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Full of heart and humor, everything about the LEGO movie is awesome. Although the story of a chosen one rising above the norm is totally cliche, it is easy to forgive the storytellers for, in reality, this movie is an animated awesome parody of our childhood. Did I mention that this movie is awesome? Awesome! (10/2/2014)
As most people who know me know...I love spoof movies. But there are two types of spoof movies: the ones where there are clever jokes and even entertaining ways to bring spoofs into the actual plot (Naked Gun, Scary Movie 3, Kung Pow!) and the ones that hammer as many spoofs into one movie and hang its hat on endless sex, fart, and offensive jokes (Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans). This movie, unfortunately, is the latter and I am a fan of the previous. Nevertheless, Haunted House is not totally bad (see Stan Helsing) and kudos to Wayans continuing to try to keep spoof movies thriving in this everybody-love-realism 21st century.
Pretty interesting and insightful documentary about each of the Star Trek captains. William Shatner's humor and charisma, of course, wins the show, which makes the other captains, he is interviewing, more relaxed and willing to answer questions about themselves.
This movie had a lot going for it...a wonderful world-building environment, a decent plot, and some good time travel ideology. Unfortunately, the second half of the movie is where the movie falls flat and unexciting.
A fun, entertaining, and thrilling second ride with Sherlock and Dr. Watson. The real star is Jared Harris as Moriarty. Even though these Sherlock movies may not be like the Doyle books, I find them pretty awesome (in an alternate universe sort of way).
Pretty entertaining movie with grit and thrills but these are unfortunately too few and far between. The funny thing is that this movie totally reminds me of a 90s action movie, which is a good thing.
A decent followup to an awesome predecessor. Happy Feet Two falls into the same sequel pitfalls as most sequels, too many character introductions, too many stories (even if relevant) that the storytelling lacks focus. But Happy Feet Two still brings the singing and awe-inspiring animation to the table.
Pacific Rim staggers on the edge of B-moviedom with its kid-like dialogue and lack of depth. Though it redeems itself with lots of heart, especially between Elba and Rinko's characters. In the end it is a highly...and I mean...highly entertaining, kick-ass of a good time. Oh and I can follow the robots and monster - even in the rain (unlike other large robot movies in theaters this day in age).
This movie is an ode to the horror genre. You got to love the creativity of Whedon and Goddard. Like a chameleon this movie changes genres several times and overall becomes and instant classic.
Good enough to be a decent movie. The chemistry among the cast is still great but the freshness is lacking. Falls into the trap of a lot of sequels...let's add all these new characters and voices and work the story around them. This is just another careless production technique.
An enjoyable adventure movie from Crichton (Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Sun) that features some great chatty and witty dialogue between Connery and Sutherland. This movie does tend to lag in spots but overall a worthwhile experience.
Red Dawn is an enjoyable Saturday Matinee movie...but that's the most credit I will give it. It plays more like the pilot for a television show or miniseries instead of an actual movie.
We are Taken back in 2 (see what I did there) the world of Bryan Miles (Neeson) and his family. Though, like most sequels, it is not as fun as its predecessor, Taken 2 tends to keep you intrigued and entertained enough so that you don't think about how silly the concept actually is.
Nostalgia and the loveable characters define Wreck-it Ralph. This is a solid animated movie where even the improv comedy of the voice talents doesn't get lost in an 8-bit world.
Mildly entertaining installment to the Resident Evil franchise, which unfortunately has not learned from the Fast and Furious franchise's example of how to make high-numeric installments fresh and intriguing.
Django is a great cinematic example of great storytelling and acting. Unfortunately, some of the editing to make it less than 3 hours gives way to open-ended questions like "Did I Miss Something?". Other than that, great movie.
A nice, emotional family fare that pays homage to fills like Rocky. This rock'em sock'em robots movie never loosing footing because of its focus on the human element more than the robot element.
This franchise thrives on fresh direction. Even though the one constant is Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, each movie has its own individual feel and flavor. Adding his name to Brian De Palma, John Woo, and J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird gives us an awesome Mission: Impossible that can be considered the best in the franchise. The movie is fun, sexy, and full of slam-bang thrills along with a story that is halfway decent. I am looking forward to watching Brad Bird's live-action movies from here on forth.
An exciting movie from the Luc Besson machine (Transporter, Taken, Fifth Element, etc.) Much like Taken, Colombiana is titled to more of the action and adventure and uses a talented actress in Zoe Saldana to bring the emotion and drama.
A shocking take on an old classic. I had no idea that a Planet of the Apes movie could feel so fresh, thrilling, and emotional. Wyatt does an excellent job of telling the story through Caesar's eyes and making the CGI work with the movie instead of overshadowing the movie. Serkis also needs to be given an award for his portrayal as Caesar. He was the main reason the audience could fall in love with the film's protagonist, an ape.