FAST X – Review by Susan Granger

Fasten your seat belts! Fast X – the 10th installment in the Fast and Furious franchise – is just the first of a three-part finale revolving around continuing saga of street-racing vigilantes, headed by mumbling Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). No longer satisfied with L.A, drag racing, the action-packed locations include stunts and demolition in Rome, London, Rio de Janeiro, Antarctica and outer space (not really!) – on a $340 million budget.

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FAST X – Review by Susan Kamyab

Unfortunately, this was one of the worst Fast and Furious films. I think we all expect the movies to be silly and they have always been self-aware of how ridiculous they can be with their impossible stunts. But sadly, Fast X just proves that the franchise is running out of gas. Fast X pushes the boundaries of how far their over-the-top storylines and action can go. These movies should go back to the basics of films 1 through 5 and stay more focused. Also, enough with the dramatic “all about family” conversations. Even with outlandish plots and stunts, the dialogue can at least be realistic. Fast X” does end on a cliffhanger, setting up for what is supposed to be the franchise’s final film. If that’s the case, what they have put in place could make for a better second half of this story and hopefully, a respectable goodbye.

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FAST X – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

After 22 years, the Fast and Furious franchise finally gets a memorable villain in Fast X, thanks to Jason Momoa. This series needs an adversary as gonzo as its off-the-wall antics, and bless Momoa (Slumberland) for going the extra mile and then some. As the son of the drug lord whom the crew robbed and killed by hauling a vault through the streets of Rio in 2011’s Fast Five, his character has a vendetta against Fast’s extended faaaaamily.

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FAST X – Review by T. J. Callahan

Dominic Toretto and his team of heisting hoodlums with hearts are still pushing the pedal to the metal 21 years after they first got their license to drive to the top of the Box Office. There’s no truth to the rumor that the working title for this 10th installment was Fast X-LAX. After all, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and the rest of the family have been kicking butt and taking names since 2001. That’s a lot of stress on the body, but in Fast X there is no easing up on the gas and no brake (break) in sight….until at least Fast 12.

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES – Review by Susan Granger

Confession: I’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, so I had to learn a bit about the classic fantasy role-playing game before watching the movie. If you’re also a newbie, I’d advise you do the same. Scripted by co-directors Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, along with Michael Gilio, it’s based on the complex, immersive game created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974, popularly known as D&D which – in turn – has influenced subsequent game systems involving ‘let’s pretend’ and improvisation. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a silly, swaggering, swashbuckling adventure.

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has ample dungeons, honor, and dragons, along with tremendous fun. From an ensemble cast playing characters with clear traits and motivations to a story filled with clever sequences and close escapes, it’s a rousing adventure that also scores points for unexpected heart. Based on the long-running fantasy tabletop game, it leans heavily on humor without dissolving into farce and is an enjoyable romp.

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THE REVOLUTION GENERATION – Review by Lonita Cook

Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell turn a lens on the question of how Millennials can rescue the world and its future from certain demise, The Revolution Generation defines the crisis, explains why there is a crisis, asks for change and calls on Millennials to take responsibility for it. But it never delves into what change is or even revolution, but rather conflates them in the interest of negotiating The American Dream and fulfilling the potential of The Great American Promise.

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F9: THE FAST SAGA – Review by Susan Granger

Originally released 20 years ago as a supercharged B-movie about street racing, starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, the gritty Fast and Furious franchise has continued to flourish – “a quarter mile at a time,” as Dominic Toretto would say. Thinly scripted by Daniel Casey, Alfredo Botello and director Justin Lin, this ninth installment revolves around generic Toretto sibling angst, punctuated by preposterous, over-the-top, physics-defying stunts and the sound of purring engines, squealing tires and skidding stops.

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F9: THE FAST SAGA – Review by Leslie Combemale

F9: The Fast Saga is truly the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen. There were times when I was rolling my eyes so hard I feared they’d roll right out of their sockets. A scene where two dudes get shot into outer space in a souped-up car wearing vintage diving dress comes to mind. It is, however, a film that features not one or two, but six smart, independent women in positions of power, who can fight as hard and well as the men do. They need no rescuing. In fact, in F9 they often take control of the situation.

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CRISIS – Review by Susan Granger

Writer/director Nicholas Jarecki’s dramatic thriller revolves around three aspects of the opioid Crisis. There’s architect/single mother Claire Reimann (Evangeline Lilly), who is recovering from an Oxycodone addition when her 16 year-old hockey-playing son suspiciously disappears and she discovers he’s tragically involved in drug-smuggling operation.

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