“Ben Meyers of Ben Meyers International Movie Critics closely predicts audience likes and dislikes a

“Ben Meyers of Ben Meyers International Movie Critics closely predicts audience likes and dislikes a
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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III* (Theatrical Release USA 1993)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III—cheezy special effects and martial arts—serves as a walk down memoray lane for teenage mutant turtle fans. The new movie series fails to catch the original series spirit due to failure to capture the human element, the spark that made the old series work.

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 Storyline

 The turtles need to rescue their friend, April.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Stuart Gillard for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Thomas Gray, Kim Dawson, and David Chan, Thomas Gray, and Kim Dawson for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Leonardo (Voice of Brian Tochi),Donatello (Corey Feldman), Raphael (Tim Kelleher), Michelangelo (Robbie Rist), Splinter (James Murray), April O’Neil (Paige Turco), Casey Jones (Elias Koteas), Walker (Stuart Wilson), Niles (John Aylward), Lord Norinaga (Sab Shimono), and Mitsu (Vivian Wu). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 

Maybe. This film ends the series. For diehard turtle fans, it may be a desirable watch.

 *Also known as: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time 

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ALIEN X-MAS (Internet Release USA 2020)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Starsììì

Alien X-Mas—simple, short television film—seems to play on the foundation of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas with an alien instead of the Grinch. It needs appeal. The lack of originality and fresh creativeness makes it a difficult watch for the child/adult share audience.

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Storyline

 A small alien saves the world
through the giving Christmas spirit.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Stephen Chiodo for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Bartnicki for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Santa Claus (Keythe Farley), X (Dee Bradley Baker), Holly (Kaliayh Rhambo), Noelle (Michelle Deco), Z (Barbara Goodson), Mrs. Claus (Jessica Gee-George), 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It is cute, but not great.

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AGENT 327: OPERATION BARBERSHOP (Internet Release Netherlands 2017)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Agent 327 Operation Barbershop
—a surprising short film—introduces a genre rarely found in short films…an edge of the seat thriller. This short, different from others, seems to have been made as a trailer film to introduce an animation concept at film festivals in hopes of generating dollars for production as it does not contain a whole story and leaves its audience dangling, wanting the rest of the story and there is simply no more. The music perfectly sequences with each scene and drives the film. The animation is great. 

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Storyline 

 Agent 327 finds a barbershop does more than just cut hair. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Hjalti Hjalmarsson and Colin Levy for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Ton Roosendaal for making the film possible. 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. For the teen/adult audience, it’s a suitable, 3-minute, teaser, spy, short film. 

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EXTINCT (Theatrical Release Canada 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì 

Extinct—weird film without appeal—plays more for teen/adult audiences than children.  This full length film has an interesting concept, and the donut-like characters are fresh, but the overall presentation works on the average. 

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 Storyline 

 Two flummels discover that their species is extinct. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director David Silverman for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Joel Cohen, John Frink, Rob LaZebnik, Joe Aguilar, Matthew Berkowitz, and Yanming Jiang for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Op (Rachel Bloom), Ed (Adam DeVine), Dottie (Zazie Beetz), Clarance (Ken Jeong), Dr. Chung (Benedict Wong), Bernie (Jim Jeffries), Macrauchenia (Catherine O’Hara), Hoss (Reggie Watts), Captain Fitzroy (Nick Frost), and Charles Darwin (Tom Hollander). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?
 

Maybe. Most audiences will not find this movie appealing.

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KNIGHT RIDER 2000 (Television Release USA 1991)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Knight Rider 2000—archaic—dates itself, despite the terrific car, with 1990s bulky desktop computers, fax machines, and old technology printers while predicting self-driving cars. Nothing really outstanding here. David Hasselhoff notably pulls a memorable portrayal of this movie’s character. It’s worth a watch.

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Storyline 

 This Knight Rider movie occurs at a time when guns are outlawed. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Alan Levi for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Michele Brustin for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff),  Charlie (Philip Hafer), Dr. Glassman (Francis Guinan), Kurt Miller (Eugene Clark), Marla Hedges (Megan Butler), Andrew (Chris Bonno), Ruth Daniels (Christine Healy), and Harold Abbey (Lou Beatty Jr.). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?
 

Yes. Know that the movie does not thrill as much as the hype promises.

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JASPER MALL (DVD and Digital Release USA and Canada 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Jasper Mall—documentary—shows how the movement into the technological age affects local economies. Just as the Industrial Revolution created turbulence and chaos, this movie documents the result of moving into the technological age as turbulent and chaotic. The documentary shows how a single mall in Jasper, Alabama faces closure due to the change in population Internet shopping preference. It documents changes in lifestyle, job positions, and levels of prosperity. The interviews are personable, and Security Guard Mike McClelland is very generous to show the director and crew of this movie what is happening in the Jasper mall. The only criticism for this documentary is that it fails to show the positive steps people can take to stay abreast of the change and maintain lifestyle while moving into this new age. 

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Storyline 

 A shopping mall in Jasper, Alabama, begins to ready for closure as one business after another vacates the premises. 

Additional Thanks 

 Thank you to Directors Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb for directing efforts. 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?
 

Yes. It’s hard and sad to see people losing their life businesses, but it’s interesting to witness in person how moving from one age into another works. Living history documented, as it unfolds, marks this movie as a particularly good watch.

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ALPHA AND OMEGA: DINO DIGS (Limited Theatrical Release Slovakia 2016)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì 

Alpha and Omega: Dino Digs—slightly better than the last film—runs along the same lines of previously presented Alpha and Omega movies. Children, who have been following the series may appreciate another Alpha and Omega story but may have difficulty with the concept of a spirit dinosaur of the second dinosaur. These pieces of entertainment do offer simple, decent stories. The poachers from the last film are back as ‘dino diggers’. The first dinosaur that comes out of the dig could use a little more boosting in character development for more entertainment enjoyability. Overall, this movie presents an okay watch.

 Film Poster Courtesy of  Google Images

Storyline 

A dinosaur makes friends with the pups, Humphrey, and Kate. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Tim Maltby for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Nicolas Atlan, R.K. Chand, and Steve Rosen for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Humphrey (Voice of Ben Diskin), Kate/Stinky (Voice of Kate Higgins), Runt (Voice of Debi Derryberry), Claudette/Carney (Voice of Marieve Herington), Amy (Voice of Erin Fitzgerald), Paddy/Marcel/Jethro (Voice of Christopher Corey Smith), Mac (Voice of Edward Bosco), Ian (Voice of Chris Niosi), Griffin (Voice of Drew Waters), Marge (Voice of Cindy Robinson), and Donna/Rogue Wolf (Voice of Michelle Souza). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. This part 6 of a series of 8 films, continues the adventures of Alpha and Omega and their families and friends from a 2010 original movie. To date, the best film of the series has been part 4. The movies are suitable, perhaps, for the very young child, but they are not outstanding entertainment despite the nicely done animation.

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II (Theatrical Release USA 2000)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Mission Impossible II runs on more violence/brutality and increased graphic representation of that violence than the first film of the series. Know that this movie originally has an R-rating, but was toned down to receive a Parental Guidance permit to make it suitable for teens. Tom Cruise wears longer hair in this film perhaps to appeal to the younger audience set. There is a surprise when Anthony Hopkins takes the role of assigning Cruise his next mission. Ving Rhames retains his role as Cruise’s partner. Know that the trick of sliding along the pavement on the soles of the boots is accomplished with boots that have wheels built into the bottoms. The movie is well integrated and provides the expected Mission Impossible theme with increased graphic violence more suitable for adults than teens. 

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Storyline 

Ethan receives another Mission Impossible assignment. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director John Woo for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Tom Ctuise and Paula Wagner for making the film possible. Characters/cast include:  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), John McCloy (Brendan Gleeson), Hugh Stamp (Richard Roxburgh), Billy Baird (John Polson), Dr. Nekhorvich (Rade Serbedzija), Wallis (William Mapother), and Ulrich (Dominic Purcell).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. the storyline on screen more complicated than the last film. but much more enjoyable than the last film. 

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7500 (Theatrical Release USA 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 


7500, another airplane hijacking story, pushes the word ‘thriller’ to a little higher level than most stories from this genre. The acting is very good, almost perfect in places especially when the pilots are settling in for the flight. It’s a simple story, but more than earns its watch with its disturbing story. 

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Storyline 

Flight A319 from Berlin to Paris is hijacked. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Patrick Vollrath for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Maximilian Leo and Jonas Katzenstein for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Tobias Ellis (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Vedat (Omid Memar), Gocke (Aylin Tezel), Michael Lutzmann (Carlo Kitzlinger), Kinan (Murathan), Daniel (Paul Wollin), and Nathalie (Aurelie Thepaut). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?                                                                             

Yes. This is a worthy afternoon flick and earns its watch. It nicely shows Director Patrick Vollrath’s skills. 

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THE THREE STOOGES (Television Release USA 2000)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

The Three Stooges—overview bioflick about the Three Stooges—tells the highlights and some in-depth stories about Moe Howard, his older brother Shemp, their younger brother Jerome "Curly" Howard, and their best friend Larry Fine as they attempt to make a living doing comedy in the movie industry. The bioflick thoroughly captures a very likable story that is almost rewatchable.

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Storyline

A story about the Three Stooges.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director James Frawley for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Earl Benjamin, Robert Benjamin, Bruce Davey, Tom Engelman, Mel Gibson, Scott Kroopf, Neil Meron, and Craig Zadan for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Moe Howard (Paul Ben-Victor), Larry Fine (Evan Handler), Shemp Howard (John Kassir), Curly Howard (Michael Chiklis), Helen Howard (Rachael Blake), Mabel Fine (Anna Lise Phillips), Gertrude Howard (Jeanette Cronin), Tom Cosgrove (Joel Edgerton), Ted Healy (Marton Csokas), Harry Cohn (Linal Haft), Harry Room (Brandon Burke), Jules White (Lewis Fitz-Gerald), and Joe DeRita (Peter Callan).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is a great idea, thought out well, and appealingly put onscreen.

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THE ADVENTURES OF THE WILDERNESS FAMILY (Theatrical Release USA 1975)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 

The Adventures of the Wilderness Family—a little bland and quite predictable—works more as a reality television episode than as a movie. The story concept is fabulous, but the final product is average. It is a simple adventure film for anyone who wants an easy-on-the-mind film. The movie is perfect for young children…not too exciting, low key, and entertaining. 

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Storyline 

A family gives up the city for wilderness living. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Stewart Raffill for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Arthur Dubs for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Skip Robinson (Robert Logan), Pat Robinson (Susan Damante-Shaw), Jenny Robinson (Hollye Holmes), Toby Robinson (Ham Larsen), and Boomer (George Buck Flower). 



Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?  

Maybe. There are two sequels to this film which one may want to watch to see what happens to this family. There are better adventure films that provide more thrill and anticipation than this film. It compares to the lower key entertainment provided by the Little House on the Prairie television series. 

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HUMMINGBIRDS: JEWELLED MESSENGERS* (All-Media Release World-Wide 2012)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 

Hummingbirds: Jewelled Messengers—short documentary narrated by David Attenborough—does a great job of integrating education with entertainment. Simply perfect photography with wonderful slow motion filming techniques beautifully catches the complete aerial maneuvers of this lightning fast small bird. Earns its watch and its investment of money.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images

Storyline 

A documentary detailing facts of the hummingbird. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Paul Reddish for directing effort. Thank you to David Attenborough for making the film possible. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie is a visual feast for the eyes. Anyone who loves nature will love this film. 

*Also Known as: Hummingbirds Narrated by David Attenborough 

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CLOSED FOR STORM (Internet Release USA 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

Closed for Storm—documentary—thoroughly documents the grim realities of the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina disaster from the viewpoint of the destruction of a Six Flags theme park. The interviews are complete. The film interesting to see due to good archival footage. The footage of Six Flags after the hurricane details the investment necessary to put this business back in business. Worth watching from the business point of view. 

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Storyline 

Documentation showing the remains of Six Flags theme park after Hurricane Katrina. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Jake Williams for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Dan Bell, Nicholas Novak, John Shaw, and Charles Windom for making the film possible. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This documentary earns its watch.

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BLACK SHEEP (Theatrical New Zealand 2007)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì 


Black Sheep—a film from New Zealand—has a great concept and is interestingly written, but very adult at times. The movie is somewhat appealing, but does not earn its watch or investment of money. 

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Storyline 

Vampire sheep begin taking over a farm. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Jonathan King for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Philippa Campbell for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister), Angus Oldfield (Peter Feeney), Experience (Danielle Mason), Tucker (Tammy Davis), Grant (Oliver Driver), Dr. Rush (Tandi Wright), Mrs. Mac (Glenis Levestam), Taxi Driver (Nick Blake), and Oliver Oldfield (Matthew Chamberlain). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. It Is not for children. The gore is graphic and morbid sexual scenes are evident.

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ALPHA AND OMEGA: FAMILY VACATION (Theatrical Release Vietnam 2015)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.4|5.0 Starsììì 

Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation—run-of-the-mill animated adventure—consistently copies the rest of the Alpha and Omega series, unappealing, hard-to-get-through scenes without good foundation. This movie relies on a series of flashbacks that run on a thin storyline. Unfortunately, this movie, as did the prequels, produces below grade, low quality animation, and storylines that do not satisfy. Children will have difficulty following the flashbacks.

 Film poster courtesy of Google Images

Storyline 

Kate and Humphrey remember their adventures together. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Directors Kyung-Duk Kim and Richard Rich for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Susan Gelb and Ken Katsumoto for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Kate/Stinky/Lilly (Voice of Kate Higgins), Humphrey (Voice of Ben Diskin), Runt (Voice of Debi Derryberry), Claudette (Voice of Marieve Herington), Brent/Fleet (Voice of Mike Jacobs), Paddy/Marcel/Jethro/Shakey/Mooch (Voice of Christopher Corey Smith), Fran/Freida (Voice of G.K. Bowes), Agnes (Voice of Mela Lee), Griffin (Voice of Benjamin Waters), Julia (Voice of Maxine Blue), and Liz (Voice of Elizabeth Covarrubias). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. The movie series misses the mark of good entertainment and this movie follows that pattern.

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Theatrical Release USA 1996)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 

Mission Impossible—simple, cookie cutter story starring Tom Cruise—generates 6 films from 1996 to 2018 and schedules 2 more films for 2022 and 2023. Not much happens in these movies, but they continue to capture the same mystique of the original television series and with their generally all-star casts accomplish the task of entertaining the audience well. 

Storyline 

Ethan, once again, takes on a mission impossible. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Brian De Palma for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner for directing effort. Characters/cast include: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), Claire Phelps (Emmanuelle Beart), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Max (Vanessa Redgrave), Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny), Franz Krieger (Jean Reno), and Sarah Davies (Kristin Thomas). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This is very well done and is a good start for watching a series that becomes one of the longest running movie series along with Star Wars, Sharknado, and Indiana Jones, to name a few. The film works overall. 

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