Tomb Raider (2018) In Real 3D

This re-booted version of Tomb Raider does not have the “WOW” factor that was present when Angelina Jolie starred in this adventure back in 2001.

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) must come to terms with the loss of her father. He has been missing for the past seven years. He is believed to be dead, but Lara won’t give up. Although Lara Croft is an heiress, she lives like a pauper, working as a bike courier, barely able to make ends meet.

After a meeting with the Croft legal-council, Lara discovers some cryptic messages inside a puzzle chamber. This leads to her father’s crypt where she finds a video recording of her father. The messages and the video lead Lara to follow what she believes is a lead to where her father may have last been. The wild adventures starts from there…

There is plenty of action, special effects and intrigue, but not enough entertainment to keep you on the edge of your seat. The story lacks foundation.

If you are a fan of the video game, you would be better suited playing the game or even watching the installments that were done by Angelina Jolie.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Oscar Recap 2018

Did you watch the 90th Academy Awards Show?

The 90th Academy Awards are over…I did not review the best picture winner…“The Shape of Water”. In fact I only saw 3 of the Best Picture Nominees (“The Post”, “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour”). This is a departure from the norm. Some of the best picture nominees did not open wide, some I was not interested in. I did want to see “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” I regret not being able to see that movie.

There were several surprises like Basketball great Kobe Bryant winning an Oscar for his Animated Short Film called “Dear Basketball”. I had no idea Kobe Bryant was into film making…

Female Vocalist great Mary J. Blige was nominated for a Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her part in the film “Mudbound”. I never heard of that movie. She did not win.

My Oscar Recap is short this Year.
I am very happy for Gary Oldman winning the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”
Other movies I saw in 2017 that actually took home a Gold Statue are:
“Blade Runner” won 2 Statues, Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects
“Dunkirk” won for Sound Editing, Film Editing and Sound Mixing
“Darkest Hour” won for Makeup and Styling

Both Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) and Meryl Streep (“The Post”) were nominated and again they both did not win.

So on with 2018, let’s hope it’s a better year for movies than 2017!!

Death Wish (2018)

Bruce Willis is Dr. Paul Kersey. Dr. Kersey has a great life, he is a surgeon at a Chicago Hospital; Paul has a lovely wife and a daughter who has just been accepted to a New York University. Life is good!!

Dr. Kersey was called back to the hospital on the evening he had planned to celebrate his Birthday with his family, unbeknownst to the Kersey family a band of burglars had staked out their home for an invasion. The burglars broke in and a scuffle took place. Mother and daughter were both shot. When Dr. Kersey finds out what happened, he eventually puts a plan in place to deliver his own kind of justice and revenge. The story unfolds from there…

Charles Bronson will always be the best at the Death Wish movies, but this version with Bruce Willis is not bad!! There isn’t much in the way of new ground being covered, but the movie is still entertaining. You will find yourself rooting for the “Grim Reaper” Character that Dr. Kersey becomes.

There is plenty of suspense, action and intrigue. There is even some comic relief. My husband even found the movie enjoyable!!
Despite what the paid critics think, I say that this new installment of “Death Wish” is worth a look!

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Red Sparrow

“Red Sparrow” is a compilation of the following movies…””Black Swan”, “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy”, “Atomic Blonde” and “Bridge of Spies”.

If you take something from each of those movies and put it all together, you get “Red Sparrow”.

Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) wears many hats, she takes care of her crippled mother, is the principal dancer in the Russian Ballet and a master seductress and manipulator. A terrible accident befalls Dominika during a ballet performance. This accident ends her ballet career. Dominika is forced to seek other ways to provide for her mother. Dominika is invited to join the Sparrow School, a new Intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their minds and bodies as weapons. The fun really begins after Dominika emerges from the insane training. The story unfolds from there…

“Red Sparrow” is not “Fresh”. There are parts of this movie that have been seen before in other movies. The movie is suspenseful and intriguing. The casting of Jennifer Lawrence was spot on, but unfortunately the movie is boring at times and it drags. The running time is advertised as 2 hours and nineteen minutes, but it felt like 3 hours and nineteen minutes.

If you are a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, “Red Sparrow” is worth a look. It’s definitely better than her last movie “Mother!”

This is a 3 Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2018 and Beyond

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

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

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

Sacario 2: Soldado – Benicio Del Toro, Isabela Moner, Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine

Tomb Raider – Alicia Vikander, Walton, Goggins, Daniel Wu, Dominic West, Hannah John-Kamen

Pacific Rim: Uprising – John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Karan Brar

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

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas-Howard, James Cromwell, Jeff Goldblum. B.D. Wong, Justice Smith, Toby Jones

Ant Man and The Wasp – Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Walton Goggins, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer, Randall Park, Bobby Cannavale, T.I. Tip Harris

M:I6 – Mission Impossible – 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

Death Wish – Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Jack Kesy, Dean Norris, Beau Knapp, Michael Epps, Len Cariou, Kimberly Elise

Ocean’s Eight – Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Dakota Fanning, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson

Avengers: Infinity War – Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth. Tom Hiddleston, Karen Gillan, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olson. Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Robert Downey Jr. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie

Hans Solo – Star Wars Anthology Film – May 2018 – Emilia Clark, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Black Panther in 3D

“Black Panther” is a bold departure from the normal Marvel Universe movie. The movie is extremely colorful, has visual interest and has a detailed back-story. The detailed back-story is played out and sets the stage for the events that happen throughout the movie.

“Black Panther” tracks T’Challa who after the events of “Captain America:Civil War”, returns home to eventually become king, but there is someone who has other ideas. The story unfolds from there…

“Black Panther” is extremely entertaining. The visual effects are awesome. There is plenty of action and suspense. The costumes adorned are beautiful. The cinematography at times is breathtaking.

One aside is that the villains are a bit weak…but this is the first installment. This first installment is off to a great start.

If you are even mildly interested in the Marvel Universe, “Black Panther” is a “MUST SEE”.

This is a 5 Star Move!