Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Tagline: Anyone can save the galaxy once.

Release Date: May 5th, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 36 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Starring:  Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

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Kong: Skull Island Review

Movie poster for Kong Skull IslandKong: Skull Island Synopsis: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Tagline: Awaken the King

Release Date: 2017-3-10 | Runtime: 1 hr 58 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Starring:  Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson

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Ghost in the Shell Review

Movie poster for Ghost in the ShellGhost in the Shell Synopsis: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.

Release Date: 2017-3-31 | Runtime: 1 hr 47 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 3

Starring:  Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano

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Life in Crisis: When Alien Met Gravity

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Life Synopsis: A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Release Date: March 24th, 2017 | Runtime: 1 hr 44 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 2

Tagline: We were better off alone.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, etc

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Power Rangers (2017)

Title: Power Rangers

Synopsis: A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers,harness their abilities in order to save the world. – IMDB

Tagline: Back to Action!

Trailer: Power Rangers

Release Date:  03/24/2017 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Skulls: 4 out of 5


Power Rangers Review

I have to admit. I was a Power Rangers addict in my early to late teens. I first got hooked on it when I watched it with my nephew…and then without. When I had my son I refreshed my love of it. I don’t pretend to be a Power Rangers expert but I have an abiding affection for it. So, it set my geeky little heart all a-flutter when I saw the trailer for it. It was also a good trailer. It showed just enough to make you want to see it and not too much.

Power Rangers started in the early nineties (1993), ran for quite a few seasons and with different variations. The show itself was pretty basic. Some kind of monster would show up, the Rangers would morph, kick some bad guy butt, rinse and repeat. They did start adding a bit more story as the show went on but the formula remained pretty much the same. It caught some flack because some kids were trying out the moves on each other and it was “extremely violent”. Never mind the fact that the show stressed teamwork, friendship and loyalty.

I really wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, even with the cool trailer. I was very pleasantly surprised. More than pleasantly surprised.

I loved it.

The story starts out normally. The usual detention Breakfast-Clubbers are thrown together by chance and after a mis-guided explosion at a gold mine they find the Power coins. That’s when the fun begins. Afterwards they start noticing they’ve changed. They discover a buried spaceship, which tells them their purpose and what they’ve become. They are now the Power Rangers and have approximately eleven days to save their town (and the world) from Rita Repulsa, who (coincidentally) has also been re-awakened.  Then the fun really starts

The acting was quite good, much better than I expected. The relationships were pretty realistically portrayed. They weren’t instant friends nor instant antagonists. There was also no insta-love or love triangles for which I was profoundly grateful. There was also no petty bickering or cattiness between the two female leads which was very refreshing.

There were a few cheesy moments but I expected a little cheese and it was good cheese. The difference between generic slices and real chedddar.

There were some very unexpected twists and parts that actually surprised me. I mean, really surprised me. I’d love to say more but why spoil it for you?

One thing I’d also like to mention is that the PG-13 guideline is well-earned. There were some moments that were very intense and one or two made me cringe a bit. Not cringe, as in it’s terrible and hokey, but a cringe as in it was a little hard to watch.

And the villain? I’m not going to say much but don’t go in expecting the doofy Rita Repulsa of old. This chick is scary. And pretty awesome looking.

There were many a part that made my geeky little heart flutter. There were a few in-jokes here and there that were balanced perfectly. Not too many, so as to make it nothing but referential humor. The dramatic parts were balanced quite well with the more comedic and action parts. I was afraid it would go ‘Godzilla’ on me. Too many people, not enough action.

I was a tad bit leery early on with the way a couple of the car chase scenes were shot. They were very choppy and quick so I was worried that the action sequences would be the same. There was I needn’t have worried. They were great! I loved The Zords. If there hadn’t been people sitting in front of me I may have squeed a bit.


In wrap-up it was an awesome nostalgia to indulge in with my son. It’s always nice to have a nerd-out together every now and then. For some younger viewers some of the scenes might be a bit too intense, though.


4 Skulls out of 5

             

The Belko Experiment Review (Horror/Thriller)

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The Belko Experiment Synopsis: In a twisted social experiment, 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

Tagline: Office Space meets Battle Royale

Release Date: 2017-3-17 | Runtime: 1 hr 28 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 3

Starring: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona

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Atomica Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Atomica Synopsis: In the near future, when communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out to bring them back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause Abby to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.

Tagline: Earth needs a hero.

Release Date: March 17th, 2017 | Runtime: 81 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Starring: Tom Sizemore, Sarah Habel, Dominic Monaghan

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Disclaimer: I received a free press-screening of this movie through a publicity company. This does not impact my review.


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Get Out Review (Horror/Thriller)

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Synopsis: A young African-American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family estate.

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Release Date: Feb 24th, 2017 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

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Incarnate Review (Possession Horror)

Synopsis: A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.

Tagline:  Faith has failed us.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2016 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 2

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Sadako vs Kayako Review (Japanese Horror Monster Mash)

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Synopsis: The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.

Tagline: None

StarringMizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa

Release Date: June 18th, 2016 | MPAA Rating: None | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

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