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Movie Review Kingsman: The Secret Service



RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2015

STUDIO: 20th Century Fox

DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn

MPAA RATING: R (for sequences of strong violence, language and some sexual content)

SCREENWRITERS: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

STARRING: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Colin Firth,Taron Egerton

GENRE: Thriller, Action, Adventure


Kingsman: The Secret Service is cool as hell. It’s about an underground secret organization of spies that’s even secret to people like the CIA and MI-6. But, they’ve been around for a long time. Now, one of their own has been killed in the line of duty. It’s time to gather up new recruits to see who’ll replace him as a Kingsman. The question is, will any of them survive long enough to take the title ? The story centers on Eggsy, a young man who had a rather bright future in the past but now is a reprobate. With a loose mother whom is being abused by her boyfriend. Eggsy is arrested by the cops after one of his “adventures” and calls a number given to him when he was a child after his father was killed as a Kingsman himself.

The tale, in and of itself, isn’t especially unique or anything but the way it’s told is what made me love it. The story is based off of a Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) comic of the same name. So expect raunchiness, expletives, and violence but, done quite politely. You see it mostly takes place in England so all but a few main characters are English. There’s a very James Bond quality to what is shown on screen but done with a tongue firmly placed in cheek as the movie is self aware. There’s a part where Samuel L. Jackson tells the Kingsman he’s facing that he loves old spy movies and that they were at the part where he tells him his plan and tries to kill him in an elaborate way. And right before he shoots him he tells him “This ain’t that type of movie.”

I loved the cast as they all brought something awesome to their respective characters. Eggsy was a crass little guy but, you always felt like he was better than that thanks to the portrayal of Taron Egerton. Mark Strong plays Merlin the tech wizard and operations handler. He plays the role with a little bit of a swagger that lets on he’s more badass than he shows. Colin Firth is Harry Hart, Eggsy’ mentor and the guy that his father saved. He’s a mix between a few different James Bonds. He’s Pierce Bronson smooth with Daniel Craig physicality. Samuel L. Jackson plays the villain, Valentine. His character is the evil version of Russell Simmons. His lisp is freaking hilarious and you can’t help but giggle at him talking anytime he’s on screen. The action is done well. It’s brutal and hard hitting. The humor is at the forefront of all the brutality as the jokes fly fast and furiously. The jokes come at the right time to lighten up some of the more violent moments.

I found little fault in the movie. It was maybe some of the special effects that irked me a little but very little. The acting was fantastic as everyone fit in to their roles amazingly. The plot was silly but that goes with the feel of the movie and it is handled perfectly by having the characters be self aware of how crazy it all sounds. I wouldn’t bring the kids because it’s a very for adults film. Other than that, I just couldn’t recommend this movie enough to people who love action movies.

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



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