Admission

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7/10

A pretty good film about a woman (Tina Fey) who works in the Princeton admissions office and finds out that her son who she gave up for adoption is a prodigy who will be applying there. Going into this film i expected it to be a comedy with people like Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, but i was very surprised to see that this is every bit the romantic drama films of the 90’s. One thing i really liked about this film was the way it taught you about how hard it really is to get into these Ivy league schools. I also think this is a film that those schools don’t want you to see, as the snob “we’re better than you” reputation is presented in a crystal clear light. I also enjoyed Rudd as he has shown the ability to pull of comedies and romantic films. At this point in his career, i am a big fan and will usually watch anything he is in. The only thing i didn’t like about this film was it’s dragging at parts. It does take this film a good 30 minutes to finally get you into it, but once you get there it does present a very original story. If you know me, you know originality gets extra points in my book, and that is why i recommend giving Admission a shot. The ladies will love it.

Jack the Giant Slayer

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7/10

This one was probably the biggest surprise of the year for me so far. I really loved the set pieces and the backgrounds for being as dreamy as the fairytale itself. I loved that they added little bits of story to make the fairytale transform into a 100 minute movie. Even Nicholas Hoult (Jack) gave a wayyyy better performance in this film than he did in Warm Bodies. Stanley Tucci was also amazing (as usual) playing the bad guy. The Giants were also amazing looking and not too overdone by the CGI like most films can do. Some of the things i didn’t like was the dragging at times in between the bigger parts of the films. I know it’s customary for most films to do this, but i just wish they would cut those parts all together. I am ok with an 80 minute movie as long as it’s mostly entertaining. I also didn’t like the way the giants had to respect who ever carried the throne. THEY ARE GIANTS!!! They’re stronger, bigger and they follow no rules. Other than that though, it was a great film. I definitely recommend it if you liked stories like this growing up.

Beautiful Creatures

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7/10

A pretty good film that definitely has it’s good and bad points. I would first like to praise the performances of Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis for making the most out of a story that (in my opinion) was pretty bland. I enjoyed the amazing visuals during the dinner scene and the Civil War tornado was pretty cool. My problems with this film is the heavily-influenced Twilight story that they were so obviously trying to go for. I wouldn’t have had a problem with it if they didn’t make it so obvious. I also didn’t like the main character of Ethan. I felt that the kid was borderline stalker and if the people who see this film are too blind to notice, then i can’t help them. Overall, i would recommend the movie to the female audience for sure, but i think it would be very hard to imagine that the male audience will take anything away from it. That’s not saying anything insulting, it’s just that this love story is definitely made more for females

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

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.

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.

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.