45 Years (2015)

I’d normally make the joke that this film felt like it took 45 years to go through, but I just won’t. The movie actually went by faster than I expected… but this movie wasn’t just dry, it was mummified. Dull, boring, tedious. I did get an excellent talking to about climate change though, so thank goodness for small favors. The movie just felt like a boring anti-smoking ad and teaches us that no matter how old and tired you get, you will still get jealous of your lovers ex’s. Some of the acting was pretty good, but for the most part everyone looked like they had sucked on a lemon too long. A total waste of time, probably why the Oscars loved it!

0/100

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Pixels (2015)

A few of the Pixels were dead in this film. To start off, I have a huge bias. I LOVE gaming. LOVE IT. I will probably only stop when my hands are too arthritic to pick up a controller. Even then, I’ll hope for robot hands to use instead or video games controlled by the mind. So I did enjoy quite a bit of this movie. I thought that Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage stole the show with their small parts, and in the lead I’d forget Sandler and say that Josh Gad is the new funny man. Kevin James was pretty forgettable and Michelle Monaghan was just pretty. Speaking of pretty, Ashley Benson… wow. I really liked the pixelated graphics of the bad guys. It was cool seeing Nintendo and Namco characters interacting. I guess I just though the plot was pretty strange and didn’t make a whole lot of sense and I hated all the politics in it. It just felt like they were trying to make some sort of stupid statement, but just ended up being lame instead. I can see the good in this film and I also can totally see why it drew some ire.

60/100

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Focus (2015)

I must admit, it did hold my focus. I won’t give any credit to Will Smith though. I think they could have replaced him with anybody and we wouldn’t notice. The person who took all the oxygen out of the room and made your head turn was Margot Robbie. She is stunning as usual in this crime movie. I loved all the little plot devices and back-stabbings that went on throughout the film. I was never really able to guess where they were going, even though some clues were dropped here and there like breadcrumbs through a forest. I normally don’t love crime movies, because they are basically just mobster films. This one was at least different having some small time things happen like wallets and watches being stolen. I saw in the credits that they even had a professional pickpocket give them tips. I won’t say that this movie will be the focus of anyone’s lives in the next few years… but I’m not mad that I saw it.

71/100

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Southpaw (2015)

Once I realized that this movie was the same as all other boxing movies… it went south quickly. Jake Gyllenhaal had an excellent performance and Forest Whitaker was also quite excellent. Aside from the acting and maybe the crazy workouts Jake had to do to get ready for this role, this could have been just any other boxing movie. It doesn’t hold a candle to any of the Rocky films. The Boxer Hope wasn’t really a person to look up to… he drinks, does drugs and curses. He’s a good family man for the most part, but he’s kind of just a dumb boxing thug. Rachel McAdams isn’t in this long enough to comment on her acting, she did seem sweet though, which she normally doesn’t play parts like that. I’d hang up the gloves and not make any more boxing movies, I just don’t see another good one coming out that doesn’t just copy old ones before it.

53/100

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

I’d rather just ride a train. This movie had one giant pitfall to overcome. Can it be translated from it’s wonderful book form to a workable movie? The answer is no. The main reason for that is that the Girl on the Train book by Paula Hawkins is about a hero with a faulty alcoholic memory that is trying to solve a missing person case. This part is hard to do because so much of it is internal. Her trying to work things out in her sloshed mind. I think all the acting was well done, especially by Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Haley Bennett. I just had little hope for this being a good movie, after I broke my rule and read the book first. Oh well, I hope this at least gets more people to try the book, because it was awesome.

60/100

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Now You See Me 2 (2016)

The Four Horsemen are back… sort-of. I really missed Isla Fisher in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think Lizzy Caplan is stunning and a good actress… but she’s no fiery redhead. Let’s start off with the bad. I hate Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo. I don’t think they ever add to movies, they just take away. Eisenberg will never be cool or interesting. He just needs to go away. Ruffalo is just annoying and his personal public life has ruined him for me in movies, just when I was starting to like him a little bit from the Marvel movies. Woody Harrelson was great in this though, and I was happy to see Daniel Radcliffe back in the magical realm. One scene in particular in this movie stood out to me. It was when they are in the vault trying to steal this key card that is playing card shaped. The tricks they do were amazing. Other than that, this movie was pretty forgettable compared to the first movie. Maybe they should have just left it alone after that.

70/100

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Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

Wow. Well, I finally know something about Warcraft. I’ve played multiplayer role playing games online before but never this series. The story is pretty generic with humans fighting Orcs and wizards and stuff. I did think the production value of the film was great. The Orcs looked really cool and I loved the different types of magic. The female Orc played by Paula Patton was oddly strikingly beautiful. It was nice seeing Ben Foster around again. He had a pretty interesting character as a champion of the realm. The weapons and fighting were pretty epic. I’m not fully sure if this movie was based off the strategy game or the role playing game. If it was the RPG I wish they would have put some jokes in like players bickering over healing or somebody being a loot ninja and stealing all the spoils at the end of a dungeon. Oh well, one can dream. Still, I found this movie to be surprisingly good, but I had a low bar set for it when I went into it.

77/100

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