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  • Delivery Man

    Delivery Man (2013)

    April 15, 2014

    "Delivery Man" tells the story of a man who used to be a sperm donor, ply to find in the future that he has birthed over 533 children over the years. Of those 533, 142 of them wish to know the identity of their biological father. With many heartfelt moments and some solid comedy, this is a film that I will have no problem rewatching in the future, but with someone else. It is a very well-made film for what it is, but it does lack a little in it's script, which felt all little off. Vince Vaughn actually seems to be into this role more than his others, as he does not have as many witty remarks. I definitely recommend the film to suckers of the dramedy genre. I really enjoyed it!

  • Rio 2

    Rio 2 (2014)

    April 11, 2014

    Although it does suffer from a bit of unoriginality throughout it's villainous plots, "Rio 2" boasts from a great voice cast and stunning visuals (but that is nothing short of expected from Dreamworks at this point). I enjoyed this film a lot, as the same characters return and it's emotional peaks still remain. This sequel is definitely more child-oriented than the first film, due to it's dumbed down humour and by-the-numbers story arches. When it get's fun, it's really fun though and kids of all ages will enjoy it, and parents may even get a kick at some of the childish humour, because I know I did. "Rio 2" is nothing too special, and it is nothing compared to it's predecessor, but it is a fun kids adventure filled with lessons and heart. Not a must see in theatres, but a "must watch eventually" for kids.

  • Rio

    Rio (2011)

    April 11, 2014

    Sweet and innocent all around, "Rio" is the type of kids film that usually only comes around once or twice a year, and is both equally for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Although the feel of the picture is very childish, but the heart and motives behind each character, whether or not it is an animal or human, feels very genuine. The story follows one of the two last Blu Birds in the country, and they must be united to birth new life into their species. Many lessons will be learnt for kids and many emotional moments and adult humour will be shared for adults. It's not groundbreaking animation, but it is beautiful to look at as always, and it's a very fun film to boot. I will remember this short a sweet story for years to come, and recommend it to families of all ages. "Rio" is a lot of fun!

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    April 05, 2014

    Arguably the best Marvel film to date, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" really just takes everything you love about superhero films and meshes it together with every great thriller/action film ever made, and it makes for a fantastic time at the movies. With some great twists, and things you may or may not have seen coming that still come off as very effective. As always, Chris Evans plays his role perfectly, but Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johannsen get a lot of screen time as well and they do their characters justice. Anthony Mackie, a newcomer to the Marvel Universe, is a very likeable character and I cannot wait to see more of him in the future. Pulling from many aspects of the first film while still acknowledging the Avengers, this is one of the strongest stories that almost holds up on it's own. They are leaving so many options open for the future of this Universe and I cannot wait to see the directions they take. I had a blast watching this film, and really, aside from a few minor complaints, it's perfect for what it is.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    April 05, 2014

    In a summer filled with super heroes and sequels, there are a few movies that shine bright, and although it is not perfect, Captain America is among the top of the summer flicks so far. With an astonishing look into the 40's, director Joe Johnson really captures the atmosphere to perfection, along with most of the dialogue and costumes. This tells the story of an unlikely man who is too scronny and weak to be a recruit in the army, but as Stark Industries decides to test it's new invention on him, he is the first of a new breed of "super-soldier." He then becomes famous around the world as he gains the name "Captain America," on television and performing live for audiences; However, his fame ends when he takes it upon him self to leave camp and begin the war on his own. All hell breaks loose and the film becomes awesome. There really isn't a part of this film that I can refer to as brilliant filmmaking in any sense, but the fact that they capture the vision of Captain America, the action sequences and the acting so well, can speak for itself. Although, it does seem to jump from event to event too quickly and leaves you wondering if there should be something that's missing, I still had a great time watching this film. Marvel hit the slumps at the beginning of the summer, but it is now back on it's feet. Captain America: The First Avenger is pure popcorn greatness.

  • Noah

    Noah (2014)

    March 28, 2014

    Although the first 30 minutes of the film may feel a bit off-putting, Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is a very well-made update on the old bible story that everyone knows, but with many things added that many be questionable to people of Catholic religion. If you are able to accept additions and changes, you will probably love this film for what it is. After being told that a massive flood will destroy all of mankind, Noah sees that he must build an ark for himself, his family, and two of every animal on the planet, but there is an evil side who wants what he has, and stone giants known as "the watchers" will protect Noah's Ark. To some, this film may even feel like an insult, but to me, it's their own take for entertainment purposes, and I was okay with that. At times it's hard to bear, it had me in tears, and Russell Crowe delivers a terrific performance yet again. It's cinematography is great, direction superb, and the script is much better than I expected. I feel that it's green screening could have been a bit improved but that's just me. I had a great time watching "Noah," because it delivers on Thrills, Suspense, Drama, and staying true to the material (in so many ways). If you go in with an open mind, I highly recommend it!

  • I, Frankenstein

    I, Frankenstein (2013)

    March 26, 2014

    Picking up many years after the original "Frankenstein" films, "I, Frankenstein" literally is about the hunt to kill his monster, who happens to be the main character, and we are supposed to root for him now? I guess so. I must say that this is one of the worst screenplay's to come from Hollywood in quite some time, and the visuals seem like they are unfinished or done by an amateur. I feel sorry for Aaron Eckhart, because he is capable of so much more than what this 80-minute snooze-fest had to offer. I would say that every recognizable actor/actress throughout this film has had one or two great films, and I admire them, but this picture did absolutely nothing for them, and made them all look like middle-of-the-road actors and actresses. I know this year is just getting started, but this will definitely hold up as one of the worst of 2014. Wow did this movie suck in every way.

  • Irreversible

    Irreversible (2002)

    March 24, 2014

    Whether or not they tried very hard to get some of the odd shots they pulled off, this whole film feels like build-up to nothing, because the last 20 minutes has the most relevance out of the entire film. "Irreversible" is notorious for it's rape scene, but I must say that I am surprised the film was even allowed to be released having that display. It may be some great and brutally honest acting, or he really did rape her, because I felt heartless after that scene. I do not have much to say about this film, because not really a whole lot happens until the end. It really is just a bizarre look into the directors mind I guess. This film will be forgotten in my mind for many reasons. There are some very cool edits and camera movements, but that is all this film has going for it. I didn't like it very much.

  • Better Luck Tomorrow

    Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

    March 22, 2014

    This was Justin Lin's first time directing a feature alone, and I must say, "Better Luck Tomorrow" has some of the most genius camerawork and editing techniques that I have seen in a long time. As we follow Ben and his friends as they are nearing the end of high school, they are succumbed to the evil underground dealing and stealing. With just the right amount of characterization, the cast in this film pull off performances that feel more real than anything. Sung Kang plays the role of Han (one of Ben's friends), and it is obvious that Justin Lin planned to bring his character (with a few tweaks mind you) into the "Fas & Furious" franchise. Hard decisions are made by the characters throughout the film and the tone will make you feel sick to your stomach at times, but it will all be worth it. This is probably one of the best independent films of the 2000's for sure. I loved it!

  • Side by Side

    Side by Side (2012)

    March 22, 2014

    Insightful all the way through, "Side By Side" is a great documentary, filled with tons of well-known celebrities as they talk about their thoughts on the conversion from digital filmmaking and the future of the industry. There are times, although they are different opinions, that the same thing is repeated, because there is only so much you can have an opinion on about this. Let's face it, old-fashioned filmmaking, and things of the like, will inevitably die out within the next decade, and probably sooner. Most directors believe this to be the end of cinema, but I believe we are in a rut that will take a while to get out of, because we are having trouble finding the absolute best talent out there, or just settling for middle of the road. This was very interesting to watch, due to the classic directors speaking their minds on the matter, but truthfully, once they are gone, film will be dumber and dumber. So yes I am scared for the industry, because film has such a huge impact on society, but the world goes how it goes, and sometimes it is not controllable. To me, that is what this film's message really was. I really loved watching "Side By Side," and I highly recommend fans of any genre of film to watch this.

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