Movie Reviews

MOVIE REVIEW: The Rock Stands Tall in SKYSCRAPER

Release Date: July 13, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 42 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B Directed By: Rawson Marshall Thurber Light a man’s house on fire and you’ll find out what he truly loves Will Sawyer is a former US war veteran and FBI Hostage Rescue Team Leader who now runs a security assessment business from home. He is honored when his former FBI teammate, Ben, recommends him for employment to Zhao Long Ji in Hong Kong. Ji has built the world’s tallest super structure and named it The Pearl. Referenced by Ji as the world’s 8th wonder, The …

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Lizards On The Loose! Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Movie Review

Grade: A Release Date: June 22, 2018 Running Time: 2 hours 8 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril Genre: Action Adventure Sci-Fi Produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow Directed by J.A. Bayona Screenplay by Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly Based on characters created by Michael Crichton If you enjoyed Jurassic World, then you will love Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  The trailers promised an exhilarating film and Fallen Kingdom delivers.  This may be the first film since the Dark Knight Rises that I watched on the big screen two nights in a row. Fallen Kingdom …

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Movie Review: The Death of Stalin

Comrade Stalin, I’ll take it from here. In 1953 the feared leader of Russia, Josef Stalin, unexpectedly collapses after a live broadcast of a Mozart recital. Once Stalin is found down, his Deputy General Secretary (Georgy Malenkov) and NKVD head (Lavrenti Beria) begin plotting on who should replace him. The rest of the Central Committee arrive in Stalin’s dacha to help formulate a plan to diagnose and resuscitate their ‘beloved’ leader. After calling in a team of physicians who are not either not in Gulag or dead, they learn that Stalin has suffered a cerebral hemorrhage but recovery is not …

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Go Janglers! Pacific Rim: Uprising Movie Review

The war that we thought we finished is just beginning. Several years following the end of the Battle of the Breach, the Pan Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) have kept their Jaeger Program alive in the event that the Kaiju find another way to open a portal. Jake Pentecost, son of late General Stacker Pentecost, has dropped out of the Jaeger Program to survive on his own by stealing jaeger parts to sell on the black market. As he is attempting to make a deal, he finds out that another orphan named Amara Namani has beat him to the punch in …

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Tomb Raider: Her Adventure Returns

Release Date:  March 16, 2018 Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade B– You shouldn’t have come here but I’m glad that you did. Lara Croft mourns her father’s disappearance seven years.  She works as a bicycle courier and trains at a martial arts gym, even though she can’t afford the monthly dues. Ironically, a business empire awaits Lara if she will only sign documents stating that her father, Lord Richard Croft, is deceased.  After a brush with the law and encouragement from her father’s business partner, Ana Miller, Lara agrees to meet and sign the documents.  …

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Last Call Pitches: “PITCH PERFECT 3” Opens in Theaters

Release Date: December 22, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 33 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade: B Directed By: Trish Sie Is it weird that everybody is better at the one thing that we do than we are at that thing? Three years after winning The Worlds, the Barden Bellas are trying to make their way through life after college. When the new Bellas invite them to a performance, the old Bellas are more than eager to reunite. To their disappointment, the invite was to watch, not to join. In an effort to bring the Bellas back together, Aubrey suggests that they …

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A Reunion Of Lost Brothers “Aida’s Secrets”

Release Date: December 8, 2017 Venue: Regal Cinema Beach Boulevard Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes Directed By: Alon and Shaul Schwarz Grade A You could trust her with anything. She was kind and very sweet. She was very secretive. Aida was 14 years when Germany invaded Poland. At age 20, she found herself in the Bergen Belsen camp as a displaced refugee with a husband and two sons. Years later Izak Szewelewicz became more curious regarding his genealogy since he was raised in Palestine by foster parents. He loved his parents and two foster siblings but as the years …

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You Can’t Save The World Alone…You Need The “JUSTICE LEAGUE”

Release Date: November 17, 2017 Running Time: 1 hours and 59 minutes Rated PG-13 Directed By: Zach Snyder Screenplay By: Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon Grade: B “Superman was a beacon to the world.  He is more human than I am.  The World Needs Superman” ~ Batman Justice League continues to the lay the groundwork for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) after the studio soared to the top with Blockbuster Wonder Woman in June. Under the direction of the talented Zach Snyder (Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), and Joss Whedon (Avengers and Avengers: Age of …

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For Your Courage, For Your Love, For Your Sacrifice “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”

Release Date: October 26, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour & 48 minutes Rated R Written and Directed By: Jason Hall Grade: B U.S. Army soldiers Adam Schumann, Tausolo “Solo” Aieti, and Will Waller return to Kansas from Iraq after serving in the infantry battalion known as the 2-16 Rangers. Adam struggles to fit back into his family’s day-to-day routine, as he tries to reconnect with his daughter and bond with his infant son. As the days go by, he also has trouble finding work, so the memories of his last deployment haunt him on a daily basis. Despite the fact …

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Movie Review: “American Made” Smuggling and Struggling

Landing on: September 29, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity Directed by Doug Liman / Screenplay by Gary Spinelli Grade: A “I’m Just a Gringo that Always Delivers”~ Barry Seal American Made is a biographical action crime drama based on the outrageous and real exploits of Barry Seal (Tom Cruise). In the film, Seal is a bored daredevil pilot who gets his kicks by doing stunts that terrify his passengers. His reputation and aviation skills land him on the CIA’s radar. Agent Monty Schafer () entices Seal to work for the CIA …

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