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Crazy Rich Asians – Ostentatious Yet Intimate Romantic Comedy!

Crazy Rich Asians – Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) – Photo by Sanja Bucko/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Crazy Rich Asians takes standard rom-com tropes (boy meets girl; they fall in love; she meets the parents; the parents disapprove) and filters them through Asian and Asian-American perspectives.

Not only does it work, it’s almost perfect.

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The Meg: Mega Big Shark Delivers Bite-Sized Thrills

A prehistoric megalodon terrorizes Chinese waters in THE MEG. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The Meg is story of a super ginormous shark, and the one man who can help stop it—Jonas (Jason Statham). Five years ago, working as a rescue diver, Jonas had what he believed to be an encounter with a sea beast while attempting to save crewmembers from a nuclear sub at the lowest depth he had ever dived. The purported beast interrupted the operation, and Jonas’ choice to abort the mission in order to save those he could cost him his credibility. Continue reading The Meg: Mega Big Shark Delivers Bite-Sized Thrills

Christopher Robin: A Family Treat as Sweet as Hunny

Piglet (L-Nick Mohammed), and Pooh (Jim Cummings) seek assistance in CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

Christopher Robin is the story of a playful dreamer who has grown old and forgotten his craft. When he was a boy, Christopher Robin (Ewan MacGregor) spent his days in the Hundred Acre Woods, going on adventures with his friends. There was Winnie the Pooh (Jim Cummings), a silly old bear with a big heart and simple wisdom; Piglet (Nick Mohammed), a nervous young lad full of imagination running wild; Eeyore (Brad Garrett), a loyal and morose donkey; and Tigger (also Jim Cummings), an overeager joyously bouncy playmate, and many more. The lot of them wasted many hours doing nothing at all in the forest, which often led to wonderful somethings. Continue reading Christopher Robin: A Family Treat as Sweet as Hunny

Mission: Impossible Might Make You Fall Out of Your Chair, After Sitting on its Edge – A 4DX Review

L to R: Benji (Simon Pegg), Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), Ethan (Tom Cruise), and Luther (Ving Rhames) return to stop an international terrorist threat in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the continuing story of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) whom, along with his team, are the people you call when the world needs saving. In their 6th outing, the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) have found themselves facing a dilemma regarding missing plutonium that is likely to be used for nuclear weapons. This is mostly the IMF’s fault due to an exchange gone bad where Hunt decides to save the life of his friend, Luther (Ving Rhames), over completing his mission. Continue reading Mission: Impossible Might Make You Fall Out of Your Chair, After Sitting on its Edge – A 4DX Review

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Is This Summer’s Best Action Movie!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) – Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is unique in several ways: it’s the first time a writer-director has done two consecutive IMF missions; it’s the first time an entry in the series is a direct sequel to the previous one; it’s the first entry in which its star suffered an injury severe enough for the film to take an eight-week hiatus, and it’s the second straight entry to feature a female character – Ilsa Faust – who is as good at her job as Ethan Hunt is at his.

It’s also a non-stop rush – and really puts the impossible in Mission: Impossible.

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Puzzle Has Several Good Pieces, But Can’t Fit Them All Together

Kelly Macdonald stars as Agnes in PUZZLE, a story of a woman trying to put her life back together. Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classic.

Puzzle is the story of Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), a stay-at-home mom who has led a mundane life. She’s married to Louie (David Denman) whom she met young. Louie has good qualities—he’s loyal and devoted—but he suppresses Agnes actively and passively, either announcing family-impacting decisions without her input, or glaring across the dinner table with eyes that scream “know your place.” After Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a random present, her life begins to change. Continue reading Puzzle Has Several Good Pieces, But Can’t Fit Them All Together

The Equalizer 2: Reliably Calm; Reliably Deadly!

Robert McCall, the OCD ex-CIA operative with the imperturbable Zen calm, is back.

Once again played by Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, The Equalizer 2 is pretty much the sequel we’ve been expecting – McCall is now stepping in for those who seemingly can’t be helped and, exacting revenge for the death of a friend.

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Skyscraper – Die Hard in The Towering Inferno It’s Not

Skyscraper – Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) – Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

In Skyscraper, a man has to save his family from the world’s tallest building after a group of mercenaries set it ablaze.

It can’t decide if it wants to be goofy summer fun or an all-out disaster flick. The only real survivors of Skyscraper are Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Is No Vacation!

Just through its playful riffing on famous monsters and legends, the first two entries in the Hotel Transylvania franchise provided some seriously goofy summer fun. The trick was finding a core of great characters and some complementary secondary characters that could hold the screen in support.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation spends so much time on its core characters – and one newcomer – that those delightfully weird secondary characters are left with little to do. The result is a mediocre film that wears out its welcome well before the (admittedly delightful) closing credits.

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