‘A Private War’ Movie Review

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Based on the true story of Marie Colvin, a well known journalist that traveled the world to give a view and a voice to the viewless and voiceless regarding global wars and unrest in those respective countries. Marie seemed to be addicted to the frontline of war and ultimately that passion ended her life. Some good acting yet a bit slow.

2 stars out of 5
R | 1h 50min | Biography , Drama , War | 16 November 2018 (USA)
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‘Show Dogs’ Movie Review

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There’s nothing serious about this movie so go in expecting laughs and a fun nature movie about dogs. The CGI isn’t good… this is a light hearted family movie (pretty cheesy though yet sometimes cheesy isn’t bad).

2 stars
PG | 1h 32min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 18 May 2018 (USA)
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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Movie Review

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This is another franchise that I’m a BIG fan of so for the most part the director can do no wrong.  What I enjoyed most is that the franchise brought back familiar faces (and a last name) from the first three films (not Tyrese though, which I missed and the newcomer love interest for Mark Wahlberg is a dead ringer for Megan Fox). Lots of action and humor.  I saw it in Dolby and it was great!  My next viewing will be in IMAX 3D. And YES, there is an end credit scene not long after the movie ends (nothing when the screen goes black).

5 Stars out of 5
PG-13 | 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 June 2017 (USA)
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Movie Review

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The classic animated story has been re-boot into a live action film and it’s definitely worth checking out! The storyline is basically the same with a few mild changes (nothing that I found overkill). The screen is a visual collage of colors as I expect from Disney films. Fun for all to see. There’s singing and they have as many songs as they should have. I saw it in IMAX and it was beautiful!

4.5 stars out of 5
PG | 2h 9min | Family, Fantasy, Musical | 17 March 2017 (USA)
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‘Spotlight’ Movie Review

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Based on events of a true story this films helms a great ensemble cast who deliver stellar performances. The stand out actor in my opinion is Mark Ruffalo who may garner an Oscar nomination perhaps in the supporting category. The storyline is staggering on what happened to thousands of victims from Catholic priests and how the Catholic hierarchy hid the crimes.

4.5 stars out of 5
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Movie Review

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The final installment is in theatres now and Mockingjay 2 didn’t disappoint. I was truly bored with M.J. 1 and had hoped for a better movie to end this franchise. I didn’t read the books but I’ve seen all of the movies. There’s some great action scenes and the storyline returned to what I have enjoyed minus M.J. 1. IMAX is always great and I really enjoyed it in that format. Once again, I enjoyed seeing another #GOT actor on the big screen, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth). My fave of the franchise was the second movie, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.

4 stars out of 5
PG-13 | 137 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

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Straight to the point, I’m hoping Mockingjay Pt. 2 is MUCH better. The plot is slow and there’s not enough action scenes to hold your attention (well, mine anyway). A little humor along the way to try and bring you in. Having not read any of the books, it’s obvious pt. 1 is setting up pt. 2 and let’s hope it revives this franchise. It was good seeing another “Game of Thrones” cast member on the big screen…Natalie Dormer.

3 stars out of 5
PG-13 123 min – Adventure | Sci-Fi
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‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Movie Review

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After a hiatus to re-boot the franchise my faves are back on the big screen. I’m a big time Transformers movie fan and as long as Bumble Bee, Optimus Prime and the other Autobots are present I’m all smiles. I did enjoy the 3D (worth paying for) and thought the clarity of all the action figures was really good. If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the film. However, do know the movie is 2 hrs. and 46 minutes and I did notice about 2 hours in that it seemed a bit long only because I didn’t think the new characters connected and/or meshed with the Autobots as they did in the first 3 films. I did miss seeing the Witwicky family and all their humor along with Tyrese G. and Josh D. The 3 former films had better storylines and character development. I am a Mark Wahlberg fan yet I didn’t think he gelled well…maybe just not in this film. We’ll see what happens as the franchise continues. Great seeing #Detroit “transformed” into China, lol (footage towards end of film). I did have to get used to “hearing” Bumble Bee, lol.

4.5 stars out of 5 (generous fan rating; maybe only deserves 4 stars)
PG-13 165 min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Movie Review

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What a great sequel! I saw the first film and I didn’t like it at all. Catching Fire was spectacular to look at with a storyline that captured my attention all 2 hrs. and 26 minutes (no end credit scene). I haven’t read any of the books yet I understood the storyline (and later got answers from fans of the books, lol).

4 stars out of 5
PG 13 146 min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters’ Movie Review

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Here’s the second movie to the five book series. If you love fantasy/adventure movies, then this is the movie for you (and me). I enjoyed this movie more than the first ‘Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief’. Percy, Grover, Annabeth and the others are on another quest to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Grover, my personal favorite character because he’s portrayed by metro Detroit’s own Brandon T. Jackson (who I know well and am so proud of). This is a family movie with lots of humor for ALL to enjoy. I saw it in 3D and recommend it.

4 stars out of 5 stars
PG 106 mins. – Adventure | Family | Fantasy
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