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My review of Wolf's Call (2019)-

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Wolf's Call (2019)- Decent French thriller from Antonin Baudry. Francois Civil plays a radar expert in the French navy who experts in detecting missiles. Jihadist terrorists get a hold of a Russian sub and an empty nuclear missile and fire it at France in the hope of provoking France and the West into bombing Russia and starting WWIII. A rogue French submarine captain with the nuclear codes will not accept this answer and is hell bent on nuking Russia at all costs, while Civil and the rest of the crew do everything in their power to stop him. The plot to this is a bit long and convoluted but it still maintains to be an interesting film. The CGI effects are very noticeable but it doesn't take away from the experience of the film. A librarian with the odd name "Prairie" serves as a love interest in the beginning of the film but this seemed unnecessary and only takes away from the story. This of course leads to a disgusting sex scene made only worse by the actress' small, triple A cup breasts (she seriously looks like a male in that scene :blink: ). Seeing her flat body rolling around was probably one of the least sensual, sex scenes I've seen in a movie. The script for this was extremely poor as well (when questioned about the poor state of infrastructure on the ship, a sailor blurts out "THIS IS FRANCE!!"). The script is littered with non-sequiturs and odd attempts at humor that only fall flat. Not to spoil anything here but the ending to this is the kind of cheesy, unrealistic one you expect from these types of movies that would not happen at all in this situation in real life. You can probably guess it yourself without seeing it. Overall, this is a decent way to spend 2 hours if you enjoy cheesy action thrillers but I wouldn't really recommend it. I would give it a score of 5.5/ 10.

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On 7/18/2019 at 4:17 PM, LawrenceA said:

So...likely hit, or complete catastrophe? (get it?!?)

I think this looks like a contender for worst big-budget movie ever made, but I'm not the target audience

Just saw the "Cats" preview for the first time...yikes.  This looks like a stinker.  I saw Idris Elba on a talk show and he looked a bit sheepish when asked about "Cats."  Some things just don't translate into a movie.  

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I saw THE FAREWELL today. It's a really nicely done film. I was expecting more comedy from it, but it's mostly drama. Good performances all around, and the subtitles didn't move too quickly.

A really nice part of the film is seeing the Chinese culture within the household, trying to identify the different foods they are eating, and observing their customs for their beloved deceased ( this is one of the film's comedy scenes.)

Most of the film's family scenes give you that feeling of being there in the room where the action is occurring; the camera stays put and characters on opposite sides of the frame are exchanging dialogue without constant close-ups. I've always liked that style.

I recommend it! :)

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My brother knows I love movie locations so he just sent me these pictures of an Adam Sandler movie in production in his town-

The historic Inn:

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And how it's been dressed for the movie:

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(working title: Hubie Halloween...supposed to be taking place in Salem Mass)

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On 8/4/2019 at 3:18 PM, sagebrush said:

I saw THE FAREWELL today. It's a really nicely done film. I was expecting more comedy from it, but it's mostly drama. Good performances all around, and the subtitles didn't move too quickly.

A really nice part of the film is seeing the Chinese culture within the household, trying to identify the different foods they are eating, and observing their customs for their beloved deceased ( this is one of the film's comedy scenes.)

Most of the film's family scenes give you that feeling of being there in the room where the action is occurring; the camera stays put and characters on opposite sides of the frame are exchanging dialogue without constant close-ups. I've always liked that style.

I recommend it! :)

Sounds wonderful. Thanks for your ringing endorsement.

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Toy Story 4 last week and Aladdin (2019) this week.

Toy Story 4, I was surprised they were making a 4th one and had my doubts on it competing with the emotional climax of 3. It didn't disappoint, but it is Pixar. They did the series justice and it's another type of a finale, a conclusion to Woody's story. Tugs at the heartstrings more than once and it's a movie with heart. Does some more classic character depth, introduces some solid new characters and the Key and Peele duo, had one of the best segments in the movie. Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom, specifically for being Canadian, more solid song work and it works out a solid, conclusive ending where making a Toy Story 5 would be a feat that shouldn't be done. They danced with the devil once and left it blushing.

10/10, literal perfection and I loved it. It's also a stunning work of technology. The rain at the beginning? Gorgeous.

Aladdin, it was fun. Not perfect, nor as good as the original Disney version but nobody expected it to be as good. Some of the songs I found as good as the original or close to (Arabian Nights opener, Prince Ali, One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me) while others didn't live up to it by sequence or just didn't enrapture me (A Whole New World, Speechless). They changed it up some while keeping just enough the same and while it didn't all work out, enough did. Will Smith made the Genie his own instead of trying to be Robin Williams and it worked for the best. He's still Genie, but almost plays a different role for him. Added in some new subplots, changed Jafar so he's more soft-spoken and not clearly evil, no Prince Ali reprise, Iago is now a regular parrot (Unfortunate), a nice Easter egg homage to the original and it being Guy Ritchie, there is a lot of slow-mo moments. But if anything, it could win Best Song or Best Costume Design because it is gorgeous! Not the worst Live-Action Remake but probably not the best.

7/10, I enjoyed it, and just hearing the instrumentals of some of the songs took me back.

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Hitting screens this Friday:

DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (family comedy)

THE KITCHEN (thriller)

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (comedy drama)

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (horror)

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON (comedy drama)

AFTER THE WEDDING (drama)

LIGHT OF MY LIFE (drama)

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Universal Pictures cancels release of movie 'The Hunt' after mass shootings

Previously, Universal put a temporary halt on marketing for the film following a series of mass shootings.

 

Insiders tell Varietythat the studio came to the decision alongside “The Hunt” filmmakers. They also said it was a tough decision for the company, but studio leadership ultimately determined that the film could wait.

Previously, Universal put a temporary halt on marketing for the film following a series of mass shootings. In the film’s few marketing materials that did air, stars such as Betty Gilpin and Ike Barinholtz could be seen brandishing assault rifles and pistols while taking on a group of would-be hunters.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/universal-pictures-cancels-release-movie-hunt-after-mass-shootings-n1041136?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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"....The violent (satire) movie from producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions follows a dozen individuals who wake up in a clearing and realize they are being stalked for sport by elite liberals. ....

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universal-scraps-hunt-release-gun-violence-uproar-1230716

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On 7/1/2019 at 8:56 AM, TopBilled said:

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Saw it on Tuesday and it certainly was something. Slow-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dumb characters, some silly moments, a bit of padding and silly moments mixed with uncomfortable content in some diabolical cocktail. I mean, I did enjoy it but it wasn't really scary. Or like, not straight up horror but as folk horror as it gets with all the pagan everything. And some of the pagan stuff... it is straight up disturbing and then the fridge horror kicks in and it becomes even worse. I am glad I got around to watching it, it lived up in some aspects, didn't meet some expectations but it's something that shouldn't be spoiled. It is one hell of a ride and some excellent foreshadowing, some of it I picked up on and it really made it better.

7.5/10

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5 minutes ago, Ampersand said:

Saw it on Tuesday and it certainly was something. Slow-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dumb characters, some silly moments, a bit of padding and silly moments mixed with uncomfortable content in some diabolical cocktail. I mean, I did enjoy it but it wasn't really scary. Or like, not straight up horror but as folk horror as it gets with all the pagan everything. And some of the pagan stuff... it is straight up disturbing and then the fridge horror kicks in and it becomes even worse. I am glad I got around to watching it, it lived up in some aspects, didn't meet some expectations but it's something that shouldn't be spoiled. It is one hell of a ride and some excellent foreshadowing, some of it I picked up on and it really made it better.

7.5/10

Sounds interesting. I read that there was full frontal nudity of males and females in it. True?

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On 8/15/2019 at 9:51 PM, TopBilled said:

Sounds interesting. I read that there was full frontal nudity of males and females in it. True?

It was quite the watch, haven't seen much like it recently. And a definite, solid yes. It deserves every bit of it's rating.

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On 8/10/2019 at 12:52 PM, LawrenceA said:

Opening the week of Friday, August 16

Good Boys

 

 

I didn't think I'd see it in the first week, thought it was like 3 weeks into it's run. Saw it on Tuesday and it's actually really funny. Plenty of dirty jokes, swears, some absolutely hilarious scenes and a journey that not even the trailers could spoil, but glimpses at in later TV spots. At some point you know the ending of the journey before even going in thanks to the trailers but it still has a few tricks up it's sleeve for it. And if you found the trailer entertaining, you will love this movie. But what makes or breaks it is the kid actors, who are actually incredibly good in it. Like seriously good. Even the secondaries are good. It's just a really solid, entertaining comedy flick.

 

8.5-9/10, I loved the comedy style of it, and that there is no true outright villain/antagonist to confront and defeat in it. Enjoyment really depends on what type of comedy you enjoy though.

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On 7/29/2019 at 2:14 PM, LawrenceA said:

 

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

 

 

I saw it last week and it was the perfect summer movie: Big and loud, dumb and full of plotholes, action and jokes with jokes and visual comedy when they're punching people in the face, ludicrous car chases that escalate in stupidity and improbability, entertaining secondary characters that don't overstay their welcome, those non-action slow parts that slow down the movie to build up some chemistry and my favorite part: Idris Elba doing anything. But despite it not being about street racing or much in the way of heists, it's very Fast, very Furious and very, very dumb. And Mike Oxmaul, even though it was in the trailers, it's still funny.

7/10

Don't forget to stay for the credits, well worth it.

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