When aliens come to Earth in the not too distant future, they send 4 “waves” or series of events that help aid in the destruction of mankind. Military leaders feel that the only way to defend against these “Others” is to protect our youth and train them to fight against the threat.
In yet another post-civilization teen action drama, the 5th wave (along with The Maze Runner, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver…) takes the idea that supernatural sci-fi things are happening around us that can’t be explained. The movie starts off pretty good. It explains the 4 waves that have hit Earth and shows the audience how bad things really are. I felt the dread and suspense and was ready for critics to be wrong!
After the first 30 minutes, the movie comes to a screeching halt as we watch the main character run, hide and avoid being romantic with some guy who nursed her back to health. This middle hour of the movie is flat, boring and lacks any real emotion except mistrust. The acting isn’t anything spectacular and neither is the story.
The ending picks back up again, but when you discover what is really going on, you simply don’t care because this movie lacks the heart we need to feel real emotion. I believe that The 5th Wave is too long and drawn out to keep anyone over the age of 20 interested and the lack of inspiration and charm hurts this movie A LOT! Can I see some promise in this movie, sure, but I was simply bored watching a movie that never got me invested in anything on screen. Rental for sure! Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez, Bailey Anne Borders, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Liev Schreiber, and Maria Bello.
4/10 Stars – For the target audience, this movie might be enjoyable, but for anyone else, this movie is flat, boring and uninspired.
Before his wedding, Ben (Kevin Hart) tags along to Miami with James (Ice Cube) to stop a drug dealer (Benjamin Bratt) from, you know, distributing drugs…
As if 1 time wasn’t enough, the movie makers of Hollywood felt they needed to make another Ride Along movie to steal some cash from the dumb people of the world. I’ll cut right to the chase… this movie isn’t funny. It is rather annoying. This movie offers nothing new to this franchise nor to the buddy cop genre. Nothing about the story is original or interesting and I can’t believe this movie was even made. As always, the charm of the 2 leads is what keeps anyone watching, but with the weak story and absence of comedy, this movie is forgettable. Please stop making these movies! Co-starring Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter and Ken Jeong.
3/10 Stars – Not funny, not interesting and not good! Only thing positive here is the 2 leads… they are typical as always. Yawn!
When Greta, an American nanny, travels to the UK to escape an abusive relationship, she is glad to be free and in a new place, that is, until she meets her new family. The child she is to be watching ends up being a porcelain doll and the elderly parents believe him to be real. Greta is confused and feels guilty for taking these people’s money, but when strange things begin to happen, Greta can’t help but think it is the doll doing everything.
The Boy is just plain stupid. As you read above, it is about a women hired to take care of a doll who is believed to be alive. Unlike Chucky, you never see the doll come to life and only hear it when no one is in the room. The only reason I stayed in the theater to finish this movie was because I wanted to know what exactly was going on with the doll, and when the twist was reviled, I was mad! This movie is really bad and for any horror fan out there, this is something you don’t want to see. It isn’t scary and the only thing it has going for it is the atmosphere and setting. The idea is stupid, the premise is stupid and the execution is stupid. The ending is an insult to our intelligence and I can’t believe the way it turns out. The Boy is one of the worst (if not the worst) horror films I’ve ever seen and I can’t believe I sat through the whole damn thing! Stupid doll! Starring Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Ben Robson, and Diana Hardcastle.
2/10 Stars – This movie is just bad! Stupid plot, stupid idea and stupid ending! Not even scary!
In what is called the “greatest small boat rescue in coast guard history,” The Finest Hours follows Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) who worked for the coast guard near Cape Cod back in 1952. When an oil tanker splits in 2, leaving its crew of 22 in danger of drowning, Webber and 2 other men take a boat meant for 12 out in the frigid Massachusetts water and dares the unthinkable.
The Finest Hours is the kind of movie that means well and wants to tell a heroic story, but when it comes down to the execution, only the people who were affected by this story will feel the lasting effects. The Finest Hour suffers from something I like to call Hollywood. The story is drawn out to make it feel like more is going on than there actually is. Much of the drama I have to question as to what is real and what is added by “hollywood” to entertain and cause suspense. There are several scenes that could have been shorten or cut outright and I feel like this movie could have been better as a book. In fact, this is the kind of story I would rather be told in about 5 minutes (because that is about how long it would take for me to tell you what happens) than watch a 2 hour movie about something that is this predictable.
As far as a movie goes, the acting is descent and the characters are likeable, but I felt something lacking from the production as a whole. It felt like I was watching a made-for-tv movie that had added drama that was unnecessary. The Finest Hours isn’t a horrible movie, however, often I found myself wanting the movie to get to the point and be over. We all knew what was going to happen and it took a while for it to get there. This is something I would say to get as a rental. Co-starring Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Casey Affleck, Holliday Gringer, John Ortiz, Kyle Gallner, John Magaro, Graham McTavish, and Abraham Benrubi.
5/10 Stars – The Finest Hour means well, but it is too long for a story that is so simple. Too many “hollywood” moments for my liking.
In the next installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, Po and the Furious Five must go up against Master Oogway’s long time partner and friend, Kai, who has turned his back on the spirit world and desperately wants to get back to the real world. Kai’s goal is to overpower and steal the “chi” of all the masters, turning them into green stone zombies. When Kai is able to turn Master Shifu, Mantis and Crane into slaves, Po turns to a new ally that can teach him the art of the Chi, his real father and panda family, in order to stop Kai from destroying everything.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is the kind of sequel you go and enjoy because of the first 2 movies and not because you are looking for something special. As all animated sequels go, Kung Fu Panda 3 introduces many new characters and attempts to breathe life back into a series for a cash grab. Is this movie something that needed to be made? No, it isn’t, however, because it was made, many will go see it and enjoy seeing their friends on-screen again. I was neither impressed or turned off by this movie. It was simple and did what it needed to do, otherwise, it could have been skipped and no one would have been the wiser.
I was glad to see some of the main characters from the first movie return, but I would like to have seen more from the Furious Five instead of the new panda family. Po’s family did nothing for me and I wish they had gone another route to add new characters to the movie. Sure, it works ok, but I wasn’t impressed. I think the same goes for the bad guy. Kai is a powerful villain who can render anyone defenseless, but he is bland and lacks charm which could make him a remarkable bad guy that people can remember. I would have liked to see him become a fearful force that he simply never became.
It might seem like I’m hating on this movie, and I really am not. I’m disappointed that this movie didn’t go in a better direction and instead went in the path of the typical 3rd installment with tons of new characters and a simple story. For fans of the series, this is a must see, but otherwise, it can be skipped. Starring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, David Cross, Dustin Hoffman, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, James Hong, Kate Hudson, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen and Randall Duk Kim.
7/10 Stars – I’m a fan of the Kung Fu Panda series, so this installment was enjoyed, but it really doesn’t do anything special or new.
His Review: When aliens come to Earth in the not too distant future, they send 4 “waves” or series of events that help aid in the destruction of…
His Review: Before his wedding, Ben (Kevin Hart) tags along to Miami with James (Ice Cube) to stop a drug dealer (Benjamin Bratt) from, you know, distributing drugs……
His Review: When Greta, an American nanny, travels to the UK to escape an abusive relationship, she is glad to be free and in a new place, that…
His Review: In what is called the “greatest small boat rescue in coast guard history,” The Finest Hours follows Bernie Webber (Chris Pine) who worked for the coast…