Freaky (Sidenote: Cut Throat City)

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Even with its interesting premise and entertaining leads, it is a tweenish and very predictable film!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Aaron Rodgers Masks

What I Like:

-The acting from both Vince Vaughn who went to the Jack Black school of a woman being trapped in a man’s body was entertaining to watch, and from Kathryn Newton playing an innocent girl turned mass murderer was also fun to watch

The So So:

-The premise of the story is a familiar one, but I did liked the angle it took of a mass murderer and a teenage girl switching their souls with one another, it did make it fun and interested to see how things will go down
-Without spoiling it, there were some touching moments, but sometimes it did felt forced and disingenuous
-For the people who like, not me, the violent scenes were pretty gory

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were a lot of tweenish moments which will make your eyes roll, from the jokes, to the dumb teen drama, makes me wonder if it was for adults or teens
-Without spoiling it, there were a lot of scenes that were cringingly uncomfortable and maybe infuriating

Overall:

With its interesting premise and strong acting from their leads with Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton, it still didn’t live up to where it could’ve been. The tweenish angles really did affect it a lot for me. The horror was practically nonexistent unless you like gory violence and even then there was not too much of that. The comedy was dumb, and there may be some scenes that can be really offensive to you. To me it was a waste of a good premise and good acting by their leads. In all reality, did I expect something better? I shouldn’t be surprised!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Aaron Rodgers Masks

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(Sidenote: Cut Throat City – This film had all the makings of a movie that I would definitely enjoy. It started off great with its development, grittiness, and realness it brings. Even though it gets you interested in what is going to happen, the ending was definitely a head scratcher in asking what is going on? Unfortunately, that affected film with true potential!!!
Real Rating: 3 Raccoons)

Let Him Go

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Let Him Go had some strong acting with their leads, but the way things wet down you will either love it or hate it!!!

Real Rating: 4 Old School Chevys

What I Like:

-Kevin Costner and Diane Lane make a power couple in this, their acting alone makes it worthwhile to watch, it is worth mentioning the acting of Lesley Manville was tremendous as well
-The drama in this can be really intense even though nothing serious is really happening, the music and facial expressions really brings up the anxiety factor

The So So:

-The third part of the film, I didn’t like how it started, but without spoiling it, the execution of how things went down was more grounded which I like, and ended up with an ending that is acceptable for me

What I Didn’t Like

-I understand that the director, Thomas Bezucha, was probably going for this, but the dark cinematography really made it more drab then it should be, especially with scenes of empty roads and flatlands which makes it even more drab, barely any color
-The tone was different from the first two thirds and the last third, it was almost watching a different movie

Overall:

The acting alone is what makes it worthwhile to watch. I also give credit to the tense direction it gives and the execution of how things unraveled. The dark cinematography and tonal issues does affect it, but it was a good watch. Nothing glorious, but it may make you satisfied or dissatisfied with how it ended. That’s for you to decide!!!

Real Rating: 4 Old School Chevys

Over the Moon

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Over the Moon is all too familiar, but the charm and celebration of culture does make it worthwhile!!!

Real Rating: 4 Mooncakes

What I Like:

-The animation in this film was great, and probably would’ve been worthwhile to watch it in 3D
-The Asian culture it brings out is authentic, and I got to learn more about the Moon Festival tradition which is fascinating
-The cast also brings a lot of charm and authenticity probably my favorite character is Gobi, voiced by Ken Jeong, who definitely brings heartwarming comedic timing

The So So:

-It is also a musical, though the songs are good, but I don’t think they are memorable, no song really had me play it back

What I Didn’t Like:

-I felt the beginning of the movie was way too rushed which kind of ruins the effectiveness of what the story is trying to bring
-The story is all too familiar, and I kept getting vibes from the great movie Coco with the structure and everything it brings

Overall:

Yes, the film follows a formulaic Disney structure, even though it is not Disney. Yes, it does remind you of Coco a lot, and yes, it does seem to be a little rushed in some aspects. With all that said, it is still a worthwhile film to watch with your family. The Asian culture it brings with the great animation and authentic cast does bring in some good charm and fascination. To me, that is enough to make it a good movie, and something we can learn as well!!!

Real Rating: 4 Mooncakes

Love and Monsters

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Love and Monsters is surprisingly good, though predictable, it had thrills and a lot of heart!!!

Real Rating: 4 Radio Devices

What I Like:

-The film was better than what I expected, it has strong acting, a decent story, and a lot of heart, it had some good combination of thrills and romance which is rare nowadays
-The thrills with the fight against monsters is great, almost Jaws and Jurassic Park like, you’re on the edge of your seat when they are coming
-The dog, Boy, was probably the best acted dog since I Am Legend

The So So:

-The story has predictability, but the execution makes up for it, for a love story, it is different, but the qualities are something we have seen before

What I Didn’t Like:

-Michael Rooker playing the character, Clyde Dutton, and the girl Minnow were tremendous in their role and stories, but there was not enough of them, it was enough to really develop the protagonist in Joel, but I wish there was more of these cool characters, maybe in the sequel

Overall:

I thought I was going to hate this movie, but it ended up to be pretty good. It gave me the same vibes as Zombieland which I also thought I was going to hate, however, the characterizations and story were good and add the fact of a dystopian future in battling monsters really made it to a good movie. Who knows if it will do well enough to get a sequel, but I hope to see more of where this story continues!!!

Real Rating: 4 Radio Devices

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(Sidenote: The Secret Garden – If you have seen one version of this classic story, you have seen it all. The acting and the cinematography are fine. They took some liberties in their character development, but bottomline it is the same movie. Only updated!!!
Real Rating: 3 Gardens)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

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Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, though I get what this film tries to do, but I believe it still disgustingly glorifies everything that is really wrong in this country!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Borat in Costumes

What I Like:

-There are some funny moments that made the first movie uniquely hilarious, that cringe worthy scenes that you can’t help but laugh
-There are also some great feel good scenes in this film, very small, but effective enough
-Maria Bakalova playing Borat’s daughter, Tutar, did a fine job in her role

The So So:

-The story is very unique and well thought out and I get what they are trying to do in exposing how this country is really is in a funny way sometimes, but even though they are getting exposed, I still feel like it glorifies them and it just makes me sad and angry instead of laughing at them, you really think these people really care how they are exposed in this movie? No they don’t, and that is scary for me

What I Didn’t Like:

-In the realm of comedy, especially involving Sacha Baron Cohen, it can get very offensive and to a point of disgust, to me this is not comedy, it just shows how wrong people can be in their beliefs even though they tried to make it right in the end, it still doesn’t look right

Overall:

I enjoyed the first Borat film because it was unique during the times where it was good. For this sequel it tries to expose how far this country falls off in a comedic sense. I wanted to laugh to laugh at it, but instead it just made me sad and angry in the times we are living now. It is extremely offensive and it can be upsetting even though it was suppose to make you laugh, but comedy can be really disgustingly bad. Needless to say, I did not enjoy it as much as the first film, but maybe in the future it can warm up to me. I hope!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Borat in Costumes

The Trial of the Chicago 7

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is Aaron Sorkin at his finest once again with a court drama with fine actors, it can drag at times, but it is something that is appropriate for these times!!!

Real Rating: 4 Contempts

What I Like:

-Aaron Sorkin has written another great story with great dialogue and great character development in this court drama, add to the fact that he directed this movie, which looks like he is getting the hang of it in his second go of it, but his masterful craft is written (literally) all over it
-Sorkin’s writing would be nothing without the fine actors executing his lines greatly, there was so many great acting but I would like to highlight Mark Rylance playing the defending lawyer, William Knustler, the yippies played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeremy Strong provided a lot of good comic relief, and Frank Langella playing Judge Julius Hoffman was interesting to watch
-Overall, the story based on a true event was really interesting to watch, with all the politics surrounding this story is something that is relevant today, the way things go down is something we can learn from, and if and when the day comes for a trial, hopefully the outcome can be even more significant

The So So:

-It is about seven protesters using the Democratic National Convention to protest against the war and their opposition with the police, but I believe some of the characters were more highlighted than others, like what was David Dellinger’s role in all this, why was he at the protest and fighting for what he believes in, I believe he was overshadowed, and the whole thing with the Black Panthers had their moments but in the end, didn’t really pertain to the main story

What I Didn’t Like:

-With Sorkin’s writing, it couldn’t save itself from all the political and law jargon that can make it drag at times, it may be great for people who are studying or studied law and political sciences, but for the average joe it may go way over their head and not understand what’s going on, it kind of did for me, and I had to research some things to get a better understanding on what’s going on

Overall:

It is a must watch film, because it deals with a theme that is going on right now in these times where tensions are at its highest. It is something you can learn from, and hopefully be inspired to fight for what is right. Kudos to Aaron Sorkin in making a good and effective film with great acting and some emotional impact, and making it entertaining as well. Yes, you may need to take some law classes to understand everything that is going, and some scenes can drag, but once you get through with that, it is a spectacle to see. It is on Netflix, so what do you have to lose? I believe this may have some Oscar buzz in the near future!!!

Real Rating: 4 Contempts

Honest Thief

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Honest Thief, though interesting, it is the same old Liam Neeson movie!!!

Real Rating: 3 Neeson Threats on the Phone

What I Like:

-On the real, not much has really blown me away, but I guess Liam Neeson’s acting is as good as it gets

The So So:

-I thought the story was interesting, and a little different, but in the end, it is just a typical Liam Neeson movie

What I Didn’t Like:

-From the middle of the movie, I pretty much predicted on what’s going to happen, everything that went down wasn’t all that surprising
-Without spoiling it, the ending was way too open to know what happened
-It was set in Boston, however, I can tell they were in another city for most of the film and the dark cinematography didn’t do it justice, just a self nit pick on my part

Overall:

Ever since Taken, Liam Neeson as an action star has started to become redundant and almost every action film he stars in is very formulaic and predictable. With this film it was the same thing. At least the premise of the story is interesting to say the least. I guess in the end, I would’ve cared more seeing Neeson do more bank heists than beating up corrupt police officers at this point!!!

Real Rating: 3 Neeson Threats on the Phone

The War with Grandpa

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The War with Grandpa wasn’t boring, but it is definitely a Home Alone kids movie wannabe!!!

Real Rating: 3 Pranks

What I Like:

-The chemistry between Robert De Niro and the kid, played by Oakes Fegley, when they are not pranking each other, the genuine moments really was something heartwarming for a change from the jokes and gags

The So So:

-Seeing two people prank each other is cool and all and at times funny, but man did it remind me a lot of Home Alone, only Home Alone is a lot better movie, this film could be a lot more effective if it had a better story instead of concentrating on gags
-It was cool seeing a team up od De Niro, Christopher Walken, Cheech Marin, and Jane Seymour, but that whole dodgeball scene was very anticlimactic

What I Didn’t Like:

-The way the movie ended should’ve hit you in the heart strings, but the ending seemed so rushed and underdeveloped that it was a whatever movie in the end

Overall:

I honestly can say, this film had strong potential, but the story was underdeveloped and rushed with minimal heartwarming scenes which makes it the difference between a so family movie to a great one. You can’t underestimate Robert De Niro in his role. He did his best with what he got. The pranks and gags can be amusing, but it seems like there was too much focus on that instead of trying to make a better story. In the end, it is another kids movie where families will have to endure once again.

Real Rating: 3 Pranks

Hubie Halloween

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Adam Sandler and his friends made another comedy dud, only this time it is set in Halloween!!!

Real Rating: 2 Swiss Army Thermoses

What I Like:

-The setting of Salem, MA, it actually shows its true beauty and culture with its landmarks, and how that city takes their Halloween seriously

The So So:

-I like how the tone switches from a comedy to sometimes horror, however, the comedy does over shadow the horror which kind of ruins the effectiveness of it

What I Didn’t Like:

-Adam Sandler does bring in many different voices, but the voice he brought for this on, I couldn’t understand half the things he is saying, not his best character in a long shot
-As a comedy it mostly failed, it got to a point that I was laughing because of how stupid it really is
-The story could have good potential, but the dumb comedy, forced romances, and a twist that really doesn’t make sense really just made it one bad movie in the end

Overall:

This pretty much continues the bad movies that Happy Madison Productions continue to make for Netflix. This time it is a Halloween movie set in Salem with Adam Sandler and his friends just making a mockery of the holiday. It was a huge dud for comedy, and really as a film in general. You know it is a bad movie when the highlight is a thermos that does everything!!!

Real Rating: 2 Swiss Army Thermoses

Ava

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Ava is a formulaic spy film slog, nothing more to say!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Shots of the Boston Landscapes

What I Like:

-Some of the fight scenes were very gritty, and action scenes were cool
-The cinematography was nice, especially all the nice landscapes of my city of Boston

The So So:

-The film had a good cast of great actors, but it seems people were phoning it in, Colin Farrell was pretty much acting like himself, Common always sounds like he is rapping in his acting, John Malkovich was laughable in his action scenes, and Jessica Chastain really didn’t bring out her full potential in her acting, it is like they were just doing it for the paycheck

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was a formulaic spy thriller, it was like something we already scene in a James Bond film
-The execution of the film seemed uninspired, and with the actors acting that way as well, it was just a slog to endure

Overall:

I actually had high hopes for this film with its cast. Of course any film shot in my hometown of Boston gets me giddy as well. With all that said, it was just boring to watch. I can deal with formulaic stories, especially for spy films. Also, the fight scenes were gritty with cool action. However, it felt so uninspired, even I have to ask myself, “Why should I care?” So it is disappointing for me, and really yearns me to look forward to No Time to Die. Whenever that happens!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Shots of Boston Landscapes