NEZHA REBORN (Film Theatrical Release Japan 2021)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì 

NOTE: This is not intentionally a sequel film to the movie Nezha (2019). 

Nezha Reborn—intriguing action scenes at the beginning of the story allow early audience engagement. Later action scenes fall flat. The story is well written. It engages the concept of the Monkey King and will be more enjoyable if international audiences do some research on the cultural concept of a Monkey King and his engagement with humans. But, this movie can be watched on the face value level because of its good special effects. The audience will comprehend the antagonist and protagonist struggle at street level. Overall, it performs as a high action animated movie that can hold the international teen/adult audience’s attention quite well. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline 

Nezha reincarnates as a motorcycle rider and must fight age-old enemies. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Zhao Jin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Lu Xi for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Li Yunxiang (Voiced by Yang Tianxiang/Stephen Fu), Masked Man (Voiced by Zhang He/Jason Ko). Ao Guang (Voiced by Xuan Xiaoming/Andrew Kishino), Su Junchu (Voiced by Li Shimeng/Nicole Fong), Kasha (Voiced by Zhu Be’er/Victoria Grace), Ao Bing (Voiced by King Zhenhe/Aleks Le), Li Jinxuang (Voiced by Harrison Xu (English version)), and Donghai Yaksha (Voiced by Gao Zengzhi (Chinese version)). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Some action scenes need tweaking for more impact; but overall, many stunts are creative, fresh, and engaging.

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GARFIELD: THE MOVIE (Film Theatrical Release USA 2004)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

Garfield the Movie relies on the acting talents of Breckin Meyer (Jon) and voicing talents of Bill Murray (Garfield). The movie works straightforwardly with an orderly presentation. The live casting of Odie doesn’t seem to quite match the animated character Odie, but it works. This movie is the first live action film of two Garfield movies. The film is simple afternoon entertainment fare for the young teen audience.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

Garfield enters an adventure quite outside his normal routine. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Peter Hewitt for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Davis for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Jon Arbuckle (Brecklin Meyer), Dr. Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), Wendell (Evan Arnold), Christopher Mello (Mark Christopher Lawrence), Mrs. Baker (Eve Brent), Little Girl (Juliette Goglia), Steward (Evan Helmuth), Lodge Member (Joe Bays), News Reporter (Leyna Nguyen), Engineer (Joe Ochman), and Dog Owner (Rufus Gifford), Garfield (Voice of Bill Murray), Persnikitty (Voice of Alan Cumming), Louis (Voice of Nick Cannon), Nermal (Voice of David Eigenberg), Luca (Voice of Brad Garrett), Spanky (Voice of Jimmy Kimmel), Arlene (Voice of Debra Messing), Dad Rat (Voice of Richard Kind), Mom Rat (Voice of Debra Jo Rupp), and Kid Rats (Wyatt Smith, Jordan Kaiser, Alyson Stoner). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This movie combines animated characters with live action. The film can serve as a clean child/adult share.

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GAMERA VS GUIRON (Film Release USA 1969)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì 

Gamera Vs Guiron shows a slightly more attractive, modernized version Gamera. In its own way, this Gamera film is better than the last three films and is nearly as good as the first film in the series. Other than a few scenes, this movie works more as a child/adult share than previous films in the series. The acting is good; portrayal is okay. The next film in the series is Gamera Vs. Jigar.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

Gamera fights Guiron. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Noriaki Yuasa for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Hidemasa Nagata for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Akio (Nobuhiro Kajima), Tomoko (Miyuki Akiyama), Tom (Christopher Murphy), Kuniki (Yuko Hamada), Dr. Shiga (Eiji Funakoshi), Kondo (Kon Ohmura), and Mother (Edith Hanson). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Gamera movie fans will not be disappointed.

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MOSUL (Film Theatrical Release USA 2020)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

Mosul—gritty and realistic—develops its heart at all the right junctions. The story is well-written. The portrayal well-done. The movie easily wins its watch time and its investment of money. 

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Storyline 

Iraqis defeat ISIS. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Matthew Michael Carnahan for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Anthony Russo, Joe Russon, Mike Larocca, Jeremy Steckler, and Dawn Ostroff for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Colonel Kaveh Esfahani (Waleed Elgadi), Hayat (Hayat Kamille), Hooka (Thaer Al-Shayei), Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach), Kawa (Adam Bessa), and Sinan (Ahmad Elghanem). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Great film, well received. Thank you to everyone who made the film possible. Good watch.

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WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR (Film Television Release 2015)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

W
illiam the Conqueror—documentary-styled movie—places shallow investigation of William’s life throughout the film almost as if not enough research was done on this historical figure or the information is lacking. The movie orders itself well. The casting of Dan Bronchinson for William seems a bit awkward but interesting.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images

Storyline 

William becomes the conqueror of England and Normandy. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Fabien Drugeon for directing effort. Characters/cast include: William of France (Dan Bronchinson), Osbern the Steward (Geoffroy Lidvan), Renouf (Eric Rulliat), William FitzOsbern (Thomas Debaene), and Gilbert (Pierrick Billard). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. For a simple, brief overview of William’s life, the movie works; but, be aware that the first part of the film tells the story and everything after that is just reiteration.

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BOONIE BEARS: BLAST FROM THE PAST (Film Theatrical Release China 2019)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Boonie Bears: Blast from the Past—sixth film in a seven-film series—works in the okay film range. The movie does make a good try for heart but the presentation holds the heart back so that it cannot fully blossom. The timing is off center as in the length of time it takes to reveal the female wolf cub’s story. The names of some of the characters are difficult to track until mentioned at least twice and some of them are not mentioned at all, which seems disconcerting. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

The Boonie bears travel back in time. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Leon Ding for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Ziyan Huang, Kai Li, and Daisy Shang for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: King (Voice of Chris Bolke), Bramble (Joseph Lambert), Young Bramble (Siobham Lumsden), and Lin (Nichalia Schwartz), and Fei Fei (Nikki Stenson). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. The movie serves as a cultural visit but for entertainment value, watch Nut Job..

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DIE HARD (Film Theatrical Release USA 1988)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

 

Die Hard—not perfect, maybe not even great at times—but becomes a classic action movie from the beginning to ending scenes. The movie precisely times action scenes with human elements of family challenges so that audience involvement is demanded throughout. The Director John McTiernan has an outstanding script to work with, but he also manages to draw the impact out of each scene so that audience involvement is demanded. The movie earns its watch and the investment of time and money.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

 Storyline

 A New York City policeman meets with his estranged wife at her place of business precisely at the time that an international terrorist group infiltrates the building to accomplish a heist.

 Additional Thanks

 Thank you to Director John McTieman for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Lawrence Gordon and Joel Silver for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: John McClane (Bruce Willis), Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Karl (Alexander Godunov), Holly Gennero-McClane (Reginald VelJohnson), Dwayne Robinson (Paul Gleason), Argyle (De’voreaux), Richard Thornburg (William Atherton), Theo (Clarence Gilyard), Harry Ellis (Hart Bochner), and Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi (James Shigeta). 


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

 Yes. Great action movie for action fans with good intrigue and on par with expectations for Bruce Willis fans.

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CAVEMAN (Film Theatrical Release USA 1981)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Caveman—intriguing presentation—features the Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. Interesting and comical movie that traces human advancement through its early years from learning to stand upright to the discovery and use of fire and weaponry. It’s cute, original, and plain fun. Watch for guest star Dennis Quaid. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline 

An observant caveman finds ways to improve life for himself and friends while competing with a physically stronger and more able caveman who has maintained leadership through the show of force. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Carl Gottliebe for directing effort. Thank you to Producers David Foster and Lawrence Turman for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Atouk (Ringo Starr), Lana (Barbara Bach), Lar (Dennis Quaid), Tala (Shelley Long), Gog (Jack Gilford), Ta (Cork Hubbert), Ruck (Mark King), Nook (Evan Kim), Kalta (Ed Greenberg), Bork (Carl Lumbly), Folg (Jack Scalici), Folg’s Mate (Erika Carlsson), Folg’s Daughter (Gigi Vorgan). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie has a certain tone that marked another Beatles movie, Yellow Submarine. Be aware the film does have some adult humor. For Beatle enthusiasts, the movie should work very well as Ringo Starr drives the movie’s story. 

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GRAND-DADDY DAY CARE (Film All Media Release USA 2019)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì 

Grand-Daddy Day Care—third installment of the Day Care series—needs a boost in presentation. It is difficult to understand how the movie made it to the production stages. Unfortunately, the film falls flat at the junctions where it should have garnered the most comedy. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline 

Writer’s block hinders a writer’s ability to provide well for his family. He decides to open a senior day care center. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Ron Oliver for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Mike Elliott for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Eduardo Hernandez (Danny Trejo), Frank Collins (Reno Wilson), Emma Collins (Roxana Ortega), Gabe (Hal Linden), Blanche (Linda Gray), Big Lou (George Wendt), Millie (Margaret Avery), Bonnie (Julia Duffy), Dynamite Dan North (Barry Bostnick), Arnold (Garrett Morris), Walter (James Hong), Ned Tooley (Alec Mapa), Jordan Collins (Anthony Gonzalez), Judge Littles (Carl Howard), and Bev (Mara Marini). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Maybe. If a fan wants to finish the Day Care series, this is the third film in the series. The best in the series is the first movie Daddy Day Care. The ‘okay’ second movie is Daddy Day Camp. This movie does not match the story value of each of the first two movies despite its terrific potential. 

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GAMERA VS. VIRAS (Film Theatrical Release USA 1968)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Gamera Vs. Viras, typical storyline and feel of previous Gamera monster movies, displays more realistic monsters. The movie serves as a teen/adult share for an afternoon watch. Almost a cult classic, it is followed by Gamera Vs. Guiron.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

Gamera engages battle with Viras. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Noriaki Yuasa for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Hidemasa Nagata for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Nobuhiko Shimada (Kōjirō Hongō), Masao Nakaya (Tōru Takatsuka), Jim Morgan (Carl Craig), Mariko Nakaya (Michiko Yaegaki), Junko Aoki (Mari Atsumi), Masako Shibata (Junko Yashiro), Commander of Jietat (Kōji Fujiyama), Viras (Genzō Wakayama), and Gamera (Teruo Aragaki). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. For audiences who love Gamera stories, this film will not disappoint and is worth a watch..

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OSMOSIS JONES (Film Theatrical Release USA 2001)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì 

Osmosis Jones—not great, but not horrible either—has an exceptional fresh concept and follows through with a great script that uses the interaction of live characters and animated characters to illustrate how the body works when infected with deadly disease. It is protagonist versus antagonist story with completely fresh and creative characters. This movie lost money at box office but exudes a type of classic storytelling technique that is worth an investigation. It teaches in a most interesting way the war that goes on within the human body to preserve life. Great voicing and terrific animation make it worth watching despite its commonly held reputation for being a complete flop. It’s a movie ahead of its time but has earned relevancy in this decade. This film would be an excellent presentation within lower and middle school classrooms to explain the importance of human health choices toward establishing long active lifestyles. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline 

A zookeeper contracts a deadly disease due to lowered immune system. Osmosis Jones and team attempt to save the zookeeper’s life. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Directors Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Piet Kroon, and Tom Silo for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Dennis Edwards, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Zak Penn, and Bradley Thomas for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Frank DeTorre (Bill Murray), Shane DeTorre (Elena Franklin), Mrs. Boyd (Molly Shane), Bob DeTorre (Chris Elliott), Osmosis Jones (Chris Rock), Thrax (Laurence Fishburne), Drix (David Pierce), Leah Estrogen (Brandy), Mayor Phlegmming (Ron Howard), Police Chief (Joel Silver), Mob GermBoxx (Steve Susskind), Spanish Germ (Carlos Alazraqui), Chill (Antonio Fargas), and Announcer (Rodger Bumpass). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Bill Murray performs exceptionally well in this movie. It earns a watch as a good child/adult share that encourages excellent discussion material after watching. See it as exceptionally educational. Great work for all involved. 

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DOOGAL * (Film Theatrical Release USA 2006)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.0|5.0 Starsììì 

Doogal—interesting concept—has unique animated characters but releases a weird aura and dialogue based on a rather creepy script that is not well-written.

 Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

Doogal and friends must collect diamonds to stop an unwanted ice age. 

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Dave Borthwick, Jean Duval, Frank Passingham for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Claude Gorsky, Andy Leighton, and Pascal Rodon for making the film possible. United States characters/cast include: Train (Chevy Chase), Dylan (Jimmy Fallon), Ermintrude (Whoopi Goldberg), Brian (William Macy), Moose (Kevin Smith), Zeebad (Jon Stewart), Doogan (Daniel Tay), Moose (Kevin Smith), Narrator (Judi Dench), and Kylie Minogue with Ian McKellan. 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. There are other animated adventure films like American Tale that work at higher entertainment levels. 

* Also known as The Magic Roundabout 

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AWAKENINGS (Film Theatrical Release USA 1990)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Awakenings pairs Robert De Niro with Robin Williams to produce a realistic and superb piece of entertainment. The acting classes itself as WOW! and BRAVO! with its meticulous detailing of mental patients and the Doctors who serve them. The movie has meaning and earns a watch.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline 

A Doctor experiments with a medicine on catatonic patients with surprising results. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Penny Marshall for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams), Leonard Lowe (Robert De Niro), Eleanor Costello (Julie Kavner), Dr. Kaufman (John Heard), Paula (Penelope Ann Miller), Dr. Peter Ingham (Max von Sydow), Mrs. Lowe (Ruth Nelson), Lucy (Alice Drummond), Rose (Judith Malina), Miriam (Anne Meara), Sidney (Richard Libertini), Anthony (Keith Diamond), Neurochemist (Peter Stormare), Dr. Tyler (Bradley Whitford), Rolando (Dexter Gordon), and Orderly (Vin Diesel).


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie has all the Robin Williams’-entertainment features that mark his delivery style and will absolutely satisfy the Robin Willliams’ fan. This movie qualifies itself as high-level entertainment and can be highly enjoyed by teens and adults alike.

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THE LOUD HOUSE (Film Netflix Release USA 2021)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Loud House—movie dedicated to the Nickelodeon TV series of the same name—presents a lovable, simple story with well-drawn, memorable animated characters that move through an old storyline with freshness and creativity. The music places itself well and moves the story along as songs should. It does not ask for a sequel, but a sequel would not be amiss.

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 

Storyline 

A family travels to its country of origin, finds it still owns ancestral lands, and entertain thoughts of resettling in their newfound homeland. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Dave Needham for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Ramsey Naito,Brian Robbins, and Michael Rubiner for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Lincoln (Voice of Asher Bishop), Angus (Voice of David Tennant), Murag (Voice of Michelle Gomez), Mom (Voice of Jill Talley), Dad (Voice of Brian Stepanek), Lori (Voice of Catherine Taber), Leni (Voice of Liliana Mumy), Luna (Voice of Nika Futterman), Luan (Voice of Cristina Pucelli), and Lynn (Voice of Jessica DiCicco). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. The movie has a spicy and retro presentation that is quite welcome. It earns its watch.

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PREDATOR 2 (Film Theatrical Release USA 1990)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì 

Predator 2—grittier than its prequel—allows Danny Glover to take the lead whereas Arnold Schwarzenegger took the lead in the last Predator film. Danny Glover’s role as a policeman in Los Angeles plays well. Gary Busey’s introductory scenes, a bit rocky at first, unfold smoothly after his entry. Overall, audiences who enjoyed the first Predator movie will most likely not be disappointed by this sequel story. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Storyline 

The Predator raises a threatening head again and must be vanquished. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Stephen Hopkins for directing effort. Thank you to Producers Lawrence Gordon, Joel Silver, and John Davis for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover), City Hunter/Predator (Kevin Hall), Special Agent Keyes (Gary Busey), Detective Danny Archuleta (Ruben Blades), Detective Leona Cantrell (Maria Alonso), Detective Jerry Lambert (Bill Paxton), and Dr. Irene Richards (Lilyan Chauvin). 


Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Some audiences may find this sequel movie more action packed and more exciting than the preceding film.

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LEGENDARY (Film Theatrical Release China 2013)

 Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Legendary—simple horror flick—manages to capture some interest in the unknown but fails to scare or deliver that creepy feeling that defines an outstanding horror film. Dolph Lundgren’s part seems a bit ‘cheesy’ at times and allows Scott Adkins to steal many of the movie’s scenes while supporting cast seem to be present merely to fill space rather than actually move the story along. The movie works at the teen/adult share level.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia 

Storyline

 China becomes the hunting ground for a creature of legend.

 Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Eric Styles for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Andy Briggs, Moshe Diamant, Wayne Godfrey, Sanping Han, Robert Jones, Francesco Juilland, Peter Millburn, and Haicheng Zhao for making the film possible. Characters/cast include: Travis Preston (Scott Adkins), Harker (Dolph Lundgren), Dr. Lan Zeng (Yi Huang), Brandon Hua (Nathan Lee), Doug McConnel (James Lance), Katie (Lydia Leonard), Jianyu (Le Geng), Chuck (Murray Clive Walker), and Vadim (Viktor Sobtchak).


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? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The concept needs further development.

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