Movies in Review: “No Good Deed”

No matter how many times I watched the trailer for this movie, there was nothing in me that got excited to see it. I love Taraji and Idris, but this movie didn’t look worth anything. So needless to say, my expectations for this movie were very low…and it is a good thing that they were…

This is a movie I would call “For Shits and giggles”, because I was watching it knowing it was bad, but still found it entertaining enough to keep me interested. Point blank, the story was awful. Talk about predictable. Why did everyone seem so surprised by that so-called “twist” at the end…really!? The twist didn’t shock me one bit, in fact, I found myself rolling my eyes at this story. But as bad as my review sounds so far, there were things that I enjoyed. I did find parts of the movie to be thrilling. Idris played the hell out of a malignant narcissist. Every move he made had me on the edge of my seat. Taraji was also great. Although some scenes with her and Idris were hard to believable, they were still very entertaining to watch.

This story had so many holes it’s hard to say this movie was good. But the performances from Elba and Taraji definitely gave this review a boost. I had to mull over my true feeling for this one for a while, because I actually walked out of the theater entertained, but I also knew this movie was no good…lol My advice to you is go see this one with low expectations and you may find it more entertaining…C+

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Movies in Review: “The Drop”

I saw the trailer for this movie only once for the first time last weekend. I had heard nothing about this movie before this trailer, but this was all I needed to confirm it as a must see for me. If you have never heard about this movie, it stars the late James Gandolfini, and the oh so sexy Tom Hardy…see insert…

Beard or no beard it still equals GORGEOUS! Ok…back to my review…

Besides being a fan of Hardy’s good looks, I am also a huge fan of his body of work,,. Lawless, and Warrior just to name a few of his movies. My expectations were right where they needed to be for this movie and its phenomenal cast, and I got everything I expected.

Let me just say the movie felt weird…not bad…but the way the story flowed was weird, but it was this weirdness that made the film more intriguing and unexpected. Hardy was flawless as Bob. His character seems of centered, and this is what makes him intriguing. He felt like a mystery, and you will find yourself trying to figure out his angle. Hardy was definitely my favorite character, but I also enjoyed the performance from Matthias as Eric Deeds. Matthias’s character also added to that strange weirdness I kept feeling through the film. He and Hardy worked so well off each other, and you will find yourselves stunned by the end.

This movie was almost perfection for me. I love watching a movie that catches me completely off guard. This movie is filled with interesting characters and great story. It feels a little empty in spots, but it works for the story. If you haven’t heard of it, it is my recommendation you put it on your list to watch…A-

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Movies in Review: “The November Man”

Well kind of a slow couple of weekends for movie releases, but I am enjoying this down time. This review is a late post. Movie was released labor day weekend and I was away, unable to see any movies. The November Man was definitely a film I wanted to see, so I was happy that there wasn’t anything released this weekend I wanted to see :). Did anyone get a chance to see this one? Reviews for this movie have been less than positive, so I’m sitting here wondering why I enjoyed it so much…lol.

Pierce Brosnan is always so great in spy thrillers, and this one is no exception. He is all types of awesome in this movie. This movie kept my stomach in knots watching it with unexpected events happening throughout. The story is good enough to keep your interest, although slightly off in some spots, but nothing to make you worry because the story has such great movement. You don’t get overwhelmed with too much action which gives the story a chance to develop nicely. On a side note…I saw the trailer 50 Shades of Grey and kept thinking how perfect Luke Bracey, who plays David Mason in The November man, would have played Christian Grey…smh. Sorry…but this role looks miscast…ijs…Anyway…

If you like action and a story that keeps you planted in your seat because you want to see how it ends, then this movie is for you. This movie has a decent story with great movement, cool action scenes that aren’t overbearing, and sexy Pierce Brosnan…B+

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Movies in Review: “If I Stay”

This movie probably won’t move most of you, and I’m sure many of you have very little interest in seeing it. I’m a fan of a good “chick flick”, and I found the trailer and theatrical poster to my liking, which intrigued my interest to see this film. I also heard it was a bit of a tear jerker, and this weekend I was in need of a good cry…

This movie was all Chloë Grace Moretz…wow. I’m not the biggest fan of hers, but I do always find respect for her performances, but her performance in this film set me on a different level with her. She was absolutely perfect as Mia Hall. It was said Dakota Fanning was also up for this role, but as much as I love Fanning, I don’t think she would have done Mia the justice. Moretz was so soft, beautiful and sweet. And don’t get me started on the music in the film. She had me thinking she was really playing that beautiful cello…nicely done. Besides Moretz, I loved the story and the other characters involved. Mia and her best friend played by Liana Liberato felt like a genuine friendship. Mia’s family will have you laughing, and falling in love with their family dynamic. Then there is the love story, which did a great job of being overkill in the story.

This movie is super sweet, moving, and may have a few of you wiping some tears away. This movie was beautifully directed and had great acting performances. It will hold your attention until the credits roll, that is if you’re in to movies like these…lol. I enjoyed it…B

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Movies in Review: “Expendables 3″

Really? Another one? After the disappointing second installment of this franchise, I had little desire to see this one. It seems that everyone else felt the same way I did, because this movie was an epic fail at the box office with only $16 million in ticket sales its opening weekend. Even worse, it placed behind that abysmal of a comedy “Let’s Be Cops”…smh. Well after seeing this one, let’s just hope Stallone got the picture and doesn’t waste his time with a fourth.

There is just too much going on in this movie, with the Expendables finding themselves in situations you know there is no possible way for them to survive. But with all that being said, it’s still entertaining to watch…lol. What I enjoyed most about this movie were some of the new character additions, including Snipes, whose performance was way better than I expected, Banderas, Grammar, Gibson and Ford. They each brought life into a movie that probably would have been a mess. What I didn’t like was the introduction of the younger characters. The new recruits were far less interesting and took away too much screen time that use to be filled with the humorous and entertaining banter among the older crew. Besides the over-the-top action scenes, I found myself mostly bored.

The 3 testosterone filled action scenes in the movie were great to watch, but everything else besides that was a bore. This movie had better actors, who got very little screen time, but this movie lost a lot of its comedic value which made the first one so great. I would wait for RedBox for this one…D+

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Movies in Review: “Let’s Be Cops”

Ok let me first be honest and say that the main reason I went to see this movie is because I have a serious crush on Damon Wayans Jr. I thought the trailer was ok and looked funny, but Wayans looked HOT, so I went just so my eyes could enjoy the scenery. If the movie also happened to be funny, it would just be an added bonus. Unfortunately, the bonus was not achieved…

Talk about lame and you would be referring to this movie. Ugh! Straight non-sense. To make it so bad, this movie could have really been funny, but nothing about it worked. I’m sorry I have to say this, but as cute as Wayans is…not the best on-screen comedic actor. His deliverance seemed contrived. He and Jake Johnson’s chemistry was off. Honestly, Johnson was great, and the movie probably would have been better with another co-star…smh. I snoozed through most of this movie, but I’m sure I didn’t miss much. This is one of those movies who’s entertainment value would be boosted if you went to see it high…ijs…

This filmed rocked at the box office it’s opening weekend, but was far from being a rockin movie. This is one you should download for free, it doesn’t even deserve RedBox…F :/

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Movies in Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

I think I was the only one who wasn’t excited to see this movie. As a matter of fact, I was this close to letting this pass me by. The only reason I went to see it was because I was pissed about paying to see Into the Storm…lol, and everyone else seemed to think it was going to be good…surprisingly…they were right.

The trailer for this movie did not appeal to me at all. The motion-action characters looked sooooo creepy, especially Splinter. Omg…Splinter looked so gross. I wanted to Shredder to kill him immediately just so I wouldn’t have to look at him for the rest of the movie…lol. The turtles looked creepy also, and it was hard to see them as Teenagers, they looked like grown ass man turtles…smh. It took me a while to get use to their voices too. Was it me, or did all their voices just seem wrong for each character, well except for Michelangelo, he was pretty awesome. Megan Fox wouldn’t have been my choice for April O’Neill, and was another reason I wasn’t interested in seeing movie. Megan wasn’t great, but her performance was better than I expected…so kudos to her for not ruining this movie for me…lol.

Although the characters were creepy to look at, everything else about the movie was pretty great, especially the action scenes, although sometimes corny, still very entertaining. The scene that did it for me was the car chase down the mountain…that was amazing. I also enjoyed the humor. I found myself laughing a lot, which added to the movie’s entertainment value.

I was expecting this movie to flop, and found myself surprised when it didn’t. The adults in the theater enjoyed it, and I think you and your family will too…B+

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