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Movie Review: The Fate Of The Furious



The Fate of the Furious poster

Remember back when The Fast and the Furious franchise was about car racing, the tuning scene, and stolen DVD players? The first few movies were classics in my eyes (even Tokyo Drift). But in an attempt to cater to a larger audience, the F&F franchise shifted dramatically (see what I did there?), turning the happy-go-lucky gang of racers into a globetrotting espionage super team fighting to save the world.

The recent chapters of the Fast and Furious saga have gotten downright ridiculous, but none of them hold a candle to The Fate Of The Furious, which we had a chance to screen last night.

So the movie starts out with Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) celebrating their honeymoon in Cuba. The sun is shining, there are a bevy of classic cars on display, not to mention tons of girls wearing barely anything while they shake their asses to some bass-heavy Cuban pop. So far, so good.

But when Toretto’s younger cousin gets into trouble with a bad hombre, Dom steps in and suggests that they settle this with a street race, winner take all. The problem? It’s a stacked race, and Dom’s got no chance of winning.. unless he can make a turbo out of a Coke can. “You’re going to blow up the engine,” screams Letty. “It’s only gotta last for a mile,” says Dom, with that cocky grin on his face. Hilarity ensues, with Dom finishing the race backwards, car on fire, before it plunges into the ocean!

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Sadly, that was the extend of the racing. From there, it’s basically The Expendables with cars, with the gang off to Germany to retrieve a stolen IED. Because in the wrong hands, it could cripple a large city’s power grid. The only problem? While in Cuba, Dom was approached by the notorious hacker, Cipher (Charlize Theron), who has information she uses against Dom in order to get him to turn against his team.

The rest of the movie is a big game of cat-and-mouse, with the team rushing to catch Dom and Cipher before they unleashe chaos on the world’s stage. The chase leads them to New York City, where we witness one of the must ludicrous chase scenes ever filmed, with Cipher “hacking” thousands of cars and taking control of them remotely. Chaos ensues, with cars driving out of showrooms, flying off of parking structures, crashing through buildings, and swarming the streets. Ridiculous!

The chase eventually leads the team to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, where they attempt to outrun a nuclear submarine as they race across a frozen lake. Of course, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is driving a bright orange Lamborghini, which spins out of control because he forgot about winter tires. Oh yeah, and Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) catches a torpedo with his bare hands while hanging out the door of a moving truck.

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I have no doubt that The Fate of the Furious will rake in a boatload of money at the box office, possibly even breaking some records in the process, as this kind of mindless mayhem seems to appeal to many. But for me, the franchise has just strayed too far from it’s roots, and after 16 years with the gang, I’m calling it quits.

Grade: C-


Here’s The Awesome First Trailer For ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’



Get excited Godzilla fans, because the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer just dropped at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, and it looks freaking awesome!

Like many of you, I assumed Godzilla was a standalone movie.. until the post-credits scene in King Kong: Skull Island proved me wrong. Turns out, they’re just getting started.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy.

Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance when Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters next year on May 31, 2019.

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AMC Theatres Goes After MoviePass With New $20/Mo Subscription Plan



Awhile back, we told you about MoviePass, the subscription service that lets you see a movie a day for $9.95 a month. At the time, naysayers said that this was an unsustainable model, and that the company was doomed.

But clearly they must have been doing something right, as AMC Theatres is taking a page from their playbook, launching their own subscription service called AMC Stubs A-List, which rolls into theaters on June 26th.. at a cost of $19.95 a month.

Now here’s where it gets a little confusing.. AMC’s service is twice as expensive as MoviePass, you’re limited to three movies per week, and you can only go to AMC Theatres. So why exactly is this a good deal?

“We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers,” said Adam Aron, CEO and president of AMC Theatres, in the press release. “AMC Stubs A-List is AMC’s next evolution of delivering amazing benefits to our loyal customers, and we’re excited to continue to grow the program by leaps and bounds.”

According to the press release, the only real benefit over MoviePass is the fact that you can see movies in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and Real 3-D, which are typically off-limits with MoviePass. It also gives you access to the normal benefits of the pre-existing AMC Stubs Premiere program, including “no online ticketing fees” and “significant food and beverage savings.”

So if you’re someone who enjoys watching movies in 3D or IMAX, lives near an AMC Theatres, doesn’t plan on seeing 5-7 movies a week, and likes their popcorn, then the AMC Stubs A-List plan isn a pretty good deal, especially considering that a single movie will set you back $12 or more these days.

What do you think about the AMC Stubs A-List subscription service?

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Check Out The Official Teaser Trailer For ‘Bumblebee’



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With Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s disappointing performance and lackluster fan reception, you’ve heard the term Star Wars fatigue being thrown around lately. People have been complaining about that with the Transformers movies for a while now as well, myself included. So how do you reinvigorate a franchise about transforming robots?

You ditch those Michael Bay explosions and over-the-top plot lines and you focus on a single Transformer, making the plot more intimate. And if the Bumblebee trailer is any indication, you also give this story more of an 80’s Steven Spielberg flair.

As we can see from the trailer, it’s 1987, and a young woman (Hailee Steinfeld) has discovered a discarded Beetle in bad condition. Heck, it even has a beehive inside, which explains the roots of his name. She takes the car home, starts fixing it up, and in the process she activates something that brings the Transformer to life.

It won’t surprise anyone that the pair become fast friends, and it looks like they will be on the run from Sector 7’s Transformer-hunter, Agent Burns (played by John Cena). There will still be explosions and action, just not on that dizzying Michael Bay level. And that looks like it will be very refreshing for this series.

If they keep going retro and get back to the roots of the Transformers, we could have a popular Transformers series that is much deeper than what we’re used to.

Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think about Bumblebee.

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