Movie Review: ‘Hercules’ Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Jul 2014 25

Hercules Poster LargeDwayne Johnson is the hottest action star in Hollywood, and with good reason. His good looks, out of this works physique, and his captivating personality has made him a hot commodity in Hollywood. All those attributes are on display in the Summer action fare Hercules.

The Brett Ratner directed film may not please mythological purists, but it’s a hell of an action film. While Hercules was known for his 12 labours, it’s apparent that Ratner didn’t find then important enough to focus on in the film. I admit, I was looking forward to seeing Johnson fight a lion, but if you have seen the trailer for the film, you’ve seen most of that battle. Instead, Ratner focuses on Hercules mission to protect Lord Cotys and the land of Thraces. Due to that focus, the audience gets an action­packed, violent ride featuring Johnson destroying everything in his path. Throw in a little comedic humor from Ian McShane, who plays Amphiaurus, and you get a fun, summer popcorn­flick.

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Movie Review: ‘Lucy’ Starring Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Jul 2014 25

lucy posterDon’t be fooled by the trailer for Lucy, the latest film from director Luc Besson. It looks like a sci­fi, action thriller; yet what it really is, is a mean-­spirited, unexciting train wreck.

Scarlett Johansson stars as Lucy. One of my big problems with the film is that we are introduced to Lucy at the beginning of the film when her douschebag boyfriend handcuffs a briefcase to her wrist, forcing her to deliver it to a group if Chinese drug dealers. Lucy winds up getting knocked out by the drug dealers, waking up to find they have surgically implanted a bag of synthetic drugs in her abdomen.

The action scenes are nothing to write home about, as Johansson’s character is so unlikable, some of the audience was actually rooting for her demise. Besson drops the ball, as there is no emotional connection between Lucy and the audience. I couldn’t have cared less what happened to her. In fact, she comes across as more of a sociopath than anything.

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Movie Review: ‘Sex Tape’ Starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz
Jul 2014 18

sex-tapeSex Tape is yet another film that is destined to be panned by critics, but reasonably enjoyed by audiences. Most moviegoers will head to their local cinema, enjoy a popcorn, and have a few laughs and wonder why critics hated this movie so much. At the time this review is being written, the film sits at a score of 16% on the movie review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com. Many will find this score low for a movie that entertained them for a bit of their free time. Sure, a few will share the derision of the critics, but most people will be able to find enough to enjoy. There are a number of laughs, a couple outlandishly funny characters, and enough racy humor for most adult moviegoers. So, why do critics hate it so much?

Let’s start at the beginning. Sex Tape follows Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel), a couple fast approaching middle age, who like many people with children, find their sex life almost non-existent. This is in stark contrast to the early portions of their relationship where sex was a driving force in their love for each other.  Annie’s thoughtful narration takes us through this early portion of their relationship, where she describes every scary detail of their sex life, including items like Jay’s constant erections. Their current situation of parenthood has robbed them of the time and energy, and most importantly the sex life they thought they would always have. This situation leads to an inspiration by Annie. A night away from the kids to rekindle the romance.  Despite many false starts, the couple finally spices up their life by creating a sex tape using their iPad.  Unfortunately for them, the video is uploaded to the cloud, and to numerous devices they’ve given people over the years.   The couple must quickly track down all their devices, and erase the video before their closest family and friends see their special moment.

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Movie Review: ‘Dawn of The Planet of The Apes’ Starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman
Jul 2014 11

Dawn Planet of the Apes Poster LargeAs far as reboots of well established franchises go, Rise of the Planet of the Apes certainly ranked among the ones that was (or is, if you still haven’t seen it) very well worth your time. I certainly wish more sequels would turn out like this one.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes leads off with the leader of the apes, Caesar (Andy Serkeis), clad in battle paint alongside the rest of his crew out on a hunt. It’s immediately apparent that Dawn of the Planet of The Apes takes place several years after the events of Rise. There’s not only a progression of Caesar and his civilization, but there was a massive breakout of a simian virus that came about as a result of the genetic manipulation of the apes. The virus exhibited such severity in that a massive portion of humanity had been wiped out, and for a time it seems the apes are running the planet.

Naturally, there are still some humans left in the midst of the madness. Enter Malcolm (Jason Clarke), who serves as a leader of sorts among the human characters, and can be deemed the most level-headed of them. Alongside Malcolm is his wife, Ellie (Keri Russell), his son Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Okay, I previously stated that Malcolm is the leader of the humans, but that role would technically go to Dreyfus, played by none other than Commissioner G….. Gary Oldman. Dreyfus has an increasing distrust of the apes and their overall intentions, and is determined to do whatever it takes to protect the remnants of humanity. Associate of Dreyfus, Carver (Kirk Acevedo), serves as the archetype discriminatory, anger ridden douchebag. You know there’s always a quota to fill for that role in any type of apocalypse movie, right?

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Movie Review: ‘Tammy’ Starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney
Jul 2014 02

tammy movieIt seems like you either love or hate Melissa McCarthy. Her latest film, Tammy, will do nothing to change that. Tammy is a movie that looks like it is nothing special, just more of McCarthy’s raunchy act that she has been cashing in on since Bridesmaids. In reality, Tammy is a heartfelt, feel good comedy, mixed with some raunchiness.

Tammy is directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. Falcone and McCarthy co-wrote the film together. Falcone has a lot to learn about directing, as the films pacing leave a lot to be desired, but this film is all about girl power. We get McCarthy doing her usual schtick, as well as Susan Sarandon playing her alcoholic, free-spirited grandmother. Throw in Kathy Bates playing a lesbian, and what you get is a almost charming film when it’s all said and done.

The film picks up with Tammy, played by Mccarthy, having a rough day. First she hits a deer, then gets fired, and finally, returns home to her husband having dinner with another woman. After having her fill of the misfortunes of the day, she embarks upon a road with her grandmother to Niagra Falls.

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