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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
As good as the latest Madagascar movies
Penguins of Madagascar is a perfectly serviceable film with plenty of laughs. It's good to have a break from the main Madagascar cast and I think this movie was necessary to keep the franchise going without becoming quite as diluted as it has in its various specials and TV shows.
I'm not sure if those complaining about the film are fans of those extraneous Madagascar productions or not, but the penguins' characterization in this film is the same as it has ever been and they all get a chance to shine in their own ways.
Benedict Cumberbatch still says "pengwing" every single time -- if there's a Penguins 2 let's hope he gets elocution lessons before then.
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
You need an imagination to make this movie work
As with the first Paranormal Activity, this movie is largely suggestive instead of implicit with its creepiness. The performances given by the actors are genuine and the characters are more relatable than in the first movie. This movie both expands on the Paranormal Activity mythos and provides a genuinely scary experience, so it comes highly recommended. So many horror movies these days either mistake gross for scary (Drag Me to Hell) or are uneventful/predictable with characters no one could care about (The Strangers, White Noise 1/2, The Eye, Shutter, etc.). The Paranormal Activity movies stand out as the best horror films since the superb El Orphanato, you just have to be willing to fill in some of the blanks yourself to truly appreciate the terror.
Many people "pooh-pooh" the Paranormal Activity films, but I think it's likely because they've become desensitized to good horror by all the tripe that constantly comes out undeservedly under the "horror" name these days. Do yourself a favour and see this movie if you are a horror buff. It won't disappoint as long as you're smart enough to understand the movie and what makes it scary.