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I didn't know what to expect from this film, but I'm glad I decided to see it, because it truly is a masterpiece. It's a very small film, but it has the feel of a big scale film, because they go from various different places over a short period of time. It's a very fast-paced film and it really is a great story about two brothers who are also bank robbers. It was written by Taylor Sheridan who wrote "Sicario," which was also a masterpiece. You are really invested in the characters and the plot from the very beginning of the film and it just takes you on a ride that doesn't end until the end credits hit. The film has one of the best endings I have ever seen; it features so many emotions and so many great small stares between the two characters in the scene. There are great performances, especially by Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Foster gives the best performance of his entire career, while Bridges gives a performance that we have never seen before. He is the best thing about this film. There is one downside, and that's some of the characters. They really seem like cartoon characters and I didn't know what they were in this film. However, this is a masterpiece and it's definitely one of the best films this year.
This is truly a magical experience. This film takes the concept of "dream" and makes it to some extraordinary and beautiful. It's masterly crafted by Damien Chazelle, who shows the Academy that made a mistake by not nominating him for "Whiplash." He does a masterful job with directing this film and every single shot is a georgerous long scene that shows beautiful parts of Los Angeles. The film is adapted from a very well-written screenplay that really was made as a love letter to the old Hollywood films. This film is a musical that has great songs and really powerful music that will stick with the audience for many moments afterwards. There are some great performances in here, especially from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Gosling gives a very straight forward performance and we always know what he wants. But Stone gives one of the best performances of the year in a role that was probably very much like her own life back in days. I loved this film and I hope that many people will watch it when they get the chance.
Another sequel we didn't ask for. And this time it's for the most underwhelming movie of late years. And this movie is exactly the same. It's the exact same story, with the setting being changed to Miami and the reasoning for why Ice Cube brings Kevin Hart on the trip isn't really there at all. I still don't understand why he brought him and I think that this would have been a better movie if Kevin Hart just hadn't been in it. Hart does what he does in so many other movies and becomes the badly-written "over-the-top" character that he plays in every single movie that he is in. Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn and Tyrese Gibson ends up being completely useless characters that are only in the movie so that they can put the names on the poster. Ice Cube and Benjamin Bratt, however, were really good and played characters that were actually written pretty well. Bratt plays a villain that immediately gets you hooked and makes you want to watch what happens to the character in the end. Some of the action scenes (the few there are) are actually pretty good. However, this movie ends up becoming another really disappointing sequel that doesn't really level the standard of the first movie or is even 'alright' like the first one. This movie just sucks!
I really love the direction that this new "Star Trek" franchise is going. It's not the normal exploration drama anymore, but it's more an action piece. And it's a very good one. I really love this movie. If you take away all the previous movies, this is probably better than the first one, because it really does a lot more than the first one and it does go to new planets, for example Kronos which was a treat to see. The acting is great, especially from Cumberbatch who gives a great performance as the main villain. He gives a scary performance as well as a really emotional and lovable performance. One of the reasons, however, why we need to look at the other movies like canon, is because of a scene featuring Leonard Nimoy. And that's where the movie haults for me. This movie is a soft reboot of the great "The Wrath of Khan," and when the movie tries to be that masterpiece, it really feels sloppy for me. I didn't like the fact that Cumberbatch turned out to be Khan and that they wanted to give the character a little twist. The fact that his blood can bring people back from the dead is the most ridiculous thing that anyone has ever done in a movie and that took me out of the movie and really had a big impact on my final thoughts. But, I still ended up liking the movie very much and, while I can't say that it's better than the first one, I can say that it is definitely a worthy follow-up and a great addition to this new franchise.
It came as a shock to many people when it was announced that Paramount Pictures would make a new "Star Trek" movie that would reboot the franchise. But when the movie came out, pretty much everybody agreed that it was pretty good. This movie is awesome! J.J. Abrams managed to make a movie with some incredible acting and a really good story. The new actors were all pretty good and, of course, Leonard Nimoy who returned to play the older version of Spock proved that he still got it. The weaknesses of this movie are the visual effects when it comes to the creatures and then the villain who is incredibly weak. I didn't think that they had gave him a good reason for him to do what it is that he does. However, I still love this movie and I can't wait to see where this franchise will be going.
This is a horrible movie. The plot really have potential to create something smart and special, but because of horrible writing and mediocre directing from Roland Emmerich, it just becomes another big scaled disaster movie. The characters are definitely the worst thing about this movie, because they are so uninteresting and the acting is so bad. John Cusack's character is so horribly written that Cusack himself, didn't even bother giving a somewhat acceptable performance. Woody Harrelson just plays Woody Harrelson, and while that may not be a bad thing, his character is just as insane and crappy written as every other character. Chiwetel Ejiofor is the only actor who gives a somewhat good performance in this movie, but his character is really just there for exposition and to narrate the various events that go down in the movie. The effects on the other hand are spectacular and follow the trail of great effects in Emmerich's movies, except for "Godzilla," of course. In the end, this is a really bad movie with some bad writing and badly written characters. Still excited for "Independence Day: Resurgence," though...
I have nothing but admiration when it comes to this movie. "Finding Nemo" was one of my personal favorites while growing up and it certainly stills holds up to this day. When we look at it today, it's still a wonderful tale about a dad who is trying to find his son who has been kidnapped. The cast is amazing. Albert Brooks gives a very personal performance; probably the best in his career. Alexander Gould is incredibly surprising and is probably one of the best child actors out there. Willem Dafoe's character is very mysterious and that totally helps when it comes to his development and his story. But the memorable performance is without a doubt Ellen DeGeneres and her incredibly lovable character of Dory. She is incredible and the fact that she is the main character in the sequel is probably the best that could possibly happen when it comes to trying to keep up with the original. This is not just a great animated movie, but is one of the best movies ever made.
This is a very disappointing movie. It's a movie filled with great actors who try to play some badly written and underdeveloped characters. It works for Mark Ruffalo and Isla Fisher who manage to bring some life into their characters, but for everyone else, we are mainly entertained because they are actors that we know and love. There are some good things, for example the scenes where the Four Horsemen are performing their acts, which are scenes that I really like and I think that Louis Leterrier really directed those scenes very good. There are several action scenes that are really poorly done and there is also a twist in the movie that was so bad and had no setup at all during the entire movie. This is a movie that had potential to be a great movie, but it didn't really work out that way, unfortunately.
It has been years since we have seen a good Michael Bay movie. But now we have finally got something that can be put on the same pedestal as "The Rock" and "Bad Boys." Bay does such a good job with the source material that he has and creates something incredibly memorable, which is something that I never thought I was ever going to say about Bay. There are some great performances from James Badge Dale and John Krasinski who throws away that 'funny guy' persona and becomes one of the coolest badasses in modern film. My only negatives are the fact that there are never any motivations given to the terrorists and that makes them expendable characters; the worst kind of characters in movies. I don't like the fact that they never mention the politics involved, because this situation had a big impact on the politics in America moving forward. However, in the end, I really liked this movie and I hope that Bay will begin to do some more of these films.
What this movie shows is that if you try to combine the dark and gritty feel of the original comicbooks and the funny humor of the television series, you get something that just shouldn't exist. This is a movie that I think I would have enjoyed so much more if I was still a child and I really love these turtles, so that really shouldn't be the case. And let's all be honest: this is not a ninja turtles movie; this is an April O'Neil movie featuring the ninja turtles and that REALLY SHOULD NEVER EXIST!! Megan Fox is really not good in the movie and that's not good when she is the leading character in the film. Much of her story really didn't fit with me at all. When the turtles come in, however, is where the movie really shines, because they really manage to bring the humor to the screen which is something that Fox was never able to do. This is a really bad movie that has some good points, but in the end, it's a failure on so many different levels.
This is one of the movies that I truly consider a masterpiece. It was the first Hollywood movie for M. Night Shyamalan and this was something he made back when he had very good and interesting ideas. It has a very interesting story that is just executed so well with Shyamalan incredibly direction and the incredibly acting from his actors. Bruce Willis is giving the best performance of his entire career and it feels incredibly natural that he is a very serious person, but still knows how to come up with some jokes. Haley Joel Osment, however, is the true star of this movie. He is phenomenal and he delivers a truly award-worthy performance that people can enjoy from now to the end of the world. I loved this movie and I can't really find anything wrong with it.
This is the movie that would end changing the film industry forever. After this movie was released in the cinema, it became incredibly popular to give movies 3D releases, however, they still don't know how to make the 3D look as good as it did in this movie. This is a visual masterpiece and you can thank James Cameron for his persistance and his vision that eventually enabled this masterpiece to be shown on the big screen. The movie has some very good performances, but the best performance is given by Stephen Lang who plays the main antagonist in the movie. He gives so much of himself in this performance and really nails the motivation and the villainous nature that this character needs. The story is, however, a very classic and it's something that we have seen 100 times before. The movie is a visual masterpiece, but the story really lacks something new and my only prayer for the next couple of movies is that Cameron comes up with better and original stories.
It's always hard to take a beloved childrens franchise and make it more adult, but it worked for Warner Bros. when they gave Alfonso Cuáron the job of directing the third installment of the Harry Potter franchise. Cuáron does a magnificent job with this movie and you couldn't have thought of any director better than him to do this kind of transition into the more dark and gritty, but yet still funny world of Harry Potter. The acting is also way better this time around, but that doesn't come as a surprise when you add really experienced actors like David Thewlis and Gary Oldman to the mix, but also the performances of the our three main guys are pretty good. The direction has changed into something very exciting for me.
Another big disappointing sequel to "The Matrix," though still a little superor to the very bad second movie. This movie is really a CGI extravaganza and that overshadows the aspects of a story that could have been very interesting, had the Wachowskis spend more time developing it, than just releasing six months after the second one. The performances are watchable this time around as you can see that Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne really tries to safe this franchise through their likeable performances. Hugo Weaving simply seems like he doesn't want to be there. The story isn't as complicated as in the second movie, but it's just as underwhelming as that one and as you watch the movie again, you really understand why the Wachowskis decided to stop the ideas of future installments. While this isn't the worst of the three, it's definitly a horrible ending to a promising start.
After a movie that was so great and so intelligently crafted together piece by piece, everybody had their expectations incredibly high when they announced a sequel. And maybe that was a bad thing. "The Matrix Reloaded" is not as good a film as the first one. Not even close. This movie fails on many of the levels where the first movie really shined. Where the first movie had a very interesting, yet simple story, this movie just goes into the very complicated and throws a plot right in the face of the audience. A plot that I don't even think The Wachowskis really understood themselves. The acting also seems a little bit off this time. Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving seems a lot less interested this time around, where - on the opposite site - Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss really shine in this movie, as well as the new additions like Monica Bellucci who didn't really work the first time I saw the movie, but definitely grew on me as I watched it a second time. This movie is filled with over-complicated plot and story points, and not even the few cool action scenes in the movie can save it.
"The Matrix" isn't a perfect film, but it really is close to being one. The Wachowskis show us for the first (and only) time how good they are with original stories that they know is really going to touch the audience in a very deep and fascinating way. It's very smartly put together and the structure and story are great opposite each other. The performances by Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving are great and you believe every moment that these characters are on the screen in front of you. This movie shows an alternate world in a very dreamlike and almost trippy way, and that's the audience wants: something that can really challenge them and make them see everything differently afterwards. This movie definitely managed to do that and can easily be put on the list of the greatest films of all time.
It has really been a popular trend lately, remaking old classic cartoons into live action movies. And that was also done with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," but it's being redone and Eric, the Huntsman is getting a much bigger role this time around. This movie constantly tries to remind you that you are actually watching a remake of an old fairytale, but that they have done some changes, but it's not like we ever need to be reminded of that because we can see it and the only thing that is basically the same are some of the characters. Snow White and the Huntsman are some of the characters that we recognize and then not really. Then the dwarfs, but they have been changed for something that isn't exactly positive. The performances by Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are great and they really knock it out of the park, even though the story doesn't really do that much to help the characters at all. Kristen Stewart is fine in the movie, but her performance only change slightly from her horrible performance in "The Twilight Saga" movies. The movie isn't really that good and it definitely doesn't get better no matter how many times you watch it.
There are good comicbook movies and there are bad comicbook movies. This movie definitely has its place among the worst of the worst. There are multiple things to hate about this movie, and not so many things to like. You can say that the movie is saved somehow by Colin Farrell's somewhat good performance, but everyone else in the movie looks like they are suffering from some decease. Ben Affleck looks like he doesn't want to be there and Jennifer Garner is totally miscast as Elektra. The movie has no charisma and the story is really weak in many different ways. You can't really see where the original script got lost in horrible storytelling or if the script was just bad from the very first draft. The action in the movie fails on many different levels, because you never really knows what's going on with the characters in the scenes. This movie is a failure on many different levels!
Who would have ever thought that a movie featuring Nicolas Cage could possibly become one of the worst movies of all time. Well, apparently not me, because I watched this movie with a lot of hope that my precious Nic Cage would get back upon that pedestal that once was on. But, unfortunately, this movie doesn't do that. This movie isn't just 'not good', it really sucks. It's without a doubt the worst movie in 2014, mostly because of the fact that nothing happens throughout most of its runtime. And when things finally happen, it's just followed by another half hour where nothing at all happens. This movie is incredibly boring and the story is incredibly dry. It's almost like the publishers of the book wanted this movie to be so s****y that they could not make a sequel so that the two people who actually enjoyed this movie (the director and Nicolas Cage) would go out and read the books instead. The cast is horrible and Nicolas Cage doesn't really help, because he doesn't do s**t in this entire damn movie. This is a really bad movie that no one should ever see EVER!
I don't really understand why this movie is called "Dr. Strangelove" as the character of Dr. Strangelove only appears in a few minutes in the actual movie. But with that cast aside I must say that this was a very entertaining movie. I can see myself in the future watching this movie a couple more times, just to get off a few hours of my time. Stanley Kubrick have always been very good at getting the audience to care about, not only the stories, but the character's as well. And while this movie doesn't have a whole lot of characters, it still has a few that we can find enjoyment in. Peter Sellars is really good in this movie as he takes on the hard job of playing three very different characters in the movie, but out of all of them, I must say that Dr. Strangelove was the weirdest of them and the proud Englisman Lionel Mandrake was the most enjoyable one of them. He is joined by a rich supporting cast who helps the movie along, but in the end, it is Sellars and Kubrick's movie. A very entertaining and great movie.