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Girls Trip - Movie review - Jul 27, 2017 - 4:34:23 PM

The tagline for this movie: You’ll Be Glad You Came. Four friends for life unite on a long-overdue weekend getaway trip for a music festival. As they rekindle their bond by rediscovering their youthful wild sides, it becomes clear to each how to go forward in life.

Ryan Pierce is the author of a successful book who is looking to cement a deal for a line of products to be sold at a national super-store chain if she can make it through the weekend with her friends. Sasha Franklin runs a web page where she posts celebrity gossip, but with viewership down and bills rising she is looking to get a scoop on a celebrity scandal while on the trip. Dina is a young woman who has just been fired from her job and wants to enjoy everything the trip has to offer her in any variety of situations. Lisa Cooper works in the medical field and is the mother of two, who has been living with her mother since her husband parted ways
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War for the Planet of the Apes - Jul 18, 2017 - 7:44:50 AM

he tagline for this movie: For Freedom. For Family. For The Planet. A community of rapidly evolved primates find themselves in a deadly conflict with an army of humans. When the leader of the primates suffers an unimaginable loss, he takes it upon himself to avenge his kind and kill the leader of the army of humans who attacked him.

Caesar is an intelligent common chimpanzee who is the leader of a forest dwelling tribe of genetically enhanced apes forced into conflict with the leader of the military faction Alpha-Omega. Maurice is a wise and benevolent Bornean orangutan who is an advisor to Caesar and accompanies him on his quest to eliminate the leader of the military faction responsible for the deaths of many members in their tribe. Bad Ape is a common chimpanzee who lived in a zoo before the Simian Flu outbreak and lived as a hermit until meeting and joining Caesar’s tribe. The Colonel is a leader of the paramilitary organization Alpha Omega who rules with an iron fist to achieve his goal of wiping out Caesar’s tribe as a way for humans to stay dominant.
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Despicable Me 3 - Jul 9, 2017 - 7:52:08 AM

An animated sequel with a lot going on but just enough fun stuff so you don't hold that against it too much...

Hard Times Ahead! When a former child star has grown-up to become the villainous character he played decades ago it is up to a former super villain to stop his nefarious deeds. When the former villain finds himself out of work due to a botched mission he receives assistance from a relative with details to past he didn’t know.

Felonious Gru is a former super villain working for the Anti-Villain League who is dealing with a mutiny by his once loyal minions and the revelation of a brother he didn’t know he had...
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Pirates of the Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales - Jul 7, 2017 - 7:28:39 PM

A swashbuckling adventure that comes off a bit waterlogged...

A headstrong young sailor seeks the help of a down-on-his-luck pirate to find an object that is the key to freeing his father from a powerful curse. On this adventure he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant astronomer possessing knowledge of a map only she can read as they try to stay ahead of a deadly ship manned by ghost sailors led by an enemy of the pirate bent on ending piracy on the high seas.

Henry Turner is the son of Will Turner & Elizabeth Swann-Turner and is looking for the trident of Poseidon to free his father from the curse that comes with being the Captain of the Flying Dutchman...
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Baywatch, A fun summer movie that doesn't take itself too seriously - Jul 7, 2017 - 12:33:19 PM

Don’t Worry, Summer is Coming...

A lifeguard devoted to protecting his beach butts heads with a brash new recruit hired to improve the image of the property. As they learn to work together guarding beach-goers, they uncover a local criminal plot that could threaten the future of the area under their jurisdiction.

Mitch Buchannon is a lifeguard who eats, sleeps & breathes his line of work and wants to make sure that every lifeguard he is in charge of takes the job just as seriously as he does. Matt Brody is a disgraced two time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer nicknamed the ‘vomit comet’ who is given the lifeguard job as a public relations stunt in lieu of jail time...
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Transformers: The Last Knight - Jun 27, 2017 - 8:13:26 PM

The fifth installment in a franchise too overblown for its own good...

Humans battle each other and alien robot beings in a war that spans centuries as a larger threat to the planet looms. To stop this planetary menace an ancient artifact must be uncovered by the descendant of the only one to wield it, but as the battle rages on between two worlds allies may become villains in service of the greater good.

Cade Yeager is a struggling inventor and single father who is one of the most wanted people in the world for helping the Autobots fight against the human led Transformer Reaction Force. Izabela is a young teen living with outcast Transformers after...
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The Mummy: The start of the Dark Universe seems a bit gloomy - Jun 21, 2017 - 11:44:43 PM

Welcome To A New World Of Gods And Monsters...

An ancient princess is awakened in current day by a brash military officer looking to profit from the riches surrounding her tomb. As she brings her malevolence grown over millennia with terrors that defy modern human comprehension, the soldier must find a way to break the curse she has put upon him in order to save the world from an evil not yet unleashed.

Nick Morton is a career military officer who unintentionally releases an imprisoned princess from Egypt and must find a way to keep her from completing her plan for magical world domination...
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Film Review: Wonder Woman - Jun 20, 2017 - 12:58:07 PM

A super powered heroine who actually wants to save everyone...

A warrior princess finds her idyllic island life disrupted when she saves a crashed pilot from drowning. When she learns about a global war from him, she commits herself to using her mythical attributes and articles of legend to bring back peace.

Diana Prince is the Amazonian princess on the island of Themyscira who will later be known as Wonder Woman after leaving her home to fight in World War 1 in hope of killing Ares. Captain Steve Trevor is an American fighter pilot who happens to be an Allied spy and responsible for Diana’s decision to leave her island of women to fight in the war he is fighting...
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Master of None (Season 2) - Jun 5, 2017 - 5:17:02 PM

A well written second season that takes us on a mature journey both unique and universal

After traveling abroad, A young man returns home to deal with the challenges that come with his personal and family life. With a new career opportunity on the horizon he must learn to navigate a complex relationship with someone he met during his time abroad.

Dev Shah is a commercial actor looking to become more after a stay in Italy learning to make pasta at a restaurant, but when the chance to host a baking contest show leads to better things he must decide if it is worth it...
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"Unforgettable" not worth paying money to see - May 29, 2017 - 9:56:09 PM

When Love Ends, Madness Begins...

A woman dealing with her soon-to-be role as a wife and stepmother after a troubled past is confronted by her fiancé’s ex-wife. As the ex-wife’s jealousy takes a pathological turn it becomes clear that the only way to end the nightmare is for someone to be removed from the equation.

Julia Banks is the fiancée of David trying to move on from a troubled past relationship with her new life with him and his daughter but his ex-wife does not want to be out of the picture. David Connover is the fiancé of Julia, the father of Lily and the ex-husband of Tessa who is trying to figure out why there is so much tension in his household as it becomes a war zone...
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A prequel and sequel that does little to elevate the series - May 28, 2017 - 9:59:20 PM

The Path To Paradise Begins In Hell...

The crew of a colony ship bound for a remote planet on the far side of known space discover an uncharted habitable world. When they discover the dark secrets the newly found world holds, they must do all they can to escape it.

Daniels ‘Dany’ Branson is the terraforming expert aboard the Covenant and wife of the ship’s captain, but after a series of tragedies she must find a way to get the remaining crew to safety. Christopher Oram is the first mate of the Covenant and husband to a biologist aboard the ship who thinks that the company is blocking him from promotion because he is a man of faith.
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(Review) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - May 28, 2017 - 10:51:53 AM

A retelling with no respect for legend at its source...

A young child is robbed of his birthright when his parents are killed and his uncle seizes the crown. He grows up in the back alleys of the city until he is forced to acknowledge his destiny and all the responsibility that comes with it.

Arthur is a young man raised in a brothel with no knowledge of his legacy until he pulls the sword from the stone and is forced to come to terms with the death of his father by his uncle. The Mage is a young woman with mystical powers linked to animals who was trained by Merlin and is now helping Arthur to overthrow his uncle to gain control of Camelot...
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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - May 19, 2017 - 11:50:21 AM

A sequel that gives you more of what you liked in the original without the surprise...

An unlikely group of spacefaring adventurers learn the true origin of their leader. In so doing they are thrust into the heart of a intergalactic threat that could consume countless planets.

Peter Quill is the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is dealing with his feelings for his teammate Gamora when he meets his long lost extraterrestrial father. Nebula is an alien trying to understand her complex feelings between her sister Gamora who she blames for her childhood truma and her father Thanos who was the reason for the trauma...
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A Smurfette Tale That Aims For The Children And Not Much Else - May 13, 2017 - 1:48:44 PM

One of the taglines for this movie: They Were Never Alone.

A mysterious map sets a group of magical creatures on a thrilling adventure through an area they had never explored. As they race against their nefarious adversary to unlock the meanings behind the depictions on the map, it becomes an exciting journey that could lead them to a monumental secret.

Smurfette is the female smurf who is trying to find her identity within the Smurf Village as she was the only one of them created from clay by the wizard Gargamel. Papa Smurf is the fatherly leader of Smurf Village who warns all the smurfs he looks after against ever wondering into the Forbidden Forrest...
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A Frank Look at Race Relations in a Collegiate Setting - May 7, 2017 - 3:49:27 PM

Dear White People (Season 1) - Bet You Think This Show Is About You...

Minority students deal with different life issues while they attend an Ivy League university where the student majority is mostly ignorantly of their struggles. As each episode unfolds we learn of the events that bring them together and the prejudices that could tear the students of the campus apart.

Samantha White is a young woman of mixed heritage who happens to be the outspoken host of a college radio show called Dear White People where she shares her views on race relations...
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A Fresh Take on the Zombie Genre with an Interesting Point of View - May 5, 2017 - 10:45:51 AM

Our Greatest Threat Is Our Only Hope...

In the near future humanity has been ravaged by a mutated fungal disease that turns its victims into flesh-eating monsters without free will. A small group of children who seem to be immune to the effects are being studied in an army base to find a cure, but when the base falls those who escape the attack soon discover that they are humanity’s last hope.

Melanie is one of the second generation “hungries” being studied by the army who happens to be inquisitive, imaginative and the key to creating a vaccine against the mysterious fungal disease. Helen Justineau is a teacher at the army base ...
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The Fate of the Furious - May 3, 2017 - 12:53:25 AM

The next chapter in the franchise is also the most the serious for better and for worse...

The patriarch of a team mostly made up of former street racers is forced to go against them by a cyber terrorist. When his betrayed teammates and former arch-nemesis are forced to work together to take him down, it becomes a race between life and death with the fate of the free world hanging in the balance.

Dominic Toretto is a retired street racer enjoying an extended honeymoon with his wife when he is coerced by a cyber-terrorist to work for her against the team he has grown to see as family. Luke Hobbs is the Diplomatic Security Service agent who has been tasked with an off the books mission that will find him in prison if he and his team are not able successfully pull it off...
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A thriller in space that takes us no where new - Apr 17, 2017 - 11:11:06 AM

Be Careful What You Search For...

The six-member crew of the International Space Station find themselves with the first solid evidence of life from another planet. They also find out, due to their research, that the new life form may be more dangerous than they had initially anticipated.

Dr. David Jordan is the American senior medical officer who has the record for the longest time in space. Dr. Miranda North is the British Quarantine Officer looking forward to returning to Earth. Sho Murakami is the Japanese pilot of the International Space Station with a pregnant wife on Earth...
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Ghost in the Shell a visual stunner with nothing new or interesting to say - Apr 16, 2017 - 7:00:53 PM

Experience A New World...

In the near future a perfect solider is designed by placing the brain of a terrorist victim into an android body. When a new type of cyber terrorism is on the rise it is the job of this unique soldier and the special unit she is a part of to combat this threat to the current status quo.

Major Mira Killian is a cyborg super-soldier consisting of a human brain housed in an artificial body and as she comes to terms with her current situation she finds herself plagued by glitches in her memory. Chief Daisuke Aramaki is the head of Section 9, the anti-terrorist bureau tasked with handling the cyber attacks that have been on the rise in the futuristic world...
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13 Reasons Why - An honest look at tough subject from all perspectives - Apr 14, 2017 - 5:00:02 AM

If You’re Listening, You’re Too Late...
A teen is told through cassette tapes why a classmate committed suicide after a string of culminating failures. On his quest to uncover the full story behind the events that led to her death, he will also discover how he was one of those responsible for her downward spiral.

Hannah Baker is a teenager who decides to take her own life, but instead of leaving a note she records her reason for doing so on cassette tapes with instructions for certain people to listen to them. Clay Jensen is a teenager with a crush on Hannah who finds himself in possession of the tapes and as he listens to them he finds himself drawn to seeking justice for her...
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