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#BlackPanther – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Black Panther – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 14 minutes

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After watching his father T’Chaka die at the U.N. conference, Prince T’Challa isn’t worried about becoming the king.  He is saddened to do it without his father.  However, his mother Ramonda tells T’Challa his father has been looking forward to the day his son would take the throne.  However, before he can take the throne, other royals from other tribes are allowed to challenge him to a fight.  Stripped of his Black Panther powers, T’Challa is challenged by a member of the Jabari tribe.  In a battle of strength and wit, T’Challa wins.  He is graced with the Black Panther power again starts his rule.  His rule’s first threat is the theft of one of their vibranium relics by Ulysses Klaue.  Decades ago with the help of T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu, Klaue snuck into Wakanda.  Klaue stole a large stash of vibranium and set off a bomb that killed many Wakandans.  T’Challa and the Wakandans have been looking for him and feel this is their chance to make him pay for his crimes.  T’Challa, Nakia (his ex), Okoye (his general), and Shuri (his sister and technical designer) go undercover to find the relic and Klaue before he can sell it to an American buyer.  After a long fought battle on the streets of South Korea, they believe they have Klaue in their clutches.  But he is aided in an escape by a masked man.  T’Challa notices something special about this man, he is wearing the same royal ring T’Challa wears.  This masked man will bring chaos to Wakanda with the hope of world domination. But it’s the masked man’s history that will leave T’Challa questioning everything he knows about his father, their history, and Wakanda’s place in the world.

Wow.  Just Wow.  The attention to detail in each costume, makeup, and scenes will leave you in awe.  This complex storyline will leave you choosing sides like Professor X and Magneto.  Both men want Wakanda to thrive but have different paths on how it should develop.  One man believes the tradition of keeping Wakanda’s abilities a secret because the world can not handle it, should continue.  He wants to help by defending other nations when needed but always in secret.  The other man wants Wakanda to thrive by sharing its knowledge, those who don’t yield will be broken.  This movie covers issues of colonization, self-help, and community/global involvement.  While 3D is not needed to enjoy this film, Dolby is a must.  With everything to love about this movie, the beginning felt extremely rushed.  It when through Wakanda’s history and Erik’s motivation in 10 minutes.  It was a lot to absorb.  10 more minutes to allow the viewers to delve into deeper should have been granted.  This should go without saying but stay past the end credits. And don’t worry, Stan Lee makes the party along with Eric Killmonger’s mask.  Also, if you miss the first 10 minutes of the movie, you will miss everything.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

This never gets old – Black Panther

Show him who you are – Ramonda

Naw, I’m just feeling it – Erik

For Wakanda, without question – Okoye

A father who has not prepared their child to go on without him has failed as a father – T’Chaka

This corset is tight. Let’s say with get this over with – Shuri

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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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#ThorRagnarok and #OrientExpressMovie – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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Thor: Ragnarok – Review

Thor: Ragnarok – Budget of $180 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes

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Thor has been working to stop the prophecy of the Asgard’s demise called Ragnarok.  However, when he gets home, he learns that the 9 realms are falling apart.  Thor knows his father would never let that happen, so he confronts him and exposes that it is Loki.  Thor demands to be taken to their father.  Oden lets his sons know that Hela is on her way.  She is the Goddess of Death, bent on revenge, and their sister.  As the oldest, Hela feels she is the rightful heir to the throne.  She despises Oden for changing his way and locking her away.  While absorbing the news of a new found sister, Thor and Loki stand before her.  During the fight, Loki calls for Heimdall.  But all three are swept up in the Bitfröst Bridge while still fighting.  Hela throws Loki and Thor out; she heads to Asgard to rule while the brothers land on the planet Sakaar.  Hela sets her sights on taking over all the realms and by destroying everything in her path.  Her only obstacle: someone stole the Bitfröst Sword.  She must find it to continue her domination.

Thor, without his hammer, is confronted by Sakaar locals.  But soon Scrapper 142 finds him and marks him as a contender.  Thor is set to be in the Grand Master’s game and face the Grand Master’s Champion.  Thor worries that without his hammer, he will fail.  But he will learn the truth about Scrapper 142, the Grand Master’s Champion, Loki’s whereabouts, Hela’s power, Ragnarok, and what it truly means to be the God of Thunder.

Be prepared to laugh and be in awe.  When there isn’t a physical battle, you are given a verbal battle.  Sakaar is given its own color palette which completely separates it from Asgard.  New characters are introduced with clear and concise backstories which allows them to shine with their own personalities.  Since this movie is one of the funniest in the Marvel series, the humor causes the special effects to be more cartoonish than realistic.  So, the Hulk looks like a cartoon next to a real object.  At times it just doesn’t blend.  Don’t worry, you will get the joy of cameos from Stan Lee and Dr. Strange.  As well as post end credit scenes.  So see this movie at full price and IMAX, before someone tells to much.  3D is not necessary

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Please don’t cut my hair – Thor

I’m just a janitor – Skurge

I have been falling for 30 minutes – Loki

Let’s call it a tie – Grandmaster

I see you. But you are far away – Heimdall

Thor, I think I’m freaking out – Bruce Banner

Many apologies your highness – Valkyrie

Now you look just like father – Hela

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Murder on the Orient Express – Review

Murder on the Orient Express – Budget of $55 million – 1 hour and 54 minutes

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Murder on the Orient Express
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World famous detective Hercule Poirot just finished a case at The Wailing Wall and wants to take a vacation.  Just as he is planning to relax, he gets a new case from London and must return.  Poirot’s friend Bouc (director of the Orient Express) offers him a ride on the full train.  During a dessert service, Poirot is approached by Samuell Ratchett.  Ratchett has received several death threats and wants to hire Poirot as his bodyguard.  During the night, Poirot sees someone running in a red robe and hears noises coming from Ratchett’s room.  The butler knocks on the door, hears “It’s nothing”, and walks away.  Poirot goes to his room and sleeps.  Later an avalanche, the train derails and leaves them all stranded together.  The butler knocks on everyone’s door but when Ratchett doesn’t answer, Poirot opened the door.  Inside Ratchett is dead with 12 stab wounds to the chest.  Poirot finds a partially destroyed note, a bloody handkerchief with the letter “H” on it, and a cup of barbital drugged coffee.  Poirot must discover the killer before the train is back on the tracks.

Based on the novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, this movie has to be watched twice (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  There is so much going on with so many characters, it’s hard to keep up.  While telling a grim tale, it does provide a few laughs at the human condition.  You feel an urge to solve the mystery along with Poirot.  This movie allows you to come up with your own theories as Poirot questions each suspect.  But be warned this movie DOES follow the book; no new suspects, plots, or murders are given.  The director, Kenneth Branagh, must be applauded for his use of continuous shots as Poirot enters and leaves the train.  Also, some scenes are shot from above, allowing the audience to be a fly on the wall or ceiling.  Seeing the behind the scene and the director’s commentary on this movie will be amazing.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Order me the fish – Princess Dragomiroff

Vice is where the devil finds his darling – Pilar Estravados

I blame the chicken – Hercule Poirot

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#BlackPanther – Movie Review

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Black Panther – Budget of $200 million – 2 hours and 14 minutes

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After watching his father T’Chaka die at the U.N. conference, Prince T’Challa isn’t worried about becoming the king.  He is saddened to do it without his father.  However, his mother Ramonda tells T’Challa his father has been looking forward to the day his son would take the throne.  However, before he can take the throne, other royals from other tribes are allowed to challenge him to a fight.  Stripped of his Black Panther powers, T’Challa is challenged by a member of the Jabari tribe.  In a battle of strength and wit, T’Challa wins.  He is graced with the Black Panther power again starts his rule.  His rule’s first threat is the theft of one of their vibranium relics by Ulysses Klaue.  Decades ago with the help of T’Chaka’s brother N’Jobu, Klaue snuck into Wakanda.  Klaue stole a large stash of vibranium and set off a bomb that killed many Wakandans.  T’Challa and the Wakandans have been looking for him and feel this is their chance to make him pay for his crimes.  T’Challa, Nakia (his ex), Okoye (his general), and Shuri (his sister and technical designer) go undercover to find the relic and Klaue before he can sell it to an American buyer.  After a long fought battle on the streets of South Korea, they believe they have Klaue in their clutches.  But he is aided in an escape by a masked man.  T’Challa notices something special about this man, he is wearing the same royal ring T’Challa wears.  This masked man will bring chaos to Wakanda with the hope of world domination. But it’s the masked man’s history that will leave T’Challa questioning everything he knows about his father, their history, and Wakanda’s place in the world.

Wow.  Just Wow.  The attention to detail in each costume, makeup, and scenes will leave you in awe.  This complex storyline will leave you choosing sides like Professor X and Magneto.  Both men want Wakanda to thrive but have different paths on how it should develop.  One man believes the tradition of keeping Wakanda’s abilities a secret because the world can not handle it, should continue.  He wants to help by defending other nations when needed but always in secret.  The other man wants Wakanda to thrive by sharing its knowledge, those who don’t yield will be broken.  This movie covers issues of colonization, self-help, and community/global involvement.  While 3D is not needed to enjoy this film, Dolby is a must.  With everything to love about this movie, the beginning felt extremely rushed.  It when through Wakanda’s history and Erik’s motivation in 10 minutes.  It was a lot to absorb.  10 more minutes to allow the viewers to delve into deeper should have been granted.  This should go without saying but stay past the end credits. And don’t worry, Stan Lee makes the party along with Eric Killmonger’s mask.  Also, if you miss the first 10 minutes of the movie, you will miss everything.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

This never gets old – Black Panther

Show him who you are – Ramonda

Naw, I’m just feeling it – Erik

For Wakanda, without question – Okoye

A father who has not prepared their child to go on without him has failed as a father – T’Chaka

This corset is tight. Let’s say with get this over with – Shuri

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#GotGVol2 – Review Repost – In Stores Now!!!

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – Budget of $106 million – 2 hours and 18 minutes

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In 1980, Meredith Quill was in love with a spaceman. He showed her a special flower he was growing behind a Dairy Queen. Their love created Star-Lord. He, along with Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot, make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. They have been hired by Ayesha (leader of the Sovereign race) to protect precious batteries from a large monster. After a hard-fought battle, they are praised and paid. Their payment was Gamora’s sister Nebula. They intend on return Nebula to Xandar for a bounty. However, on their way back, they are attacked by the Sovereign Empire because Rocket stole some of their batteries. With help, the Guardians defeat the army but crash their ship on Berhertz. They plan to fix the ship and collect their bounty when the ship that helped them defeat the Sovereign Empire lands. The spaceship opens to reveal Ego and Mantis. Ego has been searching for the mortal that held an infinity stone and lived. After a compelling argument, Drax, Gamora, and Star-Lord leave with Ego and Mantis. Leaving Groot, Rocket to fix the ship and watch Nebula.

On another planet, Yondu is losing control and respect. His men think he is going soft, while other Ravagers are disgusted by his actions of child-trafficking. After being disrespected by everyone, Yondu is really hurt. Then Ayesha hires Yondu to do a job: Find the Guardians and return them to her. Yondu finds the ship and subdues Rocket. But when Yondu doesn’t want to hand them over to Ayesha, he overpowered by his men and locked away with Rocket. Yondu is determined to free himself (along with Rocket and Groot) and warn Star-Lord.

As Ego and Star-Lord spend time together, Star-Lord learns more about his family, his true origin, and his powers. However, he is being hunted by Ayesha and Nebula. But Rocket, Groot, and Yondu will do anything to save Star-Lord. When Gamora hears Mantis, an empath, about to share secrets with Drax, she wonders what secrets Ego must have. She instantly does not trust Ego and warns Star-Lord of the potential troubles ahead. All entities will come together for one final battle.

Wow. The complex storyline, amazing imagery, and stellar soundtrack justified waiting 3 years for the 2nd volume. Guardians of the Galaxy is not afraid to poke fun at itself (i.e. how romances are held off because it will hurt the ratings). It doesn’t add characters for the sake of having them, they are added because they are critical to the story. The opening battle is strong, catchy, and hilarious. You will oh, ah, get misty eyed, and have your heart break in a matter of 2 hours. While Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1 was an origin story for the group coming together, this is an origin story for Star-Lord, a deeper look into Nebula’s and Gamora’s relationship, and an explanation for Yondu’s protective nature over Star-Lord. See this movie in 3D and pay whatever the theater wants. As they walk around Ego’s planet, 3D makes all the colors pop and the battles feel alive. During the credits, you will see Groot’s growth, Stan Lee, and play “I Am Groot” game. Stay past the end credits for a look into Vol. 3. This sequel is not a superhero movie, but a movie about the family you make instead of the family you were given.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what you are talking about but I like the way you said it – Meredith Quill

I guess I prefer to make people the old fashion way – Star-Lord

After all of this, I find you – Ego

You broke the code and all our hearts – Stakar Ogord

Can I pet your puppy – Mantis

I have sensitive nipples – Yondu

It is beautiful, on the inside – Drax

She is worth no more to me than what the bounty gives – Gamora

It’s not ripe – Nebula

I am Groot – Groot

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#GotGVol2 – Review

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – Budget of $106 million – 2 hours and 18 minutes

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2
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In 1980, Meredith Quill was in love with a spaceman. He showed her a special flower he was growing behind a Dairy Queen. Their love created Star-Lord. He, along with Gamora, Rocket, Drax, and Groot, make up the Guardians of the Galaxy. They have been hired by Ayesha (leader of the Sovereign race) to protect precious batteries from a large monster. After a hard-fought battle, they are praised and paid. Their payment was Gamora’s sister Nebula. They intend on return Nebula to Xandar for a bounty. However, on their way back, they are attacked by the Sovereign Empire because Rocket stole some of their batteries. With help, the Guardians defeat the army but crash their ship on Berhertz. They plan to fix the ship and collect their bounty when the ship that helped them defeat the Sovereign Empire lands. The spaceship opens to reveal Ego and Mantis. Ego has been searching for the mortal that held an infinity stone and lived. After a compelling argument, Drax, Gamora, and Star-Lord leave with Ego and Mantis. Leaving Groot, Rocket to fix the ship and watch Nebula.

On another planet, Yondu is losing control and respect. His men think he is going soft, while other Ravagers are disgusted by his actions of child-trafficking. After being disrespected by everyone, Yondu is really hurt. Then Ayesha hires Yondu to do a job: Find the Guardians and return them to her. Yondu finds the ship and subdues Rocket. But when Yondu doesn’t want to hand them over to Ayesha, he overpowered by his men and locked away with Rocket. Yondu is determined to free himself (along with Rocket and Groot) and warn Star-Lord.

As Ego and Star-Lord spend time together, Star-Lord learns more about his family, his true origin, and his powers. However, he is being hunted by Ayesha and Nebula. But Rocket, Groot, and Yondu will do anything to save Star-Lord. When Gamora hears Mantis, an empath, about to share secrets with Drax, she wonders what secrets Ego must have. She instantly does not trust Ego and warns Star-Lord of the potential troubles ahead. All entities will come together for one final battle.

Wow. The complex storyline, amazing imagery, and stellar soundtrack justified waiting 3 years for the 2nd volume. Guardians of the Galaxy is not afraid to poke fun at itself (i.e. how romances are held off because it will hurt the ratings). It doesn’t add characters for the sake of having them, they are added because they are critical to the story. The opening battle is strong, catchy, and hilarious. You will oh, ah, get misty eyed, and have your heart break in a matter of 2 hours. While Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1 was an origin story for the group coming together, this is an origin story for Star-Lord, a deeper look into Nebula’s and Gamora’s relationship, and an explanation for Yondu’s protective nature over Star-Lord. See this movie in 3D and pay whatever the theater wants. As they walk around Ego’s planet, 3D makes all the colors pop and the battles feel alive. During the credits, you will see Groot’s growth, Stan Lee, and play “I Am Groot” game. Stay past the end credits for a look into Vol. 3. This sequel is not a superhero movie, but a movie about the family you make instead of the family you were given.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t know what you are talking about but I like the way you said it – Meredith Quill

I guess I prefer to make people the old fashion way – Star-Lord

After all of this, I find you – Ego

You broke the code and all our hearts – Stakar Ogord

Can I pet your puppy – Mantis

I have sensitive nipples – Yondu

It is beautiful, on the inside – Drax

She is worth no more to me than what the bounty gives – Gamora

It’s not ripe – Nebula

I am Groot – Groot

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Logan – Review

Logan – Budget of $127 million – 2 hours and 17 minutes

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Logan
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Logan is working as a driver for hire and hopes to save enough money to buy a boat. He wants to take Charles Xavier to live his final days on the water. However, it is 2029 and time have taken a toll on both men. Logan has blurry vision, has a limp, is having a hard time healing, has uneven claws that must be pulled out, moves slower, and coughs up blood. Charles has seizures that leave every human around him paralyzed and every mutant in agony. Logan has hidden Xavier in a water tank, with his caregiver, Caliban (a photosensitive tracking mutant), to block his powers. After a long night, Logan comes home to distressing news from Caliban, Xavier has been contacting someone. Logan writes this off and believes that Xavier is just talking to himself. While on the job, Logan meets Gabriela. She begs Logan to take her and her daughter, Laura, to North Dakota to a place called Eden. She is willing to pay $50,000 ($20,000 now and $30,000 when the job is done). Gabriela explains that Laura was a lab experiment for Transigen, that was bred to kill, along with several other children. The only problem was that the children didn’t want to fight. Transigen decided to make a better soldier and kill all the kids. Gabriela and the other nurses vowed to do everything they could to save these children. So Logan reluctantly agrees but when he goes to pick them up the next day, Gabriela is dead and Laura is gone. Considering it a bust, Logan goes back to Xavier, but Logan does know that Laura is hiding in his truck. Once Logan learns of Laura’s presence, he realizes Caliban was right. Xavier was talking to Laura. Logan is dead set on leaving the girl behind until trouble comes looking for her. Now, Logan must go on the run with a 90-year-old man and 11-year-old girl before Transigen finds and kills them.

This is a fitting end and treatment of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. It quickly explains the volatile relationship between Xavier and Logan but allows the relationship between Laura and her male counterparts develop. The former relationship can be quick because fans know everything about the actors and their characters. It’s the building of the relationship between Logan and Laura that takes its time. As they drive across country, with no two little words, the group has run-ins with gas station attendants, doctors, a nice family, and Laura’s past. Don’t worry, Wolverine is not getting mushy … in fact … Wolverine is as bloodthirsty as he is savage. Logan earns its R rating with every claw piercing a skull and ripping it to shreds. Fans will be satisfied but hope this isn’t the end … albeit … a fantastic end. So the recommendation is to see it now and in Dolby or IMAX. Do not miss the previews, but don’t stay past the end crawl. 100% worth every penny. This is not just another superhero movie.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

No, not the car – Logan

As I live and breathe, Wolverine and he’s a junkie – Donald

Make way, sir. I said make way – Charles

That was my favorite mug – Caliban

Take her to Eden – Gabriela

Beware of the light – Caliban

De nada – Laura

You are dying. You want to die – Laura

You’re waiting for me to die – Charles

Not funny guys. Not funny – Logan

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Rock Dog – Review

Rock Dog – Budget of $60 million – 1 hour and 20 minutes

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Rock Dog
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Khampa, a Tibetan Mastiff, saved the sheep from a pack of wolves many years ago with his secret move, the Iron Paw. He takes his jobs seriously; so when his son, Bodi, is easily distracted by music, Khampa locks up all the instruments. The town grows quiet but safer. When Bodi grows up, he is 2nd in command but still can’t master the Iron Paw. After a drill falls apart, Bodi ends up in a field, where a plane drops several items. One of those items … a radio. He hears all types of music but becomes transfixed on Angus Scattergood. Khampa, with a few welcome and unwelcome opinions, decides to let Bodi pursue his dreams. He gives Bodi a bus ticket, but with a catch. If he fails, he must come back and forget about music. Bodi agrees and goes to the bus stop. But while at the bus stop, Linnux, an alpha male wolf, and gang leader, sees Bodi at the bus stop. He wants his men to grab Bodi and use him as bait to get his father and eat the sheep.

This movie, based on the graphic novel Tibetan Rock Dog, has a slow build, comedic middle, and flat end. The music is fun and the graphics are great. But the story is not new. Parents will get bored but your children will remain entertained. The running gag of Bodi trying to get into Angus’s home was the best part of the movie. Everything else pales in comparison. Stay home and wait to rent this saga.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

Are your eyes open – Khampa

Yes. Just please wipe your feet on the mat – Angus

Yes both kneecaps – Linnux

Can you teach me – Bodi

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