Lion

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Lion is a true story about Saroo, a five-year-old Indian who got left in a train station by a brother by accident and got taken hundreds of miles across India. He reached Calcutta where he has to learn how to survive and eventually brought to an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple.

After more than two decades and armed only with a few memories and with the help of Google Maps, he sets  out to India to find his long lost family and finally returns to his first home and meet his mother and sister. Unfortunately the brother who accidentally left him on the train station died days after the incident.

The plot is easy to follow, clear with no gaping holes. The storytelling is straight forward and safe with no subplots that sometimes make a movie complicated and hard to follow. The story is very distressing but ultimately uplifting especially towards the end.

 

There are no special effects like most summer blockbusters but the cinematography showing the Indian landscape both good and not so good is amazing. What it lacked in special effects is compensated by the storytelling and cinematography. It is emotionally charged and well acted especially Dev Patel’s portrayal of the adult Saroo.

Overall it is a great movie and worth the Oscar nomination for best picture. It is a drama and emotionally charged but not overly dramatic; with great acting performances.

It stars Dev Patel as the adult Saroo, Nicole Kidman as the adoptive mother Sue, Rooney Mara as girlfriend Lucy and Sunny Pawar as the young Saroo. Directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies.

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Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures is a true to life story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains during the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space which turned the Space Race around and restored America’s confidence during the 1960’s. The brilliant women crossed all race and gender lines which inspired America to dream big for generations.

The movie is a crowed-pleaser with a hint of American history about African-Americans, their struggles and segregation in the South. The opening of the movie shows the three women trying to fix their car in a road in Virginia while on their way to work in NASA when a white police officer pulls up and started questioning them. You thought they will be dragged into jail but instead got escorted to their jobs at NASA where they work as mathematicians.

It is a feel-good movie with great acting by the 3 leads as well as the supporting casts. The story is easy to follow and although it is slow on some parts, the math behind the space program is laid out in a fashion that is easy to understand. The movie did not only tell the hidden figures behind the space program, it also told the stories of “hidden figures” in American history and their contributions.

The story may be predictable but overall the movie is a good watch; the movie shattered stereotypes on women especially African-American women. It has an uplifting plot about women who never gave up and follow their dreams.

It stars Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell and Jim Parsons as Paul Stafford; directed by Ted Melfi and co-wrote it with Allison Schroeder.

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Passengers

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Passengers is a science fiction about Jim Preston and Aurora Lane two passengers on Avalon a space ship on a 120-year journey to another planet when the ship collided with an asteroid and wreck havoc on the space ship. The space ship is capable of fixing itself but the asteroid is big enough where the space ship was not capable to fully fix itself.

The accident caused the hibernation pod of Jim Preston to malfunction and woke him up 90 years early. With an android as a companion, Jim got bored after a year and decided to wake up Aurora as well. Jim and Aurora were forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction of the space ship as it teeters on the brink of collapse, putting in jeopardy their lives as well as the lives of thousands of passengers.

Magnificent musical score and production design is sleek with a plot that is easy to follow. The reason why Avalon malfunctioned is fully explained but the movie itself became a lovers’ spat in outer space where Aurora is so upset when she learned she was awakened by Jim Preston just so he has company during the long voyage.

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt have very good chemistry and their story is about bravery, forgiveness and love. The movie focused more on the relationship between the two main characters and not about the voyage itself; there are no monsters and spilled blood that critics would expect on most sci-fi. It is not for everyone but do not understand the negative reviews; flawed story?  it’s a sci-fi. Passengers is a sci-fi movie for adults.

 

It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, Chris Pratt as Jim Preston, Michael Sheen as the android named Arthur; directed by Morten Tyldum and written by Jon Spaihts.

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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is a spinoff of the Harry Potter series written by J.K. Rowling. It is about Newt Scamander, a British magician and author of a book about magic who takes care of magical creatures kept inside a suitcase who accidentally lets them loose in 1926 New York.

The movie is very entertaining with a lot of magnificent and colorful visuals. The menageries of creepy looking creatures are very entertaining and maybe creepy looking but are still lovable. While the visuals are very good, the story itself is nothing to be excited with; it is very simple and nothing complex. The movie is an eye candy which is good if you just want to be entertained without thinking which makes this movie suitable for kids and teenagers.

While the technical aspects of the movie are great like most high budget movies, there is not much in the plot and story. There is no denying it is beautifully done with great magic and great set-designs; the production design and customs of prohibition era New York is very well crafted. There are a few characters that are not well developed; they are in the movie but it is not clear what they are there for or what their motives are. Perhaps this can be dealt with in the next installment.

It is not a bad movie but it not great either; it is technically beautiful and with witty writing, it could have been great if not for so many side characters and side plots. It is basically a Harry Potter movie minus the great characters.

It stars Eddie Redmayne as New Scamander with Colin Farrell as Percival graves, written by JK Rowlings and directed by David Yates II.

 

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Dr Strange

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dr-strange-1Dr Strange is a fantasy movie about a disgraced cocky surgeon who lost his ability to do specialized surgery after he had a car accident. With his ability to do surgery gone, he traveled to the mountains of the Himalayas to get back his surgical powers but instead become a powerful sorcerer under the tutelage of a mystic known as the Ancient One.

Like most fantasy movies nowadays, Dr Strange visuals are very polish and visually appealing. The story revolves on metaphysics where the visuals are magnificent although some of the fight scenes that went on too long and could have been edited better. The movie maybe a standard comic fare but the story and visuals made up for a good comic fare. dr-strange-6

Although the movie is from Marvel (seems like Marvel movies are all sequels) and originally a comic book character, it is an original which I think will turn into a mega franchise of numerous sequels. It has an original story with a plot that is somewhat complicated but easy to follow. The Dr Strange character is well developed with no gaping holes, what became of him is explained in simple terms as the movie progressed.

dr-strange-5This movie is great if you are into comic fare, a comic movie with great story, great plot and great visual effects. Tilda Swinston is superb, the villain characters are worthy as villains but not too crazy. Some humor is thrown in but the few comical scenes that are supposed to be funny ended up cheesy. It is a fantastic superhero movie.

It stars Benedick Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinston as the Ancient One with Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ajiofor in supporting roles. Directed by Scott Derricson under the Marvel brand.

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Queen of Katwe

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Queen of Katwe is a true to life feel good movie about Phiona, a girl from the slums of rural Katwe in Uganda selling corn on the streets whose world dramatically changed when she is introduced to the game of chess and determined to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

She grew up in poverty but with the support of her community and a single mother who works tirelessly selling vegetables and is determined to feed her kids and have roof over their heads, she is able to pursue her queen-of-katwe-4dream. Phiona was discovered by Robert Katende a soccer player turned missionary teaching children in the slums how to play chess. He was impressed by Phiona’s intelligence, concentration and strategic thinking; characteristics necessary to play.

The movie plot is predictable where a poor girl with special talent goes though hard life just so she can fulfill her dreams with the help of a tireless mother and a coach. It is a familiar movie but with important differences; most of the important character and central figure are black women. Being a Disney movie, it is upbeat and a feel good movie notwithstanding the backdrop of poor slums of Uganda.

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As usual Lupita Nyong’o delivered a stellar performance; she is after all an Academy awardee. The movie is fast paced with the story presented in a straight forward manner showing the rough life of Phiona, her mother and siblings; the shots are glossy even in scenes of the slums of Katwe.

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The movie is recommended specially if you are in the mood for a feel good movie. It is a wonderful movie about pursuing your dreams.

It stars Lupita Nyong’o as Nakku Harriet the mother, Madina Nalwanga as Phiona and David Oyelowo as Robert Katende the coach. Directed by Mira Nair from the writings of William Wheeler.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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miss-peregrines-1Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an adaptation of the best-selling novel about specially gifted children with special powers and their home being taken care of by Miss Peregrine. Miss Peregrine has to protect the gifted children from an enemy by creating a parallel universe where time starts over every day like Groundhog Day.

Jake who lives in present day discovered the home thru his grandfather who is “peculiar” and used to live in Miss Peregrine’s home. He found the magical home and got to miss-peregrines-5know the children and their special powers and their powerful enemies. He ultimately discovered that his special powers can save the peculiar children from the powerful enemy.

miss-peregrines-3The movie has great visuals and solid plot line and most of the main characters are well developed. The story telling is great where the movie took its’ time to unfold making you understand the characters; the movie is a little bit over 2 hours. The children are very likable and Eva Green dis a great job as the stepmother Miss Peregrine.

Overall, it is a good fantasy movie for children with great story, great visuals and the production design of the 1940’s is good to look at. It is a good fantasy movie on the dark side, not your typical Disney fantasy movie. This is a typical Tim Burton fantasy movie.

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It stars Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, Assa Butterfield as Jake, Samuel L. Jackson as the villain Barron, Allison Janney as Dr. Golan and Judi Dench as Miss Avocet. Directed by Tim Buton.

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Sully

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Sully is a true to life portrayal of  heroic airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his incredible successful landing of a US Airways  commercial airline full of passengers on the icy Hudson River after both engines were destroyed after they hit birds after taking off. The pilot’s four decades of flying experience and his cool demeanor during a crisis saved 155 people on board.sully-5

The movie starts with Sully having a nightmare of a plane crashing into a Manhattan skyscraper which conveys that Sully is human and prone to making mistakes despite his level headedness and cool demeanor during a crisis. The events of the “miracle on the Hudson” was not told straight forward but mixed with fragments and occasional post-traumatic stress the pilot experiences.

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While the movie is about a plane disaster, most parts of the movie are dull and slow moving. I was expecting that more of the events during the crash were shown but a lot of the scenes are mostly fillers; that Sully is just human and a lot of scenes during the NTSB investigation. While it is lacking in action and exploding production design, the movie is original and it is worth watching if you have a slow day and nothing else to watch; it is much better than the usual sully-3summer movie fare of sequels and remakes packed with lots of actions and explosions for visuals. Sully is not your usual eye candy summer movie.

Most of the crew gave good performances especially Tom Hank’s measured portrayal of Sully Sullenberger and Laura Linney’s portrayal of the wife Lorrie.

It stars Tom Hanks as Sully, Laura Linney as wife Lorrie, and Aaron Eckhart as the co-pilot. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Bad Moms

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 Bad Mom 2Bad Moms is a comedy about three moms who are over-worked and exhausted who are about to snap just to have a perfect family, kids and at the same time a career. About to snap, they join forces to liberate themselves from the conventional responsibilities of a perfect mom; going wild, having fun which put them on a collision course with a PTA Queen Bee and her side kicks.Bad Mom 3

 

 

 

I did not have great expectations before seeing the movie but was surprised how funny it was and actually one of the better comedies of 2016. The movie may be predictable but so is most of this type of movie. What is lacks in material is compensated by the great comedic chemistry by the three main stars and with the supporting cast.

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Each character is well written specially the character played by Mila Kunis, Amy Mitchell. She is overworked at home and at the office and gets no recognition for her efforts from her boss, her kids and even from her husband who is having an affair on the internet. She finally got fed up and had a great time for herself and her 2 new found friends who are also overworked moms themselves. Predictably, they eventually got recognitions for their efforts.

Overall, it is a good and funny movie despite its short comings. Good chemistry among the cast and they did what they can with what they have to work with and delivered a good movie.

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It stars Mila Kunis as Amy Mitchell, Kristen Bell as Kiki, Kathryn Hanh as Carla, and Christina Applegate as PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn with side kick Jada Pinkett Smith as Stacy with Martha Stewart in a cameo role as herself. Directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

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Florence Foster Jenkins

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Florence Jenkins 1Florence Foster Jenkins is a true story about a wealthy socialite New York heiress who attempts to become an opera singer despite having no voice to be an opera singer. She is the William Hung (from American Idol infamy) of her days. She is very determined to do what she loves, singing albeit with dreadful voice and has no talent. Like William Hung and the Kardashians, she is famous for being famous.

Florence is a wealthy heiress and because of her wealth people around her starting with her husband and well known conductor Arturo Toscanini are enablers and  tolerating her attempts to become a singer despite having Florence Jenkins 3no talent or voice of an opera singer. These enablers are employed as yes men expecting a hefty inheritance from the clueless lady. It is hard to believe Florence Jenkins was a real person.

Meryl Streep as Florence Jenkins is on her best playing a character; she excels very well and most of the time disappears behind the role portraying characters as Julia Child and her Oscar winning portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. The movie is funny and sad at the same time; it is sad to watch a clueless woman taking advantage because of her wealth.

Florence Jenkins 4Florence Foster Jenkins although slow on some spots is a welcome respite from the typical big budget summer movie. It is funny, witty and Meryl Streep did a convincing Florence Jenkins 5performance as a clueless opera singer without the talent. Supporting cast also did wonderful jobs; Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg are very convincing as enablers.

It stars Meryl Streep as Florence Jenkins, Hugh Grant as the husband St Clair Bayfield, Simon Helberg as pianist Cosme McMoon and Rebecca Ferguson as Kathleen. Directed by Stephen Frears from the writing of Nicholas Martin.

 

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Star Trek Beyond

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Star Trek Beyond is the latest sequel to the very long running Star Trek series. Captain Kirk and the whole crew of the Enterprise encounter an alien warrior race when they got isolated in a distant planet after the Enterprise was destroyed.

This latest sequel is pretty much the same as the previous sequels albeit with slight difference in the plot. This is Star Trek Beyond 2your typical sequel summer movie with great technical and production design, it is visually stunning but you are still watching Star Trek; if you have seen one, you have seen them all.

It is a great movie if you are a big fan of the series but it is not for somebody who wants a good original movie with great story and plot. Since it is a sequel, there is pretty much no character development and the plot is predictable where you pretty much know how it will end.

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Overall, Star Trek Beyond is flashy with great action scenes and visually stunning but it is forgettable and shallow.

It stars Chris Pine as Captain Kier, Zachary Quinto as Spock, John Cho as Sulu, Idris Elba as Krall, Zoe Saldana as Uhura and Ashley Edner as Natalia. Directed by Justin Lin and written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.

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Ghostbusters

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Ghostbusters 2Ghostbusters is a reboot to the original 1984 horror comedy movie where a group of men have the task of exterminating ghosts in New York City. This time around, the ghost fighters are 4 women, three scientists and a sidekick.

This is a very funny new take on a classic movie; it is not a sequel but a reboot to the original. The story and plot is simple, straight forward and not complicated. Like the original, the lady Ghostbusters were not taken seriously until the city needed their help with ghosts who are being brought from the “other side” by somebody who has an ax to grind with society.Ghostbusters 5

The women Ghostbusters are funny with great chemistry but Kate McKinnon stole the show which I think made the movie enjoyable to watch and Chris Hemsworth seemed to enjoy himself. Melissa McCarthy is also funny minus her trademark brand of crude comedy. There were cameo roles from the original movie with Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver.

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There were references to the original but very subtle and not overwhelming. Overall, the movie is funny, well written and with great chemistry among the cast. Being a comedy, the plot is not complex and the pacing is fast and no dull moment and they kept the movie loyal to the original.

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It stars Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan and Chris Hemsworth as the assistant Kevin. Cameo roles by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver. Written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig.

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Now You See Me 2

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Now You See Me 1Now You See Me 2 is the sequel about the magicians Four Horsemen who have won the admiration of the public with their Robin Hood-style shows and spectacles. A year after they outwitted the FBI they are back and this time they are to expose the unethical practices of a tech magnate.

Walter Mabry is a tech prodigy who is interested in stealing a micro chip that has the ability to control any computer in the world. With their vanishing acts, Walter wanted to use the Four Horsemen to steal the micro chip Now You See Me 2for him. He helped the Four Horsemen “vanish” during a show and has them transported to Macau, China where the micro chip is located.

While the first installment is lighthearted, fun and filled with mysticism, the sequel is somewhat dark with a lot twists and turns but the plot is still easy to follow as it is very well laid out. It is explained how they “vanish” and how they do their tricks.

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Overall the movie is as entertaining as the first one although both movies are quite different which made the sequel necessary unlike most sequels. While it lacks certain flair from the first movie, Now You See Me 2 still has plenty of thrilling magical acts with the plot tightly wounded. This is one good heist movie that is not predictable.

It stars Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas, Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes, Woody Harrelson as Merritt McKinney, Lizzy Kaplan as Lisa, Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in supporting roles. Directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon.

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Me Before You

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Me Before You is adapted from the bestselling novel by JoJo Moyes which is about the relationship between a simple English woman and a wealthy quadriplegic Londoner who hires her as his caretaker.

The relationship is unexpected between the two considering their differences; him a wealthy, educated successful banker with good taste of the finer things of life and her simple, Me Before You 2perky with a quirky taste of clothes. She resembles Ugly Betty, perky and loves “unusual” clothes which makes her standout in a crowed while he likes classical music and highbrow foreign films.

Louisa Clark and her family is having financial difficulties and forced to take job to take care William Traynor a young successful banker but had an accident and became quadriplegic. Being young, successful and athletic, William wanted to die and gave his parents 6 months to change his mind. The parents hired Louisa to help change his mind within this 6 month.

Me Before You 3The film may look typical movie about assisted suicide and about a young energetic, successful man dealing with the consequences of a tragic accident but has several surprises. Although it is dealing with a sensitive and depressing subject, it is not preachy. The two main characters have good chemistry and Emilia Clark as the perky Louisa is did a wonderful job and being an adaptation of a bestselling novel, the plot and writing is excellent. It is an emotional film but did not wallow in heavy drama; it had just the right amount of charm and drama. The right popular music is also used throughout the film to convey what is in the character’s mind.

Overall this is a wonderful uplifting movie which will make you laugh and be sad at the same time. Emilia Clark’s performance is a surprise.

It stars Emilia Clark (from Game of Thrones fame) as Louisa Clark, Sam Claflin (from Hunger Games) as William Traynor, directed by Thea Sharrock and written by Jojo Moyes.

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The Nice Guys

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The Nice Guys 2The Nice Guys is about a pair of struggling private detectives in Los Angeles during the 70’s who stumbled on a sprawling conspiracy while investigating the alleged suicide of a prominent female porn star.

Jackson Healy and Holland March are both private investigators working separately until their paths crossed thru a common link, a girl named Amelia. They both teamed up to crack the case of missing Amelia but stumbled on a sprawling conspiracy involving the Detroit car makers on one hand and environmentalist and smog on the other.The Nice Guys 3

The movie is very well written, directed and superbly acted with the 1970’s production design believable without going overboard. This is an action movie with a touch of mystery. The main characters are well developed and the chemistry between them is wonderful and so with supporting characters.

Like most of Shane Black movies that he directed, The Nice Guys is made in Black’s style of film making, an action-comedy about two buddies, their chemistry or the lack thereof presented in a comedic fashion. Ryan Gosling as bumbling investigator worked very well with Russell Crowe’s serious but temperamental character. Overall the movie is great and very entertaining although the violence is really in your face; they could have trimmed some of it without having any impact on the overall quality of the movie.

The Nice Guys 4Russell Crowe stars as Jackson Healy, Ryan Gosling as Holland March and Agourie Rice as Holly March; directed by Shane Black.

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Money Monster

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Money Monster is about Lee Gates and his TV producer Patty Fenn held hostage by an irate investor who loses his money. Lee Gates is a slick, flamboyant and bombastic TV personality who has a popular TV show about stock market and investing that made him a financial pundit and a Wall Street financial guru. An irate investor who loses money crashes his TV show after Lee hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes.Money Monster 2

Small time investor Kyle Budwell took Lee Gates, all the TV crew including producer Patty Fenn hostage live on air watched by millions. Lee and Patty have to uncover the truth and lies behind the market crash of the stock Lee hawks in real time, live on air.

The movie is very entertaining and full of thrill from start to finish. The story is well written, easy to follow with a few hilarious moments and has an ending that is not predictable. The plot seems simple except for the financial dealings but the movie made it easy to follow and understand. It is a solid middle budget movie with a lot of tense scenes.

Great acting performance by Julia Roberts and George Clooney and both made a great pair but most of the supporting cast have lackluster performance and forgettable. Highlight scene came from the girlfriend of Kyle who berated him live on TV, what she said is unexpected.

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Julia Roberts stars as producer Patty Fenn, George Clooney as the smug and flamboyant Lee Gates, Jack O’Connell as Kyle Budwell the hostage taker; directed by Jodie Foster and written by Alan DiFiore, Jamie Linden and Jim Kouf.

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The Boss

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The Boss is the latest comedy from Melissa McCarthy about a lady business titan who is sent to prison for insider trading. Not everyone she screwed was not very forgiving after emerging from prison and started to rebranded herself as America’s business sweetheart; they were not quick to forget and forgive. Like Martha Stewart she is able to rise and rebrand with the help of a business associate and daughter selling cookies door to door.

Like most of Melissa McCarthy’s brand of comedy, The Boss is R rated peppered The Boss 2slapsticks with crude but funny jokes, touchy situations about family and friendship. It is about a mean businesswoman seeing her mistakes and learning to find compassion and friendship with people around her. There are funny parts but there are a lot of crude and raunchy situations and some jokes are forced.

The Boss 3If your type of movie is about serious topics this movie may not be appropriate for you but if you just want to laugh for a while then is definitely recommended. It is not as funny compared to some of her movies but she is known to sometimes make silly movies; this is not one of her best.

It stars Melissa McCarthy as The Boss Michelle Darnell, Kristen Bell as Claire the business friend who helped The Boss rebrand, Peter Dinklage as Renault and Katy Bates in a minor role as Ida (she is a regular in Melissa McCarthy’s movies). Written by Melissa McCarthy with Ben Falcone and Steve Mallory; directed by Ben Falcone.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a sequel to the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time. It is still about a wedding but this time it is the wedding of Maria Portokalos, the mother when they found out that their original wedding was not valid.

The movie is all about Maria Portokalos getting re-married to Toulas father when they found out the first wedding is not My Big Fat Greek Wedding 5valid as it was not signed by the priest that officiated the wedding. There’s a lot of jokes about the wedding but most of the jokes somewhat missed the mark.

While most critics found the movie unfunny, stale and tired, the movie goers where I went to see the movie and like most movie audience found the movie funny from start to the end. While My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is not as good and not as funny as the original, it is still recommended and worth paying to see the movie. Lainie Kazan as Maria Portokalos and Andrea Martin as the meddling Aunt Anna are so funny that I think they stole the show.

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It may not be as funny and as successful as the first installment but it is still funny enough and will be a success.

It stars Nia Vardalos as Toula, John Corbett as Ian Miller, Lainie Kazan as Maria, Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula, Rita Wilson as Anna and John Stamos in a minor role as George; directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos.

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Zootopia

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Zootopia 1Zootopia is a feel-good animation about being different, tolerance and being able to fulfill your dreams against all odds. Zootopia is a modern metropolis of mammals; a melting pot of every kind of animals from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, from the idealist rabbit wanting to become a successful police officer to the slick fox hustling to make a living. It is a huge melting pot metropolis where you can be anything.

Zootopia 2Zootopia is your typical Disney animation where the main character is dreaming to become somebody where her physique is not built for the job but strived to excel and be successful. Judy Hopps is a cottontail wanting to become a successful police officer in a big bad city. Along the way she encountered Nick Wilde a slick hustler; they started on the wrong foot but eventually joined forces to catch the bad guys.

The animation is beautifully done, bright and vibrant pastel colors were used; typical Disney. There’s a lot going on in the story but it is very well laid out and easy to follow; it is fast pace no dull moment and keeps you interested and very well edited.

The movie is funny with great dialogues, socially relevant and very touching. It is recommended for both young and adults who like funny, witty and fast paced animation. It deals with tolerance, prejudice and other social issues that is easily for kids to understand.

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Ginnifer Goodwin did the voice of Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde by Jason Bateman, Bonnie Hopps by Bonnie Hunt, and Chief Bogo by Idris Elba. Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush.

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Spotlight

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Spotlight 1Spotlight is a true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis on the Catholic Church one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the team of reporters in the Boston Globe called the “Spotlight” delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s institutions from the church, government and legal system.
While the movie dealt with the infamous scandals of sexual Spotlight 2abuse in the Catholic Church and earning the Best Picture in the most recent Oscar awards, in my opinion the movie itself is not great for it to earn the highest honor in the awards. There is nothing great in the writing, acting and technical aspects. It may be a great TV movie but definitely not Oscar worthy.

Spotlight 3The movie is packed with dialogues and it does hold the interest of the viewer but it should have been better written as a book but not turned into a movie. It is not a bad movie but it is not a memorable one.

It stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci; directed and written by Tom McCarthy.

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