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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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#ReservoirDogs – Review – #ThrowbackThursday

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Reservoir Dogs – Budget of $1.2 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes

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Eight men sit at a table discussing the latest Madonna song, movies, and tipping.  Six of the men are well dress, while the other 2 are relaxed.  The men leave the restaurant not knowing that most of them would be dead within hours.  The next time you see 2 of the men, Mr. Orange is bleeding from a gun shot wound to the stomach and he is begging Mr. White to take him to the hospital.  Mr. White knows that hospitals have to report gun shot wounds to the police.  Since the group just robbed a bank, they don’t want police.  Mr. White takes Mr. Orange to the warehouse the 8 men agreed to go to after the robbery so they can wait for Joe to help.  Soon, they are joined by Mr. Pink.  Mr. Pink tells them Mr. Brown was killed by the cops but he has two major problems with the robbery.  First, the police responded to the alarm too fast, so he believes they have a rat in the group.  Second, Mr. Blonde went insane during the robbery and unnecessarily killed people.  Mr. Pink is determined to weed out the rat and avoid Mr. Blonde.  And in walks Mr. Blonde with a surprise in his trunk for the other 3 men.  A police officer.  Mr. Blonde wants all the information the officer has and will do anything to get it.  Soon Joe, the organizer, and his son Eddie join the men and report that Mr. Blue is dead.  Mr. Pink is the only one who got away with any diamonds.  So Mr. Pink leads Joe, Eddie, and Mr. White to the diamonds.  While Mr. Blonde is left with a bleeding and unconscious Mr. Orange and a captive cop.  When the four come back with the diamonds, 2 men are dead and one has to start explaining.

This Quentin Tarantino cult classic is told in is classic nonlinear, bloody style.  As each man is introduced to the warehouse scene, you learn about his part in the robbery and how he became a part of the team.  The rat’s identity is not the mystery.  You will learn that half way through the movie, but it’s who will survive that matters.  With dialogs happening down a hallway, you feel as if you are eavesdropping on their conversation.  This is not a gangster movie but a dark comedy.  It can be considered inspiration for Baby Driver and Pulp Fiction (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The movie falls short due to some boring dialog (until they add guns and/or blood) and missing character arcs. However, this movie does have a great soundtrack and disk jockey.  But it leaves one question for you to answer, is he dead or alive?

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize – Mr. White

You know with this is. It’s the world’s smallest violin playing just for the waitress – Mr. Pink

I’m ok – Mr. Orange

You gonna bark little doggy or are you gonna bite – Mr. Blonde

Yeah I know – Marvin Nash

Be glad you’re not Mr. Yellow – Joe

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DreamWorks The Boss Baby – Review

DreamWorks The Boss Baby – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 37 minutes

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Tim Templeton is a happy only child to 2 loving parents named Ted and Janice.  He believes this family of three is all he needs and the family is complete, but he has a baby brother on the way. While in heaven, there are 2 types of babies: ticklish and not ticklish.  The ticklish babies go to a loving family one earth while the other babies go to Baby Corp.  Baby Corp makes sure baby production stays up but they have a problem: Puppies.  Puppies are talking all the love that humans had for babies.  And with the threat of Puppy Co’s new puppy, The Boss (as he likes to be called) will infiltrate the home of Puppy Co’s marketing executives: Ted and Janice Templeton.  Tim immediately hates the new baby because The Boss is taking all of his parents time. attention, and love.  But when Tim discovers The Boss’s secret, they strike a deal.  If Tim helps The Boss, The Boss will leave and go back to Baby Corp and receive his promotion and corner office (with a private potty).  But if they fail, The Boss will be stuck with the family forever.  Tim knows that in order to complete their plan they have to get along and go to “Bring Your Kid To Work Day”.  It’s there they can find the secret plans about the new puppy.  But once they get the plans, the will find out the truth about the man behind the puppies.

Based on The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee, this movie won’t continuously make you laugh, it is a great film about family and coming together (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Now parents don’t be worried there are plenty of jokes for you.  With blurred out private parts, Blackbird song, and references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Mouse Trap, you will laugh at the screen and your children’s confusion (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Also, this movie gives great business tips.  For Example:

  • If you aim for failure, you will succeed
  • The path to success is not a straight line
  • Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right
  • Cookies are for closers

Two of the biggest saving graces in this movie are the montages and the seamless change from Tim’s fantasy to his reality.  It will make you want to see these scenes over and over again.  While it is not the funniest movie around, it is wonderfully crafted.  Stay past both end crawls for a cute ending, but not a part two introduction.  Do not see this in 3D, there is no need.  Matinee is well worth the price.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

No that’s ok. I’m enough – Tim

One day you are going to get to know this guy and you will love him with all your heart – Ted

I’m surrounded by a muscle head, a bunch of yes men, and a doodler – The Boss

Now you see them, now you don’t – Francis Francis

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Ghost in the Shell – Review

Ghost in the Shell – Budget of $110 million – 1 hour and 56 minutes

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Mira wakes up on an exam table, in Hanka Robotics, unable to move her body. Dr. Ouelet asks her what is the last thing she remembers, and Mira states “drowning”. Dr. Ouelet tells her that she and her family were attacked by terrorist while on a boat. Her family was killed. They attempted to save her, but only her mind could be saved. So they put her mind in a shell (cybernetic body). While most humans have some cyber robotics inside of them, Mira is the first of her kind and she will fight against cyber terrorist threats for Sector 9. After a year, she is a Major and has to take medicine so her mind won’t reject her shell. During a mission, a Hanka executive is attacked by a robot, hacked, and killed, but the robot says something that unnerves Mira. Mira wants to deep dive into the robot memory with the hope of finding the person behind the hack. However, during the deep dive, Mira starts to get hacked but she escapes before falling apart. She pinpoints the hacker’s location, but what she really finds is the truth behind Hanka Robotics, her origin, and the ghost in her memory glitches.

Based on Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, the premise of the movie is great (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). However, when the story isn’t relying on digital effects, it becomes extremely boring. While the visual effects are amazing, they are not new. They are just done with better technology. Scarlett does her best to bring her character to life by having a deadpan face and robotic movements, but (to be honest) it feels like a stiff Black Widow. The rest of the cast do as much as they can to make this story work, but it’s just not enough to keep your interest. There is no wow factor nor a plot twist that leaves you wanting more. Just skip this movie and go to Red Box.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I don’t see her as a machine, but a weapon and the future of my company – Mr. Cutter

Hey, it’s just a robot – Batou

This is Major and you have my consent – Major Mira

We cling to memories as if they determines us, but they don’t. what we do that determine us – Dr. Ouelet

I’m human and happy to be – Han

Do I have your consent – Aramaki

Do you think you were the first – Kuze

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The Last Word – Review

The Last Word – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 58 minutes

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After a failed suicide attempt, Harrietta (an obsessive control freak) starts to think about her obituary. After reading a few, she stumbles upon a writer she likes, Anna. Harrietta marches to Anna’s job and demands Anna write her obituary. She gives Anna an alphabetized list of family, friends, and colleagues along with their favorite restaurants so Anna can interview them. Also, she gives Anna until Monday to deliver. Anna wants to say no but her boss tells her that Harrietta’s advertisements keep their newspaper afloat. Anna must make Harrietta happy to keep the newspaper open. Anna interviews are horribly disastrous. No one has anything nice to say about Harrietta. Anna does the best that she can to create the obituary and turn it in. Harrietta is extremely disappointed in Anna’s work and lets her know it. It’s then that Anna tells Harrietta that the writing isn’t the problem, it’s the subject. After some research and hurt feelings, Harrietta comes to Anna’s home unannounced with writing tips for Anna. Every obituary Harrietta has read has 4 parts:

  1. Family who loves them
  2. Co-workers who admire them
  3. Help the life of a minority or physically disabled
  4. A wild card

With a family that hates her, co-workers who fear her, no charity work, and no wild card, Harrietta sees where Anna has issues. So, Harrietta asks Anna to help her fix her life to improve her obituary.

This film is sharp and has great comedic timing, even though it covers the rough topic of death. Although Harrietta does work hard to change her life, her core self (strong, bold, brash) remains the same. While others think she is tough, she just wants people to live up to their potential and take a risk. But in the course of this story, both Anna and Brenda (the minority Harrietta helps) grow and become stronger. They even take the all-important road trip to see an estranged family member together. While a bonding movie isn’t unique, this movie was written in a refreshing way. The strong female leads aren’t apologetic for being strong, but hold firm in their resilience.  This is definitely one to watch in theaters.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for your approval – Harrietta

You should be so lucky – Ronald

I’m happy. I have a good life and you should be a part of it – Elizabeth

Well, I’m not sorry – Anna

You gotta be something. God put you in this world to be something – Brenda

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