Transformers: The Last Knight: The IMAX 3D Experience

I haven’t decided whether I like “Transformers: The Last Knight” or despise it. I’m concerned that I can’t summon any feelings toward the movie. It’s one of those movies where you leave the theater and you wonder…what just happened during the last 2 1/2 hours?

This is the fifth installment of a franchise that should have stopped at installment number two. The first “Transformers” was great, but each new installment got progressively worse. The two main characters from the first two installments left the franchise, one after the second installment, the other after the third.

There was no cohesiveness from the third installment to the fourth. This is where Shia LaBeouf exits and Mark Wahlberg enters. But alas this is Hollywood and these movies do make money!

This fifth installment starts off giving a history lesson and ends up with earth fighting to survive being destroyed.

There is mayhem and chaos from start to finish. Non-stop action and great cinematography. The Transformers are always the coolest element of these movies. Anthony Hopkins lends his acting abilities to this installment. He is the brightest spot in the movie.

But alas…the plot is tissue paper thin!! No explanation or reason for the events that occur is given. Two hours and twenty nine minutes is way longer than this movie should have been.

Just think there are two more installments coming your way…They won’t be directed by Michael Bay.

This is a 1 1/2 Star Movie!

47 Meters Down

There is one word for “47 Meters Down”. The word is “Don’t”.

It’s summer time and with it comes the obvious need for a shark movie. “Jaws” set the bar for shark movies and every one that has come after it has been trying to catch up.

Two sisters on vacation in Mexico are offered a chance to see ocean life up close in a shark cage that is lowered into the ocean from what looks like a tug boat. It’s only supposed to be for 10 minutes, but the gear holding the cable malfunctions and the cage falls to the ocean floor 47 meters down. There is constant communication from the boat to the girls. They are told to stay in the cage until help arrives, but their oxygen soon runs low. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is tightly suspenseful and at times nerve-racking. “47 Meters Down” is truly a “B” grade movie with a few “biting” thrills. If you can stand the tense by all means enjoy yourself, otherwise “Don’t waste your money” and “Don’t waste your time”.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Cars 3

Lightning McQueen and the gang are back!!

This installment finds Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) struggling to win a race. There is a new generation of super-fast cars on the race circuit and suddenly Lightning McQueen can’t keep up. He turns to a young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) who has her own unorthodox way to train and her own plan to win a race. Lightning also gets some help and inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet. The story unfolds from there…

“Cars 3” is “Cute, Cute, Cute!!” “Cars 3” goes back to its roots from the first installment. The story is relatable. There isn’t quite as much humor as I would have expected. “Mater” the Tow Truck is a bit quiet in this installment. He is one of the funnier characters. None the less, the movie is entertaining and heart-warming. The cinematography, action and animation are excellent. Children of all ages will enjoy it.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!

Future Movie Reviews in 2017 and Beyond

Here is a list of Movies I plan to see in 2017 and beyond.

American Assassin – Sanaa Lathan, Taylor Kitsch, Michael Keaton, Scott Adkins, Dylan O’Brien

Dunkirk – Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, James D’Arcy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Detroit – John Boyega, Chris Chalk, Austin Hebert, Jospeh David Jones, Malcolm David Kelly, John Krasinski, Jacob Latimore, Anthony Mackie, Laz Alonso, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murphy, Ben O’Tolle

Logan Lucky – Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston

It – Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wytt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer

Flatliners (2017) – Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemons, Kiefer Sutherland

Murders on the Orient Express (2017) – Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Tom Bateman, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Josh Gad

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Taron Egerton, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Elton John

Girl’s Trip – Kate Walsh, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Lorenz Tate, Kofi Siriboe

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Elodie Yung, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant

Atomic Blonde – James McAvoy, Charlize Theron, Bill Skarsgard, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Toby Jones

Baby Driver – Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Sky Ferreira

Geostorm – Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia

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

Thor:Ragnarok – Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Karl Urban

Justice League – Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Connie Nielsen, Diane Lane. J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg

War for the Planet of the Apes – Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, Aleks Paunovic, Steve Zahn, Ty Olsson

The Dark Tower – Idris Elba, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley, Claudia Kim, Matthew McConaughey, Nicholas Hamilton, Katheryn Winnick

Darkest Hour – Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James,Kristin Scott Thomas, Hannah Steele

Star Wars: Episode VIII – Carrie FIsher, Billie Lourd, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac

Downsizing – Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Niel Patrick Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Alec Baldwin

Blade Runner 2049 – Ana de Armas, Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Lenny James

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Donald Glover, Zendaya, Garcelle Beauvais, Hannibal Buress

Transformers: The Last Knight – Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner. John Goodman. Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker

Suburbicon – Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin

Ithaca – Tom Hanks, Megan Ryan, Sam Shephard, Hamish Linklater, Jack Quinn, Gabriel Basso

Megan Leavey

“Megan Leavey” is based on a true story about a Marine who after boot camp is assigned to the Canine Unit where Bomb Sniffing dogs are trained and then sent with their soldier into combat.

Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) gets assigned to “Rex” a German Shepherd. “Rex” didn’t like his previous soldier and actually bit him. Megan however is determined to change “Rex’s” behavior and make him the very best Bomb sniffing dog in the unit. Soon after training Megan’s unit deploys to Iraq. The story unfolds from there…

The story is heart-warming and at times sad. The movie has the ability to bring tears to your eyes. With that being said though, the movie is executed very well and is very entertaining and intriguing.

“Megan Leavey” is not billed as a big box office hit, but it’s definitely better than any other movies of its type that opened this weekend.

“Megan Leavey” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 4 Star Movie!

The Mummy – The 3D IMAX Experience

“The Mummy” is an utter waste of time…

Oh my gosh…What was I thinking…”The Mummy” is one of those movies where you are asking yourself, “Is it over yet I’m ready to leave”.

An Ancient Egyptian Princess, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her long ago and was believed to be buried deep enough in the unforgiving desert awakens after her tomb has been removed from underground. In order to revive herself Ahmanet needs to feed on humans mainly men. She uses her evil powers to control unsuspecting men by getting inside their heads and getting them to do her bidding.
Ahmanet believes that the man, Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) who freed her is destined to be with her forever. Ahmanet won’t rest until she is able to control Nick and get him to be her “forever prince”. The story unfolds from there…

The remake of a remake, “The Mummy” is boring…There was nothing exciting about it. It’s spends a lot of time appearing dark and dank. The bright spot is the cinematography. This is the start of a new franchise that Universal is calling “The Dark Universe”. This is definitely not one of Tom Cruise’s better movies. It’s not his fault. He tries to make something happen, but it never really materializes.

The remake of the remake of “The Mummy” is best viewed on cable.

This is a 2 Star Movie!

Wonder Woman in 3D

Wow!! What a fresh first installment! “Wonder Woman” was awesome!

The story starts off perfectly, an Amazon Princess, Diana (Gal Gadot) is living an idyllic life. As a young girl she observes her Mother and other Woman Warriors as they train constantly to be prepared for war. Diana wants to be just like them, so she too is allowed to train. The everyday peacefulness they enjoy on their isolated island is interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash lands in the surrounding sea. By this time Diana is a trained warrior so she dives into the sea to save the pilot.
There is an army chasing the pilot. They make their way to the island and a small war breaks out. The story unfolds from there…

Great special effects, awesome cinematography, lots of action and a great story to start this franchise. Gal Gadot is perfect as “Wonder Woman”. The actors all give strong performances. The story has heart, humor and intrigue.

“Wonder Woman” will be another box office hit for DC. I am excited to see what the next installment will bring.

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!