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Rough Night is a fun night [MOVIE REVIEW]

The four coeds were the best of friends during the college days (Jess) Scarlett Johansson, (Alice) Jillian Bell, (Frankie) Ilana Glazer, and (Blair) Zoë Kravitz. Frankie and Blair even had a “past” together. Ten years after graduation they meet in Miami for a bachelorette weekend to celebrate Jess’ pending nuptials. Pippa, played by Kate McKinnon, a more recent friend of Jess’ from the land down under, joins the group as well. The ladies are pumped for a weekend of, well, everything. They rent a beautiful beach house and invite a male entertainer over. Tragically, he doesn’t survive the evening. Realizing that they could end up in the slammer, their enthusiasm gives way to panic. It’s a matter of simply figuring out what to do next.

Rough Night is another in a long line of crazy night out movies where the characters always end up asking, how did we get into this mess?! The stories are always a bit implausible. Like in this film, Jess is supposedly in a tight race to win a state senate seat. No serious politician would take off for a long weekend at a pivotal point in the campaign to party it up with friends. These movies also have more strange and unlikely occurrences in one night than most people have in a 100-year lifetime: multiple people conveniently show up at the rental house, as necessary, to help carry out the plot.

However, in the end, Rough Night does what it should do; it entertains. The cast combines the right mix of comedy and drama. There are serious scenes when the characters revisit and debate old intragroup wounds.

The film is greatly enhanced by the performances of Demi Moore and Ty Burrell as the horny neighbors who set lustful eyes on Blair. And there are other bits of humor like when the friends meet at the airport, Alice opens a bottle of champagne to celebrate the moment only to have the sound of the cork popping send other traveler scurrying from what they believe to have been a gunshot.

With Rough Night, you’ll find yourself wondering what is going happen next.

As to cast diversity, it gets a B+ for performers from all racial groups. And it is refreshing to see the one black woman in the group, be the thinnest – and not heaviest. She is arguably the most sophisticated and not the crassest in the group. Zoe is stunning; Lenny, Lisa, you do good work!

Rough Night, is rated R (for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use, and brief bloody images) and it is 101 minutes in length. Rough Night fights its way to our top rating; it’s a See It!

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War is a conflict worth seeing!

While nations around the world appreciate the brave heroics of The Avengers, the leaders from the international community become weary of the collateral loss of innocent lives and the massive property damage resulting from the superheroes' otherwise effective crime fighting efforts. The United Nations proposes a new law to curb what some governments see as the group's heavy-handed tactics. The proposal divides The Avengers into two camps: those supporting the regulations as reasonable and those who see them as an unnecessary interference. This disagreement leads to an all-out Civil War, with Iron Man leading one group as a supporter of the UN's efforts and on the other side is a group led by Captain America.

Captain America: Civil War works on multiple levels and it gets a "See It" rating. It raises the very basic question, at what point does crime prevention become criminal activity? That debate coupled with a virtual smorgasbord of action, special effects and a star-studded cast makes this an exceptional production.

They're all here: Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and also swooping in is Spiderman (Tom Holland).

One great development in the evolution of this film genre is the kick-ass female superheroes. They do battle just like men. There is even humor in this film when two of these globally known champions of law and order ride in a car and argue over whether the one riding in the front should move his seat forward to give more room to the rear riding passenger!

As to cast diversity, Captain America: Civil War, gets a "B". As I have noted with other films, this is a very diverse movie in terms of black and white cast members but not so with Hispanic and Asian characters.

Captain America: Civil War is two and half hours in length and is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action, and mayhem. It gets our highest rating: "See It!"

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