Dolittle (Sidenote: Judy)

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Dolittle had potential, but the subpar writing really made this a wasted role for Robert Downey Jr.!!!

Real Rating: 3 Animal Noises

What I Like:

-I thought Robert Downey Jr. acted his best in his role as Dr. Dolittle, this movie is considered a bust it wasn’t because of Downey Jr. that is for sure
-Also don’t blame the cinematography and animation, it was beautifully created in that regard

The So So:

-The animal voice casting was fine, but I just don’t understand why a film set in England has animals with American voices

What I Didn’t Like:

-The story was very subpar, it was boring, uninspired, and a story we pretty much seen before
-The comedy was very juvenile for my liking
-Also some of the development for the animals just don’t make sense, like how can a polar bear be cold, and a skully hat cures everything, and don’t get me started with the dragon part

Overall:

From the trailer of this film, this had potential, especially with Robert Downey Jr. at the helm. Unfortunately, the writing of this story was completely subpar and cliched. The juvenile comedy, and a lack of development for the rest of the characters. It is a disappointment, and a wasted role for Robert Downey Jr. who did well with his character. I guess I should’ve known better when a film is debuting in January. That’s just bad luck!!!

Real Rating: 3 Animal Noises

(Sidenote: Judy- I was expecting something more of a biopic about the life of Judy Garland. Instead we just got her last year of life when she was performing in London, and pretty much seeing her downfall. It just got downright depressing seeing this, especially how she was treated in her teenage years. Renee Zellweger did a good job in that regard. I guess I just expected something more optimistic!!!
Real Rating: 3 Stars)

1917

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1917 may not be everything what I expected, but the direction and camera work of Sam Mendes is nothing short of mystified amazement!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

What I Like:

-Sam Mendes has been getting praise for his direction for this movie, and he deserves all the credit, the camera work, editing, and cinematography all together to make a film that looks like it was shot all in one take was nothing short of amazing, it was like the movie Birdman but with all the action and hard work put into this war movie really takes the cake
-As for the acting, I give them credit for all the hard work they put in as well, I know it wasn’t easy doing these really long takes, but in the end, it all looks great and all their hard work is getting paid off

The So So:

-There was a lot of big name actors in this film, but don’t get too attached to them, cuz they just do their part greatly and you never see them again

What I Didn’t Like:

-The one thing I do have to say is that I expected more, I was kind of expecting something with more action like Saving Private Ryan or Hacksaw Ridge, don’t get me wrong, the film is great in its own way, but action wise, it is nowhere near as those films I mentioned

Overall:

This film is a must see for all fans of films. The way the basic story is told and developed by the hard execution that Sam Mendes expected was nothing short of mystifying, and astonish you with amazement. I love it when films are captured making it look like it is nonstop. It is creative, and looks like a lot of hard work was put in. I believe this will be the film that will be talked about in future, and deserving of the awards it will get!!!

Real Rating: 4.5 Stars

Just Mercy (Sidenote: Where’d You Go, Bernadette)

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Just Mercy is a feel good, well acted film once you get use to all that lawyer jargon!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

What I Like:

-The story is a feel good story where it shows that there are good people in this world that is willing to help, it is a true story which adds a noice touch to your emotions
-One reason this was a joy to see was the acting by Michael B. Jorden as the lawyer helping victims on death row, but most notably, Jamie Foxx as a death row inmate was very spectacular to watch

The So So:

-For a film about law, it does pack their jargon on law and what not, but I can honestly say, with this film it was pretty easy to follow

What I Didn’t Like:

-This movie suffered from showing too much in the trailers where I knew what will happen, yes it is a true story and know what happens with a little research, but I liked to be thrilled, the lack of thrills does affect it for me

Overall:

It is a feel good movie with some great acting. It will pull at your emotional tug strings. For this film, you can sit back, relax, and just enjoy what it has to offer. You can be inspired, or be rest assured that there are still good people in this world!!!

Real Rating: 4 Stars

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(Sidenote: Where’d You Go, Bernadette- This film had the case of a great premise, but ended up being a crappy film. I give credit to Cate Blanchett on her acting of a person with extreme anxiety, but after a goof build up and development, it just didn’t make any sense. The lack of payoff really kind of infuriates me, because it ended up to be a waste of time. Where’d you go, Bernadette? Honestly, who cares!!!
Real Rating: 2.5 Stars)

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