Finding Your Feet

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SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY TAKE: 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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SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY TAKE: 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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SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY TAKE: 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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SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY TAKE: 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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SYNOPSIS: 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.

MY TAKE: 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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SYNOPSIS: T’Challa returns home to Wakanda to formally become king and Black Panther, but he is challenged by an outsider.

MY TAKE: 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). 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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Hostiles

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SYNOPSIS: An Army Captain is tasked with escorting a Cheyenne Chief and his family through dangerous territory to Montana. But he lost many friends to Native Americans and also killed many Native Americans in his career – how does the journey affect him?

MY TAKE: As expected, there are violent and gruesome scenes. But there are also intense moments and the acting is good. Overall, I liked the story even if it developed slowly. However, you can probably wait until this movie comes out on video before watching it, unless you are a Christian Bale fan.

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The Commuter

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SYNOPSIS: During his regular train commute home, an insurance salesman is contacted by a mysterious woman and tasked with finding an unknown person carrying an unknown bag, and he must do it before a specified stop, or else.

MY TAKE: Liam Neeson excels in this type of movie. The suspense draws you in as you try to figure out who he needs to find and why. The action though is a tad bit unbelievable for a 60-year-old salesman (yep, he mentions his age a few times in the movie), but being an ex-cop, maybe he kept up with his physical training. If you liked Taken, you’ll like this.

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Paddington 2

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SYNOPSIS: Paddington is arrested and jailed over the theft of a one-of-a-kind pop-up book, but who really did it?

MY TAKE: I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! This family movie is full of laughs, heart, and even suspense! And you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this movie. Never saw the first Paddington movie? Doesn’t matter, this movie stands on its own. And stay through the end credits for a fun clip!

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Darkest Hour

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Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister amidst the advance of Hitler’s troops across Europe. Should he consider a peace treaty or should he fight on? Gary Oldman is amazing – not only is he unrecognizable in his Churchill prosthetics/make-up, his mannerisms and the downturn of his mouth and his acting also capture Churchill very well. The story itself is informative, although the filmmakers most likely took some liberties with the details, as most “based on a true story” movies do. Also, the scenes are pretty dark – most of the scenes are set in dimly-lit or windowless rooms, which kinda makes the movie gloomy. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d say watch this movie, if only for Gary Oldman’s performance.

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