Little Women (Sidenote: The Two Popes and Dolemite Is My Name)

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Little Women is a good put together film, but the romance was too eye rolling for me!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

What I Like:

-I thought director Greta Gerwig put together a nice film with great visuals and cinematography, especially the senes in Paris, they were spectacular, and I also enjoyed the attitude of these ladies that seem like the attitude of today
-The acting was fine, but Saoirse Ronan had the most heart in her role which was nice to see

The So So:

-Though it was a very small amount of time, it was a joy to see Bob Odenkirk playing the father after fighting for the Civil War, it was a pleasant surprise for me

What I Didn’t Like:

-The romance between all the ladies to me was all eye rolling, especially between Jo and Laurie, the uncertainties between them was so annoying, especially Jo who doesn’t know what she really wants made me throw my hands up sometimes

Overall:

It is a well put together film from a famous story. Director Greta Gerwig did a great job in retelling this story with the great sets built all around. It is just me, but I’m not a fan of all the romance it brings. It is just too annoying for my liking. With all that said, the groundedness it brings with all the actresses makes up for a nice story to tell!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Stars

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(Sidenote: The Two Popes- This is a fascinating take between the changing of the two popes during a trying time for the Catholic church. The performances between Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce were fun to watch. Especially Pryce as Pope Francis, he really captures the mannerisms and culture of a true Argentine which is near and dear to me. I also enjoyed seeing the two different ideologies between the two popes, and seeing them agree to what is best!!!
Real Rating: 4 Stars)

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(Sidenote: Dolemite Is My Name- With this film you get the best of Eddie Murphy. His portrayal of comedian Rudy Ray Moore was awesome and hilarious. It may be a run by the numbers biopic of sorts with a slow beginning, but watching how the film Dolemite got made is interesting. A lot of great acting including Wesley Snipes and Craig Robinson. Now I want to see the film Dolemite!!!
Real Rating: 3.5 Stars)

Bombshell

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Bombshell isa sickening yet fascinating well acted film in one of the biggest scandals of recent years!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-What I really enjoyed about the film is the acting, especially Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly, I really didn’t recognize Theron in her role, and that is a great thing, I also enjoyed Margot Robbie in her role as a victim as well, with all that said, seeing John Lithgow as Roger Ailes was a marvel to see in his make up and suit and acting
-The story was fascinating to see unfold, and exposes some of the terrible things they do in a “conservative” cable news channel

The So So:

-What they showed was good enough to be sickened by what happened and sympathize with the victims of Roger Ailes, with that said, they do play it safe for the most part to somewhat expose enough of what happened, but didn’t really showed much which I believe would’ve made it more effective to sympathize with the victims and show how wrong and why this sort of thing needs to stop

What I Didn’t Like:

-The subplot with Margot Robbie and Kate McKinnon’s character really was not necessary, and felt forced, especially because it didn’t really happen either
-I wish there were more thrilling scenes instead of seeing all that political crap

Overall:

Seeing the harassment from Roger Ailes will make you sick to your stomach. Seeing the development and how things unfolded and what gave these women the courage to stand up for what is wrong is fascinating to see. This scandal was the start of other major harassment scandals in the future. I hope this can inspire more woman to stand up, and I believe that is the biggest purpose of this film. Only time will tell if that is a reality!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Uncut Gems

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Uncut Gems is a great thriller that is also very grounded with the finest acting by Adam Sandler!!!

Real Rating: 5 Stars

What I Like:

-This is probably the best acting for Adam Sandler, give him more dramatic roles than subpar comedies in Netflix, I believe he earns at least an Oscar nomination for this role (I can almost guarantee he won’t), he was that good
-I enjoyed this story, first of all the character is not likable to begin with, but you end up feeling for him as he tries to make things right, his gambling decisions and spur of the moment decisions really makes it very thrilling and very real, it’s crazy how all things went down in the end
-I also enjoyed how they incorporated past events into the storyline, with Kevin Garnett, who is obsessed with good luck charms, in the middle of a Celtics playoff run, it was coordinated very well and almost like the story really happened, it was smart writing

The So So:

As a Celtics fan, I knew how the games will go down which makes it a little less thrilling, but thank goodness for the craziness in the end that makes it worthwhile

What I Didn’t Like:

-I could be nitpicky and say I don’t like the filming with the 35mm camera, but honestly, I don’t really care about that

Overall:

This a great thriller that is a must watch. You have some of the best acting by Adam Sandler, a great and interesting story. The realness of the story will encapsulate you. The dangers of gambling addiction is real, and this will show you how it affects everyone. I love this movie, and everything it brings!!!

Real Rating: 5 Stars

Spies in Disguise

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Spies in Disguise may be cliched, but it is still a fun romp for the whole family to watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-It is hilarious, the voice work of Will Smith and Tom Holland worked perfectly for the comedy it brings with their dialogue, there are some adult jokes as well
-The animation was awesome, I wish I saw this in 3D
-The voice cast other than Smith and Holland was pretty good, even DJ Khaled had good voice work instead of yelling on tracks like he usually does

The So So:

-The story did deal with many different themes which can make it somewhat inconsistent, the one theme I kind of enjoy is that you don’t always have to kill to save the world, there are other ways to stop criminals, pretty much the superhero way which I always enjoy

What I Didn’t Like:

-With these themes, it does come with its cliches, most notably the character development of a spy always wanting to work alone, and reluctantly teams up with another person, and become the best of friends, that has been overused who know how many times, same with the villains motive, revenge is a dish served cliched

Overall:

Once you are willing to look pass the cliches, it is an enjoyable film with good comedy and great animation. I enjoyed the voice work of Will Smith and Tom Holland together, their voices bring great chemistry. It is good enough for the whole family enjoy, the kids will laugh, and the adults will enjoy some of the adult jokes they put in. I did, and we all laughed together!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Cats (Sidenote: Marriage Story)

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I didn’t really care for Cats before this film, and now that I have seen it, I still don’t care for Cats!!!

Real Rating: 2 Stars

What I Like:

-The song “Memory” by Jennifer Hudson’s character was my favorite song, Hudson really added some emotion in it

The So So:

-The costume and makeup wasn’t bad, I liked the special effects with the ears and what not, but it is very distracting, it made me think if they were wearing anything under their costumes, and that is not that type of movie

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story I didn’t really care for, why should I care? The movie didn’t give me any reason to care about these cats in their version of America’s Got Talent, instead, I was bored out of my mind, and distracted by the cats costumes
-Judi Dench cannot sing, why did she get that part?

Overall:

This film had a great cast, but for what? I felt this was a lot of wasted talent for a musical that I’m surprised that it really is that popular. I was bored mainly because I didn’t care about these cats whatsoever. I didn’t care for their character, story, and future. I just didn’t care. Maybe that is why I’m a dog person!!!

Real Rating: 2 Stars

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(Sidenote: Marriage Story- This is a fascinating yet depressing story about a family with one child who are going through a terrible divorce. This brings in some great acting by both Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as the couple calling it quits. The fights, especially the one close to the end really felt authentic and real. All I can say is that I feel for the kid in this story, and to me, that is depressing!!!
Real Rating: 4 Stars)

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker does have a lot of flaws, however, it is still a fun watch with all the characters and action we all grown to love!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-The fun part to me is seeing the action that this type of Star Wars movie brings, the dog fights, the shoot outs, and the lightsaber battles are all awesome and well choreographed that I have to love it, to me that is what makes Star Wars fun to watch
-The characters that we all grown to watch really supplanted their legacies, Poe Dameron is a favorite character of mine from now on with his grittiness and leadership, and I also grew an affection for C-3PO and his feelings he brought to this film made it emotionally worthy
-The story in the end and with the fate of Rey, was a good enough ending to this Skywalker Saga

The So So:

-Without giving much away, the fate of Kylo Ren was fascinating since The Force Awakens, I thought he really became a formidable villain, and the way this film started with Palpatine really made it fascinating, with that said, I thought the way his fate was developed in the end was too rushed, and didn’t give the emotional impact that this villain really deserved

What I Didn’t Like:

-Unfortunately, there was a lot of fan service in this film and some were not really merited, without giving too much away, some cameos really felt forced in (no pun intended)
-Storywise, it was predictable for the most part, and like the flaws in The Force Awaken, it had a lot of familiarities to the original trilogy films, and this time around, I can’t really forgive

Overall:

I guess the curse of the third film in a trilogy still kind of remain supreme with this go around of the Star Wars franchise. The flaws in the story and the fate of some of the main characters can leave a bad taste in your mouth. After all that said, I still had a lot of fun with the action and fight scenes which to me is what made Star Wars, Star Wars. I just wish for an ending of a saga it was a lot more satisfying but we got what we got, and to be honest, it is not the worst thing in the world the way it presented. Now I’m curious what the future brings, but for me I do want something completely new for the sake of the franchise!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

Jumanji: The Next Level

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Jumanji: The Next Level isn’t as fresh as the original, but the characters and action still makes it a lot of un to watch!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-What really makes this film entertaining was the acting, seeing these characters playing different roles, seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson act like Danny DeVito, Kevin Hart act like Danny Glover, and Jack Black act like Ser’Darius Blain, really makes funny and entertaining, the surprise characters just add icing to the cake
-The action was fun as well, seeing the team getting chased by mandrills through rope bridges was thrilling to watch

The So So:

-It does follow a familiar trope from their last film which makes it predictable, but at least the different adventures doesn’t make it too familiar and focused on the entertainment

What I Didn’t Like:

-The subplots do feel rushed, and maybe would’ve been better without it

Overall:

Yes the story wasn’t as original, but it was still a lot of fun to watch. The acting of the avatars made it funny and the action made it entertaining. New characters always makes it a breathe of fresh air as well. I would say it is worth a watch for all the entertainment seekers!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars