A Good Day To Die Hard

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5.5/10

A problematic action packed film that will easily be forgotten in the Die Hard series. While i don’t think this is the worst Die Hard of the series (Die Hard 2), i do feel like this is going to be the one that people will have the hardest time remembering. This is because nothing amazing happens in the film that will define the series. The action was great as always and there was a great twist towards the end of the film, but it doesn’t go much further than that. I enjoyed the work of Jai Courtney when he wasn’t being a sniveling crybaby whining about his dad never being there. The setting for the final shootout is so unbelievable even by Die Hard standards that it’s hard to take seriously. I would recommend waiting for DVD on this one for all of you Die Hard fans. I still think 1 and 3 are the only ones i truly enjoyed of the series

Identity Thief

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7/10

A very funny movie that turns in great performances by Jason Bateman (Big fan) and Melissa MCcarthy. I also enjoyed the side performances of villains like Robert Patrick, T.I, and the always funny Eric Stonestreet. I did have a couple of problems with the movie and i will mention those in the bottom of this review. I recommend this movie for someone who wants to laugh and have a great time at the movies. It’s better than 95% of movies that are currently in theaters and for that reason alone you should see it.SPOILER ALERTS!!!!!! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED1. Jason Bateman is a complete idiot and he deserved to have his identity ripped off. Who would be dumb enough to fall for the scheme that he did??2. The workers of the bank that the two main characters ripoff are completely not following bank procedures and should be fired for letting them be able to ripoff Jon Favreau’s money.3. Apparently, the cops had no interest in pursuing Jason Bateman any further for stealing that money. After he escapes the police, they don’t check highway cameras or hotel cameras to secure the identity of Bateman and where they might find him

Side Effects

 

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8/10

This film totally took me by surprise as it seemed to be split into two seperate films. In the first 40 minutes, you think this film is going a certain way and then for the last hour it takes you on a totally different ride. Jude Law and Rooney Mara handed in amazing performances as a doctor and mental patient, respectively. Soderbergh is truly becoming one of my favorite directors as he tackles the issues in the world that others are afraid to even look at. This film explores the very dangerous world of medical pills and how far down someone can fall by taking or prescribing them. The last half hour reminded me of something out of Wild Things or Striking Distance. It totally keeps you guessing and guides you down a path making things look different from what they seem. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes a real movie like Traffic or Contagion (Both Soderbergh) that takes a look at the real world and it’s flaws with the justice system.

Bullet to the Head

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7/10

A truly gritty action packed thrill ride. Sylvester Stallone is amazing as a trained killer in one of his best roles of the last ten years. I truly enjoyed that this movie didn’t try to be anything that it wasn’t. You want action? Then this is the movie to see. There were also great villain roles in this movie that added to the fast paced storyline. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a thrill seeker for action and great fights.

Stand Up Guys

 

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5/10

I really wanted to like this movie. Al Pacino is one of my all-time favorite actors, but he seemed to be on sleep mode during this movie. There were parts of it i liked like the last 20 minutes and the building of the tension that he must be killed by his best friend. The ending is completely anti climatic and leaves more questions than answers. If you see this movie, don’t expect much except for Al Pacino and Christopher Walken doing a 93 minute comedy routine.

Parker

 

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6/10

Parker is a movie i really enjoyed. The biggest problem with this movie however is the fact that it suffers from -TJS (Typical Jason Statham). I like Jason as an actor, but his movies are the same scenario in every movie. If you have seen one of his films, then you have seen them all. Another big problem was the fact that this movie may have had the WORST editing i have ever seen in any film. Good notes – Jennifer Lopez continues to show why i adore her more in film than music. She has a way to trigger the emotions that you wouldn’t think she could do. I recommend to give this movie a look if you are a Statham fan. If not, stay away from it

Broken City

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7/10

Russell Crowe is at the top of his game as a crooked politician who is hell bent on winning the election at any cost. This film had a lot of great interaction moments like the one near the end with Crowe and Mark Wahlberg. They are two veterans of the action/drama genre that have perfected their craft. The only thing i probably would’ve cut out of this were a couple of the characters as i feel they weren’t needed. I would recommend a DVD viewing, but you won’t be lost if you don’t catch this one in the theatres.

Texas Chainsaw 3D

 

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5.5/10

To tell you what i didn’t like about this movie would give away spoilers, so i will just list the positives. I loved the fact that it added something more to the Chainsaw saga unlike the last three movies. I also liked who played the bad guy in this movie. Leatherface looked the toughest he has been since the 2nd film (1985), and that is one of the most important things in my view. 3rd best Chainsaw film (in my opinion) of the seven. Also, since it is the first movie of 2013 that i have seen, it is currently my #1 movie of the year

Jack Reacher

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6.5/10

Tom Cruise is back as a special forces soldier who is called upon to investigate an army soldier who he kept dibs on in Iraq. Reacher (Cruise) is basically a ghost to the world. No credit, no identification and no set location. He is a man who travels the world and prefers to stay a mystery. The Reacher character is certainly one of the brightest points of this film. He’s smart, cool and most of all, dangerous. This film starts off great in the first hour as it creates a different kind of film for Tom Cruise. Yes, some of his dialogue is annoying, and he plays the character too cool to ever take a bad guy seriously. But it’s the investigation into the Iraq soldier that makes this film really smart and clever. One of the things it does is look into five shooting victims that happens in the opening scene of the film. Through flashbacks, it shows us the events that led to the victims being in the crime scene area that day. That is something that rarely ever happens in murder mysteries like this. The characters stories usually don’t matter because they are dead at this point, and that is where this film is different. We learn that it was no odd coincidence that anyone was in front of the gun that day. The problem with Jack Reacher is that it peters out in the final 70 minutes of the film. 130 minutes is FAR too long for a film like this. Some scenes drag out way too long with dialogue that is represented just to make for funny scenes. Robert Duvall makes a cameo as a gun store owner who strikes up a friendship with Cruise. Is this friendship needed? Not really. Duvall is wasted here playing the same old man character that he always plays. The ending falls back into that cliche world of Tom Cruise films that some either love or hate. Jack Reacher is the best effort from Tom Cruise in a long time. With that said, it’s safe to give this film a chance by renting it through Redbox. It’s a long film, but i am willing to bet that everyone will find something they like about it. Cruise fans will love that Tom is back to his hip and cool style.

Django Unchained

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7/10

I had to watch it a 2nd time to decide how i truly felt about this movie. The positives for it are the performances of Leonardo Dicaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L Jackson. It also has a lot of Tarrantino dialogue. The negative for me was the running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes. I could’ve easily shaved a good hour of this movie and had it still be just as entertaining. My overall opinion is good, but far from Tarrantino’s best.