‘Tag’-You’re It | Movie Review

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Tag is a 2018 comedy starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. It is directed by Jeff Tomsic (most known for producing I’m Having A Difficult Time Killing My Parents and This Is Not Happening). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country”.

First of all, this is not a comedy for everyone. You’ll definitely enjoy it more if you’re a fan of Ed Helms and Hannibal Buress. I absolutely love these guys and for me, they made this film funny as hell, especially with their funny lines. There is a quote in the film that I really like and it goes like this: We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. I felt like the whole action of the movie is based on this quote. I really liked the idea of some grown-ass men playing tag, in a time we’re all obsessed with technology and forget to pay attention to our friends.

I was pleasantly surprised how funny this film was! I mean, I expected it to be funny after seeing the trailer, but not this funny! I haven’t laughed so hard in a while and I believe that it had the right ingredients of a great comedy – it is rude, crude and funny! This film is all about excellent acting, great direction and wonderful editing. The plot is not that strong but again it’s a comedy so you shouldn’t expect it to be rocket science. I honestly can say that I was never bored while watching Tag.

I liked the chemistry between the characters played by Isla Fisher and Ed Helms, although they’re not very believable as a couple. As for Jeremy Renner, I’m more used to seeing him in action films, but he was the right choice for this film, him playing the character who has never been tagged. Will he remain the undefeated champion of this game? You’ll find out the answer by watching this film.

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An Honest #Review Of #AvengersInfinityWar’ |#MovieReview

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Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 Action/Adventure/Fantasy film starring Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Bettany, Mark Ruffalo and Sean Gunn. It is directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (most known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and  Captain America: Civil War). A synopsis for this film via IMDB reads: “As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.

So I watched this film in IMAX, on the weekend it came out in Romania, and I must confess that it was madness at the cinema. The screen was full of people, fans of the Marvel universe, and especially of the Avengers. Some even had merchandise with the film’s heroes. In my opinion, the movie is not that great and inspiring like Black Panther is, but it’s one of the best of the Avengers films. The special effects were top notch and it can be easily seen that this was made with 3D and IMAX technologies in mind. So to really enjoy this film, I would recommend that you watch it in 3D and IMAX. You’ll definitely have a good time. You can thank me later 😉

It was cool to see all the heroes of the Marvel Universe (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther and so on), all fighting to stop the bad guy Thanos (who is an excellent villain) destroying the world and the human kind. Big up for the Romanian actor Sebastian Stan, who made me proud to be a Romanian. His acting was impeccable throughout the Avengers series. The ending of this film is quite disappointing not knowing the fate of our heroes and leaving the viewer with many unanswered questions. I guess a good film keeps you wanting for more and Avengers: Infinity War does just that.

This was a film worth to be rated with 8 out of 10. If you’re an Avengers fan, you’ll surely enjoy Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War is out in cinemas everywhere !

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‘Overboard’ Is The Comedy You Must See This Summer | Movie Review

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Overboard is a 2018 Comedy/Romance film starring Anna Faris, Eva Longoria and Eugenio Derbez. It is directed by Rob Greenberg (most known for Meet Dave, How I Met Your Mother and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs). A synopsis for this film via IMDB reads: “A spoiled, wealthy yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his mistreated employee”.

I want to start off this review by saying that this film is a must see for all the fans of comedy and especially those of Anna Faris. Even Eugenio Derbez is funny, and at a certain point I felt sorry for the guy and the position he found himself in. Suffering from amnesia, he gets tricked into thinking that he is married to Anna Faris’s character, Kate and has three kids with her. Then that he has three different jobs (when he hasn’t worked a day in his life). When he wants to have sex, he is sent to sleep in a shed. Despite these facts, he falls in love with his fake wife and at a certain point he is put into a difficult position: to choose between love and money. As some other character from the film said it, this story was better than a mexican telenovela. It had a bit of everything.

This film was a lot of fun, as it was filled with heartfelt and genuinely funny moments. I loved the fact that this starred a lot of popular Mexican actors and showcased what they can do to a mainstream American audience. They were able to make me laugh in English and Spanish and I appreciated that their conversations were authentic and relatable to everyone that sees it. The chemistry between Faris and Derbez was undeniable, and along with the funny lines and situational jokes made the story flow well, turning my Saturday afternoon into an enjoyable one.

If I were to give a rating to this film it would be a 7 out of 10. It is perfect for the weekend and I can guarantee you 100 % that it will make you laugh.

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‘Every Day’ Is Really Enjoyable |Movie Review

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Every Day is a 2018 Drama/Fantasy/Romance film starring Justice Smith, Maria Bello, Angourie Rice, Debby Ryan and Colin Ford. It is directed by Michael Sucsy (most known for Grey Gardens and The Vow). A synopsis for this film via IMDB reads: “Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes a toll, leaving Rhiannon and “A” to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.”

What I liked about this film was the fact that the performances of the actors described perfectly the kids in every day high school. As the central character, Rice did an excellent job of handling the teenager caught between so many lives that require her energy to invest in. As for the remainder of the cast, they all have their parts to play and help the story to develop. Such a dynamic cast kept things fun, and the story more intriguing than the run of the mill romance.

The story is mainly a love story, but beside the kissing, hugging, and cuddling is a strong series of ethical dilemmas that the characters must face. It starts with the common moral dilemma of finding respectful love vs. settling, teaching young kids that love does exist outside the realms of popularity and physical aspects. Soon Rhiannon (Rice) starts crashing into things such as familial discord, self-identity, and trying to move on from something because it’s the right thing to do. Her ever changing opposite (A) also has plenty to face with his powers too, as each person he inhabits has issues themselves that constantly challenge his happiness and ability to have a life he so desires.

Let’s face it, romantic films have plots so predictable and similar that one can’t help but try to fight sleep sometimes. Every Day‘s twist to the story doesn’t defy the predictability in terms of ending, but the concept itself is the intriguing part to this story. The premise of having your love interest switch to a new body every day crosses a bridge most people haven’t attempted to and it worked for me. Seeing what new adventures they would go on, how they would solve the next problem, and even how they would make this whole endeavor work were some of the questions keeping me invested in the movie. However, the biggest question of who or what A is, that is the real thing I tried to figure out. So many mysteries amidst the romantic atmosphere makes this movie stand out.

If I were to give a rating to this movie it would be a 7.5 out of 10. It is a really enjoyable film, with an interesting story that will offer an interesting perspective on young love.

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’-Don’t Miss The Climax |Movie Review

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Fifty Shades Freed is the third part of the Fifty Shades trilogy and is a 2018 Drama/Romance/Thriller that is starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora and Luke Grimes.. It is directed by James Foley (most known for directing At Close Range and House Of Cards). A synopsis for this film reads: “Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins”.

First thing I would like to say about Fifty Shades Freed is that it’s not a masterpiece and it has success, from my point of view, only on those who have read the Fifty Shades books, or on easy-impressionable women. I had the patience to read all the books before the first film came out and I must say I enjoyed this final part, more than the previous ones. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s simple: it definitely had more action and drama. And romance. A point worth mentioning is the fact that again the soundtracks represent the strongest part of this film, with hits from the likes of Rita Ora & Liam Payne, Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Michaels, Jessie J and Dua Lipa.

The film presents a love story – it is about broken people and the people that make them whole again! It is about true love and how hard you have to work to make it work sometimes. Take it for what it is. I really appreciated how the music enhances the movie. There are a lot of steamy sex scenes, so this film is not recommended for people under the age of 18. Just so you know. I think Eric Johnson is a splendid choice for the role of Jack Hyde, the villain in this story. I loved the fact that near the end of the film, there is a montage from the previous parts of the trilogy and the ending is just perfect with the most iconic song of the trilogy blasting out one more time. I’ll let you discover for yourself what song I’m talking about. It is a big one !

If I were to give a rating for this movie it would be a 7 out of 10. I enjoyed it and I encourage you to give it a chance. Who knows? You might like it too.

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‘The Greatest Showman’-This Is The Greatest Show |Movie Review

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The Greatest Showman is a 2017 Musical that is starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson. It is directed by Michael Gracey (most known for Naruto and Ned Kelly).

A synopsis for this film reads: “Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum’s wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed for cheers and respectability showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted?”

I would like to start of by saying that this film had a bit of everything and it was moving, upbeat, and romantic. I really can’t say enough good things about it. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya are all so talented. The acting, the original music, the singing, and the imagination are all fantastic. Well done to the cast, crew and Michael Gracey for putting together a phenomenally entertaining and captivating film. Don’t listen to the critics, go and see this movie. The soundtrack is so brilliant and original: my personal favourite songs are This Is Me, A Million Dreams, Never Enough, Rewrite The Stars, Greatest Show and From Now On. I couldn’t believe how well Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya sounded on their tracks. By the way, all the songs from the motion picture are now available to stream on Spotify.

The Greatest Showman is an uplifting, joyous experience that we all need, nowadays more than ever. The musical numbers are really impressive and the plot, while not historically accurate is heartfelt and engrossing. It is a film that can be enjoyed by anyone and a perfect watch for the whole family. And the greatest satisfaction is that you feel wonderful at the end! Within the film, an entertainment critic who describes Mr. Barnum’s offerings as “a circus of humbug” asks whether it bothers him that all he offers is fake. Barnum, referring to his customers, replies, “Do their smiles look fake?” No, they don’t – nor do the ones in the theater. And those smiles are reaffirmed through the round of applause that many audiences bestow upon the film at its conclusion.

This film deserves a rating of 10 out of 10 ! It is simply amazing !

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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Is Highly Entertaining |Movie Review

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Battle Of The Sexes is a 2017 Biography/Comedy/Drama film that is starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales and Sarah Silverman. It is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (both of them are known for directing Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs”.

This is based on a true story that helped change women’s rights in sports and jump start the sexual revolution-at the time, women were being paid about 1/8th of what men were.It took place in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome. Emma plays Billie Jean King-at 29 years old-the reigning women’s tennis champion. Steve-at 55 years old-is the chauvinistic men’s champ that makes big spectacles when he is on the tennis court-dresses in costumes and makes remarks like ‘Women belong in the kitchen and the bedroom!’. Steve brags that he can beat Emma and gets his chance on national TV to put his racket where his mouth is.

The movie also goes into the personal lives of both players, one is a gambling addict and the other is dealing with sexual identity issues. Battle Of The Sexes is an old fashioned, sensitive, crowd pleasing film that never feels outdated. When I watched this film I had a feeling that it was a documentary. Battle Of The Sexes isn’t just about tennis, but the universal fight to be freed from the shackles of outdated societal values. Despite the sport movie clichés, the filmmakers manage to find space for moments of real sensitivity; Billy Jean’s self-exploration or Bobby consoling his wife, the tension is felt on both sides.

Considering how many high-profile male politicians and public figures have been rightly criticized for their attitude towards women, the film could’ve taken a step to make Bobby Riggs a real chauvinistic monster. Credit to Carrell and Beaufoy for not descending Riggs into a caricature; he’s clown, showman and compulsive gambler who you may perversely believe that he helped Women’s Tennis Association in stature. I thought the script was brilliant, having some memorable lines and the acting of the main actors, Stone and Carrell was high class. I really appreciated also the performances of Sarah Silverman and Andrea Riseborough, who played an important role in the development of the story.

Battle Of The Sexes is a film that is highly entertaining. It will make you laugh and reflect on some aspects of life. Towards the end of the movie you will be cheering for Billie Jean King and become attached to this character.The 70s soundtrack was a great addition to the otherwise great score. The screenplay was fine, although it was a bit too straight forward at times as was the direction, but at least very effective. There were some slow moments but maybe only for someone who is not really into tennis (though the match scenes were really exciting due to the drama).

I think that Battle Of The Sexes is a film not to be missed. If I were to give it a mark it would be an 8 out of 10. I believe everyone will enjoy this movie. Battle Of The Sexes is out in cinemas everywhere ! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Entertaining, But Not As Good As Its Predecessor |Movie Review

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 Action/Adventure/Comedy film that is starring Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Mark Strong. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn (who directed the first Kingsman film as well as Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy”.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has something for everyone who has been a fan of the franchise. There is plenty of action, humor and special effects and I must say visually it’s very impressive. I keep wondering why the film hasn’t been shown in 3D. I think it would have been amazing. The plot is decent, especially for a sequel, but it never quite reaches the same level as the first film. The British/American theme works well and there are some very funny cultural jokes and references.

I am a fan of Kingsman; I had looked forward to watching The Golden Circle and I’m pleased that the sequel didn’t disappoint. It sticks to everything that made the first movie such a success, including taking some big risks and thinking out of the box. The end result is an imperfect and at times messy film, but a rewarding and highly entertaining one nonetheless. Julianne Moore is a great addition as the villain, and I absolutely loved the scene where Merlin sings John Denver‘s Take Me Home, Country Roads. It was funny and sad at the same time.

I can’t hide that I have a thing for Hanna Alström, who plays Princess Tilde and I was happy to see that her story had a happy ending. I hope there are going to be more Kingsman films in the future. It was great to see Halle Berry again in a big production, as I think she is a great actress. If I were to rate this film it would get a 7 out of 10. It is entertaining enough, but not as good as its predecessor. Go and watch it and judge for yourself.

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‘Victoria And Abdul’ Has A Great Story|Movie Review

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Victoria And Abdul is a 2017 Biography/Drama/History film that is starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon and Adeel Akhtar. It is directed by Stephen Frears (most known for High Fidelity, The Queen and Philomena). A synopsis for Victoria And Abdul via IMDb reads: “Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim”.

I was immediately drawn in and pleasantly surprised by the story. The fact that the film is a biography made the story even sweeter. Judy Dench‘s acting was flawless, but by far the biggest revelation was Ali Fazal, who put in a wonderful performance from comedic through emotionally intense. I found it interesting that the film tackles an issue that is relevant to today’s society as well: the racism. I was sad to see how Abdul and his wife were treated, but this has also made me realize that racism was always present in society and it will never disappear.

The story line is fantastic and it flows beautifully. The bond between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim has to be one of the most unusual as well as greatest friendships in history. The soft and innocent friendship was enjoyable to watch from the dance scene to the walk shared in Florence.The film is a window into an interesting and rich part of history. It shed light on events that were unknown till 2010 and quite fascinating to learn and watch. The movie has nice doses of humor here and there to liven the film up. It was the meeting of two different worlds, on one side an aged ruler and on the other a low level simpleton who connected on a humane level,

Victoria And Abdul has to be one of the best motion pictures I’ve seen this year. If I were to rate this film it would get a 9 out of 10. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by everyone. I highly recommend it !

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‘The Mountain Between Us’ Is Outstanding | Movie Review

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The Mountain Between Us is a 2017 Action/Adventure/Drama film that is starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. It is directed by Hany Abu-Assad (known for Paradise Now and Omar).  A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness.”

I would like to start off by saying that this is an extraordinary film. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and not knowing what was going to happen next was the best thing ever. The acting of the main actors, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, was top class and they have a remarking chemistry on screen. I think this movie is so original and I can’t wait to watch it again. In my opinion, this was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. What makes it stand out is the fact that it’s for everybody. There’s plenty of action, drama, adventure, romance, and more. The film was emotional, and exciting to watch.

I formed a connection with its characters, I became attached to them and was rooting for them, hoping they would be rescued. Besides the main actors, I also liked the dog who brings together Ben and Alex. I didn’t know that this movie is based on the book (of the same name) by Charles Martin, so I might give it a reading to compare it to the motion picture. I loved the way the film was shot and the sights that it presented were breathtaking . What you don’t see in the trailer is that The Mountain Between Us also delivers a love story. I think this was a clever marketing idea, because it gives the viewers the chance to discover this while watching.

If I were to mark this film, it would get an 8.5 out of 10. It is really outstanding, so it’s definitely worth seeing. The Mountain Between Us is out in cinemas everywhere! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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