Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Predator Becomes Michelle’s Prey!

You would think since I grew up in the 80s, Predator should have been one of those franchises that I was all over back in the day. However, shockingly enough, I never sat down and watched any of the Predator films from start to finish. That is until the recent 4K UHD release where I had a marathon and watched 5 hours of glorious carnage. Problem is the trailers ruined what few surprises The Predator had to offer.

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The Predator Starts Fast; Never Slows!

The Predator – Dr. Casey Brackett (Olivia Munn, The Predator (Brian Prince) and Quinn McKenna (Boyd Holbrook) – Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The Predator is the second-best entry in the franchise behind only the original. It’s smart, fast-paced and has some ideas you don’t usually get from a science fiction/action movie.

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Peppermint’s Riley North Makes The Punisher Look Like a Wimp!

Peppermint – Riley North (Jennifer Garner) – Photo by Michael Muller/courtesy of STX.

There’s an admonition about not poking a bear – which means poking a mama bear whose mate and cub you’ve just killed might be a much worse idea.

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Happytime Murders is Full of Fluff

Connie (Melissa McCarthy, L), and Phil (Bill Barretta) survey the scene of potential crime in THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS

The Happytime Murders is the story of Phil (Bill Barretta), a disgraced puppet ex-cop now working as a private investigator, who is drawn back into a world he’d rather forget. Phil’s brother, Larry (Victor Yerrid), used to work on a popular kids’ television show in the 1980s called The Happytime Gang, along with Phil’s ex-girlfriend, Jenny (Elizabeth Banks). Today, all of the former cast members of the The Happytime Gang are getting murdered off, one by one. When The Happytime Gang goes into syndication, the windfall will be equally distributed among the surviving cast-members. Fewer living cast-members means a larger share, and thus a suspected motive emerges. Continue reading Happytime Murders is Full of Fluff

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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