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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.

Focus – movie review

focusGrade: C+

I’ve put off writing my review of this movie because I can’t think of anything to say. It’s one of those movies that doesn’t stand out as good or bad in any way.

The story is decent. I think they were trying to pull of an Inception-like effect, but with within cons instead of dreams within dreams. They didn’t fail miserably, but at the same time they didn’t really hit a home run either.

Will Smith was pretty much what you would expect. His character is flamboyant and confident — something Smith excels at. The rest of the cast was good, but again, no one stood out as remarkable, except for maybe Adrian Martinez “sidekick to the stars.” He did a fantastic job with a small role.

It isn’t like February through April have a lot of must see movies. You could do worse if you’re just in the mood for a night out and want to see a movie. Otherwise put this on your list of movies to see on DVD.

Whiplash – movie review

whiplashGrade: A

There’s no point in reviewing this movie. It’s as good as a movie is going to get. Great story, great acting — J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for best supporting actor, and great directing, oh yeah, the music doesn’t suck either. 🙂

Kingsman: The Secret Service – movie review

kingsmanGrade: A

It isn’t often that a movie exceeds my expectations, but this one sure did. I was hoping for something good; I got something great.

There are no holes in this movie. The acting is better than good, there isn’t anything groundbreaking with the action, but I think they did an excellent job. Especially with the length of the fight scenes. They gave us enough to enjoy without dragging it out for too long.

The *evil plot* was one of the best in any spy movie ever. It was easy to understand and oddly compelling. I must admit I’ve had the same thoughts myself from time to time after watching cable news. 🙂

If there was one thing I would criticize it would be the humor. There were lots of amusing scenes, but only a few downright LOL moments. But, on the other hand they didn’t try to create any LOL moments that missed.

Matthew Vaughn, the writer/director, deserves huge kudos for bringing the fun back to spy movies. I just want to know when the sequel is due.

Spongebob Squarepants 2 – movie review

SpongeBobGrade: C+

This is a movie for young children in the 3 to 7 age range. It’s loud, colorful, and frenetic. Mom and Dad probably won’t get any enjoyment out of it. There is very little humor aimed at adults. You might laugh more at your kids enjoyment than at the movie itself.

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.

Jupiter Ascending – movie review

Jupiter-AscendingGrade: C

It’s times like these that I really hate writing movie reviews. Jupiter Ascending is an archetypical story with a great deal of potential, but it falls short in so many ways. But I really appreciate that the Wachowski’s (writers/directors of The Matrix, V is for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas) always try and reach for making an epic movie. They don’t always succeed but when they do it more than makes up for their shortcomings.

The best part of the movie is the visuals. If you really want to see this movie then splurge and see it in 3D, because it’s really well done. From what I can tell the entire movie was shot in 3D, instead of just the CG scenes which some movies do. If you’re not crazy about 3D then this might be worth waiting for the DVD.

In my opinion the love story is the biggest disappointment. It’s presented as one of those love at first sight scenarios that just doesn’t work for me. Kudos to you if you enjoy that sort of love story. I want to see two characters developed as individuals so that I can feel them falling in love instead of being told they fall in love.

The action was good, especially the first chase scene. After that some of the fight scenes drag on a little longer than needed. In fact I used one of the middling action scenes as a Peetime because it’s just one long grab and go.

There wasn’t anything funny in the movie. I don’t even think they tried. But this is a Wachowski’s movie and I honestly can’t remember a funny scene in any movie they’ve ever done.

Project Almanac – movie review

project-almanacGrade: C-

This is a “found footage” made film, which I find enormously irritating. If you’re like me, in that respect, then you should stay away from this movie.

The movie isn’t bad but it doesn’t add anything to the time travel genre either. My advice is to take a pass and if you really want to see this movie then save the money and sign up for the DVD alert in the RunPee app.

Black and White – movie review

black-or-whiteGrade: B

I’m not sure what director Mike Binder wants the audience to take away from this film. I didn’t view it as a racially motivated movie, as much as a family drama. The writing and directing are spot on, and the cast was excellent.

I would love to see Kevin Costner get at the very least an Oscar nod — yes, he was that good.

Audiences of all race, creed, and color will be moved by this movie.

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.