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The Mule (2018)
Eastwood at his best
This type of story suits Clint Eastwood to a tee. He plays an old-timer whom has not been the greatest husband or farther as work always came first. In his old age, he tries to make amends and needs some fast money since he lost his farm. A guest at his grand daughter's engagement party gives him a number to call for fast money. Soon he is the cartel's oldest mule and starts getting the biggest deliveries since he is not suspicious. He even gets to stay a the head honcho's ranch in Mexico.
But the boss gets terminated and the new guy in charge has much stricter rules. Earl can't be late and has to drive the correct route. What he doesn't know is the DEA is hot on his trail. They know he drives a black truck, but still miss him. Earl gets a call to return home during a haul because his ex-wife is dying. At first he says no but shows up any ways knowing the trouble he's in with the cartel. So he attends the funeral then gets on the road for the delivery. The DEA is still on the hunt and hear the cartel talk about killing him. And he gets caught so lives another day, but I didn't get the ending in the court room. He made amends with hits family but instead of trying to get a lighter sentence, he pleads guilty. Why, he was back in this family's good graces.
FINAL VERDICT: Good drama about an old man trying to make up time with his family with a little illegal activity on his side. Check it out.
decent story and special effects
Aquaman was better than I expected. While the special effects are out there, they do seem some what believable. All the sea creatures that are used for transportation was cool as well as the battle between Arthur and the Black Manta. The Black Manta seemed like a side plot that didn't need to be there, but I guess he will come into play with the sequel. I don't think the acting was very good, Jason Momoa and Amber Heard just didn't give much emotion and their "funny" scenes fell flat. But you aren't watching this for the acting but for the action.
FINAL VERDICT: One of the better Marvel films, it's a fun ride.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
you need great music for a movie about a band...
And you have it here. I've heard of Queen, but never knew much about the band or Freddie Mercury. Nor did I know they were responsible for so many great songs. So, I found the movie entertaining. As with any rock band, you've got drugs and hook ups and band break ups, but in the end, they stick together.
FINAL VERDICT: Good story and most importantly great music. Worth a view.
A Star Is Born (2018)
ok songs, needed better character development
Yes Lady Gaga has a few good songs in this but the biggest fault of this film is the relationship between Ally and Jackson. Not enough time was spent on it and I just didn't buy them falling in love and getting married in such a short time. I mean Jack goes missing because he gets drunk and then in the next scene Ally is ready to marry him. She obviously was disapproving of his drinking but is ready to marry him even though he is no where near ready to give up the bottle. And the movie doesn't portray her is money hungry and going after him for fame. She wouldn't have married him. And when Jack gets drunk at the Grammy's that would not have happened. Directors or producers would not let an act go on stage completely hammered like that. Neither would have Jack's manager. And I don't buy Jack deciding to off himself when Ally was sticking by him. Just didn't buy the characters.
FINAL VERDICT: OK , but over-hyped. If you like Gaga or Bradly Cooper, then definitely check it out.
Jamie Lee looking cra cra
The most noticable thing about this movie is Jamie Lee Curtis is looking cra cra with that long , stringy gray hair. The plot is Michael is being transferred and of course as usual it's on Halloween. The bus flips and he escapes and goes on a killing spree. In this version, the killing is pretty gory. Lots of blood and knives through heads. And people don't escape once Michael gets his hands on them. What I didn't get is why didn't the police cancel trick or treating with a serial killer on the loose. And why didn't they warn the public about Micheal. And why when there is a bunch of people slaughtered at a gas station, the whole town is not talking about it but still going about Halloween as usual. Then there is the twist of the doctor going cra cra by killing the cop because he can't stand to see Michael die, too much in science would be lost. The tricked out house at the end was cool. Laurie had set all kinds of traps for Michael and one supposedly worked until they decide to make another sequel.
FINAL VERDICT: Fun film for what it is.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
a rom-com that's actually funny
This movie had a good story, but most importantly was actually funny. It's about a rich son, Nick, whom returns home to Singapore with his girlfriend, Rachel, whom didn't know his family is worth billions. They are there to attend a wedding and for Rachel to meet the family. Of course, some people don't favor Rachel because she doesn't come from a wealthy family. So it's about Rachel finding a way to fit in. The best parts of the movie are when Rachel is visiting her friend, Peik, and her family. They are very funny.
FINAL VERDICT: One of the better comedies in a long time. Check it out.
The Meg (2018)
You have a hot lead (Statham) , a giant shark, bad acting, a villain that gets what he deserves, one liners, and a decent plot. What else do you need for a fun flick. While this was no master piece, it was still fun to watch. The shark effects were pretty good, not awful like the movies on the sci fi channel. And how can you not love a scene in which someone jumps in the water with a 100 ft shark looking to hit it with a tracker, or inject poison. The final death scene of the meg was cool too. But the smaller sharks were worse CGI effects.
FINAL VERDICT: If you love sharks, this is a must watch. It's fun and entertaining.
for once a good marvel comic film
I liked Venom, much better than other recent efforts based on marvel comics. It had lots of comical elements to it, plus a good villain. I especially like the restaurant scene, eating the lobster, and lots of funny things when Eddie and Venom communicate. Special effects were very good, and girlfriend role added something to the film.
FINAL VERDICT: Check it out, good story, good humor, good actions
a thriller mystery solved online
This movie is different in the way the mystery is solved. The main character, David, solves the mystery of his daughter's disappearance by using online technology. His daughter, Margot doesn't come home and is missing. He finds out she was keeping secrets from him. He uses the computer to try to find out her friends, what she did , and question them. He finally calls the police. Enter Detective Vick whom is in charge of the case. She investigates any online friends that David gives her. Her conclusion is Margot ran away. She even tells David a story about her own son and how he cheated neighbors out of money as an example of how we don't know out own kids. That story seemed a little out of place, hint, hint.
David finally discovers where Margot drove her car and they find it but not her. The case makes national news. There is one tense moment in which David starts suspecting her own brother. Finally David discovers one of Margot's online friends was using a fake photo, he calls the police trying to a hold of Vick and learns she volunteered for the case. The pieces fall together.
FINAL VERDICT: Interesting mystery solved online. I didn't see the final twist at the end coming. I don't think it's realistic that any of it could of happened, but still fun to watch. Go check it out.
one of the worst adventure scripts ever written
I don't know how this script got a go ahead. It's terrible and this is by far the worst movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. The action scenes are awful because they are so unbelievable. Like in the beginning, when Owen and Claire go to the dinosaur island and the volcano explodes. First Owen is paralyzed, yet comes around right when the lava is mere inches away. Then when he is running from the volcano blast, some how he can out run it, when the dinosaurs can't. And he can hold is breathe long enough to get Claire and Franklin out of the bubble. Then the launch of the truck to make the boat as its leaving. That was impossible. Then you have the one dimensional villain whom wants to sell the dinosaurs. And of the course the ending, no one would have made that decision. I guess in the sequel the US mainland will be a dino kill zone.
FINAL VERDICT: Even the special effects can't save this movie. It's too bad. If you are over the age of 12, don't watch this.
do you smell what the Rock is cooking: yes, a bad egg
This is by far one of Dwayne Johnson's worst films. This is what you would call a paycheck movie. It's basically a rip off of Die Hard. Except there are stupid villains and the hero does all these crazy impossible stunts to save the day. Dialogue and acting were awful. And this is worse than Johnson's kid films because it is supposed to be taken more seriously. How many times can I guy hang on with one hand to a narrow ledge on the world's tallest building and not fall to his death, well the answer is in this movie. How many times can you dodge a crashing, flipping helicopter?
FINAL VERDICT: Too silly to be a good action film. Skip it.
Breaking In (2018)
so many whys
This film is filled with so many stupid choices. Like why did the criminals have to kill the house owner to rob the house. His daughter, Shaun, says he doesn't even come out to the house any more, he stays at his home in town. So logically, the criminals don't need to kill him to rob the house. Then on the weekend they decide to break in and find Shaun and her 2 kids there, why not wait till Monday when they are gone, then rob the place. They had plenty of opportunity to rob the house with no one there. And why do the robbers stick around after getting the money. Just leave. And why does Shaun have the fighting capabilities of a navy seal. Where did she get her "training?" And why doesn't Shaun get her phone she left outside the garage, it didn't appear to be broken? And when the daughter escapes the locked room to look for her phone in the other bedroom, why does she stop looking once finding her mom? If the phone is in that room, they both should have been looking every where. And the robbers, say they got 90 minutes to get the phone lines back on, or the security company will call the police. Well it certainly seemed like way more than 90 minutes went by during this cat and mouse game. So, why no police?
FINAL VERDICT: Not good, the whole story is just preposterous.
what's real and what's not...
That's what you should ask yourself when watching this movie. I thought it was pretty good and had a twist that I could guess. Marlo is a mom of 2 expecting a third. Her son most likely has some form of undiagoised autism. She is very stressed out after having the third kid and her son's school wants to dismiss him. Her brother suggests a night nanny and gives her a phone number. After more stress and being so tired, she calls the nanny. What doesn't make sense is why the husband doesn't come down to meet the nanny on her first night. I thought that was very weird, but later it all makes sense. The nanny, Tully, cleans up and even makes cupcakes, and listens to Marlo. Marlo is getting more sleep at night and feeling better. One night, Tully says she has to quit and Marlo goes with her to the city to a bar on the last night. They get drunk and Marlo crashes her van in a river, but some how gets out. That's when we learn Tully was Marlo's maiden name and her vision of her younger self. There was no nanny coming over and Marlo was making it all up in her mind. What I didn't get is why did her husband never ask to meet the nanny or inquire how much she earned? Also was the whole conversation Marlo had with her brother about the nanny real, did he give her a real phone number?
FINAL VERDICT: An interesting drama that's not the same ole same old. I recommend it.
Ocean's Eight (2018)
not enough originality
This film really lacked originality and that's its biggest downfall. And it is just not as good as Clooney's Ocean films. First, Debbie Ocean is just not that likable. She does nothing that makes you root for her to pull the con off. And why would housewife, Tammy, with kids want to get involved with this. There needed to be more back story. And why would the MET hire new employees to be in charge of things right before the gala. It was fun to see the gals pull if off, but it provided nothing new.
FINAL VERDICT: OK, perhaps a fun watch while you have something else to work on,
I Feel Pretty (2018)
It's all about confidence: that is the lesson learned
Normally, I really don't care for Amy Schumer, but she was actually good in this. At the beginning of the film, she has low self-esteem, seeing herself as frumpy, chubby, and not all that attractive. She bumps her head in cycle class, and wakes up seeing herself in a whole new light. Even though she really didn't change, she now sees a very good looking woman in the mirror whom looks perfect. And with her perfect looks, she now has all the confidence in the world. She applies for her dream job as a receptionist at makeup company, Lilly Leclair. She gets the job and is soon giving the CEO advice about the new makeup launch. She meets a guy and it works out. Everything is going her way, until she hits her head and again, and wakes up and sees her old self in the mirror. It takes some time but she gets her confidence back and gives a great performance at the new makeup launch. And everything works out for.
FINAL VERDICT: I thought it had some funny scenes and had a message that looks aren't everything. Worth seeing if you want a chick flick.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
why was this movie made
The biggest question I have about this movie is Why? The first film had cool robots and silly story, well this film has even worse story. It seems the kaiju were defeated and the world is trying to repair itself. The son, Jake, whose dad saved the world, gets sent to train cadets to operate jaeger. It seems new technology is introducing drones to pilot the jaegers, making rangers obsolete. Of course, there is a bad apple that uses the drones for destruction and to bring back kaiju. And all the pilots get killed in an attack, leaving Jake, hot guy Nate, and the cadets to pilot the last 4 jaegers. So you got crazy battle scenes that are too unrealistic to be really cool. Of course against all odds, our barely trained cadets defeat the kaiju and save the world in the nick of time.
FINAL VERDICT: bad sci-fi film. Only recommended for 13 year old boys whom are still into video games.
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.