After Earth

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7/10

I was very surprised with how much better this movie was than i thought it would be. Will and Jaden Smith are father and son (Big stretch i know) who crash land on Earth 50 years after it is deemed unlivable. From there, the movie tells a tale of boy becomes man in the form of Jaden Smith stepping out and making this movie his own. I was really surprised that Will took a backseat on this one. This is clearly Jaden’s movie and you know it from the opening 5 minutes. This film featured a lot of excellent fighting scenes with the creatures that inhabit the earth. The only negative i really had for this film was the annoyance of the accents that the main characters had and the lack of acting from Jaden Smith. I know he is a teenager, but he doesn’t even come close to inheriting his father’s range. Overall, a good movie that i would recommend to anyone who liked Will’s 90’s films.

Fast and Furious Six

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7/10

A very fun movie that will make for a good time in any friend group. The movie had a lot of great qualities including non-stop action. It also featured great comedic turns by Tyreese and Ludacris. The biggest shining moment in my opinion for the acting was that of big time up and coming actor Luke Evans. He had a great role as the smart villain Owen Shaw. Some of the things i didn’t like about this movie were the way some things weren’t explained well within the plans. Also, some of the characters don’t have much to do or say because it is such a large ensemble. The biggest problem with this movie however, is the INSANE and illogical stunts. I understand that this is a Fast and Furious movie and most people will think i am whining for a bad reason, but this was unbelievable even for Fast and Furious standards. Just a total new definition of gravity portrayed in this film. Overall, i recommend it because it is one fast paced action thrill ride that doesn’t need cheap 3D effects to pull of a good film. Fun for everyone

Mud

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7/10

Matthew McConaughey stars in this coming of age tale about a man on the run and living on an island when he befriends two children. To be honest, i didn’t really know what to expect when i saw the trailers for this film. I knew i definitely wanted to see it because of the amazing cast (Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon and Sarah Paulson to name a few), but i didn’t know if it would be any good or not. My answer is that this is a pretty good film that tells a good story. The problem with that story is that it drags out at times and has pacing problems while getting to the big conclusion. The film runs in at 2 hours and 10 minutes, and really has no reason to be that long. Other than that, my only other problem with the film was the concentrating on some of the outside storylines. I would’ve appreciated a better telling of the stuff outside of Mud trying to get off of the island. This film is packed with good things though. This includes amazing performances by the two little boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, respectively). They give the movie a “Stand By Me” kind of feel with the great bond the two boys share. All they want is an adventure to get them away from their less than thrilling lives and they found it in this stranger who shows up out of nowhere. I also enjoyed the settings of this small town where the youths wonder what adult to trust, if any. Overall, i recommend this film when it comes out on DVD next week. If Mcconaughey doesn’t bother you too much, then give it a shot. It’s a little long, but a lot better than most of the theater releases that have come out lately.

Oblivion

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7/10

Overall a pretty good movie that could’ve been a lot better. I went into this film with very low expectations and i think that is why it paid off well. Tom Cruise is part of a cleanup crew that is trying to pick up the pieces after an extinction war with aliens in 2077. I am not usually a Tom Cruise fan, but i feel like he brought a lot to a good character that i legitimately cared about. This movie has great action, well written characters and great cinematography that creates a beautiful film to look at. This movie could’ve easily fallen into the disaster of other Cruise films like Minority Report, but this movie had the genius that is Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo giving a decent performance as the leader of the alien race. I don’t want to give too much away, but one of the things i didn’t like was the last two minutes of the movie. The ending (at least the one you thought) would have been a pretty damn good way to end it, and i probably would’ve given this film a 7.5 if it ended there. But the last two minutes are completely implausible and it leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. I really had a fun time watching this film and was well entertained with the 2 hour run time. I recommend this film to sci-fi fans, but for anyone else i am not so sure. I could easily see people not agreeing with me on this film, so for non sci-fi fans i will say check it out on DVD.

Olympus Has Fallen

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7/10

A really good action movie that reminds me a lot of the 80’s action flicks we have come to love. Infact, this movie was more Die Hard than the newest Die Hard sequel that came out last month. Gerard Butler was incredibly badass as a former Secret Service agent who returns to the White House to take down a Korean terrorist threat. This movie had so much more than just action, it also had comedy, decent acting and an incredible cast that included Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman. The weaknesses for me was the way they made it look completely easy to break into the safest building in the world. Other than that, it’s a fun time at the movies. I recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have to watch the greatest movie in the world, but just a good old school action flick.

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.