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The Fate of the Furious

The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).

Scott’s Take

While I have enjoyed the last few entries of the Furious franchise, I wasn’t really in a rush to see this one. In fact, I still haven’t seen it. Something about it looks XXXish. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind over the top action, but it feels like they are just trying to one up the previous entry. When does it end?

Steve’s Take

I didn’t dislike this one at all. Ever since Furious 5, I have just sat back and enjoyed them for what they are.

Ralph’s Take

Check out Ralph’s review here!

Claudio’s Take

Check out Claudio’s review here!

The Lost City Of Z

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

Scott’s Take

Great direction, acting and cinematography can’t save The Lost City of Z from its overlong run-time and numerous lags. There is a lot to like about this film, it just isn’t as great as everyone is saying. (2 1/2 out of 5 stars)

Steve’s Take

I have yet to see his one, but it could be one that I catch up on this week if I can find the time.

Their Finest

The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation

Scott’s Take

Hopefully, this one doesn’t fall into the category as the aforementioned The Lost City of Z. Everyone keeps telling me how great this movie is, and this is the week I shall find out.

Steve’s Take

Yawn. But we all have those yawn moments. I will try to check this one out soon, but no promises.

Next Week

There is something for everyone this week. My pick, sight unseen is going to be Their Finest. Next week we have Kong: Skull Island and Free Fire. Have a great week everyone.