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Monday, July 24, 2017

"The Big Sick" Video Movie Review


by Jessica Ham

This week we have another video review from Jessica Ham, this one for Big Sick.


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Image source: Apatow




Jessica Ham is 24 years old and an ongoing contributor. With a love of all things nerdy, she's right at home covering entertainment. You can watch more of her videos on her YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/JessTheGoodWitch.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"Despicable Me 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Despicable Me 3 begins with Gru and his wife Lucy chasing the villain Baltar Bratt who turned evil after his show as a child star in the 80s was canceled. He stole the World's largest diamond, and even though the diamond was recovered, Bratt escaped.


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The new boss of the Anti-Villain league fired Gru and Lucy because they failed to catch him. The Minions were hopeful that perhaps after being fired, Gru would go back to a life of crime, and though Gru didn't know what to do, he knew that wasn't an option. But when Gru found out he had a twin brother, Dru, he and his family went to meet him. They found him living in a huge mansion and working with pigs so they thought. The twins’ dad was a criminal who recently passed, and Dru wanted to be like their father and wanted Gru's help. They decide to do one heist together which is to steal the largest diamond back from Bratt who recently managed to steal it again. Dru didn't have the skill as a villain but was determined to follow in their dad's footsteps. Gru however had other ideas in mind for their mission.



Image source: Universal

Despicable Me 3 doesn't quite live up to the first movie, but it is still a fun movie to see with the whole family. We already have gotten to know and love the characters so its great seeing them back on stage. And, of course, the Minions are up to their mischief again though they weren't in this movie as much as the first two. Bratt was a very unique bad guy as he was obsessed with everything 80s and used scenes from his childhood show and tried to make them reality. The giant robot of Bratt was a bit overdone though. They did however portray life in the 80s very well through Bratt's character. The side story of Agnes searching for a unicorn was cute. “Despicable Me 3” was a fun story, and I hope to see another movie in their future.

Despicable Me 3 is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
Pet Perspective section, providing pet care advice from years of personal experience.




Monday, July 3, 2017

"Cars 3" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen finds himself being pushed out of the racing life because the new generation of cars can go faster then he ever could. After losing one too many times to the new racer, Storm, he crashes while trying to push himself too hard.


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To be able to get back into racing, he has to learn to train like the new cars do: with technology and simulators he has never used before and all the training is done indoors. His trainer, Cruz, tries to help him learn the ropes of the next generation. But Lightning McQueen, after a while, gets tired of this type of training, and having a hard time with it, he sets out to train on the beach and the great outdoors. He ends up seeking help from Dusty, Doc Hudson's trainer. Lightning McQueen finds that Cruz has always dreamed of being a racer, so he helps her learn about racing along the way. Once again on the race track unexpected changes takes place, but #95 lives on.



Image source: Disney Pixar

Cars 3 lives up to the Cars name. It’s so very well done that sometimes you forget you are watching cars talk not people. Even though, Mater has a smaller role, he still finds his way into the movie. I am glad because he is my favorite character.

The storyline is deeper for a cartoon about cars then you would expect, but it’s also full of fun and humor. I really liked the new character Cruz, who was introduced in this movie; she reminds me of Dory from Finding Nemo, but she isn't forgetful like Dory. “Cars 3” definitely is not one a Cars’ fan would want to miss. It’s fun for the whole family, and a perfect way to get out of the heat and do something fun together.

Cars 3 is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

“A Perfect Manhattan Murder” A Nic & Nigel Mystery By Tracy Kiely

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

Our favorite couple that proves opposites attract returns to tackle murder on Broadway. Playboy Nigel Martini and his wife, former NYPD homicide detective Nic Martini, are back in New York for the opening of her friend Peggy McGrath’s Broadway play. Nic is thrilled to spend an evening with Peggy and their other schoolmate Harper, but not with her husband Dan, a Vanity Fair theater critic known as the Bastard of Broadway. A new baby, Harper’s immense family wealth, and the lack of a pre-nuptial agreement have Harper tied to the narcissist, which comes to an end when he is found murdered in his luxurious “work” apartment, and she becomes the probable suspect.


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Considering Dan’s reputation, few mourn the loss of yet another critic with writing aspirations of his own. Evidence seems to indicate that he had been using his apartment for more than just writing, but Dan’s cruel wit had done its share of damage within the dramatic realm. Although Nic trusts that Harper could never have actually killed Dan, it doesn’t look good that she has a Manny who resembles a personal trainer more than a hired caretaker. Complicating matters is, that in addition to the play, he was trying to produce. Dan may have been using a ‘tell-all’ more for leverage than writing credits. A producer with an interchangeable number of young ingĂ©nue girlfriends, an out leading man, beleaguered assistant, and grand dame of theatre all enliven both the suspect list and brilliant cast of characters. Not to mention Nic and Nigel’s don’t-tell-him-he’s-a-dog bullmastiff Skippy, who isn’t a suspect but does deserve his own credit.



Image source: Midnight Ink

This continues to be an absolutely delightful series that creates a sense of nostalgia through the bantering dialogue of its charming detectives. Nic displays an exasperation for Nigel’s juvenile antics when she not-so-secretly revels in them, while he in turn plays out his playboy persona to its fullest. Underneath the pretense though, they have an unwavering devotion to one another and complete confidence in the other’s love and capabilities.

Nigel may have come from a socialite family of vast wealth, but he has little respect for superficiality or class structure. He is completely supportive of his wife’s investigations, and while he doesn’t exactly enjoy working, he never hesitates to have her back. The bon mots, witty dialogue, Oscar Wilde-worthy insults, and exploitation of Broadway’s egocentric eccentrics are endlessly entertaining. This very modern mystery somehow feels as though it was written from a bygone era, which is an amazing feat from a very talented author. If you thought you enjoyed Tracy Kiely’s Jane Austen-loving Elizabeth Parker series, you will love this series that is a tribute to the Nick and Nora Charles novels by Dashiell Hammett.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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Monday, June 12, 2017

"Wonder Woman" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins has finally graced the big screen aiming to tell the origin story of one of DC’s most beloved heroes. In this movie, we follow Diana of Themiscyra, an Amazonian princess, who leaves her secluded home to travel to the world of man on a mission to save it by killing the God of War Ares during one of the most brutal wars to ever happen, World War I.

This film had a lot of pressure to succeed both critically and commercially. Some of that pressure being fair, it’s part of the so far lackluster DCEU film universe, and unfair that it was somehow a litmus test for a female-led female-directed superhero action adventure movie. Well, not only did the movie deliver financially, it is actually a great film, leagues better than anything DC has put out since “The Dark Knight.” In fact, I would go on to say that this is the best superhero movie made. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot knocked it out of the park because they understood the fundamental core of the Wonder Woman character and gave us a coherent inspirational hero’s journey.


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From the writing to the action to the acting and directing this movie delivers, primarily because it always stays true to the story it’s trying to tell. There are many things I love about this movie, but I will only highlight a few for the sake of brevity. First, there is finally a DC movie with some humor. Even against the backdrop of World War 1, the movie understands that even during the worst of times levity is needed, and it’s mostly provided by any scene with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, Diana’s connection to the human world. Also, the action scenes are just amazing. The way the Amazons and Diana herself fight is something new and old, and it gives the scenes this extra cool quality because you really haven’t seen this before. Possibly my favorite thing about this movie is that it tells a superhero story where the hero actually gets to be a hero by choice because they feel in this case it is the right thing to do. By that, I mean, most if not all superheroes in recent films are pushed by a villain to either save their own lives or the lives of loved ones. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it gets repetitive. So to see what most and myself included are calling the standout sequence in the film Diana crosses No Man’s Land to save a village was not only inspirational but breathtaking.



Image source: DC

If I had to critique this film at all, and I’m being nit picky, some of the CGI could have been better. But if I’m honest, I don’t actually care because we finally have a good DC movie, and we finally have a Wonder Woman. Ultimately, this movie succeeds because its creators understood the central character and gave her a fantastic narrative to showcase it.

Wonder Woman is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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Jesus Ibarra is 24 years old; with a love of all media, he's always on the lookout for the best finds.




Friday, June 9, 2017

“Courtyard Corpse” A Cassie Hall Mystery by Sherry Lodge

by Sandra Murphy

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Cassie Hall works at the Parkstone Manor in Bethesda, Maryland. She’s the daytime concierge and loves her job. She loves her sideline job as fashionista even more. Originally from Colorado, she followed boyfriend Eric, a police detective, to Maryland in hopes that he would propose. It’s been fifteen years, and she’s still waiting.

Once in a while, okay, several times lately, Cassie’s been late for work but only once with deadly consequences. When she got to the front desk, the building’s water was turned off, and even though tenants had been warned, the phone rang off the hook with complaints. A scream from the courtyard propelled Cassie away from the desk and out the door where she found the body of Kip Ace, golf pro and all around good guy—or is he? Eric arrives on the scene, declares it’s murder, and locks the building down for 24 hours.


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Since the courtyard is in the center of the building and no one came in or out during that time, it’s apparent the murderer is one of the residents. Motive seems scarce at first, but gradually Cassie hears Kip wasn’t as good a guy as his image promised. First, he argued with a resident about a business deal and another over a collectible bottle of wine. He pulled out of a charity fundraiser at the last minute. There are rumors of an affair, of a disagreement between Kip and his wife Bunny about living at the Parkstone permanently, and Kip’s car had been damaged in the garage, whether on purpose or not, or by who, no one knows.



Image source: Cozy Cat Press

Cassie’s job is on the line since she should have made her walk to check the courtyard just about the time the murder took place. Management blames her and says when the lockdown is over, so is her job. She has 24 hours to help Eric solve the case, whether he wants her help or not.

The book is a cozy, light read with a peek into the life of the rich and those who work for them. Cassie and Eric make a great couple, the residents are an assortment of kooks and cranks, and the mystery more nerve wracking since there’s no possibility an outsider did the deed. This is the first of four books in the series. Look for “Cloakroom Corpse,” “Clubroom Corpse,” and “Cabana Corpse.”

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, "Arthur", included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Priates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

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Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean Movie starring Johnny Depp. The movie starts out with 12-year old Henry Turner diving to the bottom of the sea to tell his dad—who is dead and cursed to be a ghost at the bottom of the ocean in a ship—that he can save him with the Trident of Poseidon, so he will search for it for as long as it takes.


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Nine years later, Henry is a sailor on a ship that sails into the Devil's Triangle where everyone is killed by ghosts but him. He is spared to send a message to Jack Sparrow. The message is that the ghost Captain Salazar is seeking revenge on Jack.

Jack is up to his tricks when he is found inside a bank safe by the town. He and his friends try to rob the bank, but it doesn't end up as expected. Jack ends up needing to be rescued from execution. Henry joins Jack’s friends to rescue him in an elaborate rescue mission that is successful but not quite as you would expect. The story continues with a young girl accused of witchcraft, also rescued from execution, joining Henry and Jack on an adventure to stop Captain Salavar and find the Trident of Poseidon.



Image source: Disney

I usually don't expect much in the fifth in a series of movies, but found that “Dead Men Tell No Tells” was probably one of my favorite Pirates movies. I almost didn't go to see it but saw a preview at Disneyland and knew that it was going to be one I didn't want to miss. It is full of adventure and humor that only can be found in the adventures of Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp brings the character to life every time.

Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.

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