Kingsman: The Golden Circle

After the success of the first film, director Matthew Vaughn is back with the next installment Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The movie starts with an exciting action sequence where Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, is attacked by men of an underworld organization called The Golden Circle. The Kingsman are under attack and seek help from another sister organization called ‘The Statesman’. What does the Golden Circle want and what is their evil plan? For that, you need to watch the movie.

Other than the original trio of Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Mark Strong, we have new actors like Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and few Oscar-winning actors Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges & Halle Berry. But unfortunately the story doesn’t allow to show their acting prowess. We also have Sir Elton John giving more than just a guest appearance.

This time we have a lady villain in the form of Julianne Moore, playing the character of Poppy Adams, who is a big drugs supplier. But the villain’s character is dry and boring. 

What is an even bigger let down is the story. It is too simple and has nothing new to offer. The dangers do not evoke much panic. The makers have focused more on style, clothing, gadgets and less on storytelling.

The positives about the film is that the action sequences are superbly choreographed and are truly enjoyable. The background score compliments them as well. The comic scenes and one-liners make you chuckle every now and again.

Overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun movie packed with explosions, chases and visual spectacle. Watch it with few expectations and lots of popcorn.

Rating: ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ & 1/2

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Cars 3

Itโ€™s been more than ten years since the first Cars movie was released, which was a sweet and sensitive racing comedy film. The sequel, Cars 2 turned out to be a soulless and disappointing with no real sense of purpose. Cars 3, fortunately, delivers a good story and gets the series back on track.

Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, is enjoying his time as the racing legend. His life changes when Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, an arrogant and ridiculously fast young racer, defeats him in a race. This continues until the last race of the season where McQueen crashes and goes into rehab.

Now, Storm is the new champ. Everyone thinks McQueen is old and it’s time for him to retire. But he doesn’t give up and decides to reinvent himself to become the champion again. In this journey, McQueen meets Cruz, voiced by Cristela Alonzo, his trainer who never believed in herself as a racer. She is an important character in the story which will surprise you at the end.

The animation looks more realistic than before. The racing sequences are entertaining too. It is a touching and motivational tale which will connect with all. It’s not only about McQueen trying to win a race but something more than that. The movie has some funny scenes which will bring out laughter.

Overall, Cars 3 is an enjoyable ride for both kids and adults alike. It is the best movie of the series and definitely a one-time watch.

Rating – ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

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Genre: Animation, Comedy

Directed by: Brian Fee

Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, Lea DeLaria

Music by: Randy Newman

Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky, Newton Thomas Sigel

Edited by: Stephen Schaffer

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Sandy Wexler

Sandy Wexler is a satirical homage to Adam Sandler’s real-life manager, Sandy Wernick, who worked as a talent manager in Los Angeles during the 1990โ€™s.

Sandy, played by Adam Sandler, is a weird and lonely guy with a good heart. He treats his clients like family and never gives up on them. Everything changes when Sandy falls in love with his new client Courtney, played by Jennifer Hudson, who is a talented singer. 

The story is narrated in bits and pieces by famous Hollywood actors in a fun and comic way. You will also see some familiar faces from Sandlerโ€™s other movies like Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson doing small yet important roles. 

Sandy Wexler is not a full on comedy. It is an emotional and light-hearted love story at its core. You won’t laugh your heart out but it does have a few fun moments through the mishaps of Sandyโ€™s clients who are trying to make it big in the industry. Even though the film stays flat from start to end, Adam Sandler has tried his best to make this mediocre story entertaining.

You will need some patience and popcorn to complete this 2-hour long film. Watch it only if you are an Adam Sandler fan.

Rating:  ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹ kisses

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Genre: Drama, Comedy

Directed by: Steven Brill

Starring: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Rob Schneider, Colin Quinn, Nick Swardson, Lamorne Morris