Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER

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Directed By: Clint Eastwood
Written By: Jason Hall
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Based on the Book: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (2012) – By: Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

I’m a few months late on this, but I saw the film last night and thought it was amazing!  Let me first remind you that, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m the granddaughter of a late World War II Veteran, and the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran (who passed away a week and a half ago).  Yesterday, my father’s ashes were brought back home, so my mother, brother and I decided we would watch this film he desperately wanted to see.

With that being said, I really did enjoy this one!  Bradley Cooper is an incredible actor, and he portrays Chris Kyle perfectly.  The film starts with a flashback to how Chris Kyle was raised in Texas, and how tough he was from the start.  You get to see him grow a bit and turn into this brave young man, determined to protect his country.  He develops a relationship with Taya, who he quickly marries.  After becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, Kyle endures four tours in Iraq while Taya is home raising their two young children.  In between tours, Kyle begins to experience PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), which puts a strain on his marriage.  Other soldiers refer to Kyle as “Legend” throughout the film due to his incredibly high kill count in Iraq.  With an approximate count of over 160 kills, he is known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military History which, in addition to his protective qualities, earned him a considerable amount of respect among his peers.

Once their team is ambushed during a sandstorm, he calls Taya and tells her he’s ready to come home.  He retires and his relationship with Taya and their children becomes an incredible one.  He spends time with other veterans; some who are physically wounded and others who experience PTSD as he had.  While out one day helping another veteran, that veteran snaps and shoots Kyle and his friend.  The film ends with incredibly moving footage of thousands of people standing along the highway as Chris Kyle’s body is brought to the memorial service held at Cowboys Stadium.

Chris Kyle survived four brutal tours in Iraq, overcame pretty severe PTSD and was unexpectedly murdered by another veteran he was trying to help.  If this isn’t a story that should open the eyes about veterans returning home and NEEDING psychological help with PTSD, I don’t know what is.  Speaking from experience, anytime we went out to a restaurant with my father, he could never have his back to a door.  His PTSD demanded that he have a clear view of the door and anyone who was entering. Soldiers can’t go to war, see the things they see and do the things they do, and then just get shipped back home to deal with the real world again with no help.  Kyle left the U.S. Navy in 2009 and was killed in 2013, but he will always be thought of as a true American hero.

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Chris Kyle
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WHAT TO WATCH: La Guerrera – Monday, June 8 at 9pm/8c

MUNDOFOX TO PREMIERE CAPTIVATING NEW SERIES LA GUERRERA

MONDAY, JUNE 8 AT 9PM/8C


LA GUERRERA VERTICAL KEY ARTA moving tale of courage and resilience, 

LA GUERRERA showcases the harsh reality experienced globally by millions of women who fall victim to human trafficking.

MundoFox announced the primetime premiere of the internationally acclaimed telenovela La Guerrera (Brave Woman). The moving story, which follows one woman’s struggle against injustice and her fight for love and freedom, will air exclusively on MundoFox Monday through Friday at 9PM/8C starting Monday, June 8.

Written by Glória Perez (El Clon) and starring Brazilian superstars Nanda CostaRodrigo Lombardi and Claudia RaiaLa Guerrera tells the story of Morena (Costa), a tough, yet humble woman, who in search of a better future, accepts an offer to work abroad.  Her decision, not only ends her engagement to Théo (Lombardi), but also leads her to unsuspectingly fall victim to a human trafficking ring.   Morena, alongside the other female victims, is forced to work at a nightclub, where she is held captive by the threat of harm to her family back home.  Morena refuses to accept her fate and will stop at nothing to protect her family, escape her captors and regain the love of Théo.

Filmed in Brazil and Turkey and produced by Brazil’s GloboTV, La Guerrera showcases the harsh reality experienced globally by millions of women who fall victim to human trafficking.

To engage viewers in the conversation, MundoFox invites the audiences to share their own individual struggles via social media using the hashtag #SoyUnaGuerrera (I am a warrior) with the answer to the question ¿Por qué luchas tú? (What do you fight for?).

Additionally, Noticias MundoFox will be airing a series of special segments titled “En manos de la mafia” (In the hands of the mafia), which will shed light to the experience lived by Latinos residing in the US who have been impacted by human trafficking. “En manos de la mafia” will air on Thursday, June 4 during the Noticias MundoFox 5:30PM/4:30C and 10:30PM/9:30C broadcasts.

For exclusive La Guerrera content, visit: http://www.mundofox.com/laguerrera

The Following – “Dead or Alive” and “The Reckoning” – On Air Review

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Hey everyone!  Again, I apologize for the delay in posting the review of the two last episodes of Season 3, but I had a family emergency.  😦

Never fear though!  My fellow co-hosts, Mike and Amy took care of these without me!  Please follow the link below to listen in to the review for Variety Radio Online:

The Following – “Dead or Alive” and “The Reckoning” – On Air Review

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Game of Thrones – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” and “The Gift” – On Air Reviews

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Hey everyone!  I sincerely apologize for being a bit late in posting these reviews, and also for the lack of my incredible insight on these episodes (that last part was sarcasm, by the way).  I’ve had an unexpected death in the family, but my fellow co-hosts are amazing and have held down the fort!  Please follow the links below for episodes 6 and 7 of Season 5 for Variety Radio Online:

Game of Thrones – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” – Season 5 Episode 6 – On Air Review

Game of Thrones – “The Gift” – Season 5 Episode 7 – On Air Review

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Enter to Win! ‘JURASSIC WORLD’ Guaranteed Seat Giveaway

Jurassic World

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, JURASSIC WORLD. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley join the team as fellow producers. JURASSIC WORLD will be shot in 3D and released by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

HEY MOVIE FANS! Are you ready to enter my JURASSIC WORLD giveaway?! Here’s what you gotta do. Answer the following question below…

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DINOSAUR & WHY?

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Send me your ANSWER, FIRST & LAST NAME and SCREENING CITY to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

In the subject – please use: SCREENING CITY/JURASSIC WORLD

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JURASSIC WORLD

JUNE 10, 2015

7:30 PM

Albuquerque – Regal Winrock

Chicago – AMC Showplace Cicero

Dallas – Studio Movie Grill Royal Lane

El Paso – Cinemark West

Fresno – Regal Manchester Stadium

Houston – Edwards MarqE Cinema

Los Angeles – AMC Burbank 16

McAllen – Cinemark Hollywood USA

Miami – Cobb Dolphin 19

New York City – AMC Loews Kips Bay

Phoenix – AMC Arizona Cener

Sacramento – Regal Natomas

San Antonio – Regal Cielo Vista

San Diego – AMC Plaza Bonita

San Jose – AMC Eastridge

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END June 8, 2015 at 10AM/C. No one will be admitted late. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. Only those over age 18 are eligible to participate and win. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Entry does not guarantee movie passes. Please all rules on tickets.

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#JURASSICWORLD hits theaters June 12

Film Website: www.jurassicpark.com

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFinNxS5KN4

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Enter to Win! ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Screening Passes

Insidious: Chapter 3

The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

I’ve got reserved/guaranteed seating for the winners. Will you be one?! 🙂 I’ve got screening passes for the following cities: HOUSTON, DALLAS, SAN ANTONIO and PHOENIX.

To enter the contest – email me your FIRST & LAST NAME and SCREENING CITY to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3

Wednesday, June 3

Time: TBD

HOUSTON: AMC Studio

DALLAS: AMC Northpark

SAN ANTONIO: Santikos Silverado

PHOENIX: AMC Arizona Center

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END June 1, 2015 at 10AM/C. No one will be admitted late. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. We may refuse, revoke or limit admission in our sole discretion at any time. Only a single entry per person. No purchase necessary. Only those over age 18 are eligible to participate and win. Only U.S. residents are eligible to enter. Entry does not guarantee movie passes. Please all rules on tickets.

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The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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Hey everyone!

Follow the link below to read my review of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries for Variety Radio Online! This is the SEASON 6 FINALE – Episode 22, which aired on May 14, 2015.

The Vampire Diaries – “I’m Thinking of You All the While” – Blog Review

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