National Treasure: Book of Secrets ups the action

National Treasure: Book of Secrets suffers from the same problem that seems to plagues many sequels by offering more of the same. The film does manage to up the stakes and increase the action.  This time, the legacy of the Gates family is on the line.  But rather than keep it simple, the clues take Benjamin Gates (Nicholas Cage) and company overseas to Paris and London. The film’s prologue puts Thomas Gates on the scene…

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National Treasure: A Fun Adventure 15 Years Later

National Treasure is still a fun adventure to be had some fifteen years after the adventure film was released in theaters in 2004. The film asks us to imagine a map being on the back of the Declaration of Independence.  It is a fun idea no matter how preposterous that the idea sounds.  But before we get to this point, a young Benjamin Franklin Gates must learn the Gates family history.  It turns out that…

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The Meg: You Won’t Need A Bigger Boat

The Meg offers a fair share of humor and suspense but comes off as just a bit more than the typical SyFy B-movie of the week.  At least I think it does.  When you get misgendered in the bathroom before seeing a film, it absolutely kills your mood and kick-starts a depression.  Just going off of my notes during the press screening, I can say that I appreciated the commentary with regards to shark poaching. There…

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Cool Runnings: Get On Up, It’s Bobsled Time!

Cool Runnings is able to defy everything formulaic about sports movies and manages to rise up as a crowd-pleasing comedy. Directed by Jon Turteltaub from a script written by Lynn Siefert and Tommy Swerdlow & Michael Goldberg, the film stars Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Davis, Malik Yoba, and John Candy.  Interestingly enough, none of the four actors starring as the Jamaican bobsled team are even from Jamaica.  Three are from America and Lewis is said…

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