Hotel Artemis

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SYNOPSIS: In 2028, at a members-only hospital for criminals, the rules are no guns, no cops, and no killing. Until someone breaks the rules.

MY TAKE: I wanted to like this movie because Jodie Foster. The premise was interesting, and Jodie Foster was expectedly good, but something was missing. Also, the story dragged in the first half, then rushed the second half. So, even though it was nice to see Jodie Foster in a movie, I could have probably waited to see this on video.

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Ocean’s 8

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SYNOPSIS: Debbie Ocean continues the family tradition and recruits a group of highly-skilled women to steal a necklace during the Met Gala.

MY TAKE: Expectations met! Casting was great, plot was interesting, and other than a slightly slow start, the pace was just right. Expect several cameos, especially during the Met Gala scenes. This movie is dedicated to all the 8-year-old girls dreaming of becoming criminals 😀

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Adrift

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SYNOPSIS: This is based on the true story of a couple who encountered a hurricane while sailing from Tahiti to San Diego.

MY TAKE: Okay movie, although, as expected, the story was tweaked to make it more interesting. So, if you haven’t read or googled the true story yet, DON’T, until after you watch the movie. And if you are planning a trans-oceanic cruise – don’t worry, your ship is waaaay bigger than the boat that was involved in this event.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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SYNOPSIS: This movie tells the back story of Han Solo – how he becomes Han “Solo”, meets Chewie, and gets the Millenium Falcon.

MY TAKE: The movie is good – special effects, acting, action, and humor all combine nicely to tell an interesting story. But two things bug me. First, even though his acting is good, Alden Ehrenreich is not Harrison Ford. Second, for a 2+ hour movie, the story does not dive deep enough into Han’s origins, only picking up when Han is already a young man with no family and no friends other than a first love. Still, it is a good movie and you will enjoy it.

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Deadpool 2

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SYNOPSIS: Deadpool recruits his own team, the X-Force, to save a young mutant from a time-traveling villain.

MY TAKE: Ryan Reynolds brings out all the guns to make this one gorier and funnier than the first movie. The story is not as tight as I would have liked, but the music and all the pop culture and Canada and (superhero) movie references add to the overall enjoyability of this movie. And stay through the end credits to catch two bonus clips!

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Book Club

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SYNOPSIS: The love lives of four friends are transformed as they read “Fifty Shades of Grey” for their book club.

MY TAKE: There aren’t a lot of movies headlined by actors in their golden years, so, it is nice to see this one. Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen play to type, drop a lot of innuendos, and get the laughs. The supporting cast, featuring several actors we haven’t seen in a while, nicely complement the four leads. This is a fun movie to watch.

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Life of the Party

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SYNOPSIS: Deanna’s husband springs a divorce on her, so, amid this crisis, she decides to finish college at the same school her daughter attends.

MY TAKE: I find Melissa McCarthy movies to be a hit or miss, and I wasn’t sure whether this would be a Rodney Dangerfield “Back to School” rehash, but this is a different story and turns out to be more hit than miss. The movie is expectedly funny without being slapstick, and the plot is interesting although there are a few implausible plot points. Overall a fun movie to catch.

Tully

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SYNOPSIS: Marlo is a harried mother of three, including a newborn, and she is gifted with a night nanny, Tully, to help her out. Tully proves a big help, and Marlo begins to function well again.

MY TAKE: The acting is good, and the story starts out as expected, but then becomes kinda odd, until a twist at the end makes sense of everything. And even though this is supposedly a comedy, the underlying subject matter is more serious, and not everyone will connect with this movie. You can probably just wait for the video.

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Avengers: Infinity War

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SYNOPSIS: The Avengers and their allies try to stop Thanos from retrieving all 6 Infinity Stones.

MY TAKE: Going in, my concern was the number of MCU characters in the movie – how do you give each one enough focus and screen time? Well, they definitely pulled it off! And in 2.5 hours! The story is tight, the special effects amazing, and of course, you get lots of action and comedy, too. And as is usual with Marvel movies – stay all the way through the end credits to see a clip that sets up future Marvel movies! I can’t wait for the as yet unnamed Avengers 4 movie.

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I Feel Pretty

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SYNOPSIS: A woman thinks she has suddenly transformed into the perfect version of herself after she accidentally hits her head. Her ensuing confidence helps her achieve things she only previously dreamed of. But she hits her head again and wakes up to reality – how does she handle this?

MY TAKE: I did not have high hopes for this movie after the disappointing Snatched, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this movie funny and enjoyable. Amy Schumer redeems herself and sends out a body-positive message. The supporting cast is also good but does not over-shadow Schumer. A fun movie to catch.

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