Girls Trip

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Waaay better than Rough Night (which opened last week), this movie is about four college friends who reunite for a weekend at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. As expected, they get into funny and raunchy situations with some heart-tugging moments included as well. The situations these four friends find themselves in are more relatable than those in Rough Night, and the actresses themselves have better chemistry with each other. Because portions of this movie were filmed at the 2016 Essence Festival, you’ll see plenty of “cameos” from the actual Essence 2016 performers. So, if you are looking for a good female-oriented movie to watch, go with this!

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Transformers: The Last Knight

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The first few minutes of the movie, I thought I was watching King Arthur (which opened a little over a month ago). Huh! Turns out it was just the back story for the object that the Autobots and the Decepticons are after. And where is Optimus Prime? As expected, the special effects are amazing, but the rest of the movie is so so – the story kinda jumps in some parts, the dialog is mostly okay although there are some funny parts and some really cheesy parts, and the attempt at a romance between the male and female leads falls flat due to their lack of chemistry. Also, the movie is too long! UNLESS you are a Transformers fan, in which case, who cares – this movie is amazing!

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Rough Night

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What happens if you accidentally kill someone during a bachelorette weekend? This movie answers that with a series of raunchy scenes and funny scenes, but many of the situations are too ridiculous to be truly funny. Even though five names are above the movie title, the key roles belong to Scarlett Johansson and Jillian Bell – I really wanted to see more of Kate McKinnon. Bottomline, there are other better movies opening this weekend, but if you do watch this one, stay all the way through the credits for a bonus scene.

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The Book of Henry

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I was pleasantly surprised by how good this movie is. Henry is a smart and mature 11-year-old, who notices that the girl next door is being abused by her stepfather, a powerful public figure. So, he puts together a plan to save her, and gets his mother to execute that plan. Jaeden Lieberher, as Henry, and Naomi Watts, as his mother, give tremendous performances. So does Jacob Tremblay, as Henry’s younger brother. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be so glad you watched this movie. One of the best movies I’ve seen so far this year!

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My Cousin Rachel

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I read the book many many many years ago, and the movie stays mostly faithful to the book. Philip suspects Rachel of causing his cousin/guardian Ambrose’s death, but finds himself also falling in love with her. Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin do a good job of portraying Rachel and Philip and their complex relationship. The movie may seem slow at times, but you’ll find yourself constantly wondering about Rachel’s actions. Does she have a partner-in-crime? Is she now trying to poison Philip? You’ll just have to watch the movie to figure out for yourself if Rachel is innocent or guilty.

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Wonder Woman

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I’d been waiting for this movie since I first saw Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman, and the wait was worth it. The story is WW’s origin story, but also ties in nicely to the upcoming Justice League. The choice of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is definitely the right one. She brings strength, determination, and empathy to the character. Definitely go watch this movie!

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Everything Everything

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Maddy has a compromised immune system and has to live in a sealed environment her whole life. Then she meets her cute new neighbor and yearns to explore life outside. This cute romantic drama is an internet-age version of the ’70s TV-movie “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” (yep, I’m dating myself) but with an interesting twist in the end. The leads are likable, the dialogue engaging,  and the pace just right, so, if you’re in the mood for a light romantic drama , this is it.

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Snatched

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My expectations were high. After all, you have Amy Schumer as the selfie-loving daughter and Goldie Hawn as the risk-averse mother in this jungle kidnapping farce. But I found the funniest scenes to be the ones with the supporting cast, particularly Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack, and (would you believe) Christopher Meloni. Bottomline, the movie is just okay, but if you watch it, watch it for the supporting cast.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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This is a different take on the story of King Arthur, featuring a buff and wise-ass Arthur and some unfamiliar characters instead of the usual Morgan le Fay, Merlin, etc. The story also features more magic and fantasy characters, but it works for the movie. It has gripping fight scenes and very good special effects, including some scenes that remind me of Lord of the Rings, when Frodo was being chased by the ringwraiths. So, worth watching? Yep!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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What is family? Does blood make family? The gang is back, and Peter Quill / Star-Lord finally meets his father, Ego. The story, humor, action, music, dialog, special effects – everything that made you a fan of the first movie, will make you a fan of this sequel as well. Even if you’ve read the spoilers posted by those who have seen this movie overseas. TIP: stay through the credits to see FIVE bonus clips!

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