Quotes And Leadership Lessons From IF (Imaginary Friends Movie)

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IF may be one of the year’s most heartfelt, enjoyable movies. The movie tells the story of a young girl, Bea (Cailey Fleming). Bea has been through a lot, including the loss of her mother (Catharine Daddario) due to cancer.

Fast-forward to now. Her father (John Krasinski) is ill and in the hospital. He’s undergoing an unspecified surgery that could go wrong. Because of this, Bea has moved in with her grandmother (Fiona Shaw).

Girl in a suit and top hat dancing. Behind her are wonderful and imaginary creatures.

She sees something strange moving in the shadows at her grandmother’s apartment building. She follows the suspicious figure upstairs and meets a man, Cal (Ryan Reynolds). He houses a bunch of IFs (Imaginary Friends).

Bea embarks on a journey to help reunite the IFs with new children. Her journey unveils something surprising.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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For many of us, there’s nothing better than a good summer action movie. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw gives you and I just that. A movie you can sit back, shut off, and enjoy from beginning to end.

Taking place after Fast & Furious 7, lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson) and criminal Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are forced to join forces in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The action is fast, the story is passable (especially for a summer movie), and it sets itself up for a sequel.

Idris Elba, Jason Stathom, Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw team-up of Hobbs and Shaw happens because of a cyber-genetically enhanced villain appears. Hobbs and Shaw are tasked with tracking a stolen virus and catching the bad guy.

Their journey takes them around the world. It also takes them back to family.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

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I have fond memories of Pokemon. From the original cartoon to the trading card game to the video games (Pokemon Red and Blue for the original Nintendo Gameboy). I spent countless hours consuming the content of Pokemon and trying to catch them all in the video games.

When I first heard of the new Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu seemed like an odd name. What is Detective Pikachu? How is this related to the Pokemon world? What will the movie be about?

Still image of Pikachu from Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

We found out this weekend. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is everything you could hope for in a live-action Pokemon movie. The characters are likable. The story was fun. And it was different than you would expect.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu tells the story of Tim Goodman (Justice Smith, son of Will Smith) as he travels to Ryme City to look for his father, Harry Goodman. There, Tim meets his father’s Pokemon, a detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). The movie only gets better once the two pair up to continue Tim’s search for his father.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The Hitman’s Bodyguard

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard contains Samuel L. Jackson (who played Nick Fury in the Avengers) and Ryan Reynolds (the man behind Deadpool). These two bring a fun air to the irreverent yet enjoyable new movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Ryan Reynold’s character Michael Bryce is tasked with protecting the successful hitman Darius Kincaid (played by Samuel L. Jackson) after Kincaid agrees to testify against a genocidal maniac. The laughs ensue. The action commences. And you have a hilarious movie waiting for you.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From The Hitman's Bodyguard

But to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I should bring my leadership notebook to The Hitman’s Bodyguard. The movie is rated R and knowing the two main actors, I was expecting crass, vulgar, and inappropriateness to be shown.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard does deliver with crass humor and lots of vulgarity (though I’m not sure there was more than the comic-book movie Logan). Thankfully, there was very little sexualness to the movie. The Hitman’s Bodyguard did deliver in one other area: Leadership lessons.