Girls Trip

Girls Trip Title Card

Girls Trip

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Grade: A-

Four old college friends get together for a crazy weekend in New Orleans. Ryan, Lisa, Sasha and Dina haven’t seen each other for a while but are bound and determined to reconnect and have a good time. I was bound and determined to have a laugh and this one worked out well.

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Justice League: Spoilers!

Justice League

Justice League

Directed By: Zack Snyder

Grade: B

Expectations were somewhere in the middle considering all the behind the scenes stuff that went on with this movie. When I couldn’t see it this weekend I started hearing it had bombed because it made under a hundred million. Really? I mean the movie itself had some problems (some big) and it’s not something I’ll see again in theaters but I enjoyed it and I’m still hopeful for the DCEU.

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Thor Ragnarok: Spoilery!

Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok

Directed By: Taika Waititi

Grade: A-

Thor Ragnarok was one of my most anticipated films of the year. It was kind of a strange one for me though. I liked the movie but I didn’t really appreciate how good it was until that ending. I’ve seen a couple of people say this movie did for Thor what Winter Soldier did for Captain America and that’s really true.

Spoilers below. Though I try to keep it vague…

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Bright Lights Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Bright Lights

Bright Lights Starring Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

Directed By: Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens

Grade: A

I watched this documentary on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds when it premiered not long after they passed and again more recently. (October 21st was Fisher’s birthday.) I had been familiar with their relationship and really enjoyed seeing this. I think with time it’s also less sad and really felt almost happy.

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The Last Jedi & Princess of Alderaan

Princess of Alderaan

Leia Princess of Alderaan

By: Claudia Gray

Grade: A

I read Gray’s book Star Wars: Bloodline and really enjoyed it. Actually, it’s a book that’s grown even more on me whenever I think about Leia coming into the new trilogy. I thought she did a great job of getting into her psyche and I even have some personal fan theories about the book. (Probably aren’t true but you never know.)

That being said I wasn’t sure we needed Leia The Teenage Years but it was getting some great buzz so I picked it up.

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Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve

Grade: A-

A sequel to the first film this was a gorgeous well-acted movie that I would definitely recommend seeing in theaters (just for the visuals alone.) But I’m not going to lie. There were times when I wanted to yell at Ryan Gosling, “Walk faster! Speed it up a little bit!” And also, “Where is Harrison already?”

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Their Finest

Their Finest

Their Finest

Directed By: Lone Scherfig

Grade: C/C+

Set during World War 2 the British Ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) to write the female parts and dialogue for their important morale boosting films. There she and Buckley (Sam Claflin) begin working together on a film about the evacuation of Dunkirk.

There are going to be spoilers below (though I try to keep it somewhat vague). Couldn’t really talk about this film without talking about the ending.

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Random Reviews: Harley, Baywatch, Khosa & Mariko

Poison Ivy

Ivy hard at work.

So I’ve been catching up on a lot of movies I wanted to see and books I’ve had for a while this last couple of weeks and wanted to do a couple of mini-reviews on what was better than I expected and what I really should have listened to others on.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

The Hitman's Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

Directed by: Patrick Hughes

Grade: C+

Ryan Reynolds plays a top protection agent whose assigned to get an infamous hitman (played by Jackson) to the trial of a brutal dictator in one piece. Naturally said dictator (Gary Oldman) still has some serious pull. It’s like the whole military under this guy is standing in their way and if they don’t make it alive, or even in time, he walks.

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Atomic Blonde

atomic blonde

Atomic Blonde

Directed by: David Leitch

Grade: C+

Charlize Theron is taking this action heroine stuff super seriously. She plays an MI6 agent sent to Berlin right before the Wall comes down in order to find a missing dossier full of super secret confidential information that will expose all the spies in the field and put their lives in danger.

I feel like that was a James Bond thing once. Why does this stuff keep getting written down in one place?

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