The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

I hate this movie. Well, I don’t exactly hate it, but it did have a profound effect on me. I know it’s good for you to cry but the last twenty or so minutes of this movie break open the floodgates with sadness upon sadness. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are so sweet they’ll give you diabetes. Willem Dafoe is a major jerk for the most part, and sadly Laura Dern wasn’t utilized as much as I wanted her to be. This movie has some really sweet moments and some really sad ones too. I loved their friend with the cancer in the eyes as he had such a funny spirit to him, especially with the scene in the trophy room. It’s hard to recommend this movie as it is so sad, but if you need a good cry, grab some tissues and see where the faults are in our stars.

77/100

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

Let’s hope the Transformers’ franchise goes extinct after this movie. I had a glimmer of hope this would be the best Transformers film because Shia wasn’t in it. I really like Mark Walhberg. Even he couldn’t survive this bad movie. It did have some positives, such as some incredible CGI and effects and at times so humor… but there was also the crazy length of the movie, I thought by the time the movie ended, we’d be the next species extinct. I hated Wahlberg’s daughter in the film and her boyfriend was even worse. The poor acting between the two of them could earn them a Razzie for life. Stanley Tucci, Ken Watanabe and John Goodman are too good for a project like this. Michael Bay, please just stay at home on your couch made out of hundred dollar bills and play with some Transformer toys in private and leave us all alone!

55/100

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Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian wasn’t as barbaric as I was hoping it would be. Other than a few violent scenes, the film was pretty tame and at times numbingly boring. Two scenes that did stick out to me in particular as being good, were: The Giant Snake scene (I loved the special effects for that part, so gory!), and the attack on the Harem. I really liked the music throughout the film and some of the scenery was breathtaking which gave the movie a very epic feel, but as far as pure entertainment? This movie was just fine, definitely not good. You will get some good laughs from Arnold’s sappy acting. Oh and him randomly punching a camel… what was that about?

62/100

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Locke (2014)

This should be titled “Locke(d) in a Car”, as the whole film takes place in a pretty nice BMW. Tom Hardy plays the part of Ivan Locke, a man who is haunted by a terrible father, takes a long car ride towards London. Why is he going to London? Well, he made one big mistake and he’s going to do the right thing. This is one movie I can get behind. Yes, it does take place in just his car for the entire movie, but that’s OK… the dialogue is gripping at times and I just love his character. With so many male characters being put in the (idiot, jerk) category, it was refreshing to see someone pull off the impossible and have some morals and stick-to-itiveness. This film may not be for everyone, but I loved the acting of Hardy and like I said, a character that has a solid moral compass, even if he made some mistakes in life.

81/100

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Old Town will funk you up, Old Town funk you up. Sin City is back for another round of graphic novel-goodness. Except, I think I’d put this graphic novel back on the shelf. The movie just felt unnecessary. Yes, once again Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez bring us a beautiful looking movie, but it was also a little boring. I felt like I was trapped in an art exhibit with only one painting in it. Yes, the painting was great to look at for the first hour but after that I grew a little bored and wanted to get out. If you are a diehard Sin City fan, I suppose you could check this out, if you are new to the series, just watch the first one.

69/100

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A Christmas Story (1983)

This movie is good as fudge, except I didn’t say fudge. I just love this movie, it’s a Christmas classic you can watch at any time (I mean I watched it in the middle of March for Kris-Kringle sakes!). There are a few parts that drag a little, which hurt the movie’s rating, but otherwise I really like it. I enjoy little Ralphie’s wild imagination from Black Bart creeping in his back yard, to him schmoozing his teacher with his perfectly written theme. Plus, the real star of this film is “Blue” his Red Ryder BB gun. What a beauty. Oh and don’t forget the Italian Fragile Leg Lamp. Classic. Put on your favorite reindeer slippers, heat up some pipin’ hot cocoa and watch this film. Just don’t shoot your eye out before the film, I heard it impedes your viewing pleasure.

82/100

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Gone Girl (2014)

Watch this movie today, before it’s gone! Well, hopefully this movie will never disappear, but Amazing Amy, played by Rosamund Pike, does go missing. That’s only just the start of this movie that has more twists and turns than a hedge maze. Pike’s acting was brilliant and although you have to sit through a lot of Ben Affleck, he really isn’t that bad in this. I also wasn’t happy to see Tyler Perry in this either, but Fincher seems to know how to wrangle in actors I’m not too fond of. This movie really is great though, I hate that I can’t say more details because I don’t want any spoilers, but you really should check this one out. I love the tense moments, the mystery and even the ending (although it’s a bit abrupt for me). It’s one of the better movie’s I’ve seen from 2014. Why are you still reading this? Rent it / Buy it now!

93/100

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