Take two parts the Old West, three helpings of dinosaurs, and a sprinkling of overcoming obstacles while conquering fears over the whole thing and you’ve got yourself the recipe for The Good Dinosaur.
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In Mockingjay Part 2, Katniss Everdeen heads the way of Harry Potter and Bella Swan with the conclusion of her own hugely successful young adult book-to-movie franchises. Three books and four movies later, was the journey worth it?
The 33 contains emotional moments to be sure, though those are mostly due to the inherent nature of the true story itself. The actual movie is never as good as it could be, and has plenty of decisions that feel commercially-driven rather than committed to telling the story of these miners.
Burnt is predictable, its lead unsympathetic, and worst of all, not even the countless shots of food are all that tantalizing. Burnt may have succeeded with a more likable character, or at least one who has redeeming qualities and we see them early in the film. The most Adam Jones has to offer is a nice body in a leather jacket.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and so it is in war-torn Afghanistan, the smarmy Bill Murray is king. In a tonally mismatched script with no manageable plot thread, Rock the Kasbah follows up Aloha in being another case of when bad movies happen to good casts.
In a premise as deceptively simple as a stranded astronaut trying to survive on Mars, The Martian ends up taking the crown as the best movie to feature our red neighbor. The film has all the right doses of suspense, action, humor, and most importantly, emotional heft.
Jokes in Hotel Transylvania 2 are far too lame to amuse more than the youngest of audience members, and the third act exists merely to keep the film at feature length. If you’re hard pressed for an animated movie to take the kids to, Hotel Transylvania 2 will fit the bill, though it won’t become a treasured classic anytime soon.
As super-gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, Johnny Depp wears his hair thinned and slicked back, and pops in contacts that veritably glow in the shadows. That said, Depp’s performance shines in Black Mass, a thoroughly engrossing film that follows a criminal’s rise to power and the corruption that helped him get there.
Praising M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie,THE VISIT, is easy to do. After such offerings as Lady in the Water, The Happening, and After Earth, Shyamalan could have filmed a bowl of staples for two hours and achieved the same entertainment value.
A Walk in the Woods consistently pleases, but never reaches any satisfying thematic conclusions. The movie ultimately equates to what a 90 minute hike with two fine actors as Robert Redford and Nick Nolte would be like: fun, meandering and slow at times, and without a grand climax.
There’s much that No Escape does well, but isn’t free from a number of missteps that hold it back. Despite the strange casting, both Owen Wilson and Lake Bell excel in their roles.No Escape is a movie where women and children exist to be put in danger, and while the action is consistently nail-biting, feels exhausting by the second half.
Based on the true story of five artists who founded N.W.A, Straight Outta Compton is an kinetically enjoyable, if overlong, telling of the group’s history. Straight Outta Compton often has so much ground to cover, sequences are rushed, and events glossed over.
Within the latest iteration of Fantastic Four a great sci-fi tale exists. It’s a sad twist then, that everything that makes the Fantastic Four what they are is exactly what brings this movie down.
Rogue Nation begins in the best possible way for the action franchise: a crazily impressive stunt involving the aforementioned Cruise hanging on the side of a plane. It’s exciting, it’s fun, and it also has the unfortunate effect of setting the bar for the rest of the movie. A bar that the rest of the film doesn’t even begin to reach for.
As hilarious as the juxtaposition of a child’s teddy bear that curses and smokes pot is, one feature-length movie pushed the limits of substance in Ted’s stuffing. But it was a financial success, which may explain the existence of the sequel the world wasn’t exactly clamoring for. Or at least, a sequel anyone needed.
Inside Out works spectacularly as not only a movie that kids will enjoy, but adults as well. And that is the best kind of kids’ movie there is: children can enjoy the movie as is now, but as they grow older the movie will continue to cement itself in their hearts.
There’s plenty of satisfying mayhem and chomping on display in this newest attraction called Jurassic World, and not quite enough interesting story or character. Still, it should provide enough entertainment to the average dinosaur-interested viewer.
Despite the unwieldy cast, Age of Ultron never feels weighed down, even if the proceedings aren’t as fun and breezy this time around. Part of that is due to the large cast, and part is due to the titular villain who is nowhere near as fun to hate as Loki.
Insurgent doesn’t make a good argument for two more Divergent movies.
Focus isn’t the best con artist movie ever made, but it entertains enough.
Show me the alternate universe in the future where Hot Tub Time Machine 2 doesn’t exist.
Sex scenes that don’t sizzle and stalker storylines surprisingly bore in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“Jupiter Ascending” soars with its effects, but hits a black hole with its script.
Black or White foregoes an insightful conversation on race in favor of stereotypes.
“Mortdecai” attempts to be a goofy British caper instead of actually being one.
The Wedding Ringer delves into cheesy rom-com territory far too much.
Even Liam Neeson can’t rescue this movie from incoherent action and convoluted plot.
Anyone looking for a $10 nap will find this movie willing to deliver on every penny.