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#DenOfThieves – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Den of Thieves – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Los Angeles is the banking capital of the world and has 9 bank robberies a day.  So after an armored truck is stolen, Big Nick and his fellow officers are ready to go.  They look through their list of usual suspects to narrow the potential perpetrators down.  However, when Nick learns the thieves knew how to strike and where to strike but the truck was empty, he concludes there is more to the robbery.  The only known robber with this much expertise is Merriman.  Merriman is ex-military, ex-football player gone bad and paroled 8 months ago.  After surveillance, they find the Den of Thieves backing Merriman.  Big Nick learns Merriman’s thieves were either in jail with him, in the military with him, or on his football team.  Nick knows the thieves are trained and ready at a moments notice.  But what Nick doesn’t know is the robbers are preparing for the biggest score ever.  The one bank that has never been robbed, The Federal Reserve.  The team wants to break in and steal the bills marked for shredding.  They know the serial number will be taken out of the system and no one will be looking for the money.  To get this information, Nick will go after the newest and weakest member of the team, Donnie, the driver.

Talk about a roller coaster ride.  This movie hits the gas and never let’s go.  You are given a thrilling cat and mouse game with an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank robbery with a Set It Off shootout (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now pay close attention to everything you see and hear, it will become important.  And you have no idea how this will end.  While uncovering the mystery, it does go own the path of Nick’s marriage.  This was completely unnecessary.  With several scenes, you got to see that he is self-destructive.  So the fallout of his marriage was not needed.  See this movie before someone ruins the ending.  And you will want to watch it again.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You pausing for dramatic effect? – Big Nick

I told you so – Merriman

So, you work across the street? – Donnie

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#12StrongMovie and #DenOfThieves – Movie Reviews

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12 Strong – Review

12 Strong – Budget of $35 million – 2 hours and 9 minutes

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After seeing the 9/11 attacks on TV, Capt. Nelson wants to rescind his retirement paperwork and go to Afghanistan with his men.  Lt. Bowers says no but when Cheif Warrant Officer Spencer learns the papers have not been filed, he rips them up and Nelson’s men will be the first strike against the Taliban.  Once they arrive in the war zone, Col.Mulholland gives the team of 12 men the code name Task Force Dagger.  Dagger must meet with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northan Alliance and join forces.  They will use his intel and Dagger’s training & air strikes to release the Taliban’s stronghold on the area.  They have a few problems.  First, winter is near and the weather will hinder the air strikes.  Second, there is a turf war between the different factions of the Northern Alliance.  And last, the terrain is better accessible by horseback.  With little horse riding experience and only 6 horses, the Dagger splits off into 2 teams.  Alpha Team will meet up with Dostum while Bravo Team will stay at the base and relay messages to HQ until they get more horses.  This is a bloody and complicated battle that will have a lasting impact on both sides.

Based on Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, this movie gives you a small window into the first battle against the Taliban (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s frustrating to see Task Force Dagger face language barriers and infighting within the Northern Alliance.  When Nelson learns that Dostum is in contact with the Taliban, he is in total shock.  They consistently have pissing matches over the walkie-talkies.  While this is the first blow of a major war, it left its mark on American and Taliban history.  This movie does not hold back on any battle scene.  You will see blood, guts, dismemberment, and the after-effects of a suicide bomber.  So if you suffer from PTSD or shell shock, this movie can be skipped.  On the other side, it does show that the Taliban’s beliefs are not widely held among the Afghan people but it is deadly forced upon them.  This is just one more war on their soil.  And that’s the truly sad part about this movie.  Also, there is no need to see it in IMAX.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I told him I wanted back in and he said no – Nelson

You are cutting the head off your most venomous snake – Spencer

No, he is showing us off. He is saying here’s the Americans. They are with me – Diller

Those are killer’s eyes – Dostum

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Den of Thieves – Review

Den of Thieves – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Den of Thieves
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Los Angeles is the banking capital of the world and has 9 bank robberies a day.  So after an armored truck is stolen, Big Nick and his fellow officers are ready to go.  They look through their list of usual suspects to narrow the potential perpetrators down.  However, when Nick learns the thieves knew how to strike and where to strike but the truck was empty, he concludes there is more to the robbery.  The only known robber with this much expertise is Merriman.  Merriman is ex-military, ex-football player gone bad and paroled 8 months ago.  After surveillance, they find the Den of Thieves backing Merriman.  Big Nick learns Merriman’s thieves were either in jail with him, in the military with him, or on his football team.  Nick knows the thieves are trained and ready at a moments notice.  But what Nick doesn’t know is the robbers are preparing for the biggest score ever.  The one bank that has never been robbed, The Federal Reserve.  The team wants to break in and steal the bills marked for shredding.  They know the serial number will be taken out of the system and no one will be looking for the money.  To get this information, Nick will go after the newest and weakest member of the team, Donnie, the driver.

Talk about a roller coaster ride.  This movie hits the gas and never let’s go.  You are given a thrilling cat and mouse game with an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank robbery with a Set It Off shootout (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now pay close attention to everything you see and hear, it will become important.  And you have no idea how this will end.  While uncovering the mystery, it does go own the path of Nick’s marriage.  This was completely unnecessary.  With several scenes, you got to see that he is self-destructive.  So the fallout of his marriage was not needed.  See this movie before someone ruins the ending.  And you will want to watch it again.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You pausing for dramatic effect? – Big Nick

I told you so – Merriman

So, you work across the street? – Donnie

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#IngridGoesWest, #BirthOfTheDragon, and more – Movie Reviews

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Ingrid Goes West – Review

Ingrid Goes West – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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After attacking Charlotte at her wedding, Ingrid is given a restraining order and time in a mental institution. A few months later, she returns home to find her mother’s empty hospital bed and not much else. She goes into a depression until she sees a picture of Taylor in a magazine with the caption, “I just like to make friends from all over the world”. Ingrid finds her on Instagram and follows her. Then Ingrid comments on Taylor’s picture and continues to look at Taylor’s post. The next morning, Ingrid is elated to get a reply from Taylor. Taylor tells her where she got the Avocado Toast and tells her to stop by the restaurant if she is ever in LA. Ingrid cashes out her mother’s life insurance and heads west to meet Taylor and become friends. She rents a place from Don Pinto and pays in cash. It doesn’t take long for Ingrid to settle in LA and make a new Instagram profile to attract attention. She eats where Taylor eats, shops where Taylor shops, and gets made up like Taylor. But when she has a chance encounter with Taylor, she blows it. So she follows Taylor home and takes her dog. Once the “missing dog” flyers go up, Ingrid pretends to be a benevolent person and offers to drop to dog off at her house. When Ingrid refuses to accept her money, Taylor and her husband Ezra invite her in for dinner. They don’t know they let an Insta-stalker into their home. To keep Taylor around Ingrid will take a punch in the face, dress like Catwoman, drag a man into the desert, date Don, and purchase a home. But Ingrid doesn’t understand how far she will truly go for Taylor.

In a world of likes, followers, and social media experts, it’s easy to see how Ingrid is created. She is a lonely person who wants more for her life and is envious of those who have it. So, she latches onto them and becomes jealous the minute she is challenged for their attention. Once those around Ingrid see her issues, it’s too late and she goes from nice to volatile to desperate to depress. This is Single White Female for this generation’s cell phone obsessed culture (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Ingrid brushes her teeth, eats, and sleeps with her phone in her hand. This movie is a public service announcement. See this movie in the theaters. But, put down the phone and connect after.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Where’s my phone – Ingrid

Say Gotham needs me – Don

Everything is the best – Ezra

More like Kitchen Nightmares – Taylor

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Birth of the Dragon – Review

Birth of the Dragon – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Birth of the Dragon
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Nine years before Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee was a Kung Fu teacher in San Fransico who was creating a small buzz with his films (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Bruce believes that Kung Fu should be shared with the world not just among the Shaolin Monks. The monks kicked Bruce out because his grandmother was white, he married a white woman, and he was teaching Kung Fu to westerners. So when Bruce learns that Wong Jack Man has come to San Franciso, he thinks Wong is there to fight him. Bruce challenges Wong in front of hundreds of people. However, Wong is there to be humbled after making a near fatal mistake in front of the monks. So, he declines Bruce’s offer to fight. Steve McKee is a student of Bruce’s with a sad past. Bruce teaches Steve a lesson that embarrasses him. Later, Bruce apologizes but tell him that he needs to focus on his skill, not his anger. So when Steve learns Wong is in town, he asks Wong to train him. Bruce allows him to go but warns Steve that he could not serve two masters. Wong declined Steve’s offer to train him and tells him to go back to Bruce. Confused, Steve confides in Xiulan. Xiulan is a young woman who wants to continue her medical training in America. Lee warns Steve to stay away from Xiulan because she works for Auntie Blossom. Auntie Blossom is a local gangster that sells drugs, traffics women, and shakes down local businesses. When Auntie Blossom finds out about Steve’s attraction to Xiulan and his connection to Bruce and Wong, she approaches Steve. If he gets Bruce and Wong to fight, she will let Xiulan free. The money Auntie Blossom makes from the wagers will be enough to pay off Xiulan’s debt. The two men battle with a dozen witnesses. However, there is one problem. The winner is not determined.

This is not a Bruce Lee movie or a Kung Fu movie. It’s a legend of how Bruce got his style, Jeet Kune Do. Bruce is cocky and rightfully so. There are no challengers for him. Until he meets Wong. The choreographed battle between these two is masterfully done. However, some of the camera work is blurry. While some moments are blurred to make the movement look faster or slower, some moments seem like mistakes. This storyline does get slow as the back and forth game of telephone continue between Steve, Wong, and Bruce continues. It does have humor but not enough to carry this movie. This is better suited for FX or Spike TV. Not the big screen.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

In a fight, the chip on your shoulder is just extra weight – Lee

You will be disciplined. Severely – Auntie Blossom

You are still Bi Ni – Xiulan

I got promoted – Wong

I ate Steve – Steve

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The Big Sick – Review

The Big Sick – Budget of $5 million – 2 hours and 4 minutes

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Kumail is a struggling comedian and Uber driver in his spare time.  One night while performing, he is heckled by Emily.  After hooking up, they begin to date.  Emily is introducing Kumail to her friends and hopes he will meet her family.  But she becomes increasingly concerned when he never invites her to meet his family.  After a night together, Emily finds a cigar box and, out of curiosity, opens it.  She finds picture and information of several women.  Kumali admits his parents are old school Pakistani and want to arrange a marriage for him with a traditional Pakistani girl.  Emily asked him if they could ever have a future.  He admits that if they did, his family would disown him.  So he could never have a future with her.  Heartbroken, Emily ends the relationship.  A few days later, Emily’s friend calls Kumail.  She is extremely sick and in the hospital.  Her friend doesn’t want Emily to be alone, so they ask Kumail to stay with her for a while.  Despite Emily’s protest, Kumail goes to her side and is called by the doctor to talk.  The infection has spread and in order to fight it, they must put her in a medically induced coma.  They assume Kumail is her husband and he signs the papers and calls her parents.  Her parents, Terry and Beth ask Kumail to leave because they know how the relationship ended.  But as Emily gets sicker, so they stay at his home and get to know him.  While they get to know him, he gets to know Emily, the real Emily and falls in love.  Now he will do anything to get her back physically and emotionally.

Based on a true story, this romantic comedy is relentlessly honestly and, at times, tragic.  As Kumail fights with his family, he struggles with his Pakistani parent’s traditional values on love, marriage, and religion.  He wonders if he is a good person, Muslim, or Pakistani while being an American.  And before Emily fights for her life, she stands up for herself and refuses to be a secret.  Now since this is a real story, you will get a satisfying ending to this story and not the typical independent film ending.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I am so stupid – Emily

It’s ok. We hate terrorist – Kumail

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Straight Outta Compton – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Straight Outta Compton – Budget of $25 million – 2 hours 27 minutes

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You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.  Truer words have not been spoken about NWA and this movie.  Five men with the dream of becoming ‘Hood Famous’ take over the world with the mentality of F*** the police, all publicity is good publicity, and a man should get paid for the product he provides.  This mentality may not have won many friends but it did earn respect and fans.  Straight Outta Compton starts in 1986 when Eazy-E narrowly escaped a drug bust with a battering ram, Dr. Dre getting kicked out (or leaving as he states) his mom’s house, and Ice Cube having to fear ganstas and police while just trying to be a teenager.   These 5 men already know each other, but with Dre’s dream and production, Eazy’s money, Cube’s lyrics, Yella’s lyrics, and Ren’s beats, they form NWA under Ruthless Records.

This movie follows

  1. The groups introduction to Jerry Heller, Suge Knight, and many others that should not be spoiled
  2. The Rodney King beating, trail,and riots.
  3. The banding, disbanding, and fights of NWA
  4. NWA’s contract disputes, groupies, freedom of speech, arrest, and bond

Fans of the group in the late 80’s will not be disappointed with this movie.  Everything you want to know was displayed for the world to see.   Nothing is sugar coated or glossed over.  You are going to leave this movie with a new respect for what each of these men went through to make it, to be taken seriously as an artist, and to earn what belongs to them.  Now, fan’s of Dre and Cube in the 90s will see how they grew into the individual artist you loved with Chronic, California Love, No Vaseline, and Friday.

You will be taking on a ride of love, tears, shock, anger, disgust, laughter, and enlightenment by following NWA’s story. Please understand 10+ years is a lot to pack into a 2.5 hour movie, so information about DJ Yella and MC Ren were not told in depth as Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube.  However, Ren and Yella’s contribution to NWA and Ruthless Records is not ignored.  This movie was a joy to watch and worth the wait.  The time the producers took to make sure it was right, paid off. You will easily for get you are watching a movie and feel as if you are watching their lives in real time. Go see this movie at anytime of the day.  The price of the ticket is worth it just to connect with the music and memories again.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars.

That was dope E.  Now we only got 59 more lines to punch in – Dr. Dre

Buy Raiders gear and curl activator – Ice Cube

Jerry, have you worked with anyone in this decade – Eazy E

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