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Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was the most popular person in High School. He was the star football player and voted most likely to succeed. 20 years later and he is stuck in a rut. He is an accountant with a boring job and he desperately wants to have something exciting happen. On the day of his reunion, he receives a Facebook request from Bob Stone, who turns out to be Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson) who was a fat nerd he went to High School with. Calvin was always nice to Robbie, and to his surprise, Robbie is now lean, strong and a towering muscleman. However, Robbie’s personality remains the same, as Calvin learns just how weird and strangely positive he is. Oh, did I mention that Robbie works for the CIA and is wanted for murder?
On paper, Central Intelligence is yet another buddy cop flick about some generic crime and how these 2 polar opposites work together to bring the bad guys down, but that isn’t how it plays out. This movie will always be remembered for The Rock and his strange and annoying personality. It will be remembered for him kicking ass in a bar wearing a Unicorn shirt and a fanny pack. It is odd to say that Kevin Hart is the level headed one in this movie, but he is… by far!
The Rock is the star of the show. He is both funny and annoying all at the same time. Some people are going to hate him and some people are going to love him just because it is The Rock doing weird shit… Either way, this movie will be remembered for his role. I’m glad the filmmakers decided to try something out of the box instead of doing the same old thing, but part of me wishes they tried something else instead. It is fresh for sure, but there is something about this movie that shouts “gimmick” instead of substance.
At the end of the day, Central Intelligence tries to do something unorthodox by having The Rock play a role completely different from anything he has done before. It is 50/50 on how it will be received by audiences, but for my tastes, I could take it or leave it. I could tell these guys had fun shooting this movie and I applaud them for trying. Co-starring Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Hansen.
6/10 Stars – The Rock is weird, strange and optimistically creepy, but the chemistry with Kevin Hart is good and the story is decent to make this a 50/50 hit or miss.
One year after the events of Finding Nemo, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) begins to question where she is from. Because of her short term memory loss, she can’t provide much information, but Nemo (Hayden Rolence) is ready to help Dory like she helped him. Along with Marlin (Albert Brooks) and several other new friends, a new adventure begins that sees Dory travel to California in search of her parents.
When I first heard about Finding Dory, I thought to myself that this movie is going to be a cash grab after the success of the first movie. It has been over 13 years since Finding Nemo came out, and I simply have to say “why now?” Did this movie need to be made? Nope, however, these characters are fun and lovable and going back into this world was welcoming.
Basically, if you liked Finding Nemo, then this is more of the same. If you weren’t a fan of the original movie, then this won’t change your mind. Finding Dory incorporates some things from Finding Nemo that felt nostalgic like learning how Dory can talk to whales, but for the most part, this movie is about the characters. Just as in the first movie, Marlin and Dory are front and center with Nemo being a support. The movie really begins to shine when Hank (Ed O’Neill) shows up. He is a curmudgeon Septopod (only has 7 legs) who slowly becomes Dory’s only hope in finding her parents. Other characters like the Whale Shark named Destiny (Kaitlin Olsen) and the Beluga Whale named Bailey (Ty Burrell) are nice supporting characters similar to the fish from the office tank in the first movie.
At the end of the day, Finding Dory is a fine addition to the Pixar collection which is something I haven’t said lately. It isn’t going to offer anything truly “new” but this world is going to be movie gold anyways. My only complaint for the movie, and more about Pixar in general, is how wacky and strange their stories have been getting since Up was released. These adventures are becoming more and more unbelievable and I wish there was some sense of continuity to the situations presented to us. It is a minor quibble for this movie, but at times, I kept thinking to myself “this is what they chose to write in the script?” Obviously, take your kids because they are going to love this, but adults will enjoy the underwater adventure as well. Thumbs up! Co-starring the voices of Idris Elba, Dominic West, Bob Peterson, Sigourney Weaver, Eugene Levy, Diane Keaton and Bill Hader.
I wanted to mention the short film at the beginning of the movie (like all the other Pixar movies have), and this one is one of my favorites! I haven’t liked any of the shorts since “Luna,” but this one was simple with plenty of heart. It is probably because it has animals, but the animation style was beautiful and elegant! I highly enjoyed Piper!
7/10 Stars – I always though Finding Nemo was good, and this is more of the same. First Pixar movie I’ve liked in a long time!
When her husband dies, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) travels to her in-law’s estate where she attempts to find a match for her daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark). While there, she herself, begins to flirt and catch the eye of Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) in hopes to find another husband.
Love and Friendship was Jane Austen’s first short story and is in the same vein as her other works. In what is a complete British period piece, Love and Friendship is a comedy about a flamboyant woman who spreads gossip and manipulates everyone she meets. I thought Kate Beckinsale was an odd choice for this kind of movie, but she plays the role well and adds spunk to the character.
For those of you that enjoy British humor, this movie will be right up your ally, but for me some of the jokes were lost due to the old English style and the fact that this movie is mainly for women. Sure, I laughed and I could sense the nature of the movie, but I didn’t laugh out loud like I might in a Judd Apatow comedy. That isn’t to say this movie isn’t bad nor enjoyable, but the comedy here is something different to get use to.
Love and Friendship is a simple movie about a woman manipulating the world around her to get her way and often it has humorous results. It is quite obvious that if you are a fan of Sense and Sensibility or Jane Austen, you are going to like this movie. Just be aware that this movie is probably going to fare more with women than men due to the subject matter. Co-starring Chloe Sevigny, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett, Jenn Murray and Stephen Fry.
7/10 Stars – Well acted and performed, I enjoyed the comedic nature of the film, even if some of the jokes were lost on me.
After disappearing after the events of the first movie, the 4 Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplin) are forced to resurface when a new mastermind (Daniel Radcliffe) exposes their secrets and blackmails them into stealing something highly important. Relying heavily on their skills, the four have to work together to not get caught, all the while, their recruiter Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) has to focus on their scapegoat from the previous heist, Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), who is plotting revenge from his jail cell.
Picking up at the end of the first movie, the first thing you are going to notice is the absence of Isla Fisher and that is because she is pregnant with Borat’s baby (true story). Her replacement is Lizzy Caplin and she is a decent exchange, but I’m more interested to see what they do for the 3rd installment that was announced even before this one was made.
I was a fan of the first movie when many people said it was not very good, but this time around, I wasn’t impressed. Sure, it has all the charm and fun of the first movie, but when it came down to the stunts, special effects and believability of the story, I was not on board. By the very nature of the movie, I was expecting twist within a twist within a twist and that is pretty much what we got. You might think because I expected it to happen, I would have liked it more, but because the story was so muddled and contorted, I was lost and couldn’t figure out what was truly happening. Sadly, when I finally was clued in to what is going on, I didn’t care because nothing was believable.
I think the major thing that turned me off to this movie was the unbelievably bad special effects. The entire scene when everyone was throwing the card from person to person in the vault has horrible special effects and I didn’t buy it for a second. Everything was too convenient and they should have all been dead by the time the credits rolled. The FBI was shown as a bunch of stupid morons running from place to place just a tad too late.
When everything is said and done, on paper, the idea of the movie is cool and interesting, but for a movie that is over 2 hours, I was often looking for the trick or gag that was going to change everything. Nothing was what it seems to be, and even for a movie about magic, it wasn’t a good thing. Co-starring Michael Caine, David Warshofsky, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, and Tsai Chin.
5/10 Stars – Took the idea of the first movie and added way too much clutter. For a movie about magic, this movie had way too many tricks and twists to make it easy to watch.
After experiencing a horrific vision during the 1976 Amityville case, Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) vows that she will never be involved in another spiritual haunting again, but when her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) and the church ask her to travel to England to find out if a new report is real or not, Vera agrees with hesitation. Once in London, Vera and Ed are introduced a 10 year old girl who appears to be possessed by an old man named Bill Wilkins, but they aren’t sure if this whole situation is a hoax. Only after getting in deeper than she ever planned does Vera and Ed discover the truth.
Directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw, Insidious), The Conjuring 2 has nothing really to do with the first movie except for the main characters of Vera and Ed. If you read my review for the first movie, you can see that I merely thought it was ok and not that special compared to James Wan’s other works. This time around, The Conjuring 2 is a much better movie but not without its flaws.
The first thing I noticed was that The Conjuring 2 tries to pave its own path. One of my biggest complaints of the first movie was that it was too close to Insidious and this time around, even with Wan’s signature style, it tries to do something different. The Conjuring 2 is a tale of 2 halves, the first half of the movie is typical and clichéd. I was bored and it seemed to be headed in the same direction as the first movie. Because of the long run time, it seemed like the “good stuff” would never come, but once the halfway point is reached, the movie picks up speed having quality scares come our way. For those of you that saw Insidious 3, it felt similar to those scares and it kept me engaged.
My biggest complaint about this movie is the weak ending. It isn’t because the ending is bad, but after the long and tense build up, the climax is quick and over too soon. I was expecting an epilogue or a 2nd part to the energetic ending but nothing comes. I wish something big or memorable would have come from the end, but it left me feeling empty and wanting more! At the end of the day, The Conjuring 2 is a quality film to add to James Wan’s horror collection, but this movie lacked something memorable to keep us talking about it for years! Co-starring Bob Adrian, Bonnie Aarons, Frances O’Connor, Benjamin Haigh, Lauren Esposito, Madison Wolfe, and Simon McBurney.
7/10 Stars – After the typical and boring first half, The Conjuring 2 picks up with quality scares and an decent tension, but I wish it had a memorable ending!
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His Review: When her husband dies, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) travels to her in-law’s estate where she attempts to find a match for her daughter Frederica (Morfydd…
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