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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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#TombRaider, #WrinkleInTime, and more – Movie Reviews

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Tomb Raider – Review

Tomb Raider – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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Lara sits in a large boardroom with her former guardian Anna and her father Richard’s attorney.  Anna has urged Lara to sign the papers to confirm her father is dead so the company and properties can be passed over to her.  Her father went missing 7 years ago but she hasn’t worked up the nerve to confirm his death, until now.  Just as she puts the pen to paper, the attorney hands her a Japanese puzzle box from her father.   She puts down the pen and starts to work on the puzzle and out pops a key with a note.  She follows the clues to a private office.  She finds a camcorder with the words ‘Play Me” posted to it.  She is intrigued to find a message from her father.  He tells her he is more than just a businessman.  He worked to discover the legends of the world.  His latest mission was to find Himiko: The Goddess of Death.  However, he feels he is being watched by a group called Trinity.  He warns her to burn all his work so no one will ever find it.  Lara’s curiosity gets the better of her and she searches for the truth.  And by the end of this adventure, Lara will gain an ally, get some trademark firepower, and come face to face with the person who shot her father.

Based on the Tomb Raider video games, this adventure story goes from 0 to 100 real quick (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is better than you would expect and the best movie of this series.  During a chase sequence, so many bad things are happening in succession that Lara says the one thing the audience is really thinking: ‘Really?!?!’  Now there is a lull for 15 minutes to a pivotal moment but it does pick up.  The only downfall is the beginning has a lot faster pace than the end.  As they creep through the tomb and find traps, the soliloquies tend to drag for each character.  The end is only strengthened by the final fight scene.  Stay past the 1st set of end credits.  It does leave an opening for a part 2 and there is potential for a second.

I give it a 3 out of 5

Stop dancing and start fighting – Terry

You’ve been decorating – Anna

I’m sorry.  I’m just not that kind of Croft – Lara

What you got in the other boot – Lu

You shouldn’t have come here.  But I’m glad you did – bad guy

I love you – Richard

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Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Review

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time – Budget of $100 million – 1 hour and 49 minutes

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Meg is the beloved oldest child of scientists Dr. Kate and Dr. Alex Murry.  She soaked up every ounce of knowledge they placed in front of her.  So when they adopt another child Charles Wallace, they let her know she will always be loved.  So having her father disappear for 4 years has caused Meg to acted out.  Her latest interaction with a bully has caused a rift in the household.  During a conversation about her behavior with Kate, she hears Charles Wallace talking to a woman in the living room.  Kate and Meg are stunned to see Mrs. Whatsit talking to Charles.  Mrs. Whatsis lets them all know that Meg is important and Charles is remarkable.  She expresses that the others will be there to help the children in their mission.  Kate politely asks Mrs. Whatsit to leave.  The next morning, Calvin is drawn to Meg.  Charles says Calvin was summoned because he has the diplomacy they will need later.  While walking with Calvin, Charles takes them to an abandoned house to meet Mrs. Who.   She has gone beyond language and just quotes the words of others.  They leave her and go home.  The next day Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who introduce the children to Mrs. Which.   Mrs. Which tells Meg and Charles their father is still alive.  They will have to wrinkle time to find him in another dimension.  Meg will have to become a true warrior to save her father.

Based on A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) by Madeleine L’Engle, this visual masterpiece has a great message for children and teens (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It praises acknowledging your faults while having a deeper understanding and compassion for others.  As Meg’s lack-of-self makes her time wrinkle painful while Calvin and Charles love the experience.  As she becomes stronger and finds a reason to fight, Meg finds the strength she never knew she had.  While it’s not a new story, the imagery given to the author’s words makes it remarkable.  The special effects can only be experienced on the big screen, but 3D is not necessary.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

You have pretty hair – Calvin

Don’t use dad like that. It’s not fair – Kate

Your home is warm. You do a good job keeping the darkness out – Mrs. Whatsit

I love you – Meg

Let’s beat em up – Alex

Is there such a thing as the wrong size – Mrs. Which

I don’t like visitation – Happy Medium

Outkast, American – Mrs. Who

We tired her out – Calvin

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Gringo – Review

Gringo – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Harold has the typical 9 to 5 job in Chicago.  He was recommended by his friend Richard as an Operations Manager.  While he works hard, he is $20,000 in debt because he supports his wife Bonnie’s business that doesn’t make a profit.  Harold, Richard, and Elaine all go to Mexico on a business trip.  Richard and Elaine leave Harold in the dark about most of the business dealings.  For a while, to make a profit, they have worked with the Mexican cartel to sell their medical marijuana pills.  Now they want to cut off the cartel.  The cartel decides to steal the formula and the only one who can get behind the volt is Harold.  They go to find Harold but he has run off.  Not because of the cartel.  But his world is crumbling around him.  With one phone call, he learns he is losing his friend, his job, and his wife.  With his debt, he decides to fake his kidnapping for the company travel insurance.  The problem is Richard and Elaine let it lapse.  But there is another insurance policy; life insurance.  With Harold dead, Richard and Elaine will make millions.  Harold has no idea his fake kidnapping will become a real life and death situation.

There is so much going on its hard to keep it straight.  For a while it tries to be funny, then serious, then a gangster movie, and then a love story.  This movie goes in so many directions it leaves the watcher dizzy and confused.  This storyline that takes on too much at once.  At least 2 angles could have been removed and the story would still make sense.  Wait for Redbox so you can rewind and rewatch.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

You didn’t notice the guerilla – Bonnie

Do want to know what I had to eat on the flight home – Elaine

Eat your f’ing carrot – Harold

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Thoroughbreds – Review

Thoroughbreds – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Lily was paid by Amanda’s mom to tutor her and be friends.  While they were friends in the past, Amanda calls Lily out for her ‘pay-to-play’ friendship.  After seeing an interaction between Lily and her step-father Mark, Amanda can see the tension between them.  Lily finally gets real and tells Amanda she hates her step-father.  Lily has a solution: Kill Mark.  Lily cuts Amanda off because she knows Amanda killed her family’s horse.  Lily knows that killing Mark isn’t something Amanda says in just.  But after Mark tells Lily she is being sent to boarding school for being expelled and fired, Lily wants him gone.  So she calls Amanda to hear the plan to kill Mark and execute it.

So have you ever wonder what happens when a sociopath meets a psychopath? Well, wonder no more.  These two girls quickly delve into darkness when Amanda tells Lily she can’t feel emotions.  She can feel tired, hungry, and pain but she can’t feel sad, happy, or afraid.  Lily, on the other hand, can feel everything to the point she is overwhelmed with emotions.  But its a question of who is controlling who.  While it’s an interesting movie, this feels like a long Criminal Minds episode (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Wait for VOD.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

It’s only weird if you make it weird – Amanda

Some things weighing on you – Tim

Don’t drink that – Lily

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The Hurricane Heist – Review

The Hurricane Heist – Budget of $35 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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ATF and Washington liaison Casey is ready to end her shift.  She needs to drop off 3 truckloads of money to a US treasury in Alabama to be shredded.  Once she gets there, she learns their generator is down due to the incoming hurricane.  She can’t leave without witnessing the shredding.  Since the phones are down, she goes into town to find Breeze.  Breeze is an ex-marine, mechanic, and partier.  Breeze has been warned by his meteorologist brother, Dr. Will that this hurricane is going to be bigger than any other hurricane before it.  Even bigger than the one that killed their father in front of them.  Breeze decides to stay in town and help Casey instead.  Driving back, Casey and Breeze don’t know that the Treasury has been taken over and the thieves are using the hurricane as cover.  They plan on stealing $600 million before it can be shredded.  However, the power is out and Casey has the codes.

While Hurricane Heist was Twister meets Den of Thieves, it’s missing a twist and real punchlines (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It does offer special effects but nothing that hasn’t been seen before.  This movie is just missing the action and firepower that comes from Fast and the Furious.  There is no real connection between the characters besides football and the acting is subpar.  This movie should have gone straight to DVD or VOD.  Wait until it’s on cable.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

I shot them all – Casey

Here, don’t forget to take your vitamins – Breeze

How did that happen – Will

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#DeathCure and #Paddington2 – Movie Reviews

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Review

Maze Runner: The Death Cure – Budget of $62 million – 2 hours and 22 minutes

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After Teresa sided with WCKD, Thomas’s only focused on one thing: Save Minho.  Minho was captured by WCKD and on his way to be used for the cure.  Thomas, with Newt, Frypan, Jorge, and Brenda, steal the train car they believe to be holding Minho. But he isn’t there.  They interview the kids inside and learn they were headed to the Last City.  Believing all the cities are gone, Thomas has to find it and Minho.  Once they get close to the Last City, they are in for a shock, a betrayal, and a fight with lives lost.  While the truth will lead to a cure, it will come with a heavy price for Thomas.

As the third and final installment of the Maze Runner movies, this has all the action the 2nd movie was missing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  But the fights are much bigger, craftier, and more interesting than the first.  You will be shocked and laugh throughout this movie.  Now to warn you, this review is only in regards to the movie.  Not on the book in comparison to the movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  And the end will leave you misty-eyed and satisfied.  This is a careful, strong, somber, and well-written end to this franchise.  This installment will become a favorite for many fans.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Thomas, you’re on your own. Don’t die – Brenda

Oh no. He’s not going anywhere. He didn’t get what he really wanted – Janson

I know it’s Minho but you can’t ask me to put these kids’ lives on the line for one man – Vince

Time, every last drop – Thomas

You traitor. I’ll kill you traitor – Minho

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Paddington 2 – Review

Paddington 2 – Budget of $50 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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While dreaming of retiring in London, Pastuzo and Lucy see a cub floating downstream to his doom.  They quickly scoop up the cub and raise him.  Many years later, Paddington wants to find the perfect gift for Lucy’s 100th birthday.  Now that Pastuzo has died, Paddington wants to make sure Lucy’s gift is perfect.  One day Paddington goes to an antique shop and find a 1 of a kind pop-up book of London.  He remembers how much Lucy dreamed of going to London and wants to buy it for her so she can live vicariously through its pages.  The shop owner tells him the book will be very expensive, so Paddington gets several jobs.  One day before buying the book, Paddington goes to the antique shop to look at the book.  At that moment he sees a thief stealing it.  He follows the thief but the police only see Paddington.  They arrested him for stealing.  Now the Brown family (Paddington’s host family) and Paddington have to do everything they can to clear Paddington’s name and find the book.  But it’s not just who made it that makes the books special, it’s the clues inside.

Based on the Paddington books, this movie is magnificently pulled together (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The CGI doesn’t overwhelm the live-action portion and the actors work well with the stand in.  Paddington feels so real and huggable.  You will quickly forget that Paddington is not real.  FYI, you do not need to see the first movie to understand this movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Each character is given a great deal of detail into their lives.  From the forgetful neighbor to the newspaper seller to the studying garbageman. You know each of them and how their lives are impacted by Paddington.  Paddington uses politeness, marmalade, and a hard stare to make friends everywhere he goes.  This is a great story for kids and adults alike.  And Hugh Grant gives a performance that would make the late Robin Williams proud.  This is worth every dime.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m not at the top. I’m in the middle with my hair going gray, my belly popping out, and I’m starting to creak – Mr. Thomas

That’s Nuckle’s with an N – Nuckle’s

You are ok. You did nothing wrong. As long as you get a fair-minded judge – Paddington

I’m afraid we’re not going to London after all – Lucy

I guess I just colored him in – Mr. Buchanan

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