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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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#JusticeLeague and #ITonya – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Justice League – Review

Justice League – Budget of $300 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Lately, monsters who smell fear have been appearing in Gotham.  When Bruce destroys them, they leave an image behind of 3 squares.   Batman is sure of three things.  First, these are aliens. Second, these boxes mean something.  Three, he is going to need help.  After an intense battle, Wonder Woman explains the 3 boxes are the Mother Boxes. The three boxes were left on earth and keep apart. The boxes were hidden in Themyscira, Atlantis, and somewhere on earth. But with the world more divided than ever, the boxes have woken up and called Steppenwolf.  If the boxes come together, creating the Unity, Steppenwolf will rain terror on earth.  The world fought off Steppenwolf before and won. Now, he is determined to rule the world once and for all.  Bruce knows the team is tough but it needs a true leader.  In order to get the best leader, they must bring him back.

The graphics should only be on the big screen.  Since one of the main characters and the main villain are heavily CGI’ed, it takes away from some of the fight scenes.  It’s noticeable when the actor is replaced with a computer simulation.   Since 3 of the heroes didn’t have a movie to explain their origin story, the writers were tasked with making us care about them.  They succeeded.  Cyborg’s tumultuous relationship with his father, The Flash’s painful relationship with his father, and Aquaman’s distance from Atlantis are all explained in great detail.  Knowing what drives them breathes new life into the DC Universe movie.  The storyline brings you in and keeps your attention.  The movie features heart-wrenching moments along with some good laughs.  See this in theaters and stay past the end credits for a look at the future of the Justice League.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Hope is like car keys. Easy to lose but if you dig around, you can find it – Superman

Fear. I can smell it – Batman

Does anyone know I’m alive – Cyborg

Children. I work with children – Wonder Woman

So we’re the accidents – The Flash

The water talks – Aquaman

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I, Tonya – Review

I, Tonya – Budget of $11 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

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At a “soft 4”, Tonya could outskate girls twice her age and had the awards to prove it.  It was those skills and her mother’s dogged tenacity that landed her the top-notch coach Diane.  With constant barbs from her mother, Tonya did everything to prove she was worthy of love and a gold medal.  But as she got older, she learned the cold truth about figure skating.  The judges didn’t want someone who could just skate, they wanted a ‘wholesome’ girl with the right pedigree and money to represent America.  With Tonya’s rock music, blue nails, and homemade clothes, she would never be seen as the girl next door with a good family.  However, Tonya would never let the judges stand in her way.  And when she became the 1st woman to land a triple axel in a U.S. competition, she was guaranteed a spot on the Olympic Team.  But as the pressure mounted, a death threat, retractable baton, and a lying nobody will bring Tonya’s dreams to an end.

So, you think you know Tonya? Well, you are wrong.  This telling of Tonya’s story is more than just the “incident”.  It’s the story of a little girl who did anything and put up with everything to be loved but got abused.   However this story is interesting because you don’t feel bad for Tonya, you understand her, laugh, and respect her ups and down.  As each person is interviewed, you relive that moment with them.  During a fight, Tonya and Jeff tell their sides of the story in an interview while breaking the 4th wall during the fight.  It’s that compelling storytelling that will keep you interested.  This movie is eye-opening, funny, and raw.  A must see in the theaters.  And the best part, you will gain a new respect for the Triple Axel.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tonya is totally American – Diana

After the triple axel, everything changed – Jeff

She’s a soft four – LoVona

Yeah, that was me – Shawn

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Incident – Tonya

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#JusticeLeague, #TheStarMovie, and more – Movie Reviews

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Justice League – Review

Justice League – Budget of $300 million – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Lately, monsters who smell fear have been appearing in Gotham.  When Bruce destroys them, they leave an image behind of 3 squares.   Batman is sure of three things.  First, these are aliens. Second, these boxes mean something.  Three, he is going to need help.  After an intense battle, Wonder Woman explains the 3 boxes are the Mother Boxes. The three boxes were left on earth and keep apart. The boxes were hidden in Themyscira, Atlantis, and somewhere on earth. But with the world more divided than ever, the boxes have woken up and called Steppenwolf.  If the boxes come together, creating the Unity, Steppenwolf will rain terror on earth.  The world fought off Steppenwolf before and won. Now, he is determined to rule the world once and for all.  Bruce knows the team is tough but it needs a true leader.  In order to get the best leader, they must bring him back.

The graphics should only be on the big screen.  Since one of the main characters and the main villain are heavily CGI’ed, it takes away from some of the fight scenes.  It’s noticeable when the actor is replaced with a computer simulation.   Since 3 of the heroes didn’t have a movie to explain their origin story, the writers were tasked with making us care about them.  They succeeded.  Cyborg’s tumultuous relationship with his father, The Flash’s painful relationship with his father, and Aquaman’s distance from Atlantis are all explained in great detail.  Knowing what drives them breathes new life into the DC Universe movie.  The storyline brings you in and keeps your attention.  The movie features heart-wrenching moments along with some good laughs.  See this in theaters and stay past the end credits for a look at the future of the Justice League.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Hope is like car keys. Easy to lose but if you dig around, you can find it – Superman

Fear. I can smell it – Batman

Does anyone know I’m alive – Cyborg

Children. I work with children – Wonder Woman

So we’re the accidents – The Flash

The water talks – Aquaman

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The Star – Review

The Star – Budget of $18 million – 1 hour and 26 minutes

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Nine months BC, a simple mill donkey dreams of joining a traveling caravan with his friend Dave the Dove. After trying to escape for 6 months, he gives up all hope. Then an older donkey helps him break free. During his escape, his is chased by the miller and hurts his hoof. He finds a place to hide but is discovered by a pregnant Mary. Earlier that year, Mary was visited by an angel who told her she would become pregnant and give birth to the Messiah. Mary names the donkey Boaz, Bo for short, and puts a splint on his injured hoof. Joseph is not a fan of the donkey but is given a bigger shock when he learns his wife is pregnant. After praying, Joseph accepts the pregnancy and vows to raise the child. When Mary and Joseph leave to participate in the census, a king’s soldier and 2 guard dogs, Rufus and Thaddeus, break into the home. At the king’s order, they were sent to find Mary and destroy the baby. Hearing this Bo must find Mary and save their baby.

The greatest story ever told through the eyes of the animals that witness everything. Be advised, the writers stated they took some liberties with the story but the base is still present. Parents don’t worry, they never use the word virgin, sex, or kill. But still get the message across about faith and love between Joseph, Mary, and God. It’s a good introduction to the story of Christmas for young children. One of the funniest moments is seeing Bo imitate Mary and Joseph.  Also, the wise men’s camels are hilarious in all of their scenes.  It’s charming, witty, and informative of the meaning of Christmas. While this is not a “full price” movie, it is a great matinee movie for the kids to start a conversation about Christmas.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Just like we planned with a momentary near death hiccup – Dave

That’s my workshop – Joseph

Wise men don’t get lost – Deborah

Debbie is as crazy as a box of rocks – Felix

That, Felix, is money and no taste – Cyrus

Awww, I was just starting to get a bit of the flavor – Rufus

Sheep are usually better at following, but I will do my best – Ruth

Thank you. Do you say “Thank you”? Yes. It will be done as you say – Mary

I should have listened to you and given up a long time ago – Bo

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Wonder – Review

Wonder – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 53 minutes

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August “Auggie” Pullman is your typical 10-year-old.  He likes Minecraft, sports, his family, and outer space.  He has a sister and best friend named Olivia (also called Via).  She is loving, strong, and self-sufficient.  With school starting, she is concerned about her brother and that her best friend Miranda is pulling away.  On her 4th birthday, she wished for a baby brother; but she had no idea how it would change her life and relationship with her parents.  Nate is Auggie and Via “cool” dad.  He can always provide a quick laugh to his family but worries about Auggie’s next phase in life.  Isabel Pullman is a confident mom who homeschooled Auggie but believes he is ready for a change.  The change is Auggie’s first day of middle school.  While most students would blend in, Auggie will always stand out.  He was born with a genetic facial deformity.  After 27 surgeries, he can hear, see, breathe, and look better but he will always be different.  This day will have a ripple effect on his family and classmates.

Based on the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio, this story is beautifully adapted to film (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It starts by giving several different points of view of Auggie’s first day.  First, Auggie.  The young, scared boy met with a few students before the first day and they left a bad taste in his mouth.  Second, Via.  She whispers words of encouragement to Auggie, then leaves for school. She feels ignored but must continue to be understanding. So Miranda ignoring her; leaves her alone. Third, Jack Will. He is a scholarship kid who is asked by the principal and his mom to be nice to the new kid. Finally, Miranda. With divorcing parents, she escapes at summer camp. But her escape keeps her away from Via. In the second half of the movie, all these stories come together to tell a moving story about choosing kindness and strength. It is a movie that will draw you in and make you wonder. Just wonder. See this with your children and ignore the PG rating. All kids should see this film with their parents and discuss.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

It’s like leading a lamb to the slaughter and you know it – Nate

It will be fine – Isabel

It’s ok to laugh. I know – Mr. Tushman

The family revolved around the son, not the daughter – Via

You know you can call me anytime – Miranda

You can tell a lot about somebody from their shoes – Auggie

I like this school. I have friends here – Julian

If I looked like him, I would kill myself – Jack

I don’t like being accused of things – Summer

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Lady Bird – Review

Lady Bird – Budget of $10 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Senior year and Christine, who prefers to be called Lady Bird, is trying to figure out life.  Her father Larry has lost his job and feeling down.  Her mother Marion is a mental health nurse who is strong but very critical.  While, Marion wants her daughter to stay at home, for emotional, safety, and financial concerns, Lady Bird wants to leave Sacremento.  She considers her hometown the “Mid-West of California”.  She wants to go to school on the east coast, but it’s 2002 and America just witness the 9/11 attacks.  As the end of her senior year approaches, Lady Bird has to discover her true friends, the effects of her words, the feelings of others, and that dramatic actions have dramatic consequences.

This movie is an independent darling.  It hits with a strong punch of humor by pulling everyday conversations we have had with our friends and family and putting it on the screen.  In one scene, Marion and Lady Bird are arguing and in a split second, they are marveling over a dress.  These coming-of-age films are not new, with movies like Edge of Seventeen, Breaking Legs, and Ingrid Goes West, the main character is noticeable flawed but gains some strength when they notice the world around them.  If you are a lover of independent movies, see it a full price.  Otherwise, matinee price is a better option.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

I wish I could live through something – Lady Bird

No one’s asking you to be perfect. Just consider it – Marion

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Review – Budget of $250 million – 2 hours 31 minutes

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With Batman watching over Gotham and Superman watching over Metropolis, you would believe they would be on the same side of the law. However, as time passes, the world is turning on Superman because, like with any war, there is collateral damage to his heroism. Soon Lois Lane discovers that outside forces maybe the cause of the world’s contempt of Superman. And this world of contempt includes Batman. Batman believes that being all powerful, can’t be controlled … so Superman must be stopped. Superman just wants the world to see him as a hero, not a villain or a god. This battle of moral right and wrong is epic.

This is truly an origins story for the Justice League. Even though it may seem to lag, every scene is necessary. The dream of a battle between Superman and Batman comes to life and far beyond the imagination. Keep your eyes open for all Justice League nuances. Although this is worth seeing for full price, it is not worth seeing in 3D. Often, the reflection of light will cause the 3D blur during important scenes. You will cheer, be shocked, and amazed. DC comic fans will be pleased. FYI, DON’T watch pass the end crawl.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

We’re gonna find your mom. Where is she? – Bruce Wayne

Speech, speech, blah, blah, blah, open bar, the end – Lex Luthor

Consider this mercy – Superman

This means something – Lois Lane

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