Ghostbusters (2016)

This was kind of a bust (and no, that wasn’t a boob joke). Let me start off that I tried to go into this film with a clear mind and an open heart. I was going to give it a chance. I really am a huge fan of the first original Ghostbusters and I thought even the sequel was pretty good. This movie on the other hand, felt like Bridesmaids in coveralls. If you read my other reviews on this site, my obvious disdain for almost everything Melissa McCarthy has done is pretty apparent. She doesn’t fail to disappoint either. Once again she is the overeating, farting gross person that she normally is (and to anything thinking this is bad because she is a woman, I think male characters like this are equally bad). I don’t watch SNL but I know Kate McKinnon is pretty popular from that, and so she has received a lot of praise from this movie. I’ll admit she has some good parts, but by no means does she steal the show. That title goes to Chris Hemsworth. Yes, they paint his as a bumbling male idiot (are you surprised?) but he pulls it off very well, and without spoiling anything, he plays sort of a different role later, and is awesome at that part too. I would be okay if this movie would just cross their streams and finish this series off.

55/100

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)

I wouldn’t have brought any of these people to my wedding. Don’t get me wrong, they seem like funny people… but disaster follows them everywhere. I think this film has a lot more funny parts then people give it credit for. Zac Efron steals the show for the most part. I’m a huge fan of Aubrey Plaza and I liked her in this but she didn’t knock it out of the park like she did in the To-Do List. Anna Kendrick is also lovely but she didn’t blow me away in this film, I will say she looks good wearing a horse for clothing though. Adam Devine is really annoying. I think it’s mostly his face and his voice that makes me not want to watch him do anything. Sugar Lyn Beard was really great in this, I didn’t know her from anything before but I really like her. The movie feels like a clone of Wedding Crashers, that isn’t as good, but I enjoyed the parts that were enjoyable. I’ve seen worse comedies, so watch this if you want a few laughs.

70/100

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

I definitely wasn’t Ku-bored. This movie had a lot of exciting scenes and really neat animation. In fact, I haven’t loved animation so much since seeing the Nightmare Before Christmas for the first time. I thought the character Kubo was really interesting and his monkey and beetle companions were really funny together. The Twin Sister, bad guys were really scary and cool. I just really liked this movie. I loved how Kubo could manipulate paper and make fantastic creations from origami. The enemy with the swords in his head was really cool too. If you like Japanese mythology or just their culture and a good animated film. This one is worth checking out.

87/100

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Lights Out (2016)

Well it didn’t knock my lights out as far as horror films go… but it had some good scares for a PG-13 flick. I thought that the creature of the film was really interesting, operating only in darkness. I liked the look of the enemy and how it moved, or should I say teleported around. The acting from Teresa palmer and Alexander DiPersia was pretty suspect. I liked their acting in the dark parts the best (when I couldn’t see them). Gabriel Bateman was a cute kid and did okay for a child actor. I always love Maria Bello, although, she was pretty crazy in this one (for good reason). I wouldn’t say this film made me scared of the dark, but I might use my cell phone more when I walk to the bathroom at night.

74/100

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The BFG (2016)

I’ve always heard from my mother how great this book is, as she used to read this as a teacher every year to her young students. I love all of the Roald Dahl books that I’ve got my hands on and they are wonderful. This movie on the other hand is just good. Nothing truly excellent about it. I thought the little girl Sophie was really cute and reminded me of the other Roald Dahl character “Matilda”. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) was also a cute character, for a giant at least. The bad guys were also pretty cool, they are your typical Human “Bean” eating giants. I’m just not sure what this movie was missing, it just felt pretty boring at times, Spielberg has lost his magic from the olden days of E.T. This wasn’t a giant leap for movies, it’s not bad, but I wouldn’t climb a beanstalk or anything to watch it.

76/100

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

At least it wasn’t like walking over glass. This movie sequel took a long time to come around, 6 years after the last movie. I loved some parts of this film and others I found to be pretty strange. The most unbelievable thing was the time period and Alice’s job. She’s like a military-style boat Captain that goes sailing on adventures. She has an entire crew of men but this film is set in the 1800’s… now, I’m trying not to be sexist here but I find it hard to believe Alice would be heard by a crew of all men, stuck on a boat all those months/years and be able to get them to do anything during that time period. Okay, so other than that little mishap, I think the movie was pretty cool. It had some neat time-travel stuff in it. Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show as “Time”. I really hated Johnny Depp in this though, he’s just too weird for me and he chose to have an awful lisp as this character and you can barely understand him. News flash Depp, actors need good diction! All the old characters come back, but I hope this series doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always take a new Mia Wasikowska movie (even a bad one) but I think this series should EAT ME.

67/100

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

This movie was just draggin’ on and on… So, Disney did a remake. This was of a movie from the 70’s about a boy and his dragon. The problem is, this remake doesn’t really follow the older movie. It’s not a musical, it’s missing a lot of the fun parts (the movie was way too serious) and why the heck is the dragon mostly dog-looking with the face of a dog and green fur instead of scales? Are scales too scary now? Also, the boy is now a wildling living out in the woods, instead of an abused adopted orphan. Not that this really matters, but I guess all young boys have caveman hair so they didn’t have to hire a stylist? This movie just isn’t worth watching, it’s long and doesn’t have very many fun parts. The original isn’t great, but at least it was a little fun. Most of the points go to Bryce Dallas Howard for being such a knockout beauty.

57/100

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