Baby’s Day Out (1994)

This baby had a fun time, but I felt like I was stuck in traffic. I remember watching this way back in ’94 and thought it was hilarious. On my revisiting, it wasn’t that funny. It was like a Home Alone clone, but just not as good. The best part of the whole movie was when Joe Mantegna had the only tree in his forest burnt down. Baby Bink was absolutely adorable and Cynthia Nixon and Lara Flynn Boyle were also quite adorable. I’m also a fan of Joe Pantoliano from the Sopranos, he did a pretty good job. I just wish the film wasn’t totally based on dumb physical comedy. It hasn’t aged very well, lets hope the baby did.

67/100

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While We’re Young (2015)

I feel as if I get older every time I see a Noah Baumbach film. I’m just not a fan. This was at least a better attempt than some of his other films. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts were actually not a bad couple together. I liked Adam Driver a lot better than Amanda Seyfried, but I think my interest in her is waning. The movie has a cute premise. An older couple gets Youth-inized by a young couple. Instead of being cranky and not doing anything, they go to dance parties and create art. The meditation scene was one of the better parts of the movie, I could have done without all the puking though. I just wish this film wouldn’t have had such a bummer ending. I guess I don’t know how I would have ended it, but I felt pretty empty after it was over, like I wasted my time and got a little older in the process.

62/100

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Entourage (2015)

Not a tour de force. I’ll admit, I’ve never seen the TV show Entourage. Still, I was curious to see what the movie would be about. It was exactly as I had imagined the show… 3 hangers-on friends with a celebrity friend. They get with hot girls, do drugs and party. They spend money on cars and houses and other celebrities come by. It was like a cameo marathon in this movie. Every five minutes or so Liam Neeson would come by or Kelsey Grammar… etc. You just become numb to the celebrity faces they parade by. Some of the movie was watchable and almost humorous, but let’s face it… this was a movie about making a movie, which has been done a hundred times and nobody should like Adrian Grenier.

62/100

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Vacation (2015)

This is not my idea of a vacation. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I thought the movie was too raunchy. I don’t ever feel like the National Lampoon Vacation movies were incredibly raunchy but this one just went too far into that direction. Ed Helms did an okay job as Rusty, but why not just get the actual actor who played Rusty? He’s a big-time actor in the Big Bang Theory… maybe they couldn’t afford him. Also why did they change the sister’s actress as well? Is Juliet Lewis still alive? They kept the parents the same though, and it was great seeing them. I couldn’t stand the children in this movie. One was way too mean and the other was way too nerdy, effeminate and ugly. I did laugh at a few parts in this film, but it had a lot of missed opportunities and was really predictable. I like seeing Chris Hemsworth try comedy. I hope he does it more.

65/100

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Krampus (2015)

A PG-13 horror film and it sort of Kramped its style. This movie had some highs and lows. I thought that some of the characters were really fun like the two mean twin girls. Then there was the main family that were a little boring. I love Adam Scott and Toni Collette, but they were kind of boring in this film. I liked the German Grandmother, she was pretty hardcore. The bad guys had some awesome looks to them, except for the Gingerbread Men. I thought those were dumb. The elves and the Jack in the Box enemies were amazing though. Krampus himself was pretty scary looking, except at times, his face looked like a fake mask. Like I said, some highs and lows. I only got a little scared once and it had very few laughs. If a horror movie isn’t scary, I like it to at least be funny. That’s why this movie was almost good, except it wasn’t.

69/100

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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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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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