The New Mutants

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The New Mutants is different with its theme, but the story is underwhelming for what it promoted!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fears

What I Like:

-I liked how it tried to be a different X-men movie, it is the thought that counts
-Demon Bear looked really cool with its special effects and horrific look

The So So:

-It tried to be a horror movie which at times you can see those scary scenes which I give them props for, but all in all it didn’t really achieve what it suppose to do cuz I wasn’t really on my edge of my seat
-The final fight was cool to see, but the thrills were at its minimum

What I Didn’t Like:

-The character development felt rushed for everyone, I didn’t really feel effectiveness for each character, and it did leave it to the underwhelming final act
-Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik was the worst character to me, she was the stereotypical bully for no real reason, and her accent seemed uneven, like you hear it most of the times, but at times, you hear regular English
-With the horror tone and a X-men movie, I did feel underwhelmed with what it brought out

Overall:

As I said before, this film feels underwhelming. It didn’t really deliver in what it promised. I believe the fact that it was a planned trilogy, it really left with a lot of loose ends and a lot of underdeveloped story and characterizations. Now that we know this is the final X-men film in the Fox franchise, it was one heck of run. Though I’m excited for the future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m disappointed with the way it ended. It made a great franchise end on a low note which doesn’t give it justice for what it brought out. Still, I will always appreciate what the X-men films brought out, and it is something I will truly cherish in my life of movie watching!!!

Real Rating: 3 Fears

Peninsula

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Not as emotionally powerful as its predecessor, but still a fun zombie movie!!!

Real Rating: 4 Subtitles

What I Like:

-The action was a lot of fun, especially the car chase scenes that reminded me of Mad Max: Fury Road, and the zombies were a force to be reckon with

The So So:

-The story wasn’t emotionally effective as Train to Busan, but I did like the heist/mission type of story which was good fun

What I Didn’t Like:

-(Note: I saw this in a drive in theater) A lot of scenes were dark where I couldn’t see, and it was hard for me to read the subtitles, I get the story is suppose to be dark, but I need to see what happens in the dark
-It shared some political undertones, but not enough for me to care

Overall:

Train to Busan was an emotional zombie movie which made it very unique. This sequel is not as emotionally effective, but the pure zombie action is a lot of fun. Once you get used to reading subtitles, it is a marvel to see for sure!!!

Real Rating: 4 Subtitles

Unhinged

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Unhinged had some thrilling moments and good acting, but in the end, it is a usual thriller!!!

Real Rating: 3 Road Rages

What I Like:

-Russell Crowe acting as a psycho was pretty intense, all this for a simple act of road rage, he goes berserk on his victim of his road rage

The So So:

-I would say the first half of the movie is pretty thrilling at times, you didn’t know what the villains endgame is, however, once it reaches its climax, it was just a typical thrilling action film involving a psychopath

What I Didn’t Like:

-It is not as gritty I thought it would be, but lets be real, what are the chances that you honk at somebody like a true jerk and get harassed by a psychopath, I’m from Boston where road rage is at its highest, and you don’t hear stories like that, maybe a fight, but that’s it, with all that said the 3rd part of the story was just very underwhelming

Overall:

It started off intriguing, but then it pretty much went downhill from there. They try to put a message about road rage, but it was not effective whatsoever. With all that said, if you want to see some intense acting by Russell Crowe since Gladiator, this is the film to watch. Now I’m going to keep on road raging when somebody cuts me off!!!

Real Rating: 3 Road Rages

Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Bill and Ted Face the Music may be nostalgic to fans with some fun twists, but in the end, it is one crazily uneven story!!!

3.5 Robot Assassins

What I Like:

-Fans of the Bill and Ted franchise will enjoy this movie, it still brings the essence with a lot of great callbacks from the original movies, it does create nostalgia for sure
-I like the roles that Bill and Ted’s daughters play which does bring a good message about unity which I appreciate
-I enjoyed the new character of Dennis the robot assassin, had me laughing a lot

The So So:

-I’ve always said this, Keanu Reeves sounded more like Keanu Reeves than the character Ted in the film, not sure of that is a good thing or a bad thing, but the chemistry with Alex Winter is still great to watch, and seeing them dash out one liners after one liners can be funny or dumb, I guess it is a fun thing to see them together one last time, especially when they argue with themselves, hilarious

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story is uneven, but in a crazy way, there is a goal in mind, but with all the subplots, it can be hard to follow, it does crazily all come together, but it is a journey that can give you a headache, but then again, isn’t that is what Bill and Ted is all about?

Overall:

The story is as crazy as its original films in the early 90s. It can create uneven, gonzo storytelling that can leave you bewildered. With all that said, fans of Bill and Ted will love this for nostalgic purposes. It does bring out the charm that made it effective in their tone of wild events and time traveling. For that, you can appreciate, and their special message can make it worthwhile in a weird sort of way!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Robot Assassins

Chadwick Boseman

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I am deeply saddened to hear about this, I enjoyed his movies playing some historical figures like Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, and Jackie Robinson. Most of all his role as T’challa in Black Panther a film that was revolutionary, I appreciate the work he has done.

May he RIP.

Wakanda Forever!!!

Project Power

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Project Power had an interesting premise and good acting, but it seems to forget to have an effective story!!!

Real Rating: 3 Animal Powers

What I Like:

-The acting by both Jaime Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were pretty good, I enjoyed their characters very well

The So So:

-The premise of this film is very interesting and unique, but unfortunately the execution wasn’t effective enough, it should’ve been something great, but in the end it is just a typical drug and action film
-The action had some cool moments, especially seeing the super powers the people get, but there was a lot of shaky cam and fast editing that was very distracting

What I Didn’t Like:

-They had some subplots that really could’ve made this movie a lot more effective, but in the end, not effective, not something that we can relate to, just a mindless action flick

Overall:

This film had a lot of potential, especially with its premise and actors. Unfortunately it was a typical film with some decent action, but nothing effective to make this film really good. Some wasted opportunities to make it relatable, but it failed in that regard. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is!!!

Real Rating: 3 Animal Powers

The One and Only Ivan

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The One and Only Ivan is a great family movie, but I can’t help but shake the belief that this film was made by PETA!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Gorillas

What I Like:

-The voice acting was great, especially Sam Rockwell as Ivan and his relationship with the stray dog, Bob, voiced by Danny DeVito, their friendship looks genuine, and Ivan’s influence with the other animals
-As far as the real life actors, Bryan Cranston was really good as well as pretty much the ringmaster of his show, it does show a real human side of him and the stress of his business that brings a great reality to this film
-I have to say, the CGI animation was on point for the animals, they definitely looked real, and the cinematography of this film was great as well

The So So:

-I get the main message for the kids and families that watch this film, but the third act felt like it came straight from PETA, an organization that annoys me from time to time with their methods, I know it is not fair, but I can’t shake the feeling that PETA’s hands was around this

What I Didn’t Like:

-Can a story be very simple, for kids movies, yes, but for a family movie, it definitely needs more depth to make it effective
-Also the tone of the film did fell uneven and familiar, reminded me of Dumbo and Free Willy at times, and can’t pick of it wanted to be a movie with a message or just entertainment

Overall:

It is a fine movie for your young kids. Reminded me of a time when I was young and use to watch Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and Free Willy. With that said, that is the main problem it is all too familiar. You can enjoy it but it won’t be as effective, especially when you get PETA vibes like me. Regardless, its a fine movie, and that is something you can’t take away from it!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Gorillas

The Tax Collector

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The Tax Collector is a typical gangster movie we all have seen, at least it was engaging enough for me to care!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Chocolate Bars

What I Like:

-I do like a good old gangster film, even the bad ones, this film did have my attention from beginning to end especially dealing with Mexican gangs in South Central LA

The So So:

-The acting was a mix bag some were good like the protagonist Bobby Soto and Jimmy Smits, some were bad like the main antagonist, Jose “Conejo” Martin, and some that were laughable because I can’t take them seriously as gangsters like Shia Lebouf (more on him later) and George Lopez, I love you George Lopez, but being a gangster is not one of your good things

What I Didn’t Like:

-The movie is a formulaic gangster movie, where they have to deal with rivals and tragedy, and the characters are the typical characters for this kind of movie, I practically predicted what’s going to happen until the end
-I still don’t understand why Shia Lebouf was casted for this movie was the enforcer, his acting was laughable, but at the same time, I was offended because they could’ve casted another actor with Latino origins to play his character instead of whitewashing it with Lebouf, and what’s the point of Lebouf getting a real chest tattoo for his role when you barely see it, so many wrongs with this character

Overall:

It does have its formulaic flaws, and other issues (Shia Lebouf). With all that said, it was still engaging to see how this story went down. I just wish there was something more inspiring for these characters instead of seeing the same old thing!!!

Real Rating: 2.5 Chocolate Bars

Archive

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Archive may have the boring sci fi talk, but in the end it is a film that makes you think!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Black and White Cartoons

What I Like:

-Without giving too much, the twist at the end, really made me think, it is an effective twist

The So So:

-Pretty much two thirds of the film is just pure robot technology talk which got very boring for me, with all that said, I understand some people like that kind of stuff, it is a sci fi flick after all, and it does it job, just not my type of ordeal
-I have mixed feelings on having the robots with too much emotional intelligence, one one side it is a more advanced robot which gives it a new angle, even though it is something we have seen before, but it got annoying because it feels like these robots are going through an emo phase and very overdramatic

What I Didn’t Like:

-I just think this film could have been more powerful with a more effective storyline and maybe better ramifications for what the main character, George played by Theo James, is doing it just didn’t bring my full attention as it should

Overall:

Yes, it is very flat for me most of the time, but I know people who are into robots and technology will be fascinated by it. Don’t expect any Tony Stark technology type of astonishment. It is very grounded with a good touch of sci fi stuff. After all of that, the twist at the end does make me think, and I am interested to see what the other people have to say about that!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Black and White Cartoons

Color Out of Space

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Color Out of Space is weird, but it is a beautiful weirdness!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Alpacas

What I Like:

-The cinematography is spectacular, the way director Richard Stanley mixes the color purple in the scenes is great, and it knows when to look spooky and when to look beautiful

The So So:

-The story is pretty straight forward, something happens and things just get weirder and more dangerous, plotwise is nothing great, but at the very lest, it is easy to follow
-Nicolas Cage’s eccentric acting, you will either love it or hate it, as for me it made me laugh which is probably not the movie’s intention

What I Didn’t Like:

-It did end on a tragic note, not to give too much away, but the way the characters of the family were developed, you expected something a good conclusion for the family, instead it just gets weirder and weirder

Overall:

Does the film has its flaws, yes, but if you watch it for what it is, you may be entertained. It is a sci fi in a very weird fashion. With all that said, the cinematography that mixes the color of purple really made this a beautiful spectacle. Yes, Niclas Cage is in it, but don’t worry about him. Just watch how things unravel!!!

Real Rating: 3.5 Alpacas