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Incredibles 2- Almost as Much Fun as the Original!

Incredibles 2 – Helen Parr/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Jack-Jack, Violet Parr (Sarah Vowell), Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Dash Parr (Huck Milner) – Image courtesy of Disney•Pixar.

Fans of Pixar’s The Incredibles have been clamoring for a sequel for over a decade. Now, after 14 (!) years, it’s here and it’s almost as good as the original (the only way it could be better would if we’d never met these characters before…).

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Welcome to The Hotel Artemis – Members Only!

Hotel Artemis – Everest (Dave Bautista) and Nurse (Jodie Foster) – Photo by Matt Kennedy/Courtesy of Global Road Entertainment

Hotel Artemis is a dystopian tale about a members/criminals only medical facility set in 2028 Los Angeles – where a corporation is the beneficiary of privatized water.

Riots ensue, but Hotel Artemis remains open for business.

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Ocean’s 8: Lacks the Magic to Make It Great

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock, left) leads Lou, Nine Ball, and Amita (L-R: Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling) on a wild heist in OCEAN’S 8. Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.

Ocean’s 8 is story of Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), a convicted con artist who decides upon her release from prison that she is going to pull one giant job—a jewelry heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during one of its annual galas. Debbie’s line of work runs in the family as she is the brother of one Danny Ocean (George Clooney from the previous installments in the series).  As soon as fresh air is on her face, Debbie puts her plan into motion, starting with recruitment. Continue reading Ocean’s 8: Lacks the Magic to Make It Great

Solo: A Star Wars Story Is Swashbuckling Fun!

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – Photo courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd..

It took less than five minutes for me to just accept that Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo. That is what’s known as an achievement.

With all the behind-the-scenes drama in the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the finished product is simultaneously better than I expected and not quite as much as I was hoping for.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story with a Tone of its Own – Updated w/ the 4DX Experience

Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) weigh their options mid-heist in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Photos courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

Solo chronicles the adventures of a young ruffian named Han (Alden Ehrenreich) who fans of Star Wars lore know will one day grow up to be the beloved rogue made famous by Harrison Ford. Han lives day to day on the slum planet of Corellia where he dreams to get out from under the oppressive rule of Lady Proxima (Linda Hunt), become a pilot, and tour the galaxy with his love Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). While making their escape, the two are separated and only Han is able to flee vowing to return for Qi’ra one day. Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story with a Tone of its Own – Updated w/ the 4DX Experience

Deadpool 2: Maximum Sequel

Ryan Reynolds returns as Wade Wilson, the Merc-with-a-Mouth in DEADPOOL 2

Deadpool 2 opens with the day-to-day living of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). Deadpool, the merc-with-a-mouth, is gainfully employed as a globe-trotting, wise-cracking assassin who dispatches foes ruthlessly and with grotesque creativity (credit where credit is due). Supporting him endlessly is his love Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and overall life is grand. A time-traveling mutant named Cable (Josh Brolin) is about to test all of that. Continue reading Deadpool 2: Maximum Sequel

Avengers: Infinity War – Ka-Boom!

Anyone who’s read Marvel comics over the last four decades knows that any prolonged story arc will usually lead to one heckuva blowout in that arc’s conclusion.

That’s exactly what happens in Avengers: Infinity War – the final chapter (or is it?) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s current arc.
Since pretty much every sequence in Infinity War is, in some way, a spoiler, this is a review that’s proved difficult. But here we go…

People die.

People we care about die.

People we don’t care about (or even actively hate) die.

People we care about – but know we probably shouldn’t – die.

Only one character gets even a moderately happy ending.
Technically, the film is directed with panache; the CGI are bloody brilliant; every character gets a moment (or two) to shine.
The film’s running time of 149 minutes does not feel nearly that long.

Even though I’ve read some of the comics upon which Infinity War is based, my first reaction to film as a whole was, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

Avengers: Infinity War is not the best of the Marvel movies – not by a long shot – but it’s entertaining as hell for those who like the big blowout issues of certain Marvel Comics arcs (like, say, Infinity War).

For anyone who’s never seen a Marvel movie, this will likely confuse and frustrate you.

For fans of the comics and the previous Marvel movies, Infinity War will bring the current cycle of the studio’s films to a poignant semi-conclusion.

Note: there’s only one post-credits tag – at the very end of the credits – and it’s a good one.

Final Grade: B+

A Quiet Place Is a Haunting Post-Apocalyptic Tale!

A Quiet Place – Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) – Photo courtesy of  Paramount Pictures.

First, let me make something perfectly clear – I can’t decide whether A Quiet Place is an alien invasion movie cleverly disguised as a horror movie, or a horror movie cleverly disguised as an alien invasion movie.

Whatever the case, it’s a clever, original, haunting frequently scary film that has, at its heart, the bonds of family.

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Ready Player One – Visual Flair can’t disguise an Empty Experience

A scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’, Amblin Entertainment’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “READY PLAYER ONE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

I’ve never read the book for Ready Player One, so feel free to stop reading this review now.  Still here? Good. The great Steven Spielberg has crafted one of his worst films ever. With that said, even a bad Spielberg film is well worth watching. Ok, not A.I. Artificial Intelligence that movie is unwatchable.  All I knew about this film was to expect visual eye-candy and the movie delivers in spades. This movie is basically a live action Wreck It Ralph without that horrible middle.

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Ready Player One Is A Great Popcorn Movie!

Ready Player One – Wade Watts/Parzival (Tye Sheridan) – Photo by Jaap Buttendijk/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

In a dystopian future, most people try to escape their pitiful real lives by entering a cyberworld called The OASIS. When the OASIS’ creator dies, he sets in motion an Easter egg hunt with the winner gaining his fortune and complete control of the OASIS.

Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and four fellow gunters (Easter egg hunters) team up to beat corporate monolith Innovative Online Industries (I.O.I.), fronted by the slick Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) – who has hundreds of experts behind the scenes, feeding him information and taking hits in the games – to the prize.

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