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    Rocketman - I give it 8/10. The music was fabulous. The cast and storytelling were on point. The sets and costumes were amazing!

    Unfortunately, most of the movie was about the terrible times. My son said hed never seen a movie where he wanted to harm most of the characters. At the end of the movie there was a screen scroll about the better times (the most recent 20+ years). But I would have liked to see more of them.

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    "Dark Phoenix" - Overall I enjoyed the film. There is one major plot point that I hate, not just the plot point itself but how it was handled. The performances were spectacular, though. Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, all around.

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    Dark Phoenix - I'm ready for Disney to sit on this franchise for awhile before they try again. I was really disappointed by Apocalypse, to the point that I may have blocked some of it. And because of that, I think I would have enjoyed this more if I felt more of a connection to Jean Grey. The story was better than the last Dark Phoenix attempt, but by then I felt more of a connection to Jean, Scott and Logan. I also couldn't get past the amount of time that has supposedly passed since First Class and how old some of the characters should be. Sometimes you can kind of set aside your disbelief if the story is good enough. This wasn't one of those.


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    Rocketman - I didn't think it was that dark. I don't think I knew much about Elton John, (or at least didn't connect his songs to him) until he became known for his AIDS charity. As everything was happening I was comparing it to what his public persona is now, so that probably clouded how I saw everything.

    One thing I've realized that I don't like about these musical biopics is the way they use the music. Like we hear a little bit of one song when he's playing around at the piano, and then we don't hear that song again. In contrast, in A Star is Born we hear Shallow three times because part of the story is the song. Bohemian Rhapsody (kind of) and Rocketman (moreso) force moments into the story in order to fit the songs in. I get that the movie is sort of a jukebox musical, and I appreciate that, and I didn't dislike it, but I also really wanted more story about the evolution of some of the songs themselves.

    I did enjoy the way Taron Egerton stepped out of some scenes and seemed to step into the musical numbers. I liked that more than the montages in Bohemian Rhapsody. I also liked the way the end credits showed you all the little nods that were in there.

    While I didn't really like it at the time, I'm going to rewatch Kingsman 2, just for the Elton scenes.


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    "The Secret Life of Pets 2" - I really enjoyed the first film, but this one sort of felt flat. Most of the really funny bits were in the trailer, so that was kind of a letdown. What appealed to me about the first film was learning about what the title says - the secret life of pets. I wanna know what funny stuff that pets do that we don't know about or are mis-interpreted by humans. In the new film, there's a scene in the trailer about the main dog being taken to the vet, which turns out to be a vet for behavioural problems. That scene was hilarious. But there's no followup on any of that. THAT'S the stuff I wanted to see. The main part of the story then becomes a fairly well-used human story, only this time, played out with pets. There's an actor in the first film that I'm not terribly fond of but I liked what he did in the first film, and as expected, he returns in this film, but his character had way more screen time than I would have wanted. And then, another person who I decidedly don't like showed up, and I didn't know that person was going to voice a character in this film, so that did not help my opinion of this film, but I realize that's a personal opinion.


    "Ma" - I've been looking forward to this since I saw the first trailer, and it did not disappoint. There were some familiar moments, and I really wish so much of the story hadn't already been given away in the trailer, but I still enjoyed the film. I liked Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures" and "Gifted", and this was a VERY different role for her. And she was spectacular.


    "Men in Black: International" - I enjoyed this film a lot. I've seen the original film, though way after the fact, and I thought it was ok. I liked this film better, but I think a lot of that has to do with my liking pretty much all of the main actors in this film. I liked how the plot developed, and there was action as you'd expect but also a lot of humour. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are able to play off each other in a way that they weren't able to do in Thor: Ragnarok, so that was a lot of fun. An actress that I have a stupid reason for disliking showed up in this film that I didn't expect but she was pretty good, so I begrudgingly liked her in this. It's definitely set up for more films in the franchise. (Weird note: I'd noticed that they'd pretty much hidden Liam Neeson in the trailers for this film. Not surprising given the recent controversy he was involved in, and they wouldn't want to tank the film by advertising his participation. In the trailer, you never see him, but you do hear his voice. I expect that was because they figured most people wouldn't know his voice and so wouldn't be turned off the film if they were going to be inclined to be so because he's in it.)

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    Ok, Ill be honest here... I had no idea to expect. It popped up as a recommended film on Netflix. And with that, Ive never really watched any sort of Anime movie before. Sure, maybe a series here and there, but never a film.
    Fortunately it was well dubbed in English, as I do not like dealing with subtitles.

    I was really moved by this film. Very well done and there were a lot of parts where I just didnt know what to expect. It caused me to think a bit about the storyline and how it probably is more true to life for some that may watch it.

    Ill probably even watch it again in the future if for no other reason, I am sure I missed certain details.

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    "Toy Story 4" - There were things I liked about it, but overall, I thought TS3 had been a good ending to the franchise, and I didn't ultimately think the things that were done in this film were needed to complete the franchise. The story didn't go where I wanted and expected it to go. And, I felt two of the new characters were forced on me without letting me getting to know them, whereas a new character I don't recall seeing in the trailer (though I might have only seen the teaser trailer) really caught my attention and I liked that story. And, if you don't normally stay through the credits, just a suggestion to do that for this film. And I do mean ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CREDITS. I liked the payoff.

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    TS4 -
    I walked out of the theater rather satisfied. I thought it was wonderfully done with supurb animation.... especially when compared to when the series first started.

    I wont say much else to help avoid spoilers.... but Im giving it a solid 9/10.

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    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    I just got off a cruise ship that showed Infinity War and The Intern over and over again almost constantly.

    I liked it. There were some nitpicky things that bothered me. This probably won't be one I'll stop and watch multiple times when I see it again.

    There is both a mid credit and end credit scene. I thought they were interesting given that there are currently several MCU movies in development, but not production and nothing coming out. That really hasn't been the case for a long time.


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    "Spiderman: Far From Home" - Overall, I enjoyed the film, but I thought the script wasn't nearly on par with most other Marvel movies. The story was kind of weak. There was something that I disliked about the story, so I'm glad that the after-credits scene at least explained/excused it.

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    Toy Story 4 9/10!

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    "Yesterday" -- charming movie! Really enjoyed the casting and the humor. So funny how well we know the Beatles' songs, even when we don't think we're all that familiar with them.


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    "The Farewell" - I've been looking forward to seeing this since I heard about it when they were talking about news from the Sundance Film Festival. I really enjoyed the film, though I have to admit it made me think about a lot of things that hit close to home. So many struggles for the characters to deal with, and it's not a matter of who's right or wrong - just perspective.

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    I've been looking forward to seeing that movie, too. The trailer was so interesting. Glad you enjoyed it.


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    The Lion King not as good as the original but give it 8/10!

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    Hobbes & Shaw - It was fun but mostly empty. Yep, great stunts and car chases and blow-em-up stuff, that you'd expect from something tied to The Fast and the Furious. But there was something huge missing. Putting thematic stuff and casting info (people I didn't see in the trailer so didn't want to spoil their appearance for others) in spoiler tags.

     
    There are lots of funny bits in this film, and true to their characters, Johnson and Statham trade barbs back and forth. In prior films, that was in small interludes, sprinkled into the story that featured the main actors/characters, but here, it's almost constant. And it's too much. And at times, it seemed like just a string of one-liners instead of an actual script. It took me a while to figure out what was really missing from the film. Most people would just say, hey, it's an action movie, don't expect too much. But that's not what made Fast and the Furious appealing to me. Sure, stunts and such are great, but the core of the films was the group of people who loved each other and would do ANYTHING for each other. That's what drove the story. That's why we rooted for them. That's why it was devastating when they lost members of the crew. Until about the last half hour or so of this film, you didn't get any of that. And it made a big difference to me.

    As for the stunts, they keep trying to outdo the last effort, and they had some good ones, but there were some that didn't land for me. They had a sequence where a number of trucks are latched together to prevent a helicopter from flying away, and it seemed to me like the reverse of a prior stunt where they unhooked individual train cars. And there was one bit, where Johnson is holding a large chain link tied to the helicopter, and it screamed Captain America to me. At least with Cap, he has superpowers to explain that. If Idris Elba's character had done that, I'd have bought it because he's mechanically enhanced. But as big and strong as Johnson is, I didn't buy it for a second, in a film where I was willing to believe some pretty fantastical stunts.

    Ryan Reynolds - I'm beginning to think that he's ruined for me in anything that's not Deadpool from now on. Cause every time I hear him in a film, all I can picture is Deadpool. That proved very distracting when I watched Detective Pikachu. And it didn't really work for me in this film. It really pulled me out of the story, so I was hyper aware that I was watching RYAN REYNOLDS, not the character he was portraying. It felt like stunt casting for the sake of stunt casting.

    Kevin Hart - On the other hand, while I'm not generally a fan of his, I thought he did a terrific job in his extended cameo, and I really enjoyed watching him. I did also like him in Jumanji, so maybe I only like him in certain projects.



    And, there are during-credits scenes and after-credits scenes, several of them. Thoughts in spoiler tags:

     
    I enjoyed some of them, like when Shaw and sister went to visit their mom, Helen Mirren. I knew that scene had to happen, given the developments in the film, and yet, I still enjoyed it and it was a good payoff. With the others, though, it just seemed like indulgence and being cutesy. I didn't think they really added anything, and the few people left in the theatre by the time the last scene ended also didn't seem to have positive responses to the scenes.



    I'm still going to watch The Fast and the Furious films, but I think I'm out for any further chapters of this spin-off.
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    The Lion King (2019)
    Overall, I thought it was very well done. Some nice additional elements added. A great score and soundtrack. It was a real enjoyable film.

    I can see why Disney is remaking/redoing some of these films... because while I loved the original, its been at least 10 years since I saw it last. It brought back memories of the story and I can see where it can entertain a whole new audience that has never seen the animated orig. feature film.

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