, you will be able to see Ray’s true colors within 30 minutes. There are moments when the movie drags, but hang in there and you will learn an important lesson. This movie does give a synopsis of some of their characters lives, however other important players were left out. The Founder isn’t just a movie about business, it is a movie about persistence, trust, and contracts.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Contracts, like hearts, were made to be broken – Ray Kroc

You’re really not my type – Mac McDonald

When is enough going to be enough for you – Ethal Kroc

It’s gonna to be ok – Dick McDonald

Good things come to those who wait – Joni

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