When a group of Mexicans cross the border into the United States, one man (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) takes border patrolling to the extreme when he decides to kill everyone he comes across.
For what should have been a pretty interesting and horrific plot, Desierto is surprisingly boring as the movie is basically 1 man with a sniper rifle shooting helpless Mexicans who crossed the border. Most of the shots are instant kills and the kills aren’t even thrilling. This is basically just watching murder. That’s all. Not to mention the ending is boring and plain. At least this movie doesn’t give us a long drawn out opening. Don’t watch this crap. Co-starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Alondra Hidalgo.
3/10 Stars – Even for a short movie, this is boring and uninteresting as we basically watch 1 man commit murder over and over.
Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) have sent their kids off to camp for the summer, however, since they lead pretty boring lives, nothing out of the ordinary is going to happen. When new neighbors move into their cul-de-sac, Jeff and Karen become fast friends with Tim and Natalie Jones (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot), but after a few odd interactions, Jeff and Karen aren’t sure who truly moved in next door.
Keeping Up with the Joneses is a stupid and simple cookie-cutter action comedy that offers nothing new and isn’t very funny. Oh, did you want more? I guess I can elaborate… The first hour of the movie is set-up. Yup, that is all it is. We see how Jeff and Karen live and are introduced to the Joneses. From there, the Joneses attempted to become friends with the Gaffneys to get information. It isn’t until the last 30 minutes or so that we get to see a real plot unfold and have some true laughs come our way. I think Zach Galifianakis isn’t funny what so ever and I’m tired of watching him act like a moron on screen. He is one of the worst actors I’ve ever seen. Isla Fisher is hot. That’s all I’ll say there. Jon Hamm did a decent job being his charming self and Gal Gadot is in her underwear for the majority of 15 minutes scene. So yeah, this movie is dumb and unless to what to see bad acting, a bad story and the women half naked a time or two, then don’t waste your time. This movie has already been forgotten by me! Co-starring Paton Oswald, Matt Walsh and Kevin Dunn.
4/10 Stars – Patton Oswalt might have saved the comedy a tad bit at the end, but this movie is forgettable with a bad story and bad acting again from Zach Galifianakis.
Kevin Hart’s What Now? is a stand-up comedy show that was taped in 2016 from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The first part of the film is a skit of sorts where Kevin is a goofy James Bond like agent who plays a game of up-scale poker. It sets the stage with some silly gags, but it really is the cameos that steal the show here. Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Ed Helms are a few that will be sure to create a laugh or two. I enjoyed this part and thought the “Subtitles” gag was great as was Don Cheadle’s poker meltdown.
After the poker skit comes the bulk of the movie which is the stand-up. Kevin is on stage for about 1.5 hours telling jokes about his kids, friends and family. The jokes about the raccoon are my favorite and I laughed quite a bit during this show. I wasn’t expecting Kevin to be as foul mouthed because many of his movies are PG-13, but it didn’t bother me. I only mention this because it might bother many people if they are thinking this stand-up will be family friendly. I’m not exactly sure why this was a theatrical release, and I don’t think it needs to be seen in theaters, but I think anyone who enjoys Kevin Hart will like this and laugh a lot. See it!
7/10 Stars – It’s Kevin Hart doing stand up. Although not a movie, it sure is funny!
The small western town of Rose Creek is under the control of Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he will stop at nothing until he owns all the land currently owned by the residents. When the townsfolk have nothing else left, they turn to a bounty hunter named Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) in hopes he can save them. Chisolm accepts and recruits 6 other loners and outlaws to join him in his quest to bring down Bogue.
In what is a remake of a classic western by the same name (which is based on another movie named The Seven Samurai), The Magnificent Seven is a “Hollywood” western like The Lone Ranger was a couple of years ago. What I mean by this is that it isn’t a true “western” with grit, dirt and guts! The Magnificent Seven here is flashy, humorous (kinda) and silly. For a movie that is almost 2.5 hours, this movie only has 3 times that I would call it interesting. The opening is great as it sets up the vicious villain who aims at nothing but to obtain land from a dying small town, but the next hour is boring as we watch Denzel recruit his crew. It almost feels like how they explain the different characters in Suicide Squad. It is a process of just learning who these 7 people are and it drags! After the guys get together and they travel to Rose Creek, there is another fun scene where we see the crew kill off some baddies. Not too long and not too scripted, plus after not seeing much action up to that point, it was welcoming!
My biggest problem with this movie comes at the end, and when I say “end” I mean the giant action shootout that takes up the last 30 minutes of the movie. This is the time where all 7 guys basically hit everything they shoot and kill everyone that gets in their way. Sure, there are some decent events that happen here, but when you compare this action and shooting with movies like Unforgiven, Tombstone and True Grit, this is laughable and boring. How many times did we need to see someone shoot a gun and have a guy fall over? It gets old fast, and for a movie this long, you should expect more development and unique events to occur. This movie will be loved by many for its entertainment value due to the actors involved, but the action and the story keep this movie from being a true western, and a good one at that! Co-starring Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, Luke Grimes and Matt Bomer.
5/10 Stars – The Magnificent Seven might be a popcorn “Hollywood” western with over-the-top shootouts and humor, but this isn’t a western and it is too long for the amount of action presented.
Amanda Knox is an American woman who went to live in Italy for schooling in Perugia when she was 20 years old. On November 2, 2007, Amanda and her new boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito discovered the body of her roommate Meredith Kercher who had been murdered the night before. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted of the crime and put in jail for 4 years before the appeals discovered new evidence that shed light into what might have truly happened. This is the Netflix documentary (movie) that tells Amanda’s story from everyone involved, even Amanda herself.
I’m not one to have an itch to sit down and watch documentaries, however, this one plays out like a movie. I was not involved with any of the current events as they happened in real time, so all of this information was new to me and the mystery of this story is captivating. Directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst did a great job of telling the story and presenting the information as it unfolded and allows the viewers to both think she is guilty at first and innocent afterwards. This movie also shows how dumb and incompetent the Italian police really are to screw up this case like they did. It is amazing how evidence can be mishandled and twisted to make a certain person look guilty when it is only part of the picture. Maybe this documentary is doing the same thing for Amanda’s innocence!
Amanda Knox isn’t something that I would recommend to anyone, but I think it is something that people who enjoy mysteries, thrillers and dramas will like because it involves the actual people telling the story. Amanda, Raffaele and police investigator Giuliano Mignini are front and center and that is all that is needed to make a great documentary. I believe that emotions will run high during this movie and will leave you wanting to discuss it further with the people you watch it with. I highly recommend this 1.5 hour film for anyone wanting to learn about something that happened in recent history.
8/10 Stars – When a documentary is filmed at the conclusion of a case and presented by most of the people involved in the events, it can only mean a well rounded and captivating story, and Amanda Knox will have you thinking long after it’s over.
His Review: When a group of Mexicans cross the border into the United States, one man (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) takes border patrolling to the extreme when he decides to kill…
His Review: Jeff and Karen Gaffney (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) have sent their kids off to camp for the summer, however, since they lead pretty boring lives, nothing out…
His Review: Kevin Hart’s What Now? is a stand-up comedy show that was taped in 2016 from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The first part of the film…
His Review: The small western town of Rose Creek is under the control of Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) and he will stop at nothing until he owns all…