It has been 3 years since Mike (Channing Tatum) left dancing to start his own business, but when Dallas leaves the Kings of Tampa, they need to get part of the team back so they can “go out” their own way. Mike decides to take a vacation from moving furniture and follow the group to Myrtle Beach for one last show.
I think it is safe to say that Magic Mike XXL is the movie we were all expecting the first movie to be before we realized it was good! This sequel is nothing but typical clichés, boring plot points and a large beefcake finale that is nothing but dancing, and that is with me actually liking the first movie! It’s really interesting how many sequels involve a group getting back together in order to enter a competition that they have to over come some kind of obstacle to win. As the scenes moved forward, I noticed that the story wasn’t going anywhere. Basically it’s about a group of male dancers and their trip to get to a competition. That’s it. Along the way there are dance numbers, but ultimately, there isn’t much for the ladies to look at until the end, but by then they probably have pulled out their phones.
Ultimately, Magic Mike 2 is what the first movie should have been. However, we were all surprised when the first movie had a good story and plenty of dancing, but when it came to this movie, well, the Magic Mike franchise came crashing back to reality. This is just another mindless dancing cliché. Co-starring Kevin Nash, Joe Manganiello, Juan Piedrahita, Matt Bomer, Gabriel Iglesias, Adam Rodriguez, Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith and Andie MacDowell.
5/10 Stars – Nothing of offence here, but boy was it boring… and I liked the first movie!
Greg (Thomas Mann) is a 17 year old high school student who has made over 40 home movies with his co-worker (best friend) Earl (R.J. Cyler). When a girl in their class named Rachel (Olivia Cooke)l is diagnosed with Leukemia, Greg’s mother requires him to spend time with her against his protests. With nothing in common and it being several years since they last talked, Greg and Rachel attempt to change each other’s lives by becoming friends.
With several similarities to the recent hit The Fault in our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl takes the approach of cancer and applies it to a meaningful friendship rather than a romantic relationship. I think this approach both helps and hurts the film. The fact that it isn’t an exact cookie-cutter film to The Fault in our Stars is a big plus, but the lack of romance will have many people feeling empty about their friendship as it is simply just that.
The coming of age aspect is what makes this movie so touching. I think it is wonderful when we see movies that can show and teach younger viewers the things that they may face in their lives. This movie takes a serious subject and makes people laugh, cry and feel a connection. My only complaint with the movie is that it is too plain and expected. The ending is predictable and the situations are nothing new. Nevertheless, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is movie that should be seen by every teenager out there. It is special, touching and one that will not disappoint! Co-staring Connie Britton, Jon Bernthal, Nick Offerman, and Molly Shannon.
7/10 Stars – Although predictable and not as good as The Fault in our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is touching, special and one every teenager should see.
Riley is your typical 11 year old girl with the exception that she has recently moved from her awesome life in Minnesota to a dingy apartment in San Francisco. Riley doesn’t know how to cope with all these new changes in her life so her emotions are running wild. Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are Riley’s 5 core personalities that control her memories. However, when Joy tries to control Sadness, both entities end up being cast out into the far reaches of Riley’s memory leaving only Fear, Anger and Disgust to control this fragile girl’s emotions.
Inside Out is Pixar’s latest project, and just like all the rest, it plays off family emotion to keep its theme strong. In fact, the characters in this movie are actual emotions. At the time of this post, this movie has been getting so much positive buzz that I when I watched it, I wasn’t that impressed. Let me tell you why.
First off, Riley loses Joy and Sadness and Fear, Disgust and Anger end up running her life. She becomes a zombie that just explodes randomly to situations, and this behavior makes Riley not a fun person to watch on the screen. She is a downer and rains on the parade for the bulk of the movie. This must be how people get put on Psych medications early on…
Something else I didn’t like was how they made it that Sadness could change happy memories into sad ones, but Joy couldn’t change sad memories happy. That just didn’t make sense. I understand the message Pixar was trying to send, but it just didn’t make thematic sent that Joy (aka the leader) couldn’t undo Sadness’s mistakes. Something else that bothered me was Bing Bong (Richard Kind). He is kind of scary with a creepy stranger danger vibe. I didn’t think he fit in well with the other characters and I found him to be the Jar-Jar Binks of the movie.
Having said all that, there are some positives. The movie is colorful, well animated and funny (towards the end). I wish the creativity in Riley’s mind didn’t remind me of an airport, but it could have been worse. What shines the most is the ending. When people talk about the movie making them cry, they are talking about the end. I won’t go into spoilers, but the whole movie makes sense regarding an 11 year old girl who is on the verge of puberty having just moved to another state. Sometimes a girl just has to have a good cry I guess…
At the end of the day, Inside Out was just ok for me. For most of the movie it was a 6 and the ending is a solid 8, so I went somewhere in the middle for my score. Something else that could have possibly left me feeling unimpressed was the Lava Love song before the movie started. Volcanos need love? and sing about it? and wasn’t that one Volcano super old and the other was young? That’s kinda creepy…
Inside Out definitely isn’t the best Pixar movie as many have claimed (Monsters Inc. will always be my favorite), but it does offer great things for both young and old. I would say that Inside Out will probably lead toward women over men.
7/10 Stars – Not a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but there was plenty that left me unimpressed.
Nicky (Will Smith) is a very good con man. In fact, he makes an entire living off of the money he makes from the cons he pulls off. When he meets a lovely woman named Jess (Margot Robbie), Nicky takes her under his wing and teaches her everything about his trade. However, when Nicky and Jess split things are never the same, that is, until Jess shows up unexpectedly in a con that Nicky is trying to pull off. Will Jess blow Nicky’s cover, or will she team back up with him for another job.
Let me get this straight… Focus is only worth watching for Will Smith’s expected charm. If it wasn’t for him, this movie would be just another con movie. Sure the first half of the movie is simple and enjoyable to watch Nicky and Jess interact, but after they split up, the final con is confusing. It just unravels towards the end. I have been known to tell people that Focus feels like an unfunny, non-western, non-poker version of Maverick! So what I am saying is go watch Maverick! Focus is neither good nor bad, it just is what it is. Co-starring Adrian Martinez, Rodrigo Santoro, Gerald McRaney, B.D. Wong, and Brennan Brown.
5/10 Stars – It’s a simple con movie that felt too much like the far superior Maverick. Will Smith saves as much as he can.
When a military contractor Brian (Bradley Cooper) returns to Hawaii for the launch of a new satellite, he is confronted with many things from his past, especially his ex-love Tracy (Rachel McAdams). On top of that, the military assigns high-stung, peppy Allison Ng (Emma Stone) to watch Brain while he is on the island. As Brain begins to discover things about his past pertaining to Tracy, he accidentally falls for Allison instead.
Aloha is a romantic comedy from the mind of Cameron Crowe (Jerry McGuire) that has been taking a lot of heat from movie critics and I’m not sure why. I’ve heard that many people are upset with the casting choices and how Hawaiians are represented, but aside from that, the movie itself is pretty decent.
Even if the cast isn’t a good representation of the culture of Hawaii, these actors are funny, charming and nice to watch. If it weren’t for Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper, I think I would have been bored, but the 2 of them have so much chemistry that I wanted to keep watching. In fact, I think most of the movie is that way. If it hadn’t been for the large all-star cast, Aloha would have been nothing to shake a stick at, but for those of you that find comfort in familiar faces, this movie will please. Don’t listen to the overall consensus, I enjoyed this movie. Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, and Danielle Rose Russell.
7/10 Stars – The all-star cast keeps Aloha charming with their talents, even if they weren’t the ideal choices.
His Review: It has been 3 years since Mike (Channing Tatum) left dancing to start his own business, but when Dallas leaves the Kings of Tampa, they need…
Review: Greg (Thomas Mann) is a 17 year old high school student who has made over 40 home movies with his co-worker (best friend) Earl (R.J. Cyler). When a girl…
His Review: Riley is your typical 11 year old girl with the exception that she has recently moved from her awesome life in Minnesota to a dingy apartment…
His Review: Nicky (Will Smith) is a very good con man. In fact, he makes an entire living off of the money he makes from the cons he…