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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.

Ex Machina – movie review

ExMachinaGrade: A-

Ex Machina is essentially a philosophical thriller that examines the state of mind of the characters in the story — all three of them.

The acting is superb, and it has to be. What the characters say through their expressions is just as important as what they say audibly. A great deal of credit has to be given to the first time director Alex Garland — who also wrote the screen play for this movie as well as 28 Days Later and Sunshine.

This is science fiction done right. My only beef with the movie is the ending. I might have gone a different way, but the ending they gave it is satisfactory.

Little Boy – movie review

LittleBoyGrade: B-

Little Boy is a little movie with a big heart.

It’s a great family movie that teaches us faith, the value of never giving up, and most of all teaches the younger set about the pain and hurtfulness of racism.

Children in the 7 to 11 year old range will enjoy Little Boy, but the older kids will be bored to tears. Parents will be happy that there’s no foul language or nude scenes.

The Water Diviner – movie review

TheWaterDivinerGrade: B

WW I history buffs will enjoy this movie ever though it’s not completely historically accurate.

Russell Crow did a respectable job directing Water Diviner and the acting was good. While this movie cannot be compared to other epic war dramas, Saving Private Ryan for instance, it does provide the movie goer with a satisfying period piece.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – movie review

AvengersAgeofUltronGrade: A+

In case you didn’t know this movie, and all MARVEL movies it seems, came out a week earlier in the UK and many other countries than it does in the USA. (Why? I have no idea.) Anyhow, I downloaded a crappy cam copy so that I could get peetimes for my international users. I stopped watching the movie after I found the last peetime. I want to save the ending for a nice 3D theater experience.

What I did see of the movie was A W E S O M E! It’s killing me to have to wait to see the end.

I’ll update this review after I’ve seen the entire movie. (Is it Friday yet?)

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.

Home – movie review

homeGrade: B-

The producers of Home did a fine job of giving youngsters a movie with lots of action, movement and funny looking creatures. The story line was just adequate enough to keep the audience engaged.

Jim Parsons was excellent as Oh and Rihanna knocked it out of the park with her interpretation of Tip

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 Gunman – movie review

the-gunmanGrade: C+

There’s lots of action, lots of things being blown up, and people dying one after another.

Sean Penn if very watchable and gives a respectable performance as does Javier Bardem.

The plot can be difficult to follow with all the globe-trotting that takes place.

Insurgent – movie review

insurgent

Grade: C

I’m not a fan of the Divergent series and haven’t read the books. I watched the first movie the night before Insurgent was released and found it to be uninspiring. I wasn’t disappointed with Insurgent because I didn’t expect much.

The best thing I can say is that it isn’t horrible. They managed to put the pieces together well enough that the movie isn’t ridiculously bad. But I was never able to get caught up in the story — I’m clearly not the target demographic. All I could think was, “This looks like Inception, this part is just like the Matrix,” and so on. There’s nothing wrong with being derivative of other films. Most great stories are derivative of one thing or another. Insurgent is just a little too obvious with it. It copies not just concepts from other stories but also the visual representation. For instance when Tris is connected to the simulator is exactly like Neo connected to the mainframe at the end of Matrix Revolutions.

Because the story is so derivative it’s also predictable.

The story doesn’t put a lot of demands on the actors, so I didn’t find anyone who stood out, but at the same time there weren’t any poor performances. This all adds up to an exceedingly average movie.