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San Andreas
San Andreas (2015)
18 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Ok, San Andreas is not a perfect movie but was better than expected and worth seeing on the big screen.

There are many who downplay the "exaggeration" of the effects and claim that it would not be possible. The scriptures promise that in a coming day "the earth will reel to and fro like a drunken man" and will therefore be much worse than shown in this movie. Those scenes are not unrealistic as, "every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low".

The only salvation will be to be among the righteous as the wicked will not be spared.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
23 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I am giving this 4 stars because of the most amazing graphics and 3D animation ever seen in a movie and the best one since Avatar. This must be seen in HFR and 3D and preferably in IMAX. I know its a lot more but there is no other movie like this as this is a groundbreaking event. My daughter commented that she had never seen anything like this before and its surreal effects. It must have been a nightmare for the crew to keep all the details correct in such a hyper-focused environment. But enough on the technical side.

At least this one gives a finality to the series that was way too long and drawn out. I was so mad at the ridiculous second one that I almost didn't go see this one. As for the story it ends up (of course) in becoming one giant battle scene where dwarfs without headgear (just a lot of hair) end up slaughtering zillions of giant Orcs who are in full armor and "trained since birth for battle". The story of "greed over gold" is almost the same as "greed for the ring" in the LOTR series. Why Gandalf doesn't use his powers is beyond me and must be something he learns later. There are so many times I can't understand what they are saying and there are too many underdeveloped subplots to follow and care about (they spent the whole time on war scenes, not characters). Overall, not the best movie, except for the graphics which are stunning to say the least.

Interstellar
Interstellar (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I saw my first IMAX movie tonight-Interstellar. What a great choice to break me into the large screen visuals and all I can say is Wow. This is a ground breaking movie in many ways using low tech methods for special effects giving it a reality lost in the digital world. This is a thinking persons movie. It is grand, epic and very emotional. Although much of it is in space, it has almost nothing to do with space, it has to do with people. Yes there are lots of references to quantum physics, but it does a pretty good job of explaining the theory along the way, and don't let that stop you from going. Great acting on all fronts (except, surprisingly, Matt Damon as he seemed out of his realm). Great visuals and interesting story that does not try to answer all the questions it brings up. This is one of the best movies this decade and although I hate to build it up too much (because the mind usually overdoes it and gets disappointed) I am not sure that you can overdo it. Profound and thought provoking, it leaves you with a great sense of wonder when it s over making you question what you just saw. I think I have a new favorite director with Christopher Nolan. If this doesn't win several Oscars, the Academy should be disbarred.

Meet The Mormons
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Some people will have to put aside their false beliefs about what Mormons are all about to go and see this movie. Some will have to put aside their prejudices, fears, misconceptions, bigotry and a host of other things going on in their heads to spend 1 hour and 18 minutes seeing something positive about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but its worth every minute. This movie is not a treatise on the teachings or doctrines of the LDS Church, its just about how 6 members live their lives in very different situations. It is not a money maker for the church as all proceeds go to the American Red Cross so go see it just to support them and feel like you got something more than just a receipt for the donation to charity. If you want to feel good, go see it. If you are looking for something positive in a world gone crazy, go see it. No matter what religion you belong to, its worth your time to see something you did not know before and isn't a parody from the Simpsons or South Park (both of which have cameo appearances). When it was over, no one wanted to move. They all just sat there soaking in the wonderful feeling they had and watched the credits slowly crawl past to the music. Find a local theater that is showing it (there aren't very many) and go see it.

Maleficent
Maleficent (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What a pleasant surprise. There was nothing else I wanted to see that had recently opened so we went to the $4 movies and saw Maleficent. It's pretty much a cross between Sleeping Beauty (or any "Princess" movie) and The Lord of The Rings with plenty of action for the adult males in the audience (its surprisingly, not much of a chick flick, although there is definitely some there). I have read several of the critics who seemed find fault with it and its lead actress, Angelina Jolie, but this movie deserves watching. I really didn't know where this was going to end up and how it would end. There is ONE major flaw that I won't spoil here, but it is still worth watching. Its not quite right for the under 6 crowd though as it is too dark. This is best for the over 12 group.