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"The House" → It Drowns!

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Film Synopsis: A dad (Will Ferrell) convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he & his wife (Amy Poehler) spend their daughter's college fund.


I won't say that this was a totally unfunny film, but to have two great comedians in a movie together, you would never suspect that it would be a disaster- or even a flop, right? Actors can make terrible films. That is the perception in the entertainment business- whether you have an Oscar or not, that particular actor/actress can make a movie that bombs like this one did, to me.

I'm NOT saying that you need to go & rent this film on Red box or wait for it to come out on DVD, fire-stick, and whatnot. It was not a terrible film but I feel with comedy movies it can go either way- either you try to be funny or it just comes natural. 



When it comes natural and you act and say something stupid as in spoof movies, that is off the wall hilarious! Both Amy & Will were a riot in the film, but the overall…

"The Beguiled" → Easily Deceived!

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Film Synopsis: At a girls school in Virginia, during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union solider (Colin Ferrell) is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, & an unexpected turn of events!



This was a very slow-moving movie! I was intrigued with it by the story line and Nicole Kidman. Her performance was epic! I will praise Kidman's work in every film I do. She is very well deserving of it!


But, unfortunately, overall- the film was NOT as good as I expected or anticipated- it was very weak and there was no climax. The poor picture quality, the acting from half of the cast (mainly the little girls portraying students mostly), down to the overall vibe of the film was bad. 


I tend to tell the absolute truth about film when I critique them- Colin Ferrell & Nicole Kidman were the leads and Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst were the supporting actresses. 



The little girls were funny in the little…

"Baby Driver" → Gears Into First!

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Film Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), a young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail...


I had an opportunity to see the movie at an early private advanced screening on 5/31/17 & it was awesomely amazing to say the least! Do you know how when you see a movie for the first time and the film is so great and flawless- you simply can't seem to see anyone else portray that role than the one person whom you saw? 



But you are also aware that they most likely auditioned hundreds of other actors before making that final choice? That is Ansel Elgort! After seeing this film, I simply cannot see how anyone else could have played the role of baby. I just can't! There is no way! He was a NATURAL! 



I couldn't find one single flaw- he added slices of humor whenever he did sing or mock a song and dance to a song for his foster father. Ansel actually is a really good singer as well. You should check out hi…

"All Eyez On Me Rating" → Never Dull!

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Film Synopsis: This film focuses on the life & career of Tupac Shakur (played by Demetrius Tripp, Jr.) all the way to the fatal shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1996.


I have gotten past the fact that Shipp is a dead ringer for the rap-star icon and legend Tupac. I want to address something first before I get into my rating of the film. 

When movie critics bash a film, they bash it hard, but when it is a African American biographical film, they go even harder.

I have not heard any good or somewhat decent review of this movie from a established movie critic and I feel that is totally cruel, unjust, and unfair to say the least. 


The actress Jada Pinkett-Smith spoke out against the part of Kat Graham playing her as Jada in the film saying certain things were not done or said between her and Tupac.



That is allowed I feel, the actress was not bashing the film, she was not badgering the actress who portrayed her. She just wanted to clear the air and set the record straight on what happened. 



I…

"Rough Night" → Very Average Night

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Film Synopsis: A group of friends (Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, & Ilana Glazer) are horrified when the male stripper (Ryan Cooper) they hired for a wild bachelorette party in Miami winds up dead!



The film was very entertaining but was not as raunchy and explicit as the trailer led me to believe. No breasts or penises were shown not even for a second. 

Jillian Bell makes up for not seeing those genitals in her massive collection of references to them and her "dick-related" theme for Jess's party filled weekend. Lol!

I knew and felt something was off when the stripper arrives- I just felt it and you will be too if you see the film. In the first scene with Peter & Jess- he was so funny when Jess told him that she had to work so he told her he was gonna go....Lol! 


I will keep you in suspense. The bachelor party that he had was chessboard funny! The entire movie kept me entertained! 




But of course every film has a point and the main point …

"The Mummy" → Closed & Concealed Crypt

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Film Synopsis: An ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, & terrors that defy human comprehension.



All of the imagery for the film were frightening & just so- alluring to the eye that it would make you want to catch this movie and check it out, but I was skeptical at first because I thought that millions of others. 

Why re-make especially with Tom Cruise a Brenden Fraser classic if he originated the role? The film was very comical to say the least. 



Every part that Jake Johnson was in- he was funny. Johnson is just a funny actor. Tom Cruise was even funny in almost every part of the film up until the end. This movie was okay. I will not lie & said it was average because I would be, in fact- lying! 



I won't go as far and say that it should not have been made, but it is damn near close. I saw no logic in it at all. It was so, so. This is a film where you can fall asleep on it. A movi…

"It Comes At Night" → Nothing Comes Day or Night!

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Film Synopsis: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order established by a man (Joel Edgerton) with his wife (Carmen Ejogo) & son are put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge.


I can see how a movie as dumb & stupid like this is getting rave reviews. I have said it once, twice, & thrice and more times than I can remember.


Movies that are absolutely stupid & make no sense whatsoever and Disney films will always be a box office smash unless it is going up against something monstrous like Wonder Woman. 


That is what this film is- plot-less, clueless, empty, black, nothing. It was never revealed to the audience what the evil was, what was it, who caused it, how it kills, who/how/what it is, etc. It was like the killer or the "it" as the film so calls it even was- Was it human? 


Was it the wind? An animal? What? Tell me some thing? These were the questions burning ins…