Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is nothing more than lively popcorn entertainment. Director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) returns his band of space misfits to the big screen, in a colorful and explosive sequel.
Quill’s (a charismatic Chris Pratt) Awesome Mixtape #2 is just as good as it’s predecessor’s tunes that fueled the theaters back in 2014. Vol. 2 displays a packed plot with dazzling visuals that will leave viewers anxious for more. Gunn’s sequel is almost as fun as his triumph in 2014, as we continue to follow our heroes on another space-operatic adventure through the cosmos. Gunn keeps the plot rolling with sharp dialogue and cheeky humor. New beats include "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra, "Fox on the Run" by Sweet, "Lake Shore Drive" by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, "The Chain" Fleetwood Mac and "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass.
Continuing to expand the Marvel Universe, Quill is accompanied by his friends consisting of Gamora (a fierce Zoe Saldana), Drax (a wild Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and the adorable Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). Baby Groot's innocence and goofy sense of nature will steal your heart. Trying not to dwell into spoiler territory, the Guardians advance their journey through the cosmos as they discover the mystery of Quill’s true parentage. A.K.A. the bombastic Kurt Russell as Ego. That’s all I’ll say. Cast members that also shine in the sequel include Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff and Sylvester Stallone. Vol. 2 might not be as fresh as Vol. 1, nevertheless; its thrills and visuals are more than enough to keep audiences entertained for now.
I got to experience Vo. 2 at one of the coolest Drive-In movie theaters I've ever been to. 49'er Drive-in Theatre was named one of the Top Ten Drive-Ins in USA TODAY.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content.
The Circle is one of the most disappointing movies of 2017.
This lackluster film hit the theaters a few weeks back and while it assembles an impressive cast (Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Karen Gillan and Ellar Coltrane), nevertheless; The Circle is not able to overcome its half-hearted themes. We follow a woman (Watson) who lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity. The film floats an intriguing premise, but lands it with a gigantic thud. Actor’s Hanks and Watson failed to overcome director James Ponsoldt’s (The Spectacular Now) botched direction. This so-called technology thriller ends up being a sloppy mess with ham-fisted finishing touches. The future is scary, but The Circle is not…
The Circle is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned). For a sexual situation, brief strong language and some thematic elements including drug use.
Get Out is a social critique that's laced with racial tension and packaged in a horror/comedy duo. It’s the best film of 2017 thus far.
I know that I’m late to the party, but Get Out is a thought-provoking thrill ride seamlessly weaved through the mastermind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele). Peele’s directorial debut could go into the books as one of the most successful first tries ever achieved on film. Get Out will have your heart pumping with your hands on the edge of your seat from the first frame until the last. Spiraling around the story of a young African-American man (the terrific Daniel Kaluuya) who visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s (a wonderful Allison Williams) mysterious family estate. Peele unleashes racial paranoia in an effective horror/comedy mash-up.
Get Out not only parallels real world events, but also captures the fears of what real black men and women face every single day. In my opinion, Peele’s first film receives all 5 stars for its sheer brilliance in writing, acting and directing. Get Out’s scarefest will surely leave viewers shaken and stirred. A searing satire that's scary enough on its own terms. In a twist, Get Out finds its tension in black people's fear of white people's fear of black people. Furthermore, I’ll let you enjoy the rest of this madness on your own.
Get Out is rated R (Restricted). For violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.
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