Knives Out

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Knives Out is an interesting mystery telling that will keep you on your toes until the end, no matter how much backstory they jam into us!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-I give credit to writer and director Rian Johnson for making a unique twist on a mystery “Who Done It?” type of story, I mean, he tells what really happened early on, but you are still interested in how this particular story ends, and it did not disappoint
-There was so many great acting in this film, but I really want to say that I enjoyed seeing Daniel Craig as a private detective from the South trying to crack the mystery, and Chris Evans as the family jerk
-The quirkiness in this film gives it a lot of character to its theme

The So So:

-Yes the back stories and flashbacks can be too much jammed into your feeble mind, but it does progress the story to make everything make sense

What I Didn’t Like:

-Can there be way too much dialogue in a mystery movie, I believe there can be that can drag the film, and prefer more flashbacks like the TV show Lost better than just told dialogue
-I really don’t get the whole Knives Out deal and the circle of knives, I mean, did I miss something?

Overall

This is a unique mystery film which Rian Johnson crafts very well and added his own flairs to make this enjoyable. The quirky acting really made this film very tolerable in not knowing what will happen next. There can be too much dialogue and flashbacks, but in the end, it all makes a lot of sense. The ending was very satisfying for me, and probably the best mystery film I have seen in a while!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Queen and Slim

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Queen and Slim is a perfect tragedy, a lot of thrills, drama, and emotion that will captivate you and make you think on the power it gives!!!

Real Rating: 5 Stars

What I Like:

-This story is a perfect tragedy like Romeo and Juliet, you pull for these people where a controversial murder leads them to a romance story like no other
-I give credit to director Melina Matsoukas in making a film that is thrilling, emotional, and powerful, I was into every single minute of this film, it wasn’t boring at all, the dialogue was great, and bottomline, it is a story you care about no matter what side you are on
-The acting and chemistry between Danial Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith was superb, the development of their characters and ideology was spot on, their relationships with other people in this film really speaks volumes to why they are the way they are, and why they grew a connection with each other, great, great acting

The So So:

-Nothing

What I Didn’t Like:

-The fact that people won’t give this film a shot because of their own ignorance, instead of seeing the other side of a story and be open minded they rather be perceived as uncaring and bigoted, and that’s a shame, because I believe if they give this film a shot, it can open their eyes, at least I hope it does

Overall:

This is a must watch. It is powerful and emotional and it will leave you thinking and shaking your head. As I said before, it is a perfect tragedy. It is something that will make you care no matter if you think what they did is right or wrong. I will say it again, watch this movie, go watch it now!!!

Real Rating: 5 Stars

The Irishman (Sidenote: The Peanut Butter Falcon)

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The Irishman can be a long and slow burn, but the story of the rise and fall of a faithful mobster with Scorsese’s touch did not disappoint!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-You get all the heavy hitters with this film grouped up, and probably for the last time, for this mob film, you have the great acting we all come to love with Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and that’s just to name a few
-Director Martin Scorsese does what he does best with mob movies, tell a great story, add some really intense scenes, and unique ways of filming, it was great

The So So:

-It is a slow burn, but the main reason for that is to give great character development to these main characters, then once the story gets going, you are good to go

What I Didn’t Like:

-You may have to endure a lot of slow moments for conversations, and yes, you do feel the three and a half hours in this
-They really tried to make these old classic actors younger, but honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference, and seeing DeNiro beat up somebody was not effective, just sad

Overall:

It is a slow burn for a three and a half hour movie. With all that said, we need to appreciate a movie where we will see Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Martin Scorsese at the helm. This may be the last time we will see all these guys together making a mob film that is interesting, thrilling, and good. Not only did I watch it for entertainment, but I watched out of respect that these great actors are doing it for one last time. I know that is something I can’t take for granted. Hats off to them for making that happen!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

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(Sidenote: The Peanut Butter Falcon- I have to say, I enjoyed the first two thirds of this film. I enjoyed seeing the tremendous acting by Shia Lebeouf befriending a person with Down’s Syndrome and helping him achieve his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. The last third of the movie I didn’t like. It was way over the top, and with an ending that was very unsatisfying which is very unfortunate!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

 

Frozen 2

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Frozen 2 has everything you want in a sequel, as for me, I thought the story was better than the first!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-It is a fun film you would expect for a Frozen films with all the characters you love, especially Olaf who always provides the comedy relief
-The animation was amazing, and I can say that it is worth watching in 3D
-The story I found it better than the first movie, I liked the adventure style it brings, and the better character development it brought to the characters of Elsa, and especially Anna which gave her greater purpose

The So So:

-The soundtrack is good, but it took a step back because nothing was really memorable to me except for the “Into the Unknown,” that one had me singing afterwards

What I Didn’t Like:

-Some nitpicky stuff, but the people really were trapped in a forest for 30 years, and didn’t look that old, let alone still capable to fight? Also, how is Olaf surviving with his cloud that prevents him from melting?
-Lastly, even though I liked the story better, I still predicted some theories before the movie started, so things weren’t too surprising for me

Overall:

I really enjoyed this one more than the first one. I thought it had a more fun story with better character development for the main characters. Yes it does have some flaws, but it still provides the charm and magic that you loved from the first movie. In that regard, it is worth the watch and watch it in 3D to really feel the amazing animation how it is suppose to be seen!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood does capture some great charm and emotion with an iconic person, but what is really enjoyable is the story of Tom Junod!!!

Real Rating 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The true story of journalist Tom Junod, played by Matthew Rhys, was very interesting of how Mr. Rogers can not only be impactful to children, but to adults as well, and how he changed his life, the acting of Rhys was spectacular and very believable
-The transitions of making the cities into toy models was a nice and classy touch for a film like this

The So So:

-Tome Hanks playing the iconic Fred Rogers was really good, there were times where I see Mr. Rogers, and there were times I see Tom Hanks, but Hanks made the best he can to really capture his essence and show why he really is a genuinely good man, I enjoyed seeing this person come to life again

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is a drama that can hit lulls sometimes. In this film it was more about Junod, than Mr. Rogers. Though I enjoyed the story of his life, I was kind of getting bored with the drama he deals with. It needed more umph sometimes

Overall:

People will rekindle their childhood seeing Tom Hanks portraying the late and great Mr. Fred Rogers. He really is a great man. The main story of Tom Junod really showed how impactful Mr. Rogers really is. It is a genuine and feel good movie. Yes, the drama can be a little dull, but in the end, the payoff was just great and happy emotion all around!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

21 Bridges (Sidenote: The Art of Racing in the Rain)

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21 Bridges is not boring, but you can predict the endgame which makes it underwhelming when it comes!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

What I Like:

-The performance of Chadwick Boseman was spectacular as a detective cop trying to find some drug dealing thieves that killed cops

The So So:

-The pacing was really good, it was interesting and kept my interest, with that said, I felt storywise, it was way to easy for these cops, I guess that is how it really is, maybe not

What I Didn’t Like:

-A half hour into the film, I knew how this was going to the end, it was pretty much obvious, especially when you watch a lot of law enforcement movies
-The subplot of Boseman’s character’s mom, was really unnecessary to show and had nothing to do with the plot whatsoever

Overall:

I liked this movie for what it is. With that said, it is something you have seen before. The same old story, the same old problems, and the same old twists. I enjoyed the acting of Chadwick Boseman and other characters and the execution was good, they just needed better and fresher writing. It could’ve been much better, but in the end, it is ok at best!!!

Real Rating: 3 Stars

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(Sidenote: The Art of Racing in the Rain- Another film about a story with a dog’s point of view. Only this time it has some professional car racing in it. To make this brief, these type of movies are getting kind of old. The emotions they try to give just seemed wat to forced. With that said, it works sometimes!!!
Real Rating 3 Stars)

Ford v Ferrari

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Ford v Ferrari may started a little slow, but the endgame was just straight exhilarating!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

What I Like:

-The best parts of the movie was the car races, seeing the old school type of races was awesome, you feel every single vibration and bump and what not, almost as if you are in the car with the driver, it is an exhilarating experience that has to be seen and felt in theaters, kudos to director James Mangold for creating a great experience
-The acting was great as well with Matt Damon playing Caroll Shelby, an automotive engineer, and Christian Bale, as an eccentric driver and a mechanic with a great feel for what the car needs, both of them together provided great chemistry and dialogue to make this movie right

The So So:

-The politics of the film I could not care for, especially with how egotistical Henry Ford II, played by Tracy Letts can be in trying to beat Ferrari, however, the charisma of both Shelby and Miles in making it happen, really does make you care in a short time
-There was a fight scene between Shelby and Miles, pretty much between Jason Bourne and Batman, where it is probably the worst fight you ever seen, yet it is very comedic, and does show their respect for each other, even of they are mad at each other

What I Didn’t Like:

-It started of slow for me, mainly because of the political, business, and car talk that you have to get use to, once that happens you can enjoy it, but you have to wait for it
-The character of Leo Beebe, played by Josh Lucas, screw that guy

Overall:

Once you get use to the jargon, you can sit back and enjoy an old school type of car race that will keep you on the edge of your seat. With the charismatic performances by Matt Damon and Christian Bale, they added that type of pride you need to really get into this film. I appreciate all the effects it puts into this with some great car stunt work, great sound mixing and editing, and cinematography. Put it all together, you have a satisfying movie experience!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars