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MOVIE REVIEWS: The Lego Movie 2, What Men Want, and Miss Bala

VVNG- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Tiffany Haddish

Stop everything you’re doing (except your breathing of course) and head on over to the cinema to watch this highly imaginative, fast-paced and hilarious animated family flick. At a speed of 100 JPMs (Jokes Per Minute), this movie is sure to make you and your kiddos laugh out loud while you appreciate all of the colorful creativeness bursting out of the screen. I simply loved the original Lego Movie and this is just as good. It is able to build upon all of the things that made the first one great and take this chapter to the next level, making it obvious that the filmmakers were as passionate in creating another inventive, intelligent and incredibly entertaining film. The voice acting, story, heroes and villain are all top-notch and simply make it possible to say that, in this flick, everything is awesome!

The Rating: “Checky™ Seal of Approval!”

Official Synopsis: The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity. V

Miss Bala – Gina Rodriguez

Even though the trailer for this movie made it seem like the titular character was going to be waging an all-out war against the Mexican mafia, this movie is actually more of a survival movie than a vigilante revenge one. The name, Miss Bala, is stupid and has nothing to do with anything in the film. It’s actually never mentioned in the movie if I am not mistaken. I also didn’t like how they tried to make the despicable bad guy into a suave hot guy. Umm, no mister, you are bad, I want you in jail not the weird object of any of your captors’ affections. There is also a confusing representation of Tijuana, the city where they filmed most of this film. It’s obvious that the filmmakers love the city and tried to include as many different locations as possible, but they also misrepresent it as an extremely dangerous and scary place, which is unfortunate because that’s going to deter people from going and trying their delicious tacos. The only reason I didn’t give this movie the “Stamp of Disappointment” is because of Gina Rodriguez. She is able to save this movie with her stellar acting and likeability, and for that, I say you should at least watch it once. Even if you wait until it comes out on Bluray or Netflix.

The Rating: “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!”

Official Synopsis: Young Gloria seeks help from the police when cartel hit men kidnap her friend from a nightclub in Mexico. She soon finds herself in big trouble when a corrupt cop hands her over to the same goons who shot up the place. Their gang leader, Lino, decides to use Gloria for his dirty work to avoid detection from the Drug Enforcement Administration. Determined to get away, Gloria must now play a dangerous game to outwit not only the cartel, but the DEA agents who suspect her of complicity.

What Men Want – Taraji P. Henson

Lights, Camera… Overaction! I imagine that those were the words the director kept yelling out before each scene of this loud, silly flick. Not even the great Taraji P. Henson and her top-notch performance can make up for the lack of originality in this flick. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is definitely worth a watch because it provides more than enough genuine chuckles, and the premise, although unoriginal, is still pretty amusing. It’s just disappointing to see that the writers of this film crammed in so many clichés, jokes, and situations that we have already seen over and over (and over) again. Also, just like the abundance of talent in the cast, the ability to read men’s thoughts that Taraji receives in the flick is wasted and not really useful or necessary to the plot. Having said that, there IS enough comedy to save this flick from being completely disappointing and if you give it a chance, you might just have a good time with it. Even though it has absolutely no idea what men really want.

The Rating: “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!”

Official Synopsis: Passed up for a well-deserved promotion, sports agent Ali Davis wonders what else she needs to do to succeed in a man’s world. Hoping to find answers from a psychic, Ali drinks a weird concoction that suddenly allows her to hear what men are thinking. Using her newfound ability, Ali starts to turn the tables on her obnoxious male colleagues while racing to sign the next basketball superstar.

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