The Predator

The Predator is not a reboot, thankfully. It acknowledges the previous entries (minus AVPs).

The movie opens with McKeen’s team in Mexico attempting to assassinate drug cartel members to free as hostage. But a predator ship crashes the party. MvKeen is the only survivor ad brought back to the states – but not before shipping a mask and gauntlet to his PO Box back home.

We get a scientist specialized in hybridization to the government secret base where the predator that crashed is being held. Things escalate as the predator escapes and McKeen and a bus load of section 8 patients attempt to hunt it down.

But the predator is itself being hunted by a bigger scarier version. All trying to get to McKeen’s son for the tech he got in the mail.

Zany bloodshed ensues.

The plot is all over the place. I wish it had been more stripped down. It does setup a possible sequel.

Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Augusto Aguilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey

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PG-13 take on Die Hard. Less killing. More Duct Tape. No surprises – just a popcorn movie to get you through the summer heat.

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, McKenna Roberts, Noah Cottrell, Roland Møller, Byron Mann, Pablo Schreiber, Hannah Quinlivan

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

I loved Ant-Man and the Wasp. I think it is better than the original – especially villain-wise. Ghost turns out to be a somewhat sympathetic villain. I like sympathetic villains. Villains that have more depth than a cookie-cutter villain.

Like Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp brings some laughs and fun back into the MCU.

We see Scott Lang almost finished with his house arrest he has been under for 2 years since Cap: Civil War. (This movie does take place right before the end of Avengers 3.) He’s playing with his daughter, doing work with his friends from the first movie. They have built a security company named X-Cons. Then he gets a weird dream/vision of Janet van Dyne playing hide and seek with a young Hope. He gives them a call and it becomes a race to rescue Janet.

This is where Ghost comes in. She needs the tech the Pyms are using for the Quantum Realm for her own ends. We also have a shady tech/arms dealer in the mix as well.

You do need the mid credits sequence. But the after credits sequence has no narrative impact – and it is in the trailers.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Tip TI Harris, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Douglas, David Dastmalchian

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2

Worth the 14 year wait. It may have a lot of Comic tropes in it, but they were done exceedingly well.

The sequel focuses on Elastigirl in a similar manner as the first focused on Mr. Incredible. Of course, it takes the family coming together to solve the crisis at hand. :)

The movie starts out with the Underminer incident that began at the end of the first movie. The fallout from this causes the government program overseeing former Supers to be closed down. A pair of siblings come in to offer a way for Supers to be made legal again. The brother runs their fathers company while the sister invents tech for it. They sponsor Elastigirl with a new bike and suit (Edna was really not a fan) for her to fight crime to help get support for Supers back.

The scene where they tell Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible and Frozone why they chose her to be the inital face of the movement was perfect. The cost-analysis of all the property damage that occurred during a Mr. Incredible incident was the icing on the cake.

While Elastigirl is fighting crime, we see Mr. Incredible being the stay at home parent. Taking care of the baby. Helping with Math homework. “Helping” with relationship problems.

The Big Bad’s major plan to deal with Supers comes along and it takes all of the Incredibles, Frozone, and some new Supers to fight it.

Warning for the short preceding this movie, Bao. You will need tissues.

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Eli Fucile, Bob Odenkirk, Samuel L. Jackson

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