Featuring the voices of: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt,

Rated: PG 

Runtime: 1Hour 45 Minutes

 

         A young elf grows up without his father in a land where technology has taken over the use of magic. When the opportunity arises to bring his father back for one day, he and his brother embark on an epic quest to master the magic and finish the spell.

 

          Onward, earns four out of five, Invisible Bridge Monkeys. The story is refreshingly original and well written. The voice acting is fun to hear and the animation is  fun to watch. The steady stream of laughs and touching moments make this a fun and endearing film. It is worth a trip to see on the big screen and children of all ages should enjoy it. Be sure to bring your, +3 Face Mask of Filtering, to avoid  being out of fashion in todays virus riddled society.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, and Cara Gee

Rated: PG    

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

 

         A happy go lucky dog is the master of his world until he is abducted by nefarious scoundrels and sold to work in the frozen north. Once in the frozen frontier he learns more about his primal self and the workings of the world around him.

 

         The Call of the Wild, earns three out of five, Club Wielding Monkeys. The story of the movie is based on the book of the same name written by Jack London. The narration by Harrison Ford, helps move the story along and the CGI animation of the dog, Buck, adds to the story. The performance of the actors is good and the production value is immersive.

 

 This is a fun safe film for all ages. It inspires an adventurous spirit and a new perspective view on the world.

Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, and Jim Carrey

Rated: PG 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

         A young Hedgehog with a gift for speed is forced to flee to another world when marauders try to capture him. He finds our world to be safe, so long as he keeps his presence a secret. Things change when loneliness gets the better of him and he pops up on the governments radar.

 

         Sonic the Hedgehog, earns four out of five, Quill Charging Monkeys. For turning a video game premise, into a full length feature film the story is well written and delivers a cohesive plot line and a steady stream of well crafted jokes. The actors did a great job delving into a world that has super sonic hedgehogs and golden psychic teleportation rings. The cinematography and special effects blend nicely together to pull you into the story. All in all, this is a fun film for all ages to enjoy.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, and Marie Elizebeth Winstead

Rated: R 

Runtime: 1 Hour and 49 Minutes

 

          A psychiatrist that identified a bit to much with her patient joins him in building a criminal empire. When their love sours she finds herself hunted by former rivals and law enforcement alike. Desperation and a regrowing conscience lead her to join with other female outcasts to save a young girls life and future.

 

           Birds of Prey: And the FantabulousEmancipation of one Harley Quinn, earns two out of five, Dumb Luck Monkeys. The story is forced and choppy. In an attempt to look cool and force certain ideals into the plot, the flow of the story and film suffers. The acting is actually really good, the director took them into some clunky situations and dumbed down their characters, but the actors did a fantastic job bringing the directors vision to the screen. The visual effects were great. Tapping into a comic book vibe that reminds us that the DC Universe is a dark and heartless place, full of callous desperation. I suggest you spend the money to see something else.

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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, and Michelle Dockery

Rated: R   

Runtime:1Hour and 53 Minutes

 

          A young American earns a scholarship to Oxford University in England. He finds that he is more inclined to a criminal lifestyle than a scholarly one and builds an empire that runs smoothly until he decides to sell it and go into retirement.

 

         The Gentleman, earns two out of five, Underground Growing Monkeys. The story is told in a narrative style that is interesting and strives a little too hard to be edgy and cool. The acting is engaging and nice to watch. The cinematography is very well done. The Gentleman, is not a horrible movie, just not worth the price of full admission and the cost of fuel to get to the theater. A counterpoint is that you get to sit in a comfortable seat with a friend and escape the world for a couple of hours. So enjoy either way.

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and Vanessa Hudgens

Rated: R  

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

 

          Two Miami police detectives are ambushed by an intensely personal case that puts their world on edge and threatens their friendship. One detective strives for retirement and ease while the other is driven by a mix of duty, ego, and revenge. The path of the case will be a true test of will, justice,  character, and love.

 

         Bad Boys for Life, earns three out of five, Heather Calling Monkeys. The story is more than explosions and fancy fight scenes with lots of gun shots. Hidden beneath the mayhem is an exploration of the ties of blood and duty. The acting is well done and the cinematography and special effects are a true feat of accomplishment. This is a fun film that will keep you entertained and is worth the time and money to see on the big screen.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, and Michael Sheen

Rated: PG  

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

 

          A doctor finds that he can communicate with animals and starts a practice helping them overcome their challenges. After tragedy strikes he withdraws from the world and only a dire royal decree can bring him forth from the darkness of despair  and back into the world.

 

         Dolittle, earns a solid four out of five, Whale Wrangling Monkeys. The story moves at a steady pace and is delightful to experience. The acting is very well performed, Robert Downey Jr. shows great range in this film with little of the idiosyncrasies we see in his, Iron Man, and, Sherlock, roles. The special effects and cinematography are excellently done. This is a fun movie to watch. Not amazing but well worth the price of admission.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, and T.J. Miller

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

          A drilling company has set up operations seven miles under the oceans surface. What exactly they are drilling for isn’t clear, however they do not find what they expect to find. The crew must find a way to safety as the structural integrity of the complex is compromised unexpectedly.

 

         Underwater, earns one out of five, Cool Diving Suit Monkeys. The story has a cold start as the characters are immediately thrown into urgent survival mode. Oddly the crew seems to lose their sense of urgency at random times throughout the story, while the danger of eminent demise remains ever present. The acting is just as good as the director allows. The characters don’t have much time to develop a solid foundation that the viewers can care about. The editing of the film is odd and choppy.

 

        Quite possibly the worst movie I’ve seen since, Prometheus. The effects and the acting are pretty good. The failure of this film is entirely on the director and editor. It doesn’t seem as if they were overly Interest in telling a story. They were just in it for some really cool action scenes and getting Kristen Stewart into her underwear. Best to wait for this film to be released and watch it before your next scuba dive.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, and Florence Pugh

Rated: PG  

Runtime: 2 Hours 15 Minutes

 

A mother and her four daughters plod bravely through the hardships of societal expectations while their father is fighting for the Union Army. Triumph and tragedy ebb and flow throughout.

Little Women, earns four out of five, Ice Skating Monkeys. The story skips back and forth through time and relies a bit on the viewer to have read the book or watched earlier movie adaptations. Fortunately this film is much closer to the book than earlier versions. The acting is performed with dedication and in full earnest. The  cinematography is very well done.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, and John Boyega

Rated: PG-13   

Runtime: 2 hours 22 minutes

 

          The last third of the third, Star Wars, trilogy has finally hit theaters. A young Jedi Apprentice stitches across the galaxy to fully realize her abilities and prevent an old and extremely unlikely evil from stepping from the shadows to rule the galaxy.

 

          Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker, earns three out of five, Mask Welding Monkeys. The story is crammed full of information that has a hard time reaching viewers in thirty second scene bites. The flow of the film rolls along at a manic pace from the first scene to the beginning of the last act. Then it settles a bit and roiles around in a dark pit of despair with shafts of hope breaking through to be crushed and reformed. The acting is a little rushed, but not too distracting. The cinematography is good and the effects regardless of how outlandish they are, are very well done and amazing feats of visual effects. Anyone should enjoy this film, even if you take three dogs in a baby stroller to see it.

Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates

Rated: R

Runtime: 2 Hours  11 Minutes

 

     Richard Jewell, a slightly obsessive security guard finds himself in the right place and time to save lives. The FBI rely more on the bureau in their name rather than the investigation part, to the detriment of the case.

 

      Richard Jewell, earns three out of five, Overly Helpful Monkeys. The story runs at a slow steady jog that reveals details along the way that remind us that truth and justice are not the priority of the authorities or the media. The acting is great and is well shot. While not the most exciting movie it remains a movie well worth seeing.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas

Rated: PG:13  

Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes

 

        A private detective is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of a wealthy mystery author by an anonymous party. As the investigation ensues motives are sussed and intents are questioned.

 

         Knives Out, earns three out of five, Gold Digging Monkeys. The story is laid out through many narrative perspectives and yet is easy and fun to follow. The acting is fun to watch and it is a properly produced film. All in all this is a fun movie to watch at the spur of the moment and wont leave you regretting the cost of admission.

Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, and Woody Harrelson

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 2 hours 18 minutes

4/5

          A telling of the events that lead up to the battle that turned the tide of the war in the Pacific during World War II. From a glimpse at the policies that started the war to the tactics that were employed during battles that lead to defeat and the tides of fate that brought victory. The bravery of the combatants on both sides shines through to bring understanding of their plight and show how alike they are in sharing the horrors of war.

 

           Midway, earns four out of five, Torpedo Monkeys. The story is laid out in a succinct Style that clearly shows events as they happened. The acting is excellent  and very well performed. The cinematography relies heavily on computer generated graphics that are noticeable but not too distracting. This is an entertaining movie that will keep you engaged until the very end. Certainly worth a look see on the big screen.

 

         While watching this I couldn’t help but think of how great a loss each and every one of their lives were. What great things they could have accomplished if their efforts were not turned to destruction and death had not taken them. Thinking of how easy it is to forget the value of the individual in the scape of the fiery carnage on the sea.

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, and Jon Bernthal

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 2 Hours 32 Minutes

4/5

 

            With Ford losing sales in the market they decide to build a race car in order to compete against Ferrari at the twenty-four hour race at Le Mans, France. To achieve this objective, they enlist the help of race car builder Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles.

 

            Ford v Ferrari, earns four out of five, Llama Bite Monkeys. The story is a testament to the struggle between bureaucracy and the innovative spirit of achievers. The acting is very well done and the cinematography captures the feel of the race and the tension of driving in circles at high rates of speed. Certainly worth the price of admission to see on the big screen.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

3/5

           

            A vast private security agency recruits women to fix the injustices of the world. Set with fun technology and nerves of steel they run, jump, and roll into action. While tracking one nemesis, they find another more sinister foe lurking in the shadows.

 

            Charlie’s Angels, earns three out of five, Rock Crushing Monkeys. The story is set at a fast pace with a loose plot that unwinds in bits and pieces. The acting is pretty good and the action is fast and hard hitting.

 

            Charlie’s Angels, is a fun movie to watch and is reminiscent of the old Bond films. Kristen Stewart, is stretching her acting chops in this film and adds some fun into the mix. While this is not a great film, it is fun to watch and will leave you entertained and is worth the price of admission.

Starring: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Joe Alwyn

Rated: PG-13 

Runtime: 2 Hour 5 Minutes

5/5

 

            Minty, a young slave leaves her family behind to seek freedom. She makes her way to freedom and in Philadelphia, she takes on the free name of Harriet Tubman. There she takes on the mantel of conductor in the Underground Railroad and leads people out of bondage and into liberty.

 

            Harriet, earns five out of five, Liberty or Death Monkeys. The writing is perfect and tells a rousing story of the spirit of liberty and, that, spirit resides in the breast of all people and when it is denied us, its true value burns through until we either surrender to oppression or sacrifice everything to live in Freedom. The acting is amazing and the production value is very good.

 

            I have a new Hero in, Harriet Tubman. She is an inspiration to us all and her bravery and conviction to be free and to free others is a burning brand that lights the heart and prods one to strain against the chains of oppression that are layered upon us with every stroke of the legislators pen. Go and see this movie and take a friend or three. Buy it when it is released on video.

Starring: Naomie Harris, Frank Grillo, and Mike Colter

Rated: R

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

4/5

                        A young war veteran returns to her home town in order to serve as a police officer, in as attempt to affect positive change. She runs into a few snags when she comes across corrupt police officers and hard headed citizens that fear the risk of doing the right thing.

 

            Black and Blue, earns four out of five, Body Cam Monkeys. The writing of the film is very well done. It starts with racial tension and quickly turns the characters into humans rather than representatives of racial and authoritarian divides. The acting is very well done and the action is fierce and brutal in places. All in all this is a good movie that leaves you with a bit of hope in humanity and shows that we have problems in our society that we can overcome when we remember that we are all human and more alike than we are different.

Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mackenzie Davis

Rated: R 

Runtime: 2 Hours 8

Minutes  4/5

 

            This is the sixth rising of the machines. Sarah Connor, is pulled back into the time loop as several timestreams merge on 2019 earth. Skynet is crushed and a new human defense system rises in its place. The defense system gets frustrated when it can’t hook up to a printer and decides to wipe out all of humanity. (That last sentence is complete speculation on my part, but I can relate.) New fighters rise to meet the challenge of saving humanity from their own creation.

 

            Terminator: Dark Fate, earns four out of five, Drape Hanging Monkeys. The story has many of the elements of the other five Terminator movies, by default. However, the story is saved by adding more depth to the future and tying in new elements of the present.  The real treat is in the character development and unique traits that they have. The acting is very well done and the special effects are off the hook.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone

Rated: R

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

2/5

            A cadre of apocalypse survivors travel to Washington DC to make the Whitehouse their home. Soon, discord arises that necessitates a road trip.

 

            Zombieland: Double Tap, earns two out of five: Hook Hanging Monkeys. The story is shallow and well designed for cheap entertainment for a quick dollar. The acting is good and the action and cinematography are very well done.

 

            This isn’t a horrible movie. It is just not a great movie. The jokes and gags were easy and grew tiresome as the body count rose. My suggestion is to stay home and wait for it to hit free streaming.

Featuring the Voices of: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Chloë Grace Moretz

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1 Hour and 27 Minutes

2/5

 

            A Macabre family is driven from their homeland by a frightened populace and find respite by infesting an abandoned insane asylum. Through the years the family settle into a routine of casual torture and attempted murder, said routine is interrupted when a new town is built in the idyllic vision of a reality TV, home designer.

 

            The Addams Family, earns two out of five, Sword Dancing Monkeys. The story seems to be written more as a sight gag film than a fully realized premise. The animation is crisp in its style and reveals an interesting palate. The voice acting is top notch larynx acrobatic gold.

 

            The Addams Family, is a fun film to see at home after it is released to streaming and video, not so much worth the price of a ticket to see on the big screen. However, if you are a fan of the TV show, don’t listen to me go and watch what you want and enjoy, or else...