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White Boy Rick – Review

White Boy Rick – Budget of $29 million – 1 hour and 56 minutes

White Boy Rick
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Rick Sr and his son Rick Jr buy guns in Oklahoma to sell in Detroit.  While he can legally sell guns, it’s his homemade silencers that are the real problem.  Sr. uses those silencers as an upsell for his guns.  Rick Jr takes his dad’s advice and goes to the local auto body shop run by Detroit’s biggest dealer, Jackson, to sell the guns.  They buy Rick Jr’s guns but it’s his bravado that wins them over.  He is dubbed White Boy Rick and asked to come to the Skate and Roll by Booh (Jackson’s little cousin).   Rick goes home with money in his pocket but his family is falling apart.   His sister Dawn is a drug addict and is leaving with her drug-dealing boyfriend Ty.  And a gun his father sold was used in a murder.  Wanting an escape, Rick goes to the Skate and Roll and have fun.  But on is way home, three cops ask him to get in a car.   They give him money to buy drugs at one of Jackson’s house to help get dirt on Jackson.  If he doesn’t help, they will throw his father in jail.  Rick agrees and succeeds.  A few days later, the cops give him cocaine.  They tell him to make crack, get a crew, and sell it.  Any money Rick makes, he can keep.  They want Rick to get more information about the crew so they can make a better case.  But when Rick is shot, he is out of the game for 2 years.  But with one major life event, Rick decides to use his new knowledge to become the country’s youngest kingpins.

Based on a true story, it’s hard to believe everything happened in 3 short years.  Rick went from being a 14-year-old gun dealer to a 17-year-old drug kingpin.  However, when you watch the movie, you have to ask yourself one question: Who gave Ricky his start?  The cops, who gave him his first brick of cocaine to sell.  His dad, for not stopping his son and insisting Ricky do something different with his life.  The system, for not allowing Ricky back in school after he was a victim of a crime.  Ricky, for not seeing any other options for himself and his family.  Or all of the above.  A sad reality this movie points out is having more than 655 grams of cocaine in Detroit offered a stiffer penalty than murder.  So, dealers worried more about the weight of drugs they carried than the lives they took.  It was this dragnet that caught Ricky in the long run.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

What do you think dad is Ricky – Dawn

I didn’t steal the car. I borrowed it. Someone stole it from me – Ricky

Be a lion – Ricky Sr.

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A Simple Favor – Review

A Simple Favor – Budget of $20 million – 1 hour and 57 minutes

A Simple Favor
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Stephanie starts her vlog by saying hello to all her followers.  But before she starts her next project, she updates them on her friend Emily’s disappearance.  The two met five days ago because Stephanie’s son Miles wanted to have a playdate with Emily’s son Nicky.  Emily has them all back at her house.  And while the boys play, the two mom’s have martinis and talk. Stephanie reveals she is an English Lit major and homemaking guru.  She was widowed when her husband and brother died in the same car accident.  Because her husband left a life insurance policy, she can afford to be a single stay-at-home mother until 2020.  She likes to keep busy and uses her vlog as an outlet to help other moms.  Emily is the Director of Public Relations for a fashion designer.  She pursued her husband Sean and got him to marry her in a few months.  Sean wrote a successful book but hasn’t written anything in 10 years.  Now he is a college professor.  While everything looks great on the outside, the couple is house poor and in financial debt.  After a few more playdates, the two are at ease with each other.  So at ease that Emily asks Stephanie to watch her kid while she takes care of work.  The first pick up goes without incident, but the next is different.   Emily doesn’t come back, doesn’t answer calls, and doesn’t answer text.  Worried, Stephanie calls Sean in London with his sick mother.  Sean flies home and agrees that the police need to be called.  That was 5 days ago.  With a phony plane ticket, a car rental, and $4 million, Stephanie wonders what happened to her friend Emily.  Let’s hope Stephanie has some faith.

Based on the novel A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell, this movie is more than a roller coaster ride (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It is the entire theme park.  With out-of-this-world twists and turns, it’s hard to keep straight what is really going on.  And don’t take Stephanie’s innocent face for a sweet backstory.  She has plenty of skeletons in her closet that will make you cringe and want more.  These women together are one combustible mix that makes for a unique, fun, and intriguing movie.  This is the type of movie that makes you want to read the book.  See it now before someone ruins it for you.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Like my mom always said, lies are like margarine. Easy to spread but bad for the heart – Stephanie

The best thing I can do for Nicky is blow my brains out – Emily

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere – Sean

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A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. – Review

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.
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Cass’s watching the state by state results for the 2016 election when Frida crosses his path.  He takes a moment to talk to her.  Frida stopped at a food truck after she couldn’t get into a club.  Cass – a club promoter – tells her he “doesn’t do lines”.  And if she rolls with him, she won’t have to stand in line.  She turns him down and continues to eat.  He walks away with his friend and a group of women.  After an affirming conversation with his son, Cass’s joined by Frida.  She changed her mind and decided to come.  Once in the club, the two accidentally kiss.  In shock, Frida runs to the bathroom.  Cass joins her and they start to make out.  But when Cass goes a step too far, she leaves the club.  He offers to get her a ride but she brushes him off.  Then he turns away only to hear a commotion.  Two men are harassing Frida and he fights them off.  Cops witnessing this assumes Cass’s the perpetrator and slams him against a wall.  Frida screams to the cops that they are attacking the wrong guy.  With the 2 men in the wind, the cops leave Frida is awestruck and Cass bloody.  Having a guy fight for her instead of fighting her strikes a nerve in Frida.  The two will spend the rest of the night talking about their hopes and dreams while the world changes.

Amazingly this movie was shot all in one take.  It’s hardly noticeable until the camera has to readjust on the fly or the actors’ head is cut off.  But having a play on a street with multiple building, traffic patterns, and actors is a difficult orchestra of planning.  Because this is all in one take, you don’t delve too deep into what lead each character to their current positions in life.  Just that each was following a dream and now they are stuck.  But with the night’s conversation, their dream deferred will be their mission in life.  There are moments when your mind will drift as the two are quiet for long periods of time, so be prepared for that.  Also, while Cass’s dream is spoken, you won’t get to see it. Only imagine it.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Nobody ever gets what they really want – Frida

I’m just doing my job – Cass

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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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Loving – Review

Loving – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 3 minutes

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Sitting on a porch in Virginia, Mildred “String Bean” Jeter tells her boyfriend, Richard “Rich” Loving, she is pregnant. Absolutely elated by the news, Richard decides to marry Mildred, buy an acre of land, and build a house for them. Knowing it was illegal for them to get married in Virginia, they went to Washington, DC and came back to Virginia. They hung their marriage license over their bed. One night, based on an anonymous tip, the Sheriff came to their home hoping to catch them having sex, they found them sleeping. They were both put in jail. Rich stayed overnight and given bail, but Mildred was kept for days until the judge could hear her case. Also, Rich was not allowed to bail her out. Rich obtained a lawyer who told them to plead guilty, so they could avoid prison. With the plea, they got a 1 year suspended sentence and could not return to VA together for 25 years. They moved to DC, but it as a far cry from the country life they knew. Once Mildred was ready to give birth, she decided she wanted Rich’s mom to be the midwife. So in the dark of night, they traveled back to VA. After they baby, Sidney, was born, the Sheriff showed up on their doorstep to arrest them. With legal interference they were able to avoid jail, but told to leave VA again. Richard can see that Mildred is deeply sadden by city life and misses her family. But when an accident strikes, moving back to VA is the only option. Their choice will affect the entire United States.

This wonderful story is told with the quiet of the country in contrast to the busyness of the city. The Lovings didn’t set out to be a trial blazing couple, they just wanted to raise their children in VA without going to prison. Even though they had to fight the state, their friends and family were on their side. The world was not out to stop them, most were for their marriage. The two actors easily displayed the soft spoken nature of Mildred and Richard. They just loved each other and lived up to their surname. Remember, you may lose the small battles but you can win the big war. This true romance story is a great date movie. See it today and bring a tissue.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I’m pregnant – Mildred Loving

This won’t happen a second time – Frank

All this talk about civil rights, you need to get your civil rights – Mrs. Laurie

What you mean, I always drive like that – Raymond

You just got born in the wrong place, that’s all – Sheriff

One, two … a lot – Richard

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Trolls – Review

Trolls – Budget of $120 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Annually, in Bergentown, the Bergens get together to eat trolls. The Bergens believe that eating trolls is the only way they can ever be truly happy. Then on the day young Prince Gristle will get his first taste of troll, the trolls escape. King Peppy saves his daughter, Princess Poppy, and all the other trolls; and they live in peace for 20 years. Then Princess Poppy decides to throw an annual bash to celebrate their freedom, but Branch (party pooper troll) warns them that all the dancing and singing will lead to the Bergens finding them. During the party, Branch’s warning comes true. A handful of trolls are kidnapped by the Bergen Chef while other trolls hide. With a “burn returned” threat, Branch decides to help Princess Poppy get the kidnapped trolls before they can be eaten by the Bergens. They will make unbelievable allies and wild enemies on a true hair raising adventure.

This movie will be loved by parents and kids alike. This is a fun story with an even more impressive sound track (Trolls Soundtrack) (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It has all the twist and turn of a live action movie with a message only an animated film can deliver. You will dance in your seat, laugh out loud, and question yourself about your own happiness. And keep your eyes open for Cinderella and E.T. shoutouts in this movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This is worth 3D but be prepared to feel like you are covered in glitter. Stay past the 1st end crawl for a satisfying ending, but no need to stay past the 2nd end crawl.  DreamWorks has put together another beautifully crafted movie

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I say no troll left behind, I mean no troll left behind – King Peppy

I’m positive all of you are going to get eaten – Branch

Solid burn returned – Princess Poppy

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The Accountant

The Accountant – Budget of $44 million – 2 hours and 8 minutes

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Dana Cummings, an accountant at a state of the art robotics company, discovers a problem in the books. The CEO, Lamar Black, hires Christian Wolff to un-cook the books to see if her finding are real. Wolff is the best in the business, but that’s not all. What people don’t know is that he is a high functioning autistic man that was helped with military training and exposure therapy at the hands of his father. He has looked at the books for the world’s most dangerous criminals to find their missing money, but if they don’t live by his code … they die.

Agent Ray King, in his surveillance of criminal activity, has noticed a familiar man, called The Accountant. Since King will retire in a few months, he “recruits” the help of Agent Marybeth Medina to find and expose “The Accountant”. He wants the accountant’s connections and knowledge.

With enemies coming from all sides, the foothold under Wolff’s feet is slowly coming undone. The last thing Wolff needs is for his life to fall apart, because it can make him crack mentally. Can he maintain his foothold, dodge his enemies, and help Dana?

Well, do you like puzzles? If so, you are in for a real treat. While the present day story is linear, the flashbacks are not. Flashbacks jump from childhood to 2 months ago to 2 years ago to childhood. But each flashback deserves your undivided attention because everything you see will all be put together in the end. Anna doesn’t play a helpless damsel; she fights back and finds beauty in Wolff’s quirks. This amazing movie can also be a teaching tool and a speaking platform for people with autism.  With the help of mathematicians and autism specialist, this movie was well put together and in a class by itself.  This is a steal at full price.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Well you’re a liar, Medina – Ray King

When is someone else’s child, it’s a challenge. When is your child, it’s a problem – Chris’s Mother

Nice to see you – Christian Wolff

This company is my child – Lamar Black

What do you have to do to dent a steal thermos – Dana Cummings

I was old 10 years ago – Jay King

They’re not done – Chris’s Dad

This was a team effort – Marybeth Medina

Stand down – Braxton

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Deepwater Horizon

Deepwater Horizon – Budget of $165 million – 1 hour and 47 minutes

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The 126 Transocean crew members aboard the Deepwater Horizon, also called The Well from Hell, had no idea what was in store for them on April 2010. They didn’t know they would be the focus of the worst oil spill in US History. Mike Williams (Chief Electrical Tech), Jimmy Harrell (OIM), and Andrea Fleytas (Dynamic Positioning Operator) all head to the oil rig for 21 days. In these days they will complete the drill and start removing the mud. However, when they board, the BP testers are leaving. Jimmy is surprised because he knows that a crucial test could have not been completed. Jimmy learns that the cement test has not been done and the BP tester were told that it was too expensive. Mike and Jimmy argue with BP staffers, lead by Vidrine, that this is unsafe for the crew and the drill won’t hold. BP staffers remind the two that the project is 43 days over due and tens of millions over budget. They must start drilling to recoup the loses. Jimmy agrees, but only if the drill passes a Negative Pressure Test. The drill pipe fails the test miserably. Vidrine blames it on the Bladder Effect and tells the crew to run the test on the Kill Line. The Kill Line passes, but since the 2 test aren’t producing the same results, the crew wants to wait and get Jimmy’s approval. At the urging of Vidrine, Jimmy gives the approval and starts the drill. Slowly, the Well from Hell becomes real.

This movie, based on a New York Times article, will make your stomach turn and blood boil … but in a good way. As the team mentions everything wrong with the ship (blue screen of death, communications not work, and un-operational smoke detectors), it is ridiculous that they were honored that night with a consecutive safety award. Also, the numerous omens (birds, exploding projects, and breakdowns) that was hard to miss. This movie throughly explains each persons’ job, the characters’ story, and the rig/nautical jargon. Be prepared to get angry at BP and see real heroes unfold. Another great asset is the office banter. It’s was sharp, realistic, and truly funny. This cast worked well together and it showed. And keep your ears open. Throughout the movie, you will hear the names of the 11 killed mentioned, along with a touching tribute. This film does not hold back on how awful and preventable that day was for all involved.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You want the 30, 60, or 90 second love package – Mike Williams

Only time you worry about a marine is when he stops bitching – Felicia Williams

Aww. I had to – Jimmy Harrell

I only did not knock because I want a brother – Sydney Williams

My crew lives on it. You just rent it – Jimmy Harrell

Thank you – Andrea Fleytas

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#TheAccountant – Review

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The Accountant – Budget of $44 million – 2 hours and 8 minutes

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Dana Cummings, an accountant at a state of the art robotics company, discovers a problem in the books. The CEO, Lamar Black, hires Christian Wolff to un-cook the books to see if her finding are real. Wolff is the best in the business, but that’s not all. What people don’t know is that he is a high functioning autistic man that was helped with military training and exposure therapy at the hands of his father. He has looked at the books for the world’s most dangerous criminals to find their missing money, but if they don’t live by his code … they die.

Agent Ray King, in his surveillance of criminal activity, has noticed a familiar man, called The Accountant. Since King will retire in a few months, he “recruits” the help of Agent Marybeth Medina to find and expose “The Accountant”. He wants the accountant’s connections and knowledge.

With enemies coming from all sides, the foothold under Wolff’s feet is slowly coming undone. The last thing Wolff needs is for his life to fall apart, because it can make him crack mentally. Can he maintain his foothold, dodge his enemies, and help Dana?

Well, do you like puzzles? If so, you are in for a real treat. While the present day story is linear, the flashbacks are not. Flashbacks jump from childhood to 2 months ago to 2 years ago to childhood. But each flashback deserves your undivided attention because everything you see will all be put together in the end. Anna doesn’t play a helpless damsel; she fights back and finds beauty in Wolff’s quirks. This amazing movie can also be a teaching tool and a speaking platform for people with autism.  With the help of mathematicians and autism specialist, this movie was well put together and in a class by itself.  This is a steal at full price.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

Well you’re a liar, Medina – Ray King

When is someone else’s child, it’s a challenge. When is your child, it’s a problem – Chris’s Mother

Nice to see you – Christian Wolff

This company is my child – Lamar Black

What do you have to do to dent a steal thermos – Dana Cummings

I was old 10 years ago – Jay King

They’re not done – Chris’s Dad

This was a team effort – Marybeth Medina

Stand down – Braxton

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#DreamWorksTrolls – Review

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Trolls – Budget of $120 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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DreamWorks Trolls
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Annually, in Bergentown, the Bergens get together to eat trolls. The Bergens believe that eating trolls is the only way they can ever be truly happy. Then on the day young Prince Gristle will get his first taste of troll, the trolls escape. King Peppy saves his daughter, Princess Poppy, and all the other trolls; and they live in peace for 20 years. Then Princess Poppy decides to throw an annual bash to celebrate their freedom, but Branch (party pooper troll) warns them that all the dancing and singing will lead to the Bergens finding them. During the party, Branch’s warning comes true. A handful of trolls are kidnapped by the Bergen Chef while other trolls hide. With a “burn returned” threat, Branch decides to help Princess Poppy get the kidnapped trolls before they can be eaten by the Bergens. They will make unbelievable allies and wild enemies on a true hair raising adventure.

This movie will be loved by parents and kids alike. This is a fun story with an even more impressive sound track (Trolls Soundtrack) (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It has all the twist and turn of a live action movie with a message only an animated film can deliver. You will dance in your seat, laugh out loud, and question yourself about your own happiness. And keep your eyes open for Cinderella and E.T. shoutouts in this movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). This is worth 3D but be prepared to feel like you are covered in glitter. Stay past the 1st end crawl for a satisfying ending, but no need to stay past the 2nd end crawl.  DreamWorks has put together another beautifully crafted movie

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

When I say no troll left behind, I mean no troll left behind – King Peppy

I’m positive all of you are going to get eaten – Branch

Solid burn returned – Princess Poppy

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#MikeAndDaveNeedWeddingDates – Review

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Budget Unknown – 1 hour 38 minutes

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
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Mike and Dave Stangle have a bad history at family functions. They caused an explosion at their parents 4th of July party, caused an horrible accident at their cousins wedding, and almost killed their grandfather at his 50th birthday. Jeanie, their little sister, asked them to bring dates … nice girls … to her wedding; so they will not get riled up and ruin her wedding. So Mike and Dave create a Craigslist ad for nice girls to be their dates at the sister’s Hawaiian wedding. The ad goes viral and girls come from every direction. To narrow down their choices, Mike and Dave go on the Wendy Williams show. And who is watching … Tatiana and Alice.

Tatiana and Alice have been friends since grade school and work together as waitresses at Saki Bomb. Alice is still depressed that she was left at the alter and drinks to ease the pain. After getting fired, Tatiana sees the Stangle brothers on TV and decides that this is just what they both need. A vacation to forget the past. However, they are far from the nice girls Dave and Mike want. So they clean up their act and, instead of Craigslist, the find a different way to get the guys attention. And it works!!! Of course everyone in the Stangle family loves Tatiana and Alice, but the girls true colors show. The Stangle Brothers realize that Tatiana and Alice are just the female version of them. With an ATV to the face, well placed horses, some mystery bags, a crazy spa day, and a really big bush, this wedding is hanging on by a wire. Will the Stangle brothers or Tatiana and Alice cause the most damage?

Get ready to cover your eyes, cringe, and be shocked, but, be warned, the funniest parts are in the trailer … not the most shocking.  Based on the book, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: and a Thousand Cocktails, this movie does not take itself too seriously, even during the sappy moments they throw in a joke and try to make your laugh (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Now the key word in that sentence is try. Some jokes did fall flat or feel forced. And when the script started to lack, they just turned up the cursing or the sexual innuendos. With the raunchy comedy veterans these characters aren’t a stretch for them. This is a matinee if you like raunchy comedies but if you are on the fence, wait for Redbox.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars

I read most of the Goosebumps books and so did you – Dave

Dude it looks just like that Jesus rag – Tatiana

You be Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds and I will be Coolio – Mike

I got to call my stocks and check on my bonds – Alice

Mike, it will turn me on if you didn’t – Eric

I do … not – Luke

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