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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
plot was too confusing
I don't like sci-fi films when the plot gets too confusing and that was the case here. It starts out in present time, and the mutants are under attack from these human built robots, but by using time travel are able to warn there present selves when its time to leave a current location. Already sounds confusing.
Anyways, the mutants decide to take a last stand and want to prevent these robots from ever existing. So Logan is sent back in time to stop Raven from killing this guy Trask, whom is leading the research to build these robots. So Logan, must get Xavier, Magneto, and the Beast to believe him. And of course, once out, Magneto doesn't stay good for long. And they are trying to prevent all this from happening during the President's speech.
FINAL VERDICT: Too much stuff that happens this is hard to follow, it is so hard for a movie to do time travel right because there are so many what ifs. And I thought it just got lose in the convoluted plot. Definitely not as good as the first X-men movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
fun space movie
I thought this movie was good. I really liked all the older songs and the comedic relief brought with them. Like the open sequence, when Peter is using rats like a mike and twirling around on a spooky looking crater. The movie is about a magical orb and those trying to obtain it. Peter steels it but then meets greeny, Gamora, whom is trying to steel it from him. Then there is Ronan and Thanos whom both want the orb to be all powerful.
Peter, Gamora, and 2 new fellows, Groot and Rocket, are caught by the police and put in prison. But Rocket is known for escaping so a plan is hatched and they bring along massive, Drax, with them whom wants revenge on Ronan. They get the orb while escaping, plan on selling it, till they find out how powerful it is. But of course, Ronan is on their trail leading to a huge battle at the end.
FINAL VERDICT: I liked the characters in this and the plot was good. Also good special effects and some funny parts. I recommend it.
Need for Speed (2014)
should have been called "Copy Cat"
This movie was clearly made because of the success of the Fast and Furious franchise. And movies that just to be like other ones usually aren't too good, as case in point.
Tobey Marshall is a small time street racer. He and his friend, Pete, make a bet with Dino, whomever wins, gets the whole profit of 2 million dollar car they sold. But, just as Tobey is about to win something goes wrong, and the next thing he knows, he's in jail and Dino gets away.
Once Tobey gets out, he encounters the car buyer, Julia, and they are off to California to enter a race in which the winner gets to keep all the cars, which total millions. And it takes a long time before the film ever gets to the big race. I guess the whole car getting lifted by a helicopter was probably the best part.
Some things just didn't make sense. Why did Tobey do all the illegal driving when heading off to California? If he would have driven normally, the cops wouldn't have been after him. And for the big race, what is the point in winning all the cars, if all of them are totaled except one. Also, why did they have the finish line in a place where the winner is going to get caught. And come on, in the movie Tobey goes back at the end for Dino, that was out of character considering what Dino did.
FINAL VERDICT: If you like fast cars, you'll like it. Problem is it doesn't have an original plot.
22 Jump Street (2014)
worst movie of the year
This movie was terrible. I can't say one good thing about it. There was absolutely nothing funny about it. I like both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but they were awful in this. Even the whole drug plot was just dumb.
Action scenes were just lame and even the bad guys were just so unoriginal. And having 2 cops jealous of each other while undercover in college. I think a 9 year old could have written a better story. I mean who came up with the octopus in the beginning, terrible.
FINAL VERDICT: Perhaps the worst big budget movie in a long time. Don't waste 2 hours of your life.
so many jokes just...
fall flat. This movie was not very funny. When the funniest thing is a guy pooping in a hat, you know you've got problems with your film.
The movie is a about coward sheep herder, Albert, whom loses his girl, Louise, to a guy whom specializes in mustaches. He has a best friend whose girlfriend is a hooker but doesn't mind. A beautiful girl, Anna, shows up and Albert takes an interest. Albert agrees to a duel with Louise's new guy and Anna says she'll teach Albert how to shoot. Now a lot of the jokes depict people dying in crazy ways, but they really don't work. And of course there is a bad guy that shows up at the end and Albert shows how smart he is.
FINAL VERDICT: Skip it.
another road trip comedy
I think some of these reviews are being too hard on Tammy. Sure it's not the best, but I found it amusing. Melissa Mccarthy plays her usual crass, swearing, and crazy character in Tammy. In this movie, she loses her job, goes on a road trip with alcoholic grandma, meets a guy, and gets closer with her granny.
I thought Tammy getting fired and messing with the hamburgers was pretty good, as well as robbing the fast food place and getting her pies, and leaving the jail with her dad was funny. You have to find it at least amusing.
FINAL VERDICT: It was OK, if you like white trash comedies, you should like this.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
As far as I'm concerned...
Toby McGuire will always be Spiderman. I wasn't expecting much since I didn't think the last Spiderman was very good and I got about what I expected. And this time, I thought the special effects weren't even that good because it was just too cartoony looking. With all the Matrix slow-mo and Spidy dodging bullets and flying around, it just looked more like animation.
In this sequel, Spiderman faces Electro and the Green Goblin yet again. One thing, they could have had anyone play Electro because most of his screen time is when he's been transformed and blue and not even looking like a real person. No need to give Jamie Foxx a big pay check. And could they have had anymore ridiculous, fake looking electric eels.
And about half the film is Peter and Gwen's "sticky" relationship situation. It just makes for a boring storyline. Also Electro has no real motivation for hating Spiderman other than Spidy forgot his name. Just silly. At least Harry got a good costume for the Goblin this time.
FINAL VERDICT: Don't pay to watch this. I saw it on cable. I think it is only good for background noise. I wouldn't recommend anyone run out to see it.
old people rule....
that was what I got out of this movie because the old people come out on top. Mac and Kelly are your average couple with a baby living the dream. Then something "awful" happens, a fraternity moves in next door. Now since this is just a regular neighborhood, I find it hard to believe that a frat could just set up shop there. Anyways, Mac and Kelly try to make good with hottie president, Teddy. But the noise gets to be too much so they start complaining. What isn't believable is that none of the other neighbors seem to be bothered by the loud parties.
Anyways, Mac and Kelly come up with schemes to try to get the frat to move but of the course the frat strikes back when they learn what they are doing. And I thought it was rather funny, like the hidden air bags, the baby at the ER, batman discussion.
FINAL VERDICT: If you want to see a raunchy comedy, then I think this would be a decent choice.
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
it was too predictable
I had never read the book nor knew much about the movie before watching, but I just knew whom was going to die about 15 minutes in, and that is the fault with this film.
Hazel is a girl fighting cancer and goes to a support group. There she meets Gus, a very upbeat boy just 1 year older than her whom tells the group he's been cancer free over a year. Gus starts up conversation with Hazel and the next thing you knew they are calling each other and spending time together. A lot of their discussions center around Hazel's favorite book and what happened to the characters in the end. Hazel begins to let her guard down and realize she should enjoy her life till it's over.
Gus uses his "special" wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite book, but everything ends in disappointment. And at this time you already have guessed what is coming.
FINAL VERDICT: It was an OK drama, but movies that try to feed on tragedy so people think they are good are not my favorite. But if you like to cry, definitely check out this movie.
Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
if demons and exorcisms are up your alley...
then this movie is for you. Eric Bana plays detective Sarchie, whom has a radar for "bad" things. On a case, he encounters several people connected to this crazy looking painter. One woman whom threw her child into the mote inside the lion enclosure at a zoo and an ex-vet that beat up his wife. He discovers this weird message being covered up by the painter. Along the way, he meets a priest, Mendoza, that believes the woman was possessed. Of course, Sarchie doesn't believe at first, but too many weird things happen, like the woman going cannibal on his arm and knowing "marvin". The priest says the message is a portal for a demon to enter the world.
Finally they catch the painter, after he's done something to Sarchie's family and must perform an exorcism. I thought the exorcism was done well and seemed plausible.
FINAL VERDICT: This is based on a true story, so that makes it creepy. I wonder how much was embellished for Hollywood. Any ways, it's a good thriller and I recommend it.