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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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#PitchPerfect3, #GreatestShowman, and more – Movie Review

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Pitch Perfect 3 – Review

Pitch Perfect 3 – Budget of $45 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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The Bellas are in the real world and they hate it.  After seeing the new Bellas, they wish the could sing again.  Aubrey’s father gets them into the USO performance.  If they win, they will be the opening act for DJ Khaled.  The women are excited to show what they can do until they see the other groups.  The bands have instruments along with great vocals and the girls don’t know how they can compete.  They decided to do what they do best.  If they can’t win, they can at least perform one last time together.  While the girls are getting applause, Fat Amy’s past will lead the girls to one final explosive performance.

This story is one of the most far-fetched in the saga but it stays true to its roots with a riff-off, bonding, and a competition.  DJ Khaled does what he does best: be himself.  It’s great to see the movie make fun of itself and its actors.  It could’ve become too serious in the but it doesn’t and sticks to its formula of laughs.  Now be prepared, most of the scenes in the trailer are short flashback points in the film.  So if you are coming to see that one part, you will be disappointed.  If you are coming to see a great conclusion of the Bellas, then you are in luck.  Each Bella is given an exclamation point in their lives and the fans have a satisfying end.  Definitely, see this one matinee.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

We’re going to cling to you like mom jeans to a camel toe – Amy

I made your song great – Becca

Always give 100% except for blood and divorce – Aubrey

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The Greatest Showman – Review

The Greatest Showman – Budget of $84 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Phineas Barnum was a tailor’s son.  Although his father made and fix clothes for the rich, Phineas still had holes in his shoes.  During a job, he meets Charity and made her laugh causing her to spit out her tea.  Phineas was slapped and Charity was sent to finishing school.  Although the two were separated and living vastly different lives, they continued to write each other letters.  When she comes back, he is waiting to present her with a ring.  Several jobs and 2 kids later, Phineas has lost his job and believes he has failed his family. Although Charity tells him she is happy, he wants to give them the life he believes they deserve. So with fake paperwork, he secures a loan from the bank to create a Museum of Oddities. He has no takers until his girls given him an idea. They tell their father he has too many dead things in his museum. If he wants people to come, he has to have things that are alive and spectacular. P. T. Barnum collects the oddest humans he can find to create the Greatest Show on Earth. With his success will P.T. ever be taken seriously or just another act in his “freak show”?

From the opening number to the final song, you will feel chills with each performance. Admiring one person on the screen cheats yourself of all the stunning performances on the screen. Like P.T.’s Circus, there are 5 different things happening on the screen at one time. If you do not see this movie in the theater, you can not understand the true beauty and awe of each performance. The songs will ring in your head and become a soundtrack to get you out of hard times in your life. You will feel a connection to each oddity on the screen. As stated in the film, P.T.’s ability to put people of different sizes, backgrounds, races, creeds, religions, and stations in life together on stage was a celebration of humanity.  Not a freak show.  Come and enjoy this movie/musical of inclusion and acceptance with the whole family.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I wish for happiness like this forever – Charity

What happened to thriving off of controversy – Ann

I have to go – P.T.

You’re here – Phillip

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Father Figures – Review

Father Figures – Budget of $25 million – 1 hour and 53 minutes

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Kyle is back from Hawaii to attend his mother Helen’s wedding.  He is begrudgingly greeted by his fraternal twin brother Peter.  Peter is a divorce, father of 1, and doctor. While they are happy for their mother, they wish their father was with them. Then while Peter is watching Law & Order: SVU, he notices an actor bears a resemblance and birthmark like their father. Peter believes his father is the actor and still alive. When Peter talks to Helen and Kyle about his findings, Helen comes clean. The picture was a lie and their father is alive. She tells them their father is Terry Bradshaw but he wasn’t the nicest man to her, so they shouldn’t look for him. After a conversation outside, Kyle is convinced that the Universe is telling them to find their father. They embark on a road trip that will leave them to pick up breadcrumbs of their mother’s past. This road trip will include a train crash, incest, a robbery, and 2 shootings.

As dumb as this comedy may looks (and it is slightly dumb), it packs a lot of heart and endearing moments. These two men set up to go on a journey to find their father and, instead, find their brotherly bond and connection with their mother. While one question is left unanswered, you don’t feel cheated in the overall story. It takes you on a journey with several different men with different reactions to being a father. Some over the top, some angry, and some indifferent. But all three are truly honest reactions. This is a fun movie to see if you want a good laugh with heart.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Well, good news. I found your keys – Peter

I bet you never delivered to the parking lot – Kyle

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Downsizing – Review

Downsizing – Budget of $68 million – 2 hours and 15 minutes

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Dr. Jacobsen believes that overpopulation is mankind’s biggest irreversible problem plaguing our country.  After years of experiments, he has created downsizing.  The procedure will shrink a person down to 5 inches with no risk to their health.  For the past 5 years, dozens of downsized people have lived, created communities, and started families while accumulating enough trash to fill up 1/4 of a large trash bag.  The good doctor believes this will slow down the damage being done to the earth. For 10 years, Paul has considered it but didn’t think he was ready.  After his mother dies and they can’t afford a house, he and his wife Audrey check it out.  They learn that they can live a life of wealth and privilege and never have to work again.  Paul gets downsized but wakes up to learn that Audrey has changed her mind.  This leads to divorce and depression for Paul.  Paul is now on a quest to find a new path and reason for living.

It’s just too long.  While this movie could easily become a comedy, it uses its premise to tackle real issues with downsizing.  It mentions issues about the economy, terrorism, forced downsizing, and voting rights of the downsized.  It is truly something to contemplate.  Even the inventor of downsizing, Dr.Jacobsen, feels a need to apologize for the abuse of this technology.  You even get to see all the steps of the downsizing process including shaving, irrigation, and dental work.  While downsizing looks like a dream, its downside is thoroughly expressed.  Even too thoroughly.  As good as this movie is with the setup and the ending, it’s just too long and loses the audience to pure boredom.  Wait for RedBox.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

It’s not like we’re dying. We’re relocating – Aubrey

I’m sorry – Paul

What kind did you give me – Ngoc Lan Tran

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The Post – Review

The Post – Budget of $50 million – 1 hour and 56 minutes

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The Washington Post is on the verge of going public in order to save itself from financial collapse.  Kay lost her husband to suicide and became the owner of the newspaper.  Even though her father owned it, due to the times it was passed to her husband.  Now Kay is lost in a sea of men the respect her position but not her opinion.  When they are scooped by the New York times on the Vietnam Study, the editor Ben wants to write the news instead of reading it.   With the help of an informant and 4,000 pages, the Post will get the story they always wanted.  However, when the U.S. government sues the New York Times, the Post’s lawyer ask one question: Is our informant the same that informed the New York Times used.  Kay is put on alert.  If the Post gets sued, the shareholders can stop the presses and end the magazine.  So with everything on the line, Kay and Ben must check their morals and past relationships, the determine if they should go or stop the story.

Not since Spotlight has the news been upheld in high regard as standing up for the governed and not the governors.  To see the gender and political struggle between Kay and Ben were magnificent.  Ben’s only concern was to ensure the Post readers got quality news.  However, during his time with the Kennedys, he has to admit he was compromised by getting to close.   Kay also has the same understanding.  She has made friends with Attorney Generals, Presidents, and Judges with the unspoken agreement not to write bad things about them.  They know that printing the truth could cost them their jobs, her paper, and their freedom.  How many journalists are brave enough to do what they did today?

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Katherine, keep your finger out of my eye – Ben

Well, what I’m impressed by is how everything here is the same – Dan

I’m going to bed – Kay

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