Hustlers

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Hustlers will be a guilty pleasure movie, only this type of guilty pleasure actually has some substance to it!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-The performances from Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu were spectacular, especially that one scene from Jennifer Lopez (yes, I’m being too vague) had my mouth drop, that is all
-It is a story about taking advantage of the rich for themselves to survive, and you can be disgusted at times, but the bigger theme that had some substance in the story was how a friendship progressed, digressed, and in the end, realizing what they have was actually special
-The comedy is very funny and real

The So So:

-If you’re expecting some a lot of “revelations” (especially from certain actresses), you may be greatly disappointed (I kind of was), but that is not the main point of the film, it does mix in some politics and other themes that can make you think about life in general, and to me, that is where the true bright spot is

What I Didn’t Like:

-Story can drag a little bit with conversations that really don’t pertain to the story
-Cardi B’s acting, esh

Overall:

Guys will watch this for mainly one reason. What I would strongly urge you all is to approach this with an open mind, and see that there is something deeper than this. the themes it brings, gives a lot of substance and show the reality of how hard things are, and probably still is. It has a good blend of everything for your enjoyment. Guilty pleasures and all!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

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The Goldfinch (Sidenote: A Dog’s Journey)

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The Goldfinch has its moments, but if they made more concise it would be a lot more effective than a lagging slog!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The film has some special and intense moments throughout, seeing this kid, Theo, grow up after experiencing some traumatizing events can be something worth watching
-The acting was pretty good

The So So:

-There were either good moments, or not so good moments, pretty much the feel of this film

What I Didn’t Like:

-This movie was long, and because of that things seem lagging or boring, a lot of unnecessary conversations that in the end had me asking to end this already
-There are some plot holes that were left wide open with no closure in sight, and that is annoying

Overall:

This movie could be a very good movie. If they made it shorter and more concise, it would have been a lot more effective movie for us to watch. Director, John Crowley, does not have a good track record with me in his films. To me, his films are boring, and this is a prime example. It is a waste of good acting unfortunately, and one that will be known as wasted talent!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Stars

(Sidenote: A Dog’s Journey- This sequel is more of the same like the first film, about a dog’s spirit going through reincarnation. The story is a bit bland and cliched with stereotypical characters. With all that said, it does bring heart warming moments that dog lovers will always cherish!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Stars)

It Chapter 2 (Sidenote: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

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It Chapter 2 gets the job done in creepiness and suspense, may have ended a little funny, but it is rare for a horror film to have a good story!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-Just like the first film, it is creepy, suspenseful, and even at times scary, in only that regard, it gets the job done
-It is very rare that a horror film to have a good story with great character development, the whole aspect of the Losers Club really captures a good story of battling your inner demons and facing your fears, though not as good as the first film, this one does have a good conclusion for these characters
-As usual Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown was great and creepy as usual, as far as the other characters, I enjoyed Bill Hader, his character really battling his complicated past and ending up doing the right thing with a bit of comedy, was a joy to see
-The creepy characters it brings out had me jumping out of my seat

The So So:

-The final scene was crazy, but in a good way with the moments of each character realizing what they need to do to try and get rid of Pennywise the Clown, the bad is the execution of how things went down

What I Didn’t Like:

-Nitpicky things, but I wanted to see more of Bill Hader’s inner demons, for other characters there is great conclusions, but for him I was interested more and wanted a better conclusion

Overall:

This franchise does what it needed to do. Creep or scare you, and satisfy you with a great story. Pennywise the Clown will go down as a great character in not only horror movie history, but film history. I hate horror movies, and even after this movie it doesn’t change my mind. With that said, I know a good movie when I see one, and this franchise gets the intended job done.

Real Rating: 4 Stars

(Sidenote: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- I don’t usually write reviews on these types of movies, but I thought this one is a good one. It combines two of my favorite things Batman and the Ninja Turtles. The animation is a little weird, but the fights were awesome combining both universes to this film. The Batman vs Shredder fights are a marvel to see. The comedy was on point, and I believe they utilized the ninja Turtles personalities with Batman very well. I enjoyed it a lot, and if you are a fan of any of these characters, it is worth a watch!!!
Real Rating: 4 Stars)

Blinded by the Light

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Blinded by the Light is a great story dealing with inspiration, following your dreams, racism, culture, and problems with family, this is surprisingly a really thought provoking film that can hit close to home!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The story is a really good story, it deals with many different themes, but the main theme is about finding inspiration and following your dreams no matter what, that one can hit close to home with you, and because of that, it can be something special
-There were very great comedic, intense, special, and heart warming moments, but those heart warming moments is what really got to me, and made me like this movie a lot
-Viveik Kalra playing the protagonist, Javed, really captures an essence of what teenager go through nowadays and trying to find inspiration in anything, and the realtionship with his father is fun to watch, really great acting
-It was set in the 80s in Britian, and it does give you a fun look of how it is during that time

The So So:

-The inspiration came from the music of Bruce Springstein, if you’re a fan of him, you will love it, if not (which I’m not), you may not find it as great, but at least the story makes it worthwhile

What I Didn’t Like:

-I wish I could see more of the racism aspect during that time, there were intense moments, but I wanted to see more of that

Overall:

I thought this movie will jam Bruce Springstein down my throat, and end up not liking it. However, that wasn’t the case. Yes it does involve his music, but what I found special is the story and the character development on the protagonist, Javed. That is the joy to see, and his many relationships that really shapes his character of him becoming someone great no matter the obstacle. That is what I found great about this movie. As I said before, it can hit close to home for many of you no matter what background you have. In that regard, I highly recommend it!!!

Real Rating: 4.5

Overcomer (Sidenote: Unplanned)

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Overcome may have their cringy moments, but the message of forgiveness and inspiration can be genuinely inspiring for all of us!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-The message here is loud and clear, a message of forgiveness, and overcoming yourself to be inspired to be the best that God allows you to be, pretty good message if you ask me
-The moments between Hannah and her father, greatly acted by Cameron Arnett were very special moments that I enjoyed

The So So:

-Yes it is predictable for both a Christian and a sports movie, but I appreciated the execution, I am a sap for those inspirational sports movies

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were some cringy moments where the acting may be a bit much, I guess with any Kendrick Brothers produced Christian movies, you will get that and either laugh at it, or just straight up hate it
-As usual, the life changing moment seemed to be rushed which does affect the effectiveness it needs to bring

Overall:

I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Yes it does have those cringy moments which most people will remember. However, if you look pass that and really see what this movie is trying to tell you, you can be inspired and try to incorporate that into your life. It can be worthwhile if you do. It is a pretty decent sports story as well, which some can appreciate. Message is strong, and for me that is half the battle for me to enjoy it at the very least!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

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(Sidenote: Unplanned- I have for the most part defended the Pure Flix franchise, mainly the God’s Not Dead films. However for this one, I cannot get behind. For a person who is middle ground on the issue it brings, this film doesn’t help for either side of the argument. In fact, all it does is make it worse than it already is. With all the controversy it brought before it premiered. I really think this film really lost its true focus, and that is a big shame!!!
Real Rating: 1 Star)

Angel Has Fallen

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Angel Has Fallen is the worst in the trilogy, but not by much, you get the action, but it is getting redundant!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

What I Like:

-Nick Nolte’s acting is a joy to see in this movie

The So So:

-The action is what you really watch it for, and you definitely get that, but it is not the greatest in this trilogy

What I Didn’t Like:

-Story is just getting too redundant with the political conspiracies, and I pretty much predicted what will happen in the first 20 minutes, also the whole concussions thing with the protagonist really just didn’t make sense

Overall:

Fans will get what they pay for, but even the most hardcore fan (which I’m most definitely not) will say this one is greatly flawed. Yes you get the cool action, but the story is just getting way too redundant, and even stupider. I don’t know why Gerard Butler makes these types of movies, but he definitely needs to hire a new agent. Too many mediocre to bad movies is really not doing well for him!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

Ready or Not (Sidenote: The Curse of La Llorona)

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Ready or Not is an intriguing yet very weird movie, where it does have its moments of good and sometimes cringy bad!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-For a horror thriller, I thought the story for the most part was very interesting, it kept me engaged and at times edge of my seat type of thrills
-I thought the cast with the direction of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett executed very well, the blend of comedy, drama, and thrills really flowed very well

The So So:

It does have its weirdness to this story, but it makes sense with the tone it brings, the surprise moments will make you shake your head and ask yourself, “What the heck just happened?” So at times, it is so weird that it is good

What I Didn’t Like:

-In typical horror movie fashion it has those annoying cliches where people make dumb decisions while they run for your lives, it had a lot of those cringy moments where the violence and stupidity really doesn’t make the end meet

Overall:

This movie is interestingly entertaining. The story, acting, and direction blended very well. It can be weird, but a good weird. Also, fans of violent horror films will definitely love this one. Especially with how things ended, and I will leave it at that!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

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(Sidenote: The Curse of La Llorona- I remember this story when I was a kid. Unfortunately this wasn’t really the cultured horror film I was expecting. Regardless, it is a somewhat decent film that does rely a lot on jump scares. I just wanted more than that!!!
Real Rating: 3 Stars)