Flatliners

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Flatliners is a remake about five medical students who made a daring experiment to determine what happens right after a person dies. By stopping their hearts for a few minutes, it triggers a near-death experience. However these near-death experiences had side effects; they had hallucinations which forced them to confront the sins of their past.

There is absolutely no reason to remake this movie; the original Julia Roberts movie is not memorable and the remake outcome is mediocre, the remake is worse than the original. The film took the concept of the original movie and tried to expand upon but did not achieve that goal. If you are to remake a movie, you need to make sure it is better than the original, not on this case. Having said that, this is not the worst movie, it is not great but not bad either.

Saving grace is the impressive special effects and great musical score. It is not the scariest thriller movie but the pacing is great, no dull moment; the plot is easy to follow with no gigantic holes. The scary scenes are the best part of the movie.

It is not an Oscar winning movie but is entertaining if you have time; it is more of a thriller than a horror movie. It has a unique take on handling life challenges.

It stars Ellen Page as Courtney, Diego Luna as Ray, Nina Dobrev as Marlo, James Norton as Jamie, Kiersey Clemons as Sophia, Kiefer Sutherland as Nelson, directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by Ben Ripley from Columbia Pictures.

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mother!

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mother! Is a psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home disrupting their tranquil lives.

It is about a poet who spends a lot at home in solitude and his introvert wife making them a perfect match. They live in a beautiful but stark house where she spends her time inside the house painting and the husband also spends his time in solitude and she thinks they are a perfect match until he invites random people into their house having a good time and throwing parties in his honor.

You may not like this movie if you are into the usual blockbuster summer movies. You may need some thinking as it is a combination of allegories from religion and human history that presents a microcosm of our planet and our selves. It is layered, thought provoking and artsy; common movie goers definitely will not understand the movie. This movie is for the artsy movie aficionados, it is not for everybody.

It is beautifully made and well acted but Jennifer Lawrence is not properly casted as the shrinking violet given her strong characters she portrayed in all her previous movies. The movie is very artsy and it may be too early in her career to star in artsy movies, perhaps it would have been more appropriate to cast a more mature and seasoned actress.

It stars Jennifer Lawrence as the Mother, Javier Bardem as Him, Michelle Pfeiffer as Woman, and Ed Harris as Man. Directed and written by Darren Aronofsky from Paramount Pictures.

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The Dark Tower

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The Dark Tower is an adaptation of a novel written by Stephen King. It is about protagonists Roland Deschain and Walter O’Dim where the two are locked in eternal battle. Roland Deschain is known as the last Gunslinger is determined to prevent Walter O’Dim also known as Man in Black from destroying the Black Tower. The tower holds the universe and the other parallel worlds together and destroying it will destroy the universe and only Roland can prevent this from happening.

Being written by one of the most celebrated writer of our time, all the elements of a good novel are there but the film is unremarkable; the movie looks hurried with the characters having no emotional connections and no character development, entire movie is very dark literally even the special effects are wanting and forgettable even in this age of advance technology. Editing is also bad, the movie looked like slapped together just to make the movie whole. The book needs a better adaptation than this.

The novel is very expansive, the movie was not able to capture everything, and the novel cannot be condensed into a 90 minute movie. It may have worked if it was done in several sequels. It had the potential of a great movie but it was squandered and just not properly done. It has good actors but their talent was wasted. Idris Elba is great but that’s about what is good with the movie.

It stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim, and directed by Nikolaj Arcel from Sony Pictures.

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Kidnap

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Kidnap is about one mother’s heroic attempt to get back her son who got kidnapped in a park. Karla McCoy is a single mother earning a living as a waitress at a diner, brought her son to a walk in the park one afternoon when her son suddenly disappears after being kidnapped by a couple.

Without a cell phone and had no time to call police, she jumped in her car after she saw the couple in their car taking off with her son and sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers. What follows is a relentless chase on the Louisiana freeways and byways which keeps you at the edge of your seat – somewhat.

While Halle Berry portrayed very well the distraught single mom going after the kidnappers that took her son, the movie did not work very well. It did not have the visual style and drama of a car chase drama like Sandra Bullock’s Speed; it switches between low and high speed chases without any rhyme or reason. It should have been an adrenaline-pumping ride.

Kidnap is a low-budget genre movie where they could have skimped on the car chase scenes but not on the screenplay which is horrible; the plot is predictable and the whole movie looks like a movie made for TV. The only saving grace is Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry’s performance which is fierce but even a good performance cannot overcome the lack of good writing to make a movie work.

It stars Halle Berry as single mom Karla McCoy, Sage Correa as son Frankie McCoy, directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Lee from Aviron Pictures.

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Atomic Blonde

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Atomic Blonde is spy thriller about Lorraine Broughton, a stylish and couture clad top-level M16 spy who is sent to Berlin to take down an espionage ring that is ruthless and that has just killed two undercover agents for unknown reasons. The movie is a high-stakes action-thriller that takes place in the city of Berlin during the 80’s on the eve of the Berlin Wall’s collapse.

Lorraine Broughton was ordered to cooperate with alpha-male David Percival, the station chief in Berlin; the two must form alliance to stop the threat that would jeopardize the West’s intelligence operation.

The movie is very entertaining with a very good soundtrack, dark and very stylish. It is engaging with a lot of twists and double crosses. It has lots of action and very brutal. It is your typical action movie where the fights are very scripted and choreographed but this time the action star is a very stylish woman clad in expensive couture clothes.

 

 

The plot is easy to follow to the point of being predictable but has a surprise ending.  The first half of the movie is a bit slow but it picked up at the middle. It is not a perfect movie and the violence is extremely brutal, but overall it is very entertaining; the protagonists, soundtrack and the dark and cold Berlin backdrop right before the fall of the Wall adorns the movie enough to be entertaining. Charlize Theron’s performance is a five star out of five.

It stars Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton, James McAvoy as David Percival, John Goodman as a CIA agent, Sofia Boutella as Deflfine, directed by David Leitch, written by Johnstad from Focus Featuresd.

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Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a futuristic scientific fiction about Valerian and Laureline who are charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories in the universe in the 28th century. The Minister of Defense assigned them an operation to embark on a mission to the city of Alpha, a city of a thousand planets, metropolis that is ever expanding where species from all over the universe have converged over time to share their knowledge, intelligence and their culture with each other.

Valerian and Laureline were sent to Alpha to fix a problem; a dark force is threatening the peaceful existence of Alpha and they must find out and identify the dark force and safeguard Alpha and the future of the universe.

Valerian has magnificent production design and special effects but the plot and storytelling are wanting. Like The Fifth Element which is directed by the same director, Valerian is not to be watch for its storytelling but should be watch for its style and production design. It may not have great lines but with humor injected to the lines, it is funny and it is not a bore to watch.

It does not have the finesse of other great futuristic scientific fiction movies but it is still a joy to watch; good special effects but the plot is uninteresting. It is visually stunning an eye candy, more on style not on content.

Dane Dehaan as Valerian did a terrible job, he is very still and emotionless; he is not suitable for the character. Cara DeLavingne is much better but they do not have chemistry; Rihanna should keep her day job. The movie would have been a notch better if they have chosen the right actors.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, Cara Delavingne as Laureline, Rihanna as Bubble, Clive Owen as Commander Filitt and Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp. Directed and written by Luc Besson from Europa and STX Films.

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Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is about Diana an Amazon woman with extraordinary powers being raised in an island occupied only by women warriors. She is the daughter of Zeus and an Amazon woman. She had an idyllic life in the island but interrupted when a soldier crash-landed near the island. She rescued the soldier and learned that a world war is engulfing the world and uses her powers to restore peace.

The movie is well written with good character development specially that of Diana. Everything is explained from her childhood in the island of Themyscira raised by an all-female warriors up to adulthood in London, how her powers developed and fighting in the trenches in an effort to defeat Ares. The plot is somewhat original but predictable where you know how it ends.

 

Wonder Woman is the first female-led comic book movie in a decade and the typical summer movie; big budget with a lot of action and fighting scenes with magnificent production design. This is the comic movie for women.

There is enough action with a few comedies that makes it entertaining. The action and fight scenes are well choreographed but some of the dialogues are a bit cheesy but overall the movie is hugely entertaining. Gal Gadot is great as Wonder Woman and has a very strong screen presence. Overall, this is very quality summer blockbuster movie; it is very entertaining without being dumb.

It stars Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as soldier Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Hyppolyta, Robin Wright as Antiope, directed by Patty Jenkins.

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Beatriz at Dinner

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Beatriz at Dinner is about two protagonists on both ends of the political spectrum. On one end is Beatriz an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and on the other end is Doug Strutt a brash, cutthroat, take no prisoner real estate developer billionaire. The two clash and collide when the two meet at a dinner party.

Beatriz is a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist who is into preserving nature while Doug Strutt is a powerful and callous real estate developer who does not care about the environment as long as his projects get build. The two meets at a small  and intimate fancy dinner party held at a seaside mansion in Newport Beach, California owned by a business partner of Doug where Doug is the guest of honor. Beatriz did not actually get invited to the dinner party but she gets stranded in the house of the party host because her car broke down after giving the host a massage. Cathy the house owner’s “liberal-guilt” attitude leads her to invite Beatriz to stay for dinner.

Beatriz at Dinner is a political satire about the present state of politics. Beatriz represents the left, somebody who cares about the environment and nature; Doug representing somebody currently occupying the White House, third wife in tow to the party and somebody who likes to the thrill of hunting animals in Africa. The two start to collide as soon as they are seated for dinner. Doug insults immigrants and laugh off environmentalists’ objections to his hotel projects. Beatriz is horrified and with the help of alcohol confronted Doug. Their banter is sometimes funny but mostly awkward for the other dinner guest, and for the movie audience.

Salma Hayek as Beatriz and John Lithgow as Doug Strutt delivered stunning performance, the movie is well written with plot easy to follow. You may not like the movie if you are into big budget summer movies with a lot of explosions or watch Fox.

It stars Salma Hayek as Beatriz, John Lithgow as Doug Strutt, Cathy Britton as Cathy, directed by Miguel Arleta and written by Mike White.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

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Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2 is the second installment of the series set on the backdrop to the music of Mixtape #2. The team continues their adventure as they travel the outer reaches of the universe. The second installment unravels Peter Quill’s parentage. Enemies become allies and characters from Marvel comics novel come to the team’s aid. Like your typical comics novel, the heroes will prevail in the end so the world as we know remains.

Like the first installment, volume 2 is filled likable characters, humor, action and suspense at every turn. While it is entertaining, the plot relied too much on humor where at times it is forced. There were serious moments but they were drowned out by forced jokes and one liner dialogues. It is pretty much the same as the first one with added steroids.

Visual effect is first-rate especially the gold people and the retro music as a soundtrack is cool too. The movie did not make sense but is fun. Overall it is a good popcorn sci-fi movie. It is not a work of art but is fun.

It stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper did the voice of Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel did the voice of Baby Groot, Kurt Russell as Ego and Karen Gillian as Nebula; directed by James Gunn II.

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Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese manga (anime comic book), is the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi, the first of her kind who had a terrible crash and cyber-enhanced and become a perfect soldier who is devoted to stopping dangerous criminals and saving the world. Major is uniquely qualified to stop terrorist who reached a new level of committing crime where they had the ability to hack into people’s mind. As she faced the new enemy, Major discovered that she had been lied to; she was not saved from the terrible crash in fact her life was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past and find out who stole her life and stop them before they do this to others.

Ghost in the Shell is visually stunning with very good production designs; technically it is superior and visually compelling. While it is visually appealing, it looks like a series of mini sci-fi films strung together with one character as the only thing that is common to these short films. There is too much style but lacks in substance. The plot is easy to follow and nothing complicated.

It is based on Japanese comic book but most of the main characters were played by white actors. It would have been preferred that these roles were played by Oriental actors; the movie looks whitewashed. Hollywood needs to learn to use Asian actors for Asian characters.

This is a must watch movie if you are a sci-fi fanatic; the movie has amazing eye candy, a visual delight, the special effects are great. It has a simple but interesting story; it is not great but not bad either. Whitewashing aside, this is a fun movie.

It stars Scarlett Johansson as Major, Michael Pitt as Kuze, Christopher Obi as Ambassador Kiyoshi (that’s it, no Asian playing a major character) and directed by Rupert Sanders.

 

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The Circle

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The Circle is an adaptation of a modern thriller about Mae who was hired to work for The Circle, the largest and most powerful tech and social media company in the world which to her is a lifetime opportunity. She started with interacting with customers and as she rose through the ranks, with her beauty and being natural in public speaking she was encouraged by Eamon Bailey the founder of The Circle to be part of a ground breaking experiment where she is filmed and broadcasted to all users of the social media 24/7 which pushes the boundaries of personal privacy and personal freedom.

 

 

The movie has an impressive cast where two of the main characters are played by major stars. It has a decent plot where it deals with timely themes of social media and personal privacy however the whole movie is half hearted; it is supposed to be a thriller but it doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat.

Character development is almost non-existent, the ending did not make any sense, the dialogues are horrible and the story is so predictable. One good thing about the movie is the way it portrayed American millennial which is right on – over enthusiastic on anything that is social media, will post anything and everything about themselves.

The movie had a very interesting premise about technology, social media, privacy and politics; it just did not deliver even with major stars playing the main characters which tells you even great actors like Tom Hanks cannot carry a badly written movie. It is very slow and poorly directed with poor writing.

It stars Tom Hanks as Eamon Bailey, Emma Watson as Mae with Glenne Headly as Mae’s mother; directed by James Ponsoltd.

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Get Out

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Get Out is a horror, mystery suspense about an African American guy with a white girl friend. They are in a time of their relationship where the girl brings his African American boyfriend home to meet his parents’ upstate for the weekend.

Rose’s parents are overly accommodating to Chris whom he interprets as their attempt to deal with their interracial relationship but as the weekend progresses, very disturbing discoveries lead him to the truth which is bizarre. 

The movie is a decent horror comedy but lacks the finesse of a great movie. It is loaded with black on white racism and vice versa. The story is interesting and well laid out with some interesting and surprising twists; the story slowly unfolds keeping you gripped from start to finish. It did good in combining horror and satire.

It is a good movie but I don’t think it deserves the over glowing reviews it is getting, it is a bit cheesy and reminds you of Stepford Wives. Acting job by all the actors is horrible and makes the movie like a soaped up B movie.

It stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Allisson Williams as Rose, Catherine Keener as the mother Missy Armitage and Bradley Whitford as the father Dean Armitage. Directed and written by Jordan Peele.

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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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