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Friday, October 17, 2014

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

This movie was based on a 1960’s cartoon called Rocky and Bullwinkle.    Mr. Peabody is a scientist who happens to be a dog and has a pet human named Sherman.  They travel back in time to find out what’s going on in the world and influence any big decisions. 

I thought this movie was fantastic and it held my attention throughout.  I really enjoyed it.  I gave it 3 ½ out of 4 stars.  

X-Men Days of Future Past

I thought this X-Men movie was very entertaining.  In fact I liked this one more than any of the other versions because they brought back so many of the former characters.  Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen were all great.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is the only one who can travel back in time to make sure that there will be a future for the mutants. 

The special effects were terrific.  I highly recommend this movie.  This was one of the best films of the year and I gave it 4 out of 4 stars.  

Dracula Untold

This movie tells the story of Dracula and how he came to be.  It stars Luke Evans as Dracula and Sarah Gadon as his wife. 
Dracula was originally a prince who was raised as a fierce and revered fighter.  Prince Vlad, as he was known, was ruling his country of Transylvania.  The Turks came in and demanded that all of the young boys be taken away and trained as fighters as Prince Vlad had once been.  They also insisted that one of those boys be Prince Vlad’s son. 
The movie is based on the love and devotion that Prince Vlad has for his wife and son.   I loved this proof of family loyalty.  I just expected more out of this movie than I received.  At times the movie was showing signs of greatness but it never came to fruition.  The cinematography was fantastic and there was lots of action but I wanted more.  I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

The Judge

This movie was absolutely terrific in all phases.  It stars Robert Downey Jr as a lawyer named Hank who is the son of Joseph, a hard-nosed judge played by Robert Duvall.  Both were remarkable actors and played their parts perfectly.
Long ago a guy had been charged with abuse of his girlfriend and Joseph was lenient on him hoping to give him time to turn his life around.  The guy later killed the girlfriend and that ate at Joseph for years.  While Hank is home for death of his mother, the guy from prison is hit by a car and killed. Joseph is charged with murder and Hank ends up defending him.  The relationship between father and son is rocky to say the least so Hank’s job is not easy. 
As I said before I thought that Robert Downey Jr, Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga (as Hank’s former girlfriend), Vincent D’Onofrio (as Hank’s older brother),Dax Shepard (Joseph’s initial lawyer), and Billie Bob Thornton (the prosecutor) were all amazing actors in this movie.  Everyone contributed in making this movie fantastic from beginning to end. 
David Dobkin had some great talent to work with and came out on top.  I look forward to any new movie that he directs. 

I so enjoyed this movie that time went by very quickly.  I recommend that you check out The Judge and I think that Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall should both be nominated for Oscars for their performances.  I gave this movie 3 ½ out of 4 stars.  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Million Dollar Arm

I went into this movie not hoping for very much.  I was completely surprised by the wonderful acting of Jon Hamm, Pitobash, and Suraj Sharma.  The movie is about an agent who is looking for the next great pitcher.   He goes to India and discovers a couple of cricket players who he feels could be future hall-of-fame pitchers.  He has to teach them how to play baseball which proves to be a challenge in itself. 

I wanted more than I got but I was satisfied with the performances of all of the actors.  I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.  

A Million Ways to Die in the West

I think this was one of the worst movies I have seen.  It’s directed by Seth Macfarlane who starred in it as well.  It also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried.  It’s comedy about life in the West. 

The movie sounded like it would be hilarious but it was a waste of my time and will be your time wasted as well if you choose to sit through it.  I gave this movie 1 out of 4 stars.  

Annabelle

This movie was based on a true story about a doll named Annabelle who was possessed.  She makes her way into the home of Mia (played coincidentally by Annabelle Wallis).  Crazy and unexplainable things begin to happen in Mia’s household including the death in the night of their neighbors.  Mia’s husband John (Ward Horton), throws the doll in the trash but lo and behold she reappears while Mia is unpacking after they move to a new home. 
This movie had lots of opportunity for gotchas to startle you and make you hide your eyes but it missed out.  I thought the direction of the movie was OK but not great.  The actors were also just average.  I was hoping for a good horror movie that I could get into but it never came about. 

An explanation was provided as to where the doll is today which I liked because it comes from the story the Conjuring.  There were a lot of parts of this movie that didn’t make sense but there were a few high points.  So I gave this movie 2 ½ out of 4 stars.