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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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Den of Thieves (R: 2018)

Den of Thieves (R: 2018)
~ R | 2 hours 20 minutes | Action, Crime, Drama | 19 January 2018 ~ Director: Christian Gudegast; Writers: Christian Gudegast (screenplay), Christian Gudegast (story); Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr. | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

Fast action and deeply violent flick about the bank robbery capital of America – Los Angeles and a “Den of thieves” who work from there taking out banks, armored cars, and heists. Deep seeded in the muck of Los Angeles, bank robbery after heist, this gang goes up against a elite Sheriff’s department who are committed to take them down. The most impossible of robberies is targeting the Federal Reserve. The unexpected takes a turn as this well laid out story line comes to explosive action on the screen, entertaining for all.

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

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Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri (R: 2017)

Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri
R | 1 hour 55 minutes | Crime, Drama | 1 December 2017 ~ Director: Martin McDonagh; Writer: Martin McDonagh; Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell | See full cast & crew on IMDB. ~

The tale of a unsolved mystery and traumatic murder that struck the town of Ebbing, Missouri along a un-used old highway. Mildred Hays is infuriated with local law enforcement and decides to take in-your-face action against the local law enforcement to motivate them to solve the crime. She paints three billboards with controversial messages aimed at the local sheriff Willoughby played by Woody Harrelson. Violence, brutality, arson, and false arrests create a circus of activity in this small once quiet town. High action and deep contemplation, the ending would not be of my choosing even though its meant to carry on into your dreams that night. Well done and great plot.

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

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The Post (PG-13: 2017)

The Post (PG-13: 2017)
~ PG-13 | 1 hour 56 minutes | Biography, Drama, History | 12 January 2018 (USA) ~
~ Director: Steven Spielberg; Writers: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer; Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson | See full cast & crew at IMDB. ~

A great film with a blast from the past in the Nixon era covering a pre-Wiki-Leaks drama and coming out of government secrets and cover-ups over the Vietnam War. The controversy spanned over four presidencies continuing to put soldiers at risk and death because of it. When the secret files were release to the Times and the Washington Post, the ordeal has Nixon taking the newspapers to the Supreme Court, fighting for rights of freedom of the the Press. The fight was unprecedented and a landmark in history for the U.S.A.’s first woman newspaper publisher. I thought it was very well done, informative, and great roles for Hanks and Streep who worked well together. A must see. Eye opening and awakening.

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

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50 Shades Freed (R: 2018)

50 Shades Freed (2018: Rated R)
~ 2 hours – Drama, Romance, Mystery, Adventure. Director: James Foley; Writers: Niall Leonard (screenplay by), E.L. James (based on the novel by); Starring: Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele; Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey; Eric Johnson as Jack Hyde; Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh; Rita Ora as Mia Grey; Luke Grimes as Elliot Grey; Victor Rasuk as José; Max Martini as Taylor; Jennifer Ehle as Carla; Marcia Gay Harden as Grace Grey; and more … see IMDB for more details. ~

~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~ Viewed 2/9/18 at Tinseltown with Movie Pass ~

The Saga continues to the final chapter after Anastasia and Christian Grey return home to Seattle after a amazing honeymoon in Europe. Christian gets a bit over-protective and demanding of his new wife, in part to protect her against Hyde who seeks vengeance upon them both. Gifting her a life of leisure and her own publishing company, the two newly weds start settling in with a lavish life together with a very intimate and erotic zeal in life together. Things go down under quickly as the madman Hyde seeks to destroy them, eventually turning to criminal motives that endanger them and their relationship. It becomes a battle of committment vs. freedom, control vs. safety, as the Red Room is used in push-n-pull marital dynamics of individuality and the bonds of marriage. Questions of commitment vs. adultery, bondage and BDSM will make the mystery deeper as it extends to their friends as well. A pregnancy is thrown into the mix as emotions blow up intermingled with threats of murder, kidnapping, and violence. The plot toils and tumbles with high action, car chases, deceipt, sex, eroticism, and conundrums. Very well done and captivating throughout the entire screenplay. Rated: 5 stars out of 5.

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Forever My Girl (PG-13)

Forever My Girl (PG: 2018)
~ Director: Bethany Ashton Wolf, Writers: Bethany Ashton Wolf (screenplay), Heidi McLaughlin (novel), Stars: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey, more: See IMDB. Released: 2018. Rated PG | 1h 48min | Drama, Music, Romance | 19 January 2018 (USA).

Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A story of a country music star that leaves his high school sweetheart at the altar to go pursue his quickly gained celebrity status. Eight years later he discovered a high school friend passed away and headed home for the funeral only to run into her and discover what he has missed over the last eight years – an emotional struggle of everything he walked away from and how to deal with a new life presented upon him. The acting was great and the plot perfect. Not normally a film i would randomly choose but while at Tinseltown in Colorado Springs, the timing was convenient for the small window of movie-going and able to use as a free film for my $9.95 / month Movie Pass it was a go. It was a emotional, tear-jerking, chick-flick that made a grown man cry – heart felt and warming, touching to the soul of any parent, definitely a film with lots of emotional moments. Outside of the country music, which even though it was about a famous country singer, was minimal and not obtrusive, so a country-music disliking soul such as myself was not bothered. It was a remarkably well done movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Viewed by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley on 1/29/18 with 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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Walking Out (PG-13: 2017)

Walking Out
Rated: PG-13
Released: 2017
Starring: Bill Pullman, Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins

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A great father/son film with continued repetitive family history of a urban teen who comes visits his father at their cabin in the mountains only to end in tragedy. The youth, separated from his dad due to divorce, comes to visit his father for a great hunt. Putting away technology, his father helps him re-learn survival skills and the great hunt. They pulled a tag for a moose that his dad was tracking. A run-in with Grizzlies, a hunting accident, leaves the teen to carry his dad down the mountain – walking out of a nightmare. A grand tale of survival, thrilling, and edge of your seat moments. Rating: 4 out of 5

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Atomic Blonde (R)


Atomic Blonde

Rated R – 2017

Fast action female version of James Bond (Charlize Theron) – attractive, stunning, and deadly takes on a impossible M6 mission getting a spy list that her former spy lover died for covering all the active agents in the West. Fast cars and deadly blasts, martial arts and brawls all in the heart of the moment that the Berlin Wall was coming down. Spectacular authentic 80’s soundtrack and great portrayal of the era. Reviewed 5 stars out of 5

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Seeking a friend for the End of the World (PG: 2012)

Rated PG. Released Summer of 2012. Director: Lorene Scafaria. Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and Melanie Lynskey.

A end of the world apocalyptic comedy drama about a world that is embracing its final days as an Asteroid called Matilda is racing towards earth for doomsday. Its a story about a man who upon hearing the news of the upcoming disaster is left by his wife and finding himself alone. He meets his crazy neighbour who had been holding a three month old love letter from his first true love, and decides to take a road trip with the neighbour to find her. However in process, he falls for another as the end is embraced. True love comes in the most uncanny situations. Good humor, fun adventures, and well designed movie. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. [rating:4]

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