Movie Review – Transformers: The Last Knight

Movie Review - Transformers: The Last KnightI love me some good old action-filled, giant robot bashing, planet crushing movies as much as anyone, but this a real yawner.

There was nothing new to see in the fight scenes with the bots. There are a bunch of characters that we are told we should care about, but don’t. The first hour of the movie cuts back and forth between too many plot lines, and never really settles down to tell a coherent story.

I know this is going to fall on deaf ears, but I wish Michael Bay would embrace the idea of telling smaller stories, just every now and then. Does every story have to trump the previous one in the threat to the planet Earth? I’m sure Bay would say, “Yes,” but for once couldn’t we have a small story? Just a few Transformers, or even one, with something that builds some character. Take the little orphan girl and her bff Transformer that was “all the family she ever had.” That could have made a great movie. Just a little orphan girl and a Transformer, bonding and having adventures. But all Michael Bay knows how to do is make overly contrived action epics. Such a shame. There are so many interesting stories that could be told that would enhance these action epics.

I just wish this franchise could transform into something worth watching.

Grade: D

About The Peetimes: I would recommend that you use the 2nd or 3rd Peetime. The first is short and has a fair bit of detail.

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Movie Review – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2

There are two reviews here; Dan’s and Jill’s, enjoy!

Dan says:

The first GotG is, I think, the very best of the Marvel movies. While GotGv2 isn’t quite as good, it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The theme of the story (father/son reunion) isn’t anything new, but writer/director James Gunn weaves a thread into the story that makes it uniquely his own.

[pullquote]In a larger context, I think this is why Marvel has been so successful: the movies have plenty of action and spectacle, but are ultimately about relationships and sacrifice.[/pullquote] (Note to DC: this is how you do it.)

The humor of GotGv2 is abundant, although I don’t think it has quite as many memorable lines as the original.

Jill says:

To start with — I am a worshiper of the original GotG. It is not only my favorite Marvel movie, but my favorite superhero movie, and one of my all-time favorite EVER films. I can’t count how many times I watched Guardians, danced along to Peter’s mix tape, and laughed myself silly at pretty much anything Rocket did. I want to soar through space with these guys on the Milano. [pullquote position=”right”]Three years I’ve waited to see this team of strangely competent wackos return.[/pullquote] I saw the opening day 3D RPX Guardians double feature, and handily won a trivia prize during the intermission. I’m listening to Awesome Mix, Vol 1, right now. Clearly, I’m not a casual fan.

So here’s the thing about the sequel: the main plot is the sticking point of the film. I honestly found the Kurt Russel scenes a bit tedious (though certainly very pretty). Without spoiling anything, boo on the big reveal. And blah to the Sovereign. Even Taserface didn’t do much for me – didn’t we see him in Pirates of the Caribbean 2? (Good through-joke on his ‘outlaw’ name, though. Ha!) There’s a reason why everything in the trailers are about the team and not the plot – the storyline is merely meh. I missed Rhomann Dey, and all the pink people and The Collector, wanted another prison sequence, and even wondered where dumb old Thanos had gotten himself to.

What I really wanted were more ensemble moments with the Guardians. Those moments shined. I was over the moon to have more Yondu and Nebula. Bring it on! I look forward to seeing Baby Groot grow up. I was pleasantly surprised that little Groot, though still deadly, was not just a small version of his old self. This tree is definitely now an infant, and the group understands this. There were some very sweet, intimate little moments with our ‘family’ and their baby.

My feeling is that this film will grow on me. It does deepen one or two of the characters’ back stories, even if it doesn’t further anything. Or, well, much…without giving away a very sad thing.

James Gunn reports he is helming this as a trilogy; perhaps this will be the quiet one of the three. It was a smaller story – which normally I appreciate – but in this tale, I wanted more connection to the larger MCU tale. I know I need to have a re-watch or three, and I probably sound a little petulant. The movie is good! I just have a high bar set. GotGv2 will assuredly grow on me. And now I am listening to Awesome Mix Vol 2…not AS fun as the first, but I can feel it growing on me already.

Movie Grade: A-

Is there anything extra during the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Yes, there are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Anything Extra Details

This is a Marvel movie. THERE ARE EXTRAS. Lots of extra scenes. Don’t leave the theater until the lights come on.

The credits run for approximately 10 minutes.

Read the RunPee movie review for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 by Dan Gardner. Movie review grade: A-

Rated (PG-13) for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero, MCU
USA release date: 2017-05-05
Movie length: 2 hours 16 minutes

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About The Peetimes
If you need to go, then the best Peetime, at 1:05, is right in the middle of the movie. If you’re a big Yondu fan, then choose another Peetime.

Movie Review – Going in Style

Movie Review - Going in StyleZach Braff does an excellent job reviving the 1979 movie of the same name, starring Art Carney and George Burns. The replacement actors (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin) brought their A game, and gave us a fresh look at an old classic.

Critics will say this is a tired plot that’s been done to death, but I say the plot of senior citizens getting back at the ‘establishment’ can never get old, as long as there are senior citizens around to enjoy it.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: This was a short movie, calling for only two Peetimes. Both give you four minutes to break, so let your bladder decide.

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Rated (PG-13) for drug content, language and some suggestive material
Genres: Comedy, Crime

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Movie Review – Smurfs: The Lost Village

Movie Review - Smurfs: The Lost VillageA all the way. When I was a little girl, next to Scooby Doo, the Smurfs was my favorite cartoon. So, as I sat there watching this movie and hearing my granddaughter laugh her little butt off, it made me smile. We both really enjoyed it. She was glued to the screen like a life long fan.

The movie itself is beautiful. The colors are amazing. We watched it in 3D and were pleasantly surprised. It felt like you were immersed in their world. The colors practically dripped off of the screen.

There is a sweet little storyline going on that teaches a nice lesson. All in all, we both really enjoyed it.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: This is a really short movie, so I gave you an early Peetime and a late Peetime.

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Rated (PG) for some mild action and rude humor
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

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Movie Review – The Fate of the Furious – F8

Movie Review - The Fate of the FuriousI’ve been waiting on pins and needle for this movie. I know I said exactly this for the previous movie of F7. It still holds true.

Let me start off with the fact that I’m probably one of the biggest fans of this franchise. I’ve seen everyone of them on opening day, and had vowed my undying devotion to them. Yet, I may have to withdraw my pledge of allegiance.

To me, it fell flat when compared with the other movies. In no way did it give me the same feelings as the rest of them. I gave it a lot of thought, and came up with a bright side: I think if you don’t compare it with the rest of the franchise, it was okay.

There were a lot of cool action sequences and great effects. In my opinion, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson stole the show. Both of them brought an incredible amount of humor to the movie. I didn’t realize that Statham could do humor so well. He’s really funny and hot — emphasis on “hot.”

Dwayne Johnson and Statham also had some great screen time together. The bantering that goes on between them is outstanding. I laughed out loud quite a few times. So there’s the bright side. Now what irked me….

I felt like Charlize Theron didn’t quite pull off the villain of the movie. She didn’t have the grit that was needed. I don’t think this was her fault, because she is a great actress; it was in the writing. They really should have given a better backstory for her. Throughout the entire movie I’m asking myself, who is she? How did she get all of this money, the amazing technology? I spent too much time during the movie wondering why. I know that suspense makes a movie, but it just felt like plot holes to me.

The other thing that seriously bothered me was Vin Diesel. I’ve secretly been in love with his character since 2001 when Dominic Toretto first appeared, sitting in his family’s bar, looking all sexy and bad. That guy wasn’t present in this film. He seemed like he was being forced to just get through the movie.

I’m so terribly curious about his performance. I just want to call him up and ask the questions I’ve come up with. Was his performance — or lack of performance — due to missing Paul Walker? (I miss him terribly.) It pains me, knowing we won’t see his beautiful smile ever again in the movies. Did he not like what he was given to work with? I know that there was tension on the set among the actors, but was it so bad that it affected his acting? Vin, please call me: we need to talk. I love you, but you really let me down.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: This was a hard movie to get Peetimes for. The action, the plot development, and the overall pace of the movie proved difficult. I found two Peetimes that I’m putting in, but let me caution you: you must not go over the time I put. Each of the Peetimes are directly followed with major scenes that you have to see.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Fate of the Furious. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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Movie Review – The Zookeeper’s Wife

Movie Review - The Zookeeper's WifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife isn’t for everyone. Animal lovers may be excited to see this movie, but I’ll warn you now: this is a gut wrenching movie and not for the faint of heart, especially for the above mentioned animal lovers. The sight of caged animals blown apart by bombs, or brutally shot by Nazi soldiers, is a sight you just don’t want to take to bed with you. OK – you’ve been warned.

If you paid any attention in your history class, you should know the basis for this movie, and any movie about WW II isn’t going to have many warm, fuzzy scenes.

Even though her attempt to speak with a Polish accent fell short, Jessica Chastain owned her role. The supporting cast also brought their A game. Even though the pacing was a bit jagged, it didn’t affect the impact of the movie.

I enjoyed The Zookeeper’s Wife and recommend it to anyone who can get past the gut wrenching scenes.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: This movie was filled with scenes that carried a huge impact on the rest of the movie. The first Peetime comes in early at 38 minutes, and the next at 1:15. There is an emergency Peetime at 1:36 that gives you only three minutes to break.

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Rated (PG-13) for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking
Genres: Biography, Drama, History, True life story

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Movie Review – The Boss Baby – Adults Love This More Than Infants

Movie Review - The Boss BabyBoss Baby is hilarious. It is packed with adult humor that will keep the parents laughing, and the children will enjoy the younger humor used too.

I do feel that it’s more geared towards adults than children. They’ll still enjoy it, though. I took my four year-old granddaughter to see it. She has more energy in one fingernail than any power plant on the earth. Yet, she stayed still the whole time and watched it. I think I laughed more than she did, but she clapped at the end, so I know she was paying attention.

The voices are perfect; they fit the characters perfectly. I usually get bored during the animated films, but this one kept me interested the whole time. Great family movie!!

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: I found two really good Peetimes for you to use. Either one will work well, and both will give you enough time.

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Rated (PG) for some mild rude humor
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

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Movie Review – Before I Fall

Movie Review - Before I FallBefore I saw this movie, I had geared myself up for a saccharine chick flick. However, instead I saw a well written, well directed, and well acted movie. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie for all age groups.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: Before I Fall is a nicely paced movie, allowing for two good Peetimes – one at 45 minutes, and the second at 1:07. Both will give you at least 4 minutes to break..

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Movie Review – Power Rangers

Movie Review - Power Rangers I’m giving Power Rangers an ‘A’ for one reason only: the audience. At my theater, the audience was very involved with the movie. They clapped, cheered, booed, and laughed themselves silly. This was the first showing for the movie at my theater, and I was stunned at the long line waiting to get seated. The demographics of the waiting movie-goers was evenly split, male and female, and three fourths of the audience was between 20 to 30 years of age.

So when you take a look at Rotten Tomatoes and see that the critics gave Power Rangers a 47, and the audience gave it an 82, it validates my personal grading system of addressing only the target audience.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: Even though this was a two hour movie, I was able to get only two Peetimes. The first hour was loaded with plot and character development. The two Peetimes are close together, one at 1:03 and the next at 1:18, so let your bladder decide which one is best for you.

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Rated (PG-13) for sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, language, and for some crude humor
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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