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       Usually I’m not too keen on remakes of T.V. shows or movies  but this one involves one of my all time favorite people-Dwayne Johnson. Now, I watched the television show from time to time(I was a teenager at the time) but wasn’t a huge fan. So I gave it a shot because of the Rock.. He nor the movie did not disappoint me.

D.J. stars as Mitch Buchannon previously played by the Hoff. He is the lead lifeguard at Baywatch and runs the each. In attempt to spruce the image of the guards, Matt Brody played by Zac Efron  is hired on. Brody is an past gold medalist whose career has gone to shambles. While Brody must earn his place at his new job, the beach is hit with corruption, dead bodies, and a new drug. In order to save their careers and lives they have to work together to save the day.

A stellar and vey hot cast make this a very good summer movie to go and check out. The chemistry between Johnson and Efron is great and they are both hilarious. Don’t pay attention to what most critics are saying and go and see this film. TRUST ME!

FOUR OUT OF FIVE POPCORN BAGS!!!

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The fate of the furious

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        And we go another Fast and Furious movie. Some might say they drug out this franchise too long, and others are critical of it because there is no Paul walker, one of the main actors who carried the franchise. And the skeptics have the right to both of those opinions. I myself was wondering how it would do and if I wanted to see it with no Paul Walker. I’m a huge Dwayne Johnson fan so I decided to go and boy I made the right decision.

From the movie trailers we could see that Dom (Vin Diesel) betrays his family and goes rogue. I myself was wondering what can make Dom betray the thing he’s most loyal to. Well there is a damn good explanation, but you’ll have to go see the film to find out. No spoilers here!

Well Dom goes rogue and the team is assembled by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to take him down. Charlize Thereon is the diabolical woman who turns Dom on his family. And she is just strait evil and down right ruthless. She plays the hell out of the role.  The adventure takes you from New York all the way to icy Russia. From start to finish there is non stop action and adventure an a nice tribute Paul as well.

The movie and plot did well with out the absence of Paul Walker. I really believe this is the best film in the franchise. I highly recommend you and your friends go see this film. Its doing monstrous at the box office and you won’t  be disappointed.

Four and a half out of five popcorn bags

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Image result for rogue one      In 2015 A Force Awakens was released and it reminded us all how great the galaxy is, and how much we were dying for more Star Wars films. And  It was a great film and was close to setting a box office all time record. We did think however, that there would be three films that coincided with themselves and followed the same story.

This turned out not to be true. Rogue one takes us back in time before the original Star Wars. So you will not se any of the characters from the Force Awakens except a cameo from Carrie fisher. It however focuses on the story of Galen Erso, the scientist who came up with the plans to build the death star and his daughter Jyn. Jyn who hasn’t seen her father since he was taken by the empire when she was a child, teams up with a spy, temple guardians, and the rebellion to set to steal the plans for the planet destroyer and find its weakness.

Felicity Jones gives a great performance as Jyn Erso and follows thru with another leading lady we can all love. Forest Whittaker leads the way from an exciting and talented supporting cast. All in All Rogue one may have jumped back to the beginning of the franchise but it does not disappoint. Non stop action and a lot of comedy from the droid K2so. If your a huge Star Wars fan like myself you must go and see this film, and if your like me you already have.    Four out of five popcorn bags.

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Moana PG 1hr 13m

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Image result for moana      Well ill be the first one to tell you or admit that you are never too old to enjoy cartoons or animated films. They make you feel young again and remind you that there is still magic left in the world. Especially animated movies from the genius that is Disney.

This time they bring you Moana, starring the voices of Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, and Auli’i Cravalho. Moana is a spirited girl who belives that there is more out there than the island she lives on. So Moana sets out on a quest to prove her self as a master wayfinder and help save her people when tragedy strikes. During her quest she meets Maui(the Rock) a famous demi god and they join forces to save the world. But will they? Go and find out for yourselves.

Disney once again delivers a masterpiece, and along with Frozen maybe the best animated film ever. A truly inspiring tale that pays tribute to Polynesian culture. A must see for the entire family. Salute to you Disney. Five out Five popcorn bags!!!

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ghostbusters        Ghostbusters, the cult classic from the 80’is back. Remade this time with an all girls version of the paranormal fighters. For this classic to be re-booted and with an all women cast, I got to admit I was very skeptical when I first heard  this film was being made.  I believed in Mccarthy and Wiig, but I just didn’t know how they could come up with something to live up to the name. Well Wiig and Mccarhty definitely delivered stellar performances, but Leslie jones and Kate Mckinnon stole the show. Add in Chris Hemsworth as the girls secretary and guest appearences from the three remaining living originals, the film definitely did not disappoint.

Now getting to the plot of the movie. Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Mccarthy) is reunited with her old friend  Erin Gilbert (Wiig) to prove that ghosts do exist. they team up with Patty Tolan ( Leslie Jones)  and engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate Mckinnon) to help save the city of New York. As a crazy ghost worshiper played by Neil Casey unleashes 100’s of ghost from other dimensions, the Ghostbusters armed with their new and improved proton packs are called upon to save the day.

Well the plot is kind  of similar this time with women, but this group did not let me down. A very stellar and funny cast along with awesome special effects shocked this critic and is a summer must see film. I was really glad to see the cameos from the original Ghostbusters, plus the mayor being played by acting legend Andy Garcia  just added to how good the movie was. Definitely don’t be shy about checking this film out and the kids will be fine if u have to bring them. Great time for the whole family.  (Fout out of five popcorn bags)

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Central Intelligence (1hr 54m) pg-13

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ci      Dwayne the Rock Johnson is one of my all time favorite people and actors. The guy just has it all and has really transitioned from the wrestling world to becoming a respected actor. Now he teams up with one of the funniest people alive in Kevin Hart. I been waiting for this combo and here it is.

Dwayne Johnson plays Bob Stone, a ex high school student who was constantly bullied turned C.I.A. agent who goes back to his high school reunion to find Calvin (Hart), the only man who ever befriended him. Bob needs Calvin and his accounting skills to help him save a compromised U.S. satellite system. The former classmates encounter shootouts and double crosses in route to finding their friendship.

This action-comedy did not disappoint and is one of the best films so far this year. Hart and Johnson have a dynamic chemistry and both delivered excellent performances.  A great plot and great casting leaves this film a must see. (four out of five popcorn bags)

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The Legend of Tarzan (1hr 50m)

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The Legend of Tarzan comes to the big screen once again, and this time bigger and better than ever. And with a solid well known cast and better special effects. Alexander Skarsgard (Tarzan)  puts in his best performance of his acting career and plays Tarzan to the tee .Margot Robbie ( Jane) just keeps surprising me and is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses to watch. Once again Sam Jackson puts in a solid supporting role and Christopher Waltz plays a great villain.

The story takes place well after Tarzan met Jane and left Africa to go back to England. A plot from Leon Rom to hand Tarzan over to an old enemy in exchange for diamonds lures the couple back to the Congo. Through Flashbacks we learn the story of Tarzan and Jane to keep us familiar and up to speed. To stop the evil villain and save Jane, Tarzan must get some help from so old friends, meaning Gorillas and tribesmen..A  great story with great acting and special effects make this Tarzan a must see. ( four in a half out of five popcorn bags)

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         The X-Men are back again in this third prequel installment. Although the first three films has more superstar names cast, I feel that these last three basically by Jennifer Lawrence are much better substance wise. She Plays the role of Mystique way better then Rebecca Romijn did. And it has also been good to see the roots of Charles and the rest of the clique.

Everything on the planet has to have a first, so did the mutants and his name was Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Betrayed then buried deep beneath a pyramid, he is awakened  in the present and sets out to destroy the world. But first he finds four new followers in Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), and  Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The professor then assembles his own team Which introduces us to Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Night crawler (Kodi Smit-Mcphee),an Cyclops (Tye Sheridan). And to guide their powers and teach them to fight,  Mystique re-joins the good guys. Is it enough to save the world? I recommend going to see this movie to find out. As there are a lot of origins revealed with non stop action and entertainment. Four out of Five Popcorn Bags.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back!  The turtles were first introduced to us in the 80’s in the comic book created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, then in the late 80’s in what I believe still to this day is the greatest cartoon  the world has ever seen. They quickly became a world wide phenomenon. I mean I still have about fifty  action figures of characters created from the cartoon. I still play with them from time to time,  laugh out loud! The first two original movies are still to this day both in my all time favorites. And now, here we are nearly three decades later  they are still going strong.

When it came to the 2014 film, I admit I was skeptical because the film was based  from the nickelodeon cartoon which I felt wasn’t good at all because nothing was better than the first cartoon or movies. Well it shocked me sitting in the theater  watching  it and seeing all these younger people react to not really knowing how much the Ninja Turtles mean to people my age. The film also proved me wrong because I absolutely loved it from the rip. So I couldn’t wait for the second film.

And here it is. The fearsome foursome are back this time a year later after defeating the Shredder and saving New York. They still didn’t take credit for what they did instead giving it to Vernon who now has the key to the city. But after the shredder escapes from custody, with help from the famous scientist Baxter Stockman ( Tyler Perry)  he is summoned by an intergalactic warlord Known as Krang, creates his own mutants known as Bebop and Rocksteady. Set to unleash a portal to bring Krang and his war machine the -Techno Drome to earth, again run into a battle with our green friends with a little help from Casey Jones ( Stephen Amell)  and Megan Fox reprising her role as April O’Neil.

Just like the original sequel this film is also better than the first which is very rare in the cinematic world. There is comedy, action, and non stop excitement from start to finish. I am so glad that they finally brought characters from the original comic book and cartoon to the big screen in Bebop, Rocksteady, Baxter, and Krang. We already saw casey in the first original film. I recommend you take your entire family to see this film including your grandfather and yout pet turtle. I just saw the film yesterday and i’m thinking of going back today. Five out of Five Popcorn Bags. Instant classic.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass

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Just in time for the summer, Disney brings us a sequel to the animated classic and astonishing novel. Now mind you, I don’t recall seeing the second animated film as a child. So I had no ideal what to expect nor the plot this time around. Alice Through The Looking Glass brings the same cast back from the first live film and shows us some new characters as well. A lot of critics and media have said the film failed at the box office or flopped, but ill remind you it did open up the same as X-Men Apocalypse, which is a block buster in it’s own right. But a flop? I’ll be the judge of that.

Mia Wasikowska is back reprising her role as the famous Alice.  Alice has returned home from being a ship captain and continuing to wonder. She is forced to give up her ship to keep her house and wanders through a eerie mirror and returns to wonderland. Once there she figures she was summoned  back to save the hatter (Johnny Depp) whose gone mad from missing his family. The only way to save him is to travel back in time and save them and the only way to do this is to meet time played by Sacha Baron Cohen and  take his time traveling machine the Chronosphere.

The rest of the cast is back including Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen reprising their role quite well. So will Alice save the hatter or suffer the wrath of Time? I say ignore the media and other critics and go find out for your self. The film is full of adventure and well done CGI and probably even better in 3-D. The film doesn’t lack much and will be a great summer event to take the family to. Three and a half out five popcorn bags.( Rated PG 1hr 53min)

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