The Woman King in AMC Dolby

The Woman King in AMC Dolby

Viola Davis is back on the big screen!! Wow!! What an entrance she has made. 

“The Woman King” is a great story of the Agojie, the all-female unit of warriors who protected the West African Kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800’s with skills and a fierceness that were unmatched.  

The movie is inspired by true events that did occur. The story follows the epic saga of General Nanisca (Viola Davis) as she trains the next generation of female warriors and readies them for a battle against an enemy who is determined to destroy the Dahomey People. The story unfolds from there…

Moving story, good plot, lots of action and also a bit bloody at times. The cinematography was on point. You will be on the edge of your seat for most of the 2 hours and 15 minutes. The story speaks to the empowerment of woman.

Only in Theaters, “The Woman King” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 5 Star Movie!!

Bullet Train in AMC Dolby

Bullet Train in AMC Dolby

Brad Pitt is “Ladybug” an assassin who after a few derailments of assignments is determined to complete all of his assignments peacefully no matter what. As fate would have it, Ladybug’s latest assignment puts him in the path of some dangerous adversaries from around the globe. All of them have a connection although their objectives are different. All of this is taking place on the world’s fastest high-speed train. The story unfolds from there…

I had high hopes for this movie being that Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock are both starring in it and one of the Producers is Antoine Fuqua. The movie is a high-speed chase through Japan…But alas…The story runs off the rails, you are not sure who is actually a bad guy or who can be trusted and there does not seem to be a destination/ending which leaves the train to just continuously speed on never ending tracks ultimately to derail. This movie could turn into a Franchise…Imagine “Bullet Train 2”. If this happens, I certainly hope the next installment is better than the first.

“Bullet Train” is only open in Theaters.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

The Minions: Rise of Gru

The Minions: Rise of Gru

They say laughter is good for the soul. Well, there has not been much to laugh about lately, but if you see this latest installment of the Minions with all of their silliness, you will laugh.

Set in the 1970s, Gru is growing up in the suburbs. A fan of the super villain / super group known as “The Vicious 6”, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. To his luck Gru gets some mayhem making backup from his loyal followers. Kevin, Stuart, Bob and new comer Otto who all deploy their skills to assist Gru in helping him make their first weapon and pull of their first mission, but the Vicious 6 have other ideas. The story unfolds from there…

This is not the best installment in this franchise, but the silliness and laughter it brings makes it worth checking out. There are a few silly gags, some laugh out loud moments and some karate type props that make this a fun diversion. If nothing else the star-studded cast, makes you want to see/hear who is doing the voices of these silly characters. 


Believe or not, there were only adults in the theater when I saw this movie.


“The Minions: Rise of Gru” is open in Theaters

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!

Memory

Memory

Liam Neeson plays Alex Lewis, an expert assassin who gets caught up in a web of deception when he refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization. The FBI is on his tail as well as members of the organization that he did not deliver for. It’s a game of cat and mouse. The story unfolds from there…

I love Liam Neeson. He possesses a certain set of skills, but unfortunately “Memory” is unmemorable. This is not Liam Neeson’s fault, he did the best he could with what he was given. The story and action are stale and the plot’s not far behind. Is it possible for me to get the time back in my life that I spent watching this?

“Memory” did not open in theaters and now I understand why. It’s available to stream for a fee on Amazon Prime. “Memory” is definitely not one of Liam Neeson’s best movies, but if you are bored with nothing to do, check out “Memory” to see some of Liam Neeson’s certain skills.

This is a 2 Star Movie!!

Jurassic World Dominion in AMC Dolby

Jurassic World Dominion in AMC Dolby

This installment is supposed to be the EPIC conclusion where two generations unite for the first time. Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill meet up with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. Together they battle a bold new world filled with prehistoric Dinosaurs as well as Scientific lab experimental Dinosaurs that have been bred in captivity. These Dinosaurs live and hunt right alongside humans all over the world.

Things get out of control when a Scientist makes a mistake and uses the wrong DNA formula and a flying gigantic looking Grass Hopper / Beetle is born and they create havoc in Texas as well as other places. In the meantime, there are several other stories that unfold and ultimately intersect.

This is 2 hours and 27 minutes of chaos. There is no plot, but there is a very tiny back story that appears half way through the movie. While the past comes together with the present, it’s not clear what the group is trying to accomplish. There is great acting, but that is not enough to save this installment. The cinematography is very good. There is some crazy cool action, but alas I found myself a bit bored. Things heated up toward the end but, by that point I just wanted it to be over.

It’s been four years since the last Jurassic installment, I expected better.

This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!!

Top Gun: Maverick in AMC Dolby

Top Gun: Maverick in AMC Dolby

It’s been 36 years since the 1986 “Top Gun” movie came to the big screen. 

In this new installment Top Aviator “Pete” Maverick Mitchell (Tom Cruise) pushes the Aviation envelope and lands a promotion that would ground him. In order to dodge being grounded Maverick has been summoned back to the Top Gun Aviator School from which he graduated to train the new recruits for a specialized mission that is dangerous, but also necessary. While there, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller) call sign: “Rooster” who is the son of his late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw aka. “Goose”. These encounters bring back memories, some of which Maverick would like to forget. All Maverick can do at this point is forge ahead. The story unfolds from there… 

“Top Gun: Maverick” is a sequel that satisfies. 36 Years later Tom Cruise still looks to be having the time of his life. The movie is full of excitement and the story is compelling. There is definitely intrigue, suspense, a ton of aviation type action and great cinematography.

If you enjoyed “Top Gun” you will surely enjoy this new installment.

“Top Gun: Maverick” is definitely worth a look.

This is a 5 Star Movie!!

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in AMC Dolby

Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in AMC Dolby

Finally, Dr. Strange is back!! I really enjoyed the first installment and was glad to see that a 2nd installment has arrived.

This installment really pushes the boundaries of Dr. Strange’s abilities. The Multiverse is unlocked and the journey with Dr. Strange is long and intense. This journey is mind bending, dangerous and forces Dr. Strange to confront a new adversary. 

Dr. Strange even gets the help of mystical allies old and new from far and wide. Is it enough? You will have to see the movie to find out. 

The movie is intense, crazy, mad, at times scary and a bit insane, but… also, fantastic to look at. The Visuals are on point. The story its self has holes, but with the great acting, special effects and fantastic cinematography, I can forgive the lack luster story and plot.

If you are a fan of Marvel Universe and Dr. Strange, this installment should not be missed.

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

The Batman in AMC Dolby

The Batman in AMC Dolby

Did we need another Batman movie? I don’t know about you, but I thought that after the awesome Dark Knight Trilogy with Christian Bale and Director Christopher Nolan that there would not be any more “Cape Crusader” stories, but boy was I wrong…

So here we are in 2022 embarking on another round of potential installments of Batman tales. 

Batman finds himself dealing with the dark underworld of Gotham City. There is a sadistic killer running free and he has been able to stay two or more steps in front of Batman and the Gotham City police. The evidence starts to mount and points closer to home. As the killer’s ultimate plot comes to light, Batman must forge new relationships and work frantically to unmask the evil killer before Gotham City is totally destroyed. The story unfolds from there…

The story is dark, gritty and gripping. I went into seeing “The Batman” planning to compare it to The Dark Knight Trilogy. While there are some parts of the movie that does not cover new ground, there are some parts that do. There is some really cool action and a super nasty car chase that reminds me of the one in “The Bourne Supremacy”. I will say that I did not find the “Riddler” as entertaining as the “Joker”. The Cat Woman helps make things interesting. The running time is 2 hours and 56 minutes. That is 24 minutes longer than “The Dark Knight”. A new story is told and the door is open from another.

If you are a DC Comic fan, “The Batman” should not be missed.

This is a 4 Star Movie!!

Spider-Man: No Way Home in AMC Dolby

Spider-Man: No Way Home in AMC Dolby

Finally!!! I was able to see “Spider-Man: No Way Home” I was originally supposed to see this installment Sunday Dec 19th, but had to move my tickets to after Christmas due to some scheduling challenges. That will never happen again… 

So here we are… A bigger bolder more in your face installment with more going on than ever before. People know who Spider-Man is, this causes a clash between Super-Hero duties and his normal Peter Parker life. So, Spider-Man enlists the help of one of my favorite Super Heroes Dr. Strange to restore his secret identity to where no one knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. There are consequences from this that not only tears the world apart, but brings back the really bad villains that Spider-Man previously destroyed. The story unfolds from there…

This movie has breath-taking action and is a non-stop visual feast. You won’t be bored. The cinematography is outstanding especially when Dr. Strange is at the helm. Cracking open the multi-verse was a great idea.

Alas there is some sorrow, but with all that was going on in the movie some sorrow was bound to happen.

Don’t miss “Spider-Man: No Way Home” only in Theaters

This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!

The Matrix Resurrections in AMC Dolby

The Matrix Resurrections in AMC Dolby

It’s been 18 years since the Matrix Franchise graced us with an installment. I thought they were gone for good since everyone is aging, but alas the franchise has pushed out a new installment.

This Matrix installment is nothing like the installments that came before it. It lacks the fluidness and style of the Matrix Trilogy. Although it does revisit the Franchise with zeal.

In this installment we find Neo aka Mr. Anderson trying to determine if his reality is a physical or mental construction. To determine this Neo will have to follow the white rabbit once again. Once again, choice is an illusion and is still the only way out of or into the Matrix. This time though, The Matrix is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before. The saga unfolds from there…

This reboot is a good one, although there are a few lulls in the story. The special effects at times are breathtakingly cool and at other times scary. There is tons of non-stop action, intrigue and suspense. Just what you expect from Sci-Fi. I was also impressed by the cinematography and camera angles. 

If you are a fan of the Matrix Franchise, “The Matrix Resurrections” should not be missed.

“The Matrix Resurrections” is in Theaters and streaming on HBO MAX.

This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!