Cake – movie review

CakeGrade: A+

Oh my God. This movie proved that Jennifer Aniston is Superwoman. I can not express in words how absolutely riveting her performance was. My heart was ripped from my chest and thrown on the ground only to have a double-decker bus come by and run over. Then it backed up and ran over it again. It left a feeling of complete and utter despair.

This is not a movie for anyone battling depression. It would leave you in a bad way. I’m an incredibly happy person and I wasn’t able to shake the sadness for days. The day I saw this was my granddaughter’s second birthday. When I got home we gave her a yummy cake and started singing Happy Birthday. The tears that came to my eyes were due to the symbolic meaning of Cake from the movie.

I hope Jennifer lands every award possible for this performance. She rightfully deserves it. It is the best movie I have ever seen that I wish I could un-see.

The Wedding Ringer – movie review

WeddingRingerGrade: A

The Wedding Ringer was absolutely hilarious! I am going to go see it again because I missed a bunch of stuff since I was laughing so hard. It really was non stop humor.

Will it win an Oscar? Most definitely not, but what it did win was my new favorite Kevin Hart film. He was at the top of his game. It really looked like he was enjoying himself.

It was definitely a team effort. The entire supporting cast was marvelous. I would recommend this movie to anyone who just wants to laugh for a while. You won’t be disappointed.

Blackhat – movie review

blackhatGrade: B-

When I went to see this movie, I was honestly a little disheartened. It’s not my kind of movie and it just seemed like every other bad guy action movie out there. With that being said, I actually really enjoyed it. The first 45 minutes kind of dragged, but it was worth it.

The acting was surprisingly well done. It would’ve lost me had anyone other than Chris Hemsworth played the lead role. He’s a great actor with a diverse range. His supporting actors did incredibly well too. They all did a cohesive job of drawing you into their lives and making you feel sympathy for them, which is important in any good movie.

All in all, if you like these genres of movie, or even just Chris Hemsworth, you’ll appreciate the movie. It revolved around hacking computers and writing code, which is totally over my head, but they did a good job of making you feel like you knew what they were talking about. So good job to them and I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.

Neighbors – movie review

MomsNightOutGrade: A

Have you ever had something so funny happen that when you replay it in your head you start laughing all over again? I am experiencing that while entering my Peetimes for Neighbors. I was reading over my notes and started cackling again and I’m all by myself now. This was a non-stop laugh riot.

Each and every one of the actors did such an amazing job that this just made my top five comedies of all time. The delivery was perfect and the chemistry between everyone was top notch. I can’t decide who my favorite character was. I’m going to go see it again this weekend and maybe I can decide then.

Let me warn you, it’s rated R for a reason. Don’t let your little ones trick you into taking them. It’s not just because of the language. It’s over the top raunchy at some points but it totally worked.

Need for Speed – movie review

NeedForSpeedGrade: B

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Need For Speed for months. For a Mustang lover this movie delivered the goods at 234 miles per hour. The cars were amazing. They were the stars of this film.

If you are looking for a realistic movie, keep searching. There were some far fetched scenes but I didn’t care because it was all about the Need For Speed. The acting wasn’t bad either. The cast seemed to have pretty good chemistry and there wasn’t too much extra stuff thrown in to weigh the real plot down. There were even some LOL moments.

I walked out of the theater quite pleased. As long as you are a car lover that sometimes has a lead foot, I’d recommend going to see this one. You want the experience to be in a theater. It not only looked great but the sound was amazing.

Vampire Academy – movie review

VampireAcademyGrade: A

Vampire Academy is the type of movie that has only a certain kind of fan base. With that being said, I am guilty of having read all the books, so I had a bit of an advantage going in. I was worried about the way they portrayed the main characters in the previews, so I didn’t have very high expectations on this movie. I know the books were great, I just didn’t think they could pull it off. It just so happens they did pull it off, and even exceeded my expectations in doing so. I don’t want to compare it to “Twilight,” so I’m not going to. I feel that this movie appeals to an older crowd, if only by a few years. Better story-line, better acting, and pretty cool special effects.

Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry, were great together. They played off of each other nicely, being that they’re polar opposites. The chemistry between all the main characters was refreshing, if not a little surprising. I was very happy with Gabriel Byrne’s character, Victor Dashkov. He’s always sure to please, and brings a great deal more to any movie no matter the genre.

I look forward to seeing the rest of the series. I anticipate Vampire Academy to be the next “big” thing in anything supernatural. If you’re a long time fan, or even a new-found glory, you’re sure to leave pleased and waiting for more.

The Legend of Hercules – movie review

the-legend-of-herculesGrade: B

Each week the family sits around waiting anxiously to find out what movie we each get.  I was terribly sad to find out that I was getting the new Hercules movie. I thought to myself that at least three hours of my life would be wasted. When I’m wrong,  which isn’t very often,  I say I’m wrong.  Hercules, in my opinion, was a super fun movie.  My biggest dread was coming from how these types of movies are usually over done and way too long.  They really found a happy medium with this one.  It never dragged,  the action scenes weren’t over played and the actors delivered their lines perfectly.  When I’ve been stuck doing Peetimes for this type of movie in the past I usually amused myself during the movie by making fun of it. This time,  I would have fought right along with Hercules because I believed in his cause.  So in closing,  if you want a quick escape from reality, Hercules is a good option.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

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Grade: B+

The Marked Ones really surprised me. I have been a fan of the franchise since its inception and was really leery of this new spin they were bringing. My worries were unfounded. As I sat in the theater on opening night, along with the rest of the audience, we watched a movie that made us laugh and scream. The two main characters had great chemistry and were really funny. It seemed they were funny even when they weren’t trying. However, near the end of the movie is when stuff started getting suspenseful.

This was date night for my husband and I. All you girls out there know that date night means you have just shaved your legs and you actually put on your make-up. This wasn’t a sweat pants and pony tail type of night. Through-out the movie there were numerous moments that gave me the chills. By the time we were walking out of the theater I realized that my earlier shaving of the legs was a total waste of time. I looked at my husband and apologized. I simply said, “Tonight, you’re sleeping with Sasquatch.”
 
I want to point out a few things that may enhance your experience. A few of the scenes that were in the trailers were not in the movie. In my opinion they made a drastic error in deleting one important scene. It takes place when Jesse goes into the basement and sees the two little girls standing there. They deleted the dialogue between Jesse the little girls. You only get a brief glimpse of them. Me and my husband were like, “Who the crap are they?” We didn’t get why they were there. After some research I figured out those little girls are supposed to be Katie and Kristi. They warn Jesse that “He is ready for you.” This all plays into the portal thing that you will learn about.

Last but not least, we sat through the credits anxiously awaiting the teaser extra that they are known for. We sat there for nothing. No extras! I couldn’t believe it. I was thinking that meant that they were finally wrapping it up. For the last week I was a little sad thinking that the movies were over. I am happy to report now that there will be another one and it is coming out in October!

2 Guns – movie review

2gunsGrade: A+
2 Guns blew me away. The movie was so well done that I couldn’t possibly fit all of the great moments into this review.

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg were perfect. The chemistry that these two have is incredible. They brought their characters to life in such a way that it was actual movie magic. We’ve known for years that Denzel is a great actor but this movie has proven Wahlbergs worthiness beyond a shadow of a doubt. No matter what kind of role he takes, he makes it his own.

It will appeal to almost everyone. This movie recipe has comedy, drama and action and the amounts were perfect. The screen cooked for 109 minutes! Even during the dramatic moments there was an underlying comedic tone, but not in a corny way. It just plain worked.
The supporting cast did an amazing job as well. James Marsden, Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos each contributed another perfect dash to this five star dish. These three were all bad guys in a really good way.

Why are you still here? You should be on your way to theater by now. Seriously, go.

The Conjuring – movie review

TheConjuringGrade: A

The Conjuring was by far the best scary movie I have seen since I was a little girl. At one point I was wishing for my blanket to cover my head and hide my eyes with. I do not have one bad thing to say abut this movie. It was great.

The entire cast gave top notch performances. Special notice goes to Vera Farmiga and Lili Taylor. These two woman were superb. They had great chemistry together and brought the movie to life.

I have to mention that as I sat waiting to see if there was anything after the credits I overheard a conversation between an older couple. The wife was actually crying because she had gotten so scared. She told her husband as she walked by me, “Don’t ever make me watch this again. I’m going to have bad dreams forever.”

The Conjuring rekindled my love for scary movies. Great job!