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Black Panther movie review

Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis
Plot: T’Challa is crowned the new king of Wakanda after the death of his father. However, he soon finds his kingship challenged by a mysterious figure with connections to Wakanda
“What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.”
Review:
After making his awesome debut in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther is getting his own stand-alone film in the MCU; what’s even more exciting is the fact that Ryan Coogler is taking the reins. So, this should be at the very least a great film; and, I am so glad that it is.
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Some of the best MCU movies are the ones that can stand on its own as a self-contained film, while also integrating itself into the wider universe of the MCU.  Just look at past examples: Winter Soldier, Spider-Man: Homecoming, etc. The list goes on, and now Black Panther can proudly join that list.
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There’s so much to praise about this film that I don’t know where to start. Alright, I’ll start by saying the performances were great across the board. Chadwick Boseman nails it as both T’Challa and Black Panther. He portrayed T’Challa as a big-hearted, loyal and fearless person who’s not afraid to defend the honor of his country and its people; aside from his performance as T’Challa, he really sold the physicality of Black Panther and it was a blast to see him kick ass as the titular superhero. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The rest of the cast were great too, with Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright turning in badass supporting performances. However, the best performance from this movie was given by Michael B. Jordan. Aside from the trainwreck that was Fant4stic, he has proven himself to be one of the finest actors of this generation, and whenever he’s paired up with Coogler, there’s bound to be magic. Here, he gives the most charismatic villainous performance of the MCU since Tom Hiddleston as Loki. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Black Panther movie review Director: Ryan Coogler Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis Plot: T’Challa is crowned the new king of Wakanda after the death of his father. However, he soon finds his kingship challenged by a mysterious figure with connections to Wakanda “What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” Review: After making his awesome debut in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther is getting his own stand-alone film in the MCU; what’s even more exciting is the fact that Ryan Coogler is taking the reins. So, this should be at the very least a great film; and, I am so glad that it is. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Some of the best MCU movies are the ones that can stand on its own as a self-contained film, while also integrating itself into the wider universe of the MCU. Just look at past examples: Winter Soldier, Spider-Man: Homecoming, etc. The list goes on, and now Black Panther can proudly join that list. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There’s so much to praise about this film that I don’t know where to start. Alright, I’ll start by saying the performances were great across the board. Chadwick Boseman nails it as both T’Challa and Black Panther. He portrayed T’Challa as a big-hearted, loyal and fearless person who’s not afraid to defend the honor of his country and its people; aside from his performance as T’Challa, he really sold the physicality of Black Panther and it was a blast to see him kick ass as the titular superhero. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The rest of the cast were great too, with Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright turning in badass supporting performances. However, the best performance from this movie was given by Michael B. Jordan. Aside from the trainwreck that was Fant4stic, he has proven himself to be one of the finest actors of this generation, and whenever he’s paired up with Coogler, there’s bound to be magic. Here, he gives the most charismatic villainous performance of the MCU since Tom Hiddleston as Loki. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Peter Rabbit quick movie review

Based off the trailers, I expected the worst from Peter Rabbit; however, the end result was surprisingly half-decent. It boasts some entertaining performances from the likes of Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley, enough self-aware humor to make Deadpool jealous, and a good musical score. It does get that dreaded “modernized” treatment, which clashed with the Paddington-like fuzziness they’re aiming for, but, in the end, Peter Rabbit is an entertaining film that will surely keep kids quiet for the duration of its runtime.
Peter Rabbit quick movie review Based off the trailers, I expected the worst from Peter Rabbit; however, the end result was surprisingly half-decent. It boasts some entertaining performances from the likes of Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley, enough self-aware humor to make Deadpool jealous, and a good musical score. It does get that dreaded “modernized” treatment, which clashed with the Paddington-like fuzziness they’re aiming for, but, in the end, Peter Rabbit is an entertaining film that will surely keep kids quiet for the duration of its runtime.
Fifty Shades Freed movie review 
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Luke Grimes
Plot: Stuff happens, I guess. And they get married and have kids, I guess.
Review:
It would be easy for me to just copy-paste my review from the previous two “films”, slap an F rating right on there, and call it a day; but, I am not going to do that ‘cause I like to put some effort into what I’m doing. So, here goes.
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Fifty Shades Freed is the final installment of this god-awful series, and right there, that’s something to celebrate; we don’t have to see anymore of this shit ever again (Wooohooo!!). So, how does this one compare to its predecessors? Pretty much the same actually. The many flaws that those two “films” had are still really apparent in Fifty Shades Freed: the toxic and one-sided relationship, the stagnant chemistry between the lead actors, the robotic performances, the awfully uneventful story, etc. Instead of delving into the flaws again, I’m just gonna list out everything that I found cringey, terrible or dumb that happened in this “film”. So, SPOILER WARNING (if you care about FIFTY SHADES SPOILERS anyway).
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Right off the bat, this “film” begins with the wedding of Ana and Christian; and, the dialogue during that scene made me wanna leave the theater really bad. I didn’t leave though, but I sunk lower and lower in my seat to the point that my ass was almost touching the popcorn-littered floor; if I had sunk any lower, I would’ve rolled down the stairs, and needed a trip to the clinic, but I digress.
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Fifty Shades Freed movie review Director: James Foley Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Eloise Mumford and Luke Grimes Plot: Stuff happens, I guess. And they get married and have kids, I guess. Review: It would be easy for me to just copy-paste my review from the previous two “films”, slap an F rating right on there, and call it a day; but, I am not going to do that ‘cause I like to put some effort into what I’m doing. So, here goes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fifty Shades Freed is the final installment of this god-awful series, and right there, that’s something to celebrate; we don’t have to see anymore of this shit ever again (Wooohooo!!). So, how does this one compare to its predecessors? Pretty much the same actually. The many flaws that those two “films” had are still really apparent in Fifty Shades Freed: the toxic and one-sided relationship, the stagnant chemistry between the lead actors, the robotic performances, the awfully uneventful story, etc. Instead of delving into the flaws again, I’m just gonna list out everything that I found cringey, terrible or dumb that happened in this “film”. So, SPOILER WARNING (if you care about FIFTY SHADES SPOILERS anyway). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Right off the bat, this “film” begins with the wedding of Ana and Christian; and, the dialogue during that scene made me wanna leave the theater really bad. I didn’t leave though, but I sunk lower and lower in my seat to the point that my ass was almost touching the popcorn-littered floor; if I had sunk any lower, I would’ve rolled down the stairs, and needed a trip to the clinic, but I digress. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
The Cloverfield Paradox movie review

Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Zhang Ziyi and Elizabeth Debicki
Plot: Not going to reveal anything here; it’s best if you go in blind.
Review:
Before I get into it, I would like to say that this is going to be a SPOILER FREE REVIEW. While it’s hard to review this movie without spoiling any plot points, I’ll try my best since this movie was released without warning on Netflix, and I’d like to preserve that element of discovery for you all.
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The Cloverfield Paradox, originally titled God Particle, was supposed to be a theatrical release, but during last night’s Super Bowl, a surprise trailer was dropped and it was announced during the trailer that the full film would be available to stream on Netflix right after the game. While I really wished that it would have been released theatrically, I can see why they decided to drop this on Netflix instead.
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So, yeah, it’s not good but it’s not terrible either. When you compare it to its predecessor, 10 Cloverfield Lane, it pales heavily in comparison; however, if you judge it on its own merits, there are still some things to like about it. For one, most of the performances were pretty good, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo delivering some of the best performances of the film.
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The production design and the visual effects were top notch, and the direction of the action sequences were well-handled. Furthermore, Bear McCreary’s musical score was thrilling, and it added a lot to the tension.
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Where this movie faltered were its editing and its writing. As you all know, this was originally a stand-alone film that has nothing to do with the Cloverfield Universe, but Bad Robot picked it up and reworked it to be the third entry in the Cloverfield series, and that patchwork is really apparent.
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The Cloverfield Paradox movie review Director: Julius Onah Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Aksel Hennie, Zhang Ziyi and Elizabeth Debicki Plot: Not going to reveal anything here; it’s best if you go in blind. Review: Before I get into it, I would like to say that this is going to be a SPOILER FREE REVIEW. While it’s hard to review this movie without spoiling any plot points, I’ll try my best since this movie was released without warning on Netflix, and I’d like to preserve that element of discovery for you all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Cloverfield Paradox, originally titled God Particle, was supposed to be a theatrical release, but during last night’s Super Bowl, a surprise trailer was dropped and it was announced during the trailer that the full film would be available to stream on Netflix right after the game. While I really wished that it would have been released theatrically, I can see why they decided to drop this on Netflix instead. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So, yeah, it’s not good but it’s not terrible either. When you compare it to its predecessor, 10 Cloverfield Lane, it pales heavily in comparison; however, if you judge it on its own merits, there are still some things to like about it. For one, most of the performances were pretty good, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and David Oyelowo delivering some of the best performances of the film. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The production design and the visual effects were top notch, and the direction of the action sequences were well-handled. Furthermore, Bear McCreary’s musical score was thrilling, and it added a lot to the tension. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Where this movie faltered were its editing and its writing. As you all know, this was originally a stand-alone film that has nothing to do with the Cloverfield Universe, but Bad Robot picked it up and reworked it to be the third entry in the Cloverfield series, and that patchwork is really apparent. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Winchester quick movie review

Heavily reliant on jumpscares and with little to no interesting characters, Winchester is a horror movie that fails to conjure up any horror or suspense for viewers. The good things I can say about Winchester were its production value and some decent performances; other than that, it’s a film that feels like it’s tailored-made for January but got somehow released at the beginning of February instead.
Winchester quick movie review Heavily reliant on jumpscares and with little to no interesting characters, Winchester is a horror movie that fails to conjure up any horror or suspense for viewers. The good things I can say about Winchester were its production value and some decent performances; other than that, it’s a film that feels like it’s tailored-made for January but got somehow released at the beginning of February instead.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie review

Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson
Plot: Thomas goes on a quest to save his friend, Minho, who’s in the hands of the evil organization known as WCKD. Meanwhile, WCKD is trying to find a cure for The Flare virus.
Review:
As far as YA series go, The Maze Runner franchise has been one of the better ones to come out. The first Maze Runner was a decent, fun time while The Scorch Trials was passable; The Death Cure, being the finale and all, needs to provide resolution to the overarching story while also giving fans the satisfaction, and did it succeed in doing that? Well. more or less.
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While they did wrap up a lot of plot points and fulfilled some character arcs, The Death Cure felt a little bit anticlimactic and messy, although it wasn’t as anticlimactic as the books. I’ll do say this: The Death Cure had something that The Scorch Trials lacked — a story.
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There was barely any story in The Scorch Trials; it basically felt like the characters were running from one scenario to the next. In The Death Cure however, the story was more focused as there was actually an end goal, and it didn’t feel like random conflicts stitched together to form some semblance of a plot.
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Anyway, the performances for the most part were pretty good. Dylan O’Brien once again gives it his all and not only did he deliver a great performance, he also sold the physicality of every action scene. Kaya Scodelario was fine, given the material that’s she been given; it’s not her performance that’s the problem, it’s how her character was written. I don’t really care all that much about her character, and I can’t shake the feeling that her role in the movie is basically a plot device.
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie review Director: Wes Ball Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar, Giancarlo Esposito, Ki Hong Lee, Aidan Gillen and Patricia Clarkson Plot: Thomas goes on a quest to save his friend, Minho, who’s in the hands of the evil organization known as WCKD. Meanwhile, WCKD is trying to find a cure for The Flare virus. Review: As far as YA series go, The Maze Runner franchise has been one of the better ones to come out. The first Maze Runner was a decent, fun time while The Scorch Trials was passable; The Death Cure, being the finale and all, needs to provide resolution to the overarching story while also giving fans the satisfaction, and did it succeed in doing that? Well. more or less. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While they did wrap up a lot of plot points and fulfilled some character arcs, The Death Cure felt a little bit anticlimactic and messy, although it wasn’t as anticlimactic as the books. I’ll do say this: The Death Cure had something that The Scorch Trials lacked — a story. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There was barely any story in The Scorch Trials; it basically felt like the characters were running from one scenario to the next. In The Death Cure however, the story was more focused as there was actually an end goal, and it didn’t feel like random conflicts stitched together to form some semblance of a plot. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anyway, the performances for the most part were pretty good. Dylan O’Brien once again gives it his all and not only did he deliver a great performance, he also sold the physicality of every action scene. Kaya Scodelario was fine, given the material that’s she been given; it’s not her performance that’s the problem, it’s how her character was written. I don’t really care all that much about her character, and I can’t shake the feeling that her role in the movie is basically a plot device. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie review

Endlessly inventive and visually stunning, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets could have been another great entry in the space opera genre; however, its stilted script, subpar acting, and underwhelming (and extremely convoluted) story prevents it from being a great summer blockbuster.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie review Endlessly inventive and visually stunning, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets could have been another great entry in the space opera genre; however, its stilted script, subpar acting, and underwhelming (and extremely convoluted) story prevents it from being a great summer blockbuster.
The Post movie review

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie and Carrie Coon
Plot: The true story behind the exposé from The Washington Post that revealed decades of the government’s cover-up of the Vietnam War
Review:
The Post couldn’t have been more Oscar-baity if it tried; it has a story that is still relevant in our political climate right now, it features two of the best actors ever — Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors ever. So, it should be, at the very least, good, considering the pedigree this film holds; and, unsurprisingly, The Post is a good film.
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With talents that have honed their skills to the finest both behind and in front of the camera, The Post is an exquisitely-crafted and well-acted film that proves that it’s more than just pure Oscar-bait. Meryl Streep delivered an outstanding performance, but you don’t need me or any other critic to tell you this now, do ya? She’s an incredible actress, and she can even deliver a good performance in her sleep.
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Meanwhile, Tom Hanks did a knockout job at playing the editor of The Washington Post; and, again, do ya even need me to tell you that Tom Hanks did a good job? Come on, he’s fricking TOM HANKS! Of course his performance is going to be more than likely fantastic.
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The supporting cast was also just as good, with Bob Odenkirk standing out as the best of them all. He exhibited the dedication and fearlessness of his character extremely well, and his character is one of the more interesting ones in the film.
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The Post movie review Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie and Carrie Coon Plot: The true story behind the exposé from The Washington Post that revealed decades of the government’s cover-up of the Vietnam War Review: The Post couldn’t have been more Oscar-baity if it tried; it has a story that is still relevant in our political climate right now, it features two of the best actors ever — Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and it’s directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the greatest directors ever. So, it should be, at the very least, good, considering the pedigree this film holds; and, unsurprisingly, The Post is a good film. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With talents that have honed their skills to the finest both behind and in front of the camera, The Post is an exquisitely-crafted and well-acted film that proves that it’s more than just pure Oscar-bait. Meryl Streep delivered an outstanding performance, but you don’t need me or any other critic to tell you this now, do ya? She’s an incredible actress, and she can even deliver a good performance in her sleep. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Meanwhile, Tom Hanks did a knockout job at playing the editor of The Washington Post; and, again, do ya even need me to tell you that Tom Hanks did a good job? Come on, he’s fricking TOM HANKS! Of course his performance is going to be more than likely fantastic. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The supporting cast was also just as good, with Bob Odenkirk standing out as the best of them all. He exhibited the dedication and fearlessness of his character extremely well, and his character is one of the more interesting ones in the film. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Paddington 2 movie review 
Director: Paul King
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant
Plot: Paddington gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and now, he must rely on the Brown family to clear his name and set him free.
“He looks for the good in all of us and somehow, he finds it!”
Review:
After having to sit through countless so-called family films like The Smurfs and those goddamn Chipmunks movies, it came as a huge, pleasant surprise that the first Paddington movie turned out to be great. So, naturally, I’m excited for a sequel, and now having seen it, I can confirm that this is one of those rare instances where the sequel is so much better than its predecessor.
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While the first Paddington movie was sweet, charming fun, Paddington 2 blows it completely out of the water by offering more of the same that I liked about the first Paddington, while simultaneously telling a more compelling story and a more entertaining villain. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The only flaw I had with the first Paddington was the villain character. While Nicole Kidman did give a rather devilishly entertaining performance as an evil taxidermist, I thought her character was weak, and I didn’t really care all that much. The antagonist of this picture is portrayed by Hugh Grant, and here, he’s playing against type and in doing so, he delivered one of the best performances of his career. His over-the-top mannerisms and speech delivery made his character all the more entertaining and fun.
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The rest of the cast were also just as great. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, who delivered my favorite female performance of 2017, both did good jobs in here; while, Ben Whishaw once again voiced Paddington with that heartwarming charm and naivety.
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However, the one who absolutely stole the show was Brendan Gleeson. He plays kind of a hardened criminal with a soft spot, and that made way for some hilarious scenes and a deeply endearing arc.
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Paddington 2 movie review Director: Paul King Cast: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi and Hugh Grant Plot: Paddington gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit, and now, he must rely on the Brown family to clear his name and set him free. “He looks for the good in all of us and somehow, he finds it!” Review: After having to sit through countless so-called family films like The Smurfs and those goddamn Chipmunks movies, it came as a huge, pleasant surprise that the first Paddington movie turned out to be great. So, naturally, I’m excited for a sequel, and now having seen it, I can confirm that this is one of those rare instances where the sequel is so much better than its predecessor. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While the first Paddington movie was sweet, charming fun, Paddington 2 blows it completely out of the water by offering more of the same that I liked about the first Paddington, while simultaneously telling a more compelling story and a more entertaining villain. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only flaw I had with the first Paddington was the villain character. While Nicole Kidman did give a rather devilishly entertaining performance as an evil taxidermist, I thought her character was weak, and I didn’t really care all that much. The antagonist of this picture is portrayed by Hugh Grant, and here, he’s playing against type and in doing so, he delivered one of the best performances of his career. His over-the-top mannerisms and speech delivery made his character all the more entertaining and fun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The rest of the cast were also just as great. Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, who delivered my favorite female performance of 2017, both did good jobs in here; while, Ben Whishaw once again voiced Paddington with that heartwarming charm and naivety. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ However, the one who absolutely stole the show was Brendan Gleeson. He plays kind of a hardened criminal with a soft spot, and that made way for some hilarious scenes and a deeply endearing arc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
The Commuter quick movie review 
I’m doing a short, quick review because I don’t have much to say. The Commuter is the 4th collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson; if you’ve seen their previous efforts, you basically know what you’re getting with The Commuter.
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It’s an entertaining and, for lack of a better word, thrilling mystery thriller. The performances were good, and the central mystery is intriguing.
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It’s just that it is very derivative. Once you’ve seen one of their previous movies, you’ve pretty much seen it all. But, for a January thriller, this is better than it has any right to be.
The Commuter quick movie review I’m doing a short, quick review because I don’t have much to say. The Commuter is the 4th collaboration between Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson; if you’ve seen their previous efforts, you basically know what you’re getting with The Commuter. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s an entertaining and, for lack of a better word, thrilling mystery thriller. The performances were good, and the central mystery is intriguing. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s just that it is very derivative. Once you’ve seen one of their previous movies, you’ve pretty much seen it all. But, for a January thriller, this is better than it has any right to be.
Insidious: The Last Key quick movie review

Meh, for a first-week-January horror, you could actually do a whole lot worse than this. After sitting through such atrocities like Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Underworld: Blood Wars, etc., the latest Insidious film was far better.
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This is not to say it’s a good movie nor is it a bad one; it’s perfectly watchable and you will be entertained by it. There were some decent tension-building which led to some effective jump scares, and Lin Shaye gives a good performance as the main star of the franchise, Elise.
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Anyway, just like any other Insidious film, the third act can get way too convoluted and messy for its own good. In addition, the main demon in this pic was just forgettable.
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All in all, Insidious: The Last Key is an okay enough movie that will both entertain and scare you. It’s better than expected, given it’s the first week of January.
Insidious: The Last Key quick movie review Meh, for a first-week-January horror, you could actually do a whole lot worse than this. After sitting through such atrocities like Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Underworld: Blood Wars, etc., the latest Insidious film was far better. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is not to say it’s a good movie nor is it a bad one; it’s perfectly watchable and you will be entertained by it. There were some decent tension-building which led to some effective jump scares, and Lin Shaye gives a good performance as the main star of the franchise, Elise. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Anyway, just like any other Insidious film, the third act can get way too convoluted and messy for its own good. In addition, the main demon in this pic was just forgettable. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All in all, Insidious: The Last Key is an okay enough movie that will both entertain and scare you. It’s better than expected, given it’s the first week of January.
I, Tonya movie review

Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver and Bobby Cannavale
Plot: I, Tonya chronicles the life of Tonya Harding, the controversial Olympic figure skater, from her abusive upbringing to the incident where her rival has her knee bashed in.
“What kind of frigging person bashes in their friend’s knee? Who would do that to a friend?”
Review:
I’m always a huge fan of Margot Robbie; she’s one of my favorite actresses working today. So, I was beyond excited when it was announced that she would be starring in a biopic, one that’s been surrounded by awards buzz.
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Easily, the best aspect about I, Tonya were, of course, the performances. Margot Robbie gives possibly the best performance of her career; she portrayed Tonya as a borderline tragic figure, one that has been through a lot of rough patches. Meanwhile, Allison Janney’s intense yet hilarious performance brought both gravity and levity to the whole picture.
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Sure, everyone is commending Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for their performances, but no one is really talking about Sebastian Stan in this movie. He also gave a career-best performance as Jeff Gillooly, Tonya’s husband; his performance constantly rides the line between a somewhat likeable person and a flat-out dick.
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With a story as weird and out-there as this, it’s hard to find that right tone for it. Well, fortunately, the director and the screenwriter managed to strike that right balance of black comedy and enthralling drama to tell this story. Much like Three Billboards, this movie balances dark comedy and searing drama well, and has the audiences laughing in one scene and captivated in the next.
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I, Tonya movie review Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver and Bobby Cannavale Plot: I, Tonya chronicles the life of Tonya Harding, the controversial Olympic figure skater, from her abusive upbringing to the incident where her rival has her knee bashed in. “What kind of frigging person bashes in their friend’s knee? Who would do that to a friend?” Review: I’m always a huge fan of Margot Robbie; she’s one of my favorite actresses working today. So, I was beyond excited when it was announced that she would be starring in a biopic, one that’s been surrounded by awards buzz. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Easily, the best aspect about I, Tonya were, of course, the performances. Margot Robbie gives possibly the best performance of her career; she portrayed Tonya as a borderline tragic figure, one that has been through a lot of rough patches. Meanwhile, Allison Janney’s intense yet hilarious performance brought both gravity and levity to the whole picture. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sure, everyone is commending Margot Robbie and Allison Janney for their performances, but no one is really talking about Sebastian Stan in this movie. He also gave a career-best performance as Jeff Gillooly, Tonya’s husband; his performance constantly rides the line between a somewhat likeable person and a flat-out dick. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With a story as weird and out-there as this, it’s hard to find that right tone for it. Well, fortunately, the director and the screenwriter managed to strike that right balance of black comedy and enthralling drama to tell this story. Much like Three Billboards, this movie balances dark comedy and searing drama well, and has the audiences laughing in one scene and captivated in the next. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Logan Lucky quick movie review

Featuring charming performances, great cinematography and an entertaining story, Logan Lucky is yet another fantastic film from Steven Soderbergh, who came back from his retirement to make this.
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The only flaws I could think of were there were some highly convenient plot points, but other than that, Logan Lucky, with its fast and loose feel, is a fun, entertaining heist film; and, it features a wacky performance from Daniel Craig.
Logan Lucky quick movie review Featuring charming performances, great cinematography and an entertaining story, Logan Lucky is yet another fantastic film from Steven Soderbergh, who came back from his retirement to make this. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only flaws I could think of were there were some highly convenient plot points, but other than that, Logan Lucky, with its fast and loose feel, is a fun, entertaining heist film; and, it features a wacky performance from Daniel Craig.
The Florida Project quick movie review

Just like Lady Bird, I don’t feel like I was watching a film; it’s more like I was peeking behind the curtains on a family’s daily struggles. While Lady Bird was a look at the struggles of a middle-class family, The Florida Project focuses on a family, stricken with poverty.
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The film’s realistic sense is due in part to the humanist performances from the cast. All of them were great, especially Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince, a newcomer whose performance shines throughout the entire runtime.
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It’s also a great social commentary, one that speaks a lot about the society we live in today. The characters here are just trying to make ends meet, but they can’t do much to save themselves from poverty. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Where this movie faltered for me were its vague ending and its weird editing technique. While I do like an ambiguous ending, the ending to The Florida Project was just straight up weird and vague; I actually would’ve like to seen a little bit more, so that it would provide some resolutions.
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The editing style didn’t work for me. Scenes just cut to one another without any scene transitions. While the temporal relationships between shots are comprehensible, it was kind of distracting.
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All in all, The Florida Project might be a hard movie to get into, but once you do get invested, it will rivet and stun you. That said, it’s not a rewatchable film.
The Florida Project quick movie review Just like Lady Bird, I don’t feel like I was watching a film; it’s more like I was peeking behind the curtains on a family’s daily struggles. While Lady Bird was a look at the struggles of a middle-class family, The Florida Project focuses on a family, stricken with poverty. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The film’s realistic sense is due in part to the humanist performances from the cast. All of them were great, especially Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince, a newcomer whose performance shines throughout the entire runtime. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s also a great social commentary, one that speaks a lot about the society we live in today. The characters here are just trying to make ends meet, but they can’t do much to save themselves from poverty. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Where this movie faltered for me were its vague ending and its weird editing technique. While I do like an ambiguous ending, the ending to The Florida Project was just straight up weird and vague; I actually would’ve like to seen a little bit more, so that it would provide some resolutions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The editing style didn’t work for me. Scenes just cut to one another without any scene transitions. While the temporal relationships between shots are comprehensible, it was kind of distracting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All in all, The Florida Project might be a hard movie to get into, but once you do get invested, it will rivet and stun you. That said, it’s not a rewatchable film.
Dunkirk movie review

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Aneurin Barnard, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy
Plot: Most of the British Army are trapped in Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German Army. In order to survive, they must undergo a successful evacuation
“You can practically see it from here.”
“What?”
“Home.”
Review:
Well, just when I thought it’s impossible to love Christopher Nolan even more, he went on and made Dunkirk, one of the best war films ever made, and one that is told in an unconventional way.
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There is no three-act structure in Dunkirk. Instead, Nolan chose to use three perspectives on the Dunkirk evacuation to tell the story; these three perspectives then intersect in some way and Nolan encourages us to use our heads to piece together the timeline.
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See, this is a highly risky move as one wrong edit or cut can ruin the whole rhythm of the story, and leave the audience in confusion. Fortunately, this is not the case as Dunkirk managed to establish a constant through line of action; and, that is due to the masterful editing and direction.
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Christopher Nolan once again showcases his filmmaking prowess with Dunkirk, choosing to tell the story of the Dunkirk evacuation as a suspense thriller. Sure, it is still technically a war film (and I won’t disagree with you on that), but due to how tightly paced the movie was, I see this more as a suspense thriller; Nolan even admitted that he was trying to make a suspense film and that is evident throughout the entire film.
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Right from scene one, the film instantly grabs ahold of you, absorbing you into this tension-filled time period, and the action never lets go from there. The film then builds and builds which eventually escalates into a nail-biting crescendo that will leave you on the edge of your seat, breathless.
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Dunkirk movie review Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Aneurin Barnard, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy Plot: Most of the British Army are trapped in Dunkirk, France, surrounded by the German Army. In order to survive, they must undergo a successful evacuation “You can practically see it from here.” “What?” “Home.” Review: Well, just when I thought it’s impossible to love Christopher Nolan even more, he went on and made Dunkirk, one of the best war films ever made, and one that is told in an unconventional way. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ There is no three-act structure in Dunkirk. Instead, Nolan chose to use three perspectives on the Dunkirk evacuation to tell the story; these three perspectives then intersect in some way and Nolan encourages us to use our heads to piece together the timeline. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See, this is a highly risky move as one wrong edit or cut can ruin the whole rhythm of the story, and leave the audience in confusion. Fortunately, this is not the case as Dunkirk managed to establish a constant through line of action; and, that is due to the masterful editing and direction. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Christopher Nolan once again showcases his filmmaking prowess with Dunkirk, choosing to tell the story of the Dunkirk evacuation as a suspense thriller. Sure, it is still technically a war film (and I won’t disagree with you on that), but due to how tightly paced the movie was, I see this more as a suspense thriller; Nolan even admitted that he was trying to make a suspense film and that is evident throughout the entire film. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Right from scene one, the film instantly grabs ahold of you, absorbing you into this tension-filled time period, and the action never lets go from there. The film then builds and builds which eventually escalates into a nail-biting crescendo that will leave you on the edge of your seat, breathless. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie review

Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Élodie Yung
Plot: A triple-A rated protection agency executive is tasked with escorting a notorious hitman so that he can provide testimony against a ruthless dictator.
“This guy singlehandedly ruined the word ‘motherfucker’. “
Review:
An action comedy starring two of the funniest actors working today, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson; what’s not to like about it? This movie definitely had the added benefit of the charisma of those two actors ‘cause without them, this movie might have tanked.
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The story is fairly generic, and the execution here might be a little wonky. But, damn, I would be lying if I said I didn’t had fun watching it. This is thanks to the incredible chemistry between the two lead actors. They played off well with one another and the banter between them was motherf**king hilarious. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The action sequences were also damn entertaining, even though they might have been over-edited and filmed with some slight shaky cam; they’re definitely an improvement over the ones in the last film that Patrick Hughes made. There was, however, one memorable sequence in a hardware shop where everything is one-shot and the camera was as frenetic as the characters.
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All in all, I don’t really have much to say about The Hitman’s Bodyguard except for the fact that it’s a hilarious, fun action comedy with two entertaining performances. The story might have been generic and the villain weak, but, once you ignore those two flaws, you might have a good time with it.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie review Director: Patrick Hughes Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Élodie Yung Plot: A triple-A rated protection agency executive is tasked with escorting a notorious hitman so that he can provide testimony against a ruthless dictator. “This guy singlehandedly ruined the word ‘motherfucker’. “ Review: An action comedy starring two of the funniest actors working today, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson; what’s not to like about it? This movie definitely had the added benefit of the charisma of those two actors ‘cause without them, this movie might have tanked. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The story is fairly generic, and the execution here might be a little wonky. But, damn, I would be lying if I said I didn’t had fun watching it. This is thanks to the incredible chemistry between the two lead actors. They played off well with one another and the banter between them was motherf**king hilarious. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The action sequences were also damn entertaining, even though they might have been over-edited and filmed with some slight shaky cam; they’re definitely an improvement over the ones in the last film that Patrick Hughes made. There was, however, one memorable sequence in a hardware shop where everything is one-shot and the camera was as frenetic as the characters. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All in all, I don’t really have much to say about The Hitman’s Bodyguard except for the fact that it’s a hilarious, fun action comedy with two entertaining performances. The story might have been generic and the villain weak, but, once you ignore those two flaws, you might have a good time with it.
Geostorm movie review

Director: Dean Devlin
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris
Plot: In the near future, world governments have banded together to create a satellite that will prevent disasters resulting from climate change from happening. However, as unexplained phenomenas occur around the globe, suspicions are aroused that the satellite might have been hijacked.
Review:
From the producer who brought us all those 90’s disaster porn, comes yet another 90’s disaster porn but this one is released in the 21st century! So, yeah, it’s as bad as that statement implies.
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Even though Geostorm is a new, “original” idea, it might have just been The Day After Tomorrow 2 or 2012 Part 2 because it’s virtually the same movie all over again. We know what we’re getting when going into it, but there was something about this that made it the most unbearable one of them all.
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Maybe it was the corny casting choices or the lackluster CGI that made it one of the worst disaster movies I’ve ever seen. At least Independence Day: Resurgence had decent CG (even though every destruction sequence in that movie was so heavily reliant on CGI that it made them looked extremely artificial), but there wasn’t any good CGI in Geostorm. Hell, if they’d aired this as a SyFy channel original movie, I wouldn’t know this was even a theatrical feature film.
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Don’t even get me started on the casting choices; Gerard Butler as the lead scientist who created the climate-controlling satellite or Jim Sturgess as his brother who works for the government. What the f**k?! Everyone was just phoning it in with their performances, even the most seasoned actors like Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. The only one who was believable in their role was Abbie Cornish. She gave a somewhat decent performance and that’s the only good thing I can say about this pile of steaming turd! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Geostorm movie review Director: Dean Devlin Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris Plot: In the near future, world governments have banded together to create a satellite that will prevent disasters resulting from climate change from happening. However, as unexplained phenomenas occur around the globe, suspicions are aroused that the satellite might have been hijacked. Review: From the producer who brought us all those 90’s disaster porn, comes yet another 90’s disaster porn but this one is released in the 21st century! So, yeah, it’s as bad as that statement implies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Even though Geostorm is a new, “original” idea, it might have just been The Day After Tomorrow 2 or 2012 Part 2 because it’s virtually the same movie all over again. We know what we’re getting when going into it, but there was something about this that made it the most unbearable one of them all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Maybe it was the corny casting choices or the lackluster CGI that made it one of the worst disaster movies I’ve ever seen. At least Independence Day: Resurgence had decent CG (even though every destruction sequence in that movie was so heavily reliant on CGI that it made them looked extremely artificial), but there wasn’t any good CGI in Geostorm. Hell, if they’d aired this as a SyFy channel original movie, I wouldn’t know this was even a theatrical feature film. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Don’t even get me started on the casting choices; Gerard Butler as the lead scientist who created the climate-controlling satellite or Jim Sturgess as his brother who works for the government. What the f**k?! Everyone was just phoning it in with their performances, even the most seasoned actors like Andy Garcia and Ed Harris. The only one who was believable in their role was Abbie Cornish. She gave a somewhat decent performance and that’s the only good thing I can say about this pile of steaming turd! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️
All the Money in the World movie review

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris and Charlie Plummer
Plot: In 1973, J.P. Getty III is kidnapped and his grandfather, J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the history of the world, refuses to pay the ransom that will set his grandson free. So, young Getty’s mother has to find some other way to rescue his son.
Review:
I had no idea that All the Money in the World even existed until all the reshoots buzz surfaced a few weeks ago; I was even more surprised to find out that Ridley Scott is helming this picture, and that makes this his second film to come out in 2017 after Alien: Covenant. So, how was a movie that had to endure very (and I mean, VERY) last-minute reshoots to replace an actor with another? Pretty good, actually.
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All the Money in the World claims it’s inspired by true events, and there is even a disclaimer at the end that says that some parts of the story are fictionalized for dramatization. Well, glad to see that a biopic is honest upfront about taking certain liberties with the story it’s depicting. Yet, watching the movie, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that the events depicted onscreen looked like they actually happened in real life.
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That is thanks to the well-written script from David Scarpa, the fantastic direction from Ridley Scott and the amazing performances from the cast. Right off the bat, one of the best things about this film was the script. It was definitely more dialogue-heavy than I anticipated, and while that definitely undercut the pacing for the first 20 minutes, I began to warm up to that, and found myself being enthralled for the rest of the runtime. The dialogue felt realistic and there wasn’t one single line that detract from that absorbing reality this movie created.
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All the Money in the World movie review Director: Ridley Scott Cast: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris and Charlie Plummer Plot: In 1973, J.P. Getty III is kidnapped and his grandfather, J. Paul Getty, the richest man in the history of the world, refuses to pay the ransom that will set his grandson free. So, young Getty’s mother has to find some other way to rescue his son. Review: I had no idea that All the Money in the World even existed until all the reshoots buzz surfaced a few weeks ago; I was even more surprised to find out that Ridley Scott is helming this picture, and that makes this his second film to come out in 2017 after Alien: Covenant. So, how was a movie that had to endure very (and I mean, VERY) last-minute reshoots to replace an actor with another? Pretty good, actually. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ All the Money in the World claims it’s inspired by true events, and there is even a disclaimer at the end that says that some parts of the story are fictionalized for dramatization. Well, glad to see that a biopic is honest upfront about taking certain liberties with the story it’s depicting. Yet, watching the movie, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that the events depicted onscreen looked like they actually happened in real life. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That is thanks to the well-written script from David Scarpa, the fantastic direction from Ridley Scott and the amazing performances from the cast. Right off the bat, one of the best things about this film was the script. It was definitely more dialogue-heavy than I anticipated, and while that definitely undercut the pacing for the first 20 minutes, I began to warm up to that, and found myself being enthralled for the rest of the runtime. The dialogue felt realistic and there wasn’t one single line that detract from that absorbing reality this movie created. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️⬇️