Movies in Review: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

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Am I the only one who felt like this second installment of The Planet of the Apes would be disappointing? I don’t know what it was about it that I didn’t feel. I loved the theatrical poster for the film, but every time I watched the trailer, I got less interested. It didn’t look like the story was headed in a strong direction. But I enjoyed the first one so much, there was still no way I would miss this one. I went into the theater with lower expectations than most of you I’m sure. Ummmmmm…Can you say All Hail Ceasar!!!

Da Da Da Damn Ceasar! This is one bad ape…holy smokes. The way Ceasar holds the fort down is too much for words. I’d like to applaud the special effects. Did you see those apes!? How human, but still ape-like did they look? The special effects were amazing! I apologize for how excited I am about this movie, but there was so much about it that was done well. The direction, story, nothing was left by the waste side, making for an almost perfect film. Koba was ill! This ape had no heart…loved it. The humans in the movie were secondary features, because the apes ruled every scene. Who didn’t feel something when Koba tried to challenge Ceasar and Ceasar stood up…Omg…#ICant.

I could go on and on…but point blank…period…this is a summer Must See. I enjoyed the first more, but it doesn’t even compare to this one…A+

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Movies in Review: “Snowpiercer”

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I love it when movies that were never on my radar are suggested to me. I never saw a trailer, theatrical poster, nothing about this movie. It came out about 2 weeks ago, and people have told me that I need to see it. I watched the trailer on-line, and I seriously wasn’t impressed. I would have passed on this movie, but more than 1 person said I needed to see it, so I took the chance on it. I walked out of the theater happy I did.

What can I say about this movie. It is suspenseful, action packed, and totally enthralling. I was about to lose my mind with this story. This is a Korean science fiction film, just to give you an idea of type of action and story you are in for. This movie was directed and filmed wonderfully. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. And can you say Tilda Swinton…will blow your mind. Her character was my favorite, although there are a number of great performances and characters throughout. Chris Evans was cool…not outstanding, but good enough to keep the story going, so I will give him kudos for that. What I enjoyed most were the scenes with shock value. You know how a movie throws you off by popping up with something way unexpected? This is one of those films. I wasn’t totally pleased with the ending, but that was only 10min of the story that was unsatisfactory, so I’m not gonna harp on it.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this film. If you are looking for an entertaining movie that will give you more than a simple plot with cute action sequences, then this is the movie for you. This movie is full of emotion, and jaw-dropping scenes. If it’s in your area, I recommend you see it…A-

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Movies in Review: “Tammy”

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Oh how I love me some Melissa McCarthy. So I was surprised at how uninterested I was to see this movie. I don’t know…first glance at the trailer and I felt like McCarthy was trying to do way too much. I was hoping my feelings about McCarthy’s performance were wrong, because I needed a good laugh badly.

Whew! I’m happy to say I did get my laugh on, and was happily entertained for the most part. This isn’t one of McCarthy’s best films, but she did her thing. My complaint is that the story was a bit too all over the place. If it wasn’t for McCarthy I don’t think I would have been able to sit through this movie. Susan Sarandon was an excellent side kick for McCarthy. They had me cracking up. It was like watching a comedic geriatric version of Thelma & Louise…lol. These two go on a pretty entertaining adventure, but something about this movie will still have you feeling a little empty. There were storylines that should have been eliminated or expanded on. Luckily McCarthy does a pretty decent job of making you forget about it.

I was surprised and pleased with how entertaining this movie is. If you try to take this movie too seriously, you won’t enjoy it. Not a bad movie for a matinĂ©e or a fun date…B-

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Movies in Review: “Earth to Echo”

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Who doesn’t love a movie with a cute robot in it? Awwwweeee…I do…lol. I couldn’t wait to see Echo. The trailer was decent and the Echo character seemed too cute for words. I’m a sucker for cuteness, please forgive me…lol. Critics are comparing this film to E.T., but I just don’t see the connection. This movie reminded me more of Wall-E (a film I absolutely adored), than E.T, but I was hoping it would be as good as either one.

I enjoyed it. I was hoping to love it, but I did enjoy it. This movie had a nice group of characters who are best friends leading the movie, Munch, Tuck, and Alex. I appreciated how the film touched on each characters personal story, but kept the focus on their friendship. They are a super cute group of friends who are comically entertaining. You will definitely fall in love with each of them, my favorite being Munch.

The filming also added to the movie’s entertainment. It felt as if we were looking at lost footage, which really worked well for this movie, and made it more interesting. I enjoyed the robot Echo, but I felt like there wasn’t enough of him. This is where the film was a little disappointing. The story was great, but I needed more Echo. This would be the only thing I say was lacking in the movie.

This movie is super entertaining, and will definitely appeal to the young ones. Some adults may also find it fun to watch also. There are some things lacking, but overall, a very cute movie…B-

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Movies in Review: “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

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Oh Baby! A new transformers movie that doesn’t include Shia Lebouf, who is instead replaced by Mark Wahlberg…yeah I’m with that! I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this movie after watching the trailer. I mean come on…I’m thinking with the addition of Wahlberg, this could only be an improvement to the franchise…right? Hmmmmm…well unfortunately, I was sadly mistaken :(. Dang I wanted this movie to be good! But after holding my breath for 3hrs hoping it would fulfill my expectations, I left the theater sadly disappointed. By the way 3hrs isn’t a typo, the movie was that freakin long…smh.

Let me first start this review on a positive note. The best parts about this movie were Mark Wahlberg, who is a huge step above Lebouf playing the lead in these films. Stanley Tucci was another great addition, and actually my favorite character in the movie. He was hilarious and fun to watch in each scene he was involved. If it wasn’t for him I would have likely given up on this movie, and I hope his character will continue to the next installment. The action-effects were also great, and the biggest highlight of the movie, although sometimes it felt like the scenes, although fun to look at, had very little rhyme or reason…eh.

You ever watch a movie that has so much ish in it, your head feels like it’s about to explode? Well this is one of those movies. There are just way too many characters, new Autobots, the addition of the Dinobots, new Decepticons, “The Creators” (whoever the hell they are…smh), and some Alien whose main motive is to capture Optimus Prime…smh. The story was so poorly written that character development was left by the waist-side…smh. Hardly anything about this movie made sense, and the characters we love to see (Optimus & Bumble Bee) hardly received any screen time. I think they did Optimus bad. He was a straight up punk in this movie. Bumble Bee was great, but damn I sure could have used more action from him. I was not a fan of Wahlberg’s daughter Tess in the film. It’s clear she was only cast for looks, as Fox was, but I honestly enjoyed Fox better.

I’m sorry, because I really wanted to enjoy this movie. Instead of leaving the theater excited, I left annoyed and exhausted. They tried to do way to much, and it just didn’t work. Everyone keeps talking about how great this movie is, but I can’t. If you only want action scenes, and have 3hrs of your life to waste, then this movie is for you. If you want more from a movie, I wouldn’t recommend this as a top choice…C- :(

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Movies in Review: “Think Like a Man Too”

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There was so much hype around this movie that I just couldn’t buy in to. I wanted to see this movie, although I thought it was a little soon for the movie to be released so quickly after the success of the first one. By the time this movie hit theaters there was so much hype around it, I kinda lost interest in seeing it at all, but I did, hoping for the best…

Ummmmmm…I can’t….Maybe it’s just me, or everyone just got caught up in the hype because what I was expecting from my fb and IG news feed was an exceptional comical movie, but this movie was nothing like that. This 2nd installment lost so much of the great elements of the first movie. There were some chuckle moments, but that was about it. The character’s stories in Vegas were lame and went nowhere, and I think this had a lot to do with the fact that there was too much Kevin Hart in this movie. In the first film each character had their own scenes and there acting skills were able to shine. Unfortunately for this movie, the men were all together and Kevin seemed to be the comedic focal point of the movie. I’m sorry but this movie OD’d with Hart. You know Kevin Hart is doing too much when his voice hits a high pitch screeching sound, and this is how he was for most of the movie. There was nothing funny about that. Will Packer had a wonderful cast that he failed to use properly. Like wth did they do with Gary Owen’s character. He was nothing like the man we saw in the first film. Was that fanny-pack really suppose to be funny? I’m sorry but it was corny. Hart screeching throughout the film…annoying. What was up with the BBD scene. I loved the video concept, but really, the entire song!? Can you say this movie was trying too hard?

The best parts of the movie for me was the addition of Dennis Haysbert as Uncle Eddie ~swoon~, and the last few heartfelt scenes that didn’t include Hart. Those scenes were really well done. If the story focused more on each individual relation as opposed to Hart’s nonsense, it would have made for a better film. I know many of you won’t ride with me on this one, but I stand by my review…C-

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Movies in Review: “Jersey Boys”

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I watched the Broadway performance of this story 2 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I saw the trailer for the film, I can’t say I was too excited until I saw that Clint Eastwood had directed it. The story was beautifully done as a Broadway play, but I didn’t know how it would come across as a movie, but with Eastwood at the helm, how bad could it be…

Hmmmmm…well it wasn’t as great as I hoped it would be. This movie was directed like a Broadway play being played out in a movie production, which didn’t work out so well. Unlike the play, the movie had far less energy. The movie needed more drama to sustain the story and captivate its audience more, because playing it cool as the Broadway play didn’t come across so well on the big screen. The musical performances were great, but the story was lacking in so many areas. The costumes and acting performances were also better in the play.

I figured the only reason this movie was released was to reach audiences who are unable to see the play…and I get that. But let me just tell you, if you’re ever in NY, your money would be better spent on Broadway. On a positive note, I do love the theatrical poster…lol…C+

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