dawn

In Theaters July 11th, 2014

Run Time 2 hrs 10 min

Cast:

Andy Serkis as Caesar

Jason Clarke as Malcolm

Gary Oldman as Dreyfus

Plot:

Years after the first movie the apes are living amongst themselves, not seeing a human in over two winters they assume all have died from a flu that was hinted towards in the first movie.  All the apes have grown physically and intellectually and have built their own “city” of sorts.  After years of no humans some of the Apes randomly run into one in the middle of the forest, which is the initial event that begins the entire war.  Turns out there are humans still alive, and they are attempting to rebuild, which requires electricity that they want to use a dam for, but the dam is on the Apes land.   Although peace is attempted to co-exist, human greediness leads to distrust and war erupts between the humans and apes.

Review:

As much as I enjoyed the first movie in this reboot, I liked this one even more.  I was never much interested in the Planet of the Apes series until the reboot came out with James Franco in it, and this second film may be the best out of the history of the series.  The visual effects alone are amazing, but it was the insight on the apes living alone that made it interesting also.  The director did a great job showing the greediness of humans and our desire to have power and control everything inferior. For those not familiar with the series, the first film showed how the apes become intelligent, and how the human population began to die away.  This film then shows how the apes are surviving on their own, but then discover there are still small population of humans around.  Although peace was attempted this film shows the beginning of what could be a very good third film, the all out way between humans and apes.  The fight scenes in this movie were well done also, whether it was ape vs ape or ape vs human.  I would recommend going to see this movie in theaters while you can, it looks great on the big screen and you won’t be disappointed.

Grade: B

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purge

In Theaters July 18th, 2014

Run Time 1 hr 43 min

Cast:

Frank Grillo as Sergeant

Carmen Ejogo as Eva Sanchez

Zach Gilford as Shane

Kiele Sanchez as Liz

Plot:

A couple are driving home to their kids when their car runs out of gas just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on a man, and a mother and daughter run from their home after a small army attack it in an attempt to kidnap them. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the yearly Purge, the longest 12 hours of their lives.

Review:

This is what I wanted from the first installment of this series.  I was not a fan of the first film, thought the concept of the Purge was great and I think the first film was lacking in many areas and left many disappointed.  Instead of inside one single house like the first movie, this one takes place out on the streets where all the real action is.  Although I wouldn’t consider either of these “scary” movies, I would put it more on the thrilling side.  There was a lot more killing, more action, more of what I expected from this concept.  Although I liked it much better than the first, I still wouldn’t say it was a GREAT movie, it was sub par acting aside from the main character played by Frank Grillo who did a pretty decent job.  If you are looking for a movie to kill some time and want to see killing, gore, or are just a fan of the first movie I think this movie is worth checking out, but you could wait for a matinee or even DVD if you wanted to.

Grade: C+/B-

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ways to die

In Theaters May 30th, 2014

Run Time 1 hr 56 min

Cast:

Seth MacFarlane as Albert

Charlize Theron as Anna

Liam Neeson as Clinch

Amanda Seyfried as Louise

Plot:

Seth MacFarlane plays a farmhand, Albert, in the Old West, not capable of shooting, fighting, or doing much of anything to survive in this deathly era.  His girlfriend Louise, played by Amanda Seyfried, breaks up with him wanting someone a little more manly, with a mustache.  After the break up Albert meets a stranger, Anna played by Charlize Theron, who begins to like him and gives him the courage and backbone to become more of a man to try and win his girlfriend back.  Unfortunately Albert finds out that the Anna, who he begins to fall in love with, is married to the most dangerous killer in the West, Clinch played by Liam Neeson of course.  Albert must run or fight to keep his love with Anna against the quickest shooter around.

Review:

Ever seen family guy? This is the non animated west version of that, which is what someone would expect from the creator of Family Guy Seth MacFarlane.  The movie was better than I expected, but I didn’t expect much.  Like family guy is has random jokes poking at subpar celebrities that you usually have no idea who they are talking about, but also makes jokes at funny/obvious real life situations.  It is hard to say this movie is a parody west film, because it is not so much making fun of westerns as it is to how terrible of a time it would have been to live in.  The movie seems to drag at points and probably could have been shorter.  If you enjoy family guy and the type of comedy that it is, the movie is at least worth renting, but I do not see a point in going to theaters to see it.

Grade: C

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22 Jump Street (2014)

Posted: June 22, 2014 in Comedy, Crime
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22 jump street

In Theaters June 13th, 2014

Run Time 1 hr 52 min

Cast:

Jonah Hill as Schmidt

Channing Tatum as Jenko

Peter Stormare as The Ghost

Plot:

Have you seen 21 Jump Street? If so, then the plot is basically the same.  They even poke fun at themselves for the movie being the exact same thing as the first movie.  This time they have to go to College and find the supplier for a new drug that mixes adderall to make them study for hours and then a stimulant that makes them trip afterwards.

Review:

I was surprised with this movie, most comedy sequels don’t come close to their predecessor (Hangover 2 and 3) but 22 Jump Street came fairly close.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first of course, but a majority of the movie was still a lot of fun to watch.  I enjoy Tatum in a comedy role such as this much more than his usual movies, and the chemistry between him and Jonah Hill really helps this movie as they work so well together in these types of roles.  Now the plot is basically identical to the first, which is what most people complained about when it came to the Hangover movies, but this sequel actually worked well.  It is worth seeing for sure, not necessarily in theaters, but if you want to see a comedy then you can’t go wrong at all with this one.

Grade: B

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dragon

In Theaters June 13th, 2014

Run Time 1 hr 42 min

Cast:

Jay Baruchel as Hiccup

Cate Blanchett as Valka

Gerard Butler as Stoick

Plot: 

It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

Review:

Rarely is a sequel as good as the first movie, but in this case I would say they did it.  How to train your dragon 2 was just as good as the first, if not better in some cases.  It matched all the charm, wit, and intelligence as the first movie, even holding the fun factor during the emotional roller-coaster of a storyline. Much like the first it is just as visually stunning, almost to the point I wish I checked it out in 3D.  If you didn’t like the first, there isn’t much use to watch this one, but if you are like me and enjoyed the first you should definitely check it out in theaters. Keep in mind with my grading that it is graded being compared to other children’s movies.  Just because this is a high grade that doesn’t mean I think it is the best movie ever made, it means this is one of my favorite children’s movies.

Grade: A-

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xmen

In Theaters May 23rd, 2014

Run Time 2 hrs 11 min

Cast:

Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine

James McAvoy as Charles Xavier

Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique

Plot:

The beginning of the film takes place after X3: The Last Stand.  Humans developed a weapon that can target mutants only and have been exterminating them.  With very few left, only a few of the original X-men remain, and they do the last thing they can think of to battle these weapons, called Sentinels.  They discovered that the Sentinels are able to adapt to other mutants powers, and they are able to do this because a scientist was able to use Mystique’s DNA years ago when she was captured after an assassination she completed.  The X-men use one of the mutants to send Wolverine back in time, right after X-men First Class takes place.  Wolverine is to bring together the Professor and Magneto again, although at this time they hate each other, and they are to find Mystique and stop her from making this assassination and becoming captured.

Review:

I have always been a fan of X-men, ever since I was a child. My favorite always being Gambit, which they only briefly covered in the Wolverine solo movie, and as you imagine I am quite disappointed in the casting of Channing Tatum as Gambit in future films.  Anyway, as far as the X-men as a series has done, it has had ups and downs.  The original trilogy started great, but X3 although full of action, was far worse than the original X-men.  I, along with most, disliked both of the Wolverine solo movies, the newest one being quite awful.  Yet, the series has rejuvenated with First Class and now Days of Future Past.  Maybe it is because I enjoy the great castings of both movies, such as James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Erik.  Not to mention the seemingly perfect Jennifer Lawrence, even if she is blue and has scales.  This movie also introduces Quicksilver, which they did a great casting of with Evan Peters, only to let you down because the Avengers movies are also bringing Quicksilver to their movies, but a different actor.  This movie does not have a ton of action, but it is detailed, well put together, and the acting performances has increased ten-fold from the actors in the original trilogy.  One major plot hole is that in X3 Professor X’s body was torn apart and his consciousness transferred to a new body, and they do not explain how he is back in this movie.  Only thing I can think of is he uses his mental powers to project his original image in place of the new body, which is something he is able to do, but they do not explain it.  This may have easily been one of my favorite X-Men movies, and I would be a lot happier if they could continue parts of the series in this time frame with these same actors.  If you are an X-Men fan, you should see this movie as soon as you can, many don’t like the X-men series as a whole, and in that case there really isn’t any hurry to see this.

Grade: B

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godzilla

In Theaters May 16th, 2014

Run Time 2 hrs 3 min

Cast:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford Brody

Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody

Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody

Plot:

Movie begins in Japan with Joe Brody played by Bryan Cranston and his family living there as him and his wife work at a nuclear power plant.  Joe is studying some abnormal seismic activity that most believe is the result of earthquakes, but Joe thinks otherwise.  The activity grows exponentially when it causes the nuclear plant to begin to fall and cause everyone to evacuate.  The movie jumps 15 years in the future when Joe’s son, Ford is grown up and in the United States army as a bomb technician with a family in California. When he goes back to visit his family in Japan he sees his dad is still obsessed with what causes the fall of the plant.  They go back to the scene that is currently being protected by the government to see what they can find and get arrested.  During the interrogation the source of the seismic activity is finally revealed, and you might be surprised as to what it was.  This movie is difficult to go into deep plot without giving too much away, but the rest of the movie is the typical giant monster movie destruction.

Review:

The previews got me pretty excited for this movie, but I still had my doubts.  Never been a fan of Godzilla particularly, but when I saw my favorite actor, Bryan Cranston, was going to be a main character it convinced me to check it out.  I am glad I did.  The CGI of course is outstanding, making Godzilla and the destruction look fantastic.  I didn’t realize that the main character Ford Brody was the same actor as Kick-Ass.  Just like in the plot summary above, it is hard to give a full review without also giving some spoilers, which I don’t want to do.  The movie took awhile to get to the destruction and mayhem, but when it finally gets there it goes all out.  Although with all this praise, at times there were still a few things lacking.  It felt like Godzilla wasn’t even a main focus of his own movie at times, and as much as he flashed and entertained when he was on the screen, it left you wanting more of him in the movie.  This movie is worth checking out in theaters just because of the visual effects on the big screen compared to your tv at home.

Grade: B

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