Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Great Wall
Starring: Matt Damon
Rated: PG-13
A mercenary is captured during a battle and is imprisoned in the Great Wall only to discover the secret as to why the wall was built.

The Great Wall” is a better-than-average fantasy action adventure with some surprisingly good special effects and camera work.

Matt Damon, who is admittedly out of his element, does a fair job as “William, “ the warrior who lends his sword and shield to the battle.

“The Great Wall” has a few flaws, but once you get into the thrust of the film, those flaws are forgivable.

In the end, “The Great Wall” deserves a B and is rated PG-13.

Get Out
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams
Rated R

An interracial couple visits her parents house with disturbing results.

Get Out” is a fresh and very witty look at horror movies. I liked the way the movie took its time to build, not revealing its secrets too early.

“Get Out” is a new and intelligent horror film offering a twist on a very tired formula.

It gets a B and is rated R.

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Starring: Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
Rated R

In the future former X-Man Logan, AKA Wolverine, has grown old and is getting weaker. He has been caregiver to Professor X while they hide out in Mexico. Into their lives comes a young mutant, a clone of Logan, who they must protect.

In a nutshell "Logan" is the best "X-Men" movie to date. It's gritty, violent and incredibly acted. The film carries an R for the violence and language, so parents be aware that this is NOT your typical "X-Men" film.

It is a hard-core action film with lots of gore. That being said... and if you promise to leave the kids at home, you'll find that "Logan" is an unexpected and wild ride.

It gets an A and is rated R.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tony's Movie Reviews for May 19, 2017 "Everything, Everything," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" and "Alien: Covenant"

Everything, Everything
Starring: Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson
Rated PG-13

A teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.

“Everything, Everything” is a teen romance that forces itself on the audience. The set up is the story of a young woman, who has spent her life living inside a protective germ-free home falls for the cute boy who moves in next door.

She begins to realize that living in her isolated bubble isn't really living at all, and decides to experience life instead of watching it.

The set-up leads to a paper-thin ending that maybe one of the worst plot-twists of all time.

I can't totally fail the film as the acting is pleasant and there are some above average moments in the movie, but overall, it is the ending that just makes no sense at all.

The film gets a D and is rated PG-13.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Starring: Alicia Silverstone and Jason Drucker

Rated PG

A Heffley family road trip to attend their grandmother's 90th birthday party goes off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. 
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is a one-joke film that is trying very hard to make the audience like it. 

The film offers up very little in the way of laughs as it parodies other films as it desperately tries to find something that will engage its audience.

In the end we are left with a sloppy, underdone family road-trip comedy that goes nowhere.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” gets a D and is rated PG.

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Alien: Covenant
Starring: Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride

Rated R

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but then they discover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

If you're a fan of the 'Alien' series, “Alien Covenant” will get you very angry. 

The film offers nothing new to the 'Alien' universe and ends up being quite boring and predictable.

Added to the over indulged mix are confusing plot points, characters that just do stupid things, a lack of connection with the core audience and a lifeless script.

“Alien: Covenant” just killed the 'Alien' franchise and because of that I am flunking “Alien: Covenant” with an F.

It's rated R.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

New on Blu-ray & DVD for May 16, 2017 "The Space Between Us," "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter" and "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage"

The Space Between Us
Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman and Britt Robertson
Rated PG-13

The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. 

He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

“The Space Between Us” is, at its heart, a love story. If you can let go of some of the plot holes and enjoy the movie as it was meant to be, a romantic fantasy, you'll find this an engaging and wonderfully acted escape film.

Both Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson turn in solid performances, but it is Butterfield's wide-eyed innocent “Gardner” who carries the film.

“The Space Between Us” gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Starring: Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter
Rated R

In the 6th and final chapter of the “Resident Evil” series, Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is simply a bad film. The film is mostly a cliché from beginning to end with incoherent plot lines coming from a terrible script, quick-cut editing that looked like it was done with a buzzsaw and an ending that was simply pointless.

There is really no reason to see this film, unless you feel like punishing yourself.

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” gets an F and is rated R.

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xXx: The Return of Zander Cage
Starring: Vin Diesel and Samuel L. Jackson
Rated PG-13

In the film, Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons.Despite its lack of a well-defined storyline, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” is exactly what you'd expect of a Vin Diesel action flick: a lot of over-the-top stunts and chase sequences.

“xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” is a fun, nonsensical action ride that doesn't take itself too seriously.

It gets a C and is rated PG-13.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tony's Movie Reviews for May 11, 2017 "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and "Snatched"

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Starring: Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law
Rated PG-13

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” isn't a standard retelling of the Arthurian tale, as director Guy Richie has retooled the legend for a new generation.
The film is an action / adventure at its heart. Arthur, played by Charlie Hunnam, is orphaned by the murder of his father and mother by the forces of his evil uncle, played by Jude Law.

Growing up in the worst conditions in England, Arthur is tempered and forged in his temperament and fighting ability, but is content to live in the shadows. And, unlike other retellings of this tale, when it comes time for him to claim his rightful heritage, he doesn't want to step into the limelight.

It is when Arthur finally realizes that by not stepping into his rightful place is a very selfish act, does the once and future king of England begin to think like a monarch.

“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is an action packed sword and sorcery film exploring the 'hero's journey' of a very reluctant hero.

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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Starring: Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
Rated R

In the film, a woman who has recently been dumped brings her mom to South America on the romantic vacation she booked with her ex.

“Snatched” is a situation comedy film, meaning that the funny moments in the film come from the situations the lead characters keep getting themselves into. The problem is the script runs out of situations early on and keeps repeating itself.

Both Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn are watchable in the film, but neither connect with the audience or each other.

In the end “Snatched” ends up being another anemic one-joke comedy using sight gags instead of good writing.

“Snatched” gets a D and is rated R.  

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tony's Movie Review for May 5, 2017 "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Kurt Russell
Rated PG-13

Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.

The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is as fun and unexpected as the first film. Set just a few weeks after their first adventure, “The Guardians” go from being universal heroes to the galaxy's most wanted and now must avoid their hunters.

In the process Peter Quill, I mean 'Star Lord,' discovers the truth about his special lineage, making him question his place in the universe.

“Guardians 2” is well-written and action packed with a near-perfect balance of humor, heart and action to keep the audience glued to their seats.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ends being a sequel well worth the wait. It gets a B and is rated PG-13.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

New on Blu-ray and DVD for May 2, 2017 "Rings," "Gold" and "A Dog's Purpose"

Starring: Vincent D'Onofrio and Johnny Galecki
Rated PG-13

A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in seven days.

It's been a dozen years since the sequel to “The Ring” was released and now the newest film,“Rings,” was supposed to re-boot the franchise. Instead the film any have just killed any hopes producers may have had.

Instead of amping up the horror, the film remains a lukewarm imitation of the original, trading suspense for silly tricks.

Rings” gets a D and is rated PG-13

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Starring: Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard
Rated R

In the film a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

“Gold” has all the elements of a terrific action adventure, but runs out of steam halfway through. What could have been a tight thriller turns out to be an uninteresting look at how big business invests in mining shares and taking risks.

Although Matthew McConaughey turns in a well heeled performance, “Gold” just isn't shiny enough to hold anyone but an accountant's interest.

The film gets a C and is rated R

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A Dog's Purpose
Starring: Dennis Quaid and the voice of Josh Gad
Rated PG

The movie focuses on a dog who looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

When it was released “A Dog's Purpose” was under controversy for alleged cruelty to one of the dogs used in filming, however an independent investigation concluded that no abuse occurred.

That being said, the film actually is a heartfelt and touching movie about finding one's place and understanding the value of love. If you rent this film by a box of tissues as well.

A Dog's Purpose” gets a B and is rated PG.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

New on Blu-ray & DVD for Tuesday April 25, 2017 "La La Land"

The Review

In the film, Mia is an aspiring actress who serves lattes to movie stars between auditions. Sebastian is a jazz musician who scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars. After they meet and as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to tear apart the fabric of their love affair.

"La La Land" is a glorious tip-of-the-hat to the great Hollywood musicals of the 1940's and 1950's. The film offers a very familiar feeling, but has its soul in the 21st century world of relationships, career and personal needs. 

Emma Stone is wonderfully watchable as the up and coming starlet who can't seem to successfully juggle the pieces of her life and is beginning to resign herself into a life of mundane auditioning and bad jobs.

Stone's moment comes in the solo "The Audition: Here's to the Fools Who Dream," a beautifully written and orchestrated piece that expresses the heart and soul of a performer.

Ryan Gosling as a down on his luck jazz musician, who it seems has one foot in the real world, but has his heart planted in the romance of performance.

Gosling, who prior to this film did not play piano, spent several hours a day, every day learning piano. The actor was able to play all of the piano sequences without the use of a hand double or CGI.

All in all "La La Land" is a wonderfully rich and rewarding movie experience.

It gets an A and is rated PG-13.
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