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8/5 Movie Trip

It's all about being "bad" at the movies when Paul McGuire Grimes from Paul's Trip to the Movies stops by with reviews of "Bad Moms" and "Suicide Squad"!

Paul's reviews are below:
BAD MOMS (theatrical release)
For Amy, the only thing she feels that succeeds at is running late. Between working at a hipster coffee company and raising two children, she feels like she’s always on the go taking care of others. Her husband is less than responsible and often acts like the third child. She is constantly judged at school by the other moms who are all snotty and question why she works instead of being at school keeping tabs on her kids. “Perfect” mom Gwendolyn is head of the PTA and has rules and regulations for every school event, club, and organization. She’s the rich mom that everyone fears. Amy finally breaks and makes a Jerry Maguire-style exit from the PTA proclaiming she’s had enough and is stretched too far. This sudden realization is a turning point for Amy and her new attitude is noticed by struggling moms, Kiki and Carla. The three of them find new and semi-successful ways to reclaim their selves while trying to be the best moms that they can be. Unfortunately, their newfound “freedom” does come with some consequences but also a lesson that can be learned for the other moms at their school.
-Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumulo
-Casting is pretty strong as the film fully utilizes Kathryn Hahn’s nuttiness, Applegate’s cruel death stares, and it’s nice to see Kunis lead a film as opposed to being the sidekick friend.
-Very much an R-rated, blunt comedy not afraid to use some raunchy jokes and profanity when the moms are venting in frustration
-While wild and over the top at times, there are a variety of characters and situations you are relatable. Kunis plays the mom that got married young and had kids at a young age. Bell is the stay at home mom of four kids, Hahn is the nutty single mom. There are a variety of mommy issues, topics, and struggles that are brought up.
-While it very much is a Hollywood comedy and contains some impractical moments, there are enough good natured moments and lessons to be learned for any mom out there that may be struggling or feel that they are imperfect.
-Hopefully the movie can be a good mom’s night out for any mom that feels in the same rut as the main characters.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? By no means perfect, but leagues better than Mother’s Day
SUICIDE SQUAD (theatrical release)
Imagine all of the craziest villains in the DC universe coming together for their own film. Suicide Squad takes the deadliest bad guys and unleashes them back out into the city. What could go wrong? In the wake of Superman’s death, government official Amanda Waller puts forth Task Force X which would recruit DC’s finest and release them from the asylums and jails in order to take down any metahuman or non-human entity that could wreak havoc on Midtown City. In return for their duties, the likes of the Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Boomerang, and El Diablo could have their jail time reduced.
-Huge cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinneman, Common, Scott Eastwood. Ben Affleck makes a brief appearance as Batman
-Some strong performances form Smith, Robbie, and Leto.  Smith easily could have been over the top in pure Smith fashion, but he keeps it calm and controlled. Robbie is the standout and steals the whole movie. Jared Leto does an admirable job of making his Joker different, but is underused with very limited screen time
-Continues on with the DC Cinematic Universe and takes place shortly after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The credit sequence plays a lead into Justice League
-Like many introductory comic book movies, it takes a long time with the exposition and setting up the characters before the eventual story and motivations come into play. It also suffers from introducing too many characters that we don’t end up caring about.
-Director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) shapes the film like a war story with the action sequences taking priority over dialogue and story building.
-It can be a bit messy and inconsistent at times. Utilizes colorful graphics, texts, and a heavy classic rock/rap soundtrack used for the first half an hour and then it disappears. Not as consistently funny or self-aware as you would have expected from the trailer.
-Like many current comic book and action films, many of the heavy fight sequences are frantic and shot very close up 
-While there are glaring issues, there’s enough potential that I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? It's an improvement for the DC Cinematic Universe, but that’s not saying much.