The Valero Verdict: Murder Mystery

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Murder Mystery, the latest Adam Sandler led Netflix Film.

*this movie poster looks as dumb as the movie itself did
  • I will start with one MASSIVE dumb plot point of the film, WHY IN THE WORLD would Sandler/Aniston be suspects of the murder? They literally had ZERO to gain from murdering anyone.
  • Sandler just bores me anymore, I am not sure what happened to this guy but he used to be so funny and now he just has these awful one liners that missed every single time.
  • Aniston and Sandler chemistry in the film was one of the lone bright spots.
  • The ending was beyond stupid. I thought they had the perfect end scene and for some reason we had to add a stupid car chase that lasted an extra 15 minutes and provided ZERO to the film.

The Verdict:

* & 1/2 out of ***** gavels

Good news is this was his best Netflix movie to date, the bad news is that it was still horrible. I guess Sandler is showing up, playing his part and cashing Netflix’s check because I truly can’t believe he watches these back and finds them funny at all. The movie had a decent plot but tried to hard to be funny and truly went no-where fast. Another swing and another miss.

Should You See It?: NO. Hard Pass. Watch Always Be My Maybe on Netflix instead. That is a funny, smart and great film.

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The Valero Verdict: Stuber

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Stuber, the action comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani & Dave Bautista.

  • Nanjiani is insanely funny in this film. His mannerisms, demeanor, jokes, and acting was just brilliant in this film. If Big Sick wasn’t his acting coming out party, this totally will be.
  • Nanjiani/Bautista chemistry was great. Sometimes in buddy comedies the chemistry can lack, these two hit it on all cylinders. They are the perfect pair and wouldn’t mind seeing them on the screen together again.
  • There were a lot of annoying typical elements of your typical action movie: Villain shoots one person point blank in the head, but can’t hit the main character 2 feet in front of him.
  • ONE MASSIVE PLOT HOLE that literally frustrated me throughout the movie. I will not go into detail as this movie doesn’t come out for another month, but once the movie drops, I will share my thoughts.

The Verdict:

*** 1/2 out of ***** gavels

The entire movie concept was was great, this had the one little piece of the puzzle that is really hard to overlook which would have made this an even better movie. Kumail proved very worth of being on the next level of comedic actors and I hope this propels him to bigger comedic roles. Bautista was a whole lot of fun in his first lead and first comedy role, I wasn’t sure what to expect from him but he was really great. The buddy cop things can be overdone and boring but Kumail/Bautista was a great combination and the funniest cop movie I’ve seen since Lets Be Cops.

Should You See It?: A summer of box office sequels and remakes and all sort of other things, go see this different funny take on the buddy cop movies and thank me later.

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The Valero Verdict: Dark Phoenix

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the final installment of the Fox led X-men movies, Dark Phoenix.

  • Sophie Turner has real potential to break out and be a massive star in the world of film. I think the growth we saw in Game of Thrones from season 1 to 8 was just a tease of what the future holds for her. I think she worked well in this movie but the script didn’t help her out at all.
  • Fassbender as Magneto is straight money, I would truly love to see him in this role again for a Marvel led film.
  • The script just felt like one big mess. The first act dragged on for what seemed forever and did we ever get a backstory on the villains? I don’t think so, they just appeared and that was that.
  • When we had action, it was fun. I think the third act was rather fun. It was one collective last time they got the group together to save the world. I liked it.
  • Anyone else notice the ending was eerily similar to the ending of The Dark Knight Rises? Also, you could see why they had to change the ending of the film after Infinity War came out as well.

The Verdict:

* & 1/2 out of *****

This is one of those times where you can say, no matter how much star power you have in one film, a bad script is a bad script they can’t even save it. That’s what this was, some solid individual performances amongst the star-studded cast but a MASSIVE let down for this being the last film with this crew (potentially). First Class was such an amazing film and it truly just went down hill from that movie.

Should You See It?: Hard pass. If you have seen all of these movies, sure check it out but wait till Redbox or On-Demand. The theaters are packed with other great films to check out right now instead.

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The Valero Verdict: Rocketman

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Rocketman a musical fantasy about the story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

  • This movie is everything Bohemian Rhapsody wanted to be and more.
  • I would have been WAY happier if Taron Egerton winning the Oscar (well not over Mr. Cooper) instead of Rami MEHlek. Egerton gave hands down one of the best performances of the year. He truly embodied the role of Elton John and it was truly a sight to see.
  • Cinematography in this film was AMAZING. We all know about the colors of Elton John but to see them correlated to the big screen was fantastic.
  • Is it cheating to say I loved the music? Obviously Elton John is a musically legend but the way they were able to piece the movie together with the songs was a thing of art.
  • From Rob Stark to David Budd to Elton John’s love interest, Richard Madden performances have truly shown his range of acting. He did a fantastic job of making you truly loathe his character.

The Verdict

**** out of *****

From start to finish Director Dexter Fletcher takes you on this beautiful journey highlighting one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all-time with an all time great performance out of Taron Egerton. This is one of those movies you have to see in theaters to truly appreciate the art behind making this beautiful film. The acting, the cinematography the story, the direction was all amazing.

Should You See It?: YES!!!!!! Go see this film NOW! Don’t watch Bohemian Rhapsody and all it’s lies, see this instead!!!!

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The Valero Verdict: Ann Rolls Green

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, an Independent Film from Raspberry Films: Ann Rolls Green.

  • Kayleigh-Paige Rees was a really good lead in this film. She fit the role of Ann perfect. I would love to see her branch out into bigger film roles.
  • The colors of this film (as you can see above) were shot wonderfully. You don’t always see that in a film of this magnitude.
  • The script was different and unique, I totally appreciate a writer/director willing to take a risk with a movie. It brings authenticity to an art that is stuck in remakes.
  • The score was fun, I loved the music throughout and it really enhanced the film.
  • “I just saw you chase a dancing apple through the forest with a toy sword”. I about spite out my drink when this line was read. Hilarious.

The Verdict:

*** out of ***** gavels

The film is a whole lot of fun. I truly loved George Perry willing to take a risk with an interesting original story. (I mean a kid thinks he’s the next coming of Christ). Rees was impressive to me for the first time seeing her on-screen. My lone issue with the film was you weren’t sure what scenes to take serious or not. I felt like maybe I was laughing when I wasn’t supposed to and vice versa.

Should You See It?: Sure. It drops on Amazon Prime on June 7th. If you like independent fun films, you will really enjoy this film.

Special Thank you to Raspberry Films for letting me screen the film early.

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The Valero Verdict: Godzilla: King of The Monsters

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the THIRTY FIFTH installment of the Godzilla franchise. I legit did not know there was that many of these films.

  • Bear McCreary score was made for perfection. I was truly blown away with how amazing the score was throughout the film.
  • This movie is way too long, Godzilla had more comebacks than Ric Flair.
  • Character development really lacked in this film. Millie Bobbie Brown was fun in this but they really spent little time developing any of the characters in this film.
  • It’s nice to see Coach Taylor still chasing down Godzilla, I love this man but I swear Kyle Chandler plays the same person in every single on of his roles.
  • I saw this in the new ScreenX theater that Regal has been slowly rolling out in theaters and it made the action scenes in this films a lot of fun.
  • Visually this film was quite a looker. You really could appreciate the artistic nature of this film.

The Verdict:

** 1/2 out of ***** gavels

I do believe I enjoyed this movie a lot more based solely on the experience of ScreenX, I am not sure the movie was much more than a “popcorn flick” and that is okay. The score easily was one of the best in 2019. The movie is big, loud, its got dragons (no Daenerys though), massive spiders and tons of action. What more do you expect?

Should You See It?: Skip it. Honestly, I think you can wait to Redbox this film. I will say, that all the “Monsters” bowed to Godzilla at the end of the movie, does this make him King of the Seven Kingdoms now?

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The Valero Verdict: Regal ScreenX

Welcome to a SPECIAL edition of the Valero Verdict, today I am going to be reviewing Regal Cinema’s new ScreenX theater.

What is ScreenX? ScreenX is a 270 degree viewing experience that enhances the specific pivotal scenes or moments of action throughout the film by surrounding the audience, making it a truly immersive experience.

A huge thank you to Regal Cinema, and to Heather Peter (from Regal) who truly went out of her way to ensure all who attended had a great time and a great experience.

Here is a Panorama Shot of the screen.

Click the link below to see the full video of the ScreenX experience.
  • The way the screen is utilized 270 degrees made the experience so worth it.  You never really know when all screens will be used which makes the mystique of it really exciting. Almost at times you forget about the fact you’re surrounded by this screen and can be startled easily.
  • The action sequences really make you feel you are immersed into the film. The type of movie we saw (Godzilla) wasn’t the greatest of films but it was the perfect “popcorn blockbuster” style film for this screen.
  • ADVICE: Get seats in the back of the theater to truly enjoy the entire experience. I will say Regal should consider taking out those first four rows of seats because those seats would not be fun for this type of screening.
  • The sound was incredible in the theater.

The Verdict:

The movie experience itself is already amazing, but with ScreenX it really packs an extra punch. It’s one of those things you have to see to believe.

The pricing at $17 (at my theater) a ticket is well worth it if you ask me. It brings a whole new cinematic experience, and with the movie itself having to be filmed to fit this particular screen, it will be something you can make an event out of.

I would also say strongly that I preferred the ScreenX over the IMAX as well.

Godzilla is playing in ScreenX theaters everywhere now with upcoming shows of Annabelle 3 and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

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The Valero Verdict: Booksmart

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today: The raunchy teenage comedy Booksmart which is the directorial debut of Olivia Wilde.

  • Give me all the Beanie Feldstein in all the comedy movies moving forward please. She was absolutely HILARIOUS in this movie. I don’t know how we are just seeing her in movies now but we need to keep her around for the long run.
  • Kaitlyn Dever: I’ve never caught an episode of Last Man Standing, so this was the first real time I saw Dever and I won’t lie as per my above about Feldstein, I would love to see more of her in the future.
  • The chemistry between these two was spot on, you can’t make up chemistry especially in comedy movies. You felt a connection from start to finish between the two and it never stopped.
  • The Barbie scene (pictured up above) was unique and hilariously creative scene that will have you almost on the floor laughing.
  • The Music/Score of this film was BRILLIANT!!!!! (Dan Nakamura job well done.

The Verdict:

**** out of ***** gavels

This is a film you are going to watch for years to come and laugh hysterically at. Dever/Feldstein relationship was very Hill/Cera like from Superbad, they were great together and really left you wanting more. The supporting cast was phenonmal, and a HUGE shout out to Billie Lourd who was HILARIOUS!!!!!
Olivia Wilde directorial debut was funny, witty, charming and all around a fun ride from start to finish.

Should You See It?: HUGE YES. You will laugh and laugh a lot. Go see it and thank me later.

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Thinking Out Loud: Avengers: Endgame

So I went and saw Avengers: Endgame for a 3rd time and I figured I would bring back one of my favorite articles to write. Thinking Out Loud, I go to the movies and see the film and keep running notes throughout the entire film. It’s rather fun.

Warning, SPOILERS ARE AHEAD!!!!! So only read if you want to laugh, cry, and enjoy a wonderful ride through this masterpiece of a film.

Who does put Mayo on hot dogs???

Hits you right in the gut, right out the gate with Hawkeye’s family being gone. 

Football with paper, those were the good ol days when I was school. 

HA they said Blue Meanie.

Captain Mehvel to save the day. (still not sure if I really like her or not)

Pepper and tony reunited and about to get freaky.

I thought you were a build a bear might be the funniest thing ever. 

Avengers not the Pre-Vengers…. hilarious!!!!!!!

Thanos has a retirement plan. This literally has a batch of one liners to start the reunited phase of this movie. 

Insert Thor “I like this one” in front of Captain Mehvel. (side note: I did like this interaction)

When they realized Thanos doesn’t have the stones anymore is the single greatest FU moments in movie history.

Also, Thanos being a sympathetic figure after all he had done. I think one of the better set of writing in a movie. Unreal. 

And the midst of a sincere moment, Thor chopped his head off.

AA group led by Steve Rogers, I love it. 

As if anyone would ever miss the Mets, this movie tells lies!!!!!

I love the subtle introduction to the gay character in this movie.

Chris Evans speeches throughout these movies are so good. I’ve love seeing him progress from that very first movie to now. 

Oh Hi, Ant-man 

Captain Marvel with a haircut as bad as her character. 

Rocket: going to get another haircut 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀 💀

We are only about 20 minutes and someone just got up to go the bathroom 

Where in the world is Hawkeye

Oh hi Ant-man again.

Black Widow: I get emails from a raccoon. 

Daddy Iron Man is everything folks. It’s the sweetest thing ever!!!!! 

I do enjoy the loving daddy Tony and flipping to dick head Tony when talking to Ant-Man.

Back to the future isn’t a good movie. Sorry folks. 

“If you don’t talk shop, you can stay for lunch” 

Hulk Banner – Bruce Hulk… whatever you want to call him is easily one of the top 5 favorite things of this movie (don’t fact check me)

Hulk out, dab …… 

Tony Stark doing dishes is funny, do you think Downey Jr does his dishes? I doubt it. 

Little daughter saying shit? Omggggg how adorable. And she conned him into juice pops. 

Daddy Iron-Man is my favorite. 

I LOVE YOU 3000 – in my third time seeing this, it still hurts. 

Fire up the Continuum transfunctioner

The time travel trial run is pretty hilarious.

When Tony pulls up in the car and give Cap that “I was right and I am the man because I figured this all out” is straight money.

Hulk and Rocket movie is something I never knew I needed until this movie. 

FAT THOR. Whoever came up with this is a damn genius… 

Like I said on my podcast (https://anchor.fm/thevaleroverdict/episodes/The-Valero-Verdict—Avengers-Endgame-e3slfq ) number one Halloween costume will be Fat Thor.

They really turned Hawkeye into a bad ass, I really liked his character arc in this because he really is the most boring avenger and made him relevant 

The going back in time and killing Baby Thanos joke is hilarious. 

Hot tube time machine gets mentioned is amazing 

“So back to the future is a bunch of BS” yes Ant-man it is. Also my phone auto-corrects Ant-man to Batman is weird. 

Again Fat Thor during Brainstorming session is amazing 

Cap with another good speech. 

Throwing back to the original avengers when you see how useless Hawkeye and his arrow and Black widow and her little handgun were 

Fat Thor and Rocket scene back in Asgard is so good.

That’s America’s ass 

Is that Axe body spray. Hahaha. 

MATTHEW BERRY. From fantasy guru to Avenger actor. I love it. 

Cap vs Cap fight scene is so money. 

I feel like the cap seeing the little locket he has of his woman is a very MARTHA like moment from BVS

I did enjoy the way they were to incorporate a way to get Thanos into the fight the way they did.

Scene between Thor and his mom is so powerful and such a raw moment. What any of us would do to go back and get five minutes with someone we love.

Eat a salad 

The moment Tony sees his dad, and he’s like a dad in future, and the moment they share with that future understanding that he is having him. Just yes.

And Cap seeing his old flame which inspires future him at the end…. just melt my heart. 

This quote: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.”

Black widow with her little gun and Hawkeye with his sword, about to take down a ghost. Haha. Not.

This quote as well: “I don’t judge people on their worst mistakes.”

If anyone looks for a pee break, make it happen between Widow/Eye fight over whose going to die.

A baby in the theater currently won’t stop talking or whining.

Josh Brolin is so good as Thanos, his dialogue throughout these last two films have been perfect.

Nothing like future self-killing past self in the future 

Cap getting Thor’s hammer was such a bad ass scene 

Choke slam!!!! Thanos destroying the avengers big 3 like the Spurs did the heat. 

Phone just went off and kid screaming in the middle of this awesome scene

Avengers assemble scene. My goodness folks. One of the coolest schemes I’ve ever witnessed in theaters. You knew what was going to happen and even in my third viewing gave me chills.

Spidey/Iron-Man reuniting…. allllll the feels.

And Star lord seeing Gamora, be still my heart.

WAKANDA FORVER!!!!!!

Captain Mehvel to the rescue. 

I am IRON MEN

Tony, were going to be okay. You can rest now….

PHONE RINGING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MOST POWERFUL SCENE PLUS A BABY SCREAMING NOW.

I love you 3000…. My god those words.

I’m here for a guardian’s movie with Thor in it.

Falcon as the new cap, I’m intrigued

Cap and his woman dancing in the living room, all the feels…. all of them.  !

What a thrilling ride this movie was the 3rd time around.

Check out my review of the movie here: https://thesportsscript.com/2019/04/26/the-valero-verdict-avengers-endgame/

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