Kingsman: The Golden Circle While Fun To Watch, Didn’t Surpass The Original

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Back in 2015 I deemed Kingsman: The Secret Service to be the best movie of that year. It was fun, exciting, action packed, funny, great actors, the list goes on. My excitement over the past two years leading up to the release of the sequel to the big hit, I couldn’t wait to go back to the non-bond movie that has some of the best action sequences I have seen in years in addition to John Wick franchise.

This film Kingsman: The Golden Circle provided a lot of what made the first one great but with an added 12 mins to its running time from the first one, this entry changed its tone by providing some questioning moral dilemmas, more sentimental moments, and misused characters.

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Logan Lucky Reminds You That Original Ideas Work

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Now when I say, “original ideas” I mean a movie that isn’t a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation. Logan Lucky is a heist movie and a funny one at that. Even though the movie is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean Eleven Trilogy) who is no stranger to making heist movies provided a fresh take on the type of movie which is also different from what he is use to from his previous heist films. I also love the fact that the tagline of this film speaks more on the history of his filmmaking vs. the movie itself which reads, “See how the other half steals”.

That is exactly what you are going to get. The film involves two brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan who are both “ride or die” for one another who decides that they want to pull a job during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. Instead of the highly skilled members of Ocean’s team we are used to seeing from Soderbergh, we see the two brothers along with a mismatch crew making this journey not something to miss.

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard Proves That Opposites Sometimes Don’t Attract

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The actors who play Deadpool and Nick Fury respectively has banded together to attempt to create another oddball action/buddy comedy who must complete a task and prey they don’t kill each other by the end of the mission. We have seen this so many times on screen and at this point it really just depends on the chemistry brought on by its leads.

On this go, Lionsgate brings you Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson that will have to work together and make it to a court date so that a testimony can put a very bad man behind bars. Reynold’s character Michael Bryce is a top bodyguard whose new client Jackson’s Darius Kincaid, a hitman who has some vital information to a big case in London, England. There are forces that don’t want him to make it to the courthouse and Bryce and Kincaid who have bad blood towards one another will have to settle their difference and huge personalities to make it there on time and alive.

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Review: Baby Driver Is Fun, Clever, And Thrilling. Basically, It Just Kicks Ass

Don’t let the somewhat questionable possibly horrible title of the film fool you. Baby Driver is an amazing flick. Edgar Wright, responsible for a lot of great films including one of my favorite movies of all time…Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, brings us an enjoyable ride for almost 2 hours. Right at the start of the movie you are sucked in with the eye-catching moves and charisma of Ansel Elgort, who plays Baby, and Edgar’s great direction with using the environment and surroundings to make one of the most entertaining openings sequences I can remember. I knew right then that this movie is going to be fun to watch.

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Review: Despicable Me 3 Provides Just Enough To Keep The Fans Busy Until The Next Chapter

Despicable Me franchise isn’t well known for its gut bursting laughs or remembered movies. The film does have some good qualities bringing us the Minions who are a merchandise gold when it comes to marketing and sales. Steve Carell’s name attached to it with his unique voice acting to the lead character Gru just as unique as Mike Myers is to Shrek. What they lack in big laughs for both kids and adults they make up with a lot of heart. The story of a villain turned parent and hero overnight is a nice story.

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Review: The House Doesn’t Provide The Laughs That Are Expected 

There have been some great comedies from both Will Ferrell (Daddy’s Home) and Amy Poehler (Sisters). However, the film that brings them together didn’t provide the same laughs as their successors. Both Ferrell and Poehler are two of the funniest actors in the biz right now but that doesn’t make them bullet proof when it comes to their work. Every person has the potential of having a hit or miss. Sadly, The House is one of those misses as it provided mediocre comedy that even some of the actors themselves knew wasn’t up to par with their potential.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Trailer Looks Like A Fun Ride Full Of Laughs And Action

Let’s talk about the first full trailer to the new movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. As the title hints at, we are taken into the game this time around and explore the jungle Alan Parrish (Robin Williams) lived in for 26 years. To keep it a little modern, they decided to whimsically send them to the jungle not by the original board game but through a video game instead. I personally was a little skeptical when hearing the idea of the movie. I personally would have loved to see the wonders of the game come out into the real world. Also for the portal to be a video game and not the board game was a little disappointing. After watching the first trailer, I must say that I am excited. It looks funny and there is plenty of action sequences that makes it look like a wild ride. Plus the intensity and jam-packed jungle animals and creatures we saw in the first are not missing from the action either which is good. Check out the trailer below.

As you can see, the movie has a stellar cast which includes buddy duo Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart who worked on Central Intelligence together, as well as Karen Gillan, and Jack Black who play the avatars of the titular video game 4 kids found in a basement of their school who are sent there to clean it up after getting detention. The four students take on the typical roles of character types you see in high school films including the Jock, the nerd, the awkward shy girl, and the hot popular girl. Choosing the avatars they play forces them to be something that they are not challenging them to walk a mile literally in the others shoes. The Nerd gets Dwayne Johnson, The Jock gets Kevin Hart who is no longer the tall toughest one in the group, The shy awkward girl gets the sexy women avatar who shows more skin than the men in the game. Which they poke fun at, and last but not least the popular girl got to be Jack Black who is a middle-aged man.

From the trailer, you see that there is more to the jungle then just the dangerous animals and creatures you saw from the first, It seems that Van Pelt is not the only human in the game. You also see that because it is a video game they all have specific skills that when the time is right they will be able to shine in their own way to help them get through the game.

I do have a few questions that I hope they answer like….

Is this the same exact jungle from the board game? They hinted that some evidence of Alan Parrish is in the jungle so even though this isn’t the board game, are they in the same jungle?

Seeing as the video game is based on the board game, how did the concept of the game come up since it looks like it was made back when Atari was made? I wonder how they are going to incorporate the timeline of how long this video game has been in play and if anyone else has played it and got sucked in.

Since they are in a video game, will they have extra lives if they happen to die or get hurt? Watching Jack Black almost get swallowed by a hippo, it looks like he will either lose a life and come back or they will poke fun that they are just avatars and not real people.

Which brings me to my next question, If they die or lose all their health in the game, will they die in real life? The trailer definitely highlights the fun and adventure of the game and what to expect but they didn’t capture the suspense and danger the first one had getting mixed in with the contents of the game. For me, that is what worked with the first one is that even though it is a kids film, these people were in danger.

With the comedy chops of the cast and the action pack sequences you got from the trailer, I am sure this will be a fun movie to watch.