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Heaven Is for Real

Heaven Is for Real

(2014)
15 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Heaven is for Real" is based on a book about a boy who tells his Dad about his experience in heaven while he is being operated on. The movie asks a very interesting question. If you knew heaven was real, like had proof, would it scare you? I think that's fascinating, and unfortunately, a lot more fascinating than the movie. This movie was very flat for me, and borderline boring. I don't mind faith based movies at all, but a movie is meant for entertainment. This just seemed to go nowhere, and probably much better suited as a book than a film. The acting was decent at best. I hate to criticize a child actor, but the boy in this movie is not very good at all. He comes off as really awkward and uncomfortable with zero charisma. Again, I feel bad for saying that, but it's true. Had a different child actor been in that role, this may have been much better. Disappointing for me, however, quite a few Christians that I know, Loved this movie. Good for them, and I'm glad this works for it's target audience. So, if you're into these types of movies, check it out. Otherwise, I'd say just read the book.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

(2014)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I probably shouldn't write a review on this, but I will anyway. I watched this on blu ray, and after about 15 minutes started to lose interest and spent most the moving dealing ultraviolet codes on my phone with people from England. Wes Anderson movies generally don't do anything for me(although I did like "Moonrise Kingdom"). His style is very unique, but it's not really my thing. The parts of the movie I payed attention too, I thought were ok, but as a whole I ended up just shrugging my shoulders and going "meh" to. The cast is terrific, and it's very offbeat, but really, you have to be in the right type of mood for it. This isn't something you'll just throw on at 11 am on a Sunday. If I had to bet I would say it'll get award recognition at the end of the year, and I'll probably go back and rewatch then. Maybe I missed out on a truly great movie. But, I doubt it. Check it out, and let me know what you thought. Maybe I'll revisit earlier. Until then, just not for me.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

(2014)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Here's the latest entry in the Jack Ryan franchise, as a complete reboot. Ryan(Chris Pratt) tries to stop a financial terrorist. Although the movie is decent, it's the same as most spy/espionage movies, and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. The cast is good, although Keira Knightley is completely wasted. Her role could have been played by anyone. Pratt does good, and I'd like to see what else he can do with the character. As a jumping off point for a new franchise, it's OK. But if they make a sequel that doesn't improve a lot, this franchise won't have any legs, and will have to wait to be eventually rebooted. Worth a rental or bootleg, but I wouldn't buy it. Not something I'll be clamoring to watch again anytime soon.

Life Itself

Life Itself

(2014)
17 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Roger Ebert is probably the most famous film critic of all time. This is a documentary about his life, and the final year of his life. I didn't know much about him, other than he reviewed movies. I knew my parents called him an "idiot" and to never listen to critics(which I still don't). I used to watch his show with Siskel from time to time, but it was never something that I had to watch. It's interesting how those two genuinely didn't like each other. Some of the outtake footage in this movie is hilarious and an eye opening look at their relationship.I think the most fascinating thing about this film is him battling cancer. It's very hard and uncomfortable to watch. I've been around my fair share of people who have had to battle that terrible disease, but some of the footage of Ebert is heartbreaking. It's sad to see what became of him, but it's also amazing to see how well he battle against it. Very interesting film, especially for someone like me who loves movies and love writing/talking about them. I may not have ever been inspired by him, but it's safe to say without someone like him, I probably wouldn't be able to post this right now. Great flick about a very interesting and unique person.

Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale

(2014)
17 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When I saw the trailer for this I thought this looked pretty good, and very different. While it is different, it didn't really work for me. It's very melodramatic and cheesy. But worse of all, it takes itself way too seriously. Had this movie had a real sense of humor, I think it could have been very good. It's hard to summarize, but it's about angels against demons, and it takes place over a century. The cast is good, but they've all done much better. In time, I can see people growing more fond of it. Hell, maybe another viewing or too and I would change my opinion. But based off my one viewing, I didn't care for it. Emily didn't really like it either, but she usually isn't into the movies with magic and stuff. I'd say the only movie that you could compare to this, in a weird way could be "Legend". But that is much, MUCH better. Good for a one time watch, but most people may not finish it.

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