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The Ice Road

The Ice Road: Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. With Liam Neeson, Marcus Thomas, Laurence Fishburne, Amber Midthunder. After a remote diamond mine collapses in far northern Canada, a ‘big-rig’ ice road driver must lead an impossible rescue mission over a frozen ocean to save the trapped miners. Extremely rough cgi and cinematography, this feels like a made for tv movie that would be better at home on Hallmark or Lifetime. Buy On Amazon!

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This Is Pop

This Is Pop: With Jack Casady, Ludwig Göransson, Hozier, Alex James. Uncover the real stories behind your favorite pop songs as this docuseries charts the impact of the festival scene, Auto-Tune, boy bands and more. Stars off with modern pop music and gets….distantly related to that by the final episode. I could see the argument for including so much political stuff, but that’s not really what I came for. Buy On Amazon!

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The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3: Directed by Patrick Hughes. With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates. Unbelievably, Mel Gibson is the bad guy, who ends up shooting one of the most lovable characters, and Bruce Willis is out, but Harrison Ford is IN as the shadowy agent from the Agency, giving orders to the Expendables and giving them interesting missions to go...

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The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2: Directed by Simon West. With Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren. Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. This is the type of movie where the opening scene arrives with explosions that have no relation to the weapons that are doing the shooting or what’s being shot, but all those big booms sure look cool! We’re back with more unmistakable and irredeemable bad...

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Resident Evil

Resident Evil: Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. With Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce, Indra Ové, Anna Bolt. A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. After all those Fast & Furious films, I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what to watch that was even remotely connected, and thus, RESIDENT EVIL! I believe this was the first film I saw Michelle Rodriguez in, and she impressed me so much in the film that she made my ‘gotta watch’ list. Director Paul WS Anderson continued...

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Alien: Resurrection

Alien: Resurrection: Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. With Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman. 200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth. “Terror is reborn in the shocking conclusion to the Alien saga!” Yeah I guess this really was the last of the solo Alien films, they really couldn’t figure out where to go without tying the franchise with the Predators, which is a damn shame, there’s literally hundreds of Xeno only...

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Alien 3

Alien 3: Directed by David Fincher. With Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann. After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor. Double-Y syndrome is made up, but it sure sounds real, and all the guys afflicted with it in this film do a fantastic job at playing characters at the very end of their ropes and ready to just jump right off. The movie has some pretty noticeable...

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Riddick

Riddick: Directed by David Twohy. With Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff. Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past. In a departure from the wider universe, the Necromongers, and the Underverse, and a return to the smaller type of story that the first movie was so well loved for, this is also just a retooling of Pitch Black, but this time with nudity and a...

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All Together Now

All Together Now: Directed by Brett Haley. With Auli’i Cravalho, Rhenzy Feliz, Justina Machado, Judy Reyes. An optimistic high schooler with musical aspirations must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams. Starring the amazing Auli’i Cravalho, who you likely know as the voice of Moana, along with the mom from “One Day At A Time” and that one funny guy is here (Fred Armisen, but he’s not funny, just a great teacher. Carol Burnett shows up in a eye popping roll and completely throws the entire for a loop at a...

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems: Directed by Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie. With Mesfin Lamengo, Sun Zhi Hua-Hilton, Liang Wei-Hui-Duncan, Sunny Wu Jin Zahao. With his debts mounting and angry collectors closing in, a fast-talking New York City jeweler risks everything in hope of staying afloat and alive. I have intentionally never learned anything about this film, and I think it’s all the better because of it. Even the regular synopsis doesn’t do justice to the sheer frantic energy that permeates this entire film. “Throw him in the fucking water.” Buy On Amazon!

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