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Friday, December 19, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie is also a top ten movie.  If you are a fan of the comics, you will love Guardians.  Everything about this movie was fantastic.  I loved the cast, the directing, and the action.    Chris Pratt was one of the stars, Peter Quill, who travels through the galaxy.

I once again recommend that you purchase this move.  Rumor has the characters from this movie as part of the upcoming Avengers movie.  I don’t know if that’s true but that’s the rumor I hear.  I gave Guardians of the Galaxy 4 out of 4 stars.  

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I love the first Planet of the Apes movie.  It was fantastic, but the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was one of the best films of the year.  I would highly recommend that everyone buy or rent both movies. 
In Dawn, the apes are living in their own community but again are asked to get along with some of the humans that survived the virus that almost wiped out the human race.  That virus had hit about 10 years ago. 

I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars.  It’s a great movie.  

The Theory of Everything

This movie tells the life story of Stephen Hawking.  It starts with Stephen, played by Eddie Redmayne, as a high school graduate getting ready to go to college at Cambridge.  While there he meets Jane, the girl of his dreams, who was played by Felicity Jones.  Soon after he begins to notice that something is wrong.   
While walking through campus one day, he falls down.  After a visit to the doctor, it’s discovered that he has a motor neuron disease and is not expected to live past two more years.  Stephen tries to distance himself from Jane, but she convinces him of her love and they marry. 
Of course Stephen proves the doctors wrong but caring for Stephen becomes more than Jane can handle.  The choir director, Jonathan Jones (Charlie Cox) from Jane’s church is their son’s piano teacher.  They invite him to dinner and he volunteers to help Jane out.  Both Jane and Jonathan discover they have feelings for one another, so Jane ends the relationship and hires another woman to help with Stephen’s care. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful movie.  However, you will need to travel to Kansas City to see it.  The acting was fantastic, especially Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking.  Felicity Jones was also superb in her role. The love between both was touching even if it didn’t last.  I gave this movie 3 ½ out of 4 stars.  

Penguins of Madagascar

I was really looking forward to this movie.  It disappointed me.  I found it way to long. 
The movie tells the story of three penguins who leave the “Penguin March” to rescue a runaway egg.  Once the egg hatches, the story covers their exploits.
The penguins were very cute, but the story becomes too complicated.  This was just another Madagascar movie that went nowhere.  I enjoyed the three older penguins (Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico) teaching the little penguin (Private) the ways of the world.  If the polar bear had been in the movie and they didn't leave home, I think it would have been more effective. 

The movie was good but it wasn't great.    This, however, will be a good family movie but my girls were more interested in checking their cell phones than watching the movie.  I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Madea Christmas

This movie was horrific from beginning to end. Tyler Perry cannot act or direct.  I cannot recommend it at all.  I advise you to stay clear of this movie and don’t waste your time.  I gave this movie 0 out of 4 stars. Enough said.  

The Expendables 3

I loved the first two Expendables movies and I loved this one just as much.  Sylvester Stallone did a tremendous job of putting this cast of stars together.  Stallone can get almost anyone he wants and was able to add Harrison Ford to this version.  Mel Gibson also joined playing a villain.  Both he and Harrison made perfect additions to the original members that included Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, and Ronda Rousey.
The Expendables head out to battle Mel Gibson who was a former Expendable and now out to get the remaining team.   How can you not like a movie with this many stars?  This movie was fantastic.  I gave it movie 3 out of 4 stars.  I have heard that an all female Expendables is coming out and I can’t wait.   


Horrible Bosses 2

I loved the first Horrible Bosses and found it very funny.  The whole cast returns for the second movie.  In this movie the guys (Charlie Day as Dale, Jason Bateman as Nick, and Jason Sudeikis as Kurt) have all quit their jobs and put everything they have into producing and selling the Shower Buddy.  They meet up with Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz) and his son Rex Hanson (Chris Pine) who agree to buy their product.
Bert and Rex go back on their word leaving the guys high and dry with no one to sell to and no money left. The guys again acquire the services of Dean Jones played by Jamie Foxx to come up with a plan to kidnap Rex. 

I thought the added characters of Bert and Rex were outstanding in their roles.  Jennifer Aniston was again in this movie and did not disappoint.  Jamie Foxx, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, and Jason Sudeikis were hilarious.  Not everyone will enjoy this movie but I thought it was tremendous.  If you loved the first one, go see this one as well.  I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.