The Jungle Book (2016)

As I wade through the jungle of live-action remakes from Disney I come to a conclusion. This was a money-grab all the way. The film is hardly different at all compared to the 1967 animated version. One difference is notable, there is a single live-action person in the movie played by a young boy named Neel Sethi. He’s quite young, so I shouldn’t be too hard on him, but honestly I wish Mowgli would have just been animated. The acting would have been better, and a great voice actor doing that role could have done it justice. The animation is awesome in this film and I must say I loved Bill Murray and Christopher Walken in this. Idris Elba also has an amazing voice. I’m afraid these movies are going to just keep being made as they make money. It’s just so terribly lazy of Disney to do. How about create something new instead of just stealing Star Wars, Marvel franchises and making semi-live-action remakes of all your animated classics?

75/100

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Mustang (2015)

I’m not much of a car fan but I almost wish this film was about Ford Mustangs. Instead, I get a torturous movie that even though it has a short length for a foreign film, it felt like it went on and on. I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist but this movie treats girls like crap and I felt like crap for being an observer of it. These girls are subjected to being locked in a house, forced marriage to men older than them and basically everything I don’t stand for when it comes to treating a woman right. The movie was shot nicely and it had some interesting scenes, but honestly I just felt like puking afterwards because it just felt so sad, and I hate to know that women get treated this way in the current year. Full disclaimer, I watch movies to be entertained. I know that this movie obviously made me feel something and that should earn it points, but I shouldn’t feel sad and sick afterwards… that’s not why I watch movies.

0/100

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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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American Ultra (2015)

American Ultra violence, just the way an action movie should be. I love movies like this and the Kingsman and Kick-Ass. They don’t require a lot of thinking and you get to see some pretty bloody attacks in neat battle scenes. Sure, I wouldn’t pick Jesse Eisenberg to be a CIA badass, but maybe that’s the point of the film. Kristen Stewart was mostly petty likable and I love Bill Pullman. I wish Bill would have had a bigger part, but it’s good to know he’s still alive and kickin’. I could have done without John Leguizamo. His character was pretty stupid and then finally there’s Topher Grace, wow, what a choice the the film’s villain. I must say I kind of loved how bold that choice was. I had a ton of fun in this movie, is it sort of a brain-dead stoner kicks the rogue agency’s butt movie? Yes, but that is what made it a blast.

88/100

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