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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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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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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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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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Cinemark Tinseltown (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Cinemark Tinseltown
1545 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Phone: (719) 576-5082
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Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

A enormous and fancy high capacity stadium-like seating theater complex with reclining and assigned seats. Always an enjoyable experience and one of my favorite theaters to visit. Concessions maze is awkward and an all out failure – that would be the worst part of the theater. Luckily for the healthier junk-food minded, there is a cafe where you can get food that takes a little longer to make, your Starbucks addiction, ice cream on a cone, milkshakes, and what-not. There is also a bar, but unfortunately it’s part of the concession-maze screw-up (wasn’t always like that). The theater possesses a Hollywood charm, great rich extravagant decor and film, you really are placed into movie-land with this experience. The staff is friendly and go out of their way to help you. Free refills on large popcorns and drinks, and with the rewards program, not to hard to build up 75 points to get $2 off of them. They always have a great array of films and newly released blockbusters. Also one of the few theaters in town that has morning matinees. Every Tuesday it’s less than $6 a ticket. The hands down best theater in Colorado Springs. Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5 (would be a five star for not the concession maze)

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Movie Pass

Movie Pass

By far the most amazing and spectacular deal that oddly very few know about, is the fantastical premiere entertainment pass known as “Movie Pass”. It’s quite simple – you subscribe at Moviepass.com for $9.95 a month and in 8-10 days you’ll receive a beautiful credit card called “Movie Pass”. You download the app and when you want to go to any of the 6,000+ movie theaters in America, you drive up, log into the app, select your movie time, then go to either stand in line at the ticket booth or use the kiosk, select the movie, your seats if applicable, and use the card to pay for the movie. When you registered using the app, Moviepass uploaded the exact ticket price to the card, and you are set to go. You can go to one movie every day as long as your subscription is active. I can’t express more how amazing this offer is. Hurry now as you never know how long it’ll run. The only problem with the program is you can’t get the pass in the mail quick enough! Rating: 5 stars out of 5 :: So far, I’ve used it twice – seeing “Paddington Bear 2” and “The Commuter” – no snags whatsoever. In fact originally wanted to see Jumanji and by the time i got through the line to the ticket agent it sold out and was able to instantly just pay for Paddington Bear with it so I could see with my son. 1/15/18.

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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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