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Movie Review: IT (2017)

I know I said I wouldn’t watch any more new movies until I caught up with the movies reviews for the 900 movies I’ve already seen. Part of me had already accepted that I wasn’t going to see this for a while because I missed several opportunities to see it in theaters. I had seen a new movie in a long time. The last movie my mom and I saw in theaters was Lowriders and that was in May for Mother’s Day.

For me, personally, horror movies are rarely ever scary. Even though this movie was campy, there were still scenes that I thought were pretty scary. The scene where Pennywise bites Georgie’s arm off was so badly done with special effects it made me cringe. The novel is already inherently scary, why ruin it with awful special effects? Whenever IT would transform into those weird people with the melted face, it was a little bit scary. The effects weren’t very impressive with that either though.

I won’t lie I was half expecting this to kind of suck, but I actually thought it was really good. I loved the cinematography in this film. The shots that they used are exactly the reason why I would love to film movies. I’m rarely ever impressed, so any kind of high praise especially for a horror film, is few and far between.

I get that it’s a long novel, but 2 hours for a horror film is just not a good selling point. They would have been better off dragging it out into several 90-minute films. I’m the kind of person who has to be in a certain mood to watch a 2 hour movie. Overall, I enjoyed the film and I would even venture to say it’s going to be the best horror film of 2017.

My Score: 8/10

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Movie Review: The Internship

I don’t normally watch movies with Owen Wilson by choice, but there’s something about Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson together that allows me to stomach them for a short period of time. This is just another cute, feel-good comedy which every once in a while we need. I particularly loved this movie because Dylan O’ Brien is in the movie. He later went onto to star in the Maze Runner trilogy after this. I found this movie relatable because I know the feeling first hand of being in a collective group of misfits.

A lot of people remarked that The Internship was really an advertisement to work for Google. This tactic is nothing new. Jurrasic Park is notorious for its heavy use of advertisements. In this instance, I don’t think that advertising to work for Google is necessarily a bad thing. The fact that the film crosses the line between advertisement and entertainment is what gives it such a low score. Vince Vaughn is a bit over the top with the dialogue, and it borders on cheesy rather than funny.

You’d be surprised to know that you can show a strip club scene in a film that’s rated PG 13. I’ve noticed a lot more swearing being allowed too. I don’t mind it, but I remember how made parents would get whenever that happened.

I really liked the scene where each had to come up with an app. I’ve always wanted to create an app and they make it look easier. It looks really fun to work at Google, but I’m a nerd so what’s fun to me might be incredibly boring to you.

If you watch Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson movies on a regular basis then I think you will enjoy this film. It’s one of those films that is just okay. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either.

My Score: 5/10

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Movie Review: Why Him?

So I saw this movie with my mom, and there are only two words I would use to describe this movie: utter disappointment. I like James Franco, but he was lukewarm at best. Bryan Cranston is too good of an actor for this movie. I’m wondering why Vince Vaughn didn’t play his role but then I realized that Vince Vaughn can’t bring in the money like Bryan Cranston especially during Christmas time. This movie, in my opinion, won second place for the “All the good parts were in the trailer” category. It’s not a bad movie, but if you’re like me and care about not wasting your money, I would Redbox/Netflix it. Also, there was no resolution to the conflict, so as an English major that really bugged me. Overall, there were a few laughs but it definitely wasn’t worth the price of admission.

There were some funny parts to the movie. I liked the fact that they made Kaley Cuoco the voice of his artificial intelligence device. She’s funny and has a very chill and laid back voice which is great for a robot. With the exception of the daughter (who was probably the main character now that I think that about it), I loved almost all the characters in the movie. I’m not sure why this movie was so terrible and unfunny. I rarely think that movies are going to be good just based of the trailer. I’m not saying I thought this movie would good, but I certainly didn’t think it would be this bad.

My suggestion for this movie is to go to your local library and rent this for free, but in all honesty you won’t be missing anything by skipping it altogether. If you would like to watch a good movie with Bryan Cranston, I would suggest you watch All The Way where he plays LBJ. It’s a great film and a much better way to waste your time.

My score: 4/10

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Movie Review: We Are Marshall

So I watched two football movies; one was called We are Marshall with Matthew McConaughey as a coach. I don’t particularly try to watch football movies, but I don’t hate them either. This film has an interesting little story behind it. If you like McConaughey, then you’ll love this movie because he does his signature voice. I felt like it was a little long considering it’s 2 hours and 15 minutes. There was way too much build-up to the story. At the same time, I’m not sure what they could have taken out to make it smoother. An hour into the movie and they hadn’t even set up the conflict and then they try to wrap it up in the last 15 minutes when they had two hours to explain the whole movie.

I’m not exactly sure if this movie is worth watching because I know sometimes you have to be in a certain mood to watch a movie that’s over 2 hours. After watching this movie, I feel like it’s worth watching because the story is pretty good. It may even be better than most football movies. I haven’t seen too many football movies, so I’m not exactly on expert on how good the would be considered by a sports fan. As someone who doesn’t care too much about football, I really enjoyed this movie. This is one of those feel good movies, where you expect everything to go well.

It has a good story, but it starts off incredibly slow. It almost seems as if nothing happens in the first hour. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for some it may be a deal breaker. It really depends on whether you want to waste time or be entertained. Sometimes movies have different purposes. So while it may be a good waste of time, it’s not necessarily the best way to entertain yourself for 2 hours.

My score:7/10

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Movie Review: Bad Moms

When I first watched the movie Bad Moms,  I found it to be a modern take on what it means to be a good or bad mom. Mila Kunis plays the main character. While she won’t win any awards for spectacular acting, it’s a cute feel good movie for any mom. I’ve seen this movie a few times since it’s release. I feel like it’s one of those movies you can watch a few times. It’s definitely worth watching at least once. The storyline isn’t the best, but the jokes and visuals make it worth your while.

The kids are pretty funny in the movie, which I didn’t . I didn’t think the characters of the kids would be that fleshed out and developed. Christina Applegate plays one of the crazy PTA moms and she does such a wonderful job playing that character. She’s a great actress in general. However, Jada Pinkett Smith and that other actress whose name I don’t even know kind of take away from that aspect of the performance.

I was still working at the movie theatre when this movie came out, and there were so many angry moms upset with me because they couldn’t their baby to see an R rated movie. I had to repeatedly explain that it was due to policy, not content. It also got bumped to a smaller theatre several times for more popular movies that week and it sold out a lot faster.

I really liked this movie. I laughed out loud several times. This is definitely a movie you go see with your mom. I wrote this review just in time for the Bad Moms Christmas special, which I’m wondering why they decided to go with a Christmas theme considering Tyler Perry did 7 Madea movies before he made a Madea Christmas movie.

My Score: 7.5/10

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Movie Reviews: Sausage Party

This movie pushed so many buttons and crossed so many lines. I’m surprised it was allowed in theatres it was so raunchy. Do not watch if you are easily offended or can not handle being offended multiple times throughout the movie. It gets intense during some scenes, so please I’m begging you DO NOT bring your kids to see this. This movie makes South Park look like a kids show. Overall, it wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad either. No score because I honestly can’t decide how to rate it.

The strange thing about Sausage Party is that when I saw this movie the first time, I was in shock because many of the characters were food and it just seemed strange. When I saw it the second time, I saw the characters as people, and it became much less shocking. Funny how that works. I remember working during this movie’s theatrical run and we had so many teenagers trying to sneak in.

It’s hard to say whether this movie is good or bad. It’s good because it has a decent storyline and the shock value is high, but some of the jokes are incredibly tasteless and not that funny; not to me anyway. I know some people enjoy that kind of humor and that’s perfectly fine. Then this movie is perfect for you.

The tricky part is determining whether or not it’s worth seeing in the theatre and my humble opinion, the answer is no. For someone like me, who chooses their movie carefully now that I have to pay full price for the tickets, I would have waited for the DVD to come out and either purchase it or check it out from the library.

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My Score: ?/10

Movie Review: Resident Evil 7: The Final Chapter

I was lucky enough to see this for free with my best friend. I rewatched the whole series on TV, and while this was certainly a more high definition movie, it just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The gore was fairly good, but this is not supposed to be a horror movie, so it felt a bit out of place. Resident Evil has always been pretty brutal when it comes to death, but I felt like they went over the top and not in a good way. There was no need for the jump-scares like I said this is not a horror movie. It was jam packed with action from beginning to end, and for me, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

If anything the story and the entire franchise was wrapped up quite nicely, and I was satisfied in that aspect. There were quite a few inconsistencies, but nothing regular people would notice. Overall it was decent, but it wasn’t quite amazing.

I didn’t exactly have high hopes for this film, but I left feeling dissatisfied. I’m almost glad I didn’t have to pay for this movie after all. I will say that I did enjoy the fight scenes. They were well put together, and the actors did a great job of making it entertaining.

I think you if enjoyed the entire series, then you might like how they ended the series. It’s not bad; I think I had higher expectations for this film. After watching all of the movies in succession, I figure it would be a little different than what I saw. This movie is maybe one of the select few movie/franchise that I would want to see in the theatre.

My score: 6/10

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Movie Review: The Omen

I had seen the remake, but I had never seen the original version. It’s really good for 1976. It’s got the perfect amount of gore, scary music, photography, and the movie itself is actually terrifying. If you’re a horror fan like me, you know that some horror movies can be scary, creepy, campy, bad, have jump scares, but this one is terrifying without trying too hard. Great acting from Gregory Peck, no surprise there. The musical score of this film is so amazing it won an Academy award and I will second that statement. I’m not too sure why all the other remakes, sequels, and rip-offs suck since this one is so good. Overall, it’s just a really well-done film for the horror genre.

I love horror movies, and this is a great horror movie. It’s probably one of the best and most famous movies of its time. If you watch only one film from 1976, let it be this one. It’s a tragedy how far the horror genre has fallen since then. I’m not easily scared, and I wasn’t expecting much because of what I had seen in pop culture. This just happened to be a case of nobody else could top this movie and no one could do it justice. I’ve seen more than enough horror movies to know this is one the best of that year if not the entire decade, considering it took a long time for horror movies to be considered mainstream movies.

This movie made $60 million which was a lot of money back then. Carrie by Stephen King also came out this year and it’s hard to say which one is scarier. I would honestly say The Omen is scarier in my opinion, and I might consider it to be the best horror movie of all time. I would have to do a lot more research to find out if that’s really true or not.

My score: 9/10

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Movie Review: Patriot’s Day

Saw this with my best friend tonight and all I can say is WOW. Amazing cinematography and Mark Wahlberg’s accent was perfect for this movie, unlike many of his other movies. It was brutal, my God they showed everything. It looked real because they used actual footage from the news. It makes you wonder who thought it would be a good idea to show this in theatres. I love gory movies, but this was real life. This was no movie. I was genuinely shocked at how well this movie was made. It was desensitization in the worst way. Don’t watch this if you’re squeamish because it all looks so real. Overall, great and powerful movie.

Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was compelling to watch. I honestly think that movie deserves an award. It’s one of the few movies I would recommend watching. Mark Wahlberg truly has come a long way, and in a way that I never really expected of him. It’s got a lot of great stars in it as well, who do a great job and really do the story justice. Great acting all around.

This was probably the only movie I didn’t plan on watching. Normally, I do extensive research to make sure I want to watch a particular movie, but this was different. My friend called me up at the last-minute to see if I wanted to see Patriot’s Day. I hadn’t been working at the movies for a couple of weeks already and I was so out of the loop that I didn’t even know what the movie was about. Once the movie started, I realized the subject matter. I had actually wanted to see this movie, I just couldn’t remember the title so I was happy that my friend invited me to go.

My score: 8/10

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Movie Review: The Place Beyond the Pines

I tried watching this four times, and I fell asleep during the first 30 minutes every time. So I finally finished the movie, and let me just say I watched two different Ryan Gosling films and I didn’t like him in this film as much as I did in The Big Short. The story had a good premise, but it was way too long. I’m not even sure what could have cut, but there was no reason for that movie to be 2.5 hours. It’s worth watching if you can get through it in one sitting.

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendez do a great job of acting with each other. It must be hard to play certain roles together when you are married to someone who works in Hollywood. While I was watching this, I felt like I was watching one of Brad Cooper’s earlier movies, but this came out in 2013. I know he has done several films before this. It makes a lot of sense why they would cast him for American Sniper. I wouldn’t say Brad Cooper is my favorite, but I can’t deny that he’s a good actor. I’ve seen him play several different roles, and I think he has finally proven himself.

Ryan Gosling, on the other hand, I can name two other movies that he’s in that would be better than watching this. That’s not to say this is a bad film; it’s just not Ryan Gosling’s best work. If I had never seen those other movies, I would think he’s a terrible actor.

I’m not exactly what the title means in regards to the story anyway. Maybe they talked about it in the movie, but I don’t recall them explaining it, and it’s not exactly self-explanatory.

My Score: 7/10

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