Jurassic World (2015)

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If you are like most people in America then you probably jumped on the bandwagon and went to go see Jurassic World this month. If you didn’t, well I would definitely have to say that you were missing out. In fact, Jurassic World broke so many box office records that I can’t even keep up with them. [Check out the records on Box Office Mojo.]

Jurassic World is a movie about a dinosaur theme park that gets turned upside down when a new attraction, a genetically modified       “dinosaur”      , breaks out of containment.

Also, if you didn’t know, Jurassic World is actually the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park movies. Even though it is the fourth movie, I don’t believe that you have to watch any of the previous ones before you go see the new one. All you really need to know pertaining to the previous films is that the new theme park in Jurassic World is built on top of the original park, from Jurassic Park, that shut down 22 years ago due to some, let’s just say, complications. Even though you don’t really have to watch the other movies to understand what is going on in the new one, I would recommend watching Jurassic Park just because it is also a wonderful movie; It will even help you appreciate Jurassic World even more and vice versa. Appreciating Jurassic World isn’t hard though. The actors all did a wonderful job, especially the main characters including Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Actually, the film was so tastefully made that I don’t have much bad to say about it at all except Bryce Dallas Howard’s acting in ONE scene was a little over the top and that haircut they gave her might not have been the right choice…  Honestly,this movie was just so good. Seriously… I’ve been trying to figure out if we just actually have dinosaurs hiding somewhere, because they were pretty impressive and believable in the film. Good work Jurassic World team.  Lastly, the movie was also funny, and not inappropriately funny, but good tasteful humorous humor.

The film is rated PG-13, mostly for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril. Expected. And of course there is a little bit (honestly, not much) of profanity, but I mean if there were dinosaurs chasing you what would you say? You can also check the film out in 2D or RealD 3D, but I suggest viewing in 2D because the quality in RealD 3D just wasn’t as good as you would hope.

So if you haven’t seen Jurassic World yet, help it break some more records and get in a car, a taxi, a bus, or even walk [or run (like a dinosaur is chasing you)] to the nearest theater and experience pure cinema magic!

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Home (2015)


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Home is the perfect movie for families. There is humor in it for everyone, not just kids. The film is an animation movie, and you can also catch it in 3D. Home is a story about Oh the alien from planetBoov. TheBoovs take over planet Earth because they are running from another species of aliens calledGorgs. Oh gets himself in a little trouble with his own kind when he makes a “hilarious” mistake. While on the run from the other Boovs, Oh meets a young human girl named Tip. They begin a journey together searching for Tip’s mom, and learning about each other and important lessons of life.

I would just like to start off by saying this is the cutest movie I have seen in 2015. Not only does it have a great message behind it, but it is also a great laugh for everyone. The story reminds you of just how important family is, which makes it a perfect choice to go see with your family. It is also fun to watch with friends as well.

When I went to watch the movie, I did not realize there were so many famous voices portraying the characters in the film. As soon as each one spoke, I could recognize who they were. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that singer Rihanna voiced Tip. Even though her voice sounds a little too mature for the age of her character, I thought that she did a wonderful job acting. It was also neat to hear some of her songs in the film. Another voice I easily recognized was the voice of Jennifer Lopez. Lopez voices for Tip’s mother, and like always she does not disappoint. Jim Parsons and Steve Martin also do great work in this film. Boov (Parsons) and Captain Smek (Martin) are the most comedic characters. They had you giggling the whole time.

Overall, this movie was very pleasant to watch. It is pretty funny, and it has an extreme cuteness overload factor. The film is also actually based on the book The True Meaning of Spekday.I highly suggest this movie for anyone who loves animation. Even if you don’t, I would give it a try. It might just surprise you.

Get Hard (2015)

20150401_18500420150402_111913Get Hard stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, two of the funniest comedians in Hollywood in 2015. With these powerhouse leading roles, this comedy film is expected to be hilarious. With awesome reviews from my friends and people online, I decided to go watch the film for dollar movie night. In my opinion, this comedy did not quite meet my expectations. Did I laugh a lot? Yes. Would I pay more than a dollar to see it? Probably not.

Get Hard is about a millionaire named James King (Ferrell) who receives a ten-year prison sentence for fraud. He has thirty days before he starts his jail time, and decides to hire Darnell (Hart) to help him learn how to survive in prison.

First, I would like to warn anyone who wants to go see this movie what they are getting themselves in to. The movie is rated R for crudity and nudity. It shows flashes of male and female body parts more than once in unexpected times, and has multiple sexual references. The R rating seems like a low rating considering the content in the film. There are also multiple racist comments, but it is a comedy so if you go to see the movie try not to take it seriously. It isn’t supposed to be. A lot of the jokes in the film are offensive, so if you like offensive humor, than you will probably think this is one of the funniest movies of 2015.

On the positive side, there were a lot of non-offensive jokes as well. The movie really was funny, and all of the actors did a wonderful job portraying naturally funny characters. A lot of crude humor movies have bad acting in them, but I was highly impressed by the acting in this film by many of the actors, excluding some of the extras. I would have to say though that my favorite part of the movie was the story-line. I am pretty amazed by what some people can come up with.

Overall, the movie was funny, but if you can’t handle offensive humor, crude language, and a little bit of graphic nudity then you should probably skip this film. If you don’t mind all of that, then I would have to say the movie was pretty good.

Insurgent (2015)

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It’s that time again for fandoms. The second installment of The Divergent Series hit theaters on March 20th, and of course I was there for opening night. Insurgent  is the second book in the series by Veronica Roth. If you are thinking about going to see Insurgent, make sure that you have at least watched or read Divergent first. You would be completely lost if you watched it without having knowledge of what happened in the first book/movie. If you have not seen Divergent, don’t worry! It is only ten dollars at Wal-Mart, and is currently in Redbox while Insurgent is in theaters.

Insurgent follows Beatrice Prior as she tries to save her futuristic society from being destroyed by a devious ruler. The movie is a really good adaptation of the book, and it follows the book as well as Divergent follows its’ book. The movie is an action packed adventure with a little taste of love. What’s a movie without a little love? Insurgent also has amazing special effects. You can just imagine how awesome the special effects are just by looking at the movie poster or trailer. I can’t forget to mention that you can watch the movie in 3D or 2D. I personally suggest the 3D, because it honestly makes the movie world come to life.

The actors in the film do a wonderful job. Shailene Woodley is very convincing as Tris Prior. You can truly feel every emotion that she goes through. In my opinion, Tris’s love interest, Four, does an even better job. He is played by Theo James. Together, they have amazing chemistry. Kate Winslett also does a fabulous job at portraying Tris’s arch-nemesis, Jeanine. Overall, all of the actors did a great job, especially when some of the characters went through personality changes. The movie has a couple of surprises, and some of the characters in the film might even have a change of heart in what they believe; one possibly for the best and one possibly for the worst.

This film was truly a good one, and it is definitely worth watching in theaters.

Cinderella (2015)

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“Where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic.”

Cinderella was not my favorite Disney princess when I was younger, but she definitely is now! I have actually seen the new Cinderella twice already, and both times I was in awe of the recreation of the Disney classic. No wonder it did pretty well in the Box Office. For those of you who are fans of the cartoon, the movie stayed true to the original also with added scenes that elaborated on more of the story-line that was otherwise unexplained in the 1950 version.

For those of you who might have never seen the original movie before, both versions tell the story of a young woman named Ella. She has experienced great loss in her young life already and has the misfortune of being mistreated by her wicked Step-Mother and Step-Sisters. They have taken advantage of her kindness, but Ella still has hope. Cinderella’s luck begins to change when she meets a handsome stranger. With the help from her Fairy Godmother and a little magic, Cinderella gets the opportunity to change her fortune for the better and gets the chance for her happily ever after.

The movie is, in one word, magical. I could never imagine that this movie would be so perfect as a live-action fairy tale. All of the characters’ physical appearances even resembled the ones from the cartoon. Speaking of the characters, I had no idea that you could jam so much talent into one film. I honestly felt like I was experiencing it myself and not just watching a movie. Plus, the chemistry between Lily James (Cinderella) and Richard Madden (the prince) was seriously faultless. Also, Cate Blanchett (Stepmother) and Helena Bonham Carter (Fairy Godmother) deserve a huge round of applause for their top-notch acting skills.

The message is so strong in this movie as well. It teaches you to be kind and have courage no matter what, and there is also strong symbolism of hope. The film was absolutely beautiful, and I loved pretty much every aspect of it. The artistic parts of the movie were great, especially the ballroom dance scene. Overall, the new Cinderella is a wonderful rendition of the classic tale and is great for kids and perfect for the family.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

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It was dollar movie night at my local theater again, and there were so many movies to choose from. An action, adventure, and a comedy film was exactly the kind of movie I was looking to watch, and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) fit the bill. Kingsman: The Secret Service is a movie about a young hoodlum, Eggsy, who gets drafted to train for a secret service called Kingsman. Mysterious kidnappings and the death of a friend leads the Kingsman to discover an evil plot that might just require Eggsy’s new learned skills to defeat it and possibly save the world.

While that does not necessarily sound like a comedy, trust me, it is. The British film had me laughing from the moment I sat down until the moment the credits rolled. Every character in the movie was a character that you could fall in love with; even the antagonists. Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Valentine, is a perfect example considering his “too good to be bad but too evil to be good” personality. Each actor did a wonderful job portraying their character, and I would not change any of the choices that they made.

I would change at least one thing though. The film became very violent towards the end, which is to be expected in a spy movie. The problem though was that it was too much, and all of the deaths were created to be more comedic or not a big deal. On the other hand, if they made the violent scenes more serious, the movie would have taken a different turn. The film might have been better if the creators just took out some of the more violent scenes, or if they made some of the violent scenes less violent.

Also, everyone in the film has a “filthy mouth”. Again, I was not too surprised by the language in the film; I was actually sort of expecting it. Basically, if you can’t handle a lot of cursing, move on to the next movie.

I really did enjoy this movie, and I definitely suggest it to mature audiences. It was a good laugh, a good time, and a good memory. I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

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 SpongeBob Squarepants was a big part of my childhood. I grew up watching it, and it was one of my favorite TV shows. So, when I found out they made another Spongebob movie I just had to go see it at my local theater.

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 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water  takes us on a journey with our favorite characters from the show, and it wouldn’t be a SpongeBob movie without the famous plot-line of someone stealing the secret Krabby Patty formula. This movie has a major plot-twist though; Plankton might not have stolen the formula this time, and him and SpongeBob actually decide to team up.

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The movie switches back in forth from animation to live action. When they mix the two together, the effects look amazing. The film was very comedic with a nice balance of humor for all ages. If you are a parent and your kids want to see it, go ahead and take them because it will be enjoyable for the whole group. If you want to go by yourself, just know that it did feel more like it was made for television. Also, don’t go into the theater expecting it to be as good as the first SpongeBob because you might just end up being disappointed.

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Overall, the movie was good. It was very humorous, and I was still laughing after I left. It is perfect for the kids, and taking them to go see it would be a perfect family night. Besides, it doesn’t get better than going to the movies with the family.

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Should Films Really be Remade?

The Great Gatsby, Annie, Footloose, Spider-man, Godzilla, and Red Dawn all have one thing in common. They are all remakes! Remakes never seem to stop coming out. I have started to feel like every time I go to the movies, I hear about another film that is rebooting. It seems that there are mixed emotions about films being recreated, but it all depends on which film and the film’s fans. When I heard about the remake of The Great Gatsby in 2013, I have to admit that I was jumping for joy. It had been a long time since the release of the first, and I knew that the abilities of the film industry nowadays would allow the movie to be created into a visual masterpiece. On the other hand, when I heard about the remake of Annie, I almost cried (and not happy tears). I could not believe that they were making ANOTHER remake of the iconic film. On top of that, they decided to modernize the film as well. I was impressed after watching the movie, but it took me a long time to open up to the idea of it.

So when it comes down to the question if films should really have remakes or not, the answer is simple. Yes! and No! Did I say simple? Honestly, we don’t even know what we want. An Article on Screen Rant titled Are Audiences Tired of Remakes and 3D movies? suggests that the film industry keeps releasing these types of films because we need a sense of familiarity in the midst of this uncertainty. Plus, it usually helps the box-office out as well. While I do like a good remake occasionally, sometimes I wish Hollywood would stop messing with my favorites. Maybe the question should not be should there be remakes, but simply what movies should be remade. An article regarding the subject on What Culture titled Is Hollywood’s Remake Craze going too Far argues that original films should not be remade, but films that were adapted from books or comics have more room for imagination and those are the movies that would most likely succeed if rebooted. I completely agree.

In conclusion Hollywood, remake the adapted movies if you want, just don’t touch the original classics please.

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

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Many people that have seen Jupiter Ascending will probably say it is the worst movie ever, but then those same people will tell you they enjoyed every second of it. Confused? Well, I will tell it to you straight. Jupiter Ascending is actually a really good movie. Written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski, the film tells a story about a young house maid that has been tracked down by a futuristic ex-military hunter. We journey with them as Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) discovers that she is more than just a caretaker; Jones is royalty from another world, and she just happens to have a bounty on her head.

This film has pretty much everything that makes a good movie. It ranges from romance, mystery, action, adventure, fantasy, fairy-tale, and it even has some family drama. That might seem like a bit much, and to some extent it is. It felt like three movies were jam-packed into one. There were parts throughout the movie that I wished could have been more developed, and if it was made into a trilogy, I would watch all of them.

The acting in the film was also wonderful, but what else would you expect from an A-list cast. The on-screen chemistry between Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum was inevitable, and they had you rooting for the characters from the beginning til the end. One of my favorite actors, Eddie Redmayne, was also in the film. Redmayne stars as Balem Abrasax, a centuries old ruler of different planets in the galaxy. Redmayne had to completely change his persona, and he did just that. Another cast member was Sean Bean (Stinger). While his character was one of my favorites in the film, his heavy accent made many of the important scenes with important information barely understandable. (Subtitles would’ve been nice.)

I highly suggest that this film be seen on the big-screen. The costumes and set designs were beyond imagination, and I was in awe of all of  the beautiful scenes. They were truly breathtaking, and waiting to see it on DVD  would just take-away from the overall beauty of the film. This was my kind of movie, and I would pay to go see it again.

Check out these other reviews to see if this is the movie for you!

Jupiter Ascending Review- A Romantic Cinderella Space Opera

Oh, No I Really Liked ‘Jupiter Ascending’

The Boy Next Door (2015)

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The Boy Next Door is a movie about a high school teacher that has a brief fling with one of her students. When she tries to end it, the young man becomes dangerous and obsessive. Now, if you are expecting to see a suspenseful stalker movie different from all of the rest, forget it. The Boy Next Door isn’t it. The Film is pretty predictable, and at times I felt like I had watched it before. I pretty much knew what would happen next, but for some reason the movie still kept me on the edge of my seat while stuffing my face with the delicious buttery popcorn. Some people might not want to see a movie with the same plot-line as many others. For me, it was around what I was expecting so I did not mind. In fact, I still quite enjoyed it in spite of all of the bashing done by critics.

Although I enjoyed it, the movie could have been ten thousand times better with a little tweeks here and there. If some of the scenes that earned the movie its’ R rating were toned down, the movie would have been a lot classier and way more tasteful. I am warning you. If you see this movie, beware. There are at least three scenes that contain graphic sexual content or graphic violence. There is also a scene that shows a nude woman. This scene was absolutely pointless, and it should have been cut.

Even though there were some bad scenes there was only a little bit of bad acting. Overall Jennifer Lopez did a good job, but the real star was the talented Ryan Guzman, who plays Lopez’s love interest. He did a fantastic job on playing a really tough character. The film has clever lines and some lines that play homage to The Iliad, but there might have been a mistake. I believe this movie is good enough to watch. If it sounds interesting, go ahead and check it out in theaters, but if you are unsure then I would suggest waiting for it to come out in Red-Box.

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