Tisha Campbell-Martin

#MissionImpossible, #MammaMia2, and more – Movie Reviews

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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

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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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#CourageToSoar , #HerStolenPast, and more – TV Reviews

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The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar – Review

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

After going from home to foster care and back, Simone and her sister Adria are adopted by Nellie and Ron Biles.  She has always loved being at their home with their trampoline, gym lessons, and love.  While at the gym with her brother, she is doing flips and routines that catch the eye of Aimee, a gymnastics coach.  She is shocked that Simone has never been formally trained but has such great technique.  While Simone is great at most routines, Aimee can see her bars need work.  This is the first time Simone really falls. She starts to doubt herself, but Aimee makes her get back up.  Simone dusts herself off and does the move perfectly.  That’s moment Simone decides she wants to be a great gymnast.  However, she never realizes she will sacrifice high school, college, dates, and time with her friends.  But Simone’s biggest competition is her self-doubt.

Based on the book Courage to Sore, this is a movie about more than gymnastics, it’s about family, faith, goals, and strength (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You will watch Simone deal with ADHD, as well as personal and professional setbacks as she achieves her dream of going to the Olympics.  But this movie never portrays her as a woman on an island, but as a woman with several life rafts surrounding her.  It’s these bonds that keep her in a winning spirit and on a path to become the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history.  Sit back with the family, watch, and please discuss.  Then create a goals book for your children.  This story will give everyone courage to soar to their own heights.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

We are not your fans. We’re your family. Don’t you forget that – Nellie

No, because she is not ready to listen – Martha

That’s it? I get 1 dream – Simone

I think you meant to say I’m sorry Aimee. I was saving a monkey from a burning building. Oh and here’s a cupcake – Amy

I’m not being negative. I’m being paranoid – Ron

I own 12 pairs of the same shoes. Crazy is relative – Adam

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Her Stolen Past – Review

Her Stolen Past – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Her Stolen Past

After her mother is murdered in an attempted robbery, Sonya is using her faith to keep going.   She decides to sell her mother’s home and starts to clean it out.  She finds an old diaper bag with a birth certificate inside for Heather Bradley.  She goes online and learns that Heather was kidnapped at the church from the richest couple in town Don & Olivia.  Sonya starts to wonder if her mother was murdered due to this information.  Her friend Missy tell her about a P.I. she knows named Brandon who can help her sort out all the information.  With some investigation, Brandon learns that Sonya’s birth certificate is fake and her mother never gave birth.  Sonya worries her mother is not the God-fearing woman she thought she was, but a kidnapper.  Now she will go through every obstacle possible to learn the truth, who she is, and who her mother was.

Based on the novel Her Stolen Past by Lynette Eason, this movie will keep you guessing from beginning to end (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  As Sonya unravels the life she thought she knew, people are being murdered left and right.  The story is written is a way to give everyone motive to kill her mother, but it doesn’t bore you with unnecessary details.  The connection between Brandon and Sonya is strong and compelling.  You cheer for their love and want to see more of them as a couple.  Once you are done watching this movie, you will want to read the rest of the series.  This was a well-written adaptation of a great book.  This one shouldn’t be missed.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t be ridiculous your mother never even had a speeding ticket – Missing

I work for you woman – Brandon

Let’s just say being wealthy has drawbacks – Don

Who do you think you’re fooling – Grayson

Please don’t speak to me like I’m a child – Olivia

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Winter’s Dream – Review

Winter’s Dream – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Winter's Dream

As the head of the Winterfest committee, Kat is worried Manning Park Resort still won’t attract the guests it needs to compete.  The rival ski slope had a large parent company, allowing them to afford state of the art lounge, condo, and high-end restaurants.  She needs to attract new customers to make Winterfest a big hit.  So she convinces Jasper to ask U.S. Team’s Maddy to coach a weeklong clinic.  National hopeful Anna and her father Tyler are excited to have Maddy coach her.  So they are the first ones at the lodge.  Anna hopes that pointers from Maddy will give her the edge she needs in the future.  Kat meets Tyler and his Bluetooth for the first time.  He is great at marketing but always on the phone.  But the two will meet again because Anna’s first clinic with Maddy goes horribly wrong, so she asks Kat to coach her.  Kat agrees but only if Tyler does Manning Part Resort marketing in exchange.  This exchange will open them both up to skills and love.

A sweet love story with a few bonus ski lessons for the novice and amateur.  It doesn’t offer a lot of laughs but strong moments between father and daughter.  When Tyler questions his adequacy in fatherhood, Anna quickly and kindly puts his fears to rest.  This admission gives Anna the strength she needs to compete.  This is a good watch for fathers and daughters to share together.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I get twice as much done – Tyler

I know. She can be arrogant but she’s the champ – Kat

Sure.  Just make sure to put a filter on it, alright. And tag me – Maddy

You’re a great dad – Anna

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