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!

Evil Dead – movie review

EvilDeadGrade: A

Evil Dead was by far the best remake I have ever seen. This movie captured me in the first three minutes and didn’t let go until the credits ended. We walked out of the very crowded theater just glowing. The whole crowd was roaring with each and every scene. It was a lively movie. It was down right creepy!

The acting was great. Character development was great. The special effects were great. The storyline was great and the directing was great.  I am leading up to something with all of this greatness..be patient.

In several discussions after the movie it was brought to my attention that the original was a cult classic. I had not yet seen it. I am a fan of Bruce Campbell so I decided to go home and watch the original.  We got our popcorn ready, turned off the lights and pressed play. I was expecting the be blown away like I was in the theater.

I couldn’t stand it. I hated it like I hate getting sunburns. Not the little glow sunburn, I’m talking about the go to the emergency room so you don’t die, kind of sunburn. Thirty minutes in I turned it off, wondering what was all the fuss is about?

If you hated the original, that’s okay, this one smoked the first one. If you loved the original, that’s cool too, this one is a thousand times better. You will be blown away.

Spring Breakers – movie review

SpringBreakersGrade: B

“Spring Breakers” was absolutely not what I was expecting. When I saw that Selena Gomez was starring I figured it would be a lighthearted comedy. I overlooked the fact that it has an R-rating. There was nothing lighthearted about this movie. It was an in your face and slap you on the butt kind of movie.

For the first thirty minutes I really wanted to leave. I didn’t enjoy any part of it. My major gripe up to that point was Selena Gomez’s role. I was left wondering, why is she in this movie? She did not fit at all. Once she left, the movie took hold of me and it was a thrill ride to the end.

The now famous and utterly loved James Franco saved the day. His role just put him at the top of my favorite people list. He plays Alien, a rap artist/drug dealer/thief in this movie. His performance glued my eyes to the screen and made me question my own morality. He was a bad, bad boy but I loved him.

I want to warn you on a few things. In the first two minutes alone you will see every different size and shape of naked girls. There are some very creative usages of beer bongs used on the previously mentioned girls. Drugs are also used in some creative ways. There are some super steamy almost sex scenes. Its rated R for a reason. I saw this at the late show and was surprised to see a bunch of children there. I’m sure they had a lot of questions for Mommy and Daddy that night. So if you want to avoid some uncomfortable family time, leave the tots at home.

I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this movie. I want to know if it really was good or am I just a warped individual that enjoyed the heck out of this morally deprived movie.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – movie review

WonderstoneGrade: D

I normally love my comfy job but “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” was really like working. I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Watching the trailers I figured there would be some cool magic tricks and of course some really cool characters. How can you go wrong with a cast of Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey? It’s gotta be great right? Wrong.

They over used Carell and under played Buscemi. Olivia Wilde was totally forgettable. The only one that stood out was Jim Carrey. He was a little Criss Angel and Ace Ventura Pet Detective rolled into one. His character, Steve Gray, will mind rape you. He doesn’t have much time on screen and I think they made another mistake there.

All in all the movie was weak. There were a few laugh out loud moments but not as many as there should have been considering the splendid cast. Don’t expect to be blown away because you’ll walk out feeling let down.