Gifted (movie)

2017   PG-13    stars Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenna Slate, Octavia Spencer


I missed I think 15 minutes to half an hour of this but got the gist and probably the meatier parts of the movie anyway.

Chris plays Frank (or was it Fred, either way, ones the Uncle the other is the cat!) who’s genius sister died and is left with a gifted young girl who came to live with him seven years ago.

Like mother like daughter, Frank’s niece is a genius but he keeps her in regular school and I can understand his reasoning. But at the same time, this little girl’s brain is functioning at least at a high school level if not college level. The grandmother is a ‘female dog'(I am trying to keep this review family friendly) she wants to put her in a school for gifted children (which the mother did and had no life) and the uncle doesn’t want that for her, he even says he has to be doing something right being she is such a great kid.

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47 Meters down

Pg-13  1:27  Claire Holt, Mandy Moore


On a Mexican vacation, 2 sisters are trapped at the bottom of the ocean in a rusty sharky observation cage. The Great Whites are circling and oxygen is running out. With less than an hour of air left to solve how to get back to the surface.

Although they were fast, I did love the shots of the sharks. I wonder if they were somehow real, or stock footage or all CG. THere’s not really much of a story aside from that cliche crap, and thank goodness cause if it were any longer, our air would have choked off.  It’s kind of ‘open water’ just under the water, way under. Its really just a cookie cutter shark movie. Only many before it are better I mean even Shark Night has a story, sharknado, well maybe not but its amusing. Jaws kicks all their ass and honestly if you do rent this, just fast forward to where the sharks are and watch them in slow-mo. (cause stupid me forgot to) they looked bigger than the jaws shark though.


And should you ever really go in a shark observation tank, make sure you have some gear. Like a long line, with something like a hook or anchor at the end in case you need to reach something as well as more than 3 flares!


Going in Style


2017    Pg-13   1;36

Matt Dillon, Christopher Lloyd, Joey King



While Joe is at the bank to clear something up with his house,  it gets robbed.  The factory he and his longtime friends worked at for 30 years is moving and is ‘stealing’ their pensions.

He gets the idea rolling around in his head to pull a bank heist a well to pay the bills and keep his family and friends off the streets.


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Valerian and the City of a thousand Planets

2017  PG-13 Sci-fi   Comic adaptation    Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna,  Clive Owen,   Ethan Hawke

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Based on a French comic series Valerian (DeHaas) and Laureline are United human federation agents (not time traveling agents as the Netflix sleeve says) and wait UHF.. wasn’t that some frequency or something on the old TVs, and a Weird Al Yankovich song or movie?

The ‘City of a thousand planets’  (population 30 mil and 5000 languages NOT including computer languages) was a space station that was ‘docked’ in Earth’s atmosphere but when it became too big (and heavy) they sent it out into space. We have a beautiful paradise of a Beach world and I want one of those cute little creatures! Oh my.. after what I just saw it do, everyone is going to want one!  One of the ‘fish people’ I guess its royalty or some form of leader reminds me of was it Ramses that was in the movie 300?  Oh man are those multi-colored clouds pretty!

I will tell you right now.. if you do not have an HDtv and at least a blu-ray player (or better) to watch, wait until you do. Rihanna’s “Bubble” character is cool, as well as her part. I enjoyed all the different (and creative) beings in this world although some did remind me of creatures from other movies and shows, one of them I would swear was from Star Wars. I could be wrong on this, as I have not watched the original Star Wars movies in a long time but better to ‘remind me of, than to look just like. If it reminds you of something from some other movie or show then it could have been based on it as the person who created it might be a big fan and wanted to pay tribute to who and what made them want to become a creature designer.

It was no Avatar but there are parts that took my breath away as did Avatar. But man I would love a television screen the size of the wall and a more expensive HD you know the kind that you actually try to reach into the screen to grab a piece of food from cause it looks so real like it’s sitting more in front of the screen than in it. There’s been a few of those when I’ve gone to Best Buy or P.C. Richards that I thought I could reach in and grab or pet whatever was on screen.

Oh and somewhere along the movie I’d swear i saw a Pokemon!


I think I can understand why some (many?) were not happy with it. The fact that the trailers showed us the bright colorful eye-candy parts that one would marvel at, but its not all Pandora and Turoks. They show a dark underworld of the city, just as any other city has. Speaking of Pandora, there were elements of in the MÜL people that reminded me of Na’vi from Avatar.

I enjoyed the mystery of the movie but I still figured out who was behind it first, it was more a matter of why did they do it for me.

Maybe there are a few scenes that run on a little longer than they should. The FX I give an A, Story I’d say a C same for the 2 stars. Overall a B for effort but then I never heard about the comic until now. Not sure if the comic is of the same name but I wouldn’t mind looking into finding one to give a read.

The Mummy

2017  PG13  1:50  Tom Cruise  Russel Crowe

Death is but a doorway to new life

We live today 

we shall live again

In many forms, shall we return

-Egyptian Prayer of resurrection


To start when this first was announced I thought oh no they are rebooting the Brendan Fraser/ ‘scorpion king’ series. Then when they announced it was the Universal and had Cruise attached that was a total turn off.


After Luke Evans etc did such a great job with Dracula Untold  WHY OH WHY would you ruin Universal Studios’ classics like this?!  Dear Boris Karloff is rolling over in his grave

First off Tom Cruise…ALL wrong for anything in the movie or the extended Universal reboot. Russell Crowe as Jekyll & Hyde, I thought was a fitting and would work. For me he did but I wish there was a little more of him in the movie.

The movie should have had another 30 something – early 40s and not someone that really needs to stay away from action movies now. Tom Cruise has lost a few steps and is wrong for them.

As for THE MUMMY itself, she didn’t even look like one. As soon as I saw the preview of the movie, I knew it would fail.

The movie starts in England 1127 where they entomb the Mummy (I forget her name but it doesn’t matter).

There are crusade knights in a burial chamber that reminds me of a chamber of bullets in as if a giant revolver.

A part I think was supposed to be humorous when we first see cruise falls flat on its face for the whole sequence.

For some reason, this gave me a chuckle. (I’m guessing it was the delivery that helped it)

If an air strike hits, don’t be on top of buildings

In this Dr. Henry Jekyll is a collector of ‘Supernatural Artifacts”  and runs Prodigium.  They should have made a Jekyll &  Hyde movie first besides Fiver Finger Death Punch has a cool song with that title that would fit quite nicely in a soundtrack for the movie!  Plus J & H doesn’t get as much ‘love’ as the other Classic Universal Monsters do.

There’s no spooky tone, or eerieness to this it is definitely NOT worthy of the Universal brand.

If Jekyll turns to Eddie Hyde why not make his hair all crazy looking at least to show the change, at least personality wise?  Instead of just how it was done. It didn’t look like much of a difference.


Skip this and just watch the original one with Boris or watch Dracula Untold. So glad I didn’t pay to see this in the theater



2017,   PG-13,   Thriller, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckly


Written and directed by M Night Shamalyan who I think actually had a part in this while someone is looking at security footage.

Three girls after a birthday party are ready to go home,  waiting for the father to come in the car they are already waiting in while he puts something in the trunk… he’s attacked and the girls are kidnapped.

Kevin (I think that’s the main character’s name, well at least the one whose body the other personalities inhabit. He’s supposed to have 23 personalities but we only see five.

  • Hedwig a 9-year-old
  • Dennis   The one who kidnaps the girls
  • Patricia   in co-hoots with Dennis
  • Barry     an artist
  • Orwell
  • Jade
  • Heidrich
  • 1 other

all of his personalities know about one another (which I think is supposed to be rare if I remember right) and are known as the Horde

WOW! McAvoy better win an Oscar for this or other awards! He did great as all those different characters. I can only imagine the mental and emotional toll all of those took.

I give M. Knight a comeback award for this one. I think he’s regained the magic he had with the Sixth sense and those. Though I didn’t see any mind-bending aside from the split and the surprise cameo.

Definitely WORTH a watch and at least Nominations for Best film, Director, Actor, Comeback


The Lost City of Z

2017  PG13  2:21  Adventure  Based on true events

From Amazon Studios

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattison, Tom Holland, Siena Miller


Based on a novel, that’s based on the true story of British Explorer Percy Fawcett (an Indiana Jones type)

who at the dawn of the 20th-century journeys to the Amazon and discovers a previously unknown advanced civilization that once inhabited the region.

He returns again and again to prove his case (as the scientific community sees indigenous populations as savages) which culminates in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

Right now I’m trying not to have a laugh at the mustache on Charlie’s faces in the beginning of the movie.

Oh, man, I forgot Robert Pattison is in this; but he’s almost unidentifiable, which is probably why.

Through the treacherous Amazonian jungles and piranha-infested waters, The Lost City of Z is not just a period drama and adventure but a journey. Not only are the characters on this mental and physical journey, but you as well may even feel it yourself.

Percy is an undecorated soldier whose father seems to have disgraced the family name by drink and gambling. He is sent along on an expedition away from his wife and young son for what will be 3-7 years.

He wants to go back again as he has only scratched the surface. It was like baby steps, the first trip is to get the lay of the land, then you see what one is in for and now more familiar with and see what you missed the first time when you go a second time, and getting further into the land. The 3rd and 4th times but this is when you may likely run into trouble as the previous times you got back safe so you feel a comfort of sorts, and maybe even indestructible.

Meanwhile, life goes on while you are away. Your wife is older, you have missed all the important moments in your sons’ lives and may even resent that you were not there for them.

Read the book BY Percy Fawcett

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