Movie Review: ‘American Sniper’ is the Best Film of the Year
Jan 2015 16

American Sniper PosterClint Eastwood masterfully directs and Bradley Cooper gives the performance of a lifetime as Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal sniper who recorded more kills than any soldier in U.S. History.

Am I a bit biased here? Perhaps, given that I was one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys.” The director has an eye for great war stories, just look at Letters From Iwo Jima or Flags of Our Fathers.

Critics and moviegoers can say what they want about the top performances of the year, but Cooper is at the top of the list.

The film tells the story of Chris Kyle and his struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from his tour of duty following 9/11. Some of the best scenes in the film involve Kyle trying to cope with the reality of being back at home as a civilian, and more importantly, a husband and father.

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Movie Review: ‘The Interview’ Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco
Jan 2015 06

The Interview PosterFirst it was on, then it was off, now it’s on again, sort of. The Interview, a comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen has been one of the hottest topics in the entertainment world this past week. Thanks to the reaction of many after the film was taken out of theaters, it’s not gotten a new lease on life. It’s now become an act of patriotism to see this film. Looking at it as a way to defy a dictator, I used my debit card and fed my television $6 to do my part in protecting freedom of speech. God Bless America!

Regardless of how funny The Interview is, it will forever go down as the film that upset North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un so much that he declared it an “act of war.”

Now that I have seen the movie for myself, it makes me laugh to think that theaters were scared to show the film, as it’s truly nothing more than a sophomoric comedy.

James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a self-centered celebrity talk show host. Seth Rogen play Aaron Rapaport, Skylark’s uptight producer.

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Movie Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ Starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Nov 2014 14

Dumb-and-DUmber-to-movie-posterTwenty years after one of the most ridiculous, yet humorous comedies I have ever seen, the Farrelly Brothers decided to resurrect Lloyd and Harry. I do not have much good to say about Dumb and Dumber To. It’s as bad as I expected, and maybe just a bit worse.

Before I go into why the film was so bad, let me say that I loved the first one. I really wanted this one to work as well – but it just doesn’t.

The Farrelly’s should be just about out of free movie-making passes. Seems like they have been riding the coat tail of There’s Something About Mary for 20 years now. What else have they done that was great? Sure, they have had some mild hits; Shallow Hal, Hall Pass, and Fever Pitch; to be fair, I really enjoyed the latter.

Dumb and Dumber was the duo’s first film way back in 1993. I was 12 years old then, and well, the the film was funny as hell. My friends and I knew all the lines. We would re-watch the film over and over, reciting the lines by heart. In other terms, for a 12-year old, it’s a classic.

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Fall Movie Preview 2014: FURY, INTERSTELLAR, GONE GIRL and More
Sep 2014 24

The Equalizer PosterWith the fall season just beginning, the long summer days are starting to turn to long, cool fall evenings. Fall not only means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and endless hours of leaf raking for most of us, it also means Fall movie season has arrived. Here are my top 10 films to see this Fall movie season:

10. The Equalizer

Denzel Washington is back in what many are calling his best role since Training Day. Washington plays an ex-military badass who now works at a hardware store. After he crosses path’s with Chloe Grace Moretz character, he butts heads with some of the most dangerous people in Boston. This is the second time Washington has teamed up with director Antoine Fuqua. Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for their film Training Day 12 years ago. Fuqua, most recently directed Olympus Has Fallen, a pretty damn good action film, last year.

9. Foxcatcher

Director Bennett Miller returns with his third film. Capote and Moneyball were both hits with critics and audiences, and Foxcatcher looks to be no different. Starring an unrecognizable Steve Carell, the film is psychological, true-crime drama that looks at Jon du Pont’s large ego and his quest to buy as much of America’s wrestling scene as possible. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum also co-star in the film, which is garnering Carrell a lot of Oscar talk.

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Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Aug 2014 07

Turtles Poster LargeFor the past few months, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been blasting producer Michael Bay and director Jonathon Liebesman about their reboot of the popular franchise. While a lot of the comic purists cringe at the thought of Bay heading another unnecessary reboot, the outcome is actually pretty enjoyable.

Lieberman’s TMNT is very different from the first film, which is nearly 25 years old. While the original film stuck to the comic for the most part, the 2014 version has nearly a brand new take on the turtles. Liebesman and Bay change up how the turtles were created, as well as their look. I think this is what pissed fans off the most. Those who worry that the film might try to portray the turtles as aliens, fear not, as there is even a joke about it in the film.

As the film opens, the Turtles are still in training, but have been sneaking out to fight the Foot Clan. April O’Neil is a television reporter, trying to land a major story. She just happens to stumble upon the Clan committing a crime one night. That’s where she first sees the turtles. O’Neil then turns to family friend Eric Sacks, played by William Fichtner, to try to figure out where the Turtles came from. It just so happens that Sacks has a secret alliance with Shredder. It’s now up to O’Neil and the Turtles to try to thwart Sacks’ and Shredder’s plan to destroy New York.

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