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The Lost Smurf Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village, Rated PG
~ 1h 30min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 7 April 2017 | Director: Kelly Asbury; Writers: Stacey Harman, Pamela Ribon; Starring; Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, and more at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2398241/ ~

My son and I took advantage of the cheap dollar theater viewing of this re-made classic from my childhood adapted with modern animation and special effects – to which both of us thoroughly enjoyed. My son Cian was dancing in joy down the aisles to the music and had a smile from cheek to cheek. Definitely a good kid movie. It offers more modern perspectives on the Smurfs as Smurfette follows a mysterious map on a quest with Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty as they delve into the Forbidden Forest only to discover a lost village of Smurfettes in Amazonian woman fashion. The secrets of why for so long she was the only female in her village is now revealed. Gargamel is involved deeply and has a plot to take over the Smurfs again with his actions foiled by Smurfette. High action and modern empowerment.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Lucifer – the series

Lucifer
~ TV-14 | 42min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | TV Series (2015– ) | Creator: Tom Kapinos;
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro, and many more – see IMDB for more details. ~

A modern living myth of modern day Lucifer who goes by his true name as Lucifer Morningstar who escapes Hell and decides to try out living amongst the human race. Angry at his father God, constantly in struggle and battle with their relationship, he cuts off his wings and tries to live a luxurious “normal” life. But too difficult to hide his powers … he teams up with Chloe, a police agent that he becomes a consultant for in solving crimes and murders. He falls deeply in love with her and struggles with the vulnerability that love causes. A love story of supernatural power … the plot, the tales, and the series is phenomenal – my favorite comedy currently out. Must see.

Rated: 5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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I Zombie series


~ TV-14 | 42min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2015–present(2018) ) | Creators: Diane Ruggiero, Rob Thomas; Starring: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, and many more – see IMDB ~

It is a tale about a girl named Liv Moore, who was a medical student that became infected by the zombie plague that was in outbreak in her community. As she deals with life as a zombie, she discovers if she eats the brains of an individual, she can have flash-backs of their life, absorb their feelings and personality, and can figure out how they died. She assists detective Clive Babineaux of the police department with solving murders. Its a great comedy and spin on zombie theme popularity that has struck the world this decade with great plots, story-line, and characters. One of my favorite shows.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Good Witch (TV series 2015-present)

Good Witch (the series: 2015-present)
~ | TV-PG | 48min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | Creators: Craig Pryce, Sue Tenney; Starring: Catherine Bell, Bailee Madison, Catherine Disher; and many more – see IMDB. ~

Another re-telling of a similar tale like Bewitched, Practical Magic, and other such tales of the local town Witch and her play of magic, community, love, and family. This series presents a modern living myth of Cassie Nightingale and her daughter Grace living in a town that she has much influence over. She runs the local curiosity shop, bed n’ breakfast, and manor. She’s great friends with the Mayor and her family deep roots in the founding of the town. She falls for her next door neighbor, a single father Doctor named Sam Radford with his son both of whom become bewitched by the Mother and daughter witchery. Great show, down to heart and hearth … warm and charming. Great series. Currently on-going (2018).

Rated: 4.5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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The Avengers: Infinity War

The Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13: 2018)
~ PG-13 | 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 27 April 2018 : Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo; Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay by), Stephen McFeely (screenplay by); Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and more, see IMDB. Viewed on 4/26/18 at Tinseltown, Colorado Springs, Colorado using Movie Pass. ~

The saga continues as the world destroyer comes to Earth seeking out the Universe crystals for Universe domination. All heroes are called to action as the Avengers, Dr. Strange, the Black Panther, Iron Man, Spiderman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more come to the rescue. It is an epic battle with an unexpected outcome. Thanos, the Titan is out to kill the Gods. Thor has to retrieve the weapon to destroy him, or can he? Visually stunning and an amazing plot. I highly enjoyed this film. Top work and one of Marvel’s most incredible films.

Rated: 5 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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Super Troopers 2 (R: 2018)

Super Troopers 2 (R: 2018)
~ 1h 39min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 20 April 2018 : Director: Jay Chandrasekhar; Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar (as Broken Lizard), Kevin Heffernan (as Broken Lizard) | Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, and More info at IMDB. Seen at Tinseltown in Colorado Springs, Colorado ~

In the flavor of Super Troopers, as a sequel, is another “dumb and dumber” parody of the Vermont state troopers being re-assigned in a U.S. take-over of a slice of Canada that was mis-aligned in history. Reclaiming the land from the Canucks was a bad idea, as they were relatively hostile to America stepping across the line in Canada. There was a plot deeper than one would think that involved smuggling, the Canadian Mounties against the Troopers both thinking the other were guilty. A twist at the end with Rob Lowe starring, gives another pondering of what’s going on. From Grizzly bears to pranks, it is an all out Canadian vs American war. It was stupid but definitely in the flavor of Super Troopers. If you liked the original, you’ll probably enjoy this film. I personally can’t remember if I enjoyed the first one. Since I got to see it with Movie Pass, no loss on my shoulders or wallet.

Rated: 2 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions on 4/27/2018. ~

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Early Man (2018: PG)

Early Man
~ PG | 1 hour, 29 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 16 February 2018 (USA); Director: Nick Park; Writers: Mark Burton (screenplay by), James Higginson (screenplay by) | Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A comical clay-mation animation of Cave Man from asteroid clash and the invention of football, bleeding into Romans, Vikings, and other mish-mash of historic timelines. A “dumb and dumber” of the Stone Age fighting the Bronze Age for the prehistoric jungle. Machines and Mastadons, to bunny hunts, the Neanderthals figure out Soccer. Its a quest to save their homeland from the Bronze empire.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5. Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Tinseltown using Movie Pass. ~

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Peter Rabbit (PG: 2018)

Peter Rabbit (PG: 2008)
~ PG | 1 hour 33 minutes | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 9 February 2018 (USA) ~ Director: Will Gluck; Writers: Rob Lieber (screen story by), Will Gluck (screen story by); Starring: : James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson | See full cast & crew on IMDB.

A invisibly digitized modern re-telling of the child classic “Peter Rabbit” features Peter and his gang targeting raids on the farmer’s vegetable garden and not getting caught. A trajedy takes a twist giving them full reign only to have to deal with another farmer escalating into full outright warfare. A love story meshed within, Peter has to contemplate right from wrong, and the twists are hillarious. Fun, full of action, edge of your seat fun for the family. My son was dancing afterwards wearing bunny ears the theater gave him. Based on the classic from Beatrix Potter. Well done with a thorough plot, excellent cinematography, and the digitized animation was transparent. Highly imaginative classic.

Rating 5 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ viewed 2/11/18 at Tinseltown using Movie Pass.

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Ferdinand (PG: 2017)

Ferdinand (PG: 2017)
~ 1 hour 48 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 15 December 2017 ~ Director: Carlos Saldanha ~ Writers: Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson ~ Starring: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A fantastic family animated tale about “Ferdinand” a young bull being raised for the bull fights. He grows up with three other bull calves who are getting ready to fight the matador when they get older. But Ferdinand doesn’t want that life … he just wants to admire and smell the flowers! This gets him into bullying situations with the other bulls. Once he discovers his dad has gone missing, he seeks to find him and discovers Nina who becomes his best friend. Raised with play, fun, and frolick he has found a new life. But he becomes enormous and scares the town folk, getting captured and forced back to the bull ranch he was at. He’s pushed back into the life of bull fighting and figures out what happens to the bulls after the fight! He’s abhored and fights for another break out this time with his friends. A mad-dashing adventure of shenanigans as they get chased all the way to the arena! It is non stop thought provoking fun for all ages. Good plot with a happy ending.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions at Colorado Springs Tinseltown using the Movie Pass.

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Bad Mom’s Christmas (R, 2017)

Bad Mom’s Christmans
~ Rated R. Nov. 1, 2017. ~
Directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Actor/resses: Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Susan Surandon, and more.

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

It’s that time of year when expectation on parents comes to a collapsing point, and this tale depicts the challenges and expectations for holiday planning with the age-old assumption it falls entirely on the mom’s shoulders. (Since I’m a single dad, I’ve never experienced this phenomena) So the under-appreciated and overburdened moms break down this particular Christmas, especially as their moms arrive on the scene earlier than expected for Christmas event planning. Amy, Kiki, and Carla on a girl’s night out decide to rebel against the cookie-cutter expectations and not being reliable for the expected fantastic holiday they feel is expected of them by not only their moms, their kids, and husbands for two of them (Carla is a single mom). It is an action packed party-driven rebellion of mom’s flick with lots of laughs, humor, and fun. It was good fun. Spin-off sequel to “Bad Moms”. Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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