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Mission Impossible: Fallout – Review

Mission Impossible: Fallout – Budget of $178 million – 2 hours and 47 minutes

Mission Impossible: Fallout
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Ethan has a choice, complete the mission or save his friend.  He chooses Luther and loses the plutonium.  Now, the Apostles are going to use the plutonium to make three nuclear weapons.  Ethan feels horrible for losing the plutonium but he knows he did it for the right reason.  Alan sees the good in Ethan and decides to give him another chance.  A broker called the White Widow wants to trade the plutonium with a man name John Lark.  They plan to get Lark, scan his face, and become him to intercept the trade.  But Erica has other plans.  She doesn’t see the need for IMF and wants one of her people to go.  Alan is furious at the news but Erica clearly states, if her guy Walker doesn’t go, then no one goes.  Now, Ethan and his team, while being watched by Walker, have to get the plutonium before it can be weaponized.  But, of course, it won’t be that easy. This is his mission and he chose to accept it.

This movie is pure adrenaline from beginning to end.  Just when you think you have an idea of what is going on, something is flipped.  This movie is a complete fit for the Mission Impossible series (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Each choreographed fight scene is done with such precision, you feel each punch and kick.  It’s astonishing to see the team stick together even as Erica is doubting Ethan’s loyalty.  As Ethan hangs off a cliff, as Luther explains Ethan’s team devotion, or as Ilsa go toe to toe with the face of evil, you will hang on every second not knowing which way is up or down.  This is the thrill ride only Mission Impossible can pull off.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

IMF is just Halloween. A bunch of grown men in masks playing trick or treat – Erica

Sorry, Luther – Ethan

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Review

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Budget of $75 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Sophie has finally finished her mother’s biggest project: to redo and update the hotel.  She decides to name it Hotel Bella Donna.  And she invites everyone to the grand re-opening.  While she is happy that her mom’s best friends, Rosie and Tanya, can come.  She is disappointed that only one of her three dads can come.  Also, her relationship is in a tough place.  Sky has been offered a job at a New York hotel and he wants Sophie to come.  Sophie believes her place is in Greece and she doesn’t want to leave it or the hotel.  Just when Sophie doesn’t think things can get harder, a storm rolls through that stops boats and planes from traveling and leaves a huge mess of her new hotel.  And what keeps her strong is memories of her mother and how she came to Greece.  This is the untold story that will unfold in front of your eyes.

While it’s pretty obvious the path for Sophie’s storyline, it’s Donna’s storyline that is the most interesting.  Seeing Donna’s first encounter with Harry in France the day before she went to Greece.   And how she met Bill because she missed the ferry to Greece.   And the chance meeting she had on a rainy road with Sam to help a horse.  Even though, each time Donna met them she said she wasn’t “that kind of girl”, she left in her inhibitions behind her and made some memories.  This movie has the songs, choreography, and laughs you know from the prequel (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). But it doesn’t spark a moment with you.  If you are a fan of first, see the second matinee.  Otherwise, wait for Redbox.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Be still my beating vagina – Tanya

He has a boat – Rosie

I disappointed her – Sam

That’s a strange name – Ruby

Focus greatest motivator is the last minute – Sophie

It’s not a punishment – Donna

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Blindspotting – Review

Blindspotting – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 35 minutes

Blindspotting
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Collin has 3 days left on his year-long parole after serving time in jail and he is doing everything possible to stay out of trouble.  He works as a mover with his best friend Miles in their hometown of Oakland, California.  He keeps is 11 pm curfew at a halfway house.  In addition to staying out of any kind of trouble.  As he is driving home one night after work, he sees a man running.  Moments later, that man is shot 4 times by an officer right in front of Collin.  Collin goes home but can’t shake a sick feeling as the news reports come out.  The next 2 days will leave test him in love, friendship, culture, and perception.

This movie proves that everyone has a blind spot.  Miles and Collin see the world around them changing.  With gentrification, Miles and Collin don’t know where they belong.  However, the biggest question is about their friendship.  Miles believe Collin’s parole is changing him into a water down version of himself.  Collin believes that Miles is so busy being a tough guy that he isn’t growing up.  And Val, Collins’s ex, believe Miles will be Collin’s downfall.  This movie gives a spectacular narrative to a white guy growing up in a predominately black neighborhood and a black male growing up trying to not be a stereotype in a black neighborhood.  With each of them growing up together, they still have a blind spot for each other’s pain and pressure.  And during one scene, you will hold your breath and silently hope everything doesn’t fall apart.  See this movie today.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

They have really great produce – Collin

He already biracial, why does he need to be bilingual – Miles

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Eighth Grade – Review

Eighth Grade – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 34 minutes

Eighth Grade
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With one week left in the 8th-grade, Kayla is still a social media introvert.   She posts vlogs giving advice, like pics on Instagram, and put on makeup to be “flawless, I woke up like this” on Snapchat.  But when she goes out in the world, she can’t talk to people, keeps her head down, and was voted quietest in the class.  Later, she is handed her 6th grade Time Capsule and becomes disappointed.  She realizes that in 2 short years, she has not lived up to any of her hopes and dreams.  So in 7 days, Kayla hopes to turn things around by going to a party, making friends, and trying new things.  She just wants to put herself out there.  And with this choice, she will find her true self and prepare for high school.

With an honest looking at 8th-grade life today, Kayla tells the tale of being a tween in today’s generation.  She doesn’t feel like a child however she is just becoming a teenager.  She has become a slave to her screens and doesn’t know how to interact with the real world around her.  She sees others around her with friends but she never notices that they are always looking at their phones. Each time you see this sincere portrayal, it becomes even sadder.  With every way kids have to connect to the world, Eight Grade shows us that they still don’t know how to communicate.  Watch this movie with your tween and start a conversation today.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Do I make you sad – Kayla

Eighth grade is the worst. I was a mess then – Olivia

You don’t think I’m funny – Mark

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The Foreigner – Review

The Foreigner – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 53 minutes

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Quan drops of his daughter at a dress shop then attempts to park his car but gets in an accident.  When he and the other driver start to argue, a bomb explodes and kills 12 people, including his daughter.  Quan is consumed with the loss because he already lost 2 daughters and his wife.  His daughter was the only family he had left.  He visits the police station every day asking for the name of the bombers but the police don’t know.  Quan even offers £30,000 for the names but the police can’t do that.  While watching the news, Quan learns that the Authentic IRA have taken responsibility for the bombing.  Also, Quan sees Liam doing an interview on TV.  During the interview, Liam, now a British Government official, use to belong to the IRA.   Quan believes Liam must know something.  So he calls every day for information.  After his requests go ignored, Quan goes to visit Liam at his office.  Liam states that he doesn’t know anything about the bombing.  Quan doesn’t believe Liam and will go through hell or high water to get the name of the men who killed his child.

Based on The Chinaman By Stephen Leather, this action movie packs more emotion than you are lead to believe (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  This is not a simple “kill everyone” movie.  In fact, Quan doesn’t kill that many people.  He leaves them hurt or unconscious.  This movie starts with some great acting from Jackie Chan as he displays the pains of a father that has nothing left.   As the action picks up, you will get drawn to Quan’s ability to outwit the people around him.  As great as Jackie is in the film, the story focuses more on Liam and the bombers.  You will get a tale of Irish espionage, affairs, and government cover-ups.  This story is complex and covers a lot of ground in a little time.  This is worth seeing in theaters at full price but be forewarned of the 3 different accents throughout the film: Chinese, Irish, and British.  If you have a hard time understanding any, this movie may have difficult moments for you.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Geez, how much damage can he do with you two around? Really let him be – Liam

You will change your mind – Quan

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Happy Death Day – Review

Happy Death Day – Budget of $4.8 million – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Teresa, a.k.a Tree wakes up in Carter’s dorm room with a raging headache.  She asks him for an aspirin, puts on her clothes, and leaves.  She heads to her sorority house and crosses an activist, sprinklers, a car alarm, and pledges.  She is greeted by Danielle with accusations about what she did the night before and with whom.  She brushes off Danielle after being reminded of a frat party that night.  She heads to her room and is given a surprise birthday cupcake by her roommate Lori.  She throws the cupcake away (too many carbs) and heads to her class.  After class, she meets with her sorority sisters and helps them make fun of another sister.  When Carter causes a drink to be spilled on her, she snaps and insults him.  Next, she meets up with her married professor and makes out with him.  Later, she heads to the frat party.  On the way she finds a jewelry box playing “Happy Birthday” and seeks a person wearing a school mascot mask.  Then, the person stabs her in the chest.  When she wakes up, she is in Carter’s bedroom with a raging headache and chest pains.  She realizes she is reliving the same day over again.  After a few deaths, Carter tells her she needs to solve her own murder to make it stop.  The problem: Each time she wakes up, she is weaker and has pain from the last death.   She must find out who is killing her before Tree runs out of lives.

This is Groundhog’s Day meets Before I Fall with a murder mystery thrown into the mix.  The first time she gets killed, you don’t feel bad because she is a horrible person with little respect for anyone around her.  But with each life, she changes a little and sees the error of her ways.  You will keep track of everyone she pisses off in order to solve the case.  During some lives, she will make sacrifices to save herself and others.  And each death will answer some questions but raise some too.  This is a fun slasher flick with plenty of humor thrown in the film.  You may jump one or two times, but you will not be completely frightened.  This movie focuses on the mystery more than the murder.  See it at matinee price or wait for RedBox.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

It’s not like you got a footlong – Tree

It’s like you been here before – Carter

Are you alright – Lori

Are you with him – Danielle

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The Mountain Between Us – Review

The Mountain Between Us – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 52 minutes

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Alex is a photojournalist who is leaving for her wedding.  Ben is a neurosurgeon who is leaving to perform surgery on a 10-year-old.  But due to an incoming storm, their flights were canceled.  Alex overhears Ben’s problem and comes up with a solution.  They will charter a flight to a nearby airport and continue to their respective destinations from there.  Ben thinks this is a great plan and pays for Alex’s ticket to her next flight.  They meet their pilot Walter, who is a Vietnam Vet.  Walter is not worried about the storm because he has been through worse.  However, once they are in the air, Walter has a stroke and their plane crashes.  When Ben wakes up, he sees that Walter is dead, the dog is alive, and Alex his hurt and unconscious.  After 36 hours, Alex wakes up and wants to leave because she feels that no one is looking for them.  After both have brushes with death, Alex wants to start moving but Ben thinks staying put is best.  Alex decided to leave Ben and take the dog.  However, Ben knows she won’t make it on her own because of her injury and goes to find her.  They will have to lean on each other to get through the mountain and horrific weather together and survive.

Based on The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin, has plenty of tense moments that involve a cougar, slip & fall, a bear trap, and thin ice (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is a moment where the cinematographer uses the magnificent landscape to give the audience a feeling of dread and doom.  Of course, it doesn’t take long for the two to start bickering and impeding their own rescue.  However, this fight only comes because they are both keeping secrets from each other.  Revealing these secrets will unleash a dam of emotions.  As a survival story, this movie is great but it defaults to a Hallmark movie at the end.  The survival story is the movie’s saving grace because it is a realistic, raw, and honest.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

What kind of cookies – Alex

Of course, you’re still alive – Ben

Stick with the dog. He’ll let you know when I’m ready – Walter

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