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Amistad QuickViews


If you like history brought to life on screen, then Amistad is right up your alley.   Based on true events, the film tells the story of a mutiny slave ship in 1839 who end up in Washington to settle in court for their freedom.   While it’s slow, long, underrated and not the first thing to watch by Steven Spielberg, Amistad is a story that people should see and not forget about long after it’s over.     Office Rating: 4/10...

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Empire of the Sun QuickViews


Whoever is a fan of Steven Spielberg, Empire of the Sun is worth a watch.   Based on J.G. Ballard’s semi-autobiographical book, the film tells the story of Jim (Christian Bale), a 13-year-old kid who is separated from his parents when World War II happens in Japan and the circumstances that happen to him along the way.   While it’s long, slow, underrated and not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spielberg, the movie has a great cast, beautiful visuals and a well-...

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Rambo: Last Blood QuickViews


For those who loved First Blood and enjoyed the last 3 movies comes the (hopefully) final film in Sylvester Stallone’s second franchise: Rambo.   In Last Blood John Rambo (Stallone) has finally found peace (or so he thought) until someone he loves gets kidnapped. When that happens all hell breaks loose.   Even though Stallone is amazing as John Rambo and the ending is fantastic with all the action it brings, Last Blood’s story is unfortunately sad and full of schlock dialogue that ...

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2019 Emmys QuickViews


Thanks to the Oscars going hostless this year, this year’s Emmys decided to do the same.   While the idea of no host helps keep things along, it has to be balanced right in terms of humor and banter and the Emmys almost had it.   What was the problem: so many dumb jokes that weren’t necessary. If the presenters saved time and stuck to what they had to say through the teleprompter, it could’ve been amazing.   The speeches overall were okay but it was the powerful opening abou...

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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives QuickViews


Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. What do they have in common? They’re artists who were signed by one of the greatest music producing legends of all time: Clive Davis.   Clocking in at a fast and zippy 2 hours, The Soundtrack of Our Lives tells the story of Clive Davis, whose parents died while he was in law school and went on to become one of the greatest names in music ever, becoming part of Columbia Records, Arista and J Records.   F...

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