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James Bond Spectre Movie

James Bond Spectre in theaters Nov. 6th, 2015


A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

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Interstellar Movie

Interstellar “Too Much, Too Little”


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Interstellar - Movie PosterINTERSTELLAR is the very epitome of a big movie: big production values, big cast, big story, big ideas, but in the end it just might have a small impact on the audience.

When the movie begins, it is the near future, and the Earth is in trouble, because cities have been abandoned, food production is practically the only industry, and yet blights have wiped out almost all of the crops, and dust storms cause life to be suspended while people are forced to take shelter inside.

Michael McConaughey stars as Cooper, a former pilot for NASA who is now a struggling farmer trying to provide a living for his family, which consists of his daughter Murphy, his son Tom, and his dead wife’s father, who is played by John Lithgow.

The reason Cooper is no longer a pilot for NASA is that science has been abandoned for being too expensive and unncecessary, NASA has gone underground, and children in school are being told that Americans never landed on the moon.

One day Cooper and Murphy stumble into a secret NASA compound, where they learn that NASA is still involved in space exploration, only now as a solution to the world’s problems by searching for a planet in another solar system where humanity can travel to live and survive.

The program is being led by Professor Brand, played by Michael Caine, and he tells Cooper, “We need a pilot, and this is the mission you were trained for.”

Professor Brand’s daughter, Amelia, played by Anne Hathaway, is also a scientist, and she will be accompanying Cooper on the mission, which consists of traveling to the planet Saturn, going through a wormhole that is known to exist there, and emerging at another solar system, where they are to find a planet that will be hospitable to humans.

But wait! The story gets even more preposterous.

A black hole is involved in the journey, and because time will be slowed down for Cooper and his crew, they will age much more slowly than the people on Earth.

Thus, Murphy grows up while Cooper is gone, she is now played by Jessica Chastain, and she also becomes a scientist working with Professor Brand.

INTERSTELLAR goes on way too long, it contains too much technobabble, and the loud sound covers up the dialogue.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

Interstellar - Movie Poster

Interstellar – Movie Trailer


With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

The November Man - Movie Poster

The November Man – Movie Trailer


Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat and mouse game set in the world of international espionage.

Lucy - Movie

Lucy “100% Pure Entertainment”


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Lucy - Movie PosterLUCY is the latest film from writer and director Luc Besson that is equal parts high concept, equal parts fast-action thriller, and all parts female protagonist played by Scarlett Johansson as Lucy.

The name “Lucy” is also the name given to the remains of the first human being found in Africa, and there is a connection between the two Lucys.

The story begins in Taipei, and we see Lucy and Richard on the street in front of a large building.

Richard has a briefcase, and he tells Lucy that he was given $1000 to deliver it to a Mr. Jang inside the building, but he wants Lucy to deliver it for him.

In fact, Richard will give Lucy $500 to do it for him, and the next thing she knows, he handcuffs the briefcase to her hand so that she has no choice.

Once she gets upstairs to meet Mr. Jang, who is protected by many menacing bodyguards, Mr. Jang refuses to be in the same room when the briefcase is opened, telling Lucy that he doesn’t trust Richard.

Lucy says, “I don’t trust Richard, either. I dated him only a week.”

The briefcase contains packets of a drug called CPH4, which supposedly allows people to use more than the false idea that humans use only 10% of their brains.

And to make a long, complicated story short and simple, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule and carry a packet of the drug to another country after it is surgically implanted in her stomach.

Unfortunately, a fight with one of Mr. Jang’s army of bodyguards causes the packet inside Lucy to rupture, and as the drug enters her bloodstream, her mental capacities increase and so do her physical powers.

So, Lucy escapes the clutches of Mr. Jang and contacts Professor Samuel Norman, played by Morgan Freeman, who is based in Paris and who is an expert on the human brain.

Then it is off to Paris for Lucy to meet with Professor Norman, and where she also engages he help of a French policeman, Captain Pierre Del Rio, but she is also being chased by Mr. Jang and his men.

Of course there are chases, shoot-outs, and more as Lucy increases her mental and physical powers to 100%.

LUCY is nothing but 100% of pure entertainment.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

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Lucy – Movie Trailer


From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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22 Jump Street “Lowbrow As It Gets”


(“Lowbrow As It Gets”)

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22 Jump Street - Movie Poster22 JUMP STREET is the sequel to the 2012 21 JUMP STREET, which in turn was a spoofy adaptation of the 1980 TV series, all of which just keeps on proving that Hollywood has run out of ideas.

Once again, Jonah Hill stars as Schmidt and Channing Tatum stars as Jenko, Schmidt’s partner as they go undercover yet again to bust up a drug ring.

“Wait a minute!” you say? “Didn’t they do that in the first movie?” you say?

Well, yes, but in the first movie they pretended to be high-school students, whereas in this movie they pretend to be college students, which makes the running joke of their looking too old to be students a little less jokey this time, especially the more often we hear it.

Also, their offices in an old Korean church at 21 Jump Street have changed, because the Koreans bought the church back, and so they were moved across the street into an old Vietnamese church at 22 Jump Street, which also leads to a mildly entertaining sequence at the end of the movie for the possibility of more sequels than you can shake a nightstick at.

The explanation that the partners receive is that they got lucky on 21 Jump street, and so the budget was increased and now they’re to do the same as last time and everyone will be happy, which leads Jenko to believe they have Cate Blanchett to do what they want.

They will have the same identity and the same assignment, except that they will be in college instead of high school.

So, Jenko, the more dim-witted of the two, says, “I’m the first person in my family to pretend to go to college.”

Well, in an attempt to blend in with their fellow college students, Jenko becomes friends with a fraternity leader and football star, and Schmidt becomes friends with an art-major coed.

Jenko’s buddy, Zook, says that they are like Batman and Robin, except that they are both Batman.

And Schmidt becomes so “friendly” with Maya, the art major, that it causes problems during parents weekend when Maya’s parents meet Schmidt.

The humor is so lowbrow that when Jenko suggests maybe they should start “investigating” other people, you might miss that he’s implying “seeing.”

22 JUMP STREET is as lowbrow as it gets.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

22 Jump Street - Movie Poster

22 Jump Street – Movie Trailer


After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

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Brick Mansions – Movie Trailer


In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline), Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.

Brick Mansions Movie

Brick Mansions “Totally Preposterous”


(“Totally Preposterous”)

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Brick Mansions - Movie PosterBRICK MANSIONS is an action movie that might be of interest only to very huge fans of Paul Walker, the star of the FAST AND FURIOUS movies who was killed in 2013 in an auto accident.

The reason is that it is probably the last movie that Walker completed before he died.

The movie takes place in 2018 in Detroit, and it is a remake of the French film, DISTRICT B13, which was written and directed by Luc Besson.

The title refers to a precinct in Detroit that is walled off and become a lawless zone inhabited entirely by hoods and criminals, and Detroit itself is called the most dangerous city in America.

Walker plays Damien Collier, and undercover policeman in the narcotics division who says, “I handle what needs to be handled,” and at the beginning of the movie we see him break up the drug operation of a notorious drug manufacturer and distributor that involves a massive shoot-out and an incredible car chase with Damien performing some unbelievable stunts.

Speaking of stunts, the movie also stars David Belle as Lino, who invented a training technique known as parkour, which, according to the notes, “uses vaulting, flipping, swinging, rolling and above all bodily momentum as a means of overcoming physical obstacles.”

The main story is about how the mayor of Detroit wants to restore the city to its former glory, and that means cleaning up Brick Mansions and getting rid of its undesirables.

Well, unfortunately, the top Bad Guy in Brick Mansions, Tremaine Alexander, had hijacked a government truck with a neutron bomb in it, and he accidentally started a timing mechanism that will cause the bomb to explode in 10 hours.

So, Damien is charged with infiltrating the dangerous district, avoid being discovered and identified by the undesirables, find the bomb, and disarm it.

No problem, right?

As his partner, Damien teams up with Lino, who knows Brick Mansions like the back of his hand and who also has a personal interest in bringing down Tremaine, as does Damien.

Unfortunately, when they start out, Lino doesn’t know who or what Damien really is, which makes for some intense fighting between themselves.

And as if that isn’t enough, Tremaine has done something with the bomb that endangers all of Detroit.

BRICK MANSIONS is ridiculous and totally preposterous.

I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”

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