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

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Love, Simon – Budget of $17 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Simon has a normal life with a smart mother, strong father, and culinary enthusiasts sister. He spends the majority of his time with his friends Abby, Leah, and Nick. He has known Leah and Nick since they were all 5-years old. And while he only met Abby months ago, he feels like he has known her forever. With so much love and support around him, he still doesn’t feel comfortable telling anyone he is gay.  One day, Leah calls him to check out a blog post.  In the post, a kid calling himself Blue admits he is in the closet.  Blue feels like he is on a Ferris Wheel going up and down keeping this secret inside.  Simon makes an email account and writes Blue back.  Simon calls himself Jacques.  The two correspond for days.  But when Simon leaves his emails open on a school computer, his classmate Martin screenshots them.  Martin threatens to out Simon unless he helps him get with Abby.  Now he is playing with his friends’ emotions and secrets, just to keep his secret and keep Blue in his life.

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, this extremely funny, romantic, and mysterious movie isn’t about ‘coming of age’ (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Simon isn’t a brat, spoiled, or coming from a bad situation. He is a great kid with a good home and a large secret. He isn’t coming of age or discovering himself. He knows who he is but he just hasn’t told anyone else. Simon discovers how much the people around him love him and that everyone has a secret. This movie will bring tears to your eyes as Simon finds his love story.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well, maybe not that gay – Simon

I am figuratively dying – Abby

Are you her barista now – Leah

What’s the deal with Abby and Martin – Nick

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#MidnightSunMovie, #LOVESIMON, and more – Movie Reviews

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Midnight Sun – Review

Midnight Sun – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 31 minutes

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Midnight Sun
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Katie has spent the day sleeping and the night awake.  She has a rare disorder called Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).  The UV light, even the smallest amount, can trigger a reaction that can kill her.  When she was 5, little girls called her a vampire because she stayed inside with tinted windows.  However, Morgan wasn’t afraid and become her best friend.  There is one thing Katie looks forward too.  That is Charlie.  A boy in the neighborhood the goes past her house every day.  She has the biggest crush on him but resolves to see him from afar.  After graduation, Katie begs her father to let her go out one night and play her guitar at the train station.  He melts at his daughter’s request and she is out the door.   While at the train station, she catches Charlie’s ear.  He introduces himself.  She pretends not to know him, freaks out, and runs.  Leaving her songbook behind.  The next morning she begs Morgan to get her book.  Morgan finds the book and Charlie.  She sets up a plan for Katie to meet the crush of her life.

While it has the same premise as Everything, Everything, it is not the same movie.  This illness is real and it can kill.  Katie is not presented as resentful or hateful because of her disorder.  On the contrary.  She accepts her limitations and works within them.  She dreams of being out in the daytime but settles to spend her time at night.  This gives the viewer more compassion for her, her family, and her illness.  This is a great drama/love story for teens at full price.  Everyone else, matinee.  And Patrick Schwarzenegger is a star in the making.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Stupid tree – Katie

You couldn’t last 2 hours – Morgan

It’s all my fault – Charlie

I can lift weights – Jack

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Love, Simon – Review

Love, Simon – Budget of $17 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Love, Simon
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Simon has a normal life with a smart mother, strong father, and culinary enthusiasts sister. He spends the majority of his time with his friends Abby, Leah, and Nick. He has known Leah and Nick since they were all 5-years old. And while he only met Abby months ago, he feels like he has known her forever. With so much love and support around him, he still doesn’t feel comfortable telling anyone he is gay.  One day, Leah calls him to check out a blog post.  In the post, a kid calling himself Blue admits he is in the closet.  Blue feels like he is on a Ferris Wheel going up and down keeping this secret inside.  Simon makes an email account and writes Blue back.  Simon calls himself Jacques.  The two correspond for days.  But when Simon leaves his emails open on a school computer, his classmate Martin screenshots them.  Martin threatens to out Simon unless he helps him get with Abby.  Now he is playing with his friends’ emotions and secrets, just to keep his secret and keep Blue in his life.

Based on the book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, this extremely funny, romantic, and mysterious movie isn’t about ‘coming of age’ (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Simon isn’t a brat, spoiled, or coming from a bad situation. He is a great kid with a good home and a large secret. He isn’t coming of age or discovering himself. He knows who he is but he just hasn’t told anyone else. Simon discovers how much the people around him love him and that everyone has a secret. This movie will bring tears to your eyes as Simon finds his love story.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Well, maybe not that gay – Simon

I am figuratively dying – Abby

Are you her barista now – Leah

What’s the deal with Abby and Martin – Nick

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I Can Only Imagine – Review

I Can Only Imagine – Budget of $7 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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I Can Only Imagine
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Bart Millard sits in a recording studio being asked about the inspiration for a song he wrote.  With his bandmates Mercy Me, shipping out CDs to local radio stations, Bart recalls his past.  It started as a young boy who loved music, especially Amy Grant (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  His father was an abusive alcoholic while is mother was fearfully complicit.  One day, his mother drove him to Camp Glorieta and he meets Shannon.  Bart was asked to journal during is camping experience and he wrote that camp was the best week of his life.  However, when he gets back home, his mother is gone and his father’s drinking binges are worse.  So to make his father happy he played football.  Until he injured his feet and couldn’t play ever again.  So as he was rehabilitating, the only club activity open was Glee Club.  It’s there a teacher heard a voice, that will sell millions of records across the globe.

Based on the song I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me, this is a funny movie about hope and forgiveness (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). As a kid, Bart hides his abuse from everyone around him. As an adult, that abusive past is holding him back from opening up to people off and on stage. Even the band’s manager Brick notices that he shuts himself off during the middle of a performance. Only forgiveness can bring this song to light. And that forgiveness comes had the hardest moment for himself and Arthur. It’s this forgiveness that really reaches the audience.  This is an experience for the whole family to enjoy at the matinee.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Dreams don’t pay the bills – Arthur

I just don’t like being alone – Bart

It’s totally safe. Well, except for that one kid – Shannon

You can and you will. There will be no discussion about it – Mrs. Fincher

She’s the smart one – Brick

Can Only Imagine – Budget of $7 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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#EverythingEverything and #SnatchedMovie – Movie Reviews

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Everything, Everything – Review

Everything, Everything – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Everything, Everything
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For 18 years, Madeline “Maddy” Whittier has not left her house because she has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID).  SCID means her immune system is extremely weak and she is allergic to everything.  She lives in a home where her clothes are irradiated, special air is pumped in, and only 3 people are allowed in (Dr. Whittier – her mother, Nurse Carla, Rosa – Carla’s daughter).  She attends an architecture school online and fantasies about being in the ocean.  One day she looks out the window and sees Olly and his family moving in next door.  They exchange a brief wave but both are interested.  After “silent movie” flirting with the help of a Bundt cake, Olly gives his number to Maddy.  As they text and talk, Maddy pictures them being face to face.  She begs Carla to let her meet Olly in person.  She promises not to touch or kiss him and to stay far away.  At first, Clara says no but later relents.  The two have an instant attraction but keep their distance.  However, when Dr. Whittier finds out, Carla is fired and Maddy gets sick.  Maddy is given a new nurse and put on full lockdown.  Maddy adheres to the rules until she sees Olly’s father hit him.  She runs outside to protect him, but he forces her to go back in.  Later Maddy realizes she was outside and never got to enjoy it.  Now she wants more.  With a credit card, a plane ticket, and Olly by her side, her life will open up to the world and some hard truths.

Based on the novel, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, this romance will make you want to read the book (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).   Not because the movie is bad, but because you want to read about what was left out.  It was so good you want to know more about each character.  The most special moments is when they are texting or talking on the phone, but Maddy is imagining them face to face with a special companion in the room.  Also, when they are 100% alone, the two speak, but the subtext is given for what they are thinking is so witty.   The two actors have instant chemistry.  Also, you feel as if you are seeing things for the first time like Maddy.  You are amazed by the ocean, cars, and planes.   This is one to see at matinee prices and in the theater.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Every day feels exactly the same. Maybe today will be different – Maddy

I do feel sorry for you – Olly

Things are finally getting interesting for you and I am leaving – Rosa

He is not yours – Dr. Whittier

You are an idiot and not a good liar – Carla

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Snatched – Review

Snatched – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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Snatched
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Emily was fired from her job but she doesn’t care because Mike’s (her boyfriend) band is about to take off. She knows the money will pour in for them. But later that day, Mike breaks up with her for 2 reasons. One, she has no ambition in life and two, he wants groupies. Heartbroken, Emily changes her Facebook status to single and her mother Linda is quick to respond, on her wall where everyone can see. She goes to her mother’s home for the night. And after arguing with her brother Jeffrey and not having a friend to go with, she finds her mom’s old scrapbook. Inside the scrapbook are pictures, concert tickets, and plane tickets. She decides to take her mom to Ecuador for a girls trip so her mom can be fun again. On the first day, Emily and Linda meet Ruth and Barb, both are retired special ops. They warn the two to be careful. Of course, Linda listens with confirmation, while Emily ignores them. Then Emily goes to the bar and meets James. He is adventurous and invites her out. They have so much fun, he invites Emily on an outing the next morning. Stumbling drunk, Emily invites her mother. The 3 start off having a good time, but when Emily and Linda are kidnapped and held for ransom, they must learn to get along and get help

Ok, it’s honestly better than expected. There are some genuine laughs and OMG moments. But as the opening credits reveal, these women are more dangerous than their own kidnappers. There are gross moments to offset the sappy ones and funny moments to offset the serious ones. You will not forget the moment with the tapeworm. While this isn’t best work for Amy or Goldie, it’s still a fun time at the movies. If your mom can handle sex humor, breast, an adult magazine, and death, this is the movie. But only for the matinee price.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You can’t reach my hand, it’s over there – Mike

Help me put the fun in non-refundable – Emily

Oh, that’s nice. I didn’t know they had a daycare program at this hotel – Linda

You can go this way to avoid traffic – James

Just think about how to be better – Jeffrey

Don’t have more drinks then you have tits – Ruth

If you feel the urge to call again, resist it – Morgan

Adventure found me – Roger

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The 5th Wave – Review

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The 5th Wave – Budget $38 million – 1 hour 52 minutes

Note: I have not read the book. This review is based on the movie only.

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The 5th Wave
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Cassie is a normal, soccer playing, fun loving, big sister who thinks that everyday high school problems, in Ohio, is the end of the world.  Then, “The Others” come and the end of the world happens.  For the first 10 days, “The Others” just hover over the world, then they hit the world in 5 waves.

  1.  Darkness/Lights Out – an electromagnet pulse cuts off all electricity causing transit to crash, communication to stop working, and water to stop running
  2.  Destruction/Surfs Up – massive floods, tidal waves, and tsunamis are set off destroying coastal lines and wiping out entire islands
  3.  Infection/Pestilence – the bird flu is modified and spread, killing a gargantuan amount of people
  4.  Invasion/Silencers – “The Others” take over human host and walk among us
  5.  Well … that won’t be given away for the sake of people who haven’t read the book … ssshhhh!!!

During the 4th wave, Cassie, being a great big sister, is separated from her brother, Sam.  Sam is taken to a safe military base; and is trained to fight “The Others”.  Being the only family she has left, Cassie will do anything to find her brother.  During this pursuit, Cassie kills, finds love, and finds strength.  But, will she ever find her brother and discover the 5th wave? Only the PURSUIT will tell.

Based on the book, The 5th Wave: The First Book of the 5th Wave Series, this action movie has something for everyone: Suspense (although you will figure it out before the main character does), Drama, and Love (family and romantic) (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The computer graphics blends seamlessly with the live action sequences and the few fight sequences are splendidly choreographed.   Each wave is played out to make you feel a connection to the loss and destruction.  It is easy to see how your town would be effected in each wave.  Although, it is not evident how book purest will like the movie, but it is enjoyable.  Its is worth seeing for full price. Oh, and be prepared for the pending video game.  If you have read the book, comment what you think of the movie compared to its inspiration.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I wonder what that girl would think of me – Cassie

Pumpkin, there is nothing safe anymore – Oliver

Welcome to the fight – Reznik

We didn’t get saved dumb ass.  We got drafted – Ringer

My family.  I couldn’t save them. I could save you – Evan

Just cause he is in a uniform telling us what to do, it doesn’t mean that we have to follow his orders – Cassie

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