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Movie Review: ‘Terminator: Genisys’ In 4DX

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Yesterday evening, I met up with my friend Jessie at the Regal Cinemas Theater at LA Live in DTLA to see Terminator: Genisys on its opening day. Truth be told, I wasn’t really comping at the bit to see the movie … but I was really excited to enjoy seeing it in my beloved 4DX. I learned yesterday that July 1, 2015 was the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the 4DX theater here in LA so it was really fun to also celebrate a year of this really amazing technology as well. My friend Jessie had never seen a movie in 4DX before so, I was very much looking forward to his reaction afterward. I wish I could say that the movie was good. Believe me. Except for the very entertaining 4DX effect upgrades, there wasn’t really much about Genisys that I liked. I will say that it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life but that’s not saying much. It just failed on pretty much all fronts, which was a real bummer for me. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Magic Mike XXL’

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Last night I was invited to an early screening of the much-anticipated sequel film Magic Mike XXL so I rounded my my all-too eager friend Eileen and away we went. I remember how much fun Ollie and I had seeing the first Magic Mike movie so I was hoping that this second go-round would be just fun. I am very pleased to share the Magic Mike XXL is a LOT more fun then the first movie was. You should know right off the bat that the central “story” is a very simple one. The development of that plot is … well … nonexistent. But MMXXL isn’t a movie you see for plot, it’s a movie you see to have fun with. There are more dance sequences and lots of skin … and Joe Manganiello‘s full bare ass in the first 5 minutes, so, yes … it deff gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Inside Out’

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Altho the new Disney/Pixar film Inside Out opened in theaters last Friday, I didn’t find the time to see the movie until last night … almost a week after its release. To be honest, and I’m really ashamed to admit it, I can’t say that I was at all excited to see this movie … from the first trailer I saw last year, right up to release week I was very blasé about the whole thing. After the movie came out and my friend started sharing their thoughts on social media, I started to think I had made a terrible misjudgment. Every single personal review I heard was about how great the movie is. I decided I couldn’t let the week pass by without seeing it so I made plans with my friend Elena to see Inside Out at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Having seen the movie I, too, can add my endorsement to growing mountain of praise that continues to pile up as more and more people see this movie. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Jurassic World’ In 4DX

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Jurassic World, a sequel film to the original Jurassic Park that was released 22 years ago this week, opens nationally today but last night I was able to attend an early screening of the movie with a couple of my dearest friends. Eileen, Darion and I met up at the Regal Cinemas Theater in LA Live in DTLA last night to see a showing of Jurassic World in 4DX (which, if you are unfamiliar, is a movie-going experience where the seats move, light, water, air and odor effects are choreographed to match the action in the movie). I can say very confidently that Jurassic World is an excellent action-packed summer movie that will thrill audiences around the world. In 4DX, I can honestly say that it was one of the greatest movie-going experiences of my life. I know, it sounds like an insane exaggeration but it is the truth. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Dope’

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Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new film Dope which was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa and was produced by Forrest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams. Before I saw the movie yesterday, I had a vague understanding of what the movie is about. I knew that the movie was heavily influenced by ’90s hip-hop music so that alone made it a must see for me. What I wasn’t expecting, tho, was how incredibly entertaining and powerful the film truly is. Dope is one of those rare movies where everything works … from the writing to the acting, the humor and the seriousness. It felt to me like a marriage of Do the Right Thing and Friday, if you can believe that. This is a movie that most of you will enjoy, I think. I went in hoping to be charmed by the ’90sness of this movie and what I got is a whole lot more. More »

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Movie Review: ‘San Andreas’ In 4DX

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Last night I made my way out to the Regal Cinemas Theater at LA Live to see the new disaster movie San Andreas in 4DX and let me tell you … I had an utterly amazingly fun time at the movies. Flicks like San Andreas are what the 4DX movie-going experience was made for. I had previously seen a couple movies in 4DX and my experience was hit and miss (loved Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hated Interstellar) … but last night, the 4DX experience not only made San Andreas a decent movie, it made it one of my fave movies of the year. I am not kidding when I tell you that this movie is really effing cool when experienced in 4DX. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Poltergeist’ (2015)

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Last night, at my earliest opportunity, I made my way to the movies to see the Poltergeist remake that is opening in theaters this weekend. Every since the first trailer was released, my excitement for the movie grew because with each new promo thing we saw, it looked more and more like this new Poltergeist movie would be pretty much like the original film from 1982. I can tell you, without a doubt, that this new movie is a very faithful remake … it’s practically a sene-by-scene duplicate but with a few modern tweaks. While this new version does not surpass the original, IMHO, it’s fun enough for this Poltergeist fan to happily endorse it. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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Last night I met up with Eileen at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood to see an early showing of Mad Max: Fury Road. To be completely honest, it has been so many years since I’ve seen any Mad Max films that I went into this movie as if it were an entirely new story. Based on the trailers that we’ve seen, I knew I’d have a good time watching this movie … what I didn’t expect was just how much I would love it. It’s no exaggeration to say that this movie is a cinematic masterpiece. From start to finish, the movie is a feast for the eyes. The action is high-paced and the story is so entirely satisfying that at the end, I just sat there and marveled at what I just saw. It’s really early in the year to say so but I think Fury Road may be one of the best movies that we will get this year. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

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Last night, my friend Genevieve invited me to an early screening of the sequel film Pitch Perfect 2 which has been HIGH on my list of must-see movies of 2015. I loved the original movie so much that I had huge expectations for the follow-up. Going in, I knew that this second movie would likely not surpass Pitch Perfect in my heart of hearts but I was fairly certain that it would, at least, be entertaining and fun … which is why it PAINS me to say that PP2 is just an OK movie that, honestly, would be a huge fail for me if I didn’t love the original movie so much. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck’

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Last night I finally got to see the much anticipated Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, which is in select theaters now and has debuted on HBO. This is a doc that I have been anxious to see for months now so I’m very glad I was finally able to check it out and see what all the hub-bub is about. I am happy to relay that I liked the documentary film very much … even if it is a very sad portrait of a very sad man. Kurt Cobain‘s entire life seemed pretty miserable. And even when he got everything he think he wanted, he got even more miserable. It seemed obvious to me, from watching this film, that Cobain was a man destined to do great things for a short while and then burn out entirely. More »

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