I Feel Pretty

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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? 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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Beirut

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A negotiator is asked to help negotiate the release of an American taken prisoner in 1980’s Beirut. But who can he trust to help him? The story is interesting, and other than a slightly slow start, the pacing is just right. Jon Hamm also does a good job carrying the movie. However, there is backlash on social media about the portrayal of the war-torn Beirut. I have no basis to comment on the accuracy of the portrayal, so, if you watch this movie, just take it for what it is – purely a fictional story in a fictionalized setting.

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Blockers

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Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, and John Cena play parents who find out their three daughters are planning to lose their virginity on prom night, so, they set out to stop it. As expected, there are funny scenes, outrageous scenes, as well as raunchy scenes The three actresses who play the daughters are refreshing. From a storyline standpoint though, this movie is basically an extended version of the trailer, plus the ending, plus an epilogue, plus another epilogue. A fun watch if you have nothing else better to do, otherwise, just catch it when it comes out on video.

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Ready Player One

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Another win for Steven Spielberg! In 2045, people go to the virtual reality world of the OASIS to escape their daily lives. Many of them are also gunters, hunting for an Easter egg left there by the now-deceased creator of the OASIS. The prize – ownership of the OASIS. Also trying to find the Easter egg is a large corporation – the bad guy. As expected, the special effects are great. But just as enjoyable are the music and all those references to ’80’s pop culture. Surprisingly, the movie is also funny! And other than a slight lull early in the movie, the pacing is just right, making the 2:20 run time go by quickly. You may want to brush up on your ’80’s pop culture and The Shining knowledge though before you go watch this movie. Yes, go!

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Finding Your Feet

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After finding out her husband had been cheating on her, Sandra moves in with her sister, who then invites Sandra to join her dance class. And as Sandra dances, she also starts to heal and even find romance with Charlie. This British dramedy is easy enough to like, BUT I can’t help thinking of Sandra and Charlie as their Harry Potter alter-egos, Dolores Umbridge and a slimmed-down Peter Pettigrew! Aaaaaaahhhh!!! Now I have planted a seed in your mind and you’re going to see Dolores Umbridge and Peter Pettigrew, too, when you watch this movie. Sorry.

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Sherlock Gnomes

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Gnomeo and Juliet join forces with Sherlock Gnomes and Watson to solve the mystery of the disappearing gnomes in their new hometown, London. In the process, they learn lessons about prioritizing your loved ones over your work. Even if you haven’t seen the original movie, you won’t have a problem following this sequel’s storyline – it stands on its own. However, despite being a mystery, the storyline does not draw you in. That said, kids will still like the movie because of the cute gnomes and their antics.

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Pacific Rim Uprising

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Ten years after the defeat of Kaijus, another threat from the Precursors appears. Jake Pentecost must co-pilot a Jaeger and live up to his father’s legacy and save humanity. Lots of good action scenes, computer-generated effects are great, and there are even funny moments. Never saw the first movie? No problem – the movie starts with a brief narrative that catches you up. However, the movie could stand to add a few more minutes to its two-hour run time to better explain some of the plot points, like how the young Amara’s drifting skills develop so quickly despite her abridged training period. The Jaegers vs. Kaijus Japan fight scenes also kinda remind me of Godzilla, albeit with waaaaay better effects 🙂 Overall, a fun action-packed movie.

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Love, Simon

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Seventeen-year-old Simon is a typical teen-ager, except he has not told anyone he is gay and has fallen in love with an anonymous schoolmate. This movie, based on a popular YA book, is funny, sincere, and triumphant. Nick Robinson, who plays Simon, carries this movie well, and the other actors who play his best friends and classmates are none too shabby either. The ending does kinda make me think of the “Never Been Kissed” ending, but it works for this story. You’ll enjoy this movie.

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Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft discovers a message from her father, who disappeared seven years ago. Instead of following his instructions to destroy his work, she decides to follow the clues, and her adventure starts. This is more of a Lara Croft origin story vs. Angelina Jolie’s already-established Lara Croft. I like Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, and the action is good. But the story is kinda predictable. You can figure out early on who the ultimate villain is going to be. No need to rush out and watch it on opening weekend, but still a good movie to watch if you temper your expectations.

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Black Panther

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Wow! Marvel definitely delivers on this movie. I have to admit, I had never heard of Black Panther until I saw him in Captain America: Civil War (which was really more of an Avengers movie than a Captain America movie). T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to formally become king and Black Panther, but he is challenged by an outsider. The story, gripping action, amazing special effects, and humor make the 2+ hours mostly fly by. I am also very glad the movie is truly about Black Panther, rather than the Avengers. But what I like the most are the kick-ass women of Wakanda, including T’Challa’s all-female bodyguards and his sister. In fact, the movie might as well be about them as it is about Black Panther. Stay all the way through the end credits for a couple of extra clips. Definitely recommended!

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