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The Hitmans Bodyguard

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

One of my all-time favorite movies is Die Hard. It’s a great flick, packed with action, sprinkled with humor, with good guys and bad guys and a great ending. During my viewing of The Hitman’s Bodyguard I thought to myself “Wow, this is almost as good as Die Hard! The Hitman’s Bodyguard has lots of action, car chases, a boat chase, gunfire, two super funny characters, profanity galore, and Samuel L. Jackson being, quite frankly, a bad ass.

Michael Bryce (Reynolds) is, as he refers to himself, a AAA-level special protection agent. He is very good at his job. Until one of his high-profile clients is assassinated right in front of him. This leads him on a downward spiral until two years later, when he is still doing his job, but living in his car, separated from his girlfriend, Interpol Agent Amelia Roussel (Yung), with a kind of dead look in his eyes. It’s like he is just going through the motions, living from one day to the next.

Darius Kincaid (Jackson) is a hit man. THE hit man, and he needs a bodyguard to protect him as he travels from the United Kingdom to the International Court of Justice (The Hague, Netherlands) to attend the trial of Vladislav Dukhovich (Oldman), a truly evil man. Darius is a witness for the prosecution in the case against Dukhovich, a brutal and bloodthirsty dictator who will walk free if Darius does not testify against him.

While only in a few scenes, Sonia Kincaid (Salma Hayek) definitely made an impression. Wow. A spicy Mexican, Sonia is Darius’s wife. She is in jail in the Netherlands, but I wasn’t sure if she was being held on charges or if it was just for her protection. I think it was a little of both. Ryan Reynolds has the role of Exasperated Guy down pat, and he is the perfect foil to Samuel L. Jackson and his special brand of crazy.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard had it all: action, gunfights, physical comedy, comedy in general, and an exciting race against time. This will definitely be on my Blu-ray shelf when it’s released. I’ve heard some complaints about a cliched plot but really, hasn’t everything been done already? I appreciated this for what it was, pure entertainment. Go see it for yourself and enjoy!

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Annabelle Creation

Annabelle: Creation

A creepy house in the middle of nowhere. A reclusive wife. A demonic doll. This is the recipe for the latest horror movie to hit the big screen Annabelle: Creation.

Samuel (Anthony LaPaglia) and Esther Mullins (Otto) live with their young daughter, Bee (Samara Lee) in a house outside of a small town. Samuel is a doll-maker who creates limited edition dolls for the toy-maker in town to sell. Unfortunately, Bee is taken from them in a tragic accident.

What’s wrong with Mrs. Mullins? Was that just a shadow or a shape in the darkness? What’s up with the dollhouse? Why does nobody hear what is going on in this creepy house? These are some of the questions I had while watching this film. Fortunately, most questions are answered.

A solid horror film with an interesting story, Annabelle: Creation led into its successor film Annabelle neatly. During the intense scenes, I jumped several times. I thought I might have to sleep with the lights on that night, but I was ok once I got into my house that was creepy doll-free!

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Urban Hymn

Urban Hymn

Urban Hymn surprised me. I didn’t expect to like it but I did. I actually cared about the characters. It also reminded me of a VC Andrews novel. The production quality and acting were all very well done. Also bonus – there were three actors from Urban Hymn that appeared in various installments of the Harry Potter series. Ian Stone (Ian Wilson, Professor Quirrell in HP), Shirley Henderson (Kate, Moaning Myrtle in HP), and Isabella Laughland (Leanne, Leanne in HP).

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Unforgettable

Unforgettable

Julia Banks (Dawson) has just resigned from her job at an internet company to move from San Francisco to a small town in California where her fiance David Connover (Stults) lives. David has a daughter, Lily (Rice) and an ex-wife, Tessa (Heigl). David and Tessa are trying to peacefully raise Lily together, so when Julia moves into David’s house, Tessa is not pleased.

I liked that this movie showed both women’s stories. It wasn’t one sided, and neither character was all good or all bad. It made for an interesting story. If nothing else, Unforgettable was a great lesson on what NOT to do when dealing with a crazy person.

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The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

The latest installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise races into theaters this weekend. Although there was definitely a part missing (R.I.P. Paul Walker), The Fate of the Furious was an excellent continuation of the storyline. Featuring an exciting street race through Havana, a giant wrecking ball, a prison riot, a zombie car-apocalypse, a giant submarine, and the most philosophical villain I’ve met in a long time, The Fate of the Furious was a fast-paced, funny, emotional ride.

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