Wonder Woman 1984, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Mortal Kombat all hit home runs. And you may be able to secure the new streaming service without adding a dime to your monthly entertainment budget.

By Michael P Coleman

I’ve not been a fan of the multitude of streaming services that are out there. Many have been talking about cutting the cord for years in favor of streaming, but with the wealth of choices out there, it’s easy to spend even more of your hard-earned dollars on video streaming than one would on basic cable.

Prior to the pandemic, my paid streaming services were limited to Netflix and Hulu. But after the CDC advised us to keep our happy asses at home, I decided to take some of the money I was spending at the movies every month and upgrade my home theatre set up.

After a quick wall mount for my new flat screen, the investment in a few additional streaming services, a La-Z-Boy recliner, and some snacks from Safeway, CineMike Movie Theatre was open for business, just in time for the holidays!

After I learned that Warner Bros was making it possible for me to watch the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman at home as it was being released at theaters, I was all set to purchase a subscription to HBO Max. I’m glad I waited, as it’s free for all HBO subscribers through Xfinity. Thanks you Jesus and Comcast…

And thank YOU HBO Max! Wonder Woman 1984 was indeed a wonder, as was Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which gave us more Gal Godot, more and better Superman / Henry Cavill and a Ben Affleck-driven Batman / Bruce Wayne who actually made me like the character for the first time in my life. Godzilla vs. Kong brought us a superb monster smack-down that reminded me of the kid who used to live for “Monster Week” on Channel 50 in Detroit.

And the new Mortal Kombat? I was really not expecting to like it, as I’ve never played the video game that inspired it. But a friend strongly recommended the new feature, and I’m glad I listened: I LOVED it. The movie’s graphic violence justifies its R rating, but it’s cartoon violence, as it were; kind of like the Snyder-directed feature 300. That said, I’d keep the very little ones away from it.

Mortal Kombat is a GREAT popcorn flick. It’s out on HBO Max and in theaters, if you’re vaccinated and up for that. I’ll stick to the CineMike Theatre, for now.

So while we’re easing back into society, check out HBO Max. And after we’re all fully vaccinated, I may have you over to the CineMike Movie Theatre! The management there just added just added a second screen!

Published by Michael P Coleman

Freelance content creator. I used to talk to strangers and get punished. Now I talk to strangers and get published.

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