Born in China

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I really enjoyed this movie! Opening just in time for Earth Day, it showcases the family dynamics of pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and snow leopards, following them over a year in their natural habitats. The scenery is amazing, the animals are majestic, and the stories are compelling. Chirus and cranes are also featured. Yes, the animals are anthropomorphized, but in this case, it’s to better tell their stories and hopefully inspire the audience to care for the animals and their habitats.

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The Promise

This is a love triangle set against a very difficult backdrop – the Armenian genocide. The movie is well-made, the acting good, and the pace just right even though the movie is over two hours long. There are some horrific scenes, as to be expected in the depiction of such a terrible event. Be prepared to leave the movie with a heavy heart and more compassion for those who are discriminated against and persecuted.

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Free Fire

An arms deal gone wrong, the movie is an agonizingly protracted shoot-out inside an enclosed warehouse. A quarter of the way in, most of the characters have already been hit by gunfire or heavy metal objects and can’t stand anymore, dragging themselves to hiding places to avoid bullets and other flying objects. And the rest of the movie is more of the same! Bottomline, skip this unless you are in the mood for some protracted mindless violence.

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CHIPS

The main characters have the same names as the two main characters from the TV series, and the setting is the California Highway Patrol, but the similarities end there. Yes, there are some funny moments, and the storyline is good. BUT there are several scenes that seem to have been put in just to gross the audience out. So, if you don’t mind that, this is a light comedy you can watch to while away some time. And there’s also a cameo by the original Ponch, Erik Estrada.

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T2 Trainspotting

First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal. This movie takes place 20 years after the original. Never saw the original? No problem. The movie incorporates some flashback scenes from the first Trainspotting. Once I got used to the thick Scottish accents, I was better able to follow the story. There are some funny moments, but overall, the story is a bit meandering. Bottomline – this movie is okay but not my cup of tea.

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Beauty and the Beast

Ahmazing!!! This movie lives up to the original animated movie, tweaking it just a tiny bit, and building on it, too. At a little over two hours long, this one adds almost 40 minutes of back stories, new songs, and additional details to the original, integrating everything nicely. The sets and the special effects are fantastic, the action scenes a bit more intense than the animated version, and the singing and acting are enjoyable. So, yes, definitely go watch this movie!

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Table 19

A girl gets dumped by her boyfriend, who happens to be the brother of the bride. So, she loses her maid-of-honor status and gets relegated to the table for “miscellaneous” wedding guests. This dramedy is okay – nothing intense, but nothing super funny either. But it does have a happy unexpected ending. If you feel like watching something light this weekend, go for it. But there are other movies coming out this weekend as well (Logan, hint hint).

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