Skyscraper in 3D

Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) is a decorated soldier and former FBI Agent. He and his family live on the 96th floor of the newly built “Skyscraper” in Tokyo, Japan. Will’s security services are requested by the corporation that owns the “Skyscraper”. Little does Will know that he is being setup. There are people who are jealous of the success that has come from the building of the “Skyscraper” and there is an elaborate scheme to try and burn it down. The story unfolds from there…

“Skyscraper” would be fun if it had a solid agenda. The story is sketchy at best. Dwayne Johnson did what he could with what he was given. The best elements of the movie are the cinematography, Dwayne Johnson and “The Skyscraper”, a beautifully built 200+ floor building.

“Skyscraper” is best viewed on cable, DVD or Blue Ray.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Ant-Man and The Wasp in 3D

“Ant-Man” is funny and silly, nothing like “Infinity War and Black Panther” where there is an emotional investment in the characters.

This second installment of the “Ant-Man” franchise sort of picks up where he left off in the first installment, but also including “Ant-Man’s” appearance in “Captain America: Civil War”.

Currently Scott Lang (Ant-Man) (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest. He has two days left and he will be free, but Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) need the Ant-Man’s help.
“Ant-Man” has a dream about Hank’s wife Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) who went missing after a mission some twenty years ago. Hope somehow removes the ankle bracelet from Scott and gets him out of his house without the local authorities being alerted.
On another front there is someone from Hank’s past who could use his help but doesn’t ask the usual nice way. The story unfolds from there…

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has several small back stories that come together nicely to provide context and intrigue for this installment. The movie is funny, silly and interesting simultaneously. The cinematography and special effects are great. “Ant-Man” shows more range in this installment which makes his character a bit richer.

There is a small dead spot in the movie and that’s what keeps it from being 5 stars. It’s definitely worth viewing if you are a Marvel fan.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2018 and Beyond

Here is a list of Movies I plan to see in 2018 and beyond.

BumbleBee – Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Peter Cullen, Kenneth Choi, John Ortiz

Skyscraper – Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber, Noah Taylor, Kevin Rankin, Roland Moller

Peppermint – Jennifer Garner, Juan Pablo Raba, Richard Cabral, John Gallagher Jr., Annie Ilonzeh, Method Man, Tyson Ritter, John Ortiz

The Predator – Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes,Alfie Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay, Yvonne Strahovski, Thomas Jane

Operation Finale – Oscar Isaac, Haley Lu Richardson, Melanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz, Greta Scacchi, Joe Alwyn, Peter Strauss

Hunter Killer – Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Zane Holtz, Caroline Goodall, Michael Nyqvist, Toby Stephens

Widows – Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farell, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez

The Girl in the Spider’s Web – Sylvia Hoeks, Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Vicky Krieps, Cameron Britton, Mikael Persbrandt, Sverrir Gudnason

A Private War – Rosamund Pike – Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander

Tyler Perry’s The List – Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Omri Hardwick, Taraji P. Henson, Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Riley

Aquaman – Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Beach, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

The Darkest Minds – Patrick Gibson, Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Miya Cech, Skylan Brooks, Mandy Moore

Creed 2 – Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu

Roin Hood: Origins – Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Dornan, Ben Mendelsohn, Tim Minchin, Bjorn Bengtsson, Paul Anderson, Josh Herdman

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Munn, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Sophie Turner, Evan Peters

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Alison Sudol, Jude Law, Carmen Ejogo

Venom – Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Tom Holland, Jenny Slate, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze, Michelle Lee

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Cher, Andy Garcia, Christine Baransk

The New Mutants – Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga

Mission:Impossible – Fallout – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Sean Harris, Henry Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett

Equalizer 2 – Denzel Washington, Bill Pullman, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe

Sicario: Day of Soldado

“Sicario: Day of Soldado” starts a new chapter in the continuation of the first installment “Sicario”. The team is faced with a new battle in the ongoing drug wars where there are no rules and regulations. Everything and everyone is fair game. The team has been tracking the Mexican Cartel who has been trafficking terrorist across the border into the US.

In an attempt to get to the Cartel, Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on his old buddy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) whose family was murdered by a Drug Cartel Kingpin to help the team escalate the war between the Mexican Cartels. The story unfolds from there…

There is never a dull moment in “Sicaro: Day of Soldado”. The movie is bloody and “In-your-face” violent. As long as the story stays true to its self, everything is fine, but there are a few detours that throw the movie a bit off track and that is why it’s not quite as thrilling as the first installment, but none the less it’s worth seeing as there are a few surprises at the end.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 3D

More Dinosaurs… It’s been over three years since the last installment “Jurassic World”. The town, village and area were destroyed by the Dinosaurs that were in containment there during that time.

Fast forward to today the land is mostly a jungle where the Dinosaurs that survived feed on themselves. Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are approached to mount a rescue to save the remaining Dinosaurs from extinction. Owen wants to find “Blue” his lead Raptor who has been missing since the fallout started in “Jurassic World”. A team is assembled and they all head to the island, but a volcano erupts and causes a stampede. The story unfolds from there…

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom lacks punch and dynamite. The story is just ho-hum. There are a few laughs and you will find yourself rooting for the Dinosaurs at times. The bad guys are just plain boring. There are a few twists and turns, but those are not enough to make the movie edge of your seat entertainment.

A bit more thought should have been given to this installment. This installment is by far the worst one. That in its self is very disappointing.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Ocean’s 8

Upon exiting prison, the estranged sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock) of the infamous conman Danny Ocean puts together a team for a brilliant heist that not only involves stealing some of the world’s most priceless jewels from the New York Met, but also allows Debbie to get revenge on an old boyfriend who caused her to end up in prison in the first place. The story unfolds from there…

“Ocean’s 8” is a nice change of pace from the usual norm on a comedy crime caper. There is an excellent cast, but the story is a bit weak in spots. It starts off great, but unfortunately fizzles during the last 30 minutes, but not enough that you shouldn’t see it.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

Solo: A Star Wars Story in 3D

The “Hans Solo” story is Ok, but it’s not the usual Star Wars blockbuster we have come to expect.

This episode is a new adventure starring Hans Solo. In a far-away galaxy Solo must constantly deal in daring escapades trying to escape trouble. He lands himself a job as a copilot but that too falls futile. Solo ends up dealing with the deep dark criminal underworld where he deals with a gambler to win a ship that he needs for a job. This sets the course for several criminal encounters that Solo has to maneuver around. The story unfolds from there…

The story starts off slowly and drags. It takes over 50 minutes for things to heat up and get interesting. Once the events get going it’s an enjoyable movie. There are plenty of crazy stunts, lots of action and beautiful cinematography.

Please do not expect the usual Star Wars Blockbuster. You will be disappointed. This is a Ron Howard production. It is pretty good.

This is a 3 Star Movie!!