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Furious 7

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.

Scott’s Take

The one thing you have to give the Fast & Furious franchise is that it just keeps getting better and better. Is it ridiculous? Yes. Is it completely ridiculous? You bet. But the series just keeps getting more entertaining with each installment. Obviously the black cloud hanging over Furious & was the tragic loss of Paul Walker. Director James Wan did a great job of honoring the late actor instead of something cheap like killing him off. A touching send off for an actor who will be greatly missed.

Steve’s Take

After 7 films, the Furious franchise is like a jelly donut – solid out the outside and a little mushy in the middle. I really didn’t care for some of the flicks in the middle of this series. Furious 7 was a great entry into the franchise and as Scotty said, it was a great tribute to an actor that is missed.

Cinderella

Cate Blanchett stars in this new vision of the Cinderella tale from director Kenneth Branagh and the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna for Disney Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Scott’s Take

Check out Scott’s review here!

Steve’s Take

From everything I’ve heard, Cinderella is simply fantastic. I don’t know that I will have the time to check it out this week, but I will try to make it happen eventually. Based on Scotty’s review, you should be checking this bad boy out!

Love & Mercy

LOVE & MERCY presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson, the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. Set against the era defining catalog of Wilson’s music, the film intimately examines the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost. (C) Roadside Attractions

Scott’s Take

Who doesn’t love The Beach Boys? More importantly, who doesn’t love John Cusack? Love and Mercy is great stuff matching great source material with an ultra talented supporting cast. A definite must see for fans of The Beach Boys and music in general. One of my picks of the week.

Steve’s Take

If you love your music (especially the Beach Boys) this one is absolutely for you. It’s nice when you don’t even have to think twice about a movie.

Monkey Kingdom

Mark Linfield’s nature documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the struggles of a young monkey mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of Southern Asia.

Scott’s Take

The House of Mouse doesn’t mess around when it comes to nature movies. Tell me one nature movie that hasn’t been exceptional. Monkey Kingdom is no different. Put this one on and let the younglings drift away in a state of wonderment.

Steve’s Take

There really isn’t anything for me to say here. My son LOVES nature flicks and this one will be worn out at the Farace household within a week.

Next Week

All four movies are guaranteed to entertain this week. We have something for everyone. Cinderella is one of the best films of the year, Furious 7 is balls to the wall entertaining, Love & Mercy for the drama and music fans out there and Monkey Kingdom for the kiddos. Next week the pitches are back in Pitch Perfect 2. Have a great week everyone.