Movie Review – The LEGO Batman Movie – One of the BEST Batman films, ever

Movie Review - The LEGO Batman MovieI liked this better than the original Lego Movie – this one is skewed a little more sophisticated for the grownups – but still has lots of color and spectacle for the kiddos. It’s a very charming film, with a surprisingly good storyline. Things move quickly, and there is a lot to see, making you want to go back and view it again – just to catch all the little jokes, asides, and throw-away lines. I loved the humor. Be aware this Lego flick focuses on Batman’s crew, and not the characters from the first Lego outing.

Cameos abound, and you will be amused at who is included: we briefly see the entire Justice League at a party, and then such famous baddies as Sauron, Voldemort, Jaws, the Gremlins, a Velociraptor, King Kong, Godzilla, the creature from the Black Lagoon, Agent Smith clones, Dracula, Medusa, Flying Monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West…and even several Daleks from Dr. Who (EXTERMINATE!) make an appearance. I think Warner Brothers had a great time producing this sweet little film.

There are actually a few poignant, moving scenes, with a decent villain plot, and super cute background moments. I rate this as one of the top Batman movies in the entire Bat oeuvre.

Grade: A-

About The Peetimes: There are two good Peetimes, but be aware this movie cruises along at a pretty good clip, with lots to see in every frame. Use the times I gave you.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The LEGO Batman Movie. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for rude humor and some action
Genres: Action, Animation, Comedy, Superhero

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Movie Review – Sausage Party – An R Rated Animated Film with Surprising Heart and A Real Message

 

Movie Review - Sausage PartyThis may look like a simple movie full of crass humor, but it’s more than that. There is actually a story in there about religion, and prejudices, that gives the story a solid framework on which to hang an abundance of crassness.

There is a never ending supply of sexual innuendo throughout the movie that reaches a…crescendo…that will leave you snorting in laughter. I’m not kidding when I say I can’t wait to watch this movie again, so I can watch the ending frame-by-frame.

By the way, this is a short movie, but if you need to pee, just a little, by the time you get to the one and only Peetime I highly recommend using it…because you don’t want to get to the end and discover you laughed so hard that you…you know. 🙂

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: There’s only one Peetime because this was such a short movie — 81 minutes, not including the credits. The one Peetime I found is pretty good. Most of it is sequences of traveling, with little dialog or humor.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Sausage Party. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for strong crude sexual content, pervasive language, and drug use
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

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Movie Review – Deadpool

deadpoolGrade: A

Not only is Deadpool a hilarious movie, it also works as an amazingly accurate barometer for gauging relationships. For instance, it can be scientifically proven that the number of times a married man laughs during this movie is inversely proportional to how much their mother-in-law likes them.

Conversely, married women will find that the number of times they laugh during this movie is directly proportional to how much their husbands love them.

And of course if you have impressionable children, you can base your parenting skills on whether or not you took them with you to see this movie. In a word: DON’T. However, if you do, then please make a video of the questions they ask you when its over and post that to YouTube. That could be as funny as the movie itself.

Now, this is a very subjective comment, but I didn’t find the movie to be gratuitously violent or gross. Of course there are the obligatory slow motion head shots, a slight dismemberment, and a few beheadings, but they are all tastefully done. All in all I’d say it’s no more graphic than your average violent movie from the 80s. I’m not saying the violence doesn’t deserve an R-rating -– it does -– but violent or not, the language would warrant an R-rating and then some.

I thought the acting was… Who cares? This is Deadpool. It’s funny. That’s all you need to know.

For those Firefly fans out there, it was awesome to see Morena Baccarin get a really nice role. She was wonderful, but I couldn’t help but thinking somewhere Malcolm Reynolds is watching this, saying, “Inara, please. If you’re going to talk like that I’m going to ask Niska to cut both ears off next time.”

Movie Review – Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch-Perfect -2Rarely does a sequel out-shine the original, but such is the case with Pitch Perfect 2. The musical numbers are great, and Fat Amy keeps us laughing.

If you liked Perfect Pitch, you’ll love PP2. This is definitely an A movie.

Movie Grade: A

Movie Review – 22 Jump Street

Movie Review - 22 Jump StreetI found a lot to love and a lot to dislike about this sequel.

What’s to love? Well, it’s still really funny. There are some laugh out loud moments and then there are some throw your head back and cackle moments. Who doesn’t love that?

On the flip side, there were some awkward moments that were cringe-worthy. In the first film, the synergy between the two main characters is what made it great. I loved seeing these two completely different characters come together and make a great team. Unfortunately, the writers abandoned that in the sequel. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) comes across as needy and slightly emasculated.

I’m not a screen writer, but it seems pretty basic to me that when you have two actors who are such good friends off screen, and whose characters played so well together in the first film, then maybe you should build on that, instead of tear it apart.

Fortunately, the off screen chemistry between Channing and Jonah went a long way toward covering up the poor writing choices. But it still fell short of my expectations.

Based on the extras during the credits, we are going to be seeing a lot more of the Jump Street franchise. I know they played up the stupid side just to make us laugh at the end, but I tell you what, if they do make any more of them….some changes need to be made!

Grade: C+

About The Peetimes: There were so many funny scenes it was hard finding good Peetimes. Because of that I would recommend the first one. #1 doesn’t have anything that very funny. #2 contains a funny exchange between the roommate and Schmidt.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of 22 Jump Street. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for language throughout, sexual content, drug material, brief nudity and some violence
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime

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Movie Review – The LEGO Movie

LegoMovieDo you like Legos? Did you have any idea a movie about LEGOS would be so much fun?

The Lego Movie was cute, charming and funny. There’s a great cast of voices, and lots of action.

Kids will enjoy this movie, and the parents, especially dads, will be eager to get home and head for the kids room to pull out the Legos and start building things again. I give this movie a solid B.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: There are two good Peetimes, but be aware this movie cruises along at a pretty good clip, with lots to see in every frame. Use the times I gave you.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The LEGO Batman Movie. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for rude humor and some action
Genres: Action, Animation, Comedy, Superhero


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Movie Review – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Movie Review - Anchorman: The Legend ContinuesDespite the fact that I hate myself for laughing at anything during a Will Ferrell movie, I was unable to contain myself — and a few times, at that.

Most of Anchorman 2 was rather forgettable. The humor was embarrassing…or most of the time, just not funny. However, I loved the “last battle” scene. That alone almost made it worth going to see, almost.

The social commentary about the state of journalism in America was well done, and added a layer of depth to the movie. Not that it was any deeper than a teaspoon of water, but it’s better than nothing.

Actor Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is like the Energizer Bunny. He just won’t stop. 🙂

The best I can say is if you’re a Will Ferrell/Anchorman fan then I’m sure you’ll love the sequel. And, if you’re trying to drag someone to see it with you who isn’t a fan, then you can tell them I said they probably won’t hate it as much as they think they will. And Steve Carrell is in good form, so there’s that too.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: Every Peetime has a little something funny in it because there isn’t a 4 minute span in the movie without some humor. I tried to pick out the least humorous scenes. I’d suggest the 2nd Peetime. It’s mostly a scene about picking out a condom for Brick, but ends with the scene of Brick doing the weather and thinking his legs are missing. It’s funny, but most of that scene was in the previews anyway.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

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Movie Review – Turbo – Faster & Funnier Than a Snail’s Pace

Movie Review - TurboTurbo was a charming little movie about dreams and perseverance.

There was lots of laughter from the children in the audience, and more than a few chuckles from the parents. The characters were cute and interesting.

Samuel Jackson, as the voice of Whiplash, and Paul Giamatti, as the brother Chet, were outstanding.

The plot was easy to follow, and there were a few tense moments near the end to keep the kiddies on the edge of their seats.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: The first Peetime is best. It’s one long, continuous scene that is very easy to sum up.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Turbo. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some mild action and thematic elements
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

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Movie Review – The Croods – Enough Fun and Humor for Adults Too

TheCroodsThis is a smart, funny, and colorful movie about a clan of cave people who must travel to unknown territory after their cave was destroyed by plate tectonics. They meet up with a more evolved person — his forehead isn’t sloped — who introduces them to the prehistoric version of shoes, cell phones, sun glasses, and a walker for Grandma.

In a way the story is a lesson in history, geology, evolution and, most importantly, relationships.

Grug, the father, is having a difficult time relating to his teenage daughter, Eep. It’s not so very different from today’s struggles between fathers and daughters.  There were laugh out loud moments, and also tender touching moments, topped off with some great action scenes.

This was Nickolas Cage’s finest performance since National Treasure. Emma Stone’s husky yet feminine voice was perfect for the daughter Eep.

This is not a movie for just the kiddies — it will also appeal to the adult audience.

I didn’t see the 3D version of the movie, because I was getting Peetimes — it’s hard to write with those glasses on — but I would highly recommend seeing the 3D. I know that I’m going to go back and re-watch it again, this time in 3D, just to enjoy the beauty.

Movie Grade: A-

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Movie Review – Wreck-It Ralph

wreck it ralph and vanellope
An unlikely friendship

Wreck It Ralph has a little something for everyone. Gamers from way back in the 80’s will relate well to this movie. The film is retro, sweet, charming, and funny.

Initially, I thought it would only have appeal to the small kiddies of 3 to 7. But as the movie progressed, I realized that the plot, the dialog, and unexpected twists and turns had completely grabbed my attention. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Ralph was as good or better than Toy Story, but is definitely in the same league.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: I tried to find another Peetime, but the movie has lots of action and character development which made it difficult. The one Peetime I did find is one long scene.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Wreck-It Ralph. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)