Synopsis: Will Smith stars as retired hitman Henry Brogan, forced on the run by a young, highly skilled operative who will stop at nothing to eliminate his target. Now on a race around the globe, Henry must outsmart the mysterious assassin at every step – but how far will he go once they finally come face to face?
Review: Will Smith plays the two main characters in this action film. However, the CGI of his younger clone is as cringe-worthy as Superman’s CGI’s mustache removal in Justice League. It’s so bad that it’s detracts from every scene he’s in. It would have been better to get a younger actor who resembles him and just do some minor tweaks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper to look like a young version of Bruce Willis.
As for the story, it’s fun and fast-paced. And it’s a lot like Bruce Willis in RED, though this movie isn’t as well-rounded. The characters are mostly one-dimensional, except for Brogan. The fight scenes are a lot of fun though. And there is plenty of suspense that builds to an exciting finale. I just wish the CGI’d Junior wasn’t so distracting.
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Synopsis: Decades after Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) prevented Judgment Day, a lethal new Terminator is sent to eliminate the future leader of the resistance. In a fight to save mankind, battle-hardened Sarah Connor teams up with an unexpected ally (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and an enhanced super soldier to stop the deadliest Terminator yet. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance in this action-packed thrill ride from Tim Miller, the Director of Deadpool, and Producer James Cameron.
Review: This is the Terminator sequel I’ve been waiting for. Linda Hamilton has been missing in all the films since Terminator 2, so it’s only fitting that we ignore all the previous sequels for this storyline. And it works. It’s heart-pounding suspense with heartbreaking drama that only these leading ladies can supply. Arnold is back as well, as Terminator “Carl” who has moved on with life and sees the error of his ways. As a Terminator fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this installment. Certainly more than the previous several installments. There is plenty of fan service, and that’s okay. The action is non-stop and intense. The CGI is fantastic. And there is plenty of heart that keeps viewers invested.
Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species (thought to be mere myths) rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Review: I haven’t seen the 2014 Godzilla film, but there was a nice recap at the beginning to catch us up. I actually only watched this one because I heard there will be a crossover with King Kong (from Kong: Skull Island) in the next installment of these monster movies. I loved Kong: Skull Island, but this had a much different feel.
I’m not a particular fan of Godzilla, but I enjoyed this film. Where Skull Island was full of suspense and humor, this installment is much more dramatic and intense. These monsters are on a completely different scale. The cinematography and CGI is impressive. And there is a good story beyond just the monster fighting, as well as interesting characters. Millie Bobby Brown was fantastic, of course. The big showdown is over-the-top and a lot of fun. And the post-credit scene made me excited for the next film.
4K, BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features: • Commentary by Director • Godzilla: Nature’s Fearsome Guardian • Mothra: Queen of the Monsters • King Ghidorah: The Living Extinction Machine • Rodan: Airborne God of Fire • Godzilla 2.0 • Making Morthra • Creating Ghidorah • Reimagining Rodan • The Yunnan Temple • Castle Bravo • The Antarctic Base • The Isla de Mara Volcano • The Undersea Lair • Millie Bobby Brown: Force of Nature • Monster Tech: Monarch Joins the Fight • Monsters Are Real • Welcome to the Monsterverse • Deleted Scenes
Synopsis: Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Review: Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have culminated to this film. Infinity War left off in possibly the biggest cliffhanger ever -- with half of the universe turned to dust. Now, the original Avengers, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Rocket, and Nebula decide to go after Thanos and use the Infinity Stones to bring everyone back. But things (obviously) don’t go as planned.
While this film has an insanely large cast of characters, the main story predominantly focuses on the original Avengers -- their lives post-snap and their search for a way to undo what Thanos did. Some stay the course, some lose themselves, and some just decide to move on. It’s intriguing and heartbreaking. At 3 hours long, it seems like there would be slow times. But it actually felt crammed full of action, suspense, drama, and still plenty of humor. The surprising timeline builds to an epic final battle and a sweet, heartwarming tribute with a wonderful send-off to some beloved characters. This is a superhero movie worth watching over and over.
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer): Digital Exclusive: • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.” Blu-ray & Digital: • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos. • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU. • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero. • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back! • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble. • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created. • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.” • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set. • Visionary Intro -- Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo. • Audio Commentary -- Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
Review: Billy Batson is a foster kid, constantly looking for his birth mother and getting into trouble. He has a chip on his shoulder, but has a good heart… deep down. When he becomes a magical superhero in an adult body, there is a definitely learning curve. He has to learn how to use his powers… and not abuse them. But Dr. Sivana is coming for him and tries to take Billy’s power before he realizes his full potential.
This is finally a DC film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s fun and exciting and loaded with laughs. It could have easily been a PG film and more family-friendly. But unfortunately, there are a couple scenes at the beginning that show how dangerous the evil entities are by getting a little gruesome as well as some language that earn the PG-13 rating. I was just disappointed as my niece and nephew enjoy Shazam! comics, as they’re geared toward a younger audience. And my 11-year-old niece had to turn her head during the violent scene.
But I still really enjoyed the movie and story. Billy discovers he has a real family, and it had a great message. Full of humor, danger, suspense, fun abilities, and heartwarming drama -- this was a great addition to the DC universe. I hope the future installments continue to live up to this quality and more lighthearted feel.
Special Features Include: -- Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic -- The Magical World of Shazam -- Super Fun Zac -- Carnival Scene Study, Shazamily Values -- Who is Shazam? -- Deleted Scenes -- Gag Reel
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Review: When “Vers”crashes to Earth (in the mid-’90s), she begins searching for answers to her strange flashes of memories of a life she doesn’t remember. But the Skrull are also on earth and can appear as anyone. Vers teams up with a young Nick Fury to find a piece of technology before the Skrull can steal it.
As a huge Captain Marvel fan, I had very high hopes for this movie. I’m usually disappointed when the whole movie is given away in the trailers. And I try to stay away from spoilers (not fan theories though). Thankfully, they still had a few surprises for me. Some a little predictable, but still fun. But there was a big twist I didn’t see coming. Some comic fans may not like one of the bigger changes made to Captain Marvel lore, but I enjoyed it.
The cast was fantastic. Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Samuel L Jackson have great chemistry. And Ben Mendelsohn and Annette Bening were exceptional in their roles. I only wish Agent Coulson had more screen time! The story was an origin story and a prequel. But the story was layered with a good plot and fun easter eggs. It’s definitely action-packed as well and loaded with humor and feel-good moments.
Captain Marvel is an inspiring woman. She has had to work harder to get to where she’s at -- and never gives up. She has a sense of humor and can still be vulnerable -- even though she’s one of the most powerful superheroes in the MCU. It’s no wonder she has become one of my all-time favorites. There’s a lot packed into this powerful and inspiring movie. And I look forward to seeing it again.