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Shazam!

14-year-old orphan Billy is unhappily assigned to another foster home, and he is not happy. One day, he becomes the guy designated to become Shazam: A superhero who can go into and out of his role by proclaiming Shazam! He encounters Sivana, the older man version of the boy who first stumbled into the Wizard realm and was not deemed worthy to have Shazam’s power. The movie is sweet but too much so. Most of it is rather cliché; we have seen the story of the guy who doesn’t know how to harness his powers, the guy who overcomes personal …

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The Upside

In this remake of the French film Intouchables (2012), Phil (Bryan Cranston) is a millionaire who was in an accident that left him a quadriplegic. During his search for a caretaker, Dell (Kevin Hart) barges into an interview being overseen by Phil’s business manager Yvonne (Nicole Kidman); he really doesn’t want the job, he just needs a signature to prove he is looking for work. Phil decides to hire Dell, which is the beginning of their friendship. This is based on the true story of a friendship of two very different men with different backgrounds. The film is okay; the …

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Ocean’s 8

Debbie Ocean (played by Sandra Bullock), sister of Danny Ocean from the other Ocean’s films, has just been released from prison. During her 5 years, she has been plotting how to pull off the heist-of-all-heists: a necklace worth 150M dollars. I found the movie to be enjoyable but uneven. It was predictable and lacked any suspense or deviousness to make the heist more tenuous and interesting. I did like that the film was a gender twist on the other Ocean’s films. Some of the characters were more interesting than others. My favorites are Anne Hathaway, who is hilarious as model …

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Rampage

Rampage: Davis (Dwayne Johnson) is a war veteran who made a career change and became a primatologist. He communicates pretty well by using sign language with a gorilla (George). In outer space, an experiment goes awry, and an explosion results in a mysterious substance falling to earth in three different places. The substance causes genetic mutations resulting in rapid growth and increased violence. George inhaled the substance, as did two other creatures, and soon those extremely HUGE monsters descend upon Chicago. Davis serendipitously meets the person responsible for creating the substance, and together they plan to find a way to …

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The fifth movie in the franchise finds the tyrannosaurus dinosaur to be bigger, badder, smarter, and harder to kill than the in the previous sequels. Chris Pratt is back as Owen, a dinosaur trainer. He and his maybe-girlfriend Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the island to try to rescue the dinosaurs that have been roaming the island freely since the demise of the Jurassic World theme park in the previous sequel. A volcano has begun erupting and threatening to send the dinosaurs back into extinction. The rescue of several of the dinosaurs includes bringing some of them back to …

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Roman J Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington plays the title character, who has been working as a “behind the scenes” partner in a law firm. He is something of a legal savant, and he was much better at researching law records and preparing background information while his partner fought the battles in court. Roman’s partner suddenly has a massive heart attack, leaving Roman looking for a job. He gets hired by George (Colin Farrell), who had an agreement to settle the affairs of the company in the event of the partner’s death. The movie is the story of the three weeks that follow his partner’s …

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The Greatest Showman

This musical tells the story of how P.T. Barnham (Hugh Jackman) rose from nothing to build what became known as the “greatest show on earth.” As a story of his life and of the people who became a part of his show, it is rather shallow; one doesn’t get a lot of depth, and I was not sure exactly how much of it was real and how much was “inspired.” As a musical, some of the numbers were good, particularly “This is Me” and “Rewrite the Stars,” but the choreography overall was not particularly dazzling. Performances, especially that by Hugh …

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Lego Ninjago Movie

The third in the Lego movie series finds Lloyd, member of a secret ninja society led by Master Wu and son of the terrible Garmadon, the evil warlord trying to conquer the city in which Lloyd lives, trying to save the city from his father’s wrath. Gamadon doesn’t know Lloyd (who he calls L-loyd) is his son, and Llloyd, who is made fun of because he is Gamadon’s son, wants a real father-son relationship. The movie is about the paths of father and son in the conquest of/saving the city. I have to say that, overall, I am disappointed in …

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Beyond Food

The directors visit people who have different answers to how to get more in touch with their bodies through food, exercise, and meditation. I found the film to be interesting to see the different perspectives. However, there are several downsides to the movie. Almost none of it is research-based; these are the claims made by individuals who themselves have improved through the specific regimen they adopted. The concepts are not really explored in any depth; one example is the use of the term “biohacking”. I searched this after the film and did not get a clear understanding of how this …

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The Switch

Jason Bateman plays Wally, a somewhat neurotic business executive who seems to be in love with Kassie, played by Jennifer Anniston, who is rather non-serious about life. They both seem to be in love with each other with their “best friendship” getting in the way. Kassie, her biological clock ticking, decides to have a baby through artificial insemination, with Roland. She has a party to celebrate the occasion. Wally gets drunk, and I will just say that some very important ingredients for creating a baby get mixed up. The movie overall is very lite, has its funny moments, and is …

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