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F&F movies were running out of story with all the silly crime and
fighting and overblown special effect type car chases so this movie has
one thing going for it getting back to pure and simple car racing with
some good scenery along the way. The Northern California race is
spectacular and exciting enough and looks realistic - not obviously
stunt man driven or special effect enhanced. Read that the actors had
to learn how to drive racing style for their parts so kudos to them.
But that's about all that is good about this movie.
The story is lame and badly written. The revenge thing is so contrived and you really don't feel for any of the characters. The romance is completely sizzle free. As far as the British cast is concerned Imogen Poots is a little out of place and the evil character played by Dominic Cooper seems a bit nasty for no good reason. Dakota Johnson has a insipid supporting role - wonder how she will do in 50 Shades? Aaron Paul is a terrific actor and is just priceless on "Breaking Bad" but he isn't right for this role. He doesn't have the cool edge and the rakish looks required for this character. And the intense stare he gives now and then simply looks daft.
Watch it if you like to see this kind of racing but be warned the story is bad.
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There are hardly any jokes and no laugh out loud moments. The humor is
strained unoriginal and the crude toilet part is so done to death. The
dialog is obvious and predictable. Even when they started to exact
their revenge it wasn't delightful to watch at all. What they made
Leslie Mann do - acting so loopy was just painful. The drunk thing was
repetitive. The ending with Nikolaj Coaster Waldau walking into glass
is not funny at all. Cameron isn't so good at acting the serious one.
Better as the crazy one. She was better in Bad Teacher. Kate Upton
didn't have many lines and looks quite sweet. Of course her voluptuous
body is used to full effect. Taylor Kinney as Cameron's love interest
is a bit under utilized.
Can't help but compare to another wronged woman revenge comedy "The First Wives Club". That one was funny and delightful. Melissa Stack is not good enough a writer to write a movie - she needed help. The talented cast could do nothing with this material.
The only good point is that it's pretty to look at with nicely decorated sets and beach resort scenery.
See it if you are a fan of one of the stars but be warned it's not funny.
Entertaining female version of Taken set in Moscow. It's fun for fans
to see the differences and similarities. Julie Benz is quite a likable
police officer. Her daughter visits Moscow with her friend who is the
daughter of the U.S. Ambassador to Russia. They go to a night club and
get kidnapped for sex slavery.
Of course the high heels and long hair during chases are a little unrealistic but who cares. The Ambassador looks and behaves more like support staff. And it's not as exciting or well written as a big budget movie but for a lifetime movie it is better than expected. Nice team work at play - it's not so unrealistic that she could do it all herself.
Worth a watch especially if you are a fan of the Taken formula.
Often the point of a movie version of a beloved musical is to give more
story and detail than the stage version. Clint Eastwood surely gives
more emphasis to the story. For fans of the musical it's fascinating to
watch the characters of each singer brought to life in a less rushed
manner than on stage where the story is more quickly handled that it's
secondary to the music. In the movie the mob connection and role of
each singer is clearly shown. The period detail is good and the actors
and singers are all terrific having been picked from various stage
Unfortunately this shift in focus is what brings a damper to the overall feel compared to the musical. The story of the struggle to succeed is interesting but the break up of the group and the family troubles of Frankie Valli are depressing. The biggest fault was what Clint did to "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by linking Frankie Valli's daughter's death to the song and having the performance in a ballroom. In the musical it was a grand happy build up and the feel good climax of the whole show. In the movie it felt so anti climactic.
Overall it's a wonderful thing to have the great songs of Jersey Boys captured on screen for immortality. So despite the faults it's still worth watching for sure.
This film is the best in the series since the original Charlton Heston
version and totally eclipses the last two disappointing movies with
Mark Wahlberg and James Franco. Clear your memory of those two.
Modern effects combine with an interesting current story to create the perfect update. The apes are so life like expressive and captivating they are the real stars of the movie. They are given the more compelling story with a whole range of emotions and dialog. The "Switched at Birth" type sign language and subtitles are cute. Keri Russell provides sympathetic support. Jason Clarke is okay for the lead role though he looks a bit Neanderthal himself. Gary Oldman looks bedraggled enough.
Liked the San Francisco setting and City Hall scene though the Golden Gate was under utilized. More familiar landmarks and scenes of SF could have been used. The battle scenes are exciting and the story makes enough sense for this kind of scenario. There is a gun control message.
A must see - it's better than you can imagine.
This lifetime thriller is above average - in fact one of the better
ones for the non based on a true story movies. With the recent rise in
surrogacy and gestational carriers among the famous the topic is quite
current. As expected from the title, a couple use a seemingly perfect
surrogate who turns out to want the kid for herself.
Rachel Blanchard who reminds of Sarah Paxton is pretty good as the surrogate. Mia Kirshner (why don't we see more of her?) is the biological mom. The acting is good. There are elements of Hand that Rocks the Cradle here. But things are kept fairly realistic for this kind of movie and the plot is not far fetched - it makes it more exciting because it could happen that way.
This is not a run of the mill thriller. There are some surprising
twists and turns and it is well directed with a good pace and suitably
The watchable cast includes Katie Cassidy of Arrow who acts well (better than on some episodes of Arrow) and Tracy Spiridakos of Revolution. Torrance Coombs from Reign has a supporting role. Katie looks more intelligent with dark hair, plays a girl whose room mate went missing. Tracy plays new room mate. Both have abusive men in their lives, an ex boyfriend and father respectively and things take off from there.
Worth a watch. For a non blockbuster thriller this is pretty good.
There are a few things going for this new crime drama revolving around the SFPD and a tech billionaire. 1. San Francisco is a happening city now and it's always interesting to show the contrast between the homelessness and despair and the dizzying high tech boom. The last few SF based shows have been cancelled like Alcatraz and 9 Lives of Chloe King. Hopefully this series showcases more of the scenic beauty of the city and not just the seamy side. 2. Sympathetic looking leads Kathleen Robertson and Taye Diggs and a multi ethnic supporting cast are watchable and not abrasive like some crime dramas. 3. After 4 episodes the central villain? played by Tom Felton or Malfoy from Harry Potter is an interesting and enigmatic character. At first he seemed to be still too teenage looking (like the rest of the Harry Potter cast) to be effective in his role but he is actually quite good. Since Steven Bochco is behind this I'm going to give this one a chance.
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There are some aspects of this movie that work and some that don't. It
seems strange that a well made movie in the comedy horror genre should
go straight to DVD. Firstly what worked: 1. Anton Yelchin is quite good
in this kind of role just as he was good in Fright Night. 2. The darkly
comic mood and situations are funny: especially Robert Robertson and
what happened to the body. 3. The Sixth Sense reference and twist is
funny and poignant in turns and makes the ending.
What went wrong: 1. The mall shooting. With recent incidents involving mass shootings it's not right a scenario for entertainment. By the time the book made it to screen what was acceptable then no longer is today. 2. Addison Timlin isn't quite special enough for the love interest. Someone more unique would have added some needed spark to the movie. 3. It feels a bit familiar and mish mash of other similar movies. Overall worth one watch but you will see why it couldn't have been a hit.
This is a feel good movie about musicians making an album. Mark Ruffalo
and Keira Knightley play producer and song writer who team up to make a
demo filmed all over the city. The songs are pleasant and the
characters are sympathetic and likable even Hailee Steinfeld as Mark's
daughter. There is a nice dynamic between the characters which makes
the movie enjoyable to watch. There is almost as much music as a
musical but it doesn't feel much like a musical.
Who knew Keira could sing so well? She doesn't have the most powerful voice but her singing is musical and right for the type of songs. Mark looks suitably scruffy for the fallen on hard times composer. Nice cameo by Ceelo Green and Adam Levine who sings quite a few songs.
Movies like this are pleasant and uplifting to watch - if you want a break from action or violence of summer blockbusters.
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