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Street Hawk (1985)
8/10
decent
9 July 2018
This wasn't too bad, thought it was a bit of a knock off. It was sort of like a combination of Knight Rider and Batman. The difference between this and the former is that the motorcycle didn't talk! A police officer is injured in a motorcycle accident and given a souped-up motorcycle and a secret identity to fight crime. I liked the action sequences on the motorcycle and the stories behind the episodes. It could have gotten better with time if it lasted a few more seasons. I liked it.

** 1/2 out of ****
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Molly's Game (2017)
8/10
good biopic
17 June 2018
A drawback to this movie:it kind of drags with the dialogue and some of the scenes. Other than that, this is a good movie based on the book written by Molly Bloom about her gambling establishments after her skiing career is ended by a horrendous accident. It also talks about growing up with her strict father. I loved the gambling scenes and Chastain's performance as Molly. The scenes between her and the lawyer were first rate, and you also got to learn about some of the people who participated in her games. This was a good movie from start to finish with excellent performances.

** 1/2 out of ****
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Marshall (2017)
8/10
excellent movie
13 June 2018
This movie could have focused on the entire life of Thurgood Marshall. It instead focuses on one single groundbreaking case, which works just as well. It involves with the case he works on with another lawyer about a black man accused of raping a white woman. Everything about this movie was good from the performances to the story to the ensemble and the way it clicked. The courtroom scenes, the synagogue scene, and the jazz band scene where they met the famous writers were all terrific. Chadwick Boseman was great in the title role.

*** out of ****
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7/10
ok at best
11 June 2018
This movie could have been better. It drags and was slow, but was funny in spurts. It features Diane Keaton's daughter getting married and features mostly on her relationship with other daughter Mandy Moore and Moore's constant failure at romance. Some situations were funny, and the ensemble works well together, but the slow pace ruins it. I sort of liked it.

** out of ****
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Overboard (1987)
8/10
funny
10 June 2018
This is a good "revenge" comedy where snobbish rich lady Goldie Hawn treats carpenter Kurt Russell like dirt after he doesn't do a job right-in fact, she pretty much treats everyone that way. After she falls off her yacht and gets amnesia, he finds her and gets revenge by reinventing her as his "wife." Hilarity ensues, as does formula. This is funny and enjoyable and a good showcase for the stars. I really liked it. The opening scenes on the yacht were my favorites, like with Hawn's disapproval over the cabinets Russell had built and the scene with the caviar. I also liked the hospital scenes. You will like it too.

*** out of ****
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7/10
not too bad
27 May 2018
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This basically serves as a lead-in to the recent Justice League movie, even featuring "computer files" with characters from that movie. The movie title refers to a battle coerced by Lex Luther between the two title characters, and the psychological battle between them too. It also focuses on Earth people's reluctance not to have Superman on the planet as an "alien" and Batman prowling as truly the "Dark Knight" as a vigilante seeking justice. Wonder Woman also has a major role. My favorite scenes are the major physical battle between Batman and Superman and the opening action scenes. It might not satisfy everyone, and it isn't great, but it is an ok movie.
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Initiation (1987)
8/10
decent
13 May 2018
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This was a decent movie-kind of like Crocodile Dundee in reverse and as a drama. An American kid arrives in Australia after the death of his mother to find his father-and finds that the father is messed up with drug dealers. The kid also interacts with an Aborigine mystic and goes on a bit of a Dreamtime of his own when his father is bitten on an airplane flight and the plane crashes in the wilderness.

I loved the "wandering the wilderness" scenes, the parts with his newfound family, the closeup of the Southern Cross, and the shots of the animals. This wasn't too bad a movie.

** 1/2 out of ****
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The Prestige (2006)
7/10
decent
8 May 2018
This was a movie about rival illusionists who are hell-bent and obsessed with learning each other's secrets. After a trick goes horribly wrong, one becomes more obsessed. I liked the cast and the magic tricks, but feel like the movie dragged and was too slow in places. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, David Bowie, and Scarlett Johansen were all good as the stars. If you want to see a movie about illusionists and magic and rivals, this might satisfy you.

** out of ****
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6/10
could have been better
8 May 2018
This was an ok version in the recent editions of the Star Trek movies. I feel like the others were better. Kirk's crew is stranded on a planet and has to deal with a lot of hostile aliens-that's the majority of it. It relies a lot on visual effects. There were some good moments and continues the new story well, but it was kind of a disappointment. I did like the new characters though.
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Paddington 2 (2017)
9/10
bear-ly misses perfection!
2 May 2018
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This is a delightgul sequel to the 2014 original as Paddington tries to work odd jobs to earn money to purchase a pop-up book-only for it to be stolen, and he gets framed for the theft! The job and prison scenes are hilarious, and the scenes with the Browns trying to clear his name and with Paddington and Knuckles are first-rate. This was a lovely, first-rate, and funny movie from start to finish, and anyone who loves the Paddington stories and the first movie will love this movie too.

*** out of ****
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White Squall (1996)
8/10
a story at least!
2 May 2018
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You might pick this movie up expecting just a "disaster at sea" type movie, but there is more to it. Yes, it does feature the title sea storm and ship disaster, but it also features a good story and character study leading up towards it. Jeff Bridges stars as a skipper who leads his team of schoolboys on a ship as they learn about discipline and teamwork. The storm scene at the end was well filmed and will remind you a bit of The Perfect Storm. I also liked the ensuing trial. I liked the movie, the cast, the story, and the characters. You will too.
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Titanic (1997)
9/10
great movie!
15 April 2018
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This was an epic movie in every sense of the word. You knew the boat was going to sink, and the movie showed more than that. It showed a human love story amidst it, the lady in it struggling with her jerk of a fiance, good characters, the many historical passengers of the ship (John Jacob Astor, "the unsinkable" Molly Brown, etc.), a great cast, and lovely scenery. The sinking scene didn't just show the ship sink in a one-minute scene-it played on for an unforgettable length as panic ensued, Leonardo and Kate rushed through the ship as freezing seawater flooded it and the walls and windows crashed, the band played, people raced for the limited lifeboats, and the boat lifted up and broke in two before finally sinking. The was great moviemaking. Although one question:did Kate kill Leo at the end? She could have helped him up!

*** 1/2 out of ****
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8/10
good superhero movie
3 April 2018
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Any DC comics fan will like this movie. It's not perfect and drags sometimes, but it plays its part well as it picks up where Batman Vs. Superman left off and blends in the Wonder Woman storyline well, and brings in Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash, and the cast works together well as enemies search for "boxes that will destroy humanity." You will need to see the movie to get that.

There is plenty off action and good special effects and good jokes. I like the way they add in the new superheroes-this is a good contiuation of the stories.

*** out of ****
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6/10
ok sequel
11 March 2018
This sequel has its moments, but falls WAY short of its predecessor. Just about any movie these days seems to warrant a sequel. I will admit it wasn't as bad as the Speed sequel, and it had some funny scenes, but it followed its formula too closely and didn't measure up to the first movie, which was a better showcase for Reese. I liked the scenes before Congress and the parts where she's trying to get the signatures, but the first one was way better.
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8/10
funny
9 March 2018
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Yes, this movie is predictable and formulaic. You know how it's going to end. Yet, it's still funny with good performances, especially by Reese Witherspoon in the lead. If you've seen My Cousin Vinny, you know how this will end. She gets dumped by her boyfriend when she thinks she's going to be proposed to, and winds up going to Harvard Law School to try and win him back and finds herself as a fish out of water.

I loved the "bend and snap," the part where the law professor hits on her, and the final courtroom scenes. This is meant to be a comedy. Keep that in mind.

** 1/2 out of ****
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Life in Pieces (2015– )
9/10
good so far
9 March 2018
I like the premise of this show-where they divide each episode up into four separate stories involving different members of the Short family. I like the "different" way it's filmed, and no laugh track is used or really needed. The situations they use are mostly funny. People can criticize it for its occassional use of sexual innuendos, but I think a lot of sitcoms use those these days. This is one of the best new comedies.

*** out of ****
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9/10
excellent
9 March 2018
This movie ranks with When the Game Stands Tall as true football movies about teams who have to face adversity-and did so well. It also ranks with that and Invincible as good football movies as well-made movies. It deals with the 1970 plane crash that killed the Marshall football team, its coaches, and boosters, and the team had to rebuild. The movie focuses not just on the games but on the human aspects of the tragedy and the university and how the new coach how to handle it. Everything, including the cast and performances, was first rate. It wasn't just a sports movie. It was a life movie and how to bounce back from tragedy-and it was all real!

*** out of ****
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7/10
average
7 March 2018
Pierce Brosnan bows out of his role as James Bond in a decent Bond movie once again laden with chase scenes and bad guys and gorgeous ladies. He battles the North Koreans (the latest bad guys in American films) as the action pursues. I sort of liked this and the impressive cast. (Bosnan, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike, John Cleese, etc.). It could have been better, though, especially with the plot, and maybe some more cool gadgets.

** out of ****
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7/10
not too bad
7 March 2018
Pierce Brosnan continues his impressive run as James Bond, and his performance makes this movie. Overall, it's more of the same with action, gadgets, and lovely women. The woman he's after is accused by Bond of suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. The chase scenes were well done,and the dialogue is first rate. If you're curious about Brosnan as Bond, you will like this.
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9/10
does not disappoint
6 March 2018
Pierce Brosnan adds another good turn as 007. If you are into Bond, you will find everything you look for in such films-chase scenes, gadgetry, action scenes, gorgeous girls, villains, and even a plot! My favorite scenes were the parking garage and motorcycle chase scenes. This time, 007 battles a media magnate who is after world dominance. There are lots of good lines too. (like the "cunning linguist" line) This movie is good for Bond films as this does not let up. If you like Brosnan as Bond, check this one out.

*** out of ****
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GoldenEye (1995)
8/10
decent and typical bond
5 March 2018
This is your typical James Bond movie with his spying on Russia and interacting with his superiors and lots of gorgeous girls (this time, though, they actually added some political correctness in the dialogue!), breathtaking and improbable stunts, spy devices,and great chases. Piece Brosnan was impressive in his first outing as Bond, and everything about this movie was first rate. Exciting with a good plot too! He was after a renegade spy satelite. If you are a Bond fan, you will love this movie.

*** out of ****
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Insurgent (2015)
7/10
average
3 March 2018
This wasn't too bad a sequel to the Divergent movie as it mostly serves as an "in between" movie. Kind of like Back to the Future Part II. It relies mostly on action scenes and special effects. The lead actress's performance was good and the action scenes carried it pretty well but only so far. I liked it pretty well though. If you are a fan of the series and are curious, you might give it a try.
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The Shallows (2016)
9/10
blake lively vs. the shark
18 February 2018
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If you are in for a good movie and can stand a film with good suspense and where a person pretty much has to carry the bulk of the film, you will love this movie. It makes the most of a very limited cast and setting. It's a bit of a combination of Cujo and Jaws. Blake Lively goes for a surfing trip and gets trapped by a circling great white shark. First on a whale carcass, then on a rock, and then on a buoy. She also has to deal with a gash on her leg, high tide, and jellyfish. The movie manages to keep your suspense up as the shark circles. I like the final showdown, and her bird companion is very cute.

*** out of ****
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9/10
movie making at its best
29 January 2018
This is truly a classic! You will love this movie for its songs, Yul Brynner's performance, and just about everything else. It basically features a schoolteacher from Wales who goes to Bangkok with her schoolchildren and interacts with the king there, finding love on the way. All the songs are great, the cast is great, the chemistry among the performers is first rate, and basically everything is perfect. If you are into classic movies, musicals, classic actors, and everything about great movies, give this marvelous movie a try. The interactions between Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner make it work all the way through!

*** out of ****
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Joy Ride 3: Road Kill (2014 Video)
6/10
a little unpleasant
29 January 2018
This was perhaps my least favorite of the Joy Ride movies, as the psychotic truck driver Rusty Nail returns for his third go-round. This time, a bunch of car racers head down the "Bermuda Triangle" highway that Rusty Nail haunts, draw his ire, and he starts pursuing them. The "tricks" aren't as fresh as they were in the first movies, and a couple torture scenes and scenes with victims on top of the trucks were a bit unpleasant to watch. Rusty Nail is still a fun villain though. It was more fun when you just heard his voice. Just watch this if you're curious about the Joy Ride movies.

** out of ****
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