Spy (2015)

I spy a movie that was almost pretty fly. This had all the right stuff, a great cast (except I’m not a huge fan of McCarthy) and some good action. It has a couple of good laughs but honestly I liked it for its spy-themed story. Plus I loved the other characters in the film like Jude Law, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale and Morena Baccarin. I also thought the violence was really well done and pretty shocking for a comedy/action film. This is one of McCarthy’s better films, but by no means does this movie redeem her. Rose Byrne on the other hand keeps impressing me. Statham is a hoot in this too as he is a pretty bad spy. It’s not great but it’s not bad either. Take a peek at this movie’s dossier and you might just like it too.

79/100

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

This film wasn’t so dead-set on scares, and it was campy at times… but I kinda liked it. This movie had some really good gore and pretty neat special effects for the time. It also was a pretty huge production as it required so many people to play the zombies. I thought all the main characters were good, I especially liked the guy who couldn’t shoot worth a darn. He should have had his gun taken away at the start. The final scene with the really weird music was enjoyable and a little strange. It’s hard to say how seriously they were taking this movie, regardless, I think it’s an important horror film.

82/100

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Unbroken (2014)

There was nothing broken about this movie, other than the fact that this was a terrible movie to witness. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, it’s just hard to see one person suffer, and then think he’s in the clear… just to suffer some more. If it wasn’t for the nice ending to this movie, I would have hated it. You have to have some good with the bad in these kind of stories or you’ll fatigue the audience. There’s only so much suffering one can take in a single sitting. I applaud Louis Zamperini for his die hard spirit and he was a fantastic American. I’m very sad for what happened to him and I’m glad his story was told… but this was not good entertainment.

77/100

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Aloha (2015)

Aloha and Goodbye. I didn’t hate this movie, I thought it was pretty cute. It has an awesome cast and some of them were utilized really well and others (Krasinski) wasn’t used much at all. I must say the scene of non-verbal communication between Cooper and Krasinski will be one of my favorite scenes from this year. Otherwise, this movie will probably be forgotten. It has a pretty watered-down love story and some weird space based stuff in it that will confuse you. It has Bill Murray playing himself, being a total weirdo. The scenery is nice and it makes me want to check the islands out. I guess I just expect a little more out of Cameron Crowe. Oh well, at least some people got lei’d.

65/100

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Home (2015)

This film isn’t as comforting as home, but it was pretty sweet. I thought that Rihanna and Jim Parsons both voiced the movie well. The characters names were really funny too. Everything was bright shiny and perfect for little kids. The problem was, this movie really was just geared for kids. As some animated features will be great until the day you die, I don’t see this movie being one of them. It will be wildly entertaining for you as a youngster but for a sometimes-grumpy critic like me, one viewing is enough. One thing that must be said is that this movie has a really great soundtrack… oh and I always knew Jim Parsons was an alien.

75/100

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Saturday Night Fever (1977)

When I have a fever and I’m in bed on a Saturday night, I don’t think I’ll turn to this movie. This movie isn’t bad, in fact it has some wonderful music and some great dance scenes… it just has a darker story than I would like. Travolta is the King of cool in this film. I love how he takes such pains to keep his hair nice and he spends more time in his closet looking for his clothes than the kids from Narnia. There is a lot of teen pregnancy and suicide themes which hit me out of left field. I guess I never imagined with the happy dancing movie poster that this film would have that, but I guess every character needs to overcome obstacles. So, I wouldn’t give this dance movie the grand prize but it does get a nice second place trophy.

76/100

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Fantastic Four (2015)

A lot of people could say this was a fantastic bore, but I liked a lot of parts of it… I just wish it had a tiny bit more action. I heard from someone before watching this that the movie is more like Interstellar than it is Iron Man. That’s a good way to frame this movie. IT was more about the idea of the Fantastic Four, than just them running around beating up bad guys. Sadly though, the only action you get is at the end and it’s a pitiful fight vs. their nemesis Dr. Doom. Which is over and done with before you can say “Flame On” which makes this movie flame out a bit. I love all the actors in this, I was pleasantly surprised by Kate Mara, as I usually don’t like her. I did love Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic. I also liked how their powers seemed a little gross and realistic. This movie had great potential, hopefully if they make a sequel it has a little more clobberin’ time and a little less angst and lab scenes.

68/100

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