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

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Ready Player One – Budget of $175 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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In Columbus, Ohio 2045, Wade Watts is like every other person in The Stacks. He is living his life in the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). The only things you can’t do in the OASIS is eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. Otherwise, you can do anything, be anyone, go anywhere, and spend real money to level up. The downfall is that when people’s avatars die, they lose everything they ever earned in the OASIS. Whether its coin, weapons, armor, and anything else. So when they lose it in the game, they often lose their minds in the real world.  Five years ago, the games creator James Halliday released a recorded announcement triggered by his death.  He left an easter egg in the OASIS.  Whoever finds the easter egg will get half of a trillion dollars and control over the OASIS.  In order to get to the egg, you must find 3 hidden keys.  The keys won’t just be lying around, you have to win games and solve clues to get them.  And finding one key will give you a hint to the others.  But after 5 years, no one has won the 1st race to lead to the first key.  Even the IOI (Innovative Online Industries) with a war room, billions of dollars, and loyalty camps can’t win.  When Wade, under his avatar Parzival, learn the truth about IOI and the loyalty camps, he will do anything to win and save the OASIS.  The only problem is that he won’t “Clan Up”, even with his best friend Aech.  Wade wants to be like Parzival and win the prise on his own.  Can he alone save the OASIS?

Based on the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, this movie isn’t just about an Easter Egg (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The entire movie is one giant Easter Egg for gamers, movie lovers, and music lovers.  Taking characters from video games like Zelda and Grand Theft Auto, along with characters from movies like Beetlejuice and Child’s Play, and music like Jump and Take on Me, this movie is a feast for the eyes and the ears.  It gives a contemporary political view of the future of the VRE industry without condemning it.   It is funny and very insightful.  You will laugh out loud and consider what the future will hold for this technology.  It’s easy to get lost in the OASIS when the world around you has fallen apart.  The Lost Generation need to OASIS as their permanent escape but it’s affecting their real lives.  So much that they are indebted to the game and put in camps where they work off their debt.  They are forced deeper into debt and become slaves in and out of the game.  This movie should be seen in Dolby for the full visual and audio experience.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I just had to make sure – James

She could be a ‘He’ – Aech

I don’t Clan up – Wade

That’s not possible – Ogden

Give me that – Nolan

And you just decided to use that now – Samantha

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#ReadyPlayerOne and #PacificRimUprising – Movie Reviews

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Ready Player One – Review

Ready Player One – Budget of $175 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Ready Player One
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In Columbus, Ohio 2045, Wade Watts is like every other person in The Stacks. He is living his life in the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). The only things you can’t do in the OASIS is eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. Otherwise, you can do anything, be anyone, go anywhere, and spend real money to level up. The downfall is that when people’s avatars die, they lose everything they ever earned in the OASIS. Whether its coin, weapons, armor, or anything else. So when they lose it in the game, they often lose their minds in the real world.  Five years ago, the games creator James Halliday released a recorded announcement triggered by his death.  He left an easter egg in the OASIS.  Whoever finds the easter egg will get half of a trillion dollars and control over the OASIS.  In order to get to the egg, you must find 3 hidden keys.  The keys won’t just be lying around, you have to win games and solve clues to get them.  And finding one key will give you a hint to the others.  But after 5 years, no one has won the 1st race to lead to the first key.  Even the IOI (Innovative Online Industries) with a war room, billions of dollars, and loyalty camps can’t win.  When Wade, under his avatar Parzival, learn the truth about IOI and the loyalty camps, he will do anything to win and save the OASIS.  The only problem is that he won’t “Clan Up”, even with his best friend Aech.  Wade wants to be like Parzival and win the prise on his own.  Can he alone save the OASIS?

Based on the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, this movie isn’t just about an Easter Egg (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The entire movie is one giant Easter Egg for gamers, movie lovers, and music lovers.  Taking characters from video games like Zelda and Grand Theft Auto, along with characters from movies like Beetlejuice and Child’s Play, and music like Jump and Take on Me, this movie is a feast for the eyes and the ears.  It gives a contemporary political view of the future of the VRE industry without condemning it.   It is funny and very insightful.  You will laugh out loud and consider what the future will hold for this technology.  It’s easy to get lost in the OASIS when the world around you has fallen apart.  The Lost Generation need to OASIS as their permanent escape but it’s affecting their real lives.  So much that they are indebted to the game and put in camps where they work off their debt.  They are forced deeper into debt and become slaves in and out of the game.  This movie should be seen in Dolby for the full visual and audio experience.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I just had to make sure – James

She could be a ‘He’ – Aech

I don’t Clan up – Wade

That’s not possible – Ogden

Give me that – Nolan

And you just decided to use that now – Samantha

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Pacific Rim: Uprising – Review

Pacific Rim: Uprising – Budget of $176 million – 1 hour and 51 minutes

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Jake, the son of Stacker Pentecost, is nothing like his father. He steals and barters to survive while living in a half-demolished mansion. While trying to steal a power core from an old Jaeger, his plan is intercepted by Amara. Amara has used stole parts to create her own, much smaller, Jaeger. Jake follows her to her hideout and tries to steal her Jaeger. They argue but are caught by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC). Mako Mori has stepped out of the Jaegers and became the PPDC General Secretary but she is annoyed by her brother Jake’s behavior. So she gives him an option: Jail or the PPDC as an instructor. Jake chooses the PPDC. He is happy to see that Amara was recruited as well and her Jaeger named Scrapper. The PPDC was impressed that she was able to build and pilot a Jaeger on her own. Well, if you can’t beat them, hire them. While Jack is happy with Amara, he is not pleased to see Nate. And the feeling between the two is 100% mutual. Nate was once his co-pilot, but when Jake was thrown out of the program, Nate could not find someone he could drift with as well as he could with Jake. Now, these ex-co-pilots have to instruct new recruits together. If that is not bad enough Shao Corporation is introducing new Jaegers that can be remotely piloted.  While the government is happy with this idea, Mako, the recruits, and the other pilots are not.  The PPCD decides to have a council in Sydney to discuss using Shao’s technology when Jaegers go rogue and start attacking the city. When the smoke clears, Jake will have a reason to join the fight but he and everyone are shocked to learn who is behind the attack and what they really want.

The sequel to the cult phenomenon Pacific Rising, this movie separates itself while incorporating and correcting the history (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will see old and new characters while the new plot carefully weaves itself with the old plot.  While it is a strong story, you will need to see the first one to understand the second.  And while the first one was dark and grainy, this movie is shot in daylight around tall buildings so you can see the immense size and detail of the machines.  At some point, this movie looks more like an homage to Godzilla, than a sequel.  However, it allows more that one actor to be funny and concentrates on more than one relationship.  While it’s not great, it’s better than its predecessor.  And it leaves the potential for a third movie.  See this movie at the matinee and 3D is not necessary.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

And now I am stealing for you. Circle of life – Jake

Bigger’s not so bad – Amara

Oh and try not to steal anything while you’re here – Nate

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Star Trek Beyond – Budget of $150 million – 2 hours 2 minutes

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Unbeknownst to each other Spock and Kirk want to go in another direction for their lives. Spock, after getting unsettling news, decides to become an Ambassador. Kirk is tired of the monotony of space and wants to become a Vice Admiral. Then, they get a distress signal stating that an escape pod with one passenger is stranded on a planet and damaged. In order to save this lone survivor, they must go through the nebula, a difficult part of space to navigate. Once the Enterprise enters this planet’s airspace, they are attached by Krall’s swarm for an artifact, that is typically used to promote peace. It’s not long before the Enterprise’s crew must escape the ship to avoid death. After the Enterprise crash lands, the crew is separated in toe groups of 2(Spock & Bones, Kirk and Chekov, Uhura & Sulu, Scotty & Jaylah) and each learns a part of the bigger plan. But in order to stop Krall’s plan, they must get together, save the crew, and get a very old ship to fly.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SEAT FOR ANY REASON. You will miss something and be confused the entire movie. This movie proves that great trilogies are made up of great action sequences, amazing comedic timing, and petal to the metal story line. The main characters have changed and grown over the past 3 years in the story and in their acting. The only downfall was the motorcycle sequence. It looks too animated and comes off as more of a video game than a movie. With this huge budget, the graphics could have been better. However, the graphics were great for the fight sequences and the “alien looks”. Be ready for some interesting jewelry, classical music, optimistic pessimism, laughs, cheers, somber moments, and a glimpse of some old friends. No need for 3D nor staying past the end crawl.

This movie is the perfect tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I ripped my shirt again – Kirk

To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair – Bones

Cut it’s throat – Krall

I fail to see the relevance – Spock

I’m feeling generous today, so have at it – Scotty

My edge is not off – Jaylah

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#StarTrekMovie Beyond – Review

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Star Trek Beyond – Budget of $150 million – 2 hours 2 minutes

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Star Trek Beyond
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Unbeknownst to each other Spock and Kirk want to go in another direction for their lives. Spock, after getting unsettling news, decides to become an Ambassador. Kirk is tired of the monotony of space and wants to become a Vice Admiral. Then, they get a distress signal stating that an escape pod with one passenger is stranded on a planet and damaged. In order to save this lone survivor, they must go through the nebula, a difficult part of space to navigate. Once the Enterprise enters this planet’s airspace, they are attached by Krall’s swarm for an artifact, that is typically used to promote peace. It’s not long before the Enterprise’s crew must escape the ship to avoid death. After the Enterprise crash lands, the crew is separated in toe groups of 2(Spock & Bones, Kirk and Chekov, Uhura & Sulu, Scotty & Jaylah) and each learns a part of the bigger plan. But in order to stop Krall’s plan, they must get together, save the crew, and get a very old ship to fly.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SEAT FOR ANY REASON. You will miss something and be confused the entire movie. This movie proves that great trilogies are made up of great action sequences, amazing comedic timing, and petal to the metal story line. The main characters have changed and grown over the past 3 years in the story and in their acting. The only downfall was the motorcycle sequence. It looks too animated and comes off as more of a video game than a movie. With this huge budget, the graphics could have been better. However, the graphics were great for the fight sequences and the “alien looks”. Be ready for some interesting jewelry, classical music, optimistic pessimism, laughs, cheers, somber moments, and a glimpse of some old friends. No need for 3D nor staying past the end crawl.

This movie is the perfect tribute to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I ripped my shirt again – Kirk

To perfect eyesight and a full head of hair – Bones

Cut it’s throat – Krall

I fail to see the relevance – Spock

I’m feeling generous today, so have at it – Scotty

My edge is not off – Jaylah

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