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Unsane

Claire Foy (The Crown) plays Sawyer Valentini, a young woman who is starting over in a new city but is having problems adjusting. She decides to see a counselor on her lunch break. She feels better after speaking to someone and signs some paperwork the therapist says is just their standard, boilerplate documents. She is waiting in the lobby to book her next appointment when she is called in back.

The next thing she knows, she is told that she voluntarily signed herself into a psychiatric ward. They took her phone and purse but allow her one phone call. She calls the police, who don’t take her seriously, since they receive those types of phone calls regularly.

She has no choice but to wait out her time, but her behavior gets her stay extended. One of the nurses that administers the medications is the man who was stalking her and the reason she left Boston. Of course, no one believes her. What will her stalker do her before she can get out (and if she can get out)?

This was pretty entertaining with a suspenseful plot to keep you interested throughout (plus an unexpected cameo). Recommended. Rated R

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Tyler Perry’s Acrimony

Taraji P. Henson stars as Melinda, a college student, who meets Robert on campus. The two start dating, and shortly after, Mel’s mother dies, leaving her their house and several hundred thousand in life insurance money. Her older sisters had never liked Robert, questioning his intentions with Mel and suspecting he just might be after her money. Robert has spent his college career working on a battery that will recharge itself, which he believes will make them millions one day, and promises Mel a boat and the home of their dreams.

Fast forward to several years later and Robert is still working on his battery. Mel works two jobs to support them and has lost all of her inheritance from her mother. In fact, they’ve had to remortgage her mother’s house to try to keep up with bills as all of their income gets sucked into Robert’s battery invention.

Mel is completely burned out and can’t take supporting Robert financially anymore, so she asks for a divorce. Once the divorce is over, Robert’s battery business takes off and he has a new girlfriend. But Mel wants her old life back, all the things he promised her, and damages for all the years she supported him. And she will do whatever it takes to get it all back.

This movie was entertaining and kept my interest, but Henson’s acting is over the top, which might turn off some viewers. Rated R


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Death Wish

After a night of violence that leaves Dr. Paul Kersey’s wife dead and his daughter in a coma, Paul (Bruce Willis) decides to take matters into his own hands. The first thing he does is get a gun. He learns how to use it and goes out into the streets of Chicago. He stops a carjacking and kills the thieves. He becomes known as the Grim Reaper.

A man is brought into the ER and Paul recognizes him as the valet at the restaurant his family attended shortly before the murder. He steals the guy’s phone and starts to find out who was involved that painful night. Instead of going to the police, Paul exacts his revenge in the most brutal ways.

This is a remake of the Charles Bronson movie of the same title. It was a good action movie. I think I am just blood thirsty but I enjoyed it! Also starring, Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Dean Norris. Rated R


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Annihilation

Lena’s husband has been gone for a year. He is in the military on a top secret mission and Lena doesn’t know if he is dead or alive. And then he shows up. But something isn’t quite right about him. And then he starts seizing and blood is coming out of his mouth. On the way to the hospital, the ambulance is overtaken by government vehicles. Next thing she knows, she is waking up in a strange facility and her husband is on life support.

Lena finds out that about three years ago something fell out of the sky and created a shimmer. Countless people have gone in but her husband has been the only one to come back. Lena asks to be on the next team since she is a biologist and has military training. A team of five women cross through the shimmer. What happens next is unexplainable.

This movie held my interest and startled me a couple of times. If you have read the book, you will see all of the changes. The premise is the same but a lot of it is different. Starring, Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. Rated R


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Red Sparrow

Based on the Red Sparrow¬†book trilogy, Jennifer Lawrence stars as Dominika, a renowned ballet dancer whose career is shattered when a fellow dancer breaks her leg. Having been replaced in her company, they will no longer pay for her ailing mother’s healthcare or apartment.

Dominika is enlisted by her uncle to work as a Russian spy to seduce men and get information. With no other source of income, Dominika has no choice but to participate. She learns in her training that she is expected to do whatever it takes to accomplish the job, even if it means getting raped or killed.

Dominika learns of Nate Nash working for the American government and hiding an important asset who he has not been able to locate. Nash could be an opportunity for Dominkia to get out alive, even if it means betraying her country.

Smart, dark and sexy, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Red Sparrow, especially since spy-type stories don’t typically appeal to me. Lawrence is always spectacular no matter what she she does, and fans of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo¬†movie starring Daniel Craig will find something to like here. Rated R


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Braven

Joe Braven (Jason Momoa) is the owner of a logging company in Canada. Business is good, and family life as well, except for one thing. Linden (Stephen Lang), Joe’s dad, has dementia, and after an incident at a local bar, it seems time to take the next step in his care. Thinking that the best place to talk to his dad might be the peace and quiet of the family’s cabin, the two head out. Unbeknownst to them, one of Joe’s employees has gotten himself involved in a drug trafficking operation, and after an accident, has stashed drugs in the cabin. Kassen (Garret Dillahunt), the ruthless boss of the drug operation and his guys show up at the cabin to retrieve the drugs, and when they discover the two Braven men in residence, decide to do things the hard way. Now, Joe and his father will have to fight for their survival.

Beautifully shot in the wilds of Newfoundland, this one sets a heart pounding pace almost immediately, and doesn’t let up until the very end. Rated R.


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Roman J. Isreal, Esq.

Roman (Denzel Washington) is a lawyer who is driven by his core belief in doing the right thing and his idealism. Socially awkward and a savant, for the past 36 years he’s been a partner at a two man law firm, with his much more flamboyant partner taking on court duty, allowing Roman to stay at the office to do the research and paperwork. It’s a perfect partnership, until Roman’s partner has a heart attack, and the firm must be sold. Now lost and without a job, Roman is recruited by George (Colin Farrell), who’s a senior partner in a large and very successful law firm. As he tries to find his place at the new firm, Roman finds himself in circumstances that force him to go against his ideals, and in the process, breaking him.

It’s hard not to like Roman in this movie, and Washington does a great job of bringing him to life. As complete opposites, Washington and Farrell’s characters play very well off of each other. The movie can be a little slow paced at times, but still well worth watching. Rated R.

Watch the trailer here!