#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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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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#BreakingInMovie, #LifeOfTheParty, and more – Movie Reviews

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Breaking In – Review

Breaking In – Budget of $6 million – 1 hour and 28 minutes

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After her estranged father is killed in a hit and run, Shaun goes to his vacation home in Wisconson to settle his estate by selling his home.  She has not spoken to him in years but she knows he is not perfect.  Her two children, Jasmine and Glover travel with her but her husband will be joining the next day.  As the three walk around, they see a few things out of place.  A broken picture, cut wires, malfunctioning alarm system but ignore it because no one has been in the home for months.  Also, they notice the vacation home is now a fortress with a sophisticated alarm system, retractable window shades, and cameras everywhere.  While Glover is playing with a drone he is grabbed.  When Jasmine goes to find him, she is grabbed.  While Shaun attempts to order pizza in the driveway, she is attacked but fights back.  After the fight, she sees her children locked inside the fortress at the mercy of strangers.  She must find out what they want to save her children.

This movie shocks from beginning to end.  You will see Shaun risk life and limb, like most mothers, to save her children.  However, she doesn’t make typical movie mistakes.  Like wearing heels in the forest or calling for her kids in the dark.  She is smart and uses her knowledge of the house to her advantage.  The irony is the house meant to keep them safe is the same house that becomes a prison.  So how far would you go for your children?

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I am your mother. Is there a difference? – Shaun

So what does that make you, slightly paranoid – Glover

I’m your big sister. It’s my job to worry about you. Not your job to worry about me – Jasmine

Fear, I can manage. Desperation is a whole other thing – Eddie

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Life of the Party – Review

Life of the Party – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

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Deanna has dropped her daughter Maddie off at the sorority house for Maddie’s senior year.  The school would have been Deanna’s alma mater but she left her last year. When she got pregnant, she and her husband Dan decided only one of them could afford to go, him.  While she regrets not finishing, she is proud to see her daughter go the distance.  As Deanna and Dan pull off, Dan says he wants a divorce, marrying a real estate agent, and selling the house.  In tears, Deanna goes to her parents’ house and looks through old photos.  She sees a photo of her in the archaeology club and gets an idea.  Deanna goes to Maddie’s sorority house to tell her about he divorce and enrolling in school.  At first a little nervous, Maddie sees this is a good thing for her mom and cheers her on.  Now Deanna has to navigate through the complicated world of college and divorce while maintaining a relationship with her daughter and getting her degree.

This is a love letter to mom’s who wondered if they could finish.  You will get the answer to your question.  However, it’s not without some well-earned bumps in the road.  While Deanna is trying to move forward, she is being dragged down by her ex and Mean Girls.  However, what makes this movie different is the relationship between Deanna and Maddie.  In most movies, Maddie would not accept her mom until the end.  But in this movie, Maddie takes a deep breath and accept her mother going to her school within 2 minutes.  This mature look at college women is a great contrast to the girls in Deanna’s class.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

You are like my sexual Dumbledore – Jack

Wow, that’s a lot of text – Deanna

Mom, what are you doing – Maddie

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Overboard – Review

Overboard – Budget of $12 million – 1 hours and 52 minutes

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Widowed, mother of three Kate is working two jobs while in nursing school.  She tries to balance motherhood between studying, delivering pizzas, and cleaning carpets.  One day she is called to clean a yacht’s carpeting after a hard night of partying.  When she starts to clean, she bumps into Leonardo.  Leonardo is a playboy and heir to a construction fortune.  When Kate refuses to get him some fruit, he fires her; then throws her and her equipment off the yacht.  Kate is fired from her carpet cleaning job and her mom can no longer watch her kids.  Kate feels her dream of nursing going down the drain.  Then she reads a news article saying that Leonardo washed ashore and has amnesia.  Kate’s best friend Theresa comes up with a plan to trick Leonardo into thinking Kate is his wife so he can do all the heavy lifting while she studies.  Theresa sees it as payback for getting her fired.  With apprehension, Kate decides to do it.  Now Leonardo believes he is a married, sterile, recovering alcoholic, poor, construction worker.   However, his sister Magdalena wants Leonardo to stay gone.  She hopes to convince his father that Leonardo has died so she can inherit the company.  It’s only a matter of time before Leonardo learns the truth about Kate, Magdalena, and himself.

With a nod to the remake, this version has a role reversal (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Even with the reversal, it’s still as funny and heartwarming as its predecessor.  Leonardo and Kate come off as convincing adversaries and a couple.  This movie had genuine laughs about everyday life.  And it was great to see that even with Leonardo loss of memory, he did not lose his taste in food, style, and music.  Now be warned, there are some subtitles.  But hearing the jokes in Spanish actually makes the comedic timing better.  So sit back and enjoy for an easy going, not vulgar laugh.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am not being selfless.  I am thinking of myself less – Leonardo

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#12StrongMovie and #PeterRabbitMovie – Review Repost – In Stores Now

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12 Strong – Review

12 Strong – Budget of $35 million – 2 hours and 9 minutes

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After seeing the 9/11 attacks on TV, Capt. Nelson wants to rescind his retirement paperwork and go to Afghanistan with his men.  Lt. Bowers says no but when Cheif Warrant Officer Spencer learns the papers have not been filed, he rips them up and Nelson’s men will be the first strike against the Taliban.  Once they arrive in the war zone, Col.Mulholland gives the team of 12 men the code name Task Force Dagger.  Dagger must meet with General Abdul Rashid Dostum of the Northan Alliance and join forces.  They will use his intel and Dagger’s training & air strikes to release the Taliban’s stronghold on the area.  They have a few problems.  First, winter is near and the weather will hinder the air strikes.  Second, there is a turf war between the different factions of the Northern Alliance.  And last, the terrain is better accessible by horseback.  With little horse riding experience and only 6 horses, the Dagger splits off into 2 teams.  Alpha Team will meet up with Dostum while Bravo Team will stay at the base and relay messages to HQ until they get more horses.  This is a bloody and complicated battle that will have a lasting impact on both sides.

Based on Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton, this movie gives you a small window into the first battle against the Taliban (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s frustrating to see Task Force Dagger face language barriers and infighting within the Northern Alliance.  When Nelson learns that Dostum is in contact with the Taliban, he is in total shock.  They consistently have pissing matches over the walkie-talkies.  While this is the first blow of a major war, it left its mark on American and Taliban history.  This movie does not hold back on any battle scene.  You will see blood, guts, dismemberment, and the after-effects of a suicide bomber.  So if you suffer from PTSD or shell shock, this movie can be skipped.  On the other side, it does show that the Taliban’s beliefs are not widely held among the Afghan people but it is deadly forced upon them.  This is just one more war on their soil.  And that’s the truly sad part about this movie.  Also, there is no need to see it in IMAX.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

I told him I wanted back in and he said no – Nelson

You are cutting the head off your most venomous snake – Spencer

No, he is showing us off. He is saying here’s the Americans. They are with me – Diller

Those are killer’s eyes – Dostum

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Peter Rabbit – Review

Peter Rabbit – Budget of $50 million – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Bea believes that humans were latecomers to the forest and should allow the animals to roam freely in their gardens.  Her neighbor Mr. McGregor firmly disagrees.  So when Peter’s dad saw the fence going up, he went into Mr. McGregor’s yard and was killed and turned into a pie.  That harsh lesson taught Peter to be careful and devise plans before entering McGregor’s garden.  However, one day while chasing Peter, Mr. McGregor has a heart attack and dies.  The animals in the woods go wild and take over Mr. McGregor’s yard and home.  In London, Tom McGregor got bad news.  His great uncle died.  But Tom is more concerned about a promotion than an uncle never knew.  However, when he is turned down for a promotion he deserved due to nepotism.  He goes ballistic and loses his job.  His former boss tells him to go to his Uncle’s home (he just inherited) and relax.  Tom comes to the McGregor Manor to find it overrun with animals.  He wants to be rid of all of them.  His new neighbor Bea attempts to sway him to allow the animals to roam free.  He agrees in front of her but goes after Peter and his friends.  Meanwhile, when Peter sees that Bea is falling for Tom, he decides to put an end to Tom and his deceitful ways.

Based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, this is an imaginative and funny take on a classic children’s story (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It quickly gets your attention with classic “Disney”-style singing birds who are consistently interrupted.  Providing a great running gag while allowing the film to separate themselves from other live action movies.  There are plenty of jokes for children and adults alike.  However, please be advised that the movie shows Daddy Rabbit getting caught and then a warm pie coming out of the oven.  If your children can handle this 5-second scene, then bring them.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Why don’t you pick on someone your own size – Peter Rabbit

I am selling the home and use the proceeds to build a toy store across from Harrods so they can watch their imminent demise – Tom

I’m in the mood for rabbit pie – Mr. McGregor

I thought I heard explosives – Bea

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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 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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#TheGoldenChild – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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The Golden Child – Budget of $25 million – 1 hour and 34 minutes

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Chandler Jarrell is a social worker that prides himself on finding missing children.  He goes on a public access show to plead for help to find Cheryll Mosley.  During the show, Kee is watching and goes to find him.  Kee believes he is the chosen one to find a special child, known as The Golden Child.  Without the child, the world will fall into death and destruction.  Kee finds Chandler and tells him that the child was stolen in Tibet and has powers.  They must save the child to save the world.  After seeing a vision of the child, Chandler agrees to help.  The next night he has a dream that leaves a dagger scar on his arm.  Chandler and Kee learn that Sardo will use the dagger (forged in hell) to kill the child, allowing evil to rule the world.  Chandler must get the knife first and kill Sardo.  Chandler may take this as a joke until he needs The Golden Child to save a life.

When watching this movie today, remember it was made in the 80s.  So the graphics, while revolutionary back then, were a bit rough and comical now.  While the quips between Chandler and Kee are funny, there isn’t much else to the story.  This is not one of Eddie’s best films. This movie feels like an attempt to make Eddie an action hero but he doesn’t have a stern voice or enough of an intimidating presence to pull it off.  He just isn’t believable in the role.  If you want a good Eddie Murphy movie, stick to Coming to America (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

That’s a good destiny – Chandler

That’s no twice – Kee

By the time he finds you, it will be too late – Sardo

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Den of Thieves – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 20 minutes

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Los Angeles is the banking capital of the world and has 9 bank robberies a day.  So after an armored truck is stolen, Big Nick and his fellow officers are ready to go.  They look through their list of usual suspects to narrow the potential perpetrators down.  However, when Nick learns the thieves knew how to strike and where to strike but the truck was empty, he concludes there is more to the robbery.  The only known robber with this much expertise is Merriman.  Merriman is ex-military, ex-football player gone bad and paroled 8 months ago.  After surveillance, they find the Den of Thieves backing Merriman.  Big Nick learns Merriman’s thieves were either in jail with him, in the military with him, or on his football team.  Nick knows the thieves are trained and ready at a moments notice.  But what Nick doesn’t know is the robbers are preparing for the biggest score ever.  The one bank that has never been robbed, The Federal Reserve.  The team wants to break in and steal the bills marked for shredding.  They know the serial number will be taken out of the system and no one will be looking for the money.  To get this information, Nick will go after the newest and weakest member of the team, Donnie, the driver.

Talk about a roller coaster ride.  This movie hits the gas and never let’s go.  You are given a thrilling cat and mouse game with an Ocean’s Eleven-style bank robbery with a Set It Off shootout (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now pay close attention to everything you see and hear, it will become important.  And you have no idea how this will end.  While uncovering the mystery, it does go own the path of Nick’s marriage.  This was completely unnecessary.  With several scenes, you got to see that he is self-destructive.  So the fallout of his marriage was not needed.  See this movie before someone ruins the ending.  And you will want to watch it again.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

You pausing for dramatic effect? – Big Nick

I told you so – Merriman

So, you work across the street? – Donnie

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