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Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars – Budget of $300 – 400 million – 2 hours and 29 minutes

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Centuries ago, Thanos loved his land of Titan but he feared that the growing population would use up all the finite resources, causing devastation. His solution was to eliminate half the population to save everyone else. While some would call this genocide, Thanos called it mercy. Now, Thanos prophecy came true and Titan is rubble. So Thanos wants to save the galaxy from suffering the same fate Titan did. To do this, the must find the 6 infinity stones and insert them into his glove. And with a snap of his finger, he can show mercy to the galaxy and remove half the population. However, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther & Wakanda, Spiderman, and Dr. Strange will do everything to stop him.

So there will be NO spoilers what so ever in this review. With that said, this movie is the ultimate culmination of the 18 films before it (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Each character, you have grown to love, keeps their personalities while delving into new areas and interactions they never have before.  You will see the perfect mash-up of personalities in new and old territories.  You will laugh, cry, be amazed, and shocked like never before.  The end will leave you … well … dumbfounded and oddly satisfied while wanting more.  See this movie before someone spoils it for you. And if you have seen it, keep the ending quiet. This should go without saying but stay past the end credits for a sneak peek into the future.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

We have a Spider-Man and an Ant-Man? – Iron Patriot/War Machine

Who? – Dr. Strange

Thanos is coming. He’s coming – Hulk

I told you, you would pay for that – Thor

I should have stayed on the bus – Spider-Man

I’m gonna get a Bowflex. And I’m gonna commit – Star-Lord

Now you have tears – Gamora

Get up. This is no place to die – Black Panther

He did it again – Mantis

For an hour – Drax

Can I have the arm – Rocket

Why was she up there the whole time – Okoye

Go save the wizard – Iron Man

I am Groot – Groot

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Review

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – Budget of $65 million – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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Mavis realizes the more she and her father Dracula work together, the less time they spend together as a family.  She wants to make sure Dennis knows his grandfather.  So, Mavis books a cruise with several stops and the final stop being the Bermuda Triangle.  At first, Dracula isn’t impressed because he believes a cruise boat is just a hotel on the water.  But he changes his mind when he sees Captain Ericka.  Dracula hasn’t told his family, but he has been feeling lonely and wishes he can feel the “zing” again.  He hasn’t felt it since his wife died.  So, having that “zing” come back the moment he sees Ericka puts a pep in his step.  But Dracula doesn’t know that Ericka is the great-granddaughter of his arch nemesis Abraham Van Helsing.  And she has one mission, to retrieve an item to destroy all of monster-kind, including Dracula.

This movie falls in line with the Hotel Transylvania franchise (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has enough kid humor to keep children entertained while providing the musical score parents will love.  This movie features a DJ mix off you will never forget.  While it does have several aspects you will love, it starts to get boring and predictable.  Your mind will start to wander.  However, it does provide a message of love and loss that children and adult will understand.  See this movie matinee

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

She’s my right arm’s cousin – Frank

When will you Van Helsing learn to get go of that – Dracula

Yes, I’m human but don’t hold that against me – Ericka

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Review

Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Budget of $35 – 45 million – 2 hours and 2 minutes

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The U.S. Government want to add Mexican Drug Cartels to the terrorist list after several suicide bombers attacked on American soil with the cartels’ help.  At first, they consider going after the head of the cartel.  However, Graver knows this approach will only create more cartels.  Graver decides to start a cartel war by going after the kingpin’s children.  He will kidnap Isabel with the help of Alejandro.  And during the kidnapping, they will make Isabel think they are saving her in order to gain her confidence.  But when the mission changes Isabel and Alejandro are collateral damage that must be dealt with immediately.  Will Graver hurt or help this situation?

The second act of Sicario, this movie is not a continuation of the first but still keeps the same momentum (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It has lots of action and twists to keep you entertained.  But some moments are just dull and slow.  It was bloody, violent, and with government cover-ups, however, it never fully captivated the audience.  The stand-out moment was the US/Mexican shootout near the border.   It provided more action in that one scene than most action movies have it their entirety.  If you are a fan of the first, you will enjoy this one.  To newcomers, you don’t need to see the first to watch the second.  Also, there is a great potential for a part 3. But this won’t be the cult classic the first movie became.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

You believe that change is the goal. You have been doing this too long to believe that – Cynthia

Remember what happened to the price of cocaine after 9/11. Tight borders are good for business – Gravers

So you want to be Sicario. Sit down. Let’s talk about your future – Alejandro

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Uncle Drew – Review

Uncle Drew – Budget of $17 – 19 million – 1 hour and 43 minutes

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Uncle Drew was the biggest name in Rucker tournament.  However, after a clash with his team members, none of the 5 players showed up.  Now, the tournament has a $100,000 prize and creates legends.  Dax is a Ruckers coach who has lost his players, girlfriend, and home.  He needs this $100,000 to get his life back on track.  As he sits on the sidelines, literally and figuratively, trying to figure out what to do, he sees an old man teaching a young man about the game.  Dax, like most onlookers, laughs at the elderly man, until he starts to win.  Dax quickly finds Drew and ask him to be on his team.  Drew tells Dax it has to be his team and his rooster.  Dax tries to counter but Drew breaks him down.  Dax and Drew go on a road trip to find:

  1. Boots – on a psychiatric hold and in a wheelchair
  2. Big Fella – a Karate instructor
  3. Lights – blind
  4. Preacher – A preacher with a wife who WILL find him

While they all get closer, Drew and Dax are both keeping a secret.  Dax isn’t opening up about his missed hoop dreams and lack of love.  Drew isn’t opening up about his role in the team’s break up.  In order for the team to become a family, everything must come out into the light.

While this movie is better than expected, it’s what you expect.  It has some laughs, some heart, and some good basketball.  The team not only play in the Rucker Tournament, they also play against high school girls.  This movie also has a lot of messages.  First about letting go of the past.  Second, keep playing.  Three, don’t let your pride get in your way.  Even though it has all these messages, it doesn’t get preachy.  So if you are looking for a decent laugh, see this movie matinee.  If you love basketball, wait for Netflix or Vudu.  Stick during the end credits for bloopers and behind the scenes shots.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

A bag of Dax makes more sense – Mookie

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Uncle Drew

You’re Gladys Knight and they’re the Pips – Dax

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#Deadpool2 – Movie Review

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Deadpool 2 – Budget of $110 million – 1 hour and 59 minutes

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With the power of Deadpool, Wade’s mercenary work has gone international.  He travels to Hong Kong, Thailand, and more to kill worse bad guys.  But in a moment, Wade losses everything and wants to commit suicide.  After a failed attempt, Colossus picks up Wade’s pieces and brings him back to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.  Wade ignores Colossus’s invitation to the X-Men until Colossus repeats words Wade heard in a premonition. Deadpool becomes an X-Men trainee.  The first job is the Essex orphanage for Mutants.  A mutant called Firefist (real name Russell) is having a standoff with the staff.  As Deadpool talks to the kid, he realizes the child is being abused.  Deadpool decides to settle the dispute with bullets.  After being overpowered, Deadpool and Firefist are fitted with collars which impair their abilities.  Firefist sees him and Deadpool as a team but Deadpool wants to be left alone to die.  Firefist holds out hope until a man blast through the prison with a metal arm.  Cable had come back from the future with one goal.  Kill the kid to save the world.  During a battle between Cable and Deadpool, Firefist hears Deadpool say he doesn’t care about him.  Heartbroken, Firefist becomes friends with the biggest guy in the yard.  Not for protection but to exact revenge on the staff that abused him.  Once Deadpool knows the Firefist in trouble, he will do anything to save him.   But Deadpool knows he can’t stop Cable on his own.  It’s time to get X-Force together and make the chimichanga.

While it’s hard to believe Deadpool could be topped, this one does it with more wit, battles, and visual effects.  Like it’s predecessor, Deadpool knows this is a movie.  Deadpool goes into detail that this movie is a “family” movie.  And of course, most family movies start with a murder.  Don’t they?  This movie pokes fun at itself, Marvel movies, the DC universe, and Frozen (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It even takes a swipe at Logan for riding its coattails and creates an HFS opera.  The visual effects are creative, daring, and awe-inspiring.  While the dialog is unlike any other.  Deadpool continues to be in a class by itself with this sequel.  While paying homage to Stan Lee, it steals a classic scene from Basic Instinct and provides an ending no one will see coming (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s going to be impossible to top this.  Oh and stay past the 1st end credits, not the second.  Deadpool will be doing what we have all wanted to see him do.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Give him a chance – Negasonic Teenage Warhead

I’m gonna need a bus to get all you kids out – Domino

Is your hand small again – Alice

I should go back to the car – Dopinder

They both have handles – Weasel

I have something in my jail wallet – Firefist

You’re welcome, Canada – Deadpool

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#InfinityWars, #IFeelPretty, and more – Movie Reviews

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Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars – Review

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity Wars – Budget of $300 – 400 million – 2 hours and 29 minutes

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Centuries ago, Thanos loved his land of Titan but he feared that the growing population would use up all the finite resources, causing devastation. His solution was to eliminate half the population to save everyone else. While some would call this genocide, Thanos called it mercy. Now, Thanos prophecy came true and Titan is rubble. So Thanos wants to save the galaxy from suffering the same fate Titan did. To do this, the must find the 6 infinity stones and insert them into his glove. And with a snap of his finger, he can show mercy to the galaxy and remove half the population. However, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther & Wakanda, Spiderman, and Dr. Strange will do everything to stop him.

So there will be NO spoilers what so ever in this review. With that said, this movie is the ultimate culmination of the 18 films before it (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Each character, you have grown to love, keeps their personalities while delving into new areas and interactions they never have before.  You will see the perfect mash-up of personalities in new and old territories.  You will laugh, cry, be amazed, and shocked like never before.  The end will leave you … well … dumbfounded and oddly satisfied while wanting more.  See this movie before someone spoils it for you. And if you have seen it, keep the ending quiet. This should go without saying but stay past the end credits for a sneak peek into the future.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

We have a Spider-Man and an Ant-Man? – Iron Patriot/War Machine

Who? – Dr. Strange

Thanos is coming. He’s coming – Hulk

I told you, you would pay for that – Thor

I should have stayed on the bus – Spider-Man

I’m gonna get a Bowflex. And I’m gonna commit – Star-Lord

Now you have tears – Gamora

Get up. This is no place to die – Black Panther

He did it again – Mantis

For an hour – Drax

Can I have the arm – Rocket

Why was she up there the whole time – Okoye

Go save the wizard – Iron Man

I am Groot – Groot

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I Feel Pretty – Review

I Feel Pretty – Budget of $32 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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Renee works for the small IT department for LeClaire Magazine.  She is tired of sitting in a small basement office in Chinatown.  She wants to work in the Manhatten office with all the other employees.  She considers applying for the receptionist job.  But she is hindered by her insecurities when she notices that everyone in the Manhattan looks like a model.  To get her spirits up, she decides to start working out again and falls, bumping her head twice.  When she wakes up, she is overcome with self-confidence.  Even though she looks the same to everyone else, her confidence shines through.  She starts going after the job, man, and the life she wants.

Renee’s confidence is contagious.  It’s easy to see that attitude is everything.   However, this movie does warn the viewer of confidence becoming cockiness.  As Renee starts to succeed, she starts to hurt her friends and boyfriend.  And while we laugh at Renee’s renewed openness, you (and Renee) learn that every woman has self-esteem issues.  With the great concept of this movie, the jokes are uninspired and Michelle William’s voice is worse than nails on a chalkboard.  If you want to kill 2 hours with a few laughs and a self-esteem boost, see this movie at the matinee price.  Otherwise, wait for On Demand.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I’d rather you not hear the splash – Mason

Right after your jailhouse pink eye clears up – Ethan

Good for her – Grant

They’re the same – Renee

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Traffik – Review

Traffik – Budget of $4 million – 1 hour and 36 minutes

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Brea is an investigative journalist that just got scooped for her big story.  She is furious that her year-long investigation of real-estate corruption was turned into a fluff piece.  She gives her boss a piece of her mind and leaves.  Knowing she may not have a job, Brea still goes out to her birthday dinner with her boyfriend John, his friend Darren, and her friend (Darren’s girlfriend) Malia.  She tries to put on a brave face but she eventually cracks and tells them the truth.  After Darren spills the beans, John tells Brea that he is taking her away for a weekend so she can leave all her stress behind.  On their way up the mountain, John and Brea stop for gas.  John is harassed by bikers while Brea talks to Cara.  Brea can tell something is wrong with Cara but doesn’t have the nerve to ask.  Brea goes to meet John only to see he is in a fight with bikers.  Deputy Sally sees the fight and tells the bikers to back off.  John and Brea leave only to be chased by the bikers later.  They lose the bikers and head to the vacation home.  They have a lovely time until Darren comes unannounced with Malia.  John is furious and in the middle of an argument, John hears ringing from Brea’s purse.  Brea knows its not her phone and suspects it’s Cara.  After unlocking the phone, she finds evidence of a sex trafficking ring.  When Cara comes looking for her phone, the two couples will be in a life and death situation.

When making a movie about a $150 billion dollar business with millions of victim, you would expect a stronger storyline about sex trafficking.  Accept 60% of the movie is about John and Brea’s relationship, 10% about John and Darren’s relationship, and 10% about Darren and Malia’s relationship. That only leaves 20% of the movie for trafficking victims.  You are so far removed from the problem, it doesn’t feel real.  You would expect faces of real victims to run with the credits, but you get nothing but highway.  For such a serious topic with plenty of real-life stories, you would just expect more.  This is a movie for Lifetime, not the big screen.

I give it 1.5 out of 5 stars

Let them come – Brea

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Only The Brave – Budget of $38 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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Eric Marsh is the superintendent of the Prescott Fire Crew. They work on containing and stopping forest fires. While he loves his job, he hates the disrespect he receives from Hot Shots. Hot Shots are the top forest firefighters. They make the decision and the rules. And Marsh has seen their decisions cost people their homes and lives. He knows that he and his crew are the best and hopes they will be certified as Hot Shots. He has 17 great crew members but is looking for more. He gets 2 new men. He fills one spot with a Legacy and another with Brenden. Brenden is trying to trail a new path in his life since becoming a father. He has been sober for a few months and wants to provide a good living. Marsh’s men work hard and they get good news. The Wildland Division Chief, Duane Steinbrink, is going to fight to ensure that Prescott Fire Crew become the first municipal team to become a Hot Shot crew in the USA.

Based on Granite Mountain by Brendan McDonough, this ‘based on real events’ movie is a story of brotherhood, triumph, and pain (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While you can’t get to know each person individually, you will see the real men at the end. It’s hard to see how much went wrong on the day of the Yarnell Hill Fire, but its great to see how one man honored so many. This movie has the same fight as The 33 but with a much different ending. You will leave with a heartfelt understanding of how firefighters view wildlands; not beautiful but as fuel. This should be seen on the big screen to appreciate the strength of the fire. It rolls through the forest like snow in an avalanche. It is awe strikingly disastrous. Be prepared to tear up dooming the end credits.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Cause you’re smarter than I am when we squabble and it pisses me off – Marsh

Can you get that can – Jesse

We’re a real family – Mac

If you give me a chance, I won’t let you down – Brendan

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Geostorm – Review

Geostorm – Budget of $81 million – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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After several horrific weather events, scientists from 17 different countries got together to bring Jake’s design to fruition.  That design is called Little Dutchboy.  Little Dutchboy puts a net of satellites around the world.  If any major weather event is detected, countermeasures are taken to stop that event.   Although the world loves Jake for his design, the government is not happy.  He turned on Little Dutchboy without government approval.  Jake feels that government red tape would have taken too long and lives were hanging in the balance.  So he took the initiative and started the program.  But since Jake refuses to play ball, he is fired and replaced with his brother Max.  Sadly, Max has to deliver the news.  Three years later, Jake has lost his job, home, wife, money, and daughter.  So he is surprised to walk outside and see Max talking to his daughter Hannah.  Max informs Jake of a malfunction in Little Dutchboy.  Somehow, it froze a small desert village in Afghanistan and killed over 300 people.  Jake has been asked to go up to the International Space Station and fix the satellites.  Once at the space station, Jake learns this anomaly was not a malfunction but a hack.  Jake, Max, and Max’s girlfriend Sarah (a secret service agent) must work together to save the planet.  If they fail, the satellites will make several murderous storms that will merge together to create a Geostorm.

This is a compelling story of Machine vs God.  Now be forewarned, this movie talks about global warming but doesn’t say the words.  While the story is a reminder of Armageddon, it is fun to watch (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The graphics are amazing as lightning strikes hit Florida, searing heat melts Russia, and tsunamis take out Dubai.   The storyline of machines controlling the weather and sabotage is compelling.
However, the “why” the hack is being done, is not new or special.  On the other hand, how the hack is done and how deep the sabotage goes is impressive.  Also, the subplot of Sarah and Max & Dina and Max is witty and smart.  So, see this movie in theaters at the matinee price. If you love graphics, watching things blow up, and an okay storyline, this is the movie for you.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Are you seriously asking that question – Hannah

Just roll over – Max

I will not be the president to hand over damaged goods. Not now. Not ever – President Palmer

I observe. We are trained to notice disturbing details – Sarah

I got you – Jake

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Only The Brave – Review

Only The Brave – Budget of $38 million – 2 hours and 13 minutes

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Only The Brave
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Eric Marsh is the superintendent of the Prescott Fire Crew. They work on containing and stopping forest fires. While he loves his job, he hates the disrespect he receives from Hot Shots. Hot Shots are the top forest firefighters. They make the decision and the rules. And Marsh has seen their decisions cost people their homes and lives. He knows that he and his crew are the best and hopes they will be certified as Hot Shots. He has 17 great crew members but is looking for more. He gets 2 new men. He fills one spot with a Legacy and another with Brenden. Brenden is trying to trail a new path in his life since becoming a father. He has been sober for a few months and wants to provide a good living. Marsh’s men work hard and they get good news. The Wildland Division Chief, Duane Steinbrink, is going to fight to ensure that Prescott Fire Crew become the first municipal team to become a Hot Shot crew in the USA.

Based on Granite Mountain by Brendan McDonough, this ‘based on real events’ movie is a story of brotherhood, triumph, and pain (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While you can’t get to know each person individually, you will see the real men at the end. It’s hard to see how much went wrong on the day of the Yarnell Hill Fire, but its great to see how one man honored so many. This movie has the same fight as The 33 but with a much different ending. You will leave with a heartfelt understanding of how firefighters view wildlands; not beautiful but as fuel. This should be seen on the big screen to appreciate the strength of the fire. It rolls through the forest like snow in an avalanche. It is awe strikingly disastrous. Be prepared to tear up dooming the end credits.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Cause you’re smarter than I am when we squabble and it pisses me off – Marsh

Can you get that can – Jesse

We’re a real family – Mac

If you give me a chance, I won’t let you down – Brendan

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The Snowman – Review

The Snowman – Budget of $35 million – 1 hours and 59 minute(s)

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Detective Harry Hole wakes up from a drunken stupor in a shed during the dead of winter. He staggers into the Oslo Police Department with the hopes of getting work. His boss tells Harry he is lucky to have a job. He won’t give Harry a case until he cleans himself up. Harry tells his boss that having a case would force him to clean up his act. But his boss walks away. Later, Harry receives a letter. The writer states he will build a snowman for the next victim and how that person will be murdered. At first, Harry sees it as a prank but when he sees Detective Katrine Bratt confidential files, Harry concludes this the work of a serial killer. Henry and Katherine must work together to find the snowman before he kills another victim. But Katrina’s past will have a lasting effect on the case and herself.

Based on The Snowman by Jo NesbØ, this is a very slow, disjointed story with an unnecessary subplot about a man in the 2018 Olympic Bid (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You sit and hope someone will die just to get the story moving along. This thriller was better suited for the small screen. However, when you look closely, you will see this is book 7 of a series of 10 books. This was a horrible way to start a film series. Wait until this movie is on free TV.

I give it 1 out of 5 stars

You gonna lecture me about drinking – Oleg

I’ll take it – Harry

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