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Not as good as the original, but still an excellent movie. Much like the book this part is weaker than the first half. However, I like the fact that the ending was changed for the better. Bill Hader steals the show. Upstaging both Chastain and McAvoy. There are no real weak performances in this film. I do wish there were more Pennywise though. He is hidden throughout this film to build suspense. Besides Hader the story between Bev and Ben is really amazing. The direction was really strong and the film looked beautiful. Great time at the movies for sure.
A surprise of a movie. Never had any high hopes for this one, but walked out really impressed. It isnt perfect and the narrative jumps a bit. The actors do a good job for a bunch of people I had never heard of. The visuals are really fun and there are a few good jump scares that sneak up on you. I can see this turning into a yearly franchise that keeps going and going.
Another great outing for the franchise. Michael B. Jordan continues to prove his acting chops with Adonis Johnson. Watching the character go through 2 life altering changes and how he rediscovers himself is a true underdog story. Ringing back to its roots of the Rocky movies, Creed II does everything it can to hit the heart strings. The love between Adonis and B is really touching. The two of them may not see eye to eye on everything, but that is what makes them so endearing to the audience. They feel real. The true hero of this film is the script. Giving Viktor and Ivan a struggle and a reason for being monsters is something that was needed in Rocky 4. This strengthens a movie that is 30 years old. Like any Rocky movie, or great sports movie, the training sequences are fantastic. Getting the audience pumped up to go along on the ride with the characters. The score is also a triumph! Every musical tone fits perfectly. A must watch.
Introducing new characters and building upon already established ones. This movie does a wonderful job balancing the old and new. Jessica Cruz and Starboy are great additions. Showing audiences that superheroes have flaws, dark spots, and fears. Most see these characters as bullet proof characters. Cruz and Starboy prove otherwise. Cruz suffers from severe PTSD and Depression to where she cannot get out of her apartment. She must overcome her fears and disabilities to move forward to her potential. Starboy suffers from Schizophrenia and has a hard time adjusting to the time jump of going back in time. This really drew me in and kept me watching. A must watch for any DC fan.
This is Tarentino through and through. His style and film flow oozes from frame to frame. I wouldnt say it's his best work, but it is entertaining nonetheless. The whole film has you wanting to know what's next for Cliff and Rick. There is constantly the question of Sharon Tate in the back of your mind as well. Tarentino does what he does best and twists the story to an unexpected end and shares a laugh or two along the way. The dialogue is the strength of this film. Keeping me interested in the characters and their lives.
Lions roar their way to strike a nostalgic cord. This is nearly a shot for shot remake with tiny tweaks here and there. I still prefer the original. Cartoons have an easier time emoting than the real thing. It's hard to see glee, anger, or sadness with an actual animal. That is where this one falls a bit flat. Sure, the voice does a great job with their characters, but you dont get the same joy that the original brought with it. Optimism isnt as easy to see when lions dead pan the camera. I would say it is a technical achievement and John Favoruo does one heck of a job showing his achievements through visuals.
Another creepy and uncomfortable film from Ari Aster. Florence Pugh is phenomenal in her role. She is gradually becoming an actress that you cant miss. This is a breakup movie that goes horribly wrong. The tension and disorientation makes for an uncomfortable ride. However, it is one that you dont want to swerve away from. The first 40 minutes drag a little, but when then ball gets rolling it really rolls. The disturbing images are not for the faint of heart. Things get weird and some things that are seen are a lot to take on. The reason this gets the rating it got is because the script wasnt as powerful as Aster's Hereditary. It just felt a little choppy. However, the cinematography is absolutley stunning. Shot after shot really take ones breath away. From beginning to end you cant help but be blown away by the visual masterpiece.
The best of the Tom Holland Spider-Man appearances yet. The struggle that Peter shows between being a teen and a superhero is what I've been waiting for. The creators hinted at those struggle in Homecoming, but really hit the mark in this one. Tom Holland taps into the emotional response from Endgame. It pulls at your heart and makes you connect to the super hero on a personal level. Never did I think Mysterio could be done on screen properly. I was very wrong. Jake Gyllenhaal really nails the performance and brings the character to life right off the comic page. His performance is the brightest point of the movie. His motivations are understandable and creates a villain that is obviously bad but the audience understands where he is coming from. A must see in the theater. The post credit scenes are also the best so far in the MCU.
A step down from its predecessors. but a good enjoyable film nonetheless. Bane is a welcomed villain from the lore of Batman. My childhood favorite villain by the way. Tom Hardy makes him feel menacing by a single touch or look. At one point he simply lays his hand upon the shoulder of Ben Mendelsohn and a shiver went down my spine. The plot is a bit slow and drags a bit towards the middle of the movie. Bale does his best to play an aged and weathered Bruce. Another problem is Batman isnt in this movie near enough. It is more of a Bruce Wayne movie than a Batman movie. Other than those two issues the movie is a good time.
Such a good movie that brings me back to my childhood. I grew up on Jim Henson products and this one was by far my favorite. The mythical themes and amazing visuals always caught my attention. Sure it isnt a perfect film, but I have always found enjoyment in it. The Skecsies are terrifying and perfect villains. Even the dopey one is scary. The Mystics are calming and gentle, but hold a power that is soothing to the viewer. Our protagonist is the weakest part of the film which is what docks it a star.
A fun movie and a different take on the Chucky character. I did not have any real expectations when coming into the theater. I was pleasantly surprised when leaving. Mark Hamil did a great job voicing the terror and Aubrey Plaza was great in a type of role that is new to her. Usually she plays the dark comedy character, but he felt real as a mother. Gabriel Bateman blew my mind with his acting chops as well. He had me fully invested from start to finish.
A solid film, just one I feel is not needed in this franchise. Woody is a toy out of time with a kid that is starting to lose interest in him. This movie follows his character arc of trying to find his new place in Bonnie's world. I will say this is by far the funniest movie in the Toy Story franchise. Key and Peele are downright hilarious, and Keanue Reeves' Duke Kaboom was the favorite of my theater. I feel the movie suffers from a lack of a villain as well. Gaby Gaby tries to be that, but fails to live up to villains prior to her. Lotso Bear, Stinky Pete and Sid were strong villainous characters and Gaby Gaby is just kinda weak. Buzz is treated fairly poorly in this as well. Turning the strength of Woody in previous outings into sort of a bumbling idiot. The score of the film hits home and is the strength of the film. Randy Newman really has his finger on the pulse of this franchise and knows exactly when to fire up the perfect song.
The wrestling entertainment industry usually gets a smirk or giggle when brought up in casual conversation. Steven Merchant does his best to try to change that notion with this film. Fighting with my Family is a triumph of a movie. The story of Paige is so interesting and Merchant shows this intriguing story without pulling too many punches. Paige has always been one of the more interesting female wrestlers and this film shows the audience why. Her determination and skill is perfectly portrayed by Florence Pugh. This young woman is one hell of an actress and shows her skill throughout this movie. A must see for anyone not just wrestling fans.
So... the human storylines through this film are boring. Plain and simple. However, the monsters are amazing. It is no oscar winner, but it is what I paid for. I came to see a monster throw down and it delivered. I'm excited to see what comes next in Kong vs Godzilla.
A fun horror film that shows what could happen if a superman like character wasnt a good person.
I had a great time watching this! Entering the theater I had doubts about Will Smith as the Genie. He did nothing but prove me dead wrong. From start to finish this was a fun time. Guy Ritchie's finger prints are all over this film, which is a good thing. Turning Jafar into a high level con-man was genius. The original version saw him as a creepy old man. This one sees him as smooth and caniving. To me that is much more terrifying. The way the film is shot is very much in Ritchie's style. I loved the camera work and color pallet used throughout. The CGI characters of Abu and Carpet tug at your heart. Sure, they have moments of mischief and bone headed discussions, but that makes them more enduring to the audience. I am really looking forward to another viewing of this Disney reimagining.
One of the top sports films to date. Kurt Russell is an amazing Coach Brooks. The writing for this movie is incredibly well done. Even knowing all the events that took place before seeing the film, I found myself wrapped up in the movie. Jumping for joy when the ending takes place.
Solid film that tells the little known story of the attempt to kill Hitler and capture Germany by his own people. Singer does a great job building tension and keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. Tom Cruise delivers a memorable performance that shows the internal rebellion against the Fürher. My big hang up was the actors keeping their native accents. I understood the language transition at the beginning of the film, but it just didnt do it for me. I would have preferred German accents on all the actors to make it feel more legitimate.