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Atomic Blonde – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  July 28, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hour 55 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  6.0 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

What you need to know about Atomic Blonde:  We are back to the 80’s just before the Berlin Wall is torn down.  Spies from all sides are trying to gain access to a list of agents from the US and UK.  MI6 has deployed their best operatives to collect that list so not to fall into enemy hands. 

What works:  80’s soundtrack that is in some cases, updated or remastered.  Charlize Theron is amazing as is James McAvoy.  Charlize just doesn’t age.  The fight scenes were very well choreographed, some of the best I’ve seen in some time.  Excellent stunt work.

What doesn’t work:  The story moves forward with such a fervor that you can’t recall all the characters and who they work for.    The plot is simple and thin.  There is little to keep you engaged unless you love Charlize Theron, action, and 80’s tunes.  The use of titling the chapters with spray paint eventually gets annoying.  There are scenes that could have had better development and others that could have been cut short.  The movie feels longer than its actual running time.

Overall this is a summer action movie built around Charlize as she kicks some serious butt.  Kudos goes out to the stuntwoman who doubles for Charlese as some of those stunts are amazing.  However, this will be a summer dud and I bet the film will be done in 4 weeks.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Atomic Blonde a 6.0.  Be sure to grab something from concessions to help pass the time.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (July 28, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

The Emoji Movie (Columbia Pictures) – Animation/Adventure
Rated PG
Tag Line:  Welcome to the secret world inside your phone.
Starring: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris
Plot: Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris: I LOL and then ROFLMAO. J/K
Jess: *Throws Up*
Jim: It’s far to soon to rip off Inside Out. How dated is this going to be in a few years?

Atomic Blonde (Focus Features) – Action/Mystery/Thriller
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Plot: An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: All hail Charlize Theron, the Scariest Beautiful Woman ever. Looks like a worthy addition to Mindless Summer Fun at the Movies.
Chris: Charlize is looking like the clear winner by default this week. Hoping she kicks both Al Gore and the Don in the tush in this film.
Jess: Looks fun, like “The Long Kiss Goodnight” and I enjoy Theron and McAvoy!

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Paramount Pictures) – Documentary
Rated PG
Tag Line: Fight Like Your World Depends On It.
Starring: Al Gore, Barack Obama, Donald Trump
Plot: A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jess: I am a bad person because I never saw the first one and I love this kind of stuff. I like to stay as informed as I can and see all sides, even if I don’t believe all I hear. I’d watch this at home if I ever got around to the original.
Jim: I found the first one interesting and informative. This looks to be the same, although pervaded with more of a sense of dread.
Chris: Al Gore (private) jets around the world leaving this carbon imprint one more time. Celebrate!

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Atomic Blonde

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Trailer Snark (April 21st, 2016 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Rob from Spector for Hire, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Last Week: Jungle Book was the run-away winner this week taking in $103.5M in its debut.  Second place belonged to another new entry, Barbershop Next Cut with $20.2M in receipts.  The Boss dropped to third ($10.1M/$40.3M).  Meanwhile, Batman v. Superman winds down in fourth place ($9M/$311.3M).  Zootopia held fifth ($8.2M/$307.4M).  The rest of the top ten went as follows:  Criminal ($5.8M/NEW), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 ($3.2M/$52M), Miracles from Heaven ($1.9M/$56.9M), Gods Not Dead 2 ($1.7M/$16.9M), and Eye in the Sky ($1.5M/$16.9M).  This week’s new releases are heavy on royalty…..let’s check them out.

The Huntman: Winter’s War (Universal) – Action/Adventure/Drama
Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality
Tag Line: None
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron
Plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Ken: The visuals look snazzy and I’m all for returning fairy-tales to their dark origins. But a prequel to Snow White? Snow thanks.
Jessica: Eh. I liked the first one and am very happy that Stewart is not in here, but I’m on the fence. It looks gorgeous but the heavy effects tend to get boring if there isn’t a good story attached. Though Theron was the best part of the first one … Totally on the fence on this one.
Chris:  Does anyone else think Hemsworth would make a great Kristoff?  But I digress…..looks good and I am sure the wife would agree!

Elvis and Nixon (Bleecker Street Media) – Comedy/History
Rated R for some language
Tag Line: On December 21st, 1970, two of America’s greatest recording artists met for the first time.
Starring:  Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey
Plot: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.
Running Time: 86 minutes

Chris:  I think this one might be good for a chuckle on a low key night at home.  By the way, I like Ken’s title recommendation below!
Ken: A better title would have been The President and The King. Looks interesting enough, but not enough for a trip to the theater.
Jessica: Oh this looks like a hoot. Great actors, a compelling story. Love it.

A Hologram for the King (Lionsgate) – Drama
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use
Tag Line: None
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhary, Tom Skerritt
Plot: A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.
Running Time: 97 minutes

Jessica: I’m more intrigued after seeing this trailer, but this would be a home viewer, if at all.
Chris: I am having trouble caring at all about the story. 
Ken: It had me with the quirky Talking Heads opening but then lost me shortly after.

Tale of Tales (IFC Films) – Fantasy/Horror/Romance
Not rated
Tag Line:  A feast for the imagination.
Starring:  Salma Hayek, John C Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones
Plot: From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Ken: No idea what I watched, but the music was beautiful and the production design looks both gorgeous and terrifying. Rent it and hope for the best.
Jessica: I don’t … What the Heck? I don’t get it. I don’t know if i WANT to get it and then again, I kind of do. What the heck I say!
Chris:  I, for one, am happy to have not heard this fairy tale as a child.  But as an adult, I may be more willing to open this little Pandora Box.

Compadres (Pantelion Films) – Action/Comedy
Not Rated
Tag Line:  None
Starring: Omar Chaparro, Joey Morgan, Eric Roberts
Plot: As former cop Garza seeks revenge on Santos, the crime lord who framed him, he forms an unlikely team with a young hacker who successfully stole $10 million from Santos.
Running Time: 101 minutes

Chris:  Eric Roberts is the kiss of “B” movie death….pass.
Ken: Dios mio, no.
Jessica: No. No. A thousand times NO.

The Meddler (Sony Picture Classics) – Comedy/Drama
Rated PG-13 for brief drug content
Tag Line: None
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Plot: An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Jessica: Eh. Looks cute and that’s about it.
Chris: A movie for moms and daughters everywhere….in other words, pass.
Ken: This is my mother, no exaggeration. Looks charming enough for a stream.

Tickets Purchased: One for Elvis and Nixon (Jessica), One for The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Chris) and Ken “takes the black” to find out what happened to Jon Snow.

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