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Wonder Woman – Budget of $149 million – 2 hours and 21 minutes

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Diana is the only child on an island of Amazon Warriors.  Her mother Queen Hippolyta wants to keep her protected. But her aunt General Antiope wants Diana to learn to fight. At first, Antiope trains Diana in secret. But when Hippolyta finds out, she tells Antiope to train her harder than any other warrior.  Though Diana must never learn the truth about who she is. Diana knows that she was sculpted from clay by her mother and brought to life by Zeus. Zeus created the Amazon Warriors to protect mankind from his son Aries, the god of war. Once Zeus defeated Aries, he shielded the Amazon warriors on their own island called Themyscira. It has been hidden for years to protect the warriors from man but as Diana’s powers grow, Aries is sure to find her and the island. After Diana gets a taste of her power during combat training, she sees a plane fall into the water. She saves the man inside. Although he is saved, ships of his enemies follow him and a battle ensues on the beaches of Themyscira. A battle is forged that leaves the enemies to perish. Once the Warriors have defeated the enemy, they question the plane’s survivor. He reveals he is Captain Steve Trevor of the US Army that spied on the Germans to get intel from Dr. Isabel Maru (aka Doctor Poison) and General Erich Ludendorff. Captain Steve tells the Warriors that a book he stole could end World War II and save mankind. Hearing of this war and its devastation, Diana wants to go with Steve. She believes that Aries is behind the war; and if she kills him, the war will end.

This movie is what Batman v. Superman should have been in a visual sense (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The graphics look less cartoonish and more integrated with the characters and props. The banter between Steve and Diana is quotable and relaxing. It offers a great comic relief to the tragic story of WWII.  It ties in the Justice League, by using a letter from Bruce Wayne at the very beginning, which leads to Diana telling her story.  The stunt coordinators did an elegant job with the hand to hand combat and sword fighting scenes.  The action was not only slowed down to be “cool” but gives the fans time to appreciate the work that went into the choreography.  And while Linda Carter does not make an appearance, homage was paid with an updated look to the Wonder Woman suit.  Princess Diana leads the charge and fights but must learn the painful truth about humankind.  This is what makes her character flawed and real.  While this is an amazing movie (which did not feel like 2.5 hours) it left some holes (like how Dr. Maru got her scars).  This is one to watch at the theaters and in 3D but don’t stay after the credits.  There is nothing to see.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hello, mother. How are you today – Young Diana

You should be ashamed. All of you should be ashamed – Diana

Who gets paid for honor – Charlie

A liar. A murder. A smuggler … I’m all three – Steve

I’m both afraid and aroused – Sameer

His people – Chief

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Ten: Murder Island – Review

Ten: Murder Island – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Ten: Murder Island

Meg and 9 other students from 3 different school all meet up at a vacation home at the request of their mutual friend Jennifer.  Meg’s ex-love interest TJ and her best friend Minnie are at odds about what happened the night before the dance.  Meg is doing everything she can to avoid TJ and keep her friendship with Minnie strong.  On their first night, they find an unmarked DVD and watch it.  It has a countdown, random images and clips, and the final words “Vengence is Mine”.  A little freaked out they all go to bed.  Meg finds a diary page that details a girl being betrayed for a singing solo.  In the middle of the night, Meg wakes up to find one of the students hanging with a suicide note and a “1” in red paint on the wall.  While everyone thinks this is a sad coincidence, Meg notices the suicide note was written on the back of song lyrics.  The same song lyrics mentioned on the diary page.  Meg has to convince everyone that a killer is on the loose, keep everyone from going nuts, and find a killer.  And all before she’s next.

Based on the novel, Ten by Gretchen McNeil, this is a really good thriller (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You are left to believe everyone is a killer, even a ghost.  As each person dies, you cross off another name on your suspect list.  And with Minnie off her meds, Kamiko losing it, and Ben pointing fingers, everyone is a suspect.  Also, everyone has a reason to be killed since they all bullied a girl who committed suicide a few months earlier.  You might believe you have the killer figured out but 90% will be wrong.  Sit back and enjoy a good teen thriller.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Anything you can’t do? – Meg

You think too much girl – TJ

Everyone knows what you did Vivian – Laurie

I’m still in love with him – Minnie

I think I can help – Vivian

Some might say that’s the same thing, Meg – Ben

What I saw was someone who was off her meds – Kamiko

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Secrets – Review

Secrets – BET – 2 hours and 1 minute

Secrets

Tarron believes he is a loyal husband to his wife Secret but he knows he’s not faithful.  He prides himself on being a provider but he is bored with married life.  He believes he married too earlier and should be allowed to have a little fun.  After breaking off his affair with Monica, he is trying hard to stay on the straight and narrow.   Just as his career is on a hot streak, the boss invites Victoria to join the team.  Soon, Tarron and Victoria are spending lunches together and Secret is getting suspicious.  After a huge fight about trust, Tarron leaves Secret and get his own place.  In time, his family, job, and health are in shambles.  And the only way to bring everything back is for everyone to tell the truth.  Including is Tarron, his brother Jay, Secret, Victoria, and his mother.

Based on the novel, Secrets of a Housewife by J Tremble, this movie is what happens when the can of worms is opened wide poured all over the table (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The story starts off as a simple cheating story but leads to blackmail, drugs, and a blood test.  It gets complicated quick.  Be prepared because the 1st hour is a boring setup and the last hour is a great finisher.   So hang in there.   The biggest problem is due to the backing track often drowning out the dialogue.  It makes it hard to hear the best and most profound parts.  Also, Tarron plays the victim too much and it comes off as whining.  However, his mobile stalker will take him and you by surprise.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Don’t bother cleaning up – Tarron

So what about that new bike – Terrance

You can keep your son and his crusty draws – Secret

Answers to our problems isn’t out there, it’s in there – Steven

Nobody wears tennis bracelets anymore – Monica

My career comes first, always – Victoria

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Downsized – Review

Downsized – TVOne – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Downsized

In 1991, 14-year-old Ebony and Michael got pregnant.  Their family quickly lay down their lives.  Ebony is to go cosmetology school and start doing hair.  Michael is to go to ROTC and enlist.  When they both graduate, they should get married and raise their child as a family.  Three more kids and 25 years later,  Ebony owes a salon and does makeup & hair for the stars.  Michael finished his tours of duty and completed his first book.  But years ago, the two agreed that when their oldest child finished law school, they would get a divorce and live their lives.  With the date looming, Michael is having second thoughts.  So he decides to take his family to the cabin and remove most of the technology so they can bond.  He hopes this will change Ebony’s mind and save his family.

This movie covers topics of forced commitments, infidelity, communication, parental expectations, and love.  However, the saddest impact is the effect the divorce is having on the children.  Ebony and Michael attempt to keep the divorce a secret as long as possible, but the children are crushed to know the truth.  The kids try everything possible to keep their parents together.  But they will realize that they are not the problem.  So, they can’t fix the issue.  Being in this cabin forces the entire family to communicate and put everything out in the open, but can the marriage last?

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Capital D-I-V-A. She almost made me lose faith in humanity – Ebony

We did it – Michael

Is he blackmailing you or something – Malaysia

I have no bars, no reception. This is bad – Michelle

By wonderful, I mean terrible, horrible, excruciating – Madison

That’s how it’s gonna be. You got favorites now – Jr

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Illicit – Review

Illicit – BET – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Illicit

Guy, a parole officer, has worked hard to give his wife the house, car, and life she has always wanted.  Also, he is a dedicated father to his daughter.  He hopes his wife knows he is a “good one”.  Sasha, a former model and jewelry designer, has sacrificed everything for her family.  She has breakfast ready in the morning and dinner by 7 every night.  She hopes her husband appreciates it.  But when she tells her husband she wants to model again, he tells her she needs to focus on their child and give up her hobby.  She lets it go until she meets a Cruise (like Uber) driver named Lance.  After a few rides, she learns he is a photographer and she agrees to take some pictures.  On the other side of the marriage, Guy has taken on a new parolee Farrah.  If he can get Farrah on the right path, he will get a promotion.  Farrah attacked her abusive boyfriend, got arrested, and put on probation.  She fears her ex-boyfriend is stalking her again and ask Guy to take her home.  Guy agrees to keep her safe and check out her apartment.  Agreeing to Lance and Farrah will turn their lives upside down and lead them into a tangled web of lies and the most uncomfortable dinner party ever.

Talk about a tangled web.  Sasha gets mixed up in a stalker with an orgy and auntie fetish.  Guy gets mixed up in a stalker with blackmail issues and a gun.  It’s all crazy from beginning to end.  While the resolution is not believable, it’s the best way to have this movie conclude without ending in violence.  As a viewer, it’s hard to believe that this couple doesn’t see the writing on the wall before the crazy stuff starts; because it’s all there in black and white.  You will be yelling at the TV for them to see the writing on the wall.  But it will come too little too late.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Who is going to be taking care of our little girl while you are out gallivanting the world – Guy

You sacrifice for the people you love – Sasha

If I wanted excuses, I would have hired my ex – Linda

Aww hell no – Ty

You left something at my house and I thought you would need it to play husband – Farrah

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Drink, Slay, Love – Review

Drink, Slay, Love – Lifetime – 2 hours and 0 minutes

Drink, Slay, Love

Pearl and Jadrian go out for a date night and something to drink.  Blood.  They are teen vampires who love the hunt and believe humans are worthless creatures.  During a late night snack, Pearl is staked and wakes up at home.  Her family does not believe she was staked but her mother puts her on punishment.  She is not allowed to hunt alone and must mind herself before the Vampire king comes to town for the festival.  Her family was given the prestigious honor of hosting the event and they want to be at their best.  But Pearl, being a teen, sneaks out to hunt.  She is made as a vampire and a group of boys leaves her to burn in the sun.  However, she doesn’t burn.  She walks around in the daytime shocked by how boring it all is.  Later, she comes home and shares the news with her family.  Her mother decides to use her daughter’s gifts to their advantage.   Since the King will be there for the festival, they must stock up on blood.  And she wants Pearl to hunt in the daytime by going to high school and getting close to all the kids.  During her time in high school, Pearl has noticed a side effect with her new gift, she is growing a conscience and worries about her classmates’ lives.  Can she help them and keep her family happy?

Based on the novel, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, this is a new twist to the vampire teen romance phenomenon (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The girl is the dangerous vampire and “fitting in” is nothing she wants.  Nor does she try to pretend.  She quickly puts Queen Bee on notice with a broken window and an emergency brake.  While it does have vampires and love, it also discusses responsibility and loyalty.  Pearl wants to honor her parents but she doesn’t want her new friends to be hurt.  It’s a lot for a teen to grasp.  This is an adventurous movie for teens and adults; it’s not afraid to make fun of itself.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t worry. I’ll leave it somewhere safe – Pearl

Kill or be killed – Bethany

A bit plain for my taste but if this is what’s on the menu – Jadrian

I look really good in a tux – Evan

You always get what you want – Antoinette

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#AmericanAssassin and #MotherMovie – Movie Reviews

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American Assassin – Review

American Assassin – Budget of $33 million – 1 hour and 51 minutes

American Assassin
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Mitch is on a perfect honeymoon but his girlfriend Katrina points out that they aren’t married.  That’s the moment Mitch pulls out a ring and proposes.  As he goes to get celebration drinks, killers pull up to the shore and shoot anyone in sight.  Mitch tries desperately to save Katrina, he just can’t get to her in time.  Eighteen months later, Mitch has infiltrated a terrorist cell online and gets combat training.  He hopes to find the man who initiated the attack that killed Katrina and kill him.  However, CIA has been watching Mitch’s every move.  When Mitch finally travels to meet the cell, the CIA kills everyone inside but Mitch.  They bring Mitch back to the US to question him.  Irene, the Deputy Director, realizes that Mitch is an asset; and with the right trainer, he can become one of the best CIA operatives.  The trainer Irene has in mind is Stan – Cold War Vet and Navy Seal.  Stan knows Mitch is good but he is too emotional and doesn’t follow orders.  However, Stan decides to give Mitch a chance and trains him.  Training is cut short because 50 kilos of war-grade plutonium was stolen and it’s being turned into a weapon.  This mission will be personal.

Based on American Assassin by Vince Flynn, this movie is nothing new (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The jokes are average, the action is academic, and the plot is typical.  Even the twist, while leaving it open for a part 2, is predictable.  Now don’t be mistaken, it has some fun, action-packed sequences but they fighting style is standard in movies today.  A saving grace is not having a love interest or “love story” thrown into the film for the sake of attracting female movie-goers.  This makes the “revenge for killing my girlfriend” story a lot more believable.  The best moments of the movie are not the fight scenes but the training senses.  In these scenes, Bruce and Dylan got to play off each other and left a lasting impact in the movie.  If you really want to see it, go to a matinee.  Otherwise, wait it out.  And be warned, the torture scenes hold nothing back.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

I am the only way to get what you want – Irene

I want to see my family – Annika

Never get too close – Stan

My goals? My goals are to have him lying awake at night thinking about me – Mitch

You create monsters – Ronnie

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Mother! – Review

Mother! – Budget of $30 million – 2 hours and 1 minute

Mother!
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In the middle of a quaint piece of land, Mother is renovating “Him’s” house.  She wants to restore it back to the glory he once knew.  Mother’s husband is a poet but he hasn’t been able to write for a while.  She continues to be positive while taking care of the home.  One day “Man” comes to the home with the misperception that the home is a bed & breakfast.  “Him” wants Man to stay because he has no other place to go.  “Him” doesn’t consult Mother on his decision, but she prepares a place for Man to stay.  The next day Woman shows up and lets herself in.  She intrudes on “Him” and “Mother’s” space and their lives.  While “Him” doesn’t mind, Mother wants them out.  Soon, “Him’s” prize jewel is destroyed by Man and Woman.  Instead of getting angry, “Him” boards up the office where the jewel once stood and allows them to stay as long as they want.  The next day Woman and Man’s two sons come to the home.  “Him” allows them in and they start to fight.  The younger brother kills the older brother and runs off.  Before the night is over, “Mother’s” home is swarmed by Man and Woman’s family and friends.  They start to eat the food, break items, and paint the walls.  It’s just too much for Mother to bear.  But “Him” is inspired by the pain and wants everyone to stay.  If “Mother” thought this was bad now, she has no idea what “Him’s” inspired writing will bring to their home.

It’s just weird and disturbing.  This feels like a mix of Tales of the Crypt, Rosemary’s Baby, Groundhog Day, and The Others all in one (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The audience is given extreme closes up of Jennifer Lawerence while being made to feel like one of the intruders with continuous use of shaky cam work.  But knowing the following will help you understand the satire of this film.  First, Mother is Mother Earth.  Second, “Him” is the creator.  Third, Man and Woman are Adam and Eve.  Fourth, the brothers are Cain and Abel.  And finally, their home is a symbol of the Garden of Eden.   At first Man and Woman is enough but when they overstep their bounds everything falls fall apart.  And more people come and bring destruction and war to Mother’s home.  Mother is falling to pieces and we are the enemy.  If you understand these symbols, the movie will make some sense.  Now some scenes are just too much and will make you queasy and/or turn away.  While it comes off as a suspense/thriller movie, this is truly a satire.  This movie is great for a film student but everyone else can wait.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

You don’t love me. You loved how I loved you – Mother

I am his father – Him

Why don’t you want children – Woman

You are not just a pretty face – Man

Tell me you understand – Younger Brother

You only care about the money – Older Brother

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#WaynesWorld – Review – Throwback Thursday

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Wayne’s World – Budget of $20 million – 1 hour and 35 minutes

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By chance, Benjamin sees a late-night public access show called Wayne’s World.  He thinks the show and its hosts are a perfect fit for his new sponsor, Noah’s Arcade.  The next morning, he and Russell meet with Noah to convince him to sponsor the show in exchange for consistent advertisement.  Benjamin travels to meet the show’s host; Wayne and Garth.  Garth is shy but has great intuition.  Wayne loves filming Wayne’s World and hopes to do it for a living.  Both men have personal dreams but the dreams hinge on the success of the show.  So when Benjamin meets with the Wayne and Garth, Wayne is excited about filming the show for network TV and making money doing something he loves.  Garth is very concerned.  There is just something about Benjamin that rubs him the wrong way.  And Garth’s concern is realized their first day on set.  But he must get Wayne to listen and see the truth about Benjamin before they lose everything.

As a spinoff from a Saturday Night Live sketch, fans may have felt uneasy about a full-length movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  However, this one was executed very well.  Wayne’s World is not afraid to laugh at itself and all comedies.  It consistently breaks the 4th wall; Wayne even gets upset with Glen attempts to break the 4th wall too.  Wayne says he won’t shamelessly advertise on his show while doing it in the movie.  While this movie does provide laughs, some gags run on too long.  They become old quickly and make the storyline drag.  The end does pick up because several alternate endings are provided.  However, it does make you wonder: Did they want several endings or could they just not decided on how it should end.  Wayne’s world is a good, cheap laugh at the 90s genre and style.  If you need to kill some time or be put in a good mood, give this comedy a try. And don’t worry, the classic Bohemian Rhapsody scene is within the first 15 minutes.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I mean Led Zeppelin didn’t write tunes that everyone liked. They left that to the Bee Gees – Wayne

Get it off! Get it off! It’s sucking my will to live – Garth

I’d like to think about this – Noah

Good thing – Cassandra

Well the world’s a twisted place – Glen

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – Budget of $38 million – 1 hour and 29 minutes

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Harold Hutchins and George Beard have been best friends since kindergarten.  The two go to George’s tree house and create comic books.    George creates the stories and Harold does the drawing.  Also, they pull off the most epic pranks in Jerome Horwitz Elementary School because their school feels like the penitentiary.  After causing a toilet paper fight during the invention convention, Principal   Krupp is sick and tired of the pair.  So he decides to put them in separate classes.  Harold and George believe this will end their friendship because long distance relationships don’t work.  They try to get the evidence from Principal Krupp’s office but they are distracted by a file cabinet with their names on it.  Inside the cabinet is every toy Principal Krupp has confiscated from them, including George’s 3D Hypno Ring.  Principal Krupp walks in and catches them.  As he signs the classroom change slip, George uses the ring to hypnotize him.  They make Krupp believe he is Captain Underpants (a fictional character they created).  They believe this is hilarious until the Captain jumps out of the window and into the world.  They must get him back.  With time they learn that snapping makes him Captain Underpants and water makes him Principal Krupp.  However, when he is Principal Krupp he wants to sign the slip.  And when he is Captain Underpants, he is irresponsible.  So irresponsible, he hires a new science teacher, Professor P., without any experience or credentials.  Professor P has a plan that is worst Harold or George could imagine, but the horrifying truth, they will need Captain Underpants to help.

Based on the book series, The New Captain Underpants, this movie is funny for both kids and adults (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Parents will enjoy all the Easter eggs like the sign in Krupp’s office that reads “Hope Ends Here”.  Also, there is more than one type of animation.   From computer graphics to 2D to puppets.  It feels like you are in another world and you want to know more about the 2 main characters that created Captain Underpants.  The best part for children is when George and Harold go inside Krupp’s home.  They get a glimpse into his life and see that he is missing something.  Kids will see their teachers and school staff are people.  With all those positives, it did not need to be in 3D.  Also, it could have spent a few minutes giving details on one of their pranks but you better believe there will be a part 2.  Only stay after the first set of end credits, there is nothing at the very end.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Able to leap over tall buildings without getting a wedgie – Captain Underpants

Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t. I did – Melvin

Oh, look at that. We have a grade A suck up. That’s good to know – Prof. P

Mr. Hutchins your drawing is getting better – George

That’s because your words inspire greatness, Mr. Beard – Harold

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Road To The Well – Review

Road To The Well – Budget of $39,000 – 1 hour and 48 minutes

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Frank is at a job he hates with a manager, Tom, he can’t stand.  So, Frank doesn’t receive the news of a 6-month relocation well.  His girlfriend, Jess, tries to be supportive but that worries Frank.  She seems to know more about his relocation than he does.  That night he gets a call from Jack, an old friend.  Jack wants to hang out; and after a few leg pulls, Frank goes to meet him.  Later, Frank invites Jack to an office party.  Frank is shocked when he sees Jess cheating on him with Tom at the party.  Pissed he leaves with Frank and head to a bar.  Frank antagonizes him to approach a girl he has been eyeing at the bar.  Frank approaches her and takes her to his car.  After hooking up, the car door opens, the woman is stabbed and Frank wakes up on the ground in only his underwear.  He goes to his car to see it covered in blood.  He realizes the murder weapon in his underwear.  And the worst part, the dead girl is in his trunk.   He calls Jack and drives to him with the body in the trunk.  Jack thinks Frank is nuts for not calling the police but decides to help him hide the body.  The two go on a road trip for whom no one asked.  And the road trip is not just to hide a body but to uncover the truth about these two men.

This thriller will keep you on edge as Frank and Jack drive with a dead body in the trunk while devising a plan to get rid of it.  With every encounter Jack’s demeanor, walk, and even the sound of his voice changes.  He feels the urgency as the body starts to decompose and exposure is imminent.  As Jack continues down this road, you wonder if he is in control of the situation or if his strings are being pulled.  In the end, all things will become clear to Jack.  But will this change him or just make him what he truly is.  This journey leads Jack and Frank to come across the best and the worst people you will every meet from different walks of life.  From retirees, newlyweds, a vet, and the heartless, each character is another link in the chain,  not just script fillers.   However, the only downfall is that the backing track often drowns out whispers or “fly on the wall” conversations.  So, be prepared to want to turn up the volume or rewind to hear it.  Overall, if you are crime show or thriller fan, this is one to watch.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Frank that jobs still yours buddy – Tom

Tom’s my friend too – Jess

Now what? – Frank

That’s some twisted logic Frankie boy – Jack

Ok, I don’t want you there. Is that a clear enough reason for you – Chris

If you think he is so horrible, why did you come here – Trudy

You can do anything you want and I don’t blame you because this is what I want – Miller

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#911Movie and #TrueToTheGame – Movie Reviews

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9/11 – Review

9/11 – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 30 minutes

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9/11
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Michael and his wife sing happy birthday to his daughter; then he heads to work as a bike messenger.  Metzi goes to work as an elevator dispatcher and tries to settle a bet with Eddie.  Eddie is a married father of 3 and custodial engineer.  Tina has decided to start her new life by going to her boyfriend’s job and ending their relationship.  Eve and Jeffery are finalizing their divorce.  Eve is tired of Jeffery dragging his feet and wants him to sign the papers.  Eddie, Eve, Jeffery, Tina, and Michael all step into an elevator when it suddenly stops.  They realized they are stuck.  Eddie hits the call button because he knows Metzi will be listening.  After a moment, Metzi tells them to hold tight.  The firemen are walking up 90 flights of steps to put out a fire caused by a small engine plane that hit the building.  Once the firemen have the fire under control, they will get help.  The 6 people will soon learn the America is under attack and they are in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.  They must fight to make it out of the elevator alive with no help in sight and their only line to the world is Metzi.

Based on the play, Elevator by Patrick Carson, this movie follows all movies that have people from different walks of life, trapped together for a long period of time.  The only difference is that it’s set in 9/11.  They not only fear the elevator falling but they fear the fire, the impending collapse, and more attacks.  Even though Metzi’s on the line, her normal job is to dispatch help in these situations.  However, the elevator operator was evacuated and the firemen are trying to get to the fire while helping people out.  You have an idea of how it’s going to end but you don’t know who it will happen too. While it has moments of suspense, it’s still predictable.  Just wait for this one to come out on DVD.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

It’s an insurance issue – Eddie

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll pay you, tomorrow – Metzi

Anyone want one? It helps me relax – Tina

You just did – Jeffery

Sign it – Eve

God bless you – Michael

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True to the Game – Review

True to the Game – Budget of Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes

True to the Game
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Quadir is a drug dealing, Muslim with several legit businesses around town and all over the east coast. After speaking with his sister Shoog, who cooks his crack, he focuses on having fun at the club. He spots Gena and tells the bouncer to let her into the VIP. But he doesn’t see Jerrell and his crew watching him. Jerrell, Rich, and Aubrey have been trying to merge businesses with Quadir for a while but to no avail. So when Jerrell sees Quadir working with the clubs owner he is furious. They believe he and his crew are bigger than Winston and deserve some respect and business. So they decide to get Quadir’s attention by “making someone famous”. They kill someone front of Quadir and his crew along with Gena and her best friend Sahirah. Quadir brushes them off as nothing more than local thugs and puts his attention on making Gena his woman. However, Gena dated a dealer in the past who became abusive. She doesn’t want to go back to that mistake. Quadir tells her that her ex-boyfriend was a boy and he is a man that has one foot out of the door to the game. Just as Gena and Quadir start to let their guard down, Winston and Sahirah are killed in a drive by. Now Quadir has to decide which game to be true to, Gena or the street life.

Based on the novel, True to the Game: Part 1 by Teri Woods, this is the story of a woman falling for a converting bad man (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  She knows she can’t save him but she wants to believe he can save himself; despite each time he falls into the traps of “the game”.  While watching the movie, you will feel that something is missing from the book.  Whether it’s a storyline, character, or plot, something just feels hollow.  While this story does offer twist and turns, a realistic end, and a hopefully new beginning, something about it just feels wrong and rushed.  You want to make a connection to the characters, however, you just can’t.  If you are a fan of the book, leave a comment of what you thought of the movie.  If the movie follows the books, there will be a part two.  Although, it will probably go straight to DVD or TV.

I give it 2 out of 5 stars

I would have called you if it weren’t – Shoog

Say it when you got a job – Gah-Git

You make sure my girl gets home safe – Sahirah

I will have one thing you never will. Quadir’s love – Gena

I care – Quadir

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#ALoverBetrayed, #MyBabyIsGone, and more – TV Reviews

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A Lover Betrayed – Review

A Lover Betrayed – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes

A Lover Betrayed

Six years ago, a young woman walked into Tess’s office and accused her principal of rape.  Tess reported the incident and felt good about her decision.  Until she got home and discovered Principal Blake sitting in her living room with a gun.  Within minutes Principal Blake and Tess’s son Mason are dead.  Now, Tess stands in front of fans doing a reading for her book on grief and loss.  After her reading, she meets Officer Connell.  And with one Hot Toddy, Tess takes Connell home.  The next morning, Tess’s ex-husband Roger knocks at the door.  Tess leaves Connell on the bed to talk to Roger.  He tells her he wants to give their relationship another try and bond over their son. Connell overhears Tess agree to reconciliation and becomes enraged.  He believes that he and Tess have a connection and he will do anything to get her back.

Now Lifetime fans will get the formula very quickly.  One night stand + tragic back story = crazy stalker.  But the lengths that Connell will go to in order to make people think Tess is crazy is deliciously satisfying.  He uses spray paint, boxing gloves, and blood to get the police on his side.  Tess starts to look more and more like a criminal with each accusation.  Now, this movie does lose points for predictability but makes up for it in acting ability.  Each actor changes from sweet to strong to manic in a few commercial breaks.  It’s fun to watch and analysis what you see.  At the end, which lover was truly betrayed?

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m about to lose everything, Tess. How much worse can it get – Blake

Grieve your loss but don’t ever let it become you – Tess

You’re my hero – Susan

We’re connected – Connell

I told you I would never stop fighting for him – Roger

Either find my crime scene or find a body – Officer Knowles

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My Baby is Gone! – Review

My Baby is Gone! – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes

My Baby is Gone!

After suffering a miscarriage in her last month of pregnancy, Emily went into a deep depression which leads to psychosis.  She became a hermit, accused her husband Pete of cheating with her best friend Susan, and ran off without a trace.  Later, she came home and started taking medication.  Now, she is 8 months pregnant but in constant fear of losing her baby.  But Pete and Susan are by her side to help her through this difficult time.  Then, Emily notices her new neighbor, Kelly, is very pregnant and decides to introduce herself.  The two quickly hit it off by sharing pregnancy stories and having the same doctor.  They become belly buddies.  In a short time, Kelly is helping with the baby’s room, giving shower ideas, and becoming a bird in Emily’s ear.  However as the two become closer, Emily drifts from Pete and Susan.  This drift is all a part of Kelly’s plan to get Emily’s baby.

The best way to enjoy this film is to cheer for the crazy girl.  The connection between Emily and Kelly happens too fast.  Emily’s trusting nature and change of moods are explained away by using a “lack of medication” and “history of psychosis” as an excuse.  Emily is so trusting, it’s hard to like her.  After kicking Pete out because she believes he is having an affair, she gives Pete a horrible ultimatum.  “Tell the truth about the affair or I am leaving you.”  So if he tells the truth (about a non-existent affair), she will leave and if he lies (about a non-existent affair), she will leave.  It’s hard to find this protagonist as likeable.  So watch this movie and cheer for Kelly.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Calling him the client from hell would be accurate but unfair to hell – Pete

I told you to mind your own business – Kelly

She’s nice, super nice. And you know how I feel about nice – Susan

You think I’m crazy – Emily

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Psycho Wedding Crasher – Review

Psycho Wedding Crasher – LMN – 2 hours and 2 minutes

Psycho Wedding Crasher

Jenna sits with the guest at a wedding and fantasizes about Glen.  A few weeks ago, as she was leaving her aunt’s tailor shop, Jenna almost fell to the ground.  But she was caught by Glen.  Now, she sits at his wedding, uninvited, watching him marry Marcy.  She dreams that it could be her.  But those dreams were dashed when Aunt Daisy reminds her that she is worthless, pathetic, and ugly, just like her mother.  Daisy wishes her brother never married Jenna’s mother and doesn’t hold back her feelings to Jenna about it.  This constant badgering makes Jenna’s daydreams stronger.  She is determined to prove her Aunt wrong and marry Glen.  She just has to get rid of Marcy.

To enjoy this movie, you have to cheer for Jenna.  While it’s typical to see Jenna’s tricks like Catfishing in Lifetime movies, it’s believable that everyday people can do this.  So, the story doesn’t feel like its too impossible.  And Jenna easily takes advantage of Marcy and Glen’s good nature, all the while doing everything to tear their relationship apart.  This is fun to watch but doesn’t require your full attention.  And expect a Lifetime ending.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Stay Safe – Glen

Answer the question – Marcy

Maybe your husband has a panty fetish. Maybe he is a thief – Chelsey

Ashes to ashes, flush to flush. Bye daddy – Jenna

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