Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

I may be alone on this opinion, but I think this is the best Home Alone movie. Now bear with me… I think this is better because it’s the exact same film as the first but it has much funnier scenes. Tim Curry ducking for cover from a Tommy gun firing was gut-busting hilarious. The traps that Macaulay Culkin devised were a lot more painful (they were also in a much creepier house, a la Saw) and the story was just as heartwarming with the nice pigeon-lady with no friends. New York during Christmas brings on the Christmas cheer like no other city as well. Like I said, this movie is almost an exact clone, scene for scene, as the first film. It just takes the good parts a lot further. I’ll still be thankful the first film was made, but I’m glad they used this winning formula to make a very entertaining sequel.

90/100

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Moms’ Night Out (2014)

Never. Go. Out. Again. Mainly for the sake of my stress levels. I didn’t hate this comedy that seems to be a Christian, Family-Friendly riff on The Hangover. The movie did have some funny and endearing moments. The thing that got to me was the fact that it started off stressful and was stressful for most of the film. I finally got to breathe at the end, and felt that the end was the most enjoyable part because the stress wasn’t turned up to 110%. Sarah Drew was a good lead, with the most amazing hair I’ve seen in Hollywood in a while. Sean Astin’s role was too small in my opinion, I would have liked to have his story fleshed out a bit more. Trace Adkins was such a fun and lovable Teddy Bear of muscle & awesomeness; and his deep resounding voice is so awesome. Abbie Cobb was adorable and did very well as an up-and-coming star. I really liked her and not because I might have met her a few times. As far as the hatred this movie gets about whether moms need to be slaves to their kids or how men seem to not be able to do anything right… plus, the whole feminism attacks or whether this had too much of a Christian story… I think it’s all a bit unfair. If this film deserves any criticism it should be on the fact that the story is too stressful and doesn’t make it a relaxing Mother’s Day movie to unwind to. That’s just my opinion, though.

68/100

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Home Alone (1990)

Keep the change, you filthy animal! I love this film. It was awesome when I was little and it’s still awesome today. I always forget this is a Christmas film but man, it’s probably up there with some of my favorite Christmas films. I’ll have to add this to the list of movies to see on the holidays. I love the traps Macaulay Culkin laid out for his would-be pursuers. It reminded me of the Saw movies with how devious they were, and painful. The two robbers (Pesci and Stern) were great, especially Stern with his excellent facial expressions. I forgot John Candy has an appearance in this, it made me sad but he has a sweet and funny cameo. My biggest complaint is that the attack on the robbers was too short, but otherwise this film has a lot of funny and touching moments that makes it an instant classic.

85/100

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Wild Wild West (1999)

This movie had a wild imagination. I thought the gadgets (although gimmicky) were pretty interesting. Kevin Kline was the “Q” of the wild west. He also makes an incredibly ugly woman I might add (so does Will Smith). Not all the jokes knock your boots off but it does give you a good night of entertainment. Salma Hayek is a desert flower and Will Smith is admittedly a handsome cowboy. I liked the sci-fi elements mixed in with the wild west (eat your heart out Firefly) and Kenneth Branagh was a fun and ridiculous bad guy. This film didn’t win any writing awards but it did produce a good rap song that I know you have all danced to once or twice. Watch this if you enjoyed Will Smith in Men in Black, because this movie is basically the same just in a different time period.

78/100

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Run Lola Run (1998)

Obviously they got this title from the Forrest Gump line “Run Forrest Run”. This movie was great. I thought the style of the film was exceptional. I loved how they blended a lot of different and unique camera angles and neat shots, mixed in with some animation sequences. I thought it was cool to see the story three different ways in the short 20 minute period that the film lives in. I was a little confused by the still photography prophecies that happened as Lola ran past certain people, although I found myself wanting to see the next one. Franka Potente needs to be in more films, or there just need to be more German actresses in films… because they are great. I was glad to watch this film in its original language, it always seems better that way. Plus their mouths match up to their words. I’d recommend this movie for sure, very entertaining, fast paced and cool with a unique soundtrack.

83/100

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Rush Hour (1998)

The title really makes no sense at all, considering you only see one rush hour traffic jam in the film. Still, Chan and Tucker are a pretty funny duo in this buddy cop film. Chan’s action sequences are amazing. I love the stunts that he performs and his comedic timing is pretty good, especially since he really didn’t know a ton of English for this film. Chris Tucker is one of those actors that I’m embarrassed that I like. He’s kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, I’ve always liked him since The Fifth Element. The action is good, I laughed a lot and it’s just a good type of entertainment to kick back and enjoy after a long week. Tom Wilkinson is also a great bad guy. It’s not a groundbreaking film, but if you like action comedies then you should check this out.

78/100

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Groundhog Day (1993)

This movie is great, it’s hard to think of a good starting line. This movie is great, it’s hard to think of a good starting line. Sorry to repeat myself, but I do really like this movie. It’s about a jerk who gets trapped in a time loop, reliving Groundhog Day over and over. He starts off using his new found time powers for evil and then becomes a good guy. This is an excellent romantic comedy. Sometimes this genre can get tired but the beauty of this movie’s repetition makes this a fun thing to watch. Bill Murray is awesome and Andie MacDowell is an angel. There are a lot of laughs and cute sappy moments throughout this movie that will make your heart pop out of your chest like Punxsutawney Phil pops out of his stump to predict the weather. See this film.

87/100

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