‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Movie Review

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This is probably the most fun Marvel movie thus far.  Visually, this movie is stunning!  The sequel clears up the past of one of the Guardian.  There are lots of laughs.  I saw it in Dolby and it was fabulous!  I will see it again in IMAX 3D.  Wait there not two end credit scenes…there are five!!!!  Just stay until the screen turns black.  Also, Stan Lee has two scenes.

5 stars out of 5
PG-13 | 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 5 May 2017 (USA)
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‘Live By Night’ Movie Review

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Ben Affleck has a hand in almost everything related to this movie and it’s not a bad thing. The era and premise (A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the completion and the Klu Klux Klan) of the movie are favorites of mine (there’s a mention of Detroit as well) yet I found this movie a bit slow and I was waiting for the bang-bang scenes to keep my interest. It’s not a bad movie but I did expect more.

3 stars out of 5
R | 2h 8min | Crime, Drama | 13 January 2017 (USA)
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‘Star Trek Beyond’ Movie Review

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Storyline, check! Action scenes, check! I really enjoyed this new installment in the franchise (much better than the last). Although, not a deep storyline it was one I could follow and enjoy. I saw it in IMAX 3D and it was great. There’s a warm sentiment at the end to a classic character and a newer one.

5 stars out of 5
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 22 July 2016
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‘Nina’ Movie Review

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I’m aware of some of Nina Simone’s music yet I’m not aware of her mannerisms so I wasn’t prepared to connect and compare to Zoe’s portrayal of her. It was different seeing Zoe in a real drama role and if she got Ms. Simone’s personality correct, she did a good job. Everything was new to me so I had a really fresh and untainted perspective. The credits showed that Zoe did her own singing and I was impressed. I know Ms. Simone’s family is against this film but if the research of this film is correct, it’s a decent film. Mike Epps gives a great cameo performance of Richard Pryor.

2.5 stars out of 5
1h 30min | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016
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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie Review

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NOTE: As with all Marvel films, there is an end credit scene so stay until the screen turns black (I didn’t see it at the advance screening because the studio didn’t want it shown then).
If you’re a Marvel fan as I am, then you’ll love it! Great 3D and fast paced sci-fi scenes. Being a movie Marvel fan, I wasn’t familiar with these characters. The storyline gives an introduction to the characters yet it could have been more in depth; this is a comic book movie so I don’t anything should be too deep. Overall, this is a fun Summertime popcorn movie.

4.5 stars out 5
PG-13 121 min – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
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‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Movie Review

I remember how excited I was to see ‘Star Trek’ in 2009 with no expectations of the franchise from previous movies (which I don’t think I’ve ever watched any of them in entirety) or the TV shows (which I was a big fan of ‘..Next Generation’). I may need to see ‘Into Darkness’ again because it was good yet I wanted/expected more from a 4 year hiatus. It reminded me of a real good 2 hour plus long ‘Star Trek’ telvision episode with no commercials. Well, that is good but I remember saying after the 2009 film….”that was great!”. Spoiler alert: I wanted a much longer scene or screen time with the Klingons (that’s who we remember most as the enemy, lol, at least I do). Khan made a formidable enemy yet I was expecting bigger and better. I saw it in 3-D yet to me it didn’t add anything to the movie. I would suggest 2D (save your money). You will see one cameo from the original TV cast yet once again with this movie; I don’t know why ALL of the originals can’t/won’t make a cameo appearance (to bring nostalgia and/or connection etc.. to this younger generation of their characters). J.J. Abrams needs to work on getting a cameo of all of them in the next movie and more of the Klingons.

PG-13 132 minutes long (skip the 3-D); probably great visuals in IMAX. Entertaining with good comedic lines yet I left feeling something was missing.

3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars

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