Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) haven’t changed except that Harry has discovered he has a daughter. The two set out on a cross-country trip to track her down which of course for them is not as simple as it sounds as they unknowingly become embroiled in a sinister plot and of course their own pranks take them down some strange paths. Starring Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake, Patricia French, Kathleen Turner, Bill Murray, Tembi Locke, Paul Blackthorne.
Peter and Bobby Farrelly aren’t interested in contributing to the prestige of the film industry. They are the purveyors of simple…stupid…entertainment for the masses. Dumb and Dumber To is their long-awaited sequel that will appeal to its die-hard fans but isn’t quite up to part with the more modern-day take on comedic film.
Listen, in all honesty I wasn’t a huge fan of the first Dumb and Dumber movie so I wasn’t anticipating being a fan of this one. I am not the target audience for this type of film. Stupid comedy tends to rub me the wrong way instead of make me laugh. Let’s just say I don’t handle stupid very well. I remember parts of the original film making me laugh. This followup didn’t do that a single time. Honest to god I don’t think I laughed at all. That said the people around me in the theater seemed to enjoy themselves so that leads me back to my original statement that I am not the target audience here.
I will say the chemistry between Carrey and Daniels is great. They do fit really well together. I have to wonder how much leeway they were given in terms of improvising. It all felt very scripted and stiff – possibly the point given the nature of the film – so if Carrey and Daniels were given free rein to improvise I think there could have been some truly quality comedy moments rather than it all being well dumb.
Not a lot I can say beyond the fact that I thought the title Dumb and Dumber To is a perfect fit because the movie is extremely dumb; which for me is not a good thing. Like I said Dumb and Dumber has an audience out there for it I am just not it and I can’t recommend spending the ridiculous movie prices to see it either.
4/10 Stars – To dumb for this girl!
Earth has been devastated by something called “the blite”, drought and famine causing food to be scarce and hard to grown. Humanity has reverted to simpler times, limiting their use of technology and focusing on survival. One of those focused on growing the necessary food is former engineer and NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). He and his two children Murph (Jessica Chastain) and Tom (Casey Affleck) do what they can to contribute and survive. Everything changes when Cooper and Murph stumble across a secret NASA project to send a team into space to go through a wormhole in search of a new home for the survivors of humanity. The crew embarks on a dangerous yet necessary mission that will forever shape what people know as well as the fate of the human race. Also starring Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, John Lithgow, Timothee Chalamet, David Oyelowo, Collette Wolfe, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway, Andrew Borba, Wes Bentley, William Devane, Michael Caine, David Gyasi, Josh Stewart, Leah Cairns, Liam Dickinson, Matt Damon.
Interstellar, directed and written by Christopher Nolan, is an astonishing, breath-taking and often mind-boggling film that even though it is at times overwhelming is still a stellar feat of film making. Everything you expect from a Christopher Nolan film is present and accounted for so if you aren’t a fan of his then you won’t be of Interstellar either.
Bigger is better has always seemed to be Nolan’s model and Interstellar is no different. The complex nature of the film will require a second and third viewing on my part. The problem with that is the time. The film is nearly 3 hours long. It felt that long too, not necessarily in a bad way but by the end of it I was certainly relieved it was over I was both physically and mentally exhausted from watching it. I think leaving you feeling this was was an intention of Nolan’s, make not mistake. He wants you to feel every inch of his film the same way he does with the actors who are part of making it.
The technical side of Interstellar is unquestionably great. Like Gravity before it, this space themed film aims to impress. If you didn’t know, Nolan chose to create the film without using a single green screen. As I watched the film I found this notion hard to fathom and was more than a little impressed with landscapes and images presented before me. I think this is one that I will be picking up a copy on Blu-ray in order to watch the behind the scenes documentaries in order to satisfy my curiosity as to how he managed it all.
McConaughey continues his impressive string of acting in Interstellar. He has more than proven that he is fully capable of playing ball with the big boys in Hollywood and he definitely isn’t just the romantic comedy pretty boy he was initially type cast as. Matt Damon’s cameo was surprising. He does a great job adding a controversial element with his character as Dr. Mann. I wasn’t as impressed by Hathaway. She was better in Les Miserables than here but still not a bad performance.
Interstellar is a must see film for all of us film geeks out there and if you have the time for anyone else looking to see quality film making at its best. I repeat if you have the time. Because of the 3 hour run time I might suggest that you wait to see it from the comfort of your own home but if you are adventurous seeing it in IMAX might be worth it. With Interstellar I am sure of two things: one, it will be nominated for more than a few awards in the upcoming award season and two that it will polarize the film community as well as the scientific community at large. It wouldn’t be a Nolan film if it didn’t!
8/10 Stars – Long but like the rest of Nolan’s works it is high quality!
Just as she said above, Interstellar is long and high quality, but for me, that doesn’t transition into a good movie. After seeing Interstellar, I can honestly say I have no idea what I watched (and I love Christopher Nolan movies, especially Inception). The movie starts off in a post-apocalyptical farmland and before you know it (with little gap fill-ins), we are in space floating towards Saturn. At this point of the movie I was still following along, but when they begin talking about wormholes and relative aging, I was starting to get lost. After several scenes go by, I was totally lost as I had no clue what these people were doing floating around space. Throw in more big space words and a weird robot, and I was checked out. Keep in mind that I understood Inception from beginning to end and I love that movie, but Interstellar I couldn’t get past the subject. Throw in an ending that made me realize I was watching the next “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and I needed to be done with this movie ASAP! As I was watching this movie, I kept thinking how I would rather be rewatching Gone Girl, and if you don’t get the irony, go read the review. As I stated before, Interstellar is very long and high in quality, but it makes for one confusing and irritating movie. I didn’t like it one bit, and I like everything Christopher Nolan does…
5/10 Stars – Long, boring, confusing and uses too many concepts that the common person just won’t understand. 3 hrs of my life I won’t get back!
Dear White People is a satire film that surrounds the lives of 4 black student at an Ivy league school. In the year 2014, many people, especially white people, think that racism has disappeared and sadly it has not. Sure the amount of racism has decreased since the Civil Right moments back in the 60s, but that doesn’t mean racism is gone, it just shows itself in different forms now. This film takes a look at the racism that still exists and pokes fun at the situations while at the same time showing just how naive some people can be.
From beginning to end, Dear White People takes the idea of racism in today’s society and places it front and center. The odd part is, all the racial issues seem to be integrated into the story so smoothly that you forget the movie is about race in the first place (until the end.) From dorm separation to who it is ok to date, these black students are trying to find their place in this school while standing up for what is right. Some of the students go too far in their fight and some don’t fight hard enough, but the problem lies on the other side. The white students act as though racism is gone. They act like it’s ok to act a certain way because they believe the “harm” behind the actions aren’t relevent anymore. Wrong. This movie makes fun of people who say inappropriate things because they think it’s ok while at the same time showing us how destructive some people can be in the name of “fun.”
I wasn’t sure what I was walking into when I saw Dear White People, and it has more of a story and likable characters than I was expecting. This movie isn’t one of those independent film festival winners that will make your head spin. It is relatable, feisty, funny and controversial all at the same time. Even with all the talk about race, Dear White People also gives us a movie about college struggles, finding ones place in life and social class expectations. All around, this movie is well told and the message is well received. I think even if you took the racial elements out, you’d have a really good movie about social issues in an Ivy league school, but when you add in all the tongue-in-cheek racial overtones, it make this movie an exaggerated, yet realistic look on racism in 2014.
7/10 Stars – Great mixture of realistic undertones and tongue-in-cheek overtones, Dear White People shows us that racism still exists, but in different forms.
When Laine Morris (Olivia Cooke) discovers that her best friend killed herself, she is baffled. She doesn’t believe that Debbie (Shelley Hennig) would kill herself. She was young, full of life, and happy. When cleaning out Debbie’s room, Laine discovers an old Ouija board and convinces her sister and 3 other friends to play. Laine wants to attempt to talk with Debbie’s spirit to find out why she killed herself. While playing the game in the house Debbie died in, Laine and her friends begin to channel to a spirit they believe to be Debbie, but it doesn’t take long before they realize they opened a connection with a spirit who has been trapped in the house for over 60 years.
Ouija is the type of PG-13 horror movie that uses every cliché in the book. It uses doors that move on their own, lights that flicker, loud noises, people scaring others by standing behind them or behind a door (use your senses and peripheral vision people!), and much more. This movie doesn’t do anything new that any other crappy teen horror film would. The idea of using the Ouija board sounded dumb in the first place and I love board games! Watching the kids ask over and over “who is moving it” just made me roll my eyes as the acting gets pretty cheesy. I will give the movie props as during the middle as it got interesting. The back story and the investigation did hold my interest as this movie had a promising direction, but as I expected, nothing came from it. The ending was predictable and way too short. Is it me, or do the rest of you out there think you can make a better horror film as you watch this crap? I sure do!
5/10 Stars – I give a nod to this bland movie as the middle gave us some promising direction, but sadly it falls on its face.
Hiro Hamada is a wiz-kid and thanks to his older brother Tadashi, who is also brilliant, is learning how to harness his genius. Tadashi introduces Hiro to his like minded friends – adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry wiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Things take a devastating turn and Hiro is left without his brother and only Beymax, an invention of his brothers, to be his companion in a time of need. Things get worse still when a dangerous plot unfolds on the streets of San Fransokyo. To battle the evil force at work Hiro turns to his new nerd companions and Baymax and transforms them all into a band of high-tech heroes out to do some good in the world. Starring the voices of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi, Katie Lowes, Billy Bush, Daniel Gerson, Paul Briggs.
Big Hero 6 brings the Marvel world to the kid level offering families a fun action packed time with the added bonus of heart-felt moments and a huggable character you wouldn’t find in Avengers or X-Men. I have always been a die-hard Disney fan. There are very few of their films they have made that I don’t love. Big Hero 6 is another example of why the Disney brand continues to not just survive but thrive.
There is a lot to love about this film. It is perfectly family friend with plenty for adult and kid alike. The animation is gorgeous and flawless. Everything I have come to expect based on recent animated films like Frozen and Wreck It Ralph. The story is simple yet with enough depth and emotion to make it more than something casual and forgettable. The real true power of the film for me however came from the character Baymax and his relationship with Hiro. Baymax, created to heal, is the type of character in a movie that I just want to hug and take home with me. Don’t judge me but if I were younger I would have stopped at the Disney store on my way out of the movie and instantly bought the stuffed version of Baymax. Who knew a big marshmallow looking thing could provide such entertainment and emotional depth to a film. His struggle to transform from the healer he was designed to be to the butt kicking hero Hiro needs him to be is comical and adorable all at the same time. Sure some the jokes surrounding him are cliché but not every joke can be original. Plus with Beymax comes most of the lessons that Big Hero 6 has to offer to teach our children to be better people. Beymax is the ace in the whole for this Marvel inspired animated super hero flick.
If there is any downside to Big Hero 6 it’s mostly that there are many times when the whole things comes across as a big marketing plow. Not that every other Disney movie isn’t jam packed with things they can market and sell to kids but it was more obvious than normal in this film. It doesn’t really detract from the story of the quality of the film but it’s there so be prepared because if you are a parent your kid will be asking for the figurines to go with each character and so on and so forth.
Big Hero 6 is really just an origins film. You can tell from the end that this is a set up for what is yet to come. Not surprising given that the Marvel films as we know are ready made with sequels and supposedly this one is based off an obscure set of comics so expect more to come. I highly recommend you see Big Hero 6 – kids or no kids it’s a great film. It might not be quite the stuff of Frozen but it has all the makings of would be series and I am looking forward for what is yet to come. Oh and even if you don’t love the film you can’t help but love the short that comes before called Feast! It was adorable and will likely be in Oscar short race as you would expect.
9/10 Stars – Big Hero 6 I was more than satisfied with my care!
*Oh and side note watch for the easter egg that you expect from all Marvel films because it is there.
In this day and age of animation, not only do you have to be spot on with graphics, but you must also be spot on with characters. Big Hero 6 does a very good job at both capturing vivid colors along with giving the audience characters to love. However, sadly, the target audience for this movie is less than 12 years old or for parents of small kids. The reason I say that is largely due to the predictable story and the juvenile characters. As a 30 year old who has been waiting for an Incredibles sequel since it came out, Big Hero 6 just felt like a kids super hero movie. Every step of the way I compared it to the Incredibles and that is the animated family super hero movie that stands above the rest. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Big Hero 6 is a bad movie. I just think that it isn’t for everyone unlike many of the great animated movies that have come out recently. Maybe it is the lack of adult presence in the movie that kept me from relating with the characters, but when it was all said and done, Big Hero 6 was enjoyable, just not the best. Now, where is my Incredibles Blu-ray?
7/10 Stars – A good super hero movie that is aimed more at kids than everyone in the family.
Her Review: Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) haven’t changed except that Harry has discovered he has a daughter. The two set out on a…
Her Review: Earth has been devastated by something called “the blite”, drought and famine causing food to be scarce and hard to grown. Humanity has reverted to simpler…
His Review: Dear White People is a satire film that surrounds the lives of 4 black student at an Ivy league school. In the year 2014, many people,…
His Review: When Laine Morris (Olivia Cooke) discovers that her best friend killed herself, she is baffled. She doesn’t believe that Debbie (Shelley Hennig) would kill herself. She…