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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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Peter Rabbit – Review

Peter Rabbit – Budget of $50 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Bea believes that humans were latecomers to the forest and should allow the animals to roam freely in their gardens.  Her neighbor Mr. McGregor firmly disagrees.  So when Peter’s dad saw the fence going up, he went into Mr. McGregor’s yard and was killed and turned into a pie.  That harsh lesson taught Peter to be careful and devise plans before entering McGregor’s garden.  However, one day while chasing Peter, Mr. McGregor has a heart attack and dies.  The animals in the woods go wild and take over Mr. McGregor’s yard and home.  In London, Tom McGregor got bad news.  His great uncle died.  But Tom is more concerned about a promotion than an uncle never knew.  However, when he is turned down for a promotion he deserved due to nepotism.  He goes ballistic and loses his job.  His former boss tells him to go to his Uncle’s home (he just inherited) and relax.  Tom comes to the McGregor Manor to find it overrun with animals.  He wants to be rid of all of them.  His new neighbor Bea attempts to sway him to allow the animals to roam free.  He agrees in front of her but goes after Peter and his friends.  Meanwhile, when Peter sees that Bea is falling for Tom, he decides to put an end to Tom and his deceitful ways.

Based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, this is an imaginative and funny take on a classic children’s story (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It quickly gets your attention with classic “Disney”-style singing birds who are consistently interrupted.  Providing a great running gag while allowing the film to separate themselves from other live action movies.  There are plenty of jokes for children and adults alike.  However, please be advised that the movie shows Daddy Rabbit getting caught and then a warm pie coming out of the oven.  If your children can handle this 5-second scene, then bring them.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Why don’t you pick on someone your own size – Peter Rabbit

I am selling the home and use the proceeds to build a toy store across from Harrods so they can watch their imminent demise – Tom

I’m in the mood for rabbit pie – Mr. McGregor

I thought I heard explosives – Bea

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#GameNight, #FiftyShadesFreed, and more – Movie Reviews

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Game Night – Review

Game Night – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 40 minutes

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After meeting in a bar’s quiz competition, team captains Annie and Max fall in love and get married.  Annie is ready to start a family but learns that Max will have a hard time conceiving.  She knows that Max is competitive and his brother Brooks’s success, good looks, and overall dominance must be messing with his mojo.  And with Brooks coming into town, Annie worries Max’s issues will only get worse.  Annie and Max host a weekly game night with their friends Kevin, Michelle, and Ryan.  Kevin and Michelle, now married, have been dating since high school.  And Ryan brings a new girl each week.  After Brooks embarrasses Max again during the game night, he offers to host one of his own.  Max and Annie decide to go just to destroy Brooks at his own game and get his mojo back.  Brooks decides to bring game night up a notch by hiring actors to kidnap him and leave clues for them to find him.  The first one to find him will win his car, a Porshe Spyder (Max’s dream car).  An FBI detective comes in and gives them dossiers with their first clues, then 2 men come in, beat up Brooks, and take him.  The 3 couples continue eating and reading their clues.  But they don’t know that the FBI agent was fake, but the kidnappers are real.  In the end, bullets will fly, blood will be everywhere, and the truth will come out.

How can you not laugh?  This movie was funny from beginning to end.  With a creepy neighbor, Denzel Washington, and a bloody dog, it has everything.  It will keep you wondering what is real and what is fake.  The writers that brought you Horrible Bosses, wins with this funny take on Game Night (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will laugh so hard, you will miss other jokes.  So don’t be surprised if you want to watch this movie again.  Game Night has no lulls, it gets going from beginning to end.  And what makes it funnier is the couples say what others only think.  See this one with friends and have a good laugh.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

How can that be profitable for FritoLay? – Gary

That’s some Django Unchained s*** – Kevin

Thank you, God. – Michelle

I’ve seen it. It’s nice – Max

And that’s how you get the drop on someone – Annie

It is real – Ryan

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Fifty Shades Freed – Review

Fifty Shades Freed – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Anastasia is trying to settle into her life as Mrs. Grey. As she learns about managing a home from Gail, understanding the vastness of her husband’s amassed fortune, and claim her identity at SIP, her head is spinning. She is put at ease with Christian’s expertise in BDSM.  When her past with he ex-boss Jack Hyde comes back into her life, she and Christian are in a state of constant fear.  Christian’s fears hold greater depth than Ana because he is lying to her about the extent of Jack’s depravity. He hopes to keep her safe from Jack’s accusations and violence. However, when this franchise come to its final climax, Jack won’t be the only intruder in the Grey’s life.

Based on Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James, this movie is the final installment of the successful franchise (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  While it does fall in line with the book, some parts are taken out for the sake of running time.  But rest assured the overall story is still there including the most memorable parts of the book.  With a short running time, it does feel a bit rushed.  One moment they are newlyweds and 30 minutes later, Christian comes home drunk after hearing Ana’s big news.  Fans of the book will not be disappointed, it is the best of the 3.  Also, it’s a great commercial ad for Audi.  And stay past the 1st set of end credits.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Umm, purple – Ana

We’ve never heard him sing before – Mia

We’ve heard enough bro – Elliot

Plans. Big plans. And Elliot loves looking at her big plans – Kate

Quiet Ana. You don’t want to wake up the whole house – Christian

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Peter Rabbit – Review

Peter Rabbit – Budget of $50 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Peter Rabbit
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Bea believes that humans were latecomers to the forest and should allow the animals to roam freely in their gardens.  Her neighbor Mr. McGregor firmly disagrees.  So when Peter’s dad saw the fence going up, he went into Mr. McGregor’s yard and was killed and turned into a pie.  That harsh lesson taught Peter to be careful and devise plans before entering McGregor’s garden.  However, one day while chasing Peter, Mr. McGregor has a heart attack and dies.  The animals in the woods go wild and take over Mr. McGregor’s yard and home.  In London, Tom McGregor got bad news.  His great uncle died.  But Tom is more concerned about a promotion than an uncle never knew.  However, when he is turned down for a promotion he deserved due to nepotism.  He goes ballistic and loses his job.  His former boss tells him to go to his Uncle’s home (he just inherited) and relax.  Tom comes to the McGregor Manor to find it overrun with animals.  He wants to be rid of all of them.  His new neighbor Bea attempts to sway him to allow the animals to roam free.  He agrees in front of her but goes after Peter and his friends.  Meanwhile, when Peter sees that Bea is falling for Tom, he decides to put an end to Tom and his deceitful ways.

Based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, this is an imaginative and funny take on a classic children’s story (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It quickly gets your attention with classic “Disney”-style singing birds who are consistently interrupted.  Providing a great running gag while allowing the film to separate themselves from other live action movies.  There are plenty of jokes for children and adults alike.  However, please be advised that the movie shows Daddy Rabbit getting caught and then a warm pie coming out of the oven.  If your children can handle this 5-second scene, then bring them.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Why don’t you pick on someone your own size – Peter Rabbit

I am selling the home and use the proceeds to build a toy store across from Harrods so they can watch their imminent demise – Tom

I’m in the mood for rabbit pie – Mr. McGregor

I thought I heard explosives – Bea

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#ProudMaryMovie and #TheCommuter – Movie Reviews

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Proud Mary – Review

Proud Mary – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 28 minutes

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One year ago, Mary was sent on a contract killing for her boss Benny.  A bookie owes Benny $100,000 and Benny is tired of waiting.  Mary walks into the bookie’s home and kills him.  But she hears a noise in another room.  She looks into a room and sees a young boy named Danny with headphones on while playing a video game.  Mary looks at the boy’s picture and leaves him alive.  Now, Mary sees that same boy unconscious in an alleyway and brings him back to her place.  He tells Mary his father’s death has had a domino effect of bad luck in his life.  He is now a drug runner for a man called Uncle.  Uncle beats and starves Danny each day but will never let him go.  Mary decides to go to Uncle and convince him to give Danny up.  When Uncle says no, Mary takes matters into her own hands and starts a gang war that will put Danny’s and her life at risk.

Is this Atomic Blonde? No, but she does wear a blonde wig.  Is this John Wick? No, but she does kill without hesitation.  This story is more like the Blaxploitation films of the 70’s that starred Pam Grier and Richard Roundtree.  And the more time Mary spends with Danny, you come to realize that Mary and Danny have similar lives.  Mary doesn’t help Danny just out of guilt but to save him from her life.  While Mary is saving Danny, she will have to save herself.  This any action packed movie with a lot of heart.  In addition to giving a nod to the 70’s with its opening credits, it has a lot of 70’s music in the film score.  Dare you to try and not sing along.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t answer that – Mary

It’s alright. I like your style – Uncle

Last thing we need is a war – Benny

You can’t check in – Tom

I started easy. Now you owe – Danny

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The Commuter – Review

The Commuter – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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The retired police officer turned insurance salesman, Mike has just lost his job.  After 10 years on the job, Mike is 60-years old, his son Danny’s tuition check in the mail, and he has 2 mortgages.  Mike doesn’t want to tell his wife.  He dreads the ride home.   So he has a few drinks with an old cop friend and a few laughs.  He gets on his normal train and heads home.  A woman named Joanna, a  behavioral analyst, ask him to find one person on the train that doesn’t belong.  Once he finds the person, he has to get there bag and put a GPS tracker on it.  He will never see that person again or be affected by what happens. But that person’s life will be changed forever.  If he accepts there is $25,000 in the bathroom for him.  If he completes the task, there is $75,000, waiting for him.  Mike takes the offer to find the person, but when he starts to question Joanna’s motives, she tells him to complete the task or his family and everyone on the train will die.

This is a high octane thriller but it gives 30 minutes to delve into the mind of Mike.  He gets up at the same time every day, showers, gets dress, talks with the family, and head to work.  He is the average daily commuter.  So he knows the everyday riders and you watch him narrow them down one by one.  So along with the action thriller, you have the fun of an added mystery.  You try to figure out the unknown rider along with him.  But why Joanna is after this person and who is helping her is the most shocking revelation of them all.  Sit back, relax, watch, and remember to breathe.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

What kind of person are you – Joanna

Is this what you do every day when you go to work – Danny

You’re kidding me – Mike

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