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Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

Despicable Me 3 (PG) ★★ Radio Podcast

Where Are the Minions? So Sad, Not Much Screen Time, Only Jail Time

The film starts with an angry, downer tone. Both Gru and Lucy are fired by a weird woman that screams at them and kicks them both out of the company.

Soon Gru is reunited with his twin brother Dru, who wants to learn how to be a criminal. Together they ultimately go up against a wacky 80s villain named Balthazar Bratt. The minions are sent to jail and aren’t in the film with Gru for at least 50 minutes.

Is jail time an appropriate storyline for a kid’s movie? Especially if the prisoners are the beloved, yellow Twinkie-shaped fun-loving Minions; I don’t think so.

All voice cast is back as well as the director with the addition of two more directors.

Could the trouble actually be that three directors were involved with this remake, all with separate agendas? Who knows?

Voice Cast: Steve Carell (Gru / Dru), Kristen Wiig (Lucy), Trey Parker (Balthazar Bratt), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Julie Andrews (Gru’s Mom).
Credits: Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Baby Driver (R) ★★★★ Radio Podcast

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) charms Debora as she works in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

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Baby Driver (R) ★★★★

 

Adrenaline Rush From Start to Finish

Do fast film car-chase scenes like Bullit, The French Connection, Ronin, the Mad Maxx Series or the Fast and Furious series rate highly with you? If so, then here’s a film with not only incredible get-away chase scenes, but there’s a creative twist—music is the main source that assists in the driving. Baby Driver is an original—a musical car-chase film—with a good-hearted leading actor and the bonus of an old-fashioned sweet love story.

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) helps Debora (LILY JAMES) do her laundry as they dance around each other and kiss in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Here’s the great news: so far, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, and I will guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat for most of the film. I’ll resist writing the typical cliché “fasten your seat belt,” however — extra restraint may be needed to stay seated—the possibility of swerving side to side, toe-tapping, or even humming along while viewing “Baby” strategically driving at hyper speed to a pulsating playlist is virtually impossible for one to remain calm. Come to think of it, what would be perfect is one of those over-the-head metal pull-down bars on the Disney rides that locks you in because, at times, I did feel immersed in a wild ride simulation. The film is aptly realistic cinematically while choreographed to perfection. I loved it.

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) charms Debora as she works in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) is the self-given name of a musically talented young man who’s a getaway heist driver. He suffers from tinnitus, donning ear buds connected to an old-school iPod chock full of mixes that he created to help block out the constant ringing in his ears. It’s revealed that as a young child he was riding in the backseat when his parents were killed in a car crash, leaving him with the hearing condition. We also find out he’s been in and out of foster care and at times on his own since the age of ten. Currently, he lives with his deaf somewhat older foster dad, Joseph, played by the highly animated C. J. Jones, who is deaf both on screen and in real life. He communicates via sign language. Read more…

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Paris Can Wait (PG) ★★★

Diane Lane stars in “Paris Can Wait” Sony Classic Pictures

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard. Sony Classic Pictures

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Eleanor Coppola, (Francis Ford Coppola’s wife) at age 81 makes her narrative directorial and screenwriting debut. The film stars Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife, who unexpectedly takes a road trip from Cannes to Paris. Her neglectful, movie producer husband, (Alec Baldwin) flies ahead as she drives with a business associate played by (Arnaud Viard). The seven-hour trip turns out to be a couple of days filled with amazing French food and wine. I enjoyed the slow pacing the stunning cinematography and the culinary delights. As one film critic has stated, “Gee I think I gained 10 pounds just by watching this movie!”

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard. Sony Classic Pictures

Eleanor Coppola directs “Paris Can Wait”

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Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13) ★ Radio Podcast


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Transformers: The Last Knight (PG-13) ★

Chaotic Mess, Do Not Take Kids

Aside from the typical scantily clad sexy female lead introduction in Transformer films, my viewing experience started with high hopes as main star Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley is introduced as an esteemed working professor wearing glasses, a blouse, and a mid-length pencil skirt, with her hair pulled back in a “library bun” in the latest installment. Sadly, soon enough, that glimmer of hope changed as she magically leaves one scene in a black blouse and pants and is kidnapped, thrown into the trunk of a car, and shows up wearing an out-of-character tight-fitting, cleavage-bearing cocktail dress. When Cade, Mark Wahlberg, sees her new change of clothes, as a put-down, he says, “So you’re now wearing a stripper dress?” Yes, that’s an actual line in the movie. Not, “You’re wearing that?” Nope, let’s just call it out: “You’re wearing a stripper dress!”

Laura Haddock as Professor Vivian Wembley Photo Credit: On set

Laura Haddock and Bumblebee film Transformers in central London.  Credit: WENN.com

The framework for a Transformer film requires sexy shots of females, explosions, ear-piercing metal screeching sounds, blazing fire, a fragmented script, blatant product placement, and for those of you that haven’t seen all five films, believe it or not, the female lead—whether it be Megan Fox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, or Laura Haddock— routinely has a scene with her long hair blowing in the wind. Of course, while reviewing the fifth film, you’d look for that. To my astonishment, about two hours into the film, the cheesy “hair blowing scene” does occur, but this time, not only does Haddock’s hair look like she’s being bombarded with several off-screen industrial fans and getting ready for takeoff as Sally Fields in the Flying Nun—I kid you not, Mark Wahlberg’s hair is also blowing in the same scene as they are standing awkwardly next to each other, gazing up to the heavens. All of these trademarks occur in The Last Knight with the addition of, as I call it, “location whiplash effect” as the film’s location changes at warp speed; I kept count of at least 15 different cities, planets, countries in the first hour before I just gave up.

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