Friday, August 14, 2015

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Starring:  Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvni, Sylvester Groth and Hugh Grant
Running Time: 1 Hour and 56 Minutes

This is a perfect throwback to the 1960's, complete with everything being spot-on for that generation. The clothing and fashions were absolutely impeccable. This is a movie made up of absolutely beautiful people! It is loosely based on the original TV series that ran from 1964-1968.
This new movie also uses the two secret agents from the United States and Russia who work for U.N.C.L.E., the acronym for: United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) a professional art thief turned CIA Agent and KGB Agent Illya Kuyakin (Armie Hammer) are trying to stop the neo-nazis from acquiring an atomic bomb. Plus, they both get intertwined with the gorgeous Gaby (Alicia Vikander) who can fix any car and double as a drop-dead fashion model, I didn't quite understand her relationship with agents Solo and Kuyakin. She was paired up with the Russian, but he really didn't seem that interested in her? She also just happens to be the daughter of a long-lost German nuclear physicist. He is her father whom she had not seen for many years. Also, a fun character was Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki), a ruthless soul who plays the part perfectly. She so reminded me of the "Twiggy" era!  The story was a little weak and confusing, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the European scenery and the 60's culture, fashion and make-up, it was a true blast from the past! A fun popcorn movie.
This is definitely not your "007" or "Mission Impossible" caliber, but it is worth seeing just because it is polished with a lot of eye candy and just plain fun.
Parents be advised: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is rated PG-13, there is no real objectionable material, some profanity, a little partial nudity and  some violence, but I think children ages ten and over will be fine with this movie.
I am giving "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." three bags of popcorn.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebeca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Simon McBurney and Alec Baldwin
Running Time: 2 Hours and 11 Minutes

Wow, this movie is non-stop action from the very beginning to the very end. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back, he is definitely back! This is the fifth installment of the "Mission Impossible" series starring Tom Cruise. This begins with Ethan in quite an incredible predicament! I found that this movie just reels you in and holds you tight throughout the entire motion picture.
 Ethan and his team including William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) combine their efforts to take on the Syndicate, a wicked International organization designed to destroy the IMF. At the head of the Syndicate is a very sick and twisted leader, Lane (Sean Harris) who is completely evil and devoid of emotion.
Ethan finds himself caught and being held by some very ruthless and dangerous men who would do anything to get him to talk. A woman by the name of Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) is also there and takes pity on him. She suddenly jumps into action and helps him out. She allows him to escape and therefore saves his life. There is sequence after sequence of unimaginable action that take place in this movie. I don't want to give to much away with the story on this one, it is just a movie you will have to see to believe. I found the drama and the intrigue were both interesting and exciting.
This is a heart-pounding edge of your seat thrill ride that will take your breath away! There is a scene where Ethan has to hold his breath for three minutes under water that is just unbelievable, and also a motorcycle chase that will leave you breathless.The chemistry between Ethan and Ilsa also really worked for me too. This movie has it all, drama, suspense, intrigue and the "Mission Impossible" theme music. I think this is my favorite of The Mission Impossible movies.
Parents be advised: This is a PG-13 rated movie. There is a lot of violence and some incredible action sequences that are very realistic. I would not advise children under thirteen for this movie. There was one bikini scene and a clothes changing scene but no real sexual innuendos also some mild profanity
I am giving "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer and Abby Ryder Fortson
Running Time: 1 Hour and 57 Minutes

This is the movie Marvel fans have been dying to see with a new super-hero coming to life in
 "Ant-Man", I was also excited to see it and have already seen it twice!
 Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, an ex-con  with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. He is battling his way back to regain his ex-wife Maggie's (Judy Greer) respect as well as come clean and try for a new start in life. He would do anything to have the opportunity to be a part of his adorable little daughter Cassie's (Abby Ryder Fortson) life and spend time with her. She is his entire world!
He tries desperately to stay strong and maintain his new found independence. When things don't go his way, he turns to his friend Luis (Michael Pena) who entices him to commit another crime and score (hopefully) big money from the safe of a millionaire. But, when he finally breaks into the super strong 1910 safe, all he finds is the "Ant-Man" suit! Suddenly he hears the voice of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) telling him "I need you to be the Ant-Man"! Dr. Pym needs Scott Lang/Ant-Man to help him pull off a heist against the evil and corrupt Darren Cross/Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) his protege. This is when the movie finally gets interesting! Yellowjackect is a dark and sinister character who will stop at nothing to bring his dream to fruition!
"Ant-Man" was a fun movie filled with a lot of comedy.The audience thoroughly enjoyed the humor and laughed throughout the entire movie. This is yet another movie based in San Francisco (I'm beginning to believe that San Francisco is the movie capital of the world)! If you just want to enjoy a fun-filled time escaping reality, this movie is for you. The special effects were great, especially when they transform  Scott Lang from a regular guy to teeny-tiny "Ant-Man". Seeing life from an insects point of view was interesting. Be sure and stay after the movie is over for the two extra scenes-they are  well worth it!
Parents be advised: "Ant-Man" is rated PG-13. I think children ages ten and over will enjoy this movie. There are some scenes with toys (yes toys) where the toys are enlarged and lose control. Thomas The Tank Engine for instance, is blown way up and ends up crashing, it was humorous but could be intimidating for young children. The insects could also be intimidating, but especially the nefarious Yellowjacket, He was a real bad guy!
I am giving "Ant-Man" three and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Self / Less

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Ryan Reynolds, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez and Victor Garber
Running Time: 1 Hour and 57 Minutes

The idea behind "Self / Less" is  an intriguing one but it is very unrealistic. The story centers around
Damian (Ben Kingsley) an incredibly wealthy man who has helped to develop the New York skyline and is an infamous Real Estate tycoon. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and he is desperate to find a way out of his catastrophic death sentence! He finds a top secret company located in New Orleans that can perform a unique and very unbelievable procedure called "body shedding".
Body shedding is a process where you take a human body and stop the heart and then switch the spirit out of that body into another body! You also have to sever all ties with any former family or friends and stage your death.
The understanding that Damian is under, is that if he pays this company two hundred and fifty thousand dollars, he can have this procedure done on him. He anxiously heads to New Orleans to join the brand new body that was cultivated just for his spirit and therefore he can continue to live. He jumps at the opportunity to live forever in a brand new healthy body. When he wakes up after the body shedding occurs he finds himself in the body of the younger Damian (Ryan Reynolds), a man about fifty years his junior. He is informed that the transformation will take some time and that he will have to take a special medicine until it is complete. He finds himself alone in New Orleans with a healthy young body. He plays local street basketball and party's and has affairs with many young women! He finds himself  having flashbacks and major confusion.
He sets out to follow a feeling he keeps having and finds out that the new body he was assigned was actually another human who previously lived and was killed. This ends up being a very convoluted and confusing story to follow. I really wanted to like it, but it made me feel very strange.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13, but it is a strong PG-13. I would not recommend it for anyone under 13. Young Damian has multiple affairs with many young ladies with suggestive scenes. There is some strong fighting and gun-fighting violence. Also a pretty intense car chase and crash scene that is upsetting. The F-bomb is also dropped once in this movie. It is definitely a thriller which I really was not expecting.
I am giving "Self / Less" two bags of popcorn.


Starring the voices of: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney and Steve Coogan.
Running Time: 1 Hour and 31 Minutes

"Minions" is a spin-off of the "Despicable Me" series.
The three Minions; Stuart, Kevin and Bob set out to work for Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) who is an evil and villainous female who wants to take over the entire world! She and her nefarious inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm) plot  together to undermine others for world domination!
I found "Minions" to be a fun little summer movie.
 A portion of the story takes place in London, which I found to be really fun having vacationed in London. I loved how they showcased some of the historical and classic tourist sights. I really enjoyed the way they incorporated all of the different music with the movie, it was very clever. It takes place in 1968 so they used pop music from this era, a total flashback to the infamous "60's"!
This was a fun and happy movie that I think the whole family will enjoy. I found it to be a little edgy at times and some of the story might go right over the children's minds. I thought it played for adults (maybe even more so for adults) as well as the children.
 Be sure and stay until the credits finish rolling for a little more "Minions" humor.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG, so it has your typical potty humor that seems to be so popular in the movies these days.
I am giving "Minions" two and a half bags of popcorn

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Terminator: Genisys

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons
Running Time: 2 Hours and 5 minutes

Interesting that Arnold Schwarenegger would want to reprise his infamous role as T-800. Having missed the last Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation" in 2009, possibly because he was serving as Governor of California? I would imagine so, but regardless of his absence, in this 2015 version, "Terminator: Genisys", he is back and he has definitely aged and grown older.
This is another time-travel and shape-shifter movie which transports Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back from 2029 to 1984 to keep Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke) safe, (she is the future mother-to-be of John Conner).
 The humans of the future are still fighting the Skynet robots, who are trying to dominate planet earth.
 John Connor (Jason Clarke) is the leader of the rebel forces and battling his way through to save the future.
This movie takes place in San Francisco, seems like a lot of the recent movies are taking place in San Francisco these days. So as usual, they have to have the obligatory dramatic/traumatic scene take place as always on the Golden Gate Bridge.
This movie held my interest, I was a little lost in portions of it though. I felt like it became a bit convoluted at times.There was a lot of fighting and violence. The robots were dominating and very destructive.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I am saying that this is a very hard PG-13! There is a lot of violence and there is some nudity as well. Male and female nudity, The male is completely nude from the backside and some scenes of his front, but not his lower frontal anatomy. The female is also nude from the backside.There is a scene of her chest but it is an obscure shot. I also seem to remember them dropping the F-bomb at the very beginning of the movie. There is however some other profanity. I would not recommend this movie for young adults under the age of sixteen.
I am giving "Terminator: Genisys", two and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Inside Out

Starring: The voices of: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kaitlyn Dias and Kyle MacLachlan
Running Time: 1 Hour and 34 Minutes

It has been two years since Pixar has released a movie, "Monsters University" was the latest movie in 2013.
We have all been waiting and anticipating exactly what they had up their always ingenious sleeve. I'm happy to announce that this sweet little movie is pure genius! Brainchild of Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen.
This is the story of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an eleven year old girl who has been uprooted from her happy and perfect  little life with her mother (Diane Lane) and father (Kyle MacLachlan) from the Midwest to cosmopolitan San Francisco where her father has relocated for his employment. Leaving behind all of the things she loves and cherishes so dearly, her friends, schoolmates and being the star of her hockey team. She was excited and anxious to start her brand new life in San Francisco, but when things don't go quite as she had anticipated, she starts to encounter a myriad of brand new emotions. Riley was struggling with her new life and trying to find her way in her new school. Feeling very alone and desperate, she decides to take matters into her own hands. This is where her emotions start to take over. Each emotion is identified and labeled with its own personality; Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Bing Bong (Richard Kind). All of these interesting little "emotion characters" were so much fun and spot-on for a young pre-adolescent child.
"Inside Out", takes you back to your own childhood or your children's childhood and what young people encounter.
I found this movie to be completely entertaining and a work of sheer genius. It was so much fun to see the emotion personalities play-out and resolve their own issues regarding young Riley.
Parents be advised: This movie deals with real life situations that children can relate to and their accompanying emotions. Some children might find this too realistic.
I am giving "Inside Out" four bags of popcorn.

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