Mr Cineworld: part 1by ArT_of_InSaNiTy | created - 19 Sep 2013 | updated - 02 Feb 2014 | Public
In late July 2012, i decided it was about time i invested in a CineWorld Unlimited card. £14.99 a month (now £15.90) to see as many films as possible within that month. I seen this as a challenge and began to get my moneys worth, and then some. This is the list of films i have seen up till now and i will continue to add as i continue to see more. *(R)= I have reviewed this film and you can find my take on them in My Reviews.
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1. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.
Votes: 1,300,866 | Gross: $448.14M
After a strong start to the trilogy with "Batman Begins", then a masterful sequel in "The Dark Knight", i was eagerly anticipating the final part of Christopher Nolan's enthralling take on the Caped Crusader.
It is an outstanding film and doesn't let it's predecessor overshadow it. The action is amazing, and the story builds to a spine tingling climax.
Everything works and you can't help but feel a sense of satisfaction in what is a magnificent trilogy of films based on the Batman. Bale continues to excel as Bruce Wayne and his alter ego , Tom Hardy has a solid performance as the Mercenary Bane and the rest of the cast follow suit. It may not stand up to the enigma that is "The Dark Knight", but it without question stands on its own as a classic.
A perfect start to life as an Unlimited card holder....
2. The Bourne Legacy (2012)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum's novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.
Votes: 256,609 | Gross: $113.20M
Now if "The Dark knight Rises" was somewhat of a revelation, then this was a massive kick to the testicles. The Bourne movies are cult classics; packed with its own unique action scenes and nail biting chase sequences it developed a massive following and unfortunately the Hollywood Bigwigs just couldn't stop themselves from trying to cash in one more time. It should have been left unscathed; the trilogy had been done and done extremely well.
But no, they ironically name the 4th installment Legacy when all it did was tarnish the original films legacy. Yes it has some good action and good actors such as Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton, but the plot is nonsensical and completely unnecessary.I felt sorry for the actors being misused and basically being lambs to the slaughter because doing a Bourne film without Bourne is idiotic. Why not continue the trend and make the next Bond film be about somebody else and not even have Bond make an appearance. Very disappointing.
3. The Expendables 2 (2012)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Votes: 267,073 | Gross: $85.02M
It is your run of the mill action movie. Explosions at a whim, deaths every 3 seconds, big guns, ridiculously big guns and outlandish scenarios, but hey it works.
It nourishes any need for nostalgia with Stallone, Arnie, Willis, Chuck Norris and JCVD all making appearances. I really enjoyed Van Damme as the villain; makes a nice change and after seemingly disappearing into irrelevance it was good to see him back in a big film.
It is what it is; nevertheless a good movie.
4. Total Recall (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Recall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
Votes: 219,624 | Gross: $58.88M
Ever since it was announced that there was going to be a remake of a classic, it was bound to be compared to the excellent original. I, however tried to enjoy it for being its own film and tried to distant my mindset away from the 1990 version.
I enjoyed it, the action was great and i was on the edge of my seat for parts of it. There are similarities to the original you can't help but hone in on and associate with, but it still manages to have it's own style and differs a lot from it. It does well to stand on it's own as an individual film and it is a really good movie.
5. The Watch (I) (2012)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.
Votes: 111,849 | Gross: $35.35M
Decent comedy and it was always going to be. Stiller is his usual uncomfortable character, Vaughn is the exuberant one, the excellent Jonah Hill is the rebellious self proclaimed law enforcer and Richard Ayoade bursts on to the Hollywood scene with a brilliant performance. All are funny in the film and the plot is entertaining. It's nothing special but it is a good film with some laugh out loud moments.
6. Brave (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Votes: 313,577 | Gross: $237.28M
When it comes to animation films, i just can't seem to enjoy them as much as i would like to, but there's no doubt this is a good film. The visuals are stunning and the "banter" is funny at times and very witty. It of course is very unique as it is based in the hills of Scotland, though it still has the basis of a popular fairytale story. Enjoyable film.
7. Lawless (2012)
R | 116 min | Crime, Drama
Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a trio of bootlegging brothers are threatened by a new special deputy and other authorities angling for a cut of their profits.
Votes: 204,685 | Gross: $37.40M
When i looked at the cast i couldn't help but expect a great film; Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Dane Dehaan; a mixture of experienced, in form and up and coming stars. And while it did meet my initial expectations it just seemed like it was missing something. Maybe it was missing Gary Oldman as he was only in it for around 10 minutes, maybe Shia Labeouf just wasn't the right man for the lead role. I can't quite put my finger on it but by the end i was left unfulfilled. Potential to be a classic but ended up just being great.
8. That's My Boy (2012)
R | 116 min | Comedy
While in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's eighteenth birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down when Donny resurfaces just before Todd's wedding.
Votes: 78,264 | Gross: $36.93M
What has happened to Adam Sandler? Where has his creativity gone? His flare for comedy? His likability? He is becoming a major nuisance; Now Grown Ups could be forgiven as a glitch in his career, a bad apple. But then comes Jack and Jill; now i think maybe an intervention should have been initiated, but no, he then stars in this. Now even if we take that bemusing "Boston accent" and ignore it (if possible) and focus on the film, it is still garbage. Andy Samberg play the role he has to play and Sandler's role makes his look like an Oscar worthy one. I might have succumb to a few laughs, but that's it.
9. St George's Day (2012)
Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Follows two infamous London gangsters, Mickey Mannock and Ray Collishaw. Both men are top of the food chain when their world is turned upside down as they lose a shipment of the Russian Mafia's cocaine.
10. Dredd (2012)
R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Votes: 224,545 | Gross: $13.41M
When it comes to remakes the odds are it will fail to live up to the original; remakes have been doomed to fail and 90% of them do, but every now and then there will be one that surpasses it. Dredd is one of those, but in all fairness the 1995 version was very poor. But credit has to go to Pete Travis for taking a great character in Judge Dredd and giving it the film it deserved. It was packed with action and the set up of the film was excellent. Almost "Big Boss" like having to climb the levels; becoming more and more difficult. The film builds to a great culmination and leaves you wanting more. Would love to see a sequel.
11. Premium Rush (2012)
PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Sport
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
Votes: 102,278 | Gross: $20.28M
Not much to this film; has its own unique vibe to it however with the dangerous cycling scenes and stunts throughout. A decent film with good performances by all. But as my description shows, there's not a lot to say.
12. The Possession (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Votes: 51,440 | Gross: $49.13M
Family? Check....... Big new empty house? Check....... Innocent little girl? Check....... Doomed artifact? Check...... Unexplainable events? Check.....One worried parent, one annoyingly in denial? Check.........More unexplainable, yet explainable, but parent still in denial events? CHECK........A priest/rabai? Check......... An exorcism(of sorts)? Check....... Just watch the Exorcist; it's a million times better than this wannabe.
13. Savages (2012)
R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Votes: 111,337 | Gross: $47.38M
Benicio Del Toro was excellent as the brutal Lado, but that's about it. The film is ok, the acting from everyone else is ok, the plot is ok and by the end it would be appropriate to rename the film, Anti-Climax.
14. Killing Them Softly (2012)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, News
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
Votes: 120,205 | Gross: $15.03M
I really enjoyed this one; not a lot of people i know did, but i thought it was brilliant. With the story you would maybe be expecting a fast paced tale of retribution with lots of shooting and killing. But you get a more realistic and believable insight into what a mob killing may be like. And for that i was grateful; refreshing.
Brad Pitt isn't exactly the greatest actor in the world; he struggles when it comes to showing emotions, so when he is in a role where emotion is almost obsolete he fairs a lot better. He is perfect for the role; he has that unemotional face that you would imagine would be replicated by an assassin of sorts.
What is great about it is the fact in focuses on the characters more than the story; the deteriorating alcoholic hitman Mickey played well by the late James Gandolfini. The aspiring, yet wary Scoot McNairy who plays the money thirsty Frankie. Ray Liotta in such a fragile role as Markie was different. You associate him with the ruthless Henry in Goodfellas. Each actor has their own story to portray and they all do it well. It's a smooth, slick, cool mob film, and the best i've seen since the likes of Goodfellas and Casino.
15. ParaNorman (2012)
PG | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Votes: 82,143 | Gross: $56.00M
A very different type of animation; choosing to go with death and ghosts rather than fairytales which is commendable and it works very well. Despite it's morbid theme it is actually very funny and the story is very entertaining. Good film.
16. The Sweeney (2012)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.
Votes: 17,609 | Gross: $0.03M
This film bored me to tears. They tried throwing action and suspense into it, but it just left me yawning. They tried twists and turns whilst i struggled to keep my eyes open. It was predictable, and the acting left me uncomfortable at times as it was so unconvincing. Plan B must've been his namesake because if he was first choice then something is wrong with the world.
17. Tower Block (2012)
Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller
Several months after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival.
This one was a real surprise. Went in with small expectations; after seeing "St Georges Day" and the above ^ borefest, it just didn't pave well for British films as of late, but Tower Block changed that. Filmed almost entirely in one floor of a soon to be destroyed block of flats and it just worked. The acting was lifelike to some personalities that live and some that plague the streets of the UK. It has intensity and had you guessing throughout. Great British film.
18. The Campaign (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Votes: 114,411 | Gross: $86.91M
Two of the most ignited comedy actors in the past 3/4 years. Will Ferrel portraying some of the greatest characters in recent memory. And Zach Galifianakis who of course blossomed after his role as Alan in The Hangover. These two where on fire coming into this film and expectations where high. This was maybe why it didn't live up to the hype. It was very funny in parts, but very dull in others. And it was that inconsistency that led to it being below par in terms of comedies. Still, was nice to see both in the same film and hopefully they contribute their talents to a much better one in the near future.
19. Looper (2012)
R | 113 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Votes: 475,829 | Gross: $66.49M
20. The Intouchables (2011)
R | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.
Votes: 614,643 | Gross: $13.18M
21. Hope Springs (2012)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.
Votes: 37,313 | Gross: $63.54M
Very average film and not being at that age yet i can't exactly relate to the issues at hand. But as both Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep are very good at what they do, they contribute their great acting skills and try lighten up what, at points, can be a dull film. Definitely a film for older people but still fairly enjoyable.
22. Taken 2 (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Votes: 261,182 | Gross: $139.85M
Taken was a massive hit and with such success brings demand. I wish it didn't in this case. This was making a sequel for the sakes of it; for the money. Not because it needed one, but because they knew they could get a easy pay. I mean who wouldn't pay to see what happens next? Who does he threaten down the phone this time? And why not? Nothing wrong with supplying to demand, but at least write a good script, have a good story, try and match the intensity of the first film. They did none of that, it was lazy and basically a disaster of a sequel. See it should have ended with the first film;it made sense to end it there. So when the unnecessary retribution makes its way to Istanbul there's only a couple of ways it can go. Either they regurgitate the same stuff from the first or they have a new hero. They choose a new hero in Maggie Grace as Kim,his daughter. And it's beyond unrealistic; going from a crying mess to a cool and calm rogue;it's ridiculous. It's one of the biggest disappointments in recent times.
23. Sinister (I) (2012)
R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.
Votes: 184,625 | Gross: $48.09M
24. Ruby Sparks (2012)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.
Votes: 87,544 | Gross: $2.54M
25. Hit and Run (2012)
R | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Former getaway driver Charles Bronson jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend get to Los Angeles. The feds and Charles' former gang chase them on the road.
Votes: 31,452 | Gross: $13.75M
26. Pusher (I) (2012)
R | 89 min | Crime, Thriller
In London, a street dealer's life spins out of control over the course of one week after he borrows money from his supplier on what's supposed to be a sure thing.
27. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
Votes: 135,250 | Gross: $216.39M
28. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
PG | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teenaged daughter.
Votes: 187,425 | Gross: $148.31M
30. Skyfall (2012)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Votes: 568,559 | Gross: $304.36M
31. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
R | 88 min | Horror
It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.
Votes: 55,784 | Gross: $53.92M
STOP MAKING THESE FILMS!!!!!!! Yes the first one was highly successful and very enjoyable, but it is becoming extremely tedious and excruciating to watch. And every time i think well maybe they'll do something different, but NO they regurgitate the same things over and over again. This films is so boring and predictable that i nearly slipped into a coma. It is not scary, it does not shatter your nerves or cost you a nights sleep. It is the paranormal equivalent of watching paint dry.
32. For a Good Time, Call... (2012)
R | 85 min | Comedy
Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.
Votes: 14,565 | Gross: $1.24M
33. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 75,305 | Gross: $12.80M
34. Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
When her adoptive father disappears, Sharon Da Silva is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.
Votes: 54,537 | Gross: $17.53M
35. Rust and Bone (2012)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
Votes: 55,760 | Gross: $2.06M
36. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
Votes: 508,113 | Gross: $136.03M
37. Here Comes the Boom (2012)
PG | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Sport
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Votes: 79,371 | Gross: $45.29M
What can you expect from this film? Well start by remembering the classic UFC film "Warrior" which starred Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, so just picture that film then imagine someone urinating over it and throwing excrement at it. Then you have Here Comes the Boom. Not much else to add to that really.
38. Love Bite (2012)
91 min | Comedy, Horror
School is over and summer has begun in the dead-end seaside town of Rainmouth. While Jamie's friends seem to be happy working in the local pie factory by day and looking for sex by night, ... See full summary »
39. Fun Size (2012)
PG-13 | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy
Wren's Halloween plans go awry when she's made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he's missing.
Votes: 12,354 | Gross: $9.40M
40. Grassroots (2012)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.
Votes: 977 | Gross: $0.01M
41. The Master (2012)
R | 138 min | Drama
A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Votes: 121,477 | Gross: $16.38M
42. Amour (2012)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
Votes: 80,117 | Gross: $6.74M
After seeing "Untouchable" and "Rust and Bone" it seemed as if The French had mastered films based around tragedy and trauma. However I came away from this film feeling i had been sitting in the cinema for a week. It dragged on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Yes it is a powerful story and the acting is great, but there where too many scenes where nothing was happening; and i get that the several moments of utter silence was to capture the persons feelings of shock or disbelief, but for me it didn't capture my attention. This may be an unpopular review of the film as it has won Oscars and had rave reviews, but for me it was rather mundane.
43. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
PG-13 | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
After the birth of Renesmee/Nessie, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Votes: 202,851 | Gross: $292.30M
44. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
Votes: 592,127 | Gross: $132.09M
45. Gambit (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.
46. Sightseers (2012)
Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn.
Votes: 23,485 | Gross: $0.04M
47. Alex Cross (2012)
PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.
Votes: 30,074 | Gross: $25.89M
48. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.
Votes: 210,748 | Gross: $15.02M
49. Gremlins (1984)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror