Cruel Summer (2016) Review

This title was recommended to me for viewing and I am glad this came in my direction. Coming from the UK, this harrowing thriller shows what can happen when someone with intense rage mixed with mistaken identity can be deadly and in this case unforgivable. Judging from the poster, this looks like a classic slasher film that takes place in the woods but don’t be fooled by the appearance. This is much more than that. From Writer and Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, Cruel Summer, based on true events, is a dramatic and unfortunate story involving teens whose circumstances shows how, lack for a better word, cruel the world can be.

This story currently on VOD as of 2/27, involves a young autistic teen named Danny, who has been granted to go on a solitude camping trip by his two loving parents overnight. That sense of serenity changes when he runs into three other teens, Nick, Julia, and Calvin. Each with their own reason to target Danny suffers the teen set out to torture Danny by any means necessary.

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Game Night Is That Rare Film That Provides All The Elements Of A Good Blockbuster

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From Left to Right – Kylie Bunbury, Larmorne Morris, Billy Magnussen, Sharon Horgan, Jason Bateman, and Rachel McAdams ready to play the game. pic provided by

Clue finally came out with a remake in the form of a murder mystery game night for 6 friends. Actually 5 friends and a stand in as for the date as one of them is a womanizer who see a different woman each week. I am just kidding about the Clue remake part but who else got that same feeling when watching the trailer for this latest comedy by directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. You know, those men responsible for the remake/sequel Vacation and for the stories of Spider-man: Homecoming and Horrible Bosses 1&2. So, you already know this movie is in the right hands to make writer Mark Perez’s story comes to life. Perez’s track record includes writing films for The Country Bears, Accepted, and Herbie: Fully loaded. What an interesting combo. As you might question the quality of this film just from that list of movies, you will be pleasantly surprised that this pairing works so well on so many levels, you will be jealous you never had a game night like this one.

Horrible Bosses alum Jason Bateman is paired up with long absent from the comedy world, Rachel McAdams as Max and Annie who are notoriously competitive and serves as the driving force for their love story as game playing enthusiast. Each week, they get together with friends to have game night with some good old-fashioned games we all grew up with such as Pictionary, Charades, Scrabble, etc. With the arrival of Max’s brother Brooks, played by Kyle Chandler (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Max and his friends are in for one hell of a night as Brooks decides to up the stakes and host a murder mystery party. Brooks is kidnapped right in front of his guest and its up to the rest to figure out his location to win the game, save his life, or both. It’s a just game, right?

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Anastasia and Christian Get Closure in Fifty Shades Freed

Well movie geeks, it’s that time, the final chapter to the unbelievable relationship of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. I remember like it was yesterday, or should I say two days ago when I decided to re watch the first one, when Ms. Steele tripped over her own insecurities when those elevators opened and the dapper handsome Mr. Gray helps her up and it was love at first sight. Two movies later full of sex, love, whips, chains, and some of the weirdest conversations between two people and we are at the final chapter of the movie adaptation of the popular book series created by E.L. James and directed by James Foley.


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In the third and possibly final installment, they have gone through all their baggage trying to balance out their wants and needs in the relationship and decide to tie the knot. The wedding is probably the only reasonable and normal scene close to real life that others can relate to. After that, it’s back to being the over the top fantasy out of a romance novel antics we all come to see. So, what do they do for the other hour and thirty minutes? I’ll give you one guess. While they had their clothes on they are dealing with flirty realtors, new bodyguards, and the growing obsession of Anastasia’s old boss Jack as he seeks revenge. You remember Jack, the one who tried to have sex with her in the office but it backfired and he ended up fired and she took his job. Of course, Jack is pissed, but its deeper than that and that gets explored in this film as they try to add more thrills to this thriller.

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The Commuter brings the thrills but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. Or Is It?

It has been a couple of days since I saw the latest Liam Neeson thriller The Commuter that was just released in theatres this past Friday. It took me a bit to really think about if this movie is good or not. We have seen him tackle haunted houses, the great outdoors, foreign countries a few times, the urban city, and even an airplane. Next on his list is a train in the effort to, say it with me, “to save or get back to his family.”


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Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Run All Night), Neeson plays a business man who is down on his luck financially and is given an opportunity to make some quick cash but gets tangled in a criminal conspiracy while riding his regular commute home by train. Joining him are your favorite paranormal huntas from another motha from The Conjuring movies Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson.

I notice that this thriller has a mixture of a lot of plot points I have seen in other movies. This whodunit gives me a vibe of Murder on the Orient Express, with a little bit of Source Code put in there. Don’t worry; this movie doesn’t involve time travel, for anyone who has seen the latter. Both movies however gave you a sense of mystery and something for the audience to solve with the lead which for those of you who like guessing the outcome before it happens gives you something to do while watching The Commuter.

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Proud Mary Is Just A Few Bullets Short Of A Direct Hit

Happy MLK Day everyone. I wanted to bring you my thoughts on the movie Proud Mary a.k.a. one of Tina Turner’s best hits. Now I know most of you are asking one of the following questions: “This movie is out already?” or “I have never heard of it, what’s it about?”. These are fair questions. Do to the lack of exposure in advertisement, I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone knew about this movie until it was too late. I have seen the trailer on multiple movies and a poster here and there. The trailer itself didn’t really give much to the story, which I will get into later. First let me tell you about the movie you probably never heard of.


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Taraji P. Henson, known to most people as Cookie Lyon on the hit dramaEmpire” on Fox, plays a woman named Mary, naturally. She is a hit woman working for Benny (Danny Glover). Benny is a mob boss or drug lord with his own territory along with other rival crews looking to take over everything. Mary just happens to put a hit on a bookie who owed some money but unbeknownst to Mary, this man has a son and she refuses to kill a child. Fast Forward a year later and the child is working for one of the rival gangs against Benny. The kid is Danny, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston, who did a great job I might add is not doing so well physically and mentally running around as an errand boy, Mary takes him in to take care of him as to make amends for her sins. This act causes her world and life to be altered as she now has to face the realization that she wants more out of life then the one she has been used to most of her life. Add a bunch of assassin like gun play, some catchy r&b soul tunes, and Henson’s “I’m not playing boy” attitude and you got yourself an action drama.

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Review: Insidious Chapter 4 a.k.a. The Last Key

As much as I enjoy Insidious and its franchise, I didn’t think it would be making any additional chapters, especially continuing the original story and still make it interesting. Alas, we now have chapter 4, another prequel to the first one but a sequel to chapter 3. My first review of 2018 is the latest horror movie in the franchise Insidious Chapter 4 a.k.a The Last Key. I did enjoy the film and it was creepy in some parts but you can tell that it is starting to lose some of its initial steam.

This latest entry follows the complex and layered life of Elise Rainier, our favorite seer into the other side. This time we see everything from her childhood dealing with her gift and the one case that hit so close to home it almost threatened her life and those really close to her.

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American Assassin Fell Under The Trap Of Being A Typical Action Film

American Assassin is a movie based off of a book, so this is an adapted story regarding a tragic event that catapulted Mitch Rapp, played by Dylan O’Brian, to seek justice revenge on the people who caused it. During his quest, the C.I.A. is watching him get closer to his target as well as monitor him strengthening his skills in combat. Cause you know, that is what they do, watch us without consent. Next thing you know due to Rapp’s questioning sanity and a few MMA classes, he is perfect for being recruited to assist the C.I.A. in a mission against a guy who has a grudge against the world and needs there to be a global war to help him sleep at night. Sounds familiar, right?


The story unfortunately isn’t going to bring you anything new so now it’s up to the players to make this movie great. Dylan O’Brian is this very talented and versatile actor who is working on numerous projects with everything he’s got. He has done both TV and movies most of the time stealing the scenes he is in. Comedies and action has been his genre so far. This film shows him more front and center and showing his skills as a potential action star. This is a great chance to show what he is capable of and he delivers. I liked his performance quite a bit. Problem is, I HATED his character. This kid is going through some heavy heartache but apparently, it’s a license to basically do whatever you want without consequence. Of course, in movie style fashion, he is the lead, the one going through it so let’s give him a pass and endanger many lives around him. Rapp is a know-it-all spoiled brat with too much red in his eyes and very self-absorbed to root for.

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