Skyscraper

7/13/2018



       8.0 Out of 10.0


Who knew The Rock could be such a good actor. In this remake of Die Hard he plays a guy trying to rescue his family from a building taken over by a group of terrorists. Not only does he do it but he does it well!
Skyscraper had me on the edge of my seat and actually clapping when the movie was over! Kudos to you Dwane. One again I smelled what you were cooking and once again I liked it!!

Ocean’s Eight

7/1/2018


        

9 Out of 10.0



I haven’t seen any of the more recent ones but I was a huge fan of the first. Ocean’s Eleven (the one with Frank, Sammy, Dean, etc) was true Hollywood at its best. Ocean’s Eight was a similar story. A big heist at its best. I’m guilty of not knowing all of the superstars involved but maybe that’s what made it even better.
Ocean’s Eight was a really good movie. Kept you on your toes until the end!

Incredibles II

6/15/2018


    

7.0 Out of 10


The first one was just OK, this one is better. Plot was a little hard to follow (especially in a movie made for little kids.) The story was simple but twisted Incredibles II was well animated and put together but,it seemed a little too much like a commercial for stuffed animals.
The best part of this movie was the short at the beginning. About a woman and her imaginary child. It may be a little too advanced for the young ones but I really enjoyed it. For me it was the best part of the film.

Upgrade

6/18/2010


       

8 out of 10.0



Being in a wheelchair and a quadriplegic myself, I was psyched to see this movie from the time I saw the trailer. Let’s just say it did not disappoint! It takes place in the future. The guys wife is killed in a car crash and he is left a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. One of his clients before he was hurt was a billionaire tech-guy. He invented this thing he could put in his spine to let him walk. It goes on from there but let’s just say it’s very exciting.
Imagine Terminator meets RoboCop meets Death Wish.

Oceans Eight

6/8/2018


        

9 Out of 10.0



I haven’t seen any of the more recent ones but I was a huge fan of the first. Ocean’s Eleven (the one with Frank, Sammy, Dean, etc) was true Hollywood at its best. Ocean’s Eight was a similar story. A big heist at its best. I’m guilty of not knowing all of the superstars involved but maybe that’s what made it even better.
Ocean’s Eight was a really good movie. Kept you on your toes until the end!

Solo : A Star Wars Movie

5/25/2018


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6 Out of 10



Star Wars is a tough name to live up to.  This movie did the best that it could.  It’s hard to jump into the middle and expect that everyone knows what’s going on.  It was fun to see where Chewbacca came from and the history of the Han Solo character.  The story was a bit of a stretch (but aren’t they all these days) but easy enough to follow.
For true Star Wars fans they might have been a little let down but as the casual fan I consider myself to be, it was an ok movie for me.

Deadpool 2

5/17/2018


   

5 Out of 10



I wanted it to be so much more.  The first one really hit me by surprise.  I was new to the whole move thing at that point and had no idea what to expect. This one I had high hopes for and it really didn’t live up to them.  Too much going on.  Too cute for itself but, Deadpool 2 just wasn’t the movie it had the potential to be.
Maybe I’m just “superheroed” out.  Too many lately.  The Avengers.  Black Panther.  Superman.  Spiderman.  Etc.  I just can’t keep up!  Maybe we all do?  It just felt like it was too much too soon.  Maybe it’s time for us all to just get back to realiy.  (Even if only for just a little while!)

Avengers : Infinity War

5/8/2018


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7 Out of 10



I went in having seen all (or most) of the other Avenger movies before this one.  Even watched Superman last night.  There was way too much CGI and not enough of the actors.  The story was pretty straightforward.  A bad guy wants to take over the world and they want to stop him.  There was a lot of back story going on.  He hates this one.  Those two are a couple.  Just too much for me to keep track of.
I can’t say I didn’t like it but it wasn’t made for someone who wasn’t an Avengers pro.  when it’s released with a director’s track to explain it all to me, I’m sure I will enjoy it much more.  **MOVIEPASS HAS CHANGED THEIR TERMS.  YOU ARE NOW ALLOWED TO SEE EACH MOVIE ONLY ONCE!**  Not sure if this is the finale or if there will be any more.  This didn’t really wap it all up.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions.  It was better then good just not as great as it could have been.

Super Troopers 2

4/20/2018

(Get it? 420!)


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6 Out of 10



I saw the first one and consider myself a fan. This one wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. You’ve heard of “jumping the shark?” These movies are in the water swimming with the shark! They’re stupid. They’re pointless. The stories don’t even make sense but they’re also not a bad way to spend an afternoon!
At least they know who they are and don’t try to pretend to be something they’re not. Sorry I can’t get wasted, eat an entire bucket of popcorn (which I did anyway), turn off my brain and crack up with all of the other stoners in the theater! To all the Supertrooper fans of the world, unite, blaze one for me and enjoy!

Rampage

4/18/2018


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6 Out of 10



It’s The Rock.  Again!  In a movie with a preview for his next.  Has Hollywood run out of leading men?  When’s the last time you met a guy who was fluent in sign language with gorillas, was a decorated war hero, knew how to fly helicopters and managed to have a body like The Rock?!  When I get a splinter, it’s hurts like hell.  He gets shot and just “walks it off!”
     It was entertaining, the story was ok and the movie wasn’t too long.  I smell what The Rock is cooking.  What he’s cooking here is a movie that was just ok.  That’s for me, a 50 year old man.  Maybe if I was a 13 year old boy, it’s the next Indiana Jones!

A Quiet Place

4/11/2018


     

6 Out of 10



I like to know what I’m getting in for. Who’s after me? What I did wrong? Is there anything I can do to make it better? All of those things were my problems with A Quiet Place. Who are these people? Why are they alone? What happened to get them there?
Thankfully I didn’t get popcorn because there wasn’t a chance to eat it throughout the whole movie. I felt guilty enough with just the sound of my Whoppers rolling around in the box! Jim from The Office has come a long way from his days with Pam.
It’s easy to scare someone by just saying, “Boo!” That’s pretty much the whole thing that’s scary about this movie. Not bad. Not great!

Ready Player One

4/4/2018


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8.0 Out of 10



It was Speilberg so I knew to expect something good.  Just look at the guy’s track record and you know anything he makes is going to be good.  He did it again.  This time he took us for a trip into the land of virtual reality.  Just by him doing so, the future of virtual reality or any other similar technology took 10 steps forward.  The characters were simple.  The plot was predictable but the story was enough to keep me entertained.

Tomb Raider (2018)

3/19/2018


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7.5 Out of 10



I never saw the original so I had nothing to compare this to but on its own this was a pretty good movie.  Lara Croft is trying to make it on her own.  She is a street fighter, bicycle messenger and all around tough young girl.  The secret is she’s worth millions of dollars  if she will just sign a paper admitting her father is dead. She believes different.  It’s been seven years and she still has faith he’s alive.
She decides to pawn the jade necklace he gave her and go to search for him.  It turns out she is right.  He has been hiding on an island trying to stop people from entering a hidden tomb that holds the secret to life itself.  After somehow getting there and finding him, she manages to break the “code” that opens the tomb and finds out what the secret really is.  Instead of being the cure to save humanity, it turns out it is a disease that if released will kill the world.  There are two teams involved here.  Lara, her father and all of the good guys.  The other team is made up of the ‘bad” guys who want to get at the secret and turn it into a fortune.  Together they make it into the tomb and find out what the secret really is.  Lara is the only one to make it out alive and all is taken care of.
After returning home and finally signing the papers, it turns out the company that is owned by Lara and her father, Croft Holdings, are the ones who are making all of the weapons being used to try to break into the tomb.  The woman who is running the company is really the one who is trying to take over the world.  A little preconceived but it works.  Overall, a pretty entertaining movie.

The Hurricane Heist

3/13/2018


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7.0 Out of 10

Excitement from beginning to end.  Also, unbelievable from beginning to end!  sometimes you don’t need big names to make an entertaining movie.  There was noone in this movie I was familiar with (not like that list is very long).  Two brothers start out the movie fleeing a hurraicaine with their father.  He tries to save their lives while trying to free their stuck truck.  He is killed by a flying piece of debris while the house they are sheltered in blows away.  They aren’t even hurt just incase you were worried.
     Fast forward 15years and…

Death Wish

3/10/2018


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7.5 Out of 10



     Now is one of those times that i wish that i was a better writer.  Death Wish was a really good movie.  Entertaining from the beginning to the end.  The story was simple and easy to follow and it was just an easy, no brainer to sit there to watch and be entertained.  Bruce Willis is not the greatest actor ever but he wants revenge on the gang who plotted the robbery of his house, killed his wife, stole all of his things and put his daughter into a coma.  You know he is going to get it!
     Willis plays a surgeon who works in the emergency room of a hospital in the South Side of Chicago so he is no stranger to violence.  But, When it hits his house, he’s out for revenge.  And revenge is exactly what he gets!  he becomes a self-made vigilante and hunts down the murderer of his wife all while managing to hold down his job as head of the emergency room in the biggest hospital.  I said it was entertaining, I didn’t say it was believable!  He becomes a one man killing force who is able to solve the crime that Chicago’s police can’t and gets the revenge that he needs.  Enjoyable, yes.  Believable not so much.

Gringo

3/9/2018


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7.5 Out of 10


Sometimes’ good not to see the preview.  I picked Gringo just because of the time.  It turned out to be a surprisingly good movie about a guy and his adventures on a trip to Mexico.  He works for his friend who turns out to be a total jerk (for reasons which are never totally explained!)  On his trip to Mexico to check out the companies factory, his boss and his girlfriend deceide to come along.  It turns out their company is a pharmaceutical company which produce a syntheic form of marajuana to cure pain.  As it turns out, the company is in business with a Mexican drug lord who is not ready to stop doing business.  (Why they couldnt all work together is never really explained.)
    On his trip to Mexico, the main charachter finds out that his boss (his best friend since they were kids) is planning to fire him, having an affair with his wife, having an affair with the other owner of the company, ready to fire him and also ready to sell the company.  Let’s just say there’s alot going on!
     It all wrapsup to be an entertaining movie.  Not great acting, not great casting.  A totally unbelievable story, but entertaing nonethless.

Welcome to New York (Sub-Titles)

2/28/2018


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4 Out of 10



I guess I need to start watching preview or reading the reviews before I go and see these foreign movies.  What I thought was going to be my first Bollywood movie wasn’t!  I wish I could tell you what it was even about.  There were so many different plots going on that I couldn’t even keep track.  One girl worked in a talent agency that was going to put on a show in New York.  Because she couldn’t get a promotion, she was going to sink the contest by entering the worst contestants.  There was also a sub-plot going on where the worst contestants met and fell in love / hate on the plane ride over from India.  The judge was supposed a famous Indian soccer star who hired an identical twin to travel for him so he didn’t have to deal with the paparazzi or any fans who bothered him.
     It turns out the only two winners of this entire nationwide contest were the two main characters (who were forced to share for a reason that was never really explained!)  As the contest draws closer, it turns out there is a plot to kidnap the guy who was the judge.  Who are the ones who foil the kidnapping?  The two people who are the stars of the show!  Confused?  So was I!  There were some singing and dancing numbers but not enough to make it a true Bollywood movie.
     None of the plots were never clearly explained.  Did the main character leave to go on and start her own agency?  Who was trying to kidnap the soccer star and why?  Too many unanswered questions in a movie that never really went anywhere.
  • As a side note, it’s interesting to see an outsider’s point of view of New York City.  For example, I was trying to figure out where the big talent show was taking place.  Parts of it looked like they were filmed in Madison Square Garden.  Parts looked like the Izod Arena and parts looked as if they were just filmed on a soundstage made to look like an arena.

Annihilation

2/26/2018


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4 Out of 10



Confusing science fiction movie that really wasn’t very good.  Not too much more to say about it other then that.  A woman tries to rescue her husband from some kind of virus that is attacking the world.  The biggest problem is that we find out that she’s secretly having an affair with another guy who works at her company.  So why even bother?  That is kind of how I felt when I was leaving the theater after this movie was over, why even bother?

Game Night

2/23/2018


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7 Out of 10



     Pretty good movie starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.  Every week the two of them, along with a group of their friends, get together for a game night.  (Yet the rule is no drinking games which I found weird!)  One week Bateman’s brother shows up and decides he wants to play too.  It turns out he is a billionaire who has done everything great his whole life (or so we are led to believe!)  It also turn out that the competition between the two brothers is so bad it is lowering Bateman’s character’s sperm count to the point where he can’t have kids.  The brother brings the game to his big fancy mansion and changes all of the rules.
     It is no longer a game night of board games but one where he has hired a company to turn the night into a murder mystery.  Or is it?  The winner of the game that night gets to keep the older brother’s new red Corvette Stingray.  As the actors show up and the game night starts, so does all of the fun.  It turns out that the company hired to run the night has been hijacked by some Russian thugs who are after the brother.  It turns out that the brother isn’t the world-class investor he says but an international con-man and drug dealer.  Now we have to figure out who is who.  Who are the members of the acting troupe and who are the real drug dealers ready to kill everyone?
     A Hitchcock thriller it isnt but it is a pretty decent movie…

 

Black Panther

2/16/2018


 

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5.5 Out of 10



The newest of the Marvel series of comic books turned into movies, I thought that Black Panther was just allright.  Nothing special.  It had the crazy special effects that I expected and of course the mandatory appearance of Stan Lee.  There was nothing that I found really took this movie to the next level…

 

Jumanji (3D)

1/3/2018


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7.5 Out of 10



A re-make of a Robin Wlliams movie that I never saw.  This one was really good.  An exciting story of 4 high school students who end up in detention, find an old video game and magically enter the land of one of the games.  Who would have ever thought that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black could have become such huge movie superstars?  Een Kevin Hart starte out as just a stand up comedian.  They all come togetheter (along with some girl I never heard of) to make a very entertaining movie…

 

American Made

10/2/2017


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5.0 Out of 10



Another Tom Cruise movie.  I always died seeing them but I am usually pleasantly surprised at how good they are.  Going all the way back to Risky Business, including Jerry McGuire (You had me at hello!) and all of the Mission Impossible ones, I wanted to hate them all but they were all pretty solid movies.  That was not the case with American Made.  Why?  It was a story that didn’t really need to be told. Especially when we live in the time of Amazon Prime and great series like Narcos, this was just something that just didn’t need to be said…

 

IT (2017)

9/28/2017


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6.5 Out of 10



Based on a Steven King book, I thought this movie was going to be a lot scarier.  It bordered on a comedy for me.  Yes it had its shocking moments but Pennywise the Clown (the scary main character was more of cartoon character then a true villain.  It wasn’t as scary as much as it was a characture of itself.  The closer we got to see it, the less scary it became.  Okay it had glowing eyes and rows and rows of teeth but what is so really scary about that?  Especially when we live in these days and you expect to see someone like that in class with your kids and the teacher explaining to you hoe “they are just a little different.”

 

The Lego Ninjago Movie

9/27/2017


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8.0 Out of 10



This was the first movie that I saw using MoviePass and it was by accident.  I got to the theater and wasn’t sure how to set-up my card.  In the time it took me to activate my account, the movie I wanted to see had already started so I was left with seeing The Lego Ninjago Movie.  It turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise!  I had no idea about the Lego movies and their history and I received quite an education.  They were not only just for kids but also dealt with quite mature themes and ideas and hid them in a juvenile way.  The favorite thing that I remember about this movie was that a cat was the main vilain to the Lego city (and who to be a better enemy to a city made of Legos then a cat) and the secret weapon against the cat was a laster pointer.  Anyone who has ever owned a cat know of their inability to resist the beam of a laser pointer.  They are consumed in following that little dot antwhere it goes…