One Night in Miami

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One Night in Miami may be fictional, but the realness it brings with these four historical figures grounded as friends is really captivating!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Hotel Rooms

What I Like:

-The writing for this film was superb, it really puts a human view on these four historical figures during the Civil Rights Movements and shows their different views and perspectives on everything that is happening, it was intriguing and really captivates you on the realness it brings in just hearing four friends talk, the story may be fictional, but if it was real, I would’ve believed it
-I also give credit to Regina King in her directorial debut for this film, it was simple where most of the movie was in one hotel room, but the emotion was really shown from each character and it once again brings out the realness of this story
-Leslie Odom Jr. as singer Sam Cooke was my favorite character in this whole ordeal, his singing made the soundtrack great to listen too, and seeing his relationships with the other guys was great to see, especially the scenes where he goes against the ideologies of Malcolm X were tense, yet, influencing

The So So:

-Now I know this may not be fair to compare, because the actors really did a fine job, but it was hard not to compare Kingsley Ben-Adir to Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X, and Eli Goree to Will Smith’s portrayal to Muhammed Ali, to me they weren’t good enough to be great as these performances, but they did their darndest in this film, quite honestly, having both of them in this film made it a better picture at least

What I Didn’t Like:

-If I had to pick one, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown probably had the short end of the stick in this film, he was the voice of reason when things got tense, but his story wasn’t shown enough to see his role in the great scheme of things

Overall:

This is definitely one of the realest movies of 2020. I enjoyed the story, the dialogue, and the emotion these actors playing big name characters put out in a simple premise. I also give a lot of credit to Regina King in bringing out those emotions that made this movie effective. This is a good one to watch. As I said before, this may be a fictional story, but the groundedness of this story really was captivating. Like it really did happen!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Hotel Rooms

Shadow in the Cloud

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Shadow in the Cloud started of intriguing, but once the climax hit, it became a huge mess!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Gremlins

What I Like:

-I would say the first half of the movie was very intriguing, as we learn about the character Maude Garrett played great by Chloe Grace Moretz, and the things she has to face with other air force officers on the plane, I liked how they made her mysterious, especially when it comes to the package

The So So:

-Once it starts with the action sequences you can tell that a lot of it is green screen with cheap CGI, though when the gremlin shows up they probably put the whole budget on the CGI of the gremlin, it did look kind of creepy at least

What I Didn’t Like:

-I’m not sure what the tone or theme of this story really is, it started off as a woman trying to get respect from the men in the plane as an officer, then once the gremlin shows up it became a horror thriller, then when the Japanese fighter jets come, it became a war thriller, I mean pick something and go with it
-Once the revelation of the package comes to fruition, it went all downhill from there, it just became a mess with outrageous action which makes you want to say, ‘What The Heck?,” and not in a good way, once the ending happened I was done with it

Overall:

I give credit to Chloe Grace Moretz for her acting, and the unique character development for the story and what not. However, once the craziness starts to happen, it just became a huge action mess that will make B-movie directors jealous.It has good parts, but in the end, it was a huge mess that I didn’t want to clean up!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Gremlins

We Can Be Heroes

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We Can Be Heroes is an upgrade from its predecessor, but it really is a film just meant for kids!!!

Real Rating: 3 Slow-Mos

What I Like:

-It is a cute story of little kids with powers teaming up to save their superhero parents from aliens, the way they try to work together, and fight was not boring at the very least
-I enjoyed the character Slow-Mo, every part he is in is hilarious to me, and Guppy was so cute seeing her being a hero as well
-I also enjoyed the theme of teamwork which is perfect for a movie really made for kids

The So So:

-Is it campy, yes it was, but it does set that tone very early on so you know what to expect, at least the cgi was a lot better in this film, with all that said, there are some scenes where the campiness does make your eyes roll

What I Didn’t Like:

-The twists were kind of predictable, and knew where the film was headed towards as a whole, it didn’t really brought anything new to the table
-You also get your best with child acting which is not much

Overall:

Bottomline, it is a film made for kids, and not really for adults. Although I like it a lot better than The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, it still has a lot of flaws. The story and campiness does hinder it for what it is, but the themes and characters really can be something special for kids to learn and be entertained. It does have some good moments, and for that, you can put it on for the kids while you all continue to do adult things. Or maybe not!!!

Real Rating: 3 Slow-Mos

News of the World

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News of the World is a nice story, and that’s about it!!!

Real Rating: 4 Coinfilled Bullets

What I Like:

-The acting was good with Tom Hanks playing Jefferson Kidd and seeing him bond with the girl, Johanna played by Helena Zengel, the unraveling of their relationship was cool to see
-The cinematography was great as well showing the desert of Texas during the road trip

The So So:

-The story is a simple nice story of a news story teller in the post Civil War era, and finds a girl who has been kidnapped and is obligated to take her back home, for the most part it is an Oregon trail wagon trip type of story, with some tense shooting scenes, but the story just played it safe with everything, like I wish they showed more of how tense it is with the Natives which they barely show, and maybe some more character development for Jefferson Kidd other than him dealing with the death of his wife, like why his attitude is different than most Confederate soldiers dealing with losing the war

What I Didn’t Like:

-As I said before, everything was too simple, paint by numbers, nothing really extraordinary type of story, it did lack emotional depth

Overall:

It is a nice story, but it is just way to simple and basic. It had some good moments like a good old western shootout, but not much. Even though the acting in a strange fatherlike to daughterlike relationship was good, it didn’t quite felt genuine enough for me to really care. At least I learned how a real life Oregon trail like trip looks like!!!

Real Rating: 4 Coinfilled Bullets

Soul

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Soul is an awesome story that really makes you appreciate about life, highly recommend!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Souls

What I Like:

-When it comes to Pixar and their original stories, they usually hit it out of the park, the real lesson that they showed about appreciating all the small things in life, they still managed to make it emotional and funny
-I did like the voice cast, I thought Jaime Foxx as Joe was great, and Tina Fey as 22 was hilarious as well as a soul who has no purpose it reminded me of teenagers in school as well and how hard it is for them to realize their potential and purpose, as a teacher, I can relate
-The jazz soundtrack was on point

The So So:

-Pixar is usually great with animation, for me, when it comes to The Great Before or Beyond I thought they took a step back, because it looked a little too basic quite honestly, but all the scenes in New York City was awesome and captures the true essence of the city

What I Didn’t Like:

-There is some controversy with this film which I understand, but I won’t get into, because it really ruins the main point of the story which is truly something special, if the controversy is that serious, just boycott it and that’s that, just don’t ruin it for other people, especially the kids who can learn something from it

Overall:

Pixar has done it again with another great original story. Though the animation is a small step back in certain aspects, the story and emotion is still impactful. It is great for the whole family to watch and enjoy. I highly recommend it, and it is on Disney+, so what you have to lose?

Real Rating: 4.5 Souls

Promising Young Woman (Sidenote: Infidel)

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Promising Young Woman will keep you on your toes in wondering what will happen next, not only it may be satisfying, but the message is loud and clear!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bars

What I Like:

-It is a story that many people can relate to today, especially for young women, the way it executes itself makes really black and white on what is right and wrong in this theme that needs to be preached about now
-Carey Mulligan was superb in role as Cassie in exposing the scumbags that try to take advantage of her, she was intense, manipulating, and yet, with a strong heart in all her methods in her grand master plan

The So So:

-Without spoiling it, the climax can leave people disturbed on how dark it gets, but for others it can leave people applauding on how genius it is, it is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure, as for me, it was borderline dark and genius with the execution at the end
-Yes men can be scumbags, I will be the first one to tell you, but do you have to make most them become crying babies after being exposed, I don’t know, but I’m all for making them look vulnerable, that’s for sure

What I Didn’t Like:

-The soundtrack was not great for me with their song choices, it does throw me off in enjoying the movie, from Spice Girls, to Britney Springs, to Paris freaking Hilton, maybe I may be missing something, but for me, it was distracting

Overall:

It is a film on a subject that definitely needs to be talked about and taught for everybody. The execution of the film with the great acting by Carey Mulligan makes this enjoyable. With that said, it can be really dark, not graphic, but dark enough to make a sensitive person really offended and sad. I can honestly say, everyone needs to see this, and really try to apply it to their lives today. Maybe the world can be a better place by it!!!

Real Rating: 4 Bars

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(Sidenote: Infidel – Talk about a film that changes its themes. It starts off as a political thriller where a Christian journalists goes to Egypt for his job, and gets kidnapped. Then it just becomes an action thriller all of sudden. I will admit, it is thrilling at times with Jim Caviezel once again playing a person that is tortured. However, after finding out who produced it (name does not deserve to be mentioned), I can’t shake off the fact that there is more to this film which I won’t like!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Kidnappings)

Wonder Woman 1984

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Wonder Woman 1984 may have been more fan service than anything else, but it is still fun to watch at the very least!!!

Real Rating: 4 Wishes

What I Like:

-The action for the most part are the fun parts of the movie, the fight scenes, the way she uses the lasso of truth, and among other things are fun to watch
-Gal Gadot, as she should be, was the funnest person to watch, seeing a hero grow during the time from the first movie until now, and how she progressed as Diana Prince and Wonder Woman at the same time

The So So:

-Chris Pine returns as Steve Trevor, though the explanation of him coming back was a little disappointing, I really enjoyed the chemistry between him and Wonder Woman, I really did feel like the love is genuine there
-Seeing Pedro Pascal play the villain Maxwell Lord was intriguing enough, but a stereotypical type of villain, his character development seem uneven and rushed and for the most part, one dimensional
-There is a lot fan service in this film and that can be a good thing and a bad thing, without spoiling it, for the good is if it makes sense with the bigger picture, but some fan service does seem forced, the whole 80’s vibe seemed way to heavy handed as well, especially the first scene involving the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman

What I Didn’t Like:

-The development of Cheetah was the most disappointing for me, Kristen Wiig did a great job with what she can work with, she just seem way too stereotypical as a villain with her intentions, way too heavy handed in her “nobody” development, and really didn’t seem like a formidable villain at all, yes her character is campy to begin with, but I feel like it could’ve been a lot better

Overall:

I loved the first Wonder Woman film. It really created a good female superhero we all can enjoy. With this anticipated sequel, you want more, and you do get more. However, the more may not be such a good thing. I do feel that a lot of the fan service was forced and really didn’t make any sense. There are some cool things that happened that made this film fun to watch with the action it brings. The villains though are too typical and uneven with their development which is disappointing. Honestly, it didn’t live up to its expectation, but it is better than most things in the DC Extended Universe!!!

Real Rating: 4 Wishes

Greenland (Sidenotes: The Christmas Chronicles 2 and Fatman)

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Greenland is the disaster film that shows more heart and intense drama than others, but it still had its share of cliches!!!

Real Rating: 4 Diabetic Kits

What I Like:

-Unlike most disaster movies, this one had more heart and emotion, focusing more on the characters than crazy CGI showing damage, you hear that Roland Emmerich? Probably the best disaster movie since The Impossible, and I enjoyed every minute of it
-Who knew that Gerard Butler can actually be in a good movie, probably the best since 300, he showed some good emotion during the whole ordeal, and Morena Baccarin displayed some good emotional acting chops as well
-It added a lot of tension drama from beginning to the end, it wasn’t boring at all

The So So:

-The story was good enough, I mean what more you can do for a disaster movie, but it did have its fare of cliches that come with it which can be eye rolling

What I Didn’t Like:

-There were some parts that did add to the tension that weren’t necessary, but movie has to movie I guess

Overall:

I will say it again, probably the best disaster movie since The Impossible, and the best Gerard Butler movie since probably 300. It was thrilling and entertaining from beginning to end. It had more heart and emotional character development than any disaster movie, especially from Roland Emmerich. I enjoyed it, and remains relevant for us today. Especially with people panicking, you know who you are!!!

Real Rating: 4 Diabetic Kits

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(Sidenote: The Christmas Chronicles 2 – I have to say, I like Kurt Russell’s version of Santa Claus. Add Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, and you get a cool movie showing their village in the North Pole. The story is a little weaker than the first, but it is still fun to watch. Brings the Christmas spirit to the whole family!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Mrs. Claus Cookies)

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(Sidenote: Fatman – This is not your average Christmas movie involving Santa Claus. This give a sense of realism to a certain extent. This story involves the government, taxes, and hitmen. It is an interesting story, but definitely weird. That is saying something that involves Mel Gibson!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Spoiled Little Brats)

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Sidenote: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey)

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has a sense of realism that really is captivating despite your taste in blues music!!!

Real Rating: 4 A One, A Two, A You Know What To Do

What I Like:

-The acting was great, most notably Chadwick Boseman as the trumpet player, Levee Green, you can feel the character in his hope of being a famous musician and dealing with his past demons in his life, it all really felt genuine, I also enjoyed Viola Davis as famous blues singer, Ma Rainey, she is a diva, but I like how she has a purpose with everything that she does, it was fascinating to watch
-The dialogue in this film is great, hearing the conversations between the band members are some of my favorite scenes, talking about music, pride, racism, and their ego really took a page out of the Quentin Tarantino book of great dialogue

The So So:

-The story is basic, pretty much all it shoes is how recording during the 1920’s can be a complicated experience, if it wasn’t for the dialogue and character development, it would’ve been a basic movie

What I Didn’t Like:

-I didn’t care for the blues music, but that is just my personal opinion, which can be a drag for me, but I won’t take it away to the people who do like this genre of music
-Without spoiling it, the way this became a tragedy can be infuriating, so be prepared for that

Overall:

This is a fascinating movie with some great acting and character development of the music business in the 1920s. With Chadwick Boseman, I feel a posthumous Oscar may be coming which would be great. If you love blues music, you will enjoy this for sure. The dialogue is great, and that alone will entertain you for sure. The realism really makes you think without the heavy handedness that movies bring in regards to racism. It just makes you think, and some good thinking. It is a tragedy that can play with your emotional strings as well. Overall, it is a fine movie that I will highly suggest!!!

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(Sidenote: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – This is a very unique Christmas movie about a failing inventor who lost his spirit. It is a musical with some fun tunes and performances as well. It can follow the Christmas movie tropes, but I like how they give it a different spin than a regular Christmas movie which I appreciated. It is fun, and good for the whole family to watch on this holiday season!!!
Real Rating: 4 Evil Toys Voiced by Ricky Martin)

Songbird

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Songbird, when the premise doesn’t quite match the main point of the story!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 GPS Stalkings

What I Like:

-It is only produced by Michael Bay, but you can see his action scenes and cinematography all over it, for me, that is not a bad thing
-I also enjoyed the editing of real life to Iphone and Ipad scenes, it is kind of cool

The So So:

-The acting was good, but it did make it out to a Michael Bayish YA story, and that is scary to think about

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is one of the first, which I’m sure of many, films about the COVID-19 Pandemic, this time it leads to somewhat an apocalypse of quarantine and possible corruptness, but in the end, the movie was just a somewhat romance movie, a romance which I don’t really care for
-What I wanted to see is more of the corruption, why going to these quarantine camps is so bad, and why the higher ups act this way, didn’t show any of that and that is disappointing
-It also ended with a lot more questions from me, because there is a lot of plotholes it had

Overall:

Fans of Michael Bay may enjoy his craft which you do get a lot of. I just felt I got a little bit of false advertising looking forward to an apocalyptic CoronaVirus film with some corrupt people and action, but the most part was just a romance between to young adults. That is disappointing for me, because I didn’t care for that. I wanted to see more of the corruptness from politicians or what not. I didn’t get that as much as I wanted. Instead I had more questions because of all the plotholes. In the end, it could’ve been better, but what do you expect with a film that was shot and made in a couple of months!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 GPS Stalkings