Emily Blunt continues her hot streak, proving to the world she is a legit action heroine. She perfectly blends optimism and pessimism to create truly unique look at the hardships our law enforcement face everyday in the grisly fight against drug trafficking, and she is just the icing on the cocaine covered cake to what in my opinion will be Benicio Del Toro’s most iconic role to date. Sicario is like a beautifully crafted suspense thriller, shaken together with a perfectly paced action film, which equals the most disturbing, raw, and eye opening look at law enforcement morality since Training Day (2001) I suggest running, not walking to see this film.
In the most selfless of twitviews I can give, don’t see this movie. Unless cookie cutter plots and predictable endings are your thing. I can only hope Mr. Ryan Reynolds rebounds next year with Deadpool as he is capable of so much more. Unfortunately, this film does not push any boundaries or show a hint of imagination. I would suggest staying home and watching The Island (2005) heck, even Paul Blart 2 may be a suitable replacement if going to the movies is in the plans for this weekend.
Having just watched Hot Tub Time Machine for the first time on Tuesday, I am pretty sure my opinion of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is going to be different than most. Typically, my passion for a film does not come in the first viewing. It comes in the 2nd, 3rd or in some cases the 1,000th viewing. With that said, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was, in my humble opinion, one of the rare films that actually improved from the first.
Not knowing the source material for the Kingsman: The Secret Service and it being February, I went into this film not expecting much, What I got was a decent action movie, no more no less. Unfortunately this film did not feel like a comic movie nor a spy movie…it felt like a by-the-numbers action film, which is not a bad thing. It’s just that it could be so much more.
Having never served in the military, family, friends, and war films are the closest I will ever get to understanding what it is like to live thousands of miles away in war torn areas. How accurate is American Sniper at depicting military life? I will leave that to the men and women who are serving today. What I can say is that I don’t believe there will be another film in 2015 that impacted me the way that American Sniper did.
As a child of ’90s era comedies, Dumb and Dumber stood atop the mountain for me. The Farrelly Brothers had arguably the best run of smash comedies in the 90’s. They were unstoppable, directing such classics as Dumb and Dumber (1994), Kingpin (1996), There’s Something About Mary (1998), and Me, Myself & Irene (2000), not to mention producing the extremely underrated Outside Providence (1999). So to say I was pumped about Dumb and Dumber To is an understatement. I was full throttle excited, I re-watched the original for about the l000th time and made sure I was at the theater about two hours early. From the opening scene, I was hooked. Seeing my boys Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunn (Jeff Daniels) on the big screen again after 20 years was a feeling of pure joy. Then, about 5-10 minutes in, I realized what was about to happen: 105 minutes of tired jokes, worn down gimmicks, and reused plot lines. Now, does that make it a bad movie? Hell no! At least not to anyone who still quotes and watches the original anytime they accidentally pass it channel surfing, and to this day still watches all the Farrelly brothers movies in hopes they will one day recapture the glory of the ’90s. Dumb and Dumber To may not be their second coming, but it is the closest thing we have had for 14 years.
Heading to the theater to see The Judge, I was optimistic and cautious at the same time. I knew very little about the film, and the trailers more or less focused on the Robert Duvall vs Robert Downey Jr. angle. Yet, I left just as conflicted as I came. The Judge is not what I thought it would be. I thought I would be like watching the re-birth of the 90’s era John Grisham films: hot shot lawyer helping presumed innocent father, using nothing but his raw instincts and sharp eye. What I found was a funny, heartwarming, and often too life-like depiction of family turmoil.
I’m not sure if it’s just my naughty sense of humor or my love of all things Seth Rogen, but in my opinion, you just can’t get much better in terms of comedy than Neighbors. The movie has it all – heart, comedy, and action. It paints a picture we all know very well…how will you handle growing up? Whether you’re 19 or 35, this movie has you covered. It explores all the milestones in the road of life: college, marriage, divorce, and having children.
Admittedly, I had no desire to see Divergent. I am not a fan of teen worldwide bestsellers turned motion picture event of the year types of films anymore. That part of me died when I saw Twilight: New Moon. However, I was excited to see the Hunger Games, and generally that movie was very pleasing…not quite what I imagined but not bad either. Unlike The Hunger Games, I have never read any of the Divergent series. I only know what I have read in book reviews and film hype for this series, and ultimately the film delivered. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the film.