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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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DreamWorks Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Budget of $38 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes

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Harold Hutchins and George Beard have been best friends since kindergarten.  The two go to George’s tree house and create comic books.    George creates the stories and Harold does the drawing.  Also, they pull off the most epic pranks in Jerome Horwitz Elementary School because their school feels like the penitentiary.  After causing a toilet paper fight during the invention convention, Principal   Krupp is sick and tired of the pair.  So he decides to put them in separate classes.  Harold and George believe this will end their friendship because long distance relationships don’t work.  They try to get the evidence from Principal Krupp’s office but they are distracted by a file cabinet with their names on it.  Inside the cabinet is every toy Principal Krupp has confiscated from them, including George’s 3D Hypno Ring.  Principal Krupp walks in and catches them.  As he signs the classroom change slip, George uses the ring to hypnotize him.  They make Krupp believe he is Captain Underpants (a fictional character they created).  They believe this is hilarious until the Captain jumps out of the window and into the world.  They must get him back.  With time they learn that snapping makes him Captain Underpants and water makes him Principal Krupp.  However, when he is Principal Krupp he wants to sign the slip.  And when he is Captain Underpants, he is irresponsible.  So irresponsible, he hires a new science teacher, Professor P., without any experience or credentials.  Professor P has a plan that is worst Harold or George could imagine, but the horrifying truth, they will need Captain Underpants to help.

Based on the book series, The New Captain Underpants, this movie is funny for both kids and adults (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Parents will enjoy all the Easter eggs like the sign in Krupp’s office that reads “Hope Ends Here”.  Also, there is more than one type of animation.   From computer graphics to 2D to puppets.  It feels like you are in another world and you want to know more about the 2 main characters that created Captain Underpants.  The best part for children is when George and Harold go inside Krupp’s home.  They get a glimpse into his life and see that he is missing something.  Kids will see their teachers and school staff are people.  With all those positives, it did not need to be in 3D.  Also, it could have spent a few minutes giving details on one of their pranks but you better believe there will be a part 2.  Only stay after the first set of end credits, there is nothing at the very end.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Able to leap over tall buildings without getting a wedgie – Captain Underpants

Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. I did – Melvin

Oh, look at that. We have a grade A suck up. That’s good to know – Prof. P

Mr. Hutchins your drawing is getting better – George

That’s because your words inspire greatness, Mr. Beard – Harold

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Road To The Well – Review

Road To The Well – Budget of $39,000 – 1 hour and 48 minutes

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Frank is at a job he hates with a manager, Tom, he can’t stand.  So, Frank doesn’t receive the news of a 6-month relocation well.  His girlfriend, Jess, tries to be supportive but that worries Frank.  She seems to know more about his relocation than he does.  That night he gets a call from Jack, an old friend.  Jack wants to hang out; and after a few leg pulls, Frank goes to meet him.  Later, Frank invites Jack to an office party.  Frank is shocked when he sees Jess cheating on him with Tom at the party.  Pissed he leaves with Frank and head to a bar.  Frank antagonizes him to approach a girl he has been eyeing at the bar.  Frank approaches her and takes her to his car.  After hooking up, the car door opens, the woman is stabbed and Frank wakes up on the ground in only his underwear.  He goes to his car to see it covered in blood.  He realizes the murder weapon in his underwear.  And the worst part, the dead girl is in his trunk.   He calls Jack and drives to him with the body in the trunk.  Jack thinks Frank is nuts for not calling the police but decides to help him hide the body.  The two go on a road trip for whom no one asked.  And the road trip is not just to hide a body but to uncover the truth about these two men.

This thriller will keep you on edge as Frank and Jack drive with a dead body in the trunk while devising a plan to get rid of it.  With every encounter Jack’s demeanor, walk, and even the sound of his voice changes.  He feels the urgency as the body starts to decompose and exposure is imminent.  As Jack continues down this road, you wonder if he is in control of the situation or if his strings are being pulled.  In the end, all things will become clear to Jack.  But will this change him or just make him what he truly is.  This journey leads Jack and Frank to come across the best and the worst people you will every meet from different walks of life.  From retirees, newlyweds, a vet, and the heartless, each character is another link in the chain,  not just script fillers.   However, the only downfall is that the backing track often drowns out whispers or “fly on the wall” conversations.  So, be prepared to want to turn up the volume or rewind to hear it.  Overall, if you are crime show or thriller fan, this is one to watch.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Frank that jobs still yours buddy – Tom

Tom’s my friend too – Jess

Now what? – Frank

That’s some twisted logic Frankie boy – Jack

Ok, I don’t want you there. Is that a clear enough reason for you – Chris

If you think he is so horrible, why did you come here – Trudy

You can do anything you want and I don’t blame you because this is what I want – Miller

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Despicable Me 3 – Review

Despicable Me 3 – Budget of $80 million – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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In the 80s, Balthazar Bratt played a villain on a hit TV show.  As the star, he was beloved by all who watch.  But then he hit puberty and Hollywood turned on him.  So Bratt became the TV villain and bent on destroying the town that threw him away.  The final step in his plan requires the largest diamond in the world.  When he attempts to steal it, he is thwarted by Gru and Lucy; but Bratt gets away.  Gru hates that Bratt got away but Lucy cheers him up for their next battle.   Later, the two are called to an emergency meeting at the Anti-Villain League (AVL).  Their director, Silas Ramsbottom, informs the AVL that he is retiring and Valerie Da Vinci will be taking his place.  Her first order of business: Fire Gru for letting Bratt get away.  Lucy says if they fire Gru, they have to fire her too.  And they do.  The two go home to tell the girls, Margot, Edith, and Agnes.  Lucy doesn’t want to tell them because she still feels like she hasn’t made the “mother-daughter” connection with the girls.  Gru tells them they both lost their jobs.  The girls are sad but supportive.  However, the minions are not.  Since Gru is out of the AVL, the minions, lead by Mel, want to go back to villainy.  Gru says no, so all but 2 minions leave.  The next morning, Gru meets a man that tells him his twin Dru is looking for him.  Since their father recently died, Dru wants to connect to his long-lost brother.  Gru, shocked and confused, agrees to meet with Dru at his home in Freedonia.  Gru learns that being bad runs in their blood and Dru wants Gru to be bad again.  How can Gru resist? And Gru has the perfect plan: Steal the largest diamond in the world.

Eighties babies rejoice!!!! This is a movie that will take you down memory lane with Rubix Cubes, leg warmer, bright colors, and pop music (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is just so much nostalgia to see and take it.  Can you catch it all? But with everything going on with Gru and his twin Dru, don’t forget the secondary and tertiary plot lines.  The 2nd is Lucy trying to build the relationship with her girls.  She loves Gru’s daughters as her own but knows it will take time.  Today, with so many blended families, this story will resonate with many in the audience.  The 3rd is Agnes learning the truth about unicorns.  At some point, children will learn the truth about the world and parents will try to protect them as long as possible.  But Gru and Lucy will have to be honest with their little girl.  This third installment in the franchise is a fun movie for the whole family with just enough adult jokes sprinkled in (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While 3D and IMAX can be fun, it’s not necessary to enjoy this movie.  And don’t stay past the end credits, there is nothing to see.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’ve been a bad boy – Bratt

Whew, I broke a little sweat there – Valerie

Yeah, I’m gonna let someone else burst that bubble – Edith

It ok to tell them no. Mothers have to go to be tough – Margot

Oh, that’s hilarious. You should be on TV. Oh you were, then you were canceled – Gru

It’s so good, I don’t want to swallow it – Lucy

You lied to me – Dru

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Baby Driver – Review

Baby Driver – Budget of $34 million – 1 hour and 53 minutes

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After surviving an accident that left both his parents dead, Baby still hears a hum in his ear and uses music to drown it out. Ten years ago, he was stealing cars and made a life-altering mistake. He stole a car from Doc with a lot of product and dumped it. Doc saw him and was so impressed by his skill, he hired Baby as a getaway driver to earn back the money he lost in product sales. Doc is the mastermind behind each job and hires a crew of 4 to pull it off. The only entity that doesn’t change about the group is Baby, Doc’s good luck charm. After every job, Doc takes Baby’s cut and leaves him with $100,000. Now Baby is happy because he has one more job and his debt to Doc is paid. He robs a bank with Bats, No Nose, and JD, which leaves several dead. This shakes Baby up, so he is glad to be done. But Doc quickly reminds Baby that his good luck charm is not done, just square. Baby starts to date Debora and gets a normal job when Doc calls. Baby says no, but Doc threatens Debora, so he says yes. This job includes 3 people that Baby has worked with in the past, Bats, Darling, and Buddy. This job will be the catalyst of Baby’s driving career and that’s just the first 30 minutes of the movie.

The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It ranges all genres, generations, and geography. The music is used as the punctuation of a scene, not just filler. It’s the period, question mark, and exclamation point. You are so lost in the music, you forget about his permanent tinnitus. Until the music stops and he is stressed, frustrated, or scared. You will hear a high-pitched hum in the movie. You never forget he is still young in the criminal world, as Baby drums to the beat, lip syncs, and plays air guitar.  The continuous shot at the beginning was amazing with a small salute to Saturday Night Fever (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   The action scenes are fresh and will make you hold your breath especially when the play Three “Car” Monte.  Just when you think, “this can’t get crazier”, it gets absolutely certifiably insane.  But be forewarned, this is not a comedy; it’s a gangster movie.  See it before someone ruins the ending and Baby’s name.  No need to stay after the end credits and see it at full price.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You can’t be in crime without being a criminal – Griff

You don’t belong in this world – Joseph

Are you recording this? Am I being recorded for quality assurance – Debora

Who doesn’t like hats – J. D.

Well aren’t ya’ll cute – Bats

Yeah, watch your mouth – Darling

This is your fault – Buddy

What’s it gonna be? Behind the wheel or in a wheelchair – Doc

I’m sorry – Baby

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The House – Review

The House – Budget of $40 million – 1 hour and 28 minutes

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Scott and Kate received the best news of their life, their daughter, Alex, was accepted to Bucknell College. They feel great about spending the summer with their daughter for one last time as she prepares for college. That is until they go to the Fox Meadow town hall. Bob, the town mayor, tells them that the full-ride scholarship program has been canceled to pay for a community pool. Scott and Kate are in shock but vow to find a way to make the money. They talk to their financial advisor, request a raise, and look for a job but to no avail. They decided to cancel their trip to LasVegas to save money. But when their friend Frank (soon to be divorced and losing home to foreclosure) begs, they can’t say no. While in Las Vegas, Frank convinces them to gamble. At first, they are on a hot streak, but with one bad roll, they lose everything. But with that 1 loss, they gain a great idea.  Since the house never loses, they should become the house. Frank realizes they need $250,000 each to save his home and send Alex to college for 4 years. They open a casino in Frank’s home that grows fast but it can be shut down at any moment with the mob, the town cop, and the mayor on their scent.

The House is a good-natured, raunchy comedy. It’s the story of when good people do something bad to do something good. While the character portrayals are nothing new for Poehler, Ferrell, or Kroll, they work well together and feed off each other’s chemistry. It’s easy to see how the director allowed them to just ab lib and let the comedy fall where it may. While this comedy includes several axes, a blowtorch, and a few oxygen tanks, it’s the love for their child to which most people will connect.  Another great punch line in this movie is the score.  As the chase scene starts, the Terminator theme plays, adding a much-needed laugh to the scene (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Don’t go into this movie thinking you will learn anything or have a profound moment. The House is all about fun. You will quote some of the movie’s one-liners and be shocked by some of the content. So go matinee and have a good time.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

My name is Gepetto because I make all the ladies my puppets – Scott

Does your mom ever talk to you Rachel – Alex

No need to apologize to us. Apologize to yourself for making bad decision – Bob

He’s your problem now – Raina

No one’s talking because there’s nothing to talk about – Kate

I am not gambling – Frank

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The Beguiled – Review

The Beguiled – Budget of $10 million – 1 hour and 34 minutes

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In 1862, Virginia, Amelia found a Union soldier, Corporal John McBurney, badly wounded in the forest while picking mushrooms.  He was seeking shelter to heal a gunshot wound to the leg.  The only place she knew close enough was her school, Farnsworth Seminary for Young Girls.  It’s there, girls can learn how to speak French, play an instrument, and sew while listening to the Civil War raged in the background. Amelia offers to take the John to the school but she knows he will not be welcome by the southern women in the house. In the school, there is 1 headmistress, 1 teacher, and 5 students. The headmistress is Martha. Always vigilant with some medical knowledge. The teacher is Edwina. Independent but wants to be free from this school. Jane, Marie, Alicia, and Amelie are students. Jane is musically talented, while Alicia was bored out of her mind. Marie is a little girl looking for a new friend. Martha wants to turn John over to the Confederate, but with his wound, she believes it is unchristian of her to turn an injured man in for a death sentence. So she will help him heal, but when he does, she will turn him over. While Martha tended to John’s wounds, each woman goes to check on him. None of them fully trust him because he is on the other side of the war. While younger girls see him as a sweet and friendly, Martha, Alicia, and Edwina all find him attractive. John is quick to indulge in the women’s attention, but he will pay as cost and a limb for his actions.

Based on the book and original film of the same name, this movie has a long build up to a boring and quick resolution. While the polite insults are thrown by each woman, you will laugh. But none of them will be memorable because they are outdated. Every actor in this movie has played their character (by a different name) in another film, so you do not see any growth in these roles. The question remains, who is being beguiled. Is John slowly charming each of these women? Or are the women charming him into staying? The costumes are great with the time period and the scenery was used to make you feel like you were in the deep south. But those good points are not enough to save this film because the ending is abrupt and boring. This one can be seen on RedBox.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

You’re a lot heavier than my brother – Amelia

Maybe later when my leg stops bleeding – John

Well he is not going to be here long enough for it to make a difference – Martha

How am I suppose to practice my violin with a dangerous enemy in the room – Jane

I didn’t do anything wrong – Alicia

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Beatriz at Dinner – Review

Beatriz at Dinner – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 23 minutes

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Beatriz is a holistic healer and massage therapist at the Arendale Cancer Center.  After work, Kathy calls Beatriz for a private, in-home session.  Kathy is stressed because her husband Grant is having a dinner party for his boss Doug and their business associate Alex, along with their wives (Jeana and Shannon respectively).  Kathy feels close to Beatriz because Beatriz helped their daughter Tara after she was diagnosed with cancer.  Tara is well and off to college, but Kathy still calls her when she needs help.  During the session, Beatriz reveals that her neighbor killed her goat because it was a nuisance.  Kathy is saddened by Beatriz pain and offer assistance, but Beatriz says she is fine.  Once Beatriz attempts to leave, her car breaks down and her friend won’t be able to help her until later.  Kathy invites her to eat with their friends.  Within moments, Beatriz feels out of place but tries to connect with everyone and offer advice.  But when she is face to face with Doug, she feels she knows him as a source of pain for many, including herself.

Get ready to feel uncomfortable.  This movie is a talking piece with an independent movie conclusion.  While classism is definitely a dividing point for Beatriz and the rest of the dinner party, it’s rarely mention.  However, it is their actions that are called into question; such as big game hunting, preservation, and nationality.  There is a moment that will make your stomach drop as the healer becomes a hunter with a few choice words for her prey.  While this film does have its talking points, it will not change anyone’s mind.  Some would call Doug a monster, Beatriz overly sensitive, or everyone else complicit.  But there is never a point where the viewer will see the other’s point of view.  This movie is the tense holiday dinner you have to sit through every year.  Worth a watch in the theater.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Oh, dandelion root babe. Your favorite – Shannon

Yeah they were traumatized – Alex

Well her career’s over. You wanna see the pictures – Jeana

This can’t possibly end well – Doug

I don’t see you handing over the reigns anytime soon – Grant

I thought I knew you – Kathy

All tears flow from the same source – Beatriz

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#WonderWoman and #CaptainUnderpants – Movie Reviews

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Wonder Woman – Review

Wonder Woman – Budget of $149 million – 2 hours and 21 minutes

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Wonder Woman
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Diana is the only child on an island of Amazon Warriors.  Her mother Queen Hippolyta wants to keep her protected. But her aunt General Antiope wants Diana to learn to fight. At first, Antiope trains Diana in secret. But when Hippolyta finds out, she tells Antiope to train her harder than any other warrior.  Though Diana must never learn the truth about who she is. Diana knows that she was sculpted from clay by her mother and brought to life by Zeus. Zeus created the Amazon Warriors to protect mankind from his son Aries, the god of war. Once Zeus defeated Aries, he shielded the Amazon warriors on their own island called Themyscira. It has been hidden for years to protect the warriors from man but as Diana’s powers grow, Aries is sure to find her and the island. After Diana gets a taste of her power during combat training, she sees a plane fall into the water. She saves the man inside. Although he is saved, ships of his enemies follow him and a battle ensues on the beaches of Themyscira. A battle is forged that leaves the enemies to perish. Once the Warriors have defeated the enemy, they question the plane’s survivor. He reveals he is Captain Steve Trevor of the US Army that spied on the Germans to get intel from Dr. Isabel Maru (aka Doctor Poison) and General Erich Ludendorff. Captain Steve tells the Warriors that a book he stole could end World War II and save mankind. Hearing of this war and its devastation, Diana wants to go with Steve. She believes that Aries is behind the war; and if she kills him, the war will end.

This movie is what Batman v. Superman should have been in a visual sense (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The graphics look less cartoonish and more integrated with the characters and props. The banter between Steve and Diana is quotable and relaxing. It offers a great comic relief to the tragic story of WWII.  It ties in the Justice League, by using a letter from Bruce Wayne at the very beginning, which leads to Diana telling her story.  The stunt coordinators did an elegant job with the hand to hand combat and sword fighting scenes.  The action was not only slowed down to be “cool” but gives the fans time to appreciate the work that went into the choreography.  And while Linda Carter does not make an appearance, homage was paid with an updated look to the Wonder Woman suit.  Princess Diana leads the charge and fights but must learn the painful truth about humankind.  This is what makes her character flawed and real.  While this is an amazing movie (which did not feel like 2.5 hours) it left some holes (like how Dr. Maru got her scars).  This is one to watch at the theaters and in 3D but don’t stay after the credits.  There is nothing to see.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hello, mother. How are you today – Young Diana

You should be ashamed. All of you should be ashamed – Diana

Who gets paid for honor – Charlie

A liar. A murder. A smuggler … I’m all three – Steve

I’m both afraid and aroused – Sameer

His people – Chief

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DreamWorks Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Budget of $38 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes

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Harold Hutchins and George Beard have been best friends since kindergarten.  The two go to George’s tree house and create comic books.    George creates the stories and Harold does the drawing.  Also, they pull off the most epic pranks in Jerome Horwitz Elementary School because their school feels like the penitentiary.  After causing a toilet paper fight during the invention convention, Principal   Krupp is sick and tired of the pair.  So he decides to put them in separate classes.  Harold and George believe this will end their friendship because long distance relationships don’t work.  They try to get the evidence from Principal Krupp’s office but they are distracted by a file cabinet with their names on it.  Inside the cabinet is every toy Principal Krupp has confiscated from them, including George’s 3D Hypno Ring.  Principal Krupp walks in and catches them.  As he signs the classroom change slip, George uses the ring to hypnotize him.  They make Krupp believe he is Captain Underpants (a fictional character they created).  They believe this is hilarious until the Captain jumps out of the window and into the world.  They must get him back.  With time they learn that snapping makes him Captain Underpants and water makes him Principal Krupp.  However, when he is Principal Krupp he wants to sign the slip.  And when he is Captain Underpants, he is irresponsible.  So irresponsible, he hires a new science teacher, Professor P., without any experience or credentials.  Professor P has a plan that is worst Harold or George could imagine, but the horrifying truth, they will need Captain Underpants to help.

Based on the book series, The New Captain Underpants, this movie is funny for both kids and adults (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Parents will enjoy all the Easter eggs like the sign in Krupp’s office that reads “Hope Ends Here”.  Also, there is more than one type of animation.   From computer graphics to 2D to puppets.  It feels like you are in another world and you want to know more about the 2 main characters that created Captain Underpants.  The best part for children is when George and Harold go inside Krupp’s home.  They get a glimpse into his life and see that he is missing something.  Kids will see their teachers and school staff are people.  With all those positives, it did not need to be in 3D.  Also, it could have spent a few minutes giving details on one of their pranks but you better believe there will be a part 2.  Only stay after the first set of end credits, there is nothing at the very end.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Able to leap over tall buildings without getting a wedgie – Captain Underpants

Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. I did – Melvin

Oh, look at that. We have a grade A suck up. That’s good to know – Prof. P

Mr. Hutchins your drawing is getting better – George

That’s because your words inspire greatness, Mr. Beard – Harold

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#SingMovie – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Sing – Budget of $75 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Buster Moon’s life long dream of running and owning a theater, is going to be repossessed at the end of the month. He is hiding from the bank and his employees when he gets a great idea. He decides to host a singing competition with $1,000 prize. However, the flyers are changed to $100,000 with a loose eyeball and blown out of a window all around town. With a huge cash prize on he table, animals from all around come out to audition. Buster and his assistant, Karen Crawly, narrow down the contestants to:

  • Meena – an extremely shy elephant that doesn’t tryout for the first round, but becomes a stagehand. She is later chosen to sing when other contestants drop out
  • Mike – an aggressive, swindling mouse with a Frank Sinatra voice
  • Johnny – a gorilla who wants to sing but his father wants him to enter the family business … crime
  • Gunther – an dancing pig that is paired with Rosita to make her more exciting
  • Rosita – a homemaker, wife, and mother of 25 who loves to sing but can’t dance
  • Ash – a teen rocker who recently broke up with her cheating boyfriend Lance

With this group, Buster hopes he can save the theater and inspire young performers. But bears, Nana, a police helicopter, and a tidal wave get in his way.

Imagine if the characters of Zootopia were used to cast American Idol with a Producers script and Now That’s What I Call Music soundtrack, and you have Sing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Although singing competitions aren’t an original concept, the character interactions and the resolution are great. You will find yourself dancing, singing, and rooting for a favorite singer.  There is at least one character’s back story to whom you can relate. You don’t want anyone to loose because they all need the money or boost of self esteem, but you will have a favorite. This is a fun movie for kids and adults ,alike. Full price is a good deal. And there is nothing after the end crawl.  Come for the movie and stay for the singing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Tell them Buster Moon is out to lunch – Buster Moon

Sorry I got a little carried away – Ash

I can make it – Johnny

Your keys are in your pocket – Rosita

Are you sure this is legal? – Meena

Oh I got a little thirsty coming up the stairs – Karen Crawly

And next time, pick on someone your own size, Bully – Mike

You have to feel the music – Gunther

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#ThisIsLoving and #DreamWorksTrolls – Reviews Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Loving – Review

Loving – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 3 minutes

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Sitting on a porch in Virginia, Mildred “String Bean” Jeter tells her boyfriend, Richard “Rich” Loving, she is pregnant. Absolutely elated by the news, Richard decides to marry Mildred, buy an acre of land, and build a house for them. Knowing it was illegal for them to get married in Virginia, they went to Washington, DC and came back to Virginia. They hung their marriage license over their bed. One night, based on an anonymous tip, the Sheriff came to their home hoping to catch them having sex, they found them sleeping. They were both put in jail. Rich stayed overnight and given bail, but Mildred was kept for days until the judge could hear her case. Also, Rich was not allowed to bail her out. Rich obtained a lawyer who told them to plead guilty, so they could avoid prison. With the plea, they got a 1 year suspended sentence and could not return to VA together for 25 years. They moved to DC, but it as a far cry from the country life they knew. Once Mildred was ready to give birth, she decided she wanted Rich’s mom to be the midwife. So in the dark of night, they traveled back to VA. After they baby, Sidney, was born, the Sheriff showed up on their doorstep to arrest them. With legal interference they were able to avoid jail, but told to leave VA again. Richard can see that Mildred is deeply sadden by city life and misses her family. But when an accident strikes, moving back to VA is the only option. Their choice will affect the entire United States.

This wonderful story is told with the quiet of the country in contrast to the busyness of the city. The Lovings didn’t set out to be a trial blazing couple, they just wanted to raise their children in VA without going to prison. Even though they had to fight the state, their friends and family were on their side. The world was not out to stop them, most were for their marriage. The two actors easily displayed the soft spoken nature of Mildred and Richard. They just loved each other and lived up to their surname. Remember, you may lose the small battles but you can win the big war. This true romance story is a great date movie. See it today and bring a tissue.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m pregnant – Mildred Loving

This won’t happen a second time – Frank

All this talk about civil rights, you need to get your civil rights – Mrs. Laurie

What you mean, I always drive like that – Raymond

You just got born in the wrong place, that’s all – Sheriff

One, two … a lot – Richard

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Trolls – Review

Trolls – Budget of $120 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Annually, in Bergentown, the Bergens get together to eat trolls. The Bergens believe that eating trolls is the only way they can ever be truly happy. Then on the day young Prince Gristle will get his first taste of troll, the trolls escape. King Peppy saves his daughter, Princess Poppy, and all the other trolls; and they live in peace for 20 years. Then Princess Poppy decides to throw an annual bash to celebrate their freedom, but Branch (party pooper troll) warns them that all the dancing and singing will lead to the Bergens finding them. During the party, Branch’s warning comes true. A handful of trolls are kidnapped by the Bergen Chef while other trolls hide. With a “burn returned” threat, Branch decides to help Princess Poppy get the kidnapped trolls before they can be eaten by the Bergens. They will make unbelievable allies and wild enemies on a true hair raising adventure.

This movie will be loved by parents and kids alike. This is a fun story with an even more impressive sound track (Trolls Soundtrack) (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It has all the twist and turn of a live action movie with a message only an animated film can deliver. You will dance in your seat, laugh out loud, and question yourself about your own happiness. And keep your eyes open for Cinderella and E.T. shoutouts in this movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This is worth 3D but be prepared to feel like you are covered in glitter. Stay past the 1st end crawl for a satisfying ending, but no need to stay past the 2nd end crawl.  DreamWorks has put together another beautifully crafted movie

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I say no troll left behind, I mean no troll left behind – King Peppy

I’m positive all of you are going to get eaten – Branch

Solid burn returned – Princess Poppy

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#SingMovie – Review

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Sing – Budget of $75 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Sing
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Buster Moon’s life long dream of running and owning a theater, is going to be repossessed at the end of the month. He is hiding from the bank and his employees when he gets a great idea. He decides to host a singing competition with $1,000 prize. However, the flyers are changed to $100,000 with a loose eyeball and blown out of a window all around town. With a huge cash prize on he table, animals from all around come out to audition. Buster and his assistant, Karen Crawly, narrow down the contestants to:

  • Meena – an extremely shy elephant that doesn’t tryout for the first round, but becomes a stagehand. She is later chosen to sing when other contestants drop out
  • Mike – an aggressive, swindling mouse with a Frank Sinatra voice
  • Johnny – a gorilla who wants to sing but his father wants him to enter the family business … crime
  • Gunther – an dancing pig that is paired with Rosita to make her more exciting
  • Rosita – a homemaker, wife, and mother of 25 who loves to sing but can’t dance
  • Ash – a teen rocker who recently broke up with her cheating boyfriend Lance

With this group, Buster hopes he can save the theater and inspire young performers. But bears, Nana, a police helicopter, and a tidal wave get in his way.

Imagine if the characters of Zootopia were used to cast American Idol with a Producers script and Now That’s What I Call Music soundtrack, and you have Sing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Although singing competitions aren’t an original concept, the character interactions and the resolution are great. You will find yourself dancing, singing, and rooting for a favorite singer.  There is at least one character’s back story to whom you can relate. You don’t want anyone to loose because they all need the money or boost of self esteem, but you will have a favorite. This is a fun movie for kids and adults ,alike. Full price is a good deal. And there is nothing after the end crawl.  Come for the movie and stay for the singing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Tell them Buster Moon is out to lunch – Buster Moon

Sorry I got a little carried away – Ash

I can make it – Johnny

Your keys are in your pocket – Rosita

Are you sure this is legal? – Meena

Oh I got a little thirsty coming up the stairs – Karen Crawly

And next time, pick on someone your own size, Bully – Mike

You have to feel the music – Gunther

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