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#AntManAndTheWasp – Movie Review

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Ant-Man and the Wasp – Budget of $130 million – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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After Scott survived the Quantum Realm, Dr. Hank Pym and Hope believe Janet (his wife and her mother respectively) could still be alive.  If so, they hope to bring her back.  Over the past 2 years, they have been working on the Quantum Tunnel.  They will use the tunnel to go subatomic and bring Janet back from the Quantum Realm.  Of course, they decide to test the machine just to work out any issues.  On house arrest, Scott has a dream about Janet playing hide and seek with a little girl.  While he is not supposed to contact Janet nor Hank while on house arrest, he can’t help but leave a message about his dream.  When Hope and Hank hear about Scott’s dream, they know their machine works and Janet is alive.  Now they are on a mission for one final artifact to ensure Janet’s safe return.  Hope goes undercover with a black tech dealer named Sonny Burch.  But men on Sonny’s payroll discovered Hope’s true identity.  Now, Sonny wants Pym tech in exchange for the artifact.  When Hope says no, he takes the artifact and her money.  During the battle against Sonny’s men, Hope (as Wasp) gets help from Scott (as Ant-Man) to stop Sonny.  Just when they believe they have the battle under control, they are stopped by Ghost.  Ghost can walk through any object and has superhuman strength.  And to make matters worse, she has stolen the lab with the Quantum Tunnel inside.  The shrunken lab.  Now Scott, Hope, and Hank must defeat Ghost, get the lab back, go to the Quantum Realm, and save Janet while stopping Sonny from stealing their tech.   And they must do this without Scott losing his probation.  Or he will get 20 years in jail, minimum.

This film proves Marvel has mastered special effects (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is dizzying and funny to see Scott go from tiny to huge to normal to medium and back.  Also, a lot of real-world items were used in the fight scenes to make them more lifelike.  Unlike most Marvel movies, Ant-Man and the Wasp has a villain and an anti-villain.   Sonny is just a bad guy doing things for profit.  While Ghost’s story is more complex and has more heart.   You understand why Ghost is willing to sacrifice Janet’s life to save themselves.  With Avengers: Infinity War taking a darker turn, this movie provides the laughs and thrills to lighten the mood.  But don’t worry, it makes the connection between itself as a separate movie, the first Ant-Man, and Infinity Wars.  You get a recap scene voiced by Luis similar to the first movie.  You get a new storyline to separate itself from the other movies.  And you get a recap of what led to Scott’s house arrest.  Because of the recap, it’s not necessary to see Ant-Man.  But you should watch Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War before seeing this film.  While this is a great Dolby or Imax film, 3D is not necessary.  And say past the end credits for a shock and a question.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I still think about the night your mom and I had to leave you – Hank

Do you guys just put ‘quantum’ in front of everything – Scott

Did you guys get crushed by the building – Luis

It’s a pleasure doing business with you – Sonny

What do you want to be when you grow up – Hope

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#SleeplessMovie – Review

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Sleepless – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 35 minute(s)

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Vincent and Sean believe they have successfully stolen 25 kilos of cocaine and can coverup their crime. They can cover it up because they are police detectives. Once they arrive on the scene … again … they are intercepted by Jennifer and Doug, Internal Affairs Bureau Officers. Jennifer’s team discover the spent rounds are government issued, so they know police officers are behind the robbery. Jennifer has been looking into Vincent and Sean for a while; but don’t have the evidence she needs. Vincent leaves knowing that Jennifer will be a problem, but does not know the extent of her knowledge of their crimes. Vincent leaves the crime scene to pick up his son, Thomas, and heads to Thomas’s basketball game. On their way, Thomas is kidnapped and Vincent is stabbed. Directly after the kidnapping Vincent gets a call from Stanley. Stanley tells Vincent that he made a mistake. Stanley was just a middle man and the drugs belong to the Novaks, the biggest and most ruthless drug lords in the business. If Vincent doesn’t return the stolen drugs within 4 hours, his son will die.

“When bad decision go horribly wrong” should be the title of this movie. There are only a few moments of tension but its the same moment over and over again. You feel like your are having deja vu. Jamie Foxx doesn’t appear to be fully committed to the role because his “threatening” scenes are often comical. In this remake of the French movie Sleepless Night, it’s Michelle Monaghan and Scoot McNairy that are fun to watch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). By being polar opposites, but completely merciless, they carry the film. There are some decent action sequences but nothing new or spectacular. Then, they try suspense by giving everyone an angle, but you can figure out the “bad guy”, “who is who”, and “the real end game” halfway through the movie. If you really want to see an action movie and have 1.5 hours to spare, see this one matinee. Otherwise, wait for Redbox.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Is there something you want to tell me – Rob Novak

Dad, what’s going on – Thomas

Find him – Dena

Thank you. I feel so much better now – Jennifer

You want Cagney and Lacey to have it or do you want it to get solved – Vincent

Ladies and gentlemen, Nevada’s finest – Doug

Yes I know – Stanley

I’ll fix it man. Calm down – Sean

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Ride Along 2 – Review

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Ride Along 2 – Budget of $40 million – 1 hour 41 minutes

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Ben and Angela are a week away from getting married, but Ben still wants to prove himself to his future brother-in-law, James.  This time, he doesn’t want to prove himself as a husband, but as a detective. During a sting, Ben and James find an un-crackable thumb drive that was ‘signed’ by its hacker, AJ.  James decided to head to Miami to find AJ.  Of course, Ben wants to go with James and show him, along with Lieutenant Brooks, that catching Omar wasn’t a one-time fluke.   At first James says, “Hell No!!!!”  But as a “favor” to his sister, he decides to let Ben Ride Along.  They hope that by finding A.J. and cracking the thumb drive, they can find who is supplying drugs and guns to Atlanta.

Is Ride Along 2 better than the first … no.   Is Ride Along 2 worse than the first … no.  The movie jokes with the audience that its doing the same thing again.  Adding Dr. Ken Jeong to the mix as your non-stereotypical hacker was a great choice.  His comedic timing with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart is perfect.  This movie stands out because of the “Ben Mode Driving” and knowing who the bad guy is from the beginning.  The writer decided that the original formula was good for the first and kept it going.  If you enjoyed the first movie, see this one as a matinee.  But it is best to see the first movie to get some of the references.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

All day, everyday.  And twice on Sunday – Mayfield

Thanks for the ride – James

The grown-ups are speaking Ben – Lieutenant Brooks

I keep forgetting, you’re the bride – Angela

That offer is off the table – Ben

Look at you! You would run from you! – AJ

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Ant-Man – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Ant-Man – Budget of $130 million – 1 hour 57 minutes

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Ant-Man starts in 1989 with Dr. Hank Pym discovering that S.H.I.E.L.D. is attempting to replicate his Pym Particle, which is a formula that allows a human to shrink to the size of an ant with great abilities.  Pym is horrified of the future ramifications, so he resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D., takes the Pym Particle, and starts his own company.  In the present time, Pym’s estranged daughter, Hope Van Dyne, and former protégé, Darren Cross, has voted Pym out of his company and Darren is close to discovering Pym’s formula.  Hope knows Darren is losing his mind and warns her father of Darren’s intentions to recreate the formula and sell it to the highest bidder.  With his daughter’s warning, Pym seeks out someone who can operate the Ant-Man suit, powered by the Pym Particle, in order to steal Darren Cross’ formula before Darren can sell it and wreak havoc on the world.

Scott Lang, newly release from prison, is trying to go straight.  He wants to provide for his daughter, Cassie, and see her regularly.  Cassie’s mother, Maggie, will not allow visitation without Scott paying child support, getting a job, and getting an apartment. Scott wants to comply with Maggie’s rules, but has a difficult time due to his criminal record.   With a father’s determination, Scott decides to do one more job to get the money.  His friends tell him about a huge safe is an old man’s home.  They know it must have something of great value.  So Scott and his friends devise a plan to break into the home and steal the contents of the safe.  The home belongs to Dr. Pym.  Dr. Pym and Scott’s worlds collide for a huge, ant-sized adventure.

This movie is amazingly done.  It mixes the fun of a Marvel’s movie with the style of an Ocean Eleven’s robbery heist. The motion caption flows seamlessly throughout the movie and provides great fight sequences.  The jokes hit their mark each time and are evenly spread throughout each of the characters.  Product placements of Baskin Robins, LifeSavers, Siri, and The Cure ranged from extremely obvious to glimpses in the background.  There are moments of lull, but they are quickly saved with jokes or meaningful moments.  The contrasting father and daughter relationship is essential to this movie and is beautifully blended with the story’s plot.  You will catch amazing cameo performances from other Marvel characters and an amazing cinematic game of “telephone”.  Although this movie is tied to other Marvel movies, it can easily stand on its own.

NOTE:  WATCH TO THE VERY, VERY END OF THE CREDITS TO GET A NICE SURPRISE.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

That’s my helmet, Scott.  Don’t throw up – Dr. Hank Pym

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