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    Lucy (2014)

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Her Review: Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young American girl living in Taipei, Taiwan.  Through a series of circumstances she is forced to work as a drug mule for…

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    The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    His Review: When crime and unemployment met an all time high, the government instituted an event called the Purge.  Every year on March 21, from 7 pm to 7 am, all crimes,…

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    Sex Tape (2014)

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Her Review: When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn’t keep their hands off one another.  Like so many couples though after ten years…

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    Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014)

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Her Review: Dusty Crophooper is now a world-famous air racer and a huge star.  Life isn’t all shiny and perfect though.  While practicing one day he experiences engine…

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    Snowpiercer (2014)

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    His Review: In a future where the Earth is covered in snow and ice, the super train known as the Snowpiercer travels around the globe on a track that takes…

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And So It Goes (2014)

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Her Review:

Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is a self-centered realtor whose only concern is selling his last home for a high price and retiring to his cabin in Vermont.  His plans are interrupted though when is he suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed.  Oren doesn’t want to take care of her so Leah (Diane Keaton), his neighbor at Little Shangri-la, takes charge; mostly because she is disgusted by how little Oren cares.  As the days pass though Oren’s cold cold heart starts to thaw and he learns to love again, not just his granddaughter but Leah too.  Starring Sterling Jerins, Annie Parisse, Austin Lysy, Michael Terra, Sawyer Tanner Simpkins, Maxwell Simkins, Maurice Jones, Yaya DaCosta, Scott Shepard, Andy Karl, Frances Sternhagen.

And So It Goes reminds me a late 80′s early 90′s romantic comedy but the emotional wherewithal that those earlier films had that made them so special.  The film isn’t bad but it isn’t good either especially considering the pedigree of film director Rob Reiner has on his resume up till now.  I just expected more given the cast and crew.

Sadly there isn’t much else to say about the film or its leads.  Everything about the movie is mediocre.  I kept having the feeling of de ja vu which isn’t surprising.  I know that actors of the caliber of Douglas and Keaton are getting older but does that mean they have to demean themselves by playing roles beneath their talents?  I would think not.  There is one shinning star in the film and that is Frances Sternhagen.  Her somewhat grumpy yet friendly demeanor is utterly charming but then I have always loved her in films both in roles big and small.

The truth is that if you are hankering for a film of this style then just watch Sleepless in Seattle or When Harry Met Sally.  They are much better options and are in the same vein as And So It Goes.

5/10 Stars – Seen it all before would rather just watch Keaton and Douglas’s earlier films!

Lucy (2014)

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Her Review:

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young American girl living in Taipei, Taiwan.  Through a series of circumstances she is forced to work as a drug mule for the Chinese mob.  The drug is forcibly placed inside of her and she is shipped off home.  When something goes wrong and the packet of drugs begins to leak into her system she begins to experience things no other human has.  The drug, known as CPH4, increases Lucy’s brain capacity transforming her into a kind of superhuman who has the world literally at her fingertips.  Starring Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbaek, Analeigh Tipton, Nicolas Phongpheth, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Luca Angeletti.

Lucy, a sci-fi action thriller written and direct by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), doesn’t use even 10% of its own capacity toward being a great film.  That isn’t a joke. Okay maybe a small one but really what could have been an intelligent film ends up coming across extremely haphazard and overwrought with plot holes and inconsistencies.  I was extremely disappointed.  As I sat in the crowded theater and the movie came to its end there were more than a few a voices around me echoing my disappointment.

The premise of Lucy and the scientific theory behind it is interesting and will certainly appeal to a specific crowd.  Sadly the presentation of the information is so lacking that for anyone not interested at all in science the ideas will be completely lost.  Honestly I think the film would have been better off if it had been a fancy documentary with narration by the incomparable Morgan Freeman – who I swear was cast solely for his voice and previous involvement in science and nature based films.

All the awkward action and scientific theory aside you can’t fault Johansson for one second.  I am always amazed at how she manages to look and act great in even the worst of films.  Her performance as Lucy is convincing and solid.  Then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from her at this point in her career.  As for her co-stars they are all obsolete.  You know little about them and care even less thanks to the plot development of the film.  Never a promising thing when it comes to being an entertaining film.

My rating and review for Lucy is rather generous.  My scientific curiosity is probably the only thing that saved this film from ranking a 3 or 4 and being completely forgotten a millisecond after leaving the theater.  That said don’t bother seeing the film.  You will find no entertainment at all and it would be a waste of your money either in the theater or at the rental box.  Just forget this one ever came out…unless of course you are a science nerd then go ahead and see it and have fun tearing it to shreds over the scientific inaccuracies etc.

5/10 Stars – Should have just been a documentary with Morgan Freeman narrating

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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His Review:

When crime and unemployment met an all time high, the government instituted an event called the Purge.  Every year on March 21, from 7 pm to 7 am, all crimes, including murder, is legal for 12 hours.  All police, fire and medical services are suspended during this time.  With the same idea and premise as the first Purge movie, Anarchy takes place the following year and revolves around all new characters.

I could go into detail about the people and the story, but in reality it is about the ruthless people patrolling the streets killing everyone in sight and the innocent who are trying to survive the night.  Just as in most horror films, there are no big name stars here (like Ethan Hawke who was in the first movie).  Usually that doesn’t bother me, but I think if the main hero was someone we knew, it might have made this movie better.  Having said that, Anarchy is definitely better than the first movie.  There are more characters, events and things to fear.

Where the first movie took place in 1 house, this movie takes place in the downtown area of a major city which opens up the possibilities, but in a way that isn’t a good thing.  Anarchy loves the fact that it has many options to scare us, but I think it adds too much.  Situations are short, thin and quick to move to the next “problem.”  I wish this movie could have taken 2-3 of these situations and expended on the chills they create.  With over 10 different situations in the plot, nothing is touched on very long.  It’s like going to a food tasting.  “Here try this… ok now try this… didn’t like that?  Try this.  You did like that!  Good!  Ok now here is something else.”  It was overload on too many moving parts and it backfired.  There were a couple of situations that were pretty chilling but were over before you knew it.

The Purge Anarchy could have easily been a bone-chilling and unique film that would give us nightmares for weeks, but instead, they took the “been there, done that” approach and it suffers.  Having said that, Anarchy is full of chaos, crime and killing.  As the movie goes along, it gets more jacked up with makes it a decent film, but because it starts out thin to begin with, by the time it gets to the good stuff, I was disinterested.  Would I recommend this, maybe not, but if you ask me if I liked this over the first Purge, than I’d say yes.  It will please the casual horror fan for sure, but for people looking for something chilling, this won’t do it.  Starring (no one famous)… Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul.

7/10 Stars – Better than the first Purge, Anarchy runs thin with too many situations and becomes typical in the horror world.

Sex Tape (2014)

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Her Review:

When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn’t keep their hands off one another.  Like so many couples though after ten years and two kids that spark has faded a bit.  One night when the kids are at grandmas Jay and Annie decide to kick things up a notch in their sex life.  They agree to make a video of themselves trying every position in The Joy of Sex.  What seemed like a great idea at the time back fires on them when the video gets uploaded to the cloud and sent out to all their friends and family.  Jay and Annie panic and spend the whole night trying to prevent everyone from seeing their sex tape.  Starring Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Timothy Brennen, Krisztina Koltai, Randall Park, Joe Stapleton, James Wilcox.

Advertised as a rip-roaring comedy, Sex Tape doesn’t contain many less and even less chemistry between it’s too main stars.  On the upside it is a great commercial for iPads though perhaps not quite the image Apple was going for.

I am a fan of both Segel and Diaz.  Separately they have done some great films and Segel was fabulous in How I Met Your Mother.  Together in this film they don’t really shine.  Maybe it was the script or the story in general but they lack any true chemistry and they don’t seem to play off one another well at all.  Now because the whole film relies on the likability of the two leads it ends up being the downfall of the film.

If all that weren’t bad enough the story line is super weak.  Not so much funny as extremely embarrassing you just want to tell the character Jay that he is a complete idiot for not knowing that he could remote wipe the video from online.  Its the 21st century who doesn’t know that sort of thing?  It is shameful especially because they are a young couple not someone’s grandma who might not be familiar with that sort of thing.

Seeing Sex Tape was a true waste of my time.  Despite the all-star cast I can’t recommend that you see this in the theater and you might even consider skipping it when it hits the rental market.

4/10 Stars – Don’t bother it isn’t funny and it isn’t fun!

 

His Review:

Even from the previews, I wasn’t excited about seeing this movie because it looked really dumb, and I have to say, my hunch was right.  This movie is stupid, unintelligent and full of situations that would never happen in real life.  The ONLY saving grace for Sex Tape was the 2 leads; Diaz and Segel.  Both of these actors are likable and there were moments that Jason Segel made me chuckle with a male related sex joke.  However, after about 45 minutes of this crap, I lost interest and was ready to leave.  The story just felt like a teenage crazy adventure movie that made no sense.  If it weren’t for the 2 stars, I probably would have left but I stayed because the on-screen presence of the stars.  There isn’t much else I can say except for the fact that Sex Tape has plenty of vulgarity and sex depicted aspects along with the fact that both leads are pretty much naked throughout.  Would I recommend this, nope!  There are better dirty comedies out there!

5/10 Stars – The leads kept this from being lower, and I did chuckle from time to time, but horrible story!

Planes: Fire and Rescue (2014)

Planes Fire and Rescue

Her Review:

Dusty Crophooper is now a world-famous air racer and a huge star.  Life isn’t all shiny and perfect though.  While practicing one day he experiences engine damage that unfortunately can’t be fixed because the part is so old it isn’t available any more.  Dusty is more than a little depressed about not being able to race but he decides to change gears and enter the world of aerial firefighting.  Dusty joins the fire and rescue team of Blade Ranger to learn what it takes to be a true fire and rescue plane.  Together they battle out of control wildfires and Dusty learns there is more to life than racing.

Planes: Fire and Rescue is a mild kid friendly animated film that if you saw the first one and liked it you will enjoy this one too.  If you are a regular reader of our blog you might remember I wasn’t exactly a fan of the first Planes movie.  It wasn’t bad by any means but it lacked the wow that so many of the new animated films possess.  This sequel film inspired the same reaction from me.  Planes: Fire and Rescue is meant for the younger generation and it will surely entertain them but there isn’t anything in it to entertain the adult forced to take them.  The animation is fine but not wow.  The voice acting is as expected so its nothing to get excited about as far as that is concerned.

If there is anything to note about the film its that the morals and the lessons are great for the kiddos.  That is definitely something that Disney has always gotten right and shines through in this film.  I wish there was there was more to say about the film but for me the whole thing is pretty middle of the road, seen it all before and just not very impressive.  I doubt I will ever watch this again not even with my kids because there are far better Disney movies out there to show them.

6/10 Stars – Pretty much identical to the first one just a different story and a few new characters.

 

His Review:

With a run time of under 90 minutes, it is safe to say that Planes 2 isn’t going to have much meat, and why should it?  It’s a kids movie after all, and just that!  For adults out there, this movie is not a bridge movie that young and old will like.  This movie runs on a formula that has worked over and over for kids, but as adults we are left watching a movie that will be forgotten.  If you looked at my Planes review, I liked that movie and recommend it, but this sequel adds nothing new and it feels worn out like our main character.  This movie is 100% for kids under 10.

5/10 Stars – Forgettable and plain… but kids will enjoy seeing Dusty again.

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And So It Goes (2014)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Her Review: Oren Little (Michael Douglas) is a self-centered realtor whose only concern is selling his last home for a high price and retiring to his cabin in…

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Lucy (2014)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Her Review: Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young American girl living in Taipei, Taiwan.  Through a series of circumstances she is forced to work as a drug mule for…

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Monday, July 21, 2014

His Review: When crime and unemployment met an all time high, the government instituted an event called the Purge.  Every year on March 21, from 7 pm to 7 am, all crimes,…

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Sex Tape (2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Her Review: When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn’t keep their hands off one another.  Like so many couples though after ten years…

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