The Longest Ride – movie review

Grade: B

The Longest Ride was all in all a pretty good movie. I felt good watching it, I even caught myself smiling throughout the whole thing. It’s a very feel good kind of movie, a real “All American” love story. They took two extremely different things, being bull-riding and art, and mixed the two worlds very tastefully. If you’re looking to sit back with your loved one and watch a touching, heart warming movie- this is it.

Nicholas Sparks is very good at what he does. All of his books are amazing, and I’ve read quite a few over the years. Now, this movie has nothing on The Notebook, who could touch that? But I would say its definitely one of his top 5 movies. (He’s released 11) The way he brings all these different elements into a simple love story is exhilarating, time and time again.
This movie is absolutely perfect for a date night. You will leave the theater smiling and happy, young and in love. Isn’t that the best way? It was very refreshing and I’m very happy I decided to see this movie, it lived up to all the standards I had set for it.longest-ride

Brotherly Love – movie review

brotherly-loveGrade: C

Brotherly Love was an unremarkable movie — not bad, just entirely forgettable. It skimmed over what could have been a really good story.

I found a bunch of plot holes, if it weren’t for those it would have been better. Also, there needed to be more back story. You were introduced to a lot of characters but were in the dark about what made them each tick.

On a positive note the acting was terrific. The actors did a great job of making you care about their characters.

The movie had potential to be excellent if they could have added about twenty more minutes of explanations.

Get Hard – movie review

Grade: B+

Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell were both awesome! I was really impressed with how well they played off of each other.

This is easily my second favorite Will Ferrell movie, after Step Brother of course. His character was so funny that I missed a bunch of the movie by laughing so hard. Kevin Hart brought his A game too.

This was a fun movie to watch, if you go see it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Do You Believe? – movie review

do-you-believemovGrade: A

I’ll admit that I was of the mind set that I was going to hate this movie and be bored beyond tears. As it happens I was moved to tears.

I’m not a religious person. I didn’t find God in this movie but what I found was the hope for humanity. There are some wonderful people in this world, and there are also some terrible people in this world. If the wonderful people could somehow help and guide the misguided, there’s your answer. I know I have the power in myself to help a struggling person. So do you. If we would all adopt this beautiful mind set, this world could be better. My faith is in that.

Giving a grade to this movie is proving difficult. I have some friends that I know would walk out. They would give it an F. This review being my personal opinion I’ve decided to give it an A. I walked out with a new hope. That is exactly what the movie was trying for and it succeeded.

The DUFF – movie review

the-DUFFGrade: A

The Duff blew me away. It was really well done and had a great message. Mae Whitman was especially good. Just watching her facial expressions made me laugh.

While I was watching this movie I was thinking to myself that you couldn’t pay me enough to go back to high school. The social aspect alone would be enough to drive me crazy. I had forgotten about all the drama that takes place throughout the year. The Duff addressed those issues and hit it out of the park. I think all freshman need to watch this movie and learn the tremendous values that it displays.

I would recommend this movie to anyone. It was a really fun movie that will make you laugh wholeheartedly.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot-tub-time-machine-2Grade: D+

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 bored me to tears. There were a couple of funny moments, which were in the trailers, but for the most part I didn’t like it. It felt forced. I didn’t even get the sense that the actors had any fun.

I thought the first one was funny but this one should have been skipped. Since I was bored through most of it I was paying attention to the crowd. The theater was half full and fairly quiet. There should have been a lot more laughing but I think they were on the same page as I was. It just didn’t have any spark.

I’d wait for the DVD.

The Lazarus Effect – movie review

lazarus-effectGrade: C+

The Lazarus Effect was slow to start and once it got going it was over before I knew it. I think that was was my only gripe with this movie. I felt the beginning lacked a proper introduction to the characters and the ending was rushed.

The premise had potential — who doesn’t want to see a doggie brought back from the dead? Who wouldn’t want to save the woman they love? This sounds remarkably similar to Pet Sematary doesn’t it? The Lazarus Effect can’t compete with Pet Sematary but it wasn’t horrible.

There were a few creepy scenes that made me jump. The minimal approach they took with makeup worked really well. Olivia Wilde was super spooky. I think her facial expressions were the scariest part of the movie.

If you don’t go in with super high expectations, you’ll be pleased.

Seventh Son – movie review

Grade: C

Seventh son was not a bad movie by any means. It also was not my favorite. It was kind of like The Sorcerers Apprentice meets Clash of the Titans. Jeff Bridges was a great actor as always, if not slightly cheesy. However, I feel his directors pushed him in that direction.

Julianne Moore was phenomenal, she’s very good at playing a very bad witch. Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander played off of each other nicely, they all had good chemistry with one another.

The special effects of this movie were awesome. Their monsters were especially interesting being that they were different from any I’ve seen before. A+ to the guy, or gal, in charge of that. The makeups were out of this world. Did you see the spinal cord on Mother Malkin? Creepy cool, huh?!

If you enjoy movies that revolve around things you’re incredibly unlikely to see in everyday life, this one is for you. If you’re a little on the fence about them, I don’t recommend this being your first. It’s a pretty short movie with some cool plot points and some amazing graphics.

The Loft – movie review

the-loftGrade: A

The Loft was surprisingly good. I didn’t expect so many twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out, they proved me wrong. That actually happened quite a few times.

The cast that they assembled was awesome. You were treated to so many different types of personalities that it stayed fresh through out the entire film. Talk about five totally different characters that worked splendidly well together.

This is a movie that you need to concentrate on the entire time. There are current shots, flashbacks and flash forwards, making it difficult to keep up sometimes — and very difficult to make Peetimes. 🙂

I’d have to say this was the best psychological thriller I’ve seen in a very long time.