THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER – Review by T.J. Callahan

It’s 1967, the Vietnam War is raging and so are opinions on America’s participation in the fight. Zac Efron is John “Chickie” Donahue. A guy in flux who needs to do something that makes a difference. He decides to give his buddies in combat a taste of home, but he ends up getting a big gulp of the battle instead.

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THE WOMAN KING – Review by T.J. Callahan

Inspired by true events, The Woman King is the epic story of an all female band of African warriors, known as the Virgin Soldiers. Led by General Nanisca, played by the force known as Viola Davis, they removed their enemies from their small kingdom of Dahomey back in the 1800’s. The Woman King is Wonder Woman, Black Panther, The Ten Commandments, Days of Our Lives and, wait for it….Blazing Saddles all rolled into one larger than life historical action drama.

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BARBARIAN – Review by T. J. Callahan

In Detroit for a job interview, a young woman books a rental home in a sketchy neighborhood. Arriving at night and during a rainstorm, she frantically tries to get inside and soon realizes she’s not the only tenant. The lodging is double booked, but the male in the main bedroom isn’t her biggest problem. Barbarian is AirBnBoo. AirBnBadTiming. AirBnBungling. AirBnBloody. AirBnBeastly. AirBnBrave. AirBnBizarre. AirBnBadass.

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GIGI AND NATE – Review by T.J. Callahan

Nate is 18. Six weeks away from college. Enjoying the summer swimming and diving in the lakes of North Carolina with his friends when he develops meningitis that renders him a quadriplegic. With the trajectory of his young life changed from freedom to hours of physical therapy and dependence, Nate doesn’t see a reason to live…until his mother signs him up for a service animal. In swings Gigi, a Capuchin monkey rescued from a low rent petting zoo and trained to help humans. Gigi and Nate is a film with life lessons. It brings hope from sorrow without being sappy.

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HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL. – Review by T.J. Callahan

Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall are the Pastor and First Lady of the Wander to Greater Paths congregation. They have it all. A huge home, clothes, cars, cash and tens of thousands of followers. Joel and Victoria Osteen are jealous. But it’s not all fancy hats and hallelujahs. A scandal forces the church to temporarily close and the two spiritual leaders must fight to rebuild their flock.

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BULLET TRAIN – Review by T. J. Callahan

Bullet Train is all about the action. There’s a storyline in there somewhere, but this rapid transit is long and has so many cars you may need Google Maps. Every single character has their own separate and overlapping narrative, including a bottle of Fiji water. No one and no thing is left out, except for us. It’s our job to bob and weave and stay upright. Directed by David Leitch and prpduced by Antoine Fuqua, , Bullet Train can’t help but be pedigreed for pandemonium.

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THIRTEEN LIVES – Review by T. J. Callahan

Director, Ron Howard and a star studded cast team up to tell the harrowing story of the soccer team that got trapped in a Thailand cave on June 23rd, 2018. A disaster seen around the world, Thirteen Lives, at 2 1⁄2 hours, gives us a day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute account from the time the Wild Boars entered the Tham Luang cave system until the last one was pulled to safety after unexpected monsoon rains flooded the cavity and left the boys and their coach stranded for 18 days.

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VENGEANCE – Review by T. J. Callahan

Vengeance is a fish out of water dark comedy that tries hard to raise awareness of hot button issues by questioning what’s more important to Americans today: relationships and love or conquests and social media followers? Sadly, this film is also full of Lone Star State cliches that may leave some natives spitting cotton. Is it simply satire or scathing stereotypes?

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