Hope Ann Gregory (Melissa Rauch) is a washed up ex-Olympian who won a Bronze Medal (and everyone’s hearts) 10 years ago and has been milking the publicity ever since. She has no job and lives with her father who desperately wants her to do something with her life. When her ex-gymnastics coach dies, she leaves behind a letter that says that if Hope can train the new prodigy Maggie (Haley Lu Richardson) then she will earn $500,000 from her inheritance. Hope begrudgingly accepts the challenge.
This was a movie that wasn’t in the lime light, but due to Melissa Rauch’s status on The Big Bang Theory, this movie will catch a lot of fan’s eyes. This movie will shock most of them because “fuck” is pretty much in every sentence and Rauch is a rude bitch. She uses everyone she knows and gets her way because she is/was the hero of the Olympics many years ago, but now she is a slob who does nothing with her life. The laughs are few and far between and the over use of cussing and rudeness is daunting. I can’t see anyone saying this movie is “good” and I don’t see anyone ever wanting to watch this movie a 2nd time with how irritating these characters are. Not to mention, I can’t stand her bangs! Co-starring Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Thomas Middleditch.
4/10 Stars – Might have some laughs at times, but the cursing and rude nature of the film is hard to watch.
Max (Louis C.K.) is a dog who loves his owner Katie. They do everything together and have tons of fun, but everyday Katie leaves and Max waits from her to come home. One day Katie returns home with a new brother for Max named Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and Max hates this. He hates Duke so much that he deliberately tries to get him lost while out on a walk, but what ends up happening is both Duke and Max get lost in the large city together. Having to battle crazy rabbits, hairless cats and animal control, Max and Duke have to find their way back home with help from their many “pet” friends.
From the previews, this movie seemed like it was going to be a lively and quirky comedy about animals and what weird things they do everyday, but what this movie turned into was 2 dogs lost in a big city and what crazy animals they meet. They run for their lives from animal control (boring), crazy psychotic cats (creepy) and insane bunnies (reminds me of Hoodwinked). The voice actors might be famous comedians, but these characters aren’t funny and they don’t seem like they tried very hard. I knew Pops was Dana Carvey right away because of his stand up and Louis C.K. doesn’t have the voice of a dog. In fact, I wish Max’s voice was Jason Sudeikis as they sound similar but he is must funnier.
For me, there wasn’t much to enjoy. The adventure these dogs go on is boring and gross. Between going from steel cages to the sewers, these animals need a bath after every scene. Maybe it was the actual animals used, but I didn’t care or feel sorry for any of these creatures, and if you know me, I love animals. I think the major issue here is the title is misleading and so was the trailer. These animals don’t feel like pets and the adventure they go on is not one I wanted to watch. After watching this movie, I really wanted to go home and bathe my dogs. Co-starring the voices of Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, and Steve Coogan.
4/10 Stars – This movie might have good animation (as expected these days,) but the characters are dull and the story is misleading.
Mike (Zac Efron) and Dave (Adam DeVine) are brothers who seem to destroy every family event from Grandpa’s 50th birthday to the 4th of July. When their sister (Sugar Lyn Beard) announces she is getting married, their parents demand that Mike and Dave bring “nice girl” dates to the wedding so they won’t ruin the happy occasion. What ends up happening is 2 trashy girls (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick) pretend to be nice girls and the whole weekend goes to shit anyways!
This movie is a raunchy comedy that stars many of the same people from the Pitch Perfect movies, however, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is very R rated with language and nudity so not as PG-13 friendly as Pitch Perfect. Just as expected, this movie is crazy and dirty in all the typical ways (as of late) and the story doesn’t shy from perversion and sexual humor. The cast is quite talented and the movie for the most part is funny, but I don’t remember laughing out loud as much as I would have liked. It does take place in Hawaii so the scenery adds to the likeability, but it ultimately will come down to the fact of liking this kind of comedy. I wish they had picked 2 other girls for the starring roles because I don’t find either girl attractive so part of my investment was gone because I wouldn’t have chased after either like these 2 idiots do. I wouldn’t put this movie in the same category as many Judd Apatow films, but the story here is decent so it should keep you engaged throughout, but don’t expect anything new or special. Co-starring Stephen Root, Sam Richardson, Stephanie Faracy, Kumail Nanjiani, Alice Wetterlund, and Chloe Bridges.
6/10 Stars – Interesting story with a decent amount of comedy, however don’t expect anything new or special.
When several paranormal events begin to manifest in Manhattan, 4 women join together to start a business in order to rid the city of these abominations. 32 years after the original Ghostbusters hit theaters, Paul Feig and an all female cast decided to tackle the world and, even with heavy backlash, have released this new reboot into the franchise. Yes, many of the original cast return for small cameos as random characters, but it is the comedy and quirkiness of the 4 ladies that steal the show.
As you can tell from my opening, this movie is pretty good. Understand this, this movie is NOT better than the original Ghostbusters for many reasons, however, I do think it is better than the 2nd. When they took on the massive challenge of rebooting Ghostbusters, Paul Feig knew he had to do this movie right, and for the most part, he did. The movie has a decent story, funny ladies that add personality to their characters, great special effects and some semi-memorable moments. I think Chris Hemsworth even adds to the overall feel as well.
I think this movie HAD to pay homage to the original or else it would separate itself from the greatness that is that film, but just like the middle child entering a school popularized by his older brother, this Ghostbusters wasn’t going to make a splash big enough to make people love it more than the original, and that I think is the biggest downfall of this movie. It isn’t the original. Period.
Here is where this movie shines and will be loved – women and younger audiences. This movie welcomes women to come in flocks like they might do with a raunchy chick flick like Bridesmaids, but this movie adds action and slime! Younger audiences are going to love this because this will be THEIR generations heroes like we had Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddmore. The men who love the Ghostbusters will probably end up appreciating this movie if they want to (and will actually see it), but the ones who hate on this will only do so because they “messed with a classic.” I have Ghostbusters in my top 20 of all time and I still say to give this one a shot!
The 1 things I would have changed about this movie that kept me from “loving” it instead of “liking” it is the ending. Ok, I give them credit for giving us something memorable like the original, but did they have to pretty much copy the original with the giant white ghost? I actually liked the idea of them fighting their logo ghost, but not in the form of Oggie-Boogy meets the Marshmallow man! Why couldn’t he have stayed white with an innocent look? Did he really need those teeth? Other than the major changes I would have made to the final big-baddie, I didn’t understand the 3 minutes of corny storyline when Abby and Erin go through the portal with the ghost. It seemed extra, pointless and sloppy. I would have taken that part out and extended the fight with the ghost into something more grand!
At the end of the day, this Ghostbusters movie pays respect to the original film while making it into something all its own. The characters feel at home and the special effects (obviously) are much better! For those people actively avoiding this film because of its heritage, then you are missing out on something pretty good. This obviously won’t change anyone’s mind that the original is still superior but if this becomes a new franchise, then I could see some good things coming from this reboot. Starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Charles Dance, Nathan Corddry, Karan Soni, Neil Casey, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Erine Hudson and Annie Potts.
7/10 Stars – Obviously no where near the greatness of the original, this reboot gives us quirky characters, good special effects and something a new generation can love.
10 Years after being rescued and acclimating to life in England, John Clayton (Alexander Skarsgard) returns to Africa to investigate shady practices by men working for King Leopold. John’s wife Jane (Margot Robbie) is captured by a greedy diamond miner named Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) and John must become Tarzan of the Jungle once again to save her and himself.
For those of you that though this was going to be yet another story about the life of Tarzan, you will be pleasantly surprised that this movie is something different. Tarzan is now civilized yet his instincts are still embedded in his mind. He knows the ways of both worlds and uses these talents to go after the people who took his wife. The story here is thin as it is a simple kidnapping with the villain stealing diamonds, but the idea that Tarzan is like a superhero is neat. He has people working with him and he is able to talk and explain why he does things a certain way. I don’t know what it is, but it is refreshing to see this character in another light. Christoph Waltz is a force as usual. His villain is one to be hated and he doesn’t hold back punches. He is somewhat predictable which takes away from his potential, but he is still someone to be feared and that works in the movies favor.
I feel that some people out there will find this movie boring because the meat of the adventure is in the character interacts rather than in the story itself. I find Samuel L. Jackson to be an added bonus to the character pool as he is funny and quirky and something fresh in an adventure drama. I don’t think this movie is great by any means, but I definitely will recommend this movie to others as it adds new elements to a story we are not use to seeing. I think many people will say to themselves when it is over, “it was much better than I expected.” Co-starring Djimon Housou.
7/10 Stars – Nothing extra special, but this is a new and refreshing look at the Tarzan story that might surprise many people.
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