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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The Valero Verdict: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

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: Pokemon Detective Pikachu, the Ryan Reynolds led film debuting the first live action of Pokemon.

  • The pacing was very slow from start to finish and didn’t pick up at any point. The movie never felt important or never truly felt like they did anything at all to make you feel invested in the film.
  • Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu was okay, he was a PG-13 version of Deadpool in the role. I feel for what he had to work with, he was good.
  • The acting was horrendous. I don’t expect world class Oscar-worthy acting but man was it really bad.
  • The incorporation of the Pokemon was one of the good things of the film. I did quite enjoy when they interacted on screen with them.

The Verdict:

** out of ***** stars

Honestly I wasn’t sure really what to expect from this film. I am not a Pokemon guy but the trailer when it was brought out was really good, so I had raised my expectations for the film. I really found myself bored throughout the entire film, it never hit the next level or any real level at all. The acting was horrendous and not even Ryan Reynolds could save this awful script.

Should You See It: Look if your kids are Pokemon fans and want to see this film, put them up for adoption. Older fans of Pokemon, go see Endgame for a 2nd/3rd or 4th time. Don’t waste your money on this.

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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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The Valero Verdict: Avengers: Endgame

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, only the most anticipated movie of well probably EVER!!!! The conclusion of what has been a masterful series of movies, Avengers: Endgame.

This is 1000000000000000000000% SPOILER FREE.

  • Wow. That is the first thing I can really put on here. It was an emotional roller coaster that just was so mind blowing good on so many levels. The movie peeled back layers that I didn’t even know I needed to be peeled back.
  • Robert Downey Jr. is one of/if not the greatest casting of a comic book character of all time. If you look at every character and it can range from the Joker to Superman to even Captain America, you can see others in those roles. Iron Man/Tony Stark was made for RDJ and this movie he showed why. RDJ is masterful in this movie and he takes us on a ride from the first moments on the screen to his last moment.
  • It’s funny in ways you didn’t expect it to be funny. All the Marvel movies have their own sort of laughs but this one brought some strong comedic value while not taking away from the core of the film.
  • You know the story, you know whats going to happen but yet you find yourself watching a title fight and cheering every step of the way.

The Verdict:

***** out of ***** PERFECTION

The Russo brothers directed a masterpiece. The expectation level for me for this movie was like no other and I was completely blown away by this film. From start to finish you witnessed 3 hours (didn’t feel like it) culmination of 22 movies come together and take you on a magical ride across the Marvel Universe.

Markus/McFeely deserve just as much credit here for their outstanding writing on this film. The cast, really need I say more?

You laugh, you cry, you cheer, you laugh so more, you cry some more and after it’s all said and done, they left you wanting more even after 3 hours.

Mrs. Valero Verdict: AMAZING!!! Perfectly Written.

Should You See It?: ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! Caution: I didn’t think I would ugly cry more during this than I did last week during Breakthrough. This was the greatest experience I have ever had inside a movie theater. I truly can’t wait to see it again, and again and again.

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The Valero Verdict: Dumbo

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, Dumbo, the live action version of the very well known Disney character.


  • Michael Keaton and his horrendous accent. I just didn’t get why he needed the accent and not only didn’t get it but it was terrible. Just every time he spoke, I wanted to walk out.
  • Danny Devito was well casted, he fit the role of the “Carny” Max Medici perfect. He was a lone bright spot of this film.
  • The movie had some real old school colors and tones to it, thought the visuals and the cinematography were well done in this film.
  • At time this movie was very boring. While Burton does a good job of getting you invested in Farrell and his kids, at the same time there was just some extremely boring parts of this film.

The Verdict:

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

Predictable, Underwhelming, Boring and just an OK film. A few bright spots in DeVito/Farrell/Parker/Hobbins/Green, this film lacked the fun that all Disney films bring to the table. The doesn’t have much to work with and it shows throughout. And I’ll patiently wait for someone to explain Keaton’s HORRIBLE accent.

Should You See It?: If the kids are kicking and screaming and want to see this, take them to see Us instead, you’d rather them have nightmares instead of you.

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The Valero Verdict: Us

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, Us the highly anticipated second movie from Oscar winner Jordan Peele.

  • Lupita Nyong’o was brilliant in this film. Both version of her. She played a wide range of emotions all wrapped up in both of her characters. She’s riveting, smart, and a down right bad ass in this film.
  • This movie is EXTREMELY CREEPY!!!!!
  • Typical Horror movies like to have way too many funny moments in a film, not this one. It had it’s comedic relief in Winston Duke but it was perfectly timed comedy, not over done.
  • We are early in the year but let’s go ahead and hand Michael Abels the Oscar for his Score in this film.
  • Peele’s writing is damn right scary, I have never been captivated in a Horror film the way I was in this. I was creeped out all while battling with the inner thoughts in my head about overcoming

The Verdict:

**** 1/2 out of 5 stars

To be able to tell a compelling story within a creepy horror movie is not easy at all. This movie was the battle within us all and how we can overcome that. Most horror movies focus on “jump scares”, killings and satisfactory ending, this movie was the complete opposite. Peele gives you a reason to care about the characters, he puts Lupita in a position to just do what she is good at and act her ass off.

The rest of the cast was great, the Score is perfection (I expect an Oscar nomination), its visually haunting, edited to perfection and Peele has officially made me want to never go to the fair again.

Should You See it?: What are you waiting for? Peele is turning himself into one of the best Writer/Directors in the world. The story within the extreme craziness is worth the price of admission alone.

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The Valero Verdict: Fighting with My Family

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, Fighting with My Family, the movie based on WWE Diva Paige.


  • The casting of Florence Pugh turned out perfect, she played Paige very well, especially the Paige of the early years. She was very Raw in the film which is what she needed because Paige was in a very Raw position starting from the bottom of the WWE. Very good casting.
  • Nostalgia from the Rock was fantastic. While not in the film a whole lot, you did get to see some old fashion Rock lines that were classic for his many years in the WWE.
  • The opening of this movie was absolute brutal to watch as a former professional wrestler, I get these guys were “rookies” but man, the in ring stuff was brutal to watch.
  • The story flows very well, it tells the story you are wanting to see, with the 1st act setting the story, the 2nd bringing you the challenge and leaving the 3rd act to bring it all together to get us our feel good ending.
  • Vince Vaughn was good in this, but it felt so weird seeing him in a role of this nature.

The Verdict:

*** out of ***** stars

I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this movie but it’s one of the feel good stories that you can really get behind and cheer for throughout. The Rock brings some fun humor to the movie, Pugh does a fantastic job as Paige, and the rest of the cast packs a nice punch as well.

Should I see it?: Yes. I think no matter if you are a wrestling fan or not, this is a well written movie with solid story telling, you laugh, it pulls at the heartstrings and you cheer in triumph at the end.

The Valero Verdict: Cold Pursuit

Welcome to the first 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, Cold Pursuit, the action packed movie starring Liam Neeson.

  • The score of this movie had a very “western” feel to it, but the movie set in the Colorado Blizzard, it was kind of weird.
  • Tom Bateman was a fantastic bad guy in the movie, they did a fantastic job of making him a big time douche bag and making you buy it with every moment he was on the screen.
  • I was a big fan of the “ruthless” side of Liam Neeson that we really hadn’t seen. He really just kicked some ass without asking a whole lot of questions.
  • One the flip side of that, my one big bone to pick was that you really didn’t have a background story on how Neeson’s character was such a “bad ass”. He turned Citizen of the Year to Cold Blooded Killer in a span of 10 minutes. I know his son got murdered but still, a little background goes a long way.  
  • I was a massive fan of the “RIP” of the characters after they died, it was a nice little touch.

The Verdict:

** ½ out of ***** star

The variety of plot holes aside, it wasn’t a bad movie. The revenge plot is beaten to the grave at this point in Hollywood, especially in Liam Neeson movies but this was a little different which made it a tad enjoyable.

Should you see it?: I wouldn’t rush out to the theaters to catch this movie but I do say it is certainly RedBox worthy.