Uncle Drew (2018)

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After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (LilRel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.

Rating: PG-13 (for suggestive material, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Charles Stone III
Written By: Jay Longino
In Theaters: Jun 29, 2018  Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 11, 2018
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Lionsgate

I walked into this movie not knowing what to expect & ended up being thoroughly surprised by the comedy and overall feel good nature of this movie. Besides the famous basketball players and comedians dressed up as senior citizens the overall story and journey of the movie was pretty enjoyable. There were moments in this film when I was dying laughing (such as when Chris Webber aka “Preacher” was doing basketball moves with a baby in a baptism pool) and a few scenes I had to run back for the same reason. 

All in all I think this is a movie you’ll enjoy cutting on and laughing at for an hour and a half. It does rely on some cliches in the plot (the rival coach, the main character learning some “lesson” they were avoiding, forced heartfelt moments) but once you look past that it’s a comedic romp that will have you in tears. I encourage you to stick around for the outtakes in the credits. 

Rating: 3.5 of 5 (this man Shaq was dancing in a hospital gown with his booty out, enough said LMAO)

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2019)

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A planet destroyed, a powerful race reduced to nothing. After the devastation of Planet Vegeta, three Saiyans were scattered among the stars, destined for different fates. While two found a home on Earth, the third was raised with a burning desire for vengeance and developed an unbelievable power. And the time for revenge has come. Destinies collide in a battle that will shake the universe to its very core!

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

I’ve always wanted to watch an anime on the big screen and Dragon Ball Super was a good place to start. Super as an anime isn’t the best and I can even say Dragon Ball has gotten kind of bad over the years but they really nailed this movie. Before I even begin to talk about the actual plot we have to give credit to the animators. The animation definitely set this movie apart from the anime. They put so much into the detail of the backgrounds and even the characters looked a little bit more smooth. Since my friends put me onto the world of subbed anime I haven’t watched as many dubs in a while, but the voices were spot on. If you’ve been watching Dragon Ball over the years you should already know who Broly is, but you finally get a backstory and it gives some likeability to his character. You even get the see a glimpse of Planet Vegeta before it’s impending doom. This movie really explains a lot of everything that has transpired over the years. The fights in this movie were some of the best fights I’ve seen in a long time. There was also a lot of humor added into this movie at the right times to keep everyone entertained. I can definitely see a sequel for this movie coming or even adding Broly into the Super anime. As well as this movie was done I’m definitely looking forward to more feature anime films. I would recommend this movie to fans of Dragon Ball Z. If you’ve never watched the series or Super at that you’d probably be completely lost, but you can still cut it on for the culture.

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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Bumblebee (2018)

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On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

The origin of Bumblebee and the prequel to the Transformers series. Set in the 80’s with an abundance of era-approved memorabilia and just the right mix of Classic Rock Ballads, this movie is great and can easily be put in the conversation of best Transformers movie.

As I said before, this movie was great. The storyline was very engaging and full of easter eggs for the future of the Transformers Universe. I think I can speak for everyone when I say I was glad we weren’t bombarded with 100 slow motion explosion scenes. Although the movie was not directed by Michael Bay he was listed in the end credits as a Producer.

Smart move, kudos to the studio.

I enjoyed this movie on a heartwarming/feels level as well. The scenes with Charlie and Bumblebee really give off those “first time pet owner trying to train her puppy” vibez. The relationship between the two was believable and the dialogue can be easily envisioned.

I couldn’t NOT speak about John Cena, he played Agent Burns, an agent hellbent on stripping Bumblebee for parts. John Cena’s acting was so bad that you couldn’t count it against the movie, you just had to accept it. Whoever cast him in this blockbuster of a film definitely lost a bet or owed him a favor.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

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Entanglement (2018)

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While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten (Thomas Middleditch) uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna (Jess Weixler)… But when he and Hanna inadvertently fall in love, his life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. Ben starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected – and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

I stumbled upon this movie just browsing Netflix, but I knew about it from browsing Rotten Tomatoes. I like the lead Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and more recently Verizon Wireless commercials lol. I’ve also been known to watch a rom-com or two, but I really don’t know if you can call this movie a rom-com. I really like how mental health was the main focus of this movie and it was done in a tasteful way (Minus a few triggering scenes). This is one of those movies you watch that you think you know whats going on that completely blows your mind. The plot twist in this movie was crazy, literally and figuratively. I really enjoyed Jess Weixler in this movie as a supporting character. Her and Thomas Middleditch’s on screen chemistry was great. Their relationship started from a weird place but didn’t feel weird after a while lol. Visually this movie was great also. If that’s what hallucinating looks like sign me up. Diana Bang also had a very underrated role as Tabby. She really tied everything together kind of playing the underdog. You’re just watching the movie and hoping she ends up with Ben. I would definitely recommend this movie for a casual watch. I wouldn’t quite recommend it for a movie night with the subject matter being kind of depressing, but I really enjoyed this movie.

Rating: 3.2 out of 5

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Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

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Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

I really didn’t know too much about this movie going into it but the trailer looked interesting and the cast was pretty good too. Jeff Bridges and Cynthia Erivo took the lead in this movie. Cynthia Erivo is a relatively new actor but she’s killed the 2 roles I’ve seen her in this year, Widows being the other movie. The real star of this movie actually turned out to be Lewis Pullman. His character ended up having so much more depth than you’d think when you’re first introduced to him and the emotion he put into this role was really authentic. John Hamm (Don Draper) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) also played significant roles in this movie. Watching this movie you never really know what’s going to happen next, which is lost in a lot of today’s predictable movies. They give you a back story on all of the guests and employees of the hotel and surprisingly everybody has a dark secret that eventually comes out. This is one of those movies where your favorite character isn’t necessarily safe. None of the characters are safe! There was so much action and suspense that will keep you entertained the whole movie. This movie has a lot of twists and turns and the last act of the movie is so bizarre, but just keep watching. You definitely won’t see the ending coming. I would definitely recommend this movie to anybody. This probably wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen this year but it’s probably one of my favorites.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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A Star Is Born (2018)

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In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”), makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

I’m not gonna lie I avoided this movie because I thought it was going to be corny. Oh how I was wrong! I know I’ve said this many times and probably will some more times, but this was one of my favorite movies of the year. I have so much respect for Lady Gaga after this movie. I might’ve been sleep but her vocal talents are amazing. She also killed the acting in her role as Ally. I can honestly say I’m not the biggest Bradley Cooper fan after he ruined The Place Beyond The Pines, but he was also amazing in his role as Jackson Maine. You would’ve thought he was a method actor as well as he played a struggling addict. Acting aside his vocals weren’t the worst either for a non professional singer. The plot to this movie wasn’t anything super original, but the way the director told the story was done pretty well. The supporting cast was also randomly star studded featuring roles from Sam Elliot, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. If you’re on the fence about watching this movie and are one of those people like me that aren’t the biggest fans of musicals, I’d advise you to just turn this movie on. The tone of the movie is mostly serious but it’s light enough to keep you laughing also. The music was really good also. I probably wouldn’t have any Ally or Jackson Maine in my itunes but I can say I enjoyed what I heard. I would definitely recommend this movie for any occassion. This movie unfortunately didn’t win any of the acting categories it was nominated for in the Golden Globes but I believe they took home one of the musical awards.

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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Green Book (2018)

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When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

Mahershala Ali hasn’t missed on a movie yet so I felt like I had to watch this one. The subject seemed a little boring from the synopsis and the trailer, but watching this movie it had so many layers to it. This was another one of those Mahershala Ali performances that showcased his broad range. Not to give too much of the credit for how good this movie was to Mahershala, Vigo Mortenson also killed his role. His character Tony Lip definitely surprised me over the entirety of the movie. You watch it and start to stereotype his character but he turns out to be super accepting and a general good guy. My main take away from this movie was the fact that both characters were trying to better each other throughout the movie and formed a genuine friendship. This movie explores so many issues still relevant even today such as racism, homosexuality, and stereotypes. You usually know the movies that are going to get nominated for awards and this was definitely one of them. There were so many powerful scenes that I don’t want to spoil, but you will definitely feel some type of way after watching this. The fact this this was based on a true story make me want to read more into this. That being said I heard some of the gripes with the movie were that it swayed a little bit from the actual story in realism. All in all this was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. The subject is a little more mature so it’s not necessarily a movie night pick, but cut it on with your parents for sure. By the time you’re reading this this movie has also won a Golden Globe award!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Venom (2018)

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Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal, but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter-ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

I’m typically a Marvel fan but I held back on watching this one. Something about the “In Association With Marvel” rubbed me wrong. I didn’t come into this movie with high expectations, so I wasn’t disappointed. Tom Hardy is a great actor so this movie was kind of beneath him, but he brought a likeability to Eddie Brock. If not anything this movie will keep you entertained. There was really no point in making this movie, so they didn’t have much to lose. I’m not going to compare this to Deadpool but this was definitely a comedy. Just knowing Venom’s powers you would’ve known this movie was going to lean on the CGI heavily and I think they did a pretty decent job with the special effects. The story definitely could’ve used more work and maybe a better villain, but they probably didn’t have much to work with. Everything about this movie screamed sequel since they essentially had to build a universe since Marvel wasn’t a part of this. Watch the end credits for this just like any other marvel movie and you’ll see your villain for the next movie. I probably will wait for the dvd for Venom 2 also, but somebody is anticipating it. I recommend watching this movie if you don’t have to pay for it and kids definitely will enjoy it minus the adult jokes.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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My 5 Favorite Movies of 2018

5. A Quiet Place (2018)

Rating: 4 out of 5

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4. Blindspotting (2018)

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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3. Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Rating 4.5 out of 5

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2. BlackKklansman (2018)

Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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1. Mid90s (2018)

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Honorable Mentions: Skate Kitchen (4.4 out of 5), Ready Player One (4 out of 5), Avengers: Infinity War (4.4 out of 5)

 

 

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White Boy Rick (2018)

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Set in 1980s Detroit at the height of the crack epidemic and the War on Drugs, WHITE BOY RICK is based on the moving true story of a blue-collar father and his teenage son, Rick Wershe, who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison.

(Via Rotten Tomatoes)

Review:

This movie was definitely on my list. Matthew McConaughey rarely misses on the movies, but he wasn’t even the leading actor in this one. Richie Merritt killed the role of White Boy Rick. This was his first acting role also, so I’m really interested to see where his career goes from here. Watching this movie you’d really think this story took place over the span of a decade at least but this story was really only over a span of like 2-3 years. This story had all of the elements of your classic crime movies. I wanted to see this movie have a happy ending but there was just a looming feeling of a major loss coming in the air. I can always appreciate cameos from rappers in movies also. This movie featured YG and kept it Detroit with a Danny Brown cameo. White Boy Rick wasn’t on the level of your greats like Blow or Scarface, but this was definitely a good addition to the genre. I can’t complain about the story too much seeing as it was a true story, but I definitely would like to read more about Richard Wershe. I would definitely recommend this movie for any kind of watching purposes. It was entertaining throughout the entire movie and the ending will leave you upset and shocked.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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