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Red Sparrow (2018)
OK story, but 30 minutes too long
The biggest problem with this film was it was too long, 30 minutes needed to be cut. There isn't enough action for a 2 hour plus movie. Dominika is a Russian ballerina, whom suffers a career ending injury. She is used by her uncle, a top dog in the Russian spy program, to first eliminate a businessman, and then is sent to Sparrow school. Recruits are taught the art of seduction to extract info from targets. There she is toughened up and eventually receives an assignment to Budapest to get info from an American spy. There is a mole in the Russian government. Throughout this Dominika wants to double cross the Russians so she can defect to America. Her plan doesn't work out, the Russians think she is hiding the mole's name and she is tortured. Then there is a twist at the end, and some how she convinces the Russians her uncle was the spy. So in a prisoner swap, her uncle gets killed, and she returns to the Russians to work as a spy for the Americans. I think?
FINAL VERDICT: Film needs to be more fluid. It's an ok spy movie, not the best but not the worst. Only for people whom like slower films.
Fifty Shades Freed (2018)
not much of a plot
Biggest problem with these films are lack of story. In the third film, Ana and Christian are married, go on a honeymoon, enjoy life. Then her ex-boss is back in the picture wanting some kind of diluted revenge. It just makes little sense, but the film tries to provide an explanation at the end as to why the ex-boss was so fixated on Christian. It was dumb and not believable. You've got a couple of playroom sex scenes and scenes of how rich people spend their money. Then a sub-plot of a pregnancy and kidnapping, none are very interesting. And that's your film.
FINAL VERDICT: Another bad film in this franchise with even worse acting. Only for fans of the book and its characters.
an unnecessary movie
This movie has nothing to do with X-men besides the names of 2 characters, Logan and the Professor, Charles. There is no humor and it is excessively violent. And it is just plain boring. Logan is aging and keeping the Professor safe. Then some how this woman whose escaped from Mexico with a mutant child that was made by the government finds him and wants him to take the girl , Laura. He doesn't want to but the girl hitches a ride when he visits the Professor and of course he says they must help her.
Then the middle of the film is a road trip , where they are getting followed by the bad guys and at this family's farmhouse, they catch up to them and there is a clone of Logan. Just silly. The Professor meets his demise, but the girl has grown on Logan so he takes her to the Canada border where they meet other mutant children. Then of couse, there is a finally battle with the bad guys.
FINAL VERDICT: Ruins other x-men films. It is too long and boring, skip it.
The Shape of Water (2017)
I can't believe this movie was nominated for awards and even won some. Just shows how bad movies have gotten. This film was very mediocre and not worthy of all the praise. First, it is too silly and the plot is just so simplistic. It's about a mute lady, Elisa, whom works as a cleaner at a govenment facility. She finds this sea creature/aquatic man that is being held there. Sadistic investigator, Richard, tortures the creature trying to find out it's capabilites. Elisa sees this and starts bringing it food and befriending it. She decides to kidnapp the creature before it is killed. With help from a couple of friends, her plan works. At home, she falls in love with it, sleeps with it, and floods her bathroom. This part is the silliest of all scenes. Of course, she must avoid Richard until she can release the creature. And the ending is just awful, makes no sense. (spoiler), Richard shoots her and creature, the creature expels the bullets, and jumps in the water with Elisa and I guess they just swim off together to be happily ever after?? Not sure how Elisa breathes underwater.
FINAL VERDICT: No way is this a good, award worthy film. Just shows how the poor quality coming out of Hollywood nowdays. Not worth seeing.
All the Money in the World (2017)
true definition of tightwad
If this movie is accurate, it portrays JP Getty as a real tightwad and uncarring jerk. He is the richest man in the world at the time and his favorite grandson is kidnapped, but he refuses to pay the ransom, which is like pocket change to him. His head of security negotiates with the kidnappers and gets the ransom down to 4 million, but Getty will only give them 1 million because that is all that is tax deductible. Just crazy if it is true. I wonder when the grandson escapes by creating a fire, if that part was true and if the police man that finds him really took bribe money from the kidnappers to turn the kid back over. Was true or just drama made up for the film. I knew that kid was going to be sorry for hopping in the first car to come along. And I didn't get the ending. The kidnappers release the kid, but see the police are out searching for him and instead of trying to get out of town, want to chase the kid down, knowing the cops are looking for the kid. It was like they wanted to get caught. The movie could have been a little shorter, but overall had a good enough story to keep my attention.
FINAL VERDICT: Interesting story about a scrougey, old billionaire. Wonder if all of it was true or what was embellished for the film? Overall, worth watching if you have nothing else to do.
well acted but the story goes no where
I don't get why this movie has gotten so much praise, yeah, it's OK, but slow with a very boring plot. Only the acting can keep your interest for nearly 2 hours. This was more like a hallmark TV movie. Basically, Mildred, decides to put up billboards criticizing the work done by the police in her daughter's murder. In a flash back, we see she carries a lot of guilt because of the last conversation she had with her daughter, but that part is never expanded upon. So of course, people in town get on her back, because the sheriff, Willoughby, is well liked and dying of cancer. She gets a lot of threats and her son gets picked on, but she won't take down the billboards. One side plot which I didn't get why it was thrown in, was Willoughby gives his family a special day, then kills himself. I don't get why that was thrown in. Also, Dixon, one of the "bad" officers but depicted with a heart of gold at the end, beats up the advertising guy, and doesn't go to jail. Instead, he nearly dies at the police station when Mildred sets it on fire. Only to team up with her at the end for vigilante justice. So out of character. So she just leaves her only child left to go hunt someone down; you'd think her son would be her number one priority. It was like just a mesh-pot of story lines thrown in to make a nearly 2 hour run time.
FINAL VERDICT: Just don't go in expecting some kind of murder mystery or action packed. Just regular people doing some dirty things to others because they think they have the right to revenge instead of dealing with their problems and grief.
Baby Driver (2017)
loved the humor in this robbery gone wrong adventure
The best part about this movie was the dark humor and one liners. It just worked. And I loved the character of Baby, it just works you have this quiet guy listening to music and he can do all these cool tricks with a car. Spacy was good as the ringleader in all this. Not only were the car chase scenes excellent, but the on the foot scenes well shot too. Some parts I still don't get. Like why did Baby slam on the gas and run into the back of the truck on the last heist. It's like he wanted to give up but then he ran. And I don't think he should have gone back the waitress while on the run. He knew what would happen. Just look over some of the plot holes.
FINAL VERDICT: Super fun robbery film with some humor. Definitely worth checking out.
Justice League (2017)
Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill are terrible actors in this
When 2 of the main characters are awful, the movie isn't going to be very good. Ben Affleck is the worst Batman, his fake gruff voice is just terrible. And Henry Cavill is so wooden, nothing like Christopher Reeve. The only character I liked in this was Wonder Woman, at least she had a little personality. The story and villain was awful. Was Steppenwolf just something they made up or was he in the comics, I have no idea. All I know having him try to obtain 3 boxes, which all were pretty easy to get, then the final battle was just boring. And they just threw in all these supporting characters from other super hero films, I'm just tired of all these comic book movies.
FINAL VERDICT: Like most marvel comic movies, not worth your time.
nick jonas ruined it
One thing for sure nick jonas is such a terrible actor, I don't want to see him on screen. Anyways, this movie is about 4 teens that get sucked into a video game. In the game, their characters are complete opposites of their real selves. They must solve the mystery of the island and return this emerald to the top of some peek. Like a game, they have 3 lives and learn to use death to their advantage. Along the way, the meet, Alex, played by nick jonas, whom was a teen that went missing 20 years ago. He has been stuck in the game, not able to advance. There is some crazy CGI I can only assume meant to look video game listic. Like stampeding rhinos, attacking hippos, a den of snakes, driving a bike over impossible terrain. The tone is kept light hearted, trying to be funny at times.
FINAL VERDICT: I think this is geared for 12 year olds, just too silly for me to say it's worth watching.
the clown needed to be scarier
This movie was OK, but it needed some more action and some more scares. I take it an evil demon is terrorizing this town and it's just not scary enough. The clown's cgi teeth didn't look real, more silly. And just too much of the kids sitting around talking and not moving the plot along. Having blood spew forth from a sink soaking the bathroom was not scary. And having a couple of mean bullies not scary, should have had them meet a gruesome death.
FINAL VERDICT: For Stephen King fans, plot too slow for most people.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
This movie was out there, but in a fun way. The car chase in the beginning was very silly, but fun. I liked the way they shot it. And having Julian Moore's character, Poppy, be a fun crazy drug lord. Good idea. Even Elton John had some laughs with his cameo. And it's just funny to think of a "Poppyland" in the middle of the Cambodian jungle. Channing Tatum was good, wished he had more air time. The movie is bascially like a satirical James Bond. I liked how they had fun with the cool gadgets.
FINAL VERDICT: A good choice if you just want a fun adventure flick
American Made (2017)
This is the first movie Tom Cruise has done in a long time that I acutally liked. He plays a real guy Barry Seal, whom was recruited by the CIA to smuggle guns to South America. Along the way he got mixed up the drug cartels and started smuggling drugs back the USA. Of course, he made a lot of unexplained money and eventually it was all going to catch back up to him. The movie teaches a good lesson to remember: don't screw over the cartel. Barry met the fate that he couldn't out run once he was outed for spying for the US government on the cartels.
FINAL VERDICT: Good story, worth a watch.
Fahrenheit 451 (2018)
What I found so confusing and still don't get is why did society want to destroy all the books and videos and such. Why did they want to erase history, because of the second Civil War? I don't get it. I never saw the original film, so I'm not sure how this one differs. But Michael Shannon is the only great thing about
this movie. And what were those sayings he had written down on little pieces of paper and then would burn them. I have no idea what that meant. As already stated, I didn't get the plot. The film should have explained more. And how were people going to get all this knowledge from the DNA of a bird. Too sci-fi for me. And how would people know which animals carried the knowledge? More needed to be explained.
FINAL VERDICT: too many plot holes. just skip it.
This movie was just plain bad with bad acting. You think it's going to be about some spirit after these doctors after they pass over into the afterlife, but no instead it's their conscience. You see they are haunted by someone or something that they have done in their lives that has hurt someone. No demon, no evil
spirit, just visions haunting them about something they feel guilty about. One girl feels guilt because she was an in accident and her sister died. She didn't do anything intential, just an accident. Another guy sees some girl he ditched when she was going to get an abortion, Scary?? Another girl changed some
medical test results and another one picked on a girl in high school and sent out embarrassing pics of her. And that's it.
FINAL VERDICT: Boring, not scary, just silly.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
The plot to this movie was so stereo-typical and easy to figure out. There was no suspense to anything. You knew who the bad guys were and what they were lying about. And I didn't really care for the look of the film. For example, the look of Major's robot body was just weird, like she's wearing nude spandex.
And the sci-fi aspect of this was just boring, half human half machine. That's not original. And of course you knew there had been many experiments. Basically, Major, half human and half machine is trying to figure out her origins and meets someone whom came before her who is killing the top scientists at
this company that is developing the AI robots. Soon, she learns his reasons for murder aren't that sinister and that there are others whom are more evil.
FINAL VERDICT: Skip it, the story isn't that great.
Girls Trip (2017)
raunchy doesn't equal funny
This is one of the raunchiest and disgusting movies to come out in a long time. There were a few funny things, like when the flossy possy is tripping in the club. Treating a lamp like a person is funny. Also when Dina gets fired but is still like " I will see you Tuesday morning." But most of it was gross like the ziplning acorss the street and the golden showers, yuk. The grapefruit, ooh. Then all the swearing that was just over the top. That is not funny. Having Dina just be a foul mouthed gross woman, just not good.
FINAL VERDICT: Just too rude not for the prude. For most, this is a skip.
The Mummy (2017)
Tom Cruise has just lost IT
Whatever Tom Cruise had that made him a big star is basically gone. He just doesn't have IT. I think a lot of people are turned off because of the whole sciencetology thing with him. Any ways, he plays some army dude stealing ancient artifacts in the middle east. That doesn't even make sense. Anyways, they find a tomb of a cursed Egyptian queen whom turned evil. He's the chosen since he cut the rope, causing her tomb to be found. They take the tomb back to Europe and she causes the plane to crash where this cursed dagger is hidden. Nick (Cruise) dies but comes back to life and his body is in perfect condition. So him and the archiologist Jenny come across the evil Queen and her dead servants. The queen is captured in a silly way because you could not do that to something super natural. Any ways, Nick is taken to the guy in charge, Dr. Jekyll. What, since when did Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde show up in a Mummy film. So weird. So of course there is a late fight and Nick must become the chosen and then easily defeats the queen. How is that he is so much more powerful than her. Did not make sense. Any ways, it ended set up for a sequel, but it didn't do that well, so who knows if it will get made.
Silly, but ok special effects. Teens will probably like it.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
liked the late 80s theme
I liked all the 80s pop music best. Just something about the music went so well with the fight scenes. And the fight scenes were cool and I liked how they filmed it with the different colored filters. On the negative, the plot was confusing because I got lost as to who was double crossing whom. And was Lorraine really working for the Americans? Is that what the last scene meant? I have no idea.
FINAL VERDICT: Cool popcorn flick with a hot lead actress. Worth checking out.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
why did marvel just forget about the comics?
In this version of spiderman, it's like marvel just said screw the comics. We'll just make up a bunch of stuff. There is no Uncle Ben, and Aunt May is way to young. Peter isn't into photography. And where does Iron Man fit into a Spiderman movie. Also, since this movie is like a reboot with Peter back in high school and only 15, I would have liked to see the movie show how Peter developed his powers. The movie could have had Peter tell Ned the story of how he got spider powers in flashbacks. The story just pales in comparrison to the first Spiderman movie. I did like the Vultures costume and special effects with him. But Spiderman's suit is all gadetted out and I didn't think that ever happened.
FINAL VERDICT: Not that great compared to some of the other Spidey films. The best part about the film was the jokes.
Wonder Woman (2017)
one of he better superhero movies
I liked this movie a lot. Where I think the most improvement could have been made is in the script. I wished it had a few more funny lines, like the way the very first Spiderman had. I liked how the beginning showed the childhood of Diana and how she became a warrior and the land she came from. I liked the idea of how she entered the human world and the reasons why. It made sense. The action scenes were done well, I especially liked the ending scenes with Aries and how Diana defeated him.
FINAL VERDICT: Much better than most of the other superhero movies out there. At least this had a good plot and just wasn't plain silly. Definitely recommend.
Everything, Everything (2017)
completely unexpected direction
This movie seemed like one thing but then went in a totally different direction. Maddy is an 18 year old that has no immune system and has lived in a bubble her whole life. Her mom is a doctor and has been caring for her since her husband and other child died. Olly moves next door and Maddy is infactuated. They start texting and calling and soon maddy talks her nurse into letting him come over against her mom's wishes. Olly and Maddy grow closer and one day Maddy runs outside when Olly is in trouble. So Maddy's mom has a cow and says the friendship must stop. Maddy agrees at first but then the wanting to live takes over and she takes a trip with Olly to Hawaii. There she gets sick and mom comes to the rescue.
Olly moves to New York and a few weeks later Maddy gets a call from the doctor in Hawaii and learns she doesn't have SCID. She just got sick because she has never been exposed to anything. She confronts her mom and wants to see papers where it says she was diagnosed with it. Her mom doesn't have any . Basically her mom made up the diagnosis to keep her in the house because of the car wreck that took her husband and son.
How awful. I was not expecting this. The mom is lucky Maddy would even talk to her in the next 10 years. But it seems like Maddy understands. She must be the most forgiving person ever. Her mom kept her in a bubble for her own selfish reasons and since she was a doctor pretended like she had the diagnosis.
Anyways, Maddy goes to meet Olly and the end.
FINAL VERDICT: Ok teen film, but the mother is truly awful in the end. I'd only recommend it for teens.
The Rendezvous (2016)
a dessert adventure
Rachel goes to Jordan to identify her brother's body, there she is involved in a religious mystery with help of us agent, Jake. They get kidnapped, wander through the dessert, and of course, people whom seem
like friends are really enemies.
FINAL VERDICT: OK, reminded me of Romancing the Stone except this takes place in the dessert and it is not as good. OK for a background movie while you do other things.
psycho ex, could it get any worse
This movie was just plain bad. It had no originality and this type of film has been done many times over. Guy dumps crazy ex, has new girl, ex gets jealous and turns psycho. In this case the ex, lures the new girl's abusive ex to her house. Once new girl leaves, ex kills the abusive guy. Ex pretends the new girl pushes her down the stairs and tries to make it look like can't keep the kid safe. Guy feels bad for the ex, after all she is still alone. Once guy realizes ex has been manipulating the whole situation, she attacks him and it's up to new girl to save the day.
FINAL VERDICT: Terrible acting, terrible story, not worth anyone's time.
Office Christmas Party (2016)
there really wasn't a point to this movie
The biggest problem with this movie was it was pointless. The gist is up-tight sis, Carol, visits her brother at the company branch in Chicago. She tells him he has 2 days to increase sales by 12 percent or they will have to fire 40 percent of the employees. So, her brother, Clay, and his compadres throw a Christmas party against Carol's wishes in order to impress this guy whom they are trying to sign to a contract.
So they through a huge party at the office, hundreds that aren't even employees show up, and some how Clay is taken by this lady pimp. In his rescue, the internet is wiped out in the entire city. And employee Tracey comes up with some idea that made no sense but restores internet and this some how saves the company. I didn't get that part.
FINAL VERDICT: Not very good, skip it.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
cool monster movie
I thought this move was pretty good, mainly because of the great special effects. Kong looks great, he looks real, the skull crawlers were good and the giant buffalo. The story was pretty basic. Investors hire army guys to go to a hidden island for research but in reality it is to prove the existence of monsters. They anger Kong, so he kills some of the men and commander wants revenge. Some of the others realize Kong is of importance to the island after meeting a long lost WWII soldier. So you have the final battle between evil commander, good guys and Kong and of course the evilest beast on the island thrown in.
FINAL VERDICT: Lots of cool special effects. It's eye candy, so IMO worth watching.