Doctor Sleep

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Doctor Sleep is great for the fans of The Shining, but I thought the story was intriguing in connecting everything together, and make sense of this whole story in all!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-Ewan McGregor as an adult Danny Torrance was great, seeing how he dealt with his shining power growing up is a great story in itself
-As for the story, it does give great connections to the original The Shining story, fans of the film will enjoy reminiscing everything, as for me, I enjoyed making the connections with the first and this film which gave me a lot more clarity in understanding the power of the shining and how great it can be, almost like a hero story in a way
-Even though I’m not a fan of recastings (more on that later), the recasting of Dick Hallorann was pretty spot on, I thought he captures the original role perfect and his role in the story was very effective

The So So

-The evil group called the True Knot was introduced in a weird and at times horrific way, I guess it just showed how terrible they can be, with that said, once I got to understand them, everything does makes sense on why they are evil and why they still exist

What I Didn’t Like:

-For this film, they recasted some of the main characters of The Shining, though I can understand why, I thought it was all very distracting and kind lost these characters’ touch, though I do give it credit in recreating certain scenes, they could’ve just put the old scenes there, or not do it at all, I felt that could’ve been done better

Overall:

I remember how psychologically haunting the movie The Shining was, and it is an Stanley Kubrick classic. For this film, though very creepy at times, it is different. To me it seemed like a hero story of people who do possess that shining power. This film gives more depth to that and how good and dangerous it can be to certain people. It does give fan service to The Shining fans good and bad. With that said, the story really kept my interest and in the end it was satisfying to me!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

 

Midway (Sidenote: The Art of Self-Defense)

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This film has all the Roland Emmerichness in it, but the action was good enough once you get into it!!!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-You know there wasn’t too much good that comes to my mind in this film, I will explain in the next section

The So So:

-Let’s start with the acting, there were some great actors like Patrick Wilson and Woody Harrelson as the main leaders of the crucial moment in US history in World War II, then there were some bad acting like Ed Skrein with a terrible New Jersey accent that seem to fade away at the end of the movie, and Nick Jonas who is from Jersey and his accent sounded terrible and forced, I also find it interesting how many British guys were playing American soldiers and it shows
-The action in the end was fun to watch seeing all the airplane action happening in the Battle of Midway it was thrilling and fun, with that said the first action scene with the Battle of Pearl Harbor looked terrible, some scenes looked clearly green screen and off, it almost liked they wasted their whole budget on one battle, and phoned it in on the other battle
-Directors Roland Emmerich and Michael Bay are one in the same to me, great action scenes, subpar to terrible stories, and this one is no different, to compare, I thought Midway had the better story than the film Pearl Harbor, but that is not saying much, they just went with the safer no real risk story, but I thought the action in the film of Pearl Harbor was better than Midway, although Midway had more action per say, anyways, it’s like comparing two close to rotten fruits that can possibly taste good, which is really setting the bar low

What I Didn’t Like:

-With the story I thought it really dragged on, they could’ve cut a little bit of the verbal politics and arguments, and just get to the action scenes which is really what we want to see
-One good example they could’ve done away with was Doolittle’s Raid, it really didn’t pertain too much to the main story, in history it boosted morale for the US, but for this film I felt it was a waste of time, and a waste for Aaron Eckhart who played the role of Jimmy Doolittle, it just wasn’t that necessary

Overall:

As I said before, this does have the hands of a Roland Emmerich movie, good CGI action at times, but a very mediocre story. The only difference is this is not a made up disaster movie that Emmerich usually does, this was a true story which is maybe why it wasn’t as bad as some of his past films. It is an ok to decent movie, with inconsistent acting, decent action, and ok pacing with some cliches. I wouldn’t call it a historical marvel movie, but it could be a fun watch with nothing else to do!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

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(Sidenote: The Art of Self-Defense- I actually enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Starting with the black comedy ordeal, I was actually laughing out loud on the dialogue and funny scenes that was executed. The acting by Jesse Eisenberg as the awkward karate student and Alessandro Nivola as his sensei were great to watch them together. Lastly, the twists this story brings were great and astonishing. Overall, if you into weird black comedies, you will like this one for sure!!!
Real Rating: 4.5 Stars)

Terminator: Dark Fate

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Terminator: Dark Fate may be light on the story, but the action, acting, and character development make this my true third Terminator movie!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-To me the biggest reason this Terminator movie was good is down to two things, the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, she was awesome and really brought back the breathe of fresh air to see her again and bring back that special twist to the story that it really needed, the second thing is James Cameron coming back in a producer role to really bring this franchise back to what it is suppose to be, and I’m glad he did
-Other actors were really great, Natalia Reyes as Dani Ramos as the new James Connor, Mackenzie Davis as Grace the new hero and protector who is a force to be reckon with, Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800 with a better character development that makes you feel for him, and lastly, Gabriel Luna as the new Terminator Rev-9 has to be the best villain since the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, he was scary and almost feeling hopeless in defeating him with the crazy powers he has
-Director Tim Miller created some great action scenes that were really fun to watch

The So So:

-The story to try to make sense of this crazy timeline did seem a little light on substance, but in the end the character development for all the characters really made up for that, and to me make it the true sequel to Terminator 2, and I’m contempt with that

What I Didn’t Like:

-It did kind of bother me the point of killing off teenage John Connor, it would make you think that would screw up the whole future again, but instead it made it to a different type of future, to me, that is the most perplexing part for me and it does bother me, time travel, it does make it difficult for a great story

Overall

I will say this again, this is the true sequel for Terminator 2: Judgement Day (one of my favorite movies). Forget about Terminator 3, Salvation, and especially Genisys, and you can really enjoy what this film have to offer, and revitalize this franchise. It went back to its roots by bringing back Sarah Connor, and having James Cameron come back to perfect the essence of the original story. It all paid off in the end, and with the action and great character development, made this a fun film to watch and enjoy!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Harriet

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Harriet is a biopic that flowed very well with great acting and character development of Harriet Tubman, even though it was formulaic!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

What I Like:

-Everything that you wanted to know about this historical legend of Harriet Tubman, Cynthia Erivo acted tremendously in this role and the character development for her gave this legend justice and more substance in adding how human she really is

The So So:

-Yes this follows the typical formula for a biopic, with that said, I give credit to director Kassi Lemmons for making the film flow well, interesting, and at times thrilling, and I give a lot of credit for that

What I Didn’t Like:

-You know, there nothing really that I didn’t like, not even for me to be nitpicky about, other than this being formulaic, I really can’t hate on it more

Overall

As I said before, I really enjoyed this movie. I thought not only did captured the essence of the character of Harriet Tubman, it really expounded who she really is at that time. This movie on this historical icon was long overdue, and this didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed it a lot, and I loved how it painted a picture of that time. It’s not the most intense, but it’s definitely satisfying!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

Motherless Brooklyn

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Motherless Brooklyn started off intriguing with great flow, but unfortunately the ending was a underwhelming slog!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-I give credit to Edward Norton, his direction was pretty good and it flowed very well, but I really give credit to his acting as a person who has Tourette Syndrome, I hate to say it, but it was funny, but yet, I liked how he approached it in the late 50’s where people don’t know, let alone, understand his condition, it was genius if you ask me on how well this character was created
-The other acting was incredible, everybody had small to big supporting roles that related to the story very well, from Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Willem Defoe, the beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Michael K. Williams, it was all very intriguing to their characters

The So So:

-The story started off very good and intriguing, the setting and neo noir style was awesome, but once I started the story started to reach its climax, it just ended very boring with an underwhelming ending, it wasn’t terrible, but the execution in the end could’ve been better, and more interesting

What I Didn’t Like:

-As I said before, that ending was really disappointing to me, it was two and a half hours, and the last thirty minutes made me not want to care anymore, and that is such a waste of a great premise

Overall:

Simply put, I appreciate the work Edward Norton put in his direction and acting. The story and style started off great. However, the ending was just underwhelming, and really a big slog that didn’t end effectively for me. It’s a shame, because it had a lot of potential, but didn’t deliver the win in the end!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

Black and Blue

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Black and Blue was interesting and thrilling at times, but the story seemed a little one sided and really didn’t put the message through powerfully!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-Naomie Harris playing the protagonist was a joy to see as the good cop being chased around by all the bad cops and bad people
-Michael Colter (aka Luke Cage) as a shot caller of a drug cartel was pretty menacing and intriguing to watch
-Some scenes were pretty thrilling, and kept me engaged

The So So:

-Tyrese Gibson had his moments in his acting, but at times, it was hard to take him serious
-The twists, though predictable, was executed very well

What I Didn’t Like:

-The message for this movie was a little confusing to me, was it about how there are good cops around, or that most cops are bad, I felt it was a missed opportunity to bring in something powerful, but what I felt was a one sided argument that instead of having people learn and understand, it just added fuel to a big fire already, it just wasn’t effective enough
-The last action was way to over the top for my liking, and lost its realistic touch

Overall:

The movie was decent enough to get my attention and actually care on what it is going to happen. With the great acting by Naomie Harris and Michael Colter, and the thrilling scenes throughout the film, it makes it somewhat enjoyable to watch. Unfortunately, the story was not effective enough to make this film powerful, and to me, that is greatly disappointing. It is a hot topic where people can watch and learn, but won’t get that umph factor here!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Current War

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The Current War is a very, very interesting movie on a period piece where it was enlightening, and seeing Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon as historical characters were phenomenal to see!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon really had a creative way of showing this war on owning electricity through out the country, the different camera angles, the editing, the music, the dark colors that eventually lightens up, it was all interesting to see
-Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse two of the prime members of cities having electrical power and the bidding wars that ensued and how they try to one up each other, I really liked seeing Cumberbatch play Edison as a genius yet not too people friendly which usually a lot of geniuses are, and Shannon as Westinghouse a a business savvy person who know matter what Edison throws at him, he is always cool, calm, and collected, two different personalities, yet good at what they do

The So So:

-As much as I like the banter and dialogue in this movie, sometimes all that business talk and electrical science mumbo jumbo can be a little too daunting at times, regardless, once you get use to it, I still found it fascinating

What I Didn’t Like:

-I wished they expounded more on the character of Nikola Tesla, played by Nicholas Hoult, all he was was a guy with great ideas but was pushed around, I would like to see more of why he is important in the electrical world, because here he was a genius that wasn’t put into good use

Overall:

I really enjoyed watching this film. It was creatively directed, wit great dialogue, and some phenomenal acting. Who knew you can make a movie about the war on electricity interesting? If you are into historical pieces and science, you will enjoy what this film brings. It kept my attention from beginning to end, and left off feeling more enlightened (pun intended) then ever before!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars