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The Gentlemen: How Do You Sell A Drug Empire Without Complications? – A Review

Release Date: December 3, 2019

Starring: Matthew McConaughe, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Strong, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, et al.

This movie starts with a simple premise – An investigative journalist, Fletcher, hopes to blackmail a bodyguard, Raymond, into paying him 20 million dollars in exchange for a metaphorical (yet literal) screenplay that’ll save his boss, Mickey Pearson’s life.

Funny stuff, believe me.

How the game quickly turns around, reveals the key players, and reveals Fletcher isn’t really the one with all the chips is marvelous.

This Guy Ritchie movie has all the markings of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Love it, love it, love it!

Among many other reasons why Interstellar is one of my all time favourite movie, it gave me Mathew McConaughe to fall in love with. In ‘The Gentlemen, he doesn’t disappoint one bit. His portrayal of crime veteran on the edge of retirement, Mickey Pearson, is phenomenal! The rest of the supporting are too, with special recognition to Charlie Hunnan and Henry Golding’s Dry Eye.

PS: Dry eyes. Phucc. Who the actual fuck named these characters? 😂

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

The Banker: Another Movie Highlighting The Racism In America’s Past – A Review

Release: Apple TV

Starring:Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, Nicholas Hoult, et al.

Whenever I’m done watching a movie about racial injustice in America, I’m a little more broken than before I started.

‘The Banker’ tells the story of two black entrepreneurs and how their actions helped change the rigged game that favoured whites over their kind. How? By circumventing the law and exploiting loopholes to help negroes in their community access loans for their business.

It is a cool story to watch unfold. It’s also based on a true-life story. This means that, sometime in history, two black men actually outsmarted a bunch of naively racist white folks and owned not one, but two banks.

In some ways, this is a rags-to-riches story, and in some others, it’s a story about financial decline and having your whole world implode in your face, but I liked how it didn’t dwell on the latter.

Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult all do good jobs carrying this story. Mackie’s role as Bernard Garrett doesn’t really challenge his range, but it doesn’t diminish it either. It’s a good entry in his rapidly growing list of leading man role.

Directed by: George Nolfi

Rinzy’ Rating: 3/5

Harley Quinn Is Heartbroken And Finds New Allies In The Birds Of Prey – Review

Release Date: February 7

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, et al.


The beautiful thing about a break-up, whether good or bad, is that it challenges you to open your eyes to new hobbies so you can heal faster. That happens to be Harley’s dilemma when ‘Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn’ opens. What a title!

Trying to make a name for herself post her break-up with The Joker, Harley unwittingly puts a target on her back, and opens herself to new kinds of drama she’d never had thought to contend with before. Her actions catch the attention of Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, the latest deranged individual who intends to rule Gotham. Like Renee Montoya says, “Harley obviously didn’t think her actions through.”

BoP (as I’d like to refer to that lengthy title) is one helluva fun movie! It continues in the thread o the new DC live-action properties, a line its predecessors -Shazam, Aquaman, Legends of Tomorrow, etc.- have toed in varying degrees.

Does it work?

Yes, it does. There’s definitely no way a serious Harley Quinn’ would be taken serious by fans.

Could it have been better?
Yes, by a wide margin! More polishing and fine turning here and there definitely would’ve made it a better movie.

Character development is haphazardly done and back stories are muddled up for the sake of adding twists to the timeline, which, honestly, wasn’t surprising.

The reason for banding the girls together is so bland, I found myself rolling my eyes multiple times as I could smell the end game a mile away.

Yet, even with these messes and less time developing our other birds as much as Harley, BoP still entertains. Ewan McGregor loses himself as Black Mask and is mostly cool to watch, but, as expected, it’s Margot Robbie who carries the most of the film. She definitely was born to play Harley Quinn.

If there’s ever a sequel, I’d like to see more of Canary, Renee, and Huntress. Mostly, a better backstory for the first two.


Directed by: Cathy Yan

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

‘Superman: Red Son’: Once Again, America Is The Savior Of The World

Release Date: February 25

Starring: Jason Isaac’s, Amy Acker, Vanessa Marshall, et al.


I hear from folks who’ve read the comics that ‘Superman: Red Son‘ is a strong adaptation. I can’t vouch for that, for obvious reasons, but I can tell you this – it’s a good story.

Imagine seeing a Russian Superman in live-action. A version of the Man of Steel that’s both villain and misguided hero, destined to be eternally confused. That’ll be the best gift we won’t be getting in a while, but we can take solace in the fact that this animated movie exists.

The Superman we get here has shed the many layers of his humanity (the Clark Kent part of him; arguably the best part) for the sake of duty.

To whom is this duty tasked, you may ask?

To his home country, the USSR, depicted to be in a constant flux of conflict with the USA.

At first, the latter is painted in a bad light, but like most outputs of Hollywood, this one, too, eventually pays its patriotism dues and, once again, crowns America the Savior.

I won’t say past that, to avoid revealing crucial spoilers. Go see this movie and come tell me what you think about it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Directed By: Sam Liu

Rinzy Reviews ‘Parasite’ (2019)

Release Date: June 5

Starring: Cho Yeo-Chung, Park So-dam, Choo Woo-shik, et al


In a world where there are stinkingly rich people, so also do those in abject poverty exist. Parasite sheds a light into their story, at least one possible version of it. How desperately everyone wants a life better than the one they already have, and how far they’ll go to get it.

For someone who isn’t a fan of non-English movies, especially those of Asian origin, Parasite is really enough to instill confidence in re-evaluating my stance. Honestly, before the award buzz, I wouldn’t have cared about this movie; but that should tell you something about how good it is… to the point of clinching the ‘Best Picture’ statue for itself. It’s a relatable story, one that’s sure to draw sympathy even from the most casual moviegoer.

Is it worth all the fuss?

YES, it is!

Rinzy Reviews ‘Waves’ (2019)

Release Date: November 15

Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russel, Renee Elise Goldsberry, et al.


A controlling father’s attempts to ensure that his two children succeed in high school backfire after his son experiences a career-ending sports injury. Their familial bonds are eventually placed under severe strain by an unintended murder.


There’s a fairly popular saying — “when death comes the people it affects most are those you leave behind”.

Tyler Williams (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) learns this rather late in life. By the time this lesson dawns, the repercussion of his action almost completely destroys the lives of his family. The ripple effect.
If ever parents thought it was a good idea to use movies to scare their children into behaving better, ‘Waves‘ fits the bill. The first half at least.

By the second half, I struggled to maintain the same level anxiety and interest I passionately held onto when the movie first began. Simply put, I believe the Williams’ grieving process could’ve been handled better. A lot of scenes could’ve been removed and it still wouldn’t hurt the general message of the movie. This shows its over two hour runtime wasn’t really earned.

Regardless of this lapse, I still think Waves is a good movie. It boasts of solid performances, intense camera shots and cool use of music. In fact, most people might actually remember it more for its loud playlist than anything else and that, too, is good.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5
Directed by: Trey Edward Shults

Rinzy Reviews ‘Queen & Slim’ (2019)

Release Date: January 24

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Smith-Turner, Bokeem Woodbine, et al.


It’s always horrific thinking about the state of being black in the US. Every once in a while, a movie like ‘Queen & Slim‘ comes to remind us what racism looks like and some lessons of its harsh consequences.

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation.

The reality of life is, sometimes, trouble can come knocking, even when you don’t go searching for it.

Queen & Slim are like Bonnie & Clyde with a black spin put on it; but crime isn’t at the center of their story… it’s love. Although on the run from the police, Queen and Slim learn to love each other and life some more.

The movie’s score, cinematography, lightning and direction are all on point. Acting, too. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith both bring extra levels of grace to their roles on this job, making it

Spot on execution. Awesome movie. ‘Queen & Slim’ comes highly recommend if you want to feel you sadness and be reminded of how tough it is to be a black man on this Earth. Of course, the movie does have its faults, which I’ll quickly run through.

– For some parts, it did feel like a buddy, road trip movie.
– The main characters kept making numerous stupid choices for people on the run.

These lapses are negligible, though, it’s a terrific movie. You should go see it.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Melina Matsoukas

Rinzy Reviews ‘Code 8’ (2019)

Release Date: December 13

Starring: Stephen Amell, Robbie Amell, Sung Kang, et al

You watch this movie and can instantly tell it’s a passion project – the Amell brother’s. 

When one powered man (Robbie) struggles to make ends meet for his sick mom, he turns to a friend (Stephen) who works for a high-powered drug lord (Greg Bryk, Ad Astra), and the two turn to superpowered crime. But they’re on the run from two detectives (Sung Kang and Aaron Abrams) and a scarily high-tech police force that feels like Robocop crossed with District 9. – Collider

Based on the 2016 short film, ‘Code 8’ revisits the familiar story (thanks to the X-Men franchise) of humans afraid of other humans who’ve evolved into something more. The story might be somewhat familiar, but the execution (writing, acting and direction) is undeniably good. The CGI used to bring the powers to life, too, is surprisingly clean for a low-budget movie. This is a commendable piece of art.

The Amell brothers (Robbie and Stephen – Fire Storm and Green Arrow) aren’t strangers to our screens, yet this movie showcases their acting range in a way the Arrowverse never could. After this, I’m excited to see more of Stephen’s career path, post-Arrow.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Directed by: Jeff Chan

Is ‘Jexi’ Really The Future Of Smartphones?

Release Date: December 27, 2019

Starring: Adam Devine, Alexandra Shipp, Michael Pena, Justin Hartley et al.


If Jexi is the future, I hope it doesn’t come. Just kidding. Everyone knows Jexi is our present alternate reality. Our mobile phones can do pretty advanced stuff already, but I hope they never grow a mind of their own (like in movies like Terminator and Matrix) or become psychopaths like Jexi.

Plot: Phil has a major dependency issue — he’s addicted to his cellphone. He has no friends and his love life is nonexistent. Forced to upgrade to a new phone, Phil soon learns that the latest model comes with Jexi — an artificial intelligence life coach, virtual assistant, and cheerleader. With its help, he begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on the phone, Jexi starts to morph into a tech nightmare that’s determined to keep Phil all to itself.

Now, while it’s easy to get lost discussing the interesting questions this movie raises about the present and future, it’s important to point out that it’s trash, theatrically speaking. It’s foul-mouthed without purpose and wastes no time throwing its talented cast into the wind.

For the fun of it, I’ll still recommend you see Jexi, though, it’s thought-provoking in a weird way. Can we really do without our smartphones?


Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

Directed by: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore