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80s Fueled Family Fun | Review of ‘Despicable Me 3’


By Cynthia Ayala

“Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.” — IMDB

Fun and zany probably sums it up best. Despicable Me 3. Sure, the original will always be the best because it was original, but the heart isn’t lost from the original. The story expands as the story has the group discover a whole new family member. Turns out Gru has a brother, it’s Dru. Dru has the hair, and money, and a mansion. Talk about sibling rivalries. But he reveals some hidden secrets to the family legacy.
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A Bundle of Love and Laughs | Review of ‘The Secret Life of Pets’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Secret Life of Pets starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate & Ellie Kemper
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.”

    —IMDB

Where should I start? As an animal lover, I adored this movie, and as a filmgoer, I loved it. This movie had a compelling story to it that also didn’t shy away from what it means to be an animal and an animal lover. Pets get lost all the time, their collars break off, they get taken by animal control, or they are just abandoned. This film touches all of this making this a dynamic movie to behold. The best part about that is that it has a lot of heart, it has a lot of strength, and it has a lot of humor in it. This film is an adventure in the eyes of lost dogs and his friends as they try to find him and bring him back home.
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An Excellent Spin-Off of Despicable Me | Review of ‘Minions’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Minions starring Sandra Bullock & Pierre Coffin
Universal Pictures

“One Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever female super-villain.”

–– Minions (2015) Synopsis, Fandango

Adorable, simply adorable. From Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios, the companies that brought viewers Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 comes a spin-off about the Minions before they came to Gru. In this film, viewers see where they came from and discover what their purpose is: to find the biggest baddest villain and serve them without question.
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Despicable Me 2 | Movie Review


image Directed By: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

Screenplay By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan & Ken Jeong

The former villain Gru, now father of three girls, simply wants to lead a semi-normal family life as he puts his villain days behind him. But when a secret weapon is stolen, the Anti-Villain League recruits him and teams him with one of their own putting him undercover to solve the mystery and recover the weapon.

Hilarious and adorable. This movie was just as good as the first one with a different story that follows Gru and he continues to be a father to three young girls. But as a single father and as a bachelor who is reluctant to date, the girls are still without a mother, making for a very heartfelt movie.

The way the plot progressed and the way that the movie was done was great. It was, like already stated, hilarious. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to find and stop a villain who has stolen a top-secret developmental serum that has evil side effects. Gru who was once the villain is now the person who has to stop the villain, and his minions are of no help whatsoever. Nevertheless, those minions, they are just too adorable!

What this movie had additionally was the amount of heart in it. There was as much as there was in the first movie, progressing off of what was already there and established in thefirst movie, but then developing even more so in this movie to build the dynamic between the characters and show just what a family is really made out of.

Simply adorable and heartfelt. Oh and the attacking chicken, yeah that was great. ★★★ (A)