Blackhat (2015)

This movie at times made me black out. It was just so choppy, it was hard to follow. I also just can’t see beefcake Chris Hemsworth as this awesome computer geek hacker. It just didn’t make any sense. I thought Wei Tang was not only beautiful, but an excellent actress throughout this film. I’m not exactly sure why Viola Davis was in this, she seems like she should be in better movies than this. I like movies about computers and hacking (even the movie the Net!) but this one didn’t really hold my attention. It just felt like waiting for a dial-up modem to connect. Loud noises and all.

64/100

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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

A tale of a whale. This actually was a lot cooler than I was expecting. I was thinking this was just a Moby Dick movie, but it’s actually about the author of Moby Dick getting the details about a giant whale attack for his story. I love that kind of framing device, just like Finding Neverland wasn’t exactly just a Peter Pan movie. Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy were really good. Chris Hemsworth was a great leading man. I love the whale in the film too, it has an interesting behavior to it that made the film seem fresh. I just thought the whole thing was surprising and really good.

80/100

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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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Ghostbusters (2016)

This was kind of a bust (and no, that wasn’t a boob joke). Let me start off that I tried to go into this film with a clear mind and an open heart. I was going to give it a chance. I really am a huge fan of the first original Ghostbusters and I thought even the sequel was pretty good. This movie on the other hand, felt like Bridesmaids in coveralls. If you read my other reviews on this site, my obvious disdain for almost everything Melissa McCarthy has done is pretty apparent. She doesn’t fail to disappoint either. Once again she is the overeating, farting gross person that she normally is (and to anything thinking this is bad because she is a woman, I think male characters like this are equally bad). I don’t watch SNL but I know Kate McKinnon is pretty popular from that, and so she has received a lot of praise from this movie. I’ll admit she has some good parts, but by no means does she steal the show. That title goes to Chris Hemsworth. Yes, they paint his as a bumbling male idiot (are you surprised?) but he pulls it off very well, and without spoiling anything, he plays sort of a different role later, and is awesome at that part too. I would be okay if this movie would just cross their streams and finish this series off.

55/100

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

These are dark times indeed. Thor wasn’t as good this time around. He’s one of my favorites from the Avengers. I thought the movie felt really long. It wasn’t exactly a long movie, it just had a lot of superfluous scenes. I also don’t love Natalie Portman’s character. She talks really smart but her acting doesn’t really back it up. I did think that Tom Hiddleston as Loki really stole the show. He had the best humor and is a very likable bad guy. You could probably skip this and not miss much.

76/100

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Rush (2013)

I should have rushed out to see this one. Normally I couldn’t care about cars driving around in circles but when it comes to the high-octane rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt in Formula 1 racing I can get on board. Both Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl were great. Bruhl was especially great because you could hate him at one point of the film and love him the next. The drama was excellent and the direction done by Ron Howard was superb. If you like sports movies this one is worth a look.

87/100

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Thor

My second favorite super hero movie just behind Iron man. This movie is right up my alley. I loved the mythology and really cool characters. Thor’s hammer is just the coolest weapon ever and also the power to control lightning is pretty rad. I thought Hemsworth did a great job, even though he totally looks like a pro-wrestler in this movie. Portman was cute in this but she was kind of a flat character. It was nice to see the cameo of Hawkeye in this movie. Goooo Avengers!

91/100

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor as depicted in the fil...

Chris Hemsworth as Thor as depicted in the film Thor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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