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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The Walk (2015)

This is a walk I’d rather not take, but I’m glad Philippe Petit did. He seems to have made the Twin Towers of New York famous for not just being the target of a gigantic tragedy. I thought that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredibly adorable in this film, yes, his accent wasn’t spot-on all the time… but I loved him nonetheless. Charlotte Le Bon was gorgeous and interesting to watch. I also liked seeing Ben Kinsley in this as well, he’s in a lot of films but he adds a lot. The movie is very entertaining with an Ocean’s Eleven style set-up and the final scenes will scare the crap out of you if you have acrophobia like I do. I also just felt like it was a touching tribute to the World Trade Center that focuses on life instead of death. I love Zemeckis as a director and I’m glad he’s still working hard in Hollywood.

91/100

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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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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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Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

Not to be confused with Shaun of the Dead, although I’ve heard Shaun the Sheep has a Halloween special. This movie was incredibly cute and charming. I do wish it had some voice acting in it. It had a lot of drawing, gesturing and odd mumbling instead of speaking. It reminded me of an old Lego video game where they didn’t speak. I really liked all the characters. The sheep were cool, I loved the dog and farmer and the pigs were really awesome. The animation was really, really good, plus it has a pretty touching story… not so touching that you cry though, so it’s perfect. I’d watch more of Shaun, maybe this Halloween I’ll review his holiday movie.

77/100

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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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