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Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

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Because it took me a bit of time to recover yesterday from my very busy day Saturday, I decided to take it easy until it was time to meet up with my friend Ashley at the Arclight in Hollywood so that we could see the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton together. I’ve been anxious to see Compton since we saw the first trailer back in June of 2014 (and even back in 2012 when we first learned the movie was going into production). But, I have to admit, I did go into the movie theater with some trepidation because of what I feared might be glamorized in the film. For the most part, I can say that I loved the movie almost entirely. With some exceptions, I feel the movie is an excellent representation of the events that led to the rise of N.W.A. It’s no surprise to me that it was the #1 movie at the box office and I’m certain it will continue to do well, even with its various flaws. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

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Last night I met up with my friend Adriana for a dinner/movie hang and after we grabbed some decent Mexican food at Senor Fish in Eagle Rock, we went to a late showing of the sequel film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. As a fan of the movie franchise, I was really hoping that this new movie would hold up to the rest of the movies and while it was good, it wasn’t really as good as I think it should’ve been. That said, I liked the movie and I had a great time with Adriana and the movies. All in all, Rogue Nation gets a thumbs up from me. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Southpaw’

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Last night I met up with my friend Ashley for a last minute hang out and we decided to get margaritas and see the new Jake Gyllenhaal movie Southpaw. Jake, as you may recall, got all jacked up and practically unrecognizable for the role of the prize fighter in this movie and I can assure you that he looks really great in this new film. The movie as a whole, well, that’s another story. As much as I wanted Southpaw to be a really great movie, one that might garner Jake an Academy Award nomination, I just felt that the movie fell really short. The story was completely uninspired and was totally paint by numbers. If it weren’t for Jake‘s really terrific performance, I would’ve hated the movie overall. Instead, I guess I felt that it was just OK. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Trainwreck’

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Yesterday was a mostly quiet, kind weird day. LA never gets rain, surely not torrential downpours in July, but that’s exactly what we got yesterday morning. The city was awoken to the sound of massive thunder and lightning, scaring the Hell out of pretty much everyone. Since I’m staying with Emma and Josh, we were able to avoid the storms due to location but we got to read all about it on social media. By the afternoon, we got a bit stir crazy so Emma and I met up with her sister Chelsea for a matinee showing of Amy Schumer‘s new movie Trainwreck, which we all enjoyed. I’m not the biggest fan of Amy, mainly because I don’t really watch her TV show, but I was impressed with what I saw of her first big movie. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Amy’

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Last night, Adriana managed to get me out of the house for a belated birthday celebration. Honestly, the week I’ve been having has been so difficult that I wasn’t sure I’d want to leave the house but I’m glad I capitulated to her insistence because we had a really nice night together. First, Aide took me out for a lovely sushi dinner and then we decided to see the new Amy Winehouse documentary Amy. As you might expect, Amy is a difficult and sobering film to see but I think it was done so well that her sad story is treated with the respect that her memory deserves. I can’t say that Amy put me in a better mood but it did put many things I thought I knew about her life in perspective. It’s an excellent film that any music fan will likely enjoy very much. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’

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Last night, I was graciously invited to an early screening of Ant-Man at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA and I jumped at the chance to attend. Altho I have never been a big fan of the Ant-Man comic book series, the promo push for this new movie really got me excited to see what Marvel has come up with to introduce this character to a wider audience. I love Paul Rudd (or Josh from Clueless as he will forever be to me) so it was a no-brainer that I would enjoy this movie. What I didn’t expect was how much I loved everything about this movie. And I mean everything. The writing, direction, the story, the acting, the casting, the emotion, the action, the humor, gags, THE CAMEOS … I loved this movie from start to finish (including the TWO credits scenes that you MUST stay after the movie for — one mid-credits and one after the credits). I know there are lot of people who may not be all that familiar with Ant-Man and, therefore, may feel they might not be interested in seeing this movie but I think this movie will win over a lot of new fans. More »

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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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