What a nice surprise!! Marvel has expanded its Universe and it could not happen at a better time.
The back story for “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings” is on point! The story makes sense and everything ties together nicely.
Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) must confront his past, a past he thought he had left behind, but it comes and finds him in San Francisco. He is drawn into a web of mystery by an organization known as the Ten Rings. Shang-Chi soon finds out that his Father is behind the mystery and they must confront each other to move forward. The story unfolds from there…
The usual Marvel Universe effects are in play. The movie is chalked full of action, special effects, intrigue and great cinematography.
This is an excellent first installment of Shang-Chi. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
If you are a Marvel Universe fan “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings should not be missed. It’s only in theaters.
This is a 5 Star Movie!!
The Protégé follows in the footsteps of movies like “Atomic Blonde”, “Peppermint” and “The Rhythm Section”.
Anna (Maggie Q) is rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson). As Anna grows up, she is trained in the family business to one day take over.
But suddenly when Moody is violently killed, Anna’s world is once again upended. Anna comes to her senses and vows revenge against whoever murdered Moody. As Anna searches for Moody’s killers, she becomes entangled with a suave killer (Michael Keaton) and their attraction to each other goes way beyond the usual cat and mouse. The story unfolds from there…
The story is decent. There is no plot to speak of. The movie is part violent, bloody and sexy, with a comedic twist. The movie really finds its self in the third act. Everything comes together nicely. I felt the end could have been handled a bit better.
This is a 3 Star Movie!!
“Respect” is a quiet Biopic about Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul.
The movie follows the rise of the Queen of Soul, from a young Aretha singing in her father’s church choir, to the adult Aretha who garners international fame and stardom. It’s a remarkable story of a woman on the journey to find her voice.
I can honestly say that Jennifer Hudson’s performance in this movie DEMANDS “Respect”. The music and performances were on point. Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin was awesome. Where the movie falls short is the direction and the screenplay.
I can say that regardless of the holes in the direction and screenplay, Jennifer Hudson’s performance did Aretha Franklin proud and is worth seeing if you are an Aretha Franklin fan. I was hopping in my seat to music. There is a “Live” performance of Aretha Franklin herself at the end of the movie footage. It’s definitely worth seeing.
“Respect” is only playing in Theaters! Go see it!!
4 Stars for Jennifer Hudson’s Performance!!
Welcome to Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate. This is a place where the worst super Villains will do anything to get out, even sign-up for do or die assignments with the super-secret, super shady Task Force X.
This assignment starts with an assemble of cons like Bloodsport, Blackguard, Javelin, King Shark, Rat Catcher 2, Peacemaker, Savant, Captain Boomerang and everyone’s favorite psycho Harley Quinn. Heavily armed and ready, they are sent off to the Island of Corto Maltese. They are not sure what awaits them but they are ready for battle. The story unfolds from there…
The addition of Viola Davis, John Cena and Sylvester Stallone along with the Director/Writer James Gunn makes this installment better that the first.
The story is lacking, but where the story falls short, the movie makes up for it with a super-fast pace, crazy out of this world stunts and great cinematography. The violence is way over the top, at times I had to cover my eyes because it was so bloody. The movie is deranged, but entertaining none the less.
“The Suicide Squad” is open-wide in theaters. It is also streaming on HBO MAX
It’s worth seeing on the big screen.
This is a 4 Star Movie!
Academy Award Winner Matt Damon plays Bill Baker, an out of work roughneck who travels from Oklahoma to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) who is in prison for a crime she swears she did not commit. Allison happens upon a new tip that could possibly exonerate her. During a visit with her Dad, Allison instructs him to reach out to her legal team, but Bill wants to take things in his own hands first and with a language barrier and cultural differences, Bill soon finds himself in over his head.
While staying in a hotel Bill meets a French actress Virginie (Camille Cottin) who is a mother to an eight-year-old little girl named Maya. Bill and Maya become best friends. She teaches Bill how to speak French and her mother Virginie becomes attracted to Bill and offers her assistance. The story unfolds from there…
The story has holes and drags a bit, but the strong performances by Matt Damon, Camille Cottin and Abigail Breslin makes the movie interesting and intriguing. There are some very nice views of Marseille throughout the movie.
“Stillwater” is only playing in the theaters, so check it out!
This is a 3 ½ Star Movie!!
This “Snake Eyes” is an installment from the G.I. Joe Franchise. I believe this installment is attempting to jumpstart the Franchise again, but it misses the mark badly…
There is some very nice artistry, special effects and some impressive Martial Arts Combat, but the movie is “Oh-Hum”. It starts off with what could be deemed as a back story for the main character. The theme of revenge and payback fuels the entire movie. The plot is somehow missing…
The action sequences are a bit hard to follow. I found myself getting bored and looking at my watch in the dark. I can honestly say that the Ninja’s are super cool to watch in action, but they only make-up a small part of the movie.
I had high hopes for this “Snake Eyes”, but my hopes were dashed once again. When I think of “Snake Eyes”, I think about the 1998 Brian De Palma directed “Snake Eyes” that starred Nicholas Cage. It wasn’t much better.
If you are interested in seeing this “Snake Eyes”, I would watch it via a streaming service.
This is a 2 ½ Star Movie!!
Finally… “Black Widow” on the Big Screen!!!
This installment covers the dark parts of Black Widow’s ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past come to light. Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow is pursued by forces determined to destroy her and her family. Natasha is forced to deal with her past as a Spy and the broken relationships that she left behind before she became an Avenger. The story unfolds from there…
Although there are a few “Dead Spots” in this story, the movie is still intriguing with tons of action, some cool special effects and on-point cinematography.
The fight scenes look pretty painful, but are awesome none the less. Scarlett Johansson gives it everything she has. I can’t wait to see if there will be another installment.
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
Set in 1950’s Detroit, “No Sudden Move” is about a group of small-time Criminals who are given a job to steal a document, but they do not know who their boss is and they have to work together to uncover what’s really going on. Then the job at hand goes terribly wrong and the Criminals find themselves up against each other and not knowing who to trust.
This is a Steven Soderbergh production. This crime caper is crazy cool! There are no special effects, just plain old-fashion fist fights, regular hand guns and pistols. The movie weaves its way thru Detroit, MI during a time of change…
The cast is HUGE and they all make this movie entertaining, enjoyable; funny at times and even a bit silly.
“No Sudden Move” is not at the box office. It opened July 1st and is streaming on HBO MAX. Check it out!!
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
The Crew is back!! The long-awaited 9th installment of the “Fast & Furious” Franchise has arrived on the big screen.
The crew finds themselves once again thrust into a mission where they are tasked with trying to stop something catastrophic from happening to the world.
Unlike other installments, there is a serious backstory that plays a part in this current mission and forces one of the crew to face their past. On this mission the crew crosses paths with the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they have ever encountered. The story unfolds from there…
Don’t try to keep up, just enjoy the ride!! Just when you think that you have seen every possible stunt, acrobatic move or crazy car chase, a movie comes along and throws more over-the-top craziness in your face. “F9” is fast paced, has tons of action, intrigue and a decent amount of suspense and humor. The cinematography, special effects and camera angles are on point. You may think you know the enemy and have it all figured out, but you will be surprised.
There are a few holes in the story and a bit of a lull… But that does not diminish the movie.
There are a few surprises like Actress Helen Mirren makes an appearance. I wish her role would have been a bit larger. She is so much fun to watch.
“F9” is a must see for “Fast & Furious” Fans. Something to note… This franchise has amassed $6.2 Billion dollars since its humble beginnings in 2001. I doubt it will be going anywhere anytime soon…
This is a 4 Star Movie!!
“The Heights” is a modern-day musical about the tight knit community in Washington Heights, NY. The trials and tribulations of everyday life are played out via song and dance.
There really isn’t nothing not to like about “The Heights”. The movie is very pleasurable and is executed very well. The music is always on point. You will be dancing in your theater seat.
“The Heights” is definitely worth seeing on the big screen so that you get the full effect of the songs and dances. If you can’t get out to the theater, then check out “The Heights” on HBO MAX.
This is a 4 ½ Star Movie!!