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The Secret Life of Pets 2 - Review (2019)

The Good
The Voice Cast from Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart (who steals this movie again), Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Harrison Ford, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Renaud, Tara Strong

The obvious animal jokes

The animation looks better than the first as it should

The Bad
The Plot is not as good as the first film where it mainly focused on the 2 main dogs and everything else was side plot in this their almost treated like the aide plot and Kevin Hart's character is the main plot which to be honest is pretty forgettable. 

The poop jokes 

Alexandre Desplat's forgettable score

Its shorter than the first movie. 

As a sequel it doesn't really develop its characters other than the main dog. 

Final Thoughts: Its a OK animated movie to put on for kids but nothing to be remembered about as I thought the first movie was better, but if wanna see probably the better animated movie save money for Toy Story 4.

Final Grade: C

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Review (2019)

The Good
When we do get the Monster Fights there fucking awesome seeing Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and  King Ghidorah all in battle is really cool. 

Millie Bobby Brown is probably the only character I liked everyone else I wished died. 

The Kaiju have personalities and facial expressions like their actually characters in a movie that just don't talk which is pretty cool. 

The Massive Destruction when it is shown on screen (sometimes it can go so far with the humans making it look like 1998 Zilla though)

Bear McCreary's score is amazing. 

Fantastic Visual Effects.

The Bad
Too Many Fucking Characters like why do we need this many in a Godzilla film and we keep focusing on them too which wouldn't be a problem if we had better writing but we dont , poor Sally Hawkins is WASTED and so is Charles Dance who probably wishes he was back on Game of Thrones and all the humans are fucking idiots 

The Writing oh my god its terrible, its incredibly bad and lazy and full of cliches like Godzilla saves the humans countless times and you know when its gonna happen too. 

Michael Doughtery's forgettable direction

The Humor does not work at all maybe from Ice Cube's son but that's it. 

The teasing of Kong is like too much we hear Skull Island so many times and like how are they gonna fight Kong is no where as big as Godzilla and if they do fight its just gonna be like Batman v. Superman where were gonna have the Evil Charles Dance character and evil misfits try to get them to fight but there's gonna be a bigger monster where they have to team up, both movies from Warner Brothers. 

There's no singular Battle Sequence like the 2014 Godzilla cause every battle or every encounter is interrupted by the Humans cause we keep cutting back to them. 

A lot of eye rolling scenes 

In the final act its dark as fuck cause its at night and raining but for some reason its too dark. 

Final Thoughts: Gotta be honest I think the 2014 Godzilla is a better film and that barely had Godzilla but least it has one amazing fight at the very end, this one I have to say is very disappointing as the saying goes bigger doesn't always mean better. 

Overall Grade: C-


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Rocketman - Review (2019)

The Good
Taron Egerton' s amazing performance as Elton John and what makes his performance a more stand out to a recent biopic Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Male, Taron actually sings in the film unlike Malek in his film which he doesn't just play a cover of the singer like Malek did, Egerton actually becomes Elton and should be nominated for Best Actor if Rami got nominated then so should Taron. 

Dexter Fletcher who did the surprisingly feel good Eddie the Eagle and was hired to finish Bohemian Rhapsody (he could only save so much of that movie), makes his best movie to date who makes the film a blast to watch from start to finish never leaving you bored at all. 

Lee Hall's really good screenplay with just great dialogue. 

The Supporting cast is also fantastic, Jamie Bell, who plays Elton John's long-time, cool-headed lyricist Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as his ruthless manager and lover John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as his thoroughly unsupportive mother Sheila.

Stephen Graham playing Dick James is fantastic . 

The musical set pieces that each song matches a certain moment of Elton John's life that doesn't seem forced like his iconic hits the best scene being Rocketman of course and their shot incredibly well. 

This will be another shot taken at the meh Bohemian Rhapsody, but this movie doesn't sanitise Elton John's Sexuality like "BR" did with Freddie Mercury, which apparently this is the first Major Hollywood film to show Gay Male Sex on Screen, don't know if that is entirely true, but if it then that is crazy. 

There incredible gut punching drama in this movie that shows a lot of scenes to make you emotional maybe like the decades where his parents show little interest in him and his drug addiction in his later years. 

Its rated R without being forced (like the garbage Motley Crue movie The Dirt that just showed excessive cocaine, Boobs, sex, said fuck every scene) this movie is just for a mature audience and doesn't neuter the film with a PG-13 rating like Bohemian Rhapsody. 

The Bad
It does have some Musical Biopic cliches. 

The scene "Saturday Night is Alright for Fighting" is playing is a little corny lol. 

Final Thoughts: If it wasn't said enough, Rocketman is basically the musical biopic that Bohemian Rhapsody should've been. Soulful, utterly convincing and ludicrously entertaining in every way that the Queen biopic feels overly sanitised, generic and oddly forgettable, it is a triumph that deserves every drop of Bohemian Rhapsody's success and more cause this movie is fantastic. 

Overall Grade: A-


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Dark Phoenix - Review (2019)

The Good
James McAvoy is still fantastic as Charles Xavier who never phones it in even if the movie and dialogue is utterly atrocious he tries so fucking hard to make the most of a terrible script since he is in the movie more than any character. 

Sophie Turner is surprisingly good as Jean Grey / Dark Phoenix in which in Apocalypse she was OK this movie she is a bit better even with a terrible script. 

Hans Zimmer's Memorable Score.

The fast pacing and shot runtime (thankgod) cause  the movie is so boring you'all be thankful that in not long. 

The Bad
Simon Kindbergs HORRIBLE Direction which is baffling to let him helm a $200+ Million budget movie which he tries to copy very poorly Bryan Singer's style instead of bringing his own style which a lot of the action and dialogue shots are very slopping including one battle scene that is HORRIBLY edited and the beginning rescue mission feels rushed with the 3rd act being uneventful and forgettable. 

As well as his Painfully bad Script that is a mish-mash of on-the-nose exposition and woefully generic "badass" superhero movie quipping
Especially the one awful life where Mystique should call the X-Men the X-Women, but worse of all Jessica Chastain probably gets the worst bit of Dialogue. 

Most of the cast are utterly wasted, first off Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique once again phones in it which to be honest at this point I can see why, she doesn't even want be in this movie. 

Michael Fassbender as Magneto who surprisingly shows up mid way in the film who just gives a few menacing looks and barely does shit, at least he doesn't turn evil again I guess. 

Jessica Chastain who plays the main villain who is an alien shape shifter who is utterly forgettable probably as bad as Stephenwolf who doesn't even emote and who SHOCKLY (not really) tries to manipulate Jean Grey not like that hasn't happen before. 

Most of the main X-Men aren't given much to do (poor Cyclops), but worse of all is Quicksilver who is sidelined in the middle of the film for no reason to be honest and he doesn't even do a memorable bad ass slow more scene what a way to go out never to be seen again. 

The Dull and boring plot where it is bogged down by so much shit going on whether it's Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) yearning to leave the X-Men, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) yet again flirting with his dark side or shape-shifting aliens descending upon Earth it just feels that the story was being rewritten so many times on set. 

There's no Emotional Impact where Jean Grey being consumed by the Phoenix Force feels rushed with a terrible sub plot and Spoiler Alert but not really since they showed you in the trailers Mystique's death you don't even care cause its so laughable that you knew it was gonna happen its the total opposite of Logan where Wolverine died you actually were emotionally attached to Hugh Jackman's character when he died we were in tears, where as J-Law's Mystique who also probably didn't care for her character anyway after Days of Future Past there is just no tears to be shed.

Final Thoughts:  Dark Phoenix is a HUGE misfire like we all figured it would be but its much much worse that is a very forgettable ending to a 12 Movie convoluted Franchise it even teases a sequel that we will never get to see and thankfully so too after this.

Overall Grade: F+


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Ma - Review (2019)

The Good
Octavia Spencer is fantastic in this movie even with terrible writing who makes this watchable. 

The premise is interesting (but ultimately wasted)

When Spencer starts killing its awesome just wished she killed some of the asshole annoying characters since they were unlikable. 

The Bad
It doesn't fully commit to its crazy premise like its a very tamed R Rating. 

Everyone is unlikable besides maybe Octavia Spencer and someone else that is a spoiler cause their all idiots who could easily just end the movie and do the right thing, right away instead of escalating things

Tate Taylor's meh direction

Allison Janney is pretty wasted. 

Meh script

Final Thoughts: Octavia Spencer is amazing in what could of been a cool thriller instead it just her giving a great and memorable performance in a eh film.

Overall Grade: C-


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The Hustle - Review (2019)

The Good
Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson at least make it somewhat watchable. 

The Bad 
Its a Female Remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Which is better obviously) which would of been fine if it was directed and written better. 

Chris Addison's terrible direction

The script is not funny or witty, its just shallow, empty with no fun, with part of it having Rebel doing the obviously fat jokes which is tiring cause you seen her do that a thousand times. 

Anne Dudley dull score. 

Final Thoughts: If you wanna see a better version of this movie go watch Dirty Rotten Scoundrels or the original Bedtime Story and just skip this pile of shit. 

Overall Grade: F


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Men in Black: International - Review (2019)

The Good
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are both great and their chemistry together are perfect to make this movie watchable. 

It has one actual heart warming scene. 

Kumail Nanjiani as Pawny I thought would be annoying, but ended be useful to the movie. 

Frank the Dog cameo. 

The Bad
F. Gary Gray's Direction it doesn't feel like his normal style of directing it just felt like another Men in Black film which is very disappointing. 

Laurent and Larry Bourgeois were pretty scary looking but were bland enemies. 

Rebecca Ferguson was pretty wasted as with Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson (who is great) but should of been in it more. 

The actions scenes were pretty lame. 

The Humor is hit or miss

Hit or miss visuals. 

Final Thoughts: Even with a new Director for the series MIB:I just feels like another Men in Black film and we yet to have a film as great as the first. 

Overall Grade: C-


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The Intruder - Review (2019)

The Good
Dennis Quaid is the best part of this shit fest of the movie 

The Bad
Everything literally everything 

Also there's a whole lot of Soft Core music video style sex scenes

Its just the same as any other screen gems generic movie like this 

It takes itself way too seriously 

Overall: Don't waste money on this shit fest that just shows once again Screen Gems and Sony are a shit movie company.

Overall Grade: F


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I just watched the 2014 Robocop movie and I have to say I was very impressed with the film.  I was very intrigued with the fresh, and new modern take on the Robocop character.  Not as good as the original film but still a damn good movie.

Grade: A-

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