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    Does the theater at West End have lounge seats?

    Been a long time since I was there but the main seating is normal theater stuff. The VIP area is the reclining leather seats and you can order food and alcohol up there

    If they still have the bacon popcorn there I’d highly recommend it

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    Double Indemnity (Netflix disc):

    A Los Angeles insurance representative lets an alluring housewife seduce him into a scheme of insurance fraud and murder that arouses the suspicion of his colleague, an insurance investigator.

    Added this to the list from a couple recommendations earlier in this thread. Loved it. Classic “perfect plan” drama. MacMurray and Stanwyck are great (except for that obvious wig of hers :D ) and Ed Robinson as Keyes, I dare say is even better. Highly recommend.

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    Saw No Time To Die at West End – first time in a theater since probably March of 2020. Not the best Bond film but it was quite worthy of the franchise and a solid way for Craig to go out.

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    Intrusion (Netflix streaming):

    A woman moves to a small town with her husband, but is rattled when she is targeted for a home invasion.

    Nice intro, for the first half hour, got my attention, then it rapidly devolved into a Lifetime Movie Of The Week. Too much foreshadowing and obvious clues as to what the ending was going to be. To call it “Paint By Numbers” would be a compliment. Don’t bother.

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    The 15:17 To Paris (Netflix disc):

    An attempted terrorist attack on a Paris bound train is prevented by three courageous young Americans. Their friendship was their greatest weapon that saved the lives of those on board.

    Based on a true story, and the 3 lead actors are the actual people that were the 3 Americans that stopped the attack. You can tell they are NOT actors, but that doesn’t detract from the story, as they are re-living what they really went through. The event itself is a very minor portion of the movie, the movie is more about the character of these individuals, how they became friends/matured into adults, and how that contributed to their actions in the event.

    Well-done movie, I do recommend it.

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    The Guilty on Netflix

    Jake Gillenhal is a 911 operator and he takes calls on his shift. Another Netflix movie that takes place in one room and is low budget. 99.9% of dialogue is Jake on the phone sitting in a 911 call center. All scenes are in the call center with Jake on the phone, no action in any other location.

    How many Netflix movies take place in one room?

    I need a list so I can avoid them.

    Just watched this. The one-room thing was due to the pandemic. The director actually directed from a van, due to someone getting the Rona on the set.

    The action is all mental, and I loved it. As the layers of the story were peeled back, more and more questions popped up on to which way this movie was going, and what all the backstories were.

    I thought it was taut, nothing overly dramatic, and the ending/end scene was done very well (the actual scene, not the skyline scene at the very end). If you like dialogue and character study, I think you would like this one.

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    The Tom Hardy movie Locke from 2013 was about 95% of him driving in his car and it was fantastic.

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    The Tom Hardy movie Locke from 2013 was about 95% of him driving in his car and it was fantastic.

    That it was.

    Stowaway (Netflix streaming):

    A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.

    I admit, I dialed this up because Anna Kendrick was in it. Decent movie overall, but you could tell when twists were going to happen. However, I will give credit that you didn’t necessarily know how that twist was going to go. Obviously, can’t spoil the movie, even with a hint. “Ok, here’s the twist, it’s gonna happen in this way…shoot. Well, I was right….sorta.” That kind of thing.

    I’d say it’s an afternoon-killer.

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    Saw No Time To Die today.

    Fantastic. Daniel Craig was outstanding. A great movie for his last Bond film.

    i was with you on wanting to see it. i will disagree with you on your review..

    This Bond falls short in so many ways. It was PC’d to death. Lack of nudity in the opening intro / credits ( a staple in Bond) , lack of gratuitous sex, villain was ok, they took a wrecking ball to Craig story line and the ending was wrong (in my opinion) Trying not to give anything away while giving my review.

    Craig was good and some of the action scenes were awesome.

    My expectations were definitely not met and i was definitely disappointed in the ending.

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    I’m not sure if my enjoyment will be lowered cause there’s not enough T&A

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    T&A in Bond films was barely noticeable, sex scenes were never gratuitous and in thought Malik did a fine job. Meh.

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    Nudity in the opening credits is a staple of Bond films?

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    Nudity in the opening credits is a staple of Bond films?

    The silhouettes, yes. Haven’t seen the new movie, not do I think if notice that without looking for it (certainly not enough to care)

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    Someone spent a bit too much time in their youth watching scrambled channels on Spectrum hoping for a nipple.

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    Someone spent a bit too much time in their youth watching scrambled channels on Spectrum hoping for a nipple.

    I think it was called Night Scene.

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    Steve MN wrote:


    Bigbeer wrote:


    Nudity in the opening credits is a staple of Bond films?

    The silhouettes, yes. Haven’t seen the new movie, not do I think if notice that without looking for it (certainly not enough to care)

    I literally never noticed it and I’ve seen every Bond film multiple times (except No Time To Die).

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    Beauner wrote:


    Steve MN wrote:


    Bigbeer wrote:


    Nudity in the opening credits is a staple of Bond films?

    The silhouettes, yes. Haven’t seen the new movie, not do I think if notice that without looking for it (certainly not enough to care)

    I literally never noticed it and I’ve seen every Bond film multiple times (except No Time To Die).

    It’s one of those subtle things, so you’d have to be looking for it to notice, most likely.

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    They’ve modernized Bond. Thus it’s going to change with the times. They could have stuck to period pieces and timed everything for the 60’s era but that is not what happened. It reminds me of a particular detective series I enjoyed as a kid. Nothing in those books work anymore because they were written in the 50’s, 60’s and technology has changed everything. I expect more and more changes to Bond going forward.

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    They’ve modernized Bond. Thus it’s going to change with the times. They could have stuck to period pieces and timed everything for the 60’s era but that is not what happened. It reminds me of a particular detective series I enjoyed as a kid. Nothing in those books work anymore because they were written in the 50’s, 60’s and technology has changed everything. I expect more and more changes to Bond going forward.

    Changing Bond premise changes Bond. He is supposed to save the world, sleep w all the beautiful women and kick the bad guys asses. The ending of this movie is / was a joke

    There is no reason to make it PC. Mistake in my opinion

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    Thirteen Days (about the Cuban missile crisis) is one of my favorite movies ever but iirc I don’t think it ever detailed much of the “on the ground” spying that went onto solving that issue. The Conduit with Benedict Cumberbatch does:

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    The true story of a British businessman unwittingly recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Forming an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer hoping to prevent a nuclear confrontation, the two men work together to provide the crucial intelligence used to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Wonderfully done on all levels. Strong acting, dialogue and pacing made for a great watching experience and to my detriment I had never heard of this story until I stumbled upon this on one of my flights home. Highly recommend – and if you enjoy movies of this sort you should also watch Thirteen Days if you have not.

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    Surprised there’s no talk about Dune on here. Jason Mamoa is great and the cinematography is spectacular.

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    Surprised there’s no talk about Dune on here. Jason Mamoa is great and the cinematography is spectacular.

    Wish I could have seen that in the US on the big screen. Will have to wait for streaming now that I’m home. The ads look epic.

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    Bigbeer wrote:


    Surprised there’s no talk about Dune on here. Jason Mamoa is great and the cinematography is spectacular.

    Wish I could have seen that in the US on the big screen. Will have to wait for streaming now that I’m home. The ads look epic.


    We got halfway thru and said “we really should have seen this in a theatre”

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    I am still going to watch it but this is not promising for what it’s worth:

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    Very mixed reviews. Part of the problem with giving it more than just a mediocre is that if you have read the Dune series you know there are so many other moving parts and so much more depth than what can really be displayed in a movie. Most of the “politics” and even the sexual intrigue are completely missing unless you know how to fill in the blanks. This 2 hour plus movie barely got into the first book and ends so abruptly that I am surprised Paul Atreides isn’t cut off mid-sentence. It is a $200 million movie that basically is a set up for many more sequels, but none of those have started production or even been budgeted (meaning by the time they get the 2nd part to theatres the first movie will be old memories).

    I think that this should have been a GOT type of HBO mini-series over 6-8 seasons and 80 episodes.

    The positives are the technology is incredible and the scenery is beautiful. The acting is mediocre, not terrible. Not great.

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    Whoever wrote that Dune review didn’t do much research or even read the title cause it’s called Dune:Part 1 and it only covers the first half of the book with a second movie coming eventually to do the second half. And the “the book was better” trope is tired.

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    Green Knight (Netflix disc):

    A fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    I started it tonight, got about halfway through, and was bored. MIGHT finish it (or try to) tomorrow. It’s like a serious version of the Holy Grail or something. Borders on pretentious, but then again the acts are introduced in almost comedic way. Just a mess of a movie so far. We’ll see how adventurous I am…So far, don’t bother.

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    Green Knight (Netflix disc):

    A fantasy retelling of the medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    I started it tonight, got about halfway through, and was bored. MIGHT finish it (or try to) tomorrow. It’s like a serious version of the Holy Grail or something. Borders on pretentious, but then again the acts are introduced in almost comedic way. Just a mess of a movie so far. We’ll see how adventurous I am…So far, don’t bother.

    Got to the talking fox, and nope. Hot mess.

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    The Trip (Netflix streaming):

    A dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect, but each has intentions to kill the other. Before they can carry out their plans, unexpected visitors arrive and they face a greater danger.

    Noomi Rapace (Girl With trilogy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Whatever Happened To Monday?) stars in this, and I fully enjoy her work. A very dark comedy to start with, then it just turns dark, then it gets back to the dark comedy, a little. I will say, I know the US had made similar movies, but this one is a bit edgier, a bit more pushing the boundaries. I think it’s a bit more well done.

    Norwegian movie, so audio is Norwegian (subtitles required), so be forewarned. I loved it. It’s solid in all aspects, and adds a few dashes of WTF-ism (that’s not a word, but I am making it a word).

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    The Trip (Netflix streaming):

    A dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect, but each has intentions to kill the other. Before they can carry out their plans, unexpected visitors arrive and they face a greater danger.

    Noomi Rapace (Girl With trilogy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Whatever Happened To Monday?) stars in this, and I fully enjoy her work. A very dark comedy to start with, then it just turns dark, then it gets back to the dark comedy, a little. I will say, I know the US had made similar movies, but this one is a bit edgier, a bit more pushing the boundaries. I think it’s a bit more well done.

    Norwegian movie, so audio is Norwegian (subtitles required), so be forewarned. I loved it. It’s solid in all aspects, and adds a few dashes of WTF-ism (that’s not a word, but I am making it a word).

    I have this as well as Red Dot in my queue.

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    The Rube wrote:


    The Trip (Netflix streaming):

    A dysfunctional couple head to a remote cabin to reconnect, but each has intentions to kill the other. Before they can carry out their plans, unexpected visitors arrive and they face a greater danger.

    Noomi Rapace (Girl With trilogy, Sherlock Holmes 2, Whatever Happened To Monday?) stars in this, and I fully enjoy her work. A very dark comedy to start with, then it just turns dark, then it gets back to the dark comedy, a little. I will say, I know the US had made similar movies, but this one is a bit edgier, a bit more pushing the boundaries. I think it’s a bit more well done.

    Norwegian movie, so audio is Norwegian (subtitles required), so be forewarned. I loved it. It’s solid in all aspects, and adds a few dashes of WTF-ism (that’s not a word, but I am making it a word).

    I have this as well as Red Dot in my queue.

    Not familiar with Red Dot. Will attempt to add it to the list. Thanks!

    Edit: Red Dot added!

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    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

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    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

    Got roped into watching this one. What a stupid movie, and pretty much as you described. Could have been good, but it never made the jump.

    Would not recommend.

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    Those Who Wish Me Dead (HBO MAX)

    “ A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.”

    While it sounds like a hokey thriller I really enjoyed this movie. Angelina Jolie plays the smoke jumper who helps the young son of a forensic accountant flee two hit men. Could have been generic but was very smartly done.

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    The Rube wrote:


    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

    Got roped into watching this one. What a stupid movie, and pretty much as you described. Could have been good, but it never made the jump.

    Would not recommend.

    Watched it this weekend and it started good. But It spiraled out on me with the hypnosis as mind control premise.

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    streakygopher wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

    Got roped into watching this one. What a stupid movie, and pretty much as you described. Could have been good, but it never made the jump.

    Would not recommend.

    Watched it this weekend and it started good. But It spiraled out on me with the hypnosis as mind control premise.

    It could have been so much more. And it went the other way.

    As for “Those Who Wish Me Dead” it’s the same deal, IMO. Blech.

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    The Rube wrote:


    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

    Got roped into watching this one. What a stupid movie, and pretty much as you described. Could have been good, but it never made the jump.

    Would not recommend.

    Watched it this weekend and it started good. But It spiraled out on me with the hypnosis as mind control premise.

    It could have been so much more. And it went the other way.

    As for “Those Who Wish Me Dead” it’s the same deal, IMO. Blech.

    I accidentally stumbled upon “Those who wish me Dead” and agree more with Zwak take…I thought it was OK 😊

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    The Rube wrote:


    ex_goldy wrote:


    streakygopher wrote:


    The Rube wrote:


    Hypnotic (Netflix streaming):

    A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotherapist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.

    Starring Kate Siegel (who was EXCELLENT in “Hush,” a very recommended movie), who does well here, with what she has to work with. The premise is promising, but the movie devolves into a cable-movie-of-the-week. Not Lifetime/Hallmark bad, but it does end up being a dud. It really could have been so much more, however, I think laziness just took over. The twist at the end was a good ol’ college try, but meh, it couldn’t save the movie.

    Related note: in movies like these, sure, the characters don’t make the smartest decisions, the kind where one says, “Ok, that was dumb, but I get it.” There is that, but then there are “are you an effin’ idiot?” decisions. The latter types of decisions are made in this movie.

    Got roped into watching this one. What a stupid movie, and pretty much as you described. Could have been good, but it never made the jump.

    Would not recommend.

    Watched it this weekend and it started good. But It spiraled out on me with the hypnosis as mind control premise.

    It could have been so much more. And it went the other way.

    As for “Those Who Wish Me Dead” it’s the same deal, IMO. Blech.

    I accidentally stumbled upon “Those who wish me Dead” and agree more with Zwak take…I thought it was OK 😊

    [hide]The lightning scene was where it REALLY started to go south [/hide]

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    Halloween Kills: very violent with many, many graphic kills. Some questionable acting and a major plot choice that seemed unnessecary make it just OK but worth watching.

    Antlers: stellar acting, directing, cinematography, effects. Overall very good storytelling but feels like it could have been better somehow.

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    Bigbeer wrote:


    Halloween Kills: very violent with many, many graphic kills. Some questionable acting and a major plot choice that seemed unnessecary make it just OK but worth watching.

    Antlers: stellar acting, directing, cinematography, effects. Overall very good storytelling but feels like it could have been better somehow.

    B/U: did they not realize WHY the first Halloween is LEGENDARY? Ugh. I was curious about this, heard some things, you have now confirmed it. No interest in seeing this one.

    Antlers……very much on the fence. Depends on the gore/slasher/etc. Never was really a fan of that genre.

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    Halloween Kills: very violent with many, many graphic kills. Some questionable acting and a major plot choice that seemed unnessecary make it just OK but worth watching.

    Antlers: stellar acting, directing, cinematography, effects. Overall very good storytelling but feels like it could have been better somehow.

    B/U: did they not realize WHY the first Halloween is LEGENDARY? Ugh. I was curious about this, heard some things, you have now confirmed it. No interest in seeing this one.

    Antlers……very much on the fence. Depends on the gore/slasher/etc. Never was really a fan of that genre.

    Guillermo Del Toro is a producer and Scott Cooper is the director. Also Jesse Plemons is great as the Sheriff.

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    The Harder They Fall (Netflix streaming):

    When an outlaw discovers his enemy is being released from prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western.

    As the movie states right away, the events are purely fictional, but the people were real. This was a

    Black

    Neo-western

    Tarantino-influenced

    Grindhouse-type B-movie influenced

    Eastwood western. Solid cast, I thought it was well done. The BIG name on the box is Idris Elba, and he’s awesome, but IMO, he has a ways to go before reaching Regina King level overall in his career. Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) is the perfect foil for Regina’s character. Lots of action, some good drama, and a few good fight scenes. Definitely recommend. It does run about 2:30 for time, but that is not an issue.

    Bonus: character actor/career supporting actor Delroy Lindo (Gone In 60 Seconds, Get Shorty, Da 5 Bloods) also co-stars in this one. One of my fave smaller-time actors.

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    Eternals is awesome. This movie proves what a great filmmaker Clhoe Zhao is. Her ability to take a very good Marvel movie and tweak it to be 10% better is amazing.

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    Eternals is awesome. This movie proves what a great filmmaker Clhoe Zhao is. Her ability to take a very good Marvel movie and tweak it to be 10% better is amazing.

    Got my ticket for tomorrow afternoon. Really excited for it.

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    The Harder They Fall – wild west action flick with Idris Elba and Regina King among others. Must see and I highly recommend. It’s not flawless but quite entertaining.

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    Eternals is awesome. This movie proves what a great filmmaker Clhoe Zhao is. Her ability to take a very good Marvel movie and tweak it to be 10% better is amazing.

    Got my ticket for tomorrow afternoon. Really excited for it.

    Eternals was really really good. Definitely a bit of a different pace from your usual Marvel movies, but it was really well done. Great casting, great directing (we’ve basically come to expect from the MCU).

    It never ceases to amaze me how they can drop so much detail and so many easter eggs into a movie that seem totally natural to the story.

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    After a former special forces agent’s son is kidnapped, he must wipe out three dangerous crime syndicates, if he wants to see his son alive again.

    That wasted about 90 minutes time that needed to be wasted. The action was good…and that’s about it. Every mission seemed like it needed to be repeated two-three times over, as if we forgot what the mission was, and in the end, it was similar to “Taken,” minus a decent plot. Mindless movie.

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    Red Notice (Netflix streaming):

    An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.

    Starring The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot. I wanted mindless fun, and this delivered. Total redonkulous con-artist movie. The Rock plays the Rock (total bad-arse that doesn’t want to be a bad-arse), Ryan plays Ryan (a snarky villian), and Gal plays Gal (the sexpot that in fact, is really a hard-nosed woman lead).

    It does not pretend to be anything other than what it is, and it’s a blast.. Very open for a sequel, lots of Ocean’s Eleven and Indiana Jones elements here (and a few jokes/references that are obvious not contained to just those movies). Just sit back and enjoy the show. I know I did.

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    Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

    Jennifer Hudson was the right choice for the role of Aretha. This movie does not hide the ugly, however, it still plays out like a Behind The Music episode. I really liked it for the little things. The tweaks Muscle Shoals does for her first hit, for example. You can FEEL the moment that it all comes together. That’s the stuff that makes this movie work. Watch through the credits, it is amazing how her voice kept up until the day she passed. There’s no real wavering, she was still belting it out. Highly recommend.

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    Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.

    A nice coming of age movie, many of the characters are true life/real cowboys of Philly. Subtle at times, bold at other times…all-around good watch. Nothing mind-blowing, but worth your while.

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    Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

    Heavy movie. Some disturbing scenes, rather raw. The revenge factor is the plot, but the subplots really steal the movie. Multi-faceted, it does take a lot out of you. Runs at 2:30 hours, and I feel it could have been 3 hours, no problem. You definitely “feel” the characters emotions, their motives, etc. Highly recommend, but I also would say you have to be in the mood for it.

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    The Last Days Of American Crime (Netlix streaming):

    In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts.

    Don’t.

    The first hour or so was good, and then it went so far off the rails it was painful. JFC it was bad.

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    Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins (Netflix disc):

    The storyline is good. I dare say great. However, the movie played out like a shi**y 70’s kung-fu movie. Messy story-telling and mindless action. They had a gem of a movie and trashed it like there was no tomorrow. Unless you are a big fan of GI Joe, don’t even bother (and even then, it’s a tough watch).

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    The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix streaming):

    A veteran D.C. journalist loses the thread of her own narrative when a guilt-propelled errand for her father thrusts her from byline to unwitting subject in the very story she’s trying to break. Adapted from Joan Didion’s namesake novel.

    Apparently, this is one of the worst-rated Netflix movies ever, and I’m wondering “How?!

    It’s not great, but it’s worthwhile. Cloak and dagger stuff, some mis-steps, but far from a bad movie. I’d give it a go as a casual movie-goer.

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    Bruised (Netflix streaming):

    A disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life.

    Starring and directed by Halle Berry, a redemption story, similar to “The Wrestler” (which, if you have not seen, do so, even if not a pro wrestling fan). Very well done, you get involved with most of the characters, good or bad, the movie definitely makes you feel emotion one way or the other. It doesn’t pull punches (no pun intended, and the ending is solid.

    Not much on IMDB, but from what I hear, the training Berry did was rather intense, and it shows in the movie. Highly recommend. I got caught up in it more than I thought I would.

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    Red Notice (Netflix streaming):

    An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.

    Starring The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot. I wanted mindless fun, and this delivered. Total redonkulous con-artist movie. The Rock plays the Rock (total bad-arse that doesn’t want to be a bad-arse), Ryan plays Ryan (a snarky villian), and Gal plays Gal (the sexpot that in fact, is really a hard-nosed woman lead).

    It does not pretend to be anything other than what it is, and it’s a blast.. Very open for a sequel, lots of Ocean’s Eleven and Indiana Jones elements here (and a few jokes/references that are obvious not contained to just those movies). Just sit back and enjoy the show. I know I did.


    Watched this last night it is such a fun movie. The combo of wry wit and crazy action scenes is perfect. Very well done.

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    Stillwater (Netflix Disc):

    A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.

    Loosely based on the Amanda Knox story, some controversy about that, btw. Damon nails the personality of that type of midwesterner. The swagger, the attitude, the simplicity. A nice sub-plot is the clash of cultures, between American and European. It’s not hostile, but the chasm of attitudes is there. Very well done movie, I do recommend.

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    Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher (Netflix streaming):

    A remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford T. Johnson, a man who overcame great hardships to establish a ranching empire along the famous cattle highway of the American West, the Chisolm Trail.

    Decent “based on a true story” movie. The acting was wooden at times, other times it’s seems like that, but it’s because of the pacing of Native American speech patterns, especially for that period in history. One flaw: while I love Tommy Flanagan as an actor, WTF is a Scotsman doing playing a cattle rustler from TX, and he can’t do a Texan accent? I don’t blame him, he wants a job, that fault is on the casting director.

    It’s 90 minutes, maybe give it a chance. Nothing really lost if one doesn’t like it.

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    King Richard (HBO Max):

    A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

    Will Smith is Will Smith for the first part of the movie, then I think he really embraced the persona of Richard. The movie isn’t Disney-fied, they show the dark side (and hypocrisy) of sports parents. Personally, I think that Richard DID recognize them as having talent, and DID want them to be the best, and made the moves to do it. However, a lot of selfishness there. Let’s just say it was mutually beneficial.

    Good movie, definitely recommended watching.

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    King Richard (HBO Max):

    A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

    Will Smith is Will Smith for the first part of the movie, then I think he really embraced the persona of Richard. The movie isn’t Disney-fied, they show the dark side (and hypocrisy) of sports parents. Personally, I think that Richard DID recognize them as having talent, and DID want them to be the best, and made the moves to do it. However, a lot of selfishness there. Let’s just say it was mutually beneficial.

    Good movie, definitely recommended watching.

    Watched on HBO last night too. Was really well done. I would like to see an biopic of the girls more, but a good background on them and their journey.

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    This weekend we watched Jungle Cruise and Bad Boys for Life… I wasn’t expecting much but to be mildly entertained for 90-120 minutes, and didn’t even get that. Thankfully these were free rentals from a resort we were staying at. So I didn’t pay for them, but it is a few hours I will never get back.

    Knowing that Jungle Cruise was re-written twice, how bad were the first 2 iterations? That was a steaming pile of trash, and we are both Disney fans and love most Disney films. What a garbage movie. How many times does Dwayne Johnson need to play the same exact role over and over? It was like they just stole parts of National Treasure, Mummy, Indiana Jones, and a bit from Pirates of the Caribbean. The whole submarine thing? trash. Not at all what I was expecting from this movie, and it significantly underperformed my low expectations.

    Bad Boys was completely predictable (not surprising, but come on) and way, way over the top (I know, Jerry Bruckheimer). Almost completely recycled previously plot points from the first 2 movies, and typical Jerry Bruckheimer over-the-top, exploding cars, shooting while on motorcycles, etc. action scenes. :bored:

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    HBO max stream. An unflinching look at addiction. Documentary follows 3 interconnected people in Newark, NJ, over the course of decades, giving an intimate look at there life of crime and addiction. Was hard to watch at times, very graphic, but was shockingly effective at connecting you to the main characters and there families. I would say it is a must watch for those who like gritty documentaries that don’t hold back.

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    This weekend we watched Jungle Cruise and Bad Boys for Life… I wasn’t expecting much but to be mildly entertained for 90-120 minutes, and didn’t even get that. Thankfully these were free rentals from a resort we were staying at. So I didn’t pay for them, but it is a few hours I will never get back.

    Knowing that Jungle Cruise was re-written twice, how bad were the first 2 iterations? That was a steaming pile of trash, and we are both Disney fans and love most Disney films. What a garbage movie. How many times does Dwayne Johnson need to play the same exact role over and over? It was like they just stole parts of National Treasure, Mummy, Indiana Jones, and a bit from Pirates of the Caribbean. The whole submarine thing? trash. Not at all what I was expecting from this movie, and it significantly underperformed my low expectations.

    Bad Boys was completely predictable (not surprising, but come on) and way, way over the top (I know, Jerry Bruckheimer). Almost completely recycled previously plot points from the first 2 movies, and typical Jerry Bruckheimer over-the-top, exploding cars, shooting while on motorcycles, etc. action scenes. :bored:

    I could not agree with you more about Jungle Cruise. What a mess that was.

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    Life of Crime, 1984-2020

    HBO max stream. An unflinching look at addiction. Documentary follows 3 interconnected people in Newark, NJ, over the course of decades, giving an intimate look at there life of crime and addiction. Was hard to watch at times, very graphic, but was shockingly effective at connecting you to the main characters and there families. I would say it is a must watch for those who like gritty documentaries that don’t hold back.

    Added to my list.

    And as for Dwayne Johnson, he definitely didn’t play the same role in “Be Cool,” and I thought he was hilarious. Sort of a different role in The Rundown, which was an entertaining movie for what it was.

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    Untold: Crimes And Penalties (Netflix Streaming):

    They were the bad boys of hockey – a team bought by a man with mob ties, run by his 17 year old son, and with a rep for being as violent as they were good. The story of the Danbury Trashers.

    UHL team (minor league hockey). Mobster’s son gets a team, and gotta give credit, he made it work not knowing what the hell he was doing in the first place. Honestly, even though I disapprove of his approach to the game (fighting > actual hockey), he made some very smart decisions in building the team. Well worth a watch.

    Definitely recommend this one, kinda reminds me of the ESPN 30 for 30 about the guy who tried to buy the Islanders, but better and somehow even more absurd. You couldn’t make up a fictional story like this without it seeming fake honestly. You could also tell how much that team meant to all the players and fans.

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    A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

    Matthew McC, Anne Hathaway star in this, and since it was a small budget/indie type movie, in which Matthew excels in, I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s a page-turner, and as the layers unfold, the story goes deeper and deeper. Borrows from quite a few movies, and that’s also part of the point. You can see the path taken, but it’s murky until the end, if you’re detail-oriented.

    Definitely give it a go. It was fun figuring out what was what, and even then, they throw a few forks in the road, as to what is really what.

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    The Power Of The Dog (Netflix streaming):

    Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

    There is slow and methodical, and then there is excruciating painfully slow. This movie is the latter. What is trying to pass as a build-up that takes patience, is a method of torture that is probably banned by the Geneva Conventions.

    I will state, that the actors are great in it, but they are handcuffed by the direction of this movie. I love “Das Boot” (full version) where oftentimes NOTHING happens for a good hour, but at least there is something there. Doesn’t happen here. Please, don’t even bother with this one. What a waste of time.

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    The Night House (Netflix Disc):

    A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets, after feeling a ghostly presence in the house, and then going through his belongings.

    Well, how you interpret this movie will dictate how much you enjoy it. The suspense is palpable, I was wavering between “is this real?/is this in her head?”. Rebecca Hall is impressive in this role, her emotions are all over the board, which lends to the previous questions. I’d consider this a suspense movie, not horror, mind you, and it messes with the mind a bit. Solid watch.

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    Shang-Chi: The Legend Of The Ten Rings (DIS+):

    Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

    I didn’t know what to expect from this, but was told from more than one account that one does NOT need to know anything Marvel to watch this movie. As a fan of Asian cinema, decided to check it out. I must say, this was a friggin’ kick-ass movie. John Woo or Ang Lee might as well had directed it. Action was great, the storytelling even better, VERY solid movie. I love that Tony Leung was in this, he’s been in a few favorite movies of mine, along with Michelle Yeoh. DEFINITELY recommend.

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    Shang-Chi: The Legend Of The Ten Rings (DIS+):

    Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

    I didn’t know what to expect from this, but was told from more than one account that one does NOT need to know anything Marvel to watch this movie. As a fan of Asian cinema, decided to check it out. I must say, this was a friggin’ kick-ass movie. John Woo or Ang Lee might as well had directed it. Action was great, the storytelling even better, VERY solid movie. I love that Tony Leung was in this, he’s been in a few favorite movies of mine, along with Michelle Yeoh. DEFINITELY recommend.

    Ben Kingsley’s small part was a perfect dose of levity as well. The director has put out there that he’d love to get Jackie Chan out of his hiatus for the sequel. Would be pretty cool to see.

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    Shang-Chi: The Legend Of The Ten Rings (DIS+):

    Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

    I didn’t know what to expect from this, but was told from more than one account that one does NOT need to know anything Marvel to watch this movie. As a fan of Asian cinema, decided to check it out. I must say, this was a friggin’ kick-ass movie. John Woo or Ang Lee might as well had directed it. Action was great, the storytelling even better, VERY solid movie. I love that Tony Leung was in this, he’s been in a few favorite movies of mine, along with Michelle Yeoh. DEFINITELY recommend.

    Ben Kingsley’s small part was a perfect dose of levity as well. The director has put out there that he’d love to get Jackie Chan out of his hiatus for the sequel. Would be pretty cool to see.

    I too was very surprised by this one. Not sure what to expect but it was pretty good. Interested to see how they will fold this one into the MCU. Maybe Dr. Strange 2?

    Eternals was the exact opposite. I don’t see how that group will fit in at all.

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    Yara (Netflix streaming, Italian w/subtitles):

    A determined prosecutor becomes consumed with the case of a missing 13-year-old and goes to extreme lengths to get to the truth. Based on a real case.

    Very good crime drama, and how all the pieces somehow fell together. The not-so-subtle subtleties are not over-worked, they are just presented (like the prosecutor having a child of similar age). It’s a good watch if you are into this genre.

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    The Unforgivable (Netflix streaming). Woman gets paroled after serving 20 years for killing a cop. Struggles to re-enter society, and wants to re-connect with her little sister who was under her care when the crime was committed. Murdered cop’s sons want revenge.

    Watchable, but meh. Seemed too much like a made-for-television Lifetime movie. Turn your brain off, because there are plot holes galore. Also bothered me that we’re expected to believe a person would only serve 20 years for killing a cop.

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    The Unforgivable (Netflix streaming). Woman gets paroled after serving 20 years for killing a cop. Struggles to re-enter society, and wants to re-connect with her little sister who was under her care when the crime was committed. Murdered cop’s sons want revenge.

    Watchable, but meh. Seemed too much like a made-for-television Lifetime movie. Turn your brain off, because there are plot holes galore. Also bothered me that we’re expected to believe a person would only serve 20 years for killing a cop.


    I watched this as well… Thought the exact same thing. Very much had that TV/Lifetime vibe to it. (Except for the swearing) Super “MEH” for me.

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    Spiderman No Way Home was an absolute masterpiece.

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    The Unforgivable (Netflix streaming). Woman gets paroled after serving 20 years for killing a cop. Struggles to re-enter society, and wants to re-connect with her little sister who was under her care when the crime was committed. Murdered cop’s sons want revenge.

    Watchable, but meh. Seemed too much like a made-for-television Lifetime movie. Turn your brain off, because there are plot holes galore. Also bothered me that we’re expected to believe a person would only serve 20 years for killing a cop.


    I watched this as well… Thought the exact same thing. Very much had that TV/Lifetime vibe to it. (Except for the swearing) Super “MEH” for me.


    I have NOT watched this movie, because this review and the one before coincided with EVERYTHING I’ve heard about it.

    The Matrix Resurrections (HBO Max, ad-free version only):

    Return to a world of two realities: one, everyday life; the other, what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a construct, to truly know himself, Mr. Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more.

    Whoa. (Yeah, I had to. :D )

    If you walk into a dozen different forests in the world, it’s all the same, but different. You have trees, foliage, animals, climate, but it’s not the same. That is THIS movie. If one harkens back to The Architect’s speech in Matrix 2, you’ll get why this movie exists. ;)

    I loved it, worth the wait, will watch again to catch things I might have missed the first time, the nuances. HIGHLY recommend.

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