Movie Reviews

A Dining Delight: THE TRIP TO SPAIN Opens At Sun Ray Cinema

Opens at Sun Ray Cinema: September 1, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour 49 minutes Grade: C+ Directed By: Michael Winterbottom After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are …

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Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

Special Showing One Night Only at AMC Orange Park August 1, 2017 Runtime: 94 minutes Rating: PG-13 for brief drug content and suggestive material Directed By: Cameron Sawyer Written By: Cameron Sawyer & Justin Copier Grade: C+ ’s Tim Timmerman, Hope of America is a comic story about a wise cracking teen at Mount Vista High School with the goal of attending Yale and becoming a politician.  Instead of attending class or studying, Tim would rather spend time using his privileges as student body president to cut class with his friends to grab burritos.  He is also focused on playing …

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Charlize Theron Engulfs the Big Screen in “Atomic Blonde”

Release Date: July 28, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 55 minutes Genre: Action-Thriller Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity Directed by David Leitch Screenplay by Kurt Johnstad Grade: B+ Truth Lies…People Like Us Don’t Know the Difference Oscar® winner Charlize Theron engulfs the big screen this summer in a mind-blowing performance as an MI6 agent in Atomic Blonde.  Her portrayal of Agent Lorraine Broughton is mesmerizing. She endured months of rigorous training to play a woman that is proficient at hand to hand combat.  Charlize is one of my favorite actresses. I love the …

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WARS TREK A GALACTIC STAR – “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Release Date: July 21, 2017 Running Time: 2 hours and 17 minutes Rated PG-13 Grade B- Directed By: Luc Besson Welcome to Alpha the city of a thousand planets. After centuries of peace and prosperity, an unknown force wants to destroy all we have created. In the 28th century, Major Valerian and Sergeant Laureline are agents who work for the Terran Galactic Empire that oversees the universe including the drifting civilization known as Alpha. Alpha is a continuously expanding city where 3,236 species from the four corners of the universe converge to share knowledge, intelligence, and culture. After a brief period …

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Pack Your Gag-Bag “Girls Trip” Movie Is Funny, But Predictable

Grade: C+ In a male-heavy, franchise-laden Summer box-office season, “Girls Trip” looks to be the kind of breakout sleeper hit that “Bridesmaids” became back in 2011. With its raunchy humor and likable stars, , , , as well as newcomer (who is poised to be the kind of breakout star that was when “Bridesmaids” first came out), “Girls Trip” could fare well long-term at the box office. The plot isn’t anything fresh or unpredictable, but with a script from “” creator and under the direction of (who directed “The Best Man” and “The Best Man Holiday”) you get a grounded …

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When 400,000 Men Couldn’t Get Home Home Came For Them “DUNKIRK”

Release Date: July 21, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and some language Genre: Action, Drama, History Written & Directed by: Christopher Nolan Grade: A “There’s no hiding from this, son.We have a job to do.” is based on the true story of the defense and evacuation of 338,226 men from a small town in Dunkirk, France between May 26 and June 4, 1940.  Allied forces comprised of troops from the British Empire, France and Belgium were surrounded by German troops during a fierce battle in . The event takes place eight …

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Minion Mania “Despicable Me 3”

Release Date: June 30, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes Rated PG Grade: B (for banana) Directed By: Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda, & Pierre Coffin There’s only one super villain whose fashion sense is quite that dated….Balthazar Bratt. Pursuing his life as a good guy with the Anti-Villain League, Gru and Lucy chase Balthazar Bratt (former childhood star whose show was canceled) as he attempts to steal the world’s largest diamond. Even though Bratt is unsuccessful in getting the diamond this time, Gru and Lucy are fired since they repeatedly fail to capture him. Facing his life as an …

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Sam Elliott Is Brilliant In THE HERO

Original Release Date: June 9 in select theaters Wide on June 30, 2017 Running Time: 1 hour and 36 minutes Genre: Drama Rated R for drug use, language and some sexual content Directed By: Brett Haley Written By: Brett Haley & Marc Basch Grade: C+ THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My Dreams). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and …

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“THE MUMMY” The Past Cannot Remain Buried Forever

Welcome to a New World of Gods and Monsters Two thousand years ago, Ahmanet was the princess and next in line to inherit the reign of Egypt as its first female Pharaoh. When her father remarried and bore a son, Ahmanet’s dreams of power were nearly extinguished. Her intense feelings of betrayal pushed her to call upon Set, the god of death, with the intention of ruling the world. Captured by her father’s men she was mummified alive, buried in a tomb 1,000 miles away, and erased from history. In present day Iraq, soldier-of-fortune Nick Morton and his comrade Chris …

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Wonder Woman is Sensational!

WONDER. POWER. COURAGE. It is our sacred duty to defend the world. It is what I am going to do. Princess Diana, daughter of Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons, was raised on the Island of Themyscira. After her meeting with Bruce Wayne at Clark Kent’s funeral, Diana receives a package from Bruce containing a photo of her from World War I with an invitation to hear more about her past. Diana reminisces about her upbringing on Themyscira and her mother’s opposition to her being trained to become a warrior by her aunt Antiope. Queen Hippolyta feared that if Diana’s strength …

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