3 best friends and local Boy Scouts must use their wits and skills to saving their town from the impending zombie hoards in this action/comedy/horror movie. That is about it when it comes to premise because this movie is that 1 dimensional. It is full of dumb zombie moments and dick and fart jokes that are not funny to make a rated R movie that only teens will want to see… oops! With an idea much like Zombieland, Scouts Guide is nowhere near the gem Zombieland became because it is just that dumb. Zombieland is good because it is smart, funny and quirky. In Scouts Guide, right from the start, the movie says to the audience, “hey, we know you are dumb and just want to see a dumb movie so here you go!” I wanted to walk out of this movie many times, but due to its short runtime, I decided to see if the ending got any better, which I guess it did a bit, however, when crap gets better, is that really an improvement? The only people I can see saying they actually want to see this movie are teens and people who loved Zombieland. If you are the latter, be forewarned! This is so not Zombieland. This is far away from Zombieland. Avoid! If you are just a dumb teen wanting to see a dumb movie… well good luck sneaking in! Starring Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, David Koechner, Sarah Dumont, Halston Sage, Niki Koss, and Cloris Leachman.
3/10 Stars – A Zombieland wannabe that isn’t clever, funny, interesting or engaging. This movie is dumb, moronic and full of teen jokes.
When a local woman goes missing in a small country town, a widower with a gift to do psychic readings has a vision of where the woman died. When the woman is found drowned in a pond belonging to a notorious wife beater, he is put on trial for the murder. However, it isn’t long before the seer is convinced that the killer is someone else still loose in the town.
The Gift was made by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-man, Drag Me to Hell) about 15 years ago and definately feels like a crime movie from the 90s. It is chock full of stars that were just launching their careers at the time such as Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, Kate Holmes, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, and Hilary Swank. Other notable actors in this film include J.K. Simmons, Chelcie Ross and Gary Cole who are all recognizable today. The atmosphere, story, and overall feel of the film is similar in every way to many other crime stories told at this time such as Just Cause, Stir of Echos, and What Lies Beneath. If you like these kind of stories, you will enjoy this without a doubt.
As far as a movie goes, The Gift is well told and decent to follow, however, I think watching this movie 15 years after it came out has made me numb to the twists it produces. It almost feels like a “been there, done that” movie because I knew what was coming and how it was going to play out. I was glad to be watching so many huge stars in one movie, but I feel that Cate Blanchett plays a role that she would never touch nowadays. I’m not saying that is bad, it just doesn’t showcase her talents very well.
All in all, you know if you are the type of person who will enjoy this kind of movie. It has murder, deception, tension, suspense, and a typical story full of clichés and predictable moments. Could this be a product of me seeing it 15 years later? Maybe, but it could also be a product of me seeing a lot of films just like this and I won’t fault it for that. If you do end up seeing this, don’t expect greatness but expect an interesting and entertaining movie. Co-starring Kim Dickens and Michael Jeter.
6/10 Stars – It didn’t impress me with its cliché twists, but overall, it fits in well with a genre and time period that had many of these kinds of films.
Room is the story of a 24-year-old woman who is raising her 5-year-old son in a 10×10 room because she has been help captive since she was 17. Jack is the name of her son, and “Ma” has kept the truth from Jack his entire life. He believes that “room” is the whole world and everything he sees through their skylight is outer space. When Jack and his mother escape their captor, Jack is thrown into a strange new place he never knew existed – the outside world.
Room is the kind of movie you watch once for the humanitarian aspect, but beyond that, I wouldn’t call it a work of entertainment. I can see some aspects of the movie being compared to last years Boyhood, however, Boyhood was simply a movie about a 6-year-old boy growing up and learning about life. Boyhood was emotional, but happy at times. Room is about a young boy who is discovering the real world for the first time, however, with the first hour of the movie being about a mother and son being held captive, it adds a truly different feel than Boyhood did.
Room is not only about the emotional aspects created from this unique and tragic situation, but it is also about the performances. Brie Larson, who up to this point was known only for comedic roles, gives an solid performance as the mother of Jack. However, I think it is Jacob Tremblay who steals the show as Jack. He is special, emotional, real and raw in his role as a young boy discovering a new world around him. He reminds me of Quvenzhane Wallis (from Beasts of the Southern Wild) in his depth and diverse nature at such a young age. Both these actors will be spoken about come award season for sure!
As a movie goes, as I mentioned before, Room is not an “entertainment” piece because of the emotional journey the audience takes. It is a tale of 2 halves as the first hour is the experience the 2 characters face trapped in the room and the second hour is how they cope with returning to civilized life. It surely is something different and special that stands out on its own, but for many, this will not be a movie that is enjoyed. Enter this movie with caution as it is quite raw and realistic, but if you can appreciate the message, Room can be quite rewarding. Co-starring Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Tom McCamus and Sean Bridgers.
7/10 Stars – A raw and emotional look at what happens when a child is exposed to the world for the first time. Might not be true “entertainment” but the acting is suburb and memorable!
Jess (Drew Barrymore) and Milly (Toni Collette) have been best friends since they were young girls. Now that they are grown and married, Milly has 2 children and Jess is trying desperately to conceive a child of her own. However, just as Jess learns that she is pregnant, Milly finds out she has breast cancer. This is the story of the hardest chapter Jess and Milly have had to face yet.
I went to go see this movie strictly for this review. I didn’t know anything about the story nor did I know anything about the idea of the movie. I assumed it was a romantic comedy, so when I found out it was a drama about cancer rather than a comedy, I was pleasantly surprised. Originally I thought that Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore were an odd pair for a comedy, but when the drama set in, Toni Collette’s talents took over and Drew Barrymore took a backseat.
One of the biggest pros for this movie is the acting. All 4 lead roles are on point and create characters we love, but it is hard not to say that Toni Collette is the star of the show. At this point in the year, I’d say her performance is one of the top 10 I’ve seen so far. I know we aren’t into “award season” yet, but I would like to see her get some recognition for her performance. Another aspect this movie has going for it is the “woman factor.” Females are going to see this and LOVE IT! It has the Steal Magnolia/Beaches vibe that women are going to bond over. I’m not saying that men aren’t going to enjoy this movie, because I did, but the female viewers will relate to the story closer and enjoy it more. I think the one thing it does best is show both sides of the struggle with cancer. It shows us the struggles for the person with cancer, but also how it affects families and the loved ones around those who have it. Miss You Already was a true eye opener, and I’m sure it wasn’t nearly as realistic as it could be.
Miss You Already does have some flaws, or in reality, aspects that keep it from being great. One of these aspects is the fact that from beginning to end there is the sense of dread and sadness. Miss You Already has bittersweet parts mixed throughout and it keeps it from being a movie I would want to watch again. This is simply my personal opinion, but I’m sure others will share this view. Is that a true knock against the movie, probably not, but when you have a movie about cancer (like The Fault in Our Stars), it’s hard to say that it needs to be watched again. I also want to fault the movie for being too predictable. There are few “surprises” and I felt that as I watched, I was just waiting for the cliché things to happen. Again, this might be my view as a critic, and many normal viewers won’t care, but when the movie has little happy moments, these story points do start to wear on you.
At the end of the day, Miss You Already was a surprise movie for me, but only a little due to the subject matter. I still think that Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore are an odd pairing (consider the vast amount of options in Hollywood), but they pull it off with decent chemistry. The overall feel of the movie keeps you from loving the movie completely, but that is from the viewpoint of a male. Would I want to see this movie again? Probably not, but I think that female audiences will go in groups and cry their eyes out. As far as my recommendation goes, guys, it can be a hit or miss for you, but go if your lady wants to see it. Ladies, this is a movie you will want to see with your best friends, sisters or mothers. It will have a greater impact for you that way than if you take your husbands. For those of you out there suffering from cancer, this movie sheds a light on some of the struggles you have to endure, and it teaches those of us who don’t just what you might be dealing with. Co-starring Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter, Jacqueline Bisset, and Mem Ferda.
7/10 Stars – Mainly for the ladies out there, the odd, yet talented, pairing of Collette and Barrymore gets the message surrounding the impact of Cancer delivered.
The 33 is the story of the Chilean minors that were trapped in 2010 for over 2 months underground. The massive rock that made up the center of the cavern collapsed, blocking the only entrance into the mines, with only 3 days worth of food to feed 33, they lasted 16 days before they had contact with the outside to get food and clothing. This is their story.
I vaguely remember this story when it occurred 5 years ago. I’ve never been one to follow current events and I only knew that people were trapped in a mine in Chile. That was about it. The 33 tells the story from both sides as it tries to recreate the tension and desperation both the miners and drillers experienced. Unfortunately, the movie is too dry and formulaic for audiences to be moved emotionally beyond a cheer. I believe the story is too simple for a 2 hour roller-coaster battle with emotions that may or may not stir. It is simple, do they or do they not get out? The trapped miners aren’t exactly doing anything down there expect for “surviving” which isn’t that captivating on film, and the drillers on the surface are dealing with rock, bits breaking and angry families which again isn’t that interesting to watch.
Sure, The 33 tries to be inspirational, and at times it is, but for people who have seen their fair share of uplifting biopics, The 33 ends up falling into the “been there, done that” category. I’m sure people in Chile and younger audiences will enjoy this thoroughly, but when there are soooooo many inspirational stories out there, I’m not sure I’ll ever recommend this. I think ultimately this movie was made too soon for anyone to need to see a movie about real life events that they lived through 5 years ago. This story should have waited some time before being made into a movie.
One of the bright spots about the film is Antonio Banderas. His passion and performance is quite engaging. In fact several of the actors playing the minors do a great job at portraying what the men in the mines must have gone through. Without Banderas, this film would have completely fallen apart as much of the acting from the people on the “surface” is painfully scripted and bland.
When it is all said and done, The 33 isn’t a “bad” movie, however, I think that due to the fact that this event only happened 5 years ago, most audiences will not be as moved by a story they already know and a story that is drawn out with Hollywood moments. Not to take away anything these men overcame, but as far as a movie goes, there is better out there that can inspire and captivate. Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Mari Casas, Jacob Vargas, Juan Pablo Raba, Oscar Nunez, Bob Gunton, and Gabriel Byrne.
5/10 Stars – It tries to tell an inspirational and uplifting story, but ultimately it falls to the Hollywood clichés that make it too long.
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