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Fifty Shades Freed

Fifty Shades Freed

In the exciting final installment of the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Freed, Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) are getting married! After a short engagement these two crazy kids are about to begin the next exciting chapter of their life together. The Greys then depart for their romantic honeymoon in France, but they don’t get their happy ending right away.

The Fifty Shades series isn’t going to win any awards. It’s not intended to save humanity. But it’s an entertaining, inspiring, fractured fairy tale love story for current times. If you like the books, you’ll enjoy this movie.

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12 Strong

12 Strong

Everyone who was alive on September 11th, 2001 knows exactly where they were and what they were doing that morning. It’s one of those moments that gets captured in time like a chrysalis and from that pupal stage we were all born anew as students of a new reality. So many of us had wild fantasies about directly confronting the enemy, head on, and making “the shot” – the shot that would end the life of our persistent tormentor, Osama Bin Laden. He famously said that we would lose, because we love life, where his troops loved death. Well, ODA 595 with the help of the “Northern Alliance” decided to send as many of those fuckers to “paradise” as the Pentagon would allow. 12 Strong tells their story, or at least the best that Hollywood can.

Full review available on FilmGrouch.com

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The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

With some recognizable elements from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, The Last Jedi doesn’t fall into a cyclic garbage chute that many critics claimed was the downfall of The Force Awakens. It seems they listened to the critics a bit and ended up delivering one of the finest films of the Skywalker saga. Powerful story-telling and likable characters make The Last Jedi a must see movie theater experience. And much like I said in my The Force Awakens review, you need to see this one…NOW! People will not be able to keep silent for long, and you will have the film spoiled. I, of course, won’t do that.

There’s a space race against the clock as the resistance runs out of options under their leader, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) whose command confidence is put into question as their fuel supplies deplete. You have Rey trying to come to terms with the force and how she can balance it to convince Ren that he has been mislead by Snoke. You will see some old, friendly faces, and you will be shocked by some revelations. You also have a requisite side-mission with DJ, Rose, and Finn trying to infiltrate the First Order to sabotage the tracking device, and you will end up with one of  the most memorable climaxes in cinematic history!

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Apocalypto

Apocalypto

I once wrote that one can’t be a critic and a filmmaker at the same time because the former is reactive while the latter is proactive. Yet, here I am contradicting myself, at least in a sense. While Apocalypto is already known, I desire to produce such short analyses simply out of respect. In his case it is because I believe that Mel Gibson, while already respected as a filmmaker, is actually still underrated. He is on the threshold of deserving the same reverence in film, both as art and entertainment, as Spielberg and Scorsese as great living directors. The masterpiece that is Apocalypto reminds us of his vision and reach.

Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson, produced by his Icon Productions along with Touchstone Pictures and released in 2006, is a film about revelation and revolution. The film follows a young tribesman named Jaguar Paw (Youngblood) as his idyllic life is uprooted by raiders who enslave his people and prepare him and others for sacrifice to Mayan deity Kukulkan. Jaguar Paw’s goal is to survive and make his way back to his expectant wife and their child who are trapped in a pit. Stripped of his tribe and with no home, he transforms from hunted to hunter as he claims his identity in life.

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk

This was supposed to be a film about the suffering and enduring spirit of the incredible evacuation at Dunkirk, but instead all of the emotion was sapped out of it and lost in a ridiculous attempt to make a slick non-linear film that was poorly edited, albeit incredibly shot. There is so much left to wonder about Dunkirk, after viewing it, that it becomes annoying and perturbing when you consider this is supposed to be a film about the heroes of Dunkirk. To be quite brutal, this movie ran-aground in the editing.

It wasn’t a god-awful film, though. There were moments I liked.

The spitfire sequences were incredible, hearing the rattling, the attention to detail was amazing throughout the film, the fighters and bombers and ships and uniforms. The sinking sequences and the gun-shots were all technically remarkable, but when you have no idea who these people are, or what ship they are on, or well, anything, you end up losing a lot of the emotion! Like with Cillian Murphy, as I said at the beginning, the cinematography was impeccable, without equal, maybe, but much like a science fiction film with great effects, if the story is bad, the film will be bad overall.

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