Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Terminator: Genisys

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney and J.K. Simmons
Running Time: 2 Hours and 5 minutes

Interesting that Arnold Schwarenegger would want to reprise his infamous role as T-800. Having missed the last Terminator movie, "Terminator Salvation" in 2009, possibly because he was serving as Governor of California? I would imagine so, but regardless of his absence, in this 2015 version, "Terminator: Genisys", he is back and he has definitely aged and grown older.
This is another time-travel and shape-shifter movie which transports Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back from 2029 to 1984 to keep Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke) safe, (she is the future mother-to-be of John Conner).
 The humans of the future are still fighting the Skynet robots, who are trying to dominate planet earth.
 John Connor (Jason Clarke) is the leader of the rebel forces and battling his way through to save the future.
This movie takes place in San Francisco, seems like a lot of the recent movies are taking place in San Francisco these days. So as usual, they have to have the obligatory dramatic/traumatic scene take place as always on the Golden Gate Bridge.
This movie held my interest, I was a little lost in portions of it though. I felt like it became a bit convoluted at times.There was a lot of fighting and violence. The robots were dominating and very destructive.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I am saying that this is a very hard PG-13! There is a lot of violence and there is some nudity as well. Male and female nudity, The male is completely nude from the backside and some scenes of his front, but not his lower frontal anatomy. The female is also nude from the backside.There is a scene of her chest but it is an obscure shot. I also seem to remember them dropping the F-bomb at the very beginning of the movie. There is however some other profanity. I would not recommend this movie for young adults under the age of sixteen.
I am giving "Terminator: Genisys", two and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Inside Out

Starring: The voices of: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kaitlyn Dias and Kyle MacLachlan
Running Time: 1 Hour and 34 Minutes

It has been two years since Pixar has released a movie, "Monsters University" was the latest movie in 2013.
We have all been waiting and anticipating exactly what they had up their always ingenious sleeve. I'm happy to announce that this sweet little movie is pure genius! Brainchild of Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen.
This is the story of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an eleven year old girl who has been uprooted from her happy and perfect  little life with her mother (Diane Lane) and father (Kyle MacLachlan) from the Midwest to cosmopolitan San Francisco where her father has relocated for his employment. Leaving behind all of the things she loves and cherishes so dearly, her friends, schoolmates and being the star of her hockey team. She was excited and anxious to start her brand new life in San Francisco, but when things don't go quite as she had anticipated, she starts to encounter a myriad of brand new emotions. Riley was struggling with her new life and trying to find her way in her new school. Feeling very alone and desperate, she decides to take matters into her own hands. This is where her emotions start to take over. Each emotion is identified and labeled with its own personality; Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Bing Bong (Richard Kind). All of these interesting little "emotion characters" were so much fun and spot-on for a young pre-adolescent child.
"Inside Out", takes you back to your own childhood or your children's childhood and what young people encounter.
I found this movie to be completely entertaining and a work of sheer genius. It was so much fun to see the emotion personalities play-out and resolve their own issues regarding young Riley.
Parents be advised: This movie deals with real life situations that children can relate to and their accompanying emotions. Some children might find this too realistic.
I am giving "Inside Out" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jurassic World

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Vincent D' Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irfan Khan and BD Wong
Running Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

I wasn't quite sure how they were going to resurrect "Jurassic World" after twenty-two years. I was actually surprised that Stephen Spielberg would even try to bring anything "Jurassic" back to the big screen. I was a big fan of the original 1993 "Jurassic Park" having a young son who was a huge dinosaur aficionado. It was very popular in our household. I wasn't as impressed with "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" (1997) and "Jurassic Park III" (2001). They were still fun but not as exciting as the original which brings us to the here and now... 2015 "Jurassic World", it was not only bigger, but better! Certainly more excitement and great special effects that were incredibly realistic.
The storyline was strong and interesting too.
Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the Jurassic World Park operations manager and Aunt to Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins). Kind of an unusual and very business oriented woman, I felt like she was the weakest link in the movie.
Owen (Chris Pratt) was easily the star of the movie, a strong and very likeable character. Definitely the hero of the movie.
At "Jurassic World" Park, the Park owners found if they brought out a new idea or product they could
significantly increase their revenues. They decided to interbreed two different types of dinosaurs for a brand new species to bring in more people and build new interest in the park.
What they did not realize is what they created was not only unique and one of a kind but also
  a "nightmare and a monster" all in one! They combined a T-Rex and a Raptor together that liked to kill not just for food, but for sport!! It was a deadly combination which wreaked havoc in the park! The  animals had also mutated to the point of being able to communicate with one another and in certain circumstances, with humans!!!
This is a movie that will easily keep you on the edge of your seat and very entertained.
I enjoyed this movie alot and found it fun and exciting.
Parents be advised: This is definitely rated PG-13. It is a pulse-pounding drama that might be too intense for some children. The dinosaurs are very realistic and life-like. I would not recommend it for children who are sensitive to monsters and animal violence. I would not recommend children under
the age of ten for this one.
I am giving "Jurassic World" three and a half bags of popcorn.

Friday, May 29, 2015

San Andreas

Starring: Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Paul Giamatti, Ion Gruffudd, Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson

This movie is based on the prediction and aftermath of a gigantic earthquake along the infamous San Andreas Fault-line in California.
It begins with a massive earthquake that takes place at Hoover Dam in Nevada. Then it branches out to Los Angeles and up the fault-line to Central California and eventually San Francisco.
This is another very dramatic edge of your seat thrill ride that will hold your interest.
It stars Dwayne Johnson as Ray, a Los Angeles Firefighter and all around super hero. His wife Emma (Carla Gugino) has just decided to divorce him for a very wealthy and infamous man Daniel (Ioan Gruffudd) and his daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) is leaving for College.
They all find themselves in the epicenter of a catastrophic situation with no easy way out!
The daughter Blake has left with the mothers boyfriend  Daniel on his private Jet to San Francisco when the earthquake occurs. Ray takes off and leaves in the Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter to save his wife off of a crumbling skyscraper in L.A. Shortly after, he then gets the news that his daughter is trapped in San Francisco fighting for her survival and the story goes from there.
I actually had a good time at this movie because they screened it for the press in the D-BOX theater. So, we not only watched the movie we actually rode the movie. It was very intense and exciting! Living here in Utah we are always warned about "not if... but when" the Wasatch Fault will decide to raise its ugly head and take us on the ride of our lives, that just seemed to increase the drama of this movie!
If you just want to go to a dramatic and exciting popcorn movie than this one is for you. The Special effects were pretty incredible, it was quite realistic and thought-provoking.
Parents be advised: This is rated PG-13,  it was a very intense and realistic looking movie. I think it might be quite upsetting and intimidating to children under the age of twelve. They also had the F-bomb dropped once.
I am giving "San Andreas" two and a half bags of popcorn.


Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Raffey Cassidy, and Thomas Robinson
Running Time: 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

So I want to start off by being completely honest and forthright, which is what I pride myself on and always what I try to stand for in writing ALL of my movie reviews! That is my total motivation for taking the time and the effort to write my reviews!
I am and always have been a die-hard Disney Fan!!!
 I live, eat, sleep and dream Disney!!! It has been a huge part of mine, my husband and my children's lives!
But... this new and highly anticipated movie, "Tomorrowland" just did not work for me! I was so excited and anxious to see it, I felt like it was a total waste of my time and I was highly disappointed with it. I am getting so sick and tired of these so-called teenage Dystopian futuristic movies!
George Clooney stars as Frank Walker, the senior Frank. Thomas Robinson stars as the young Frank, a child genius who discovered how to fly around in a flying suit just like the actual one they had many years ago at Tomorrowland in Disneyland. Athena, (Raffey Cassidy) was an adorable but unusual little girl who favored young Frank and helped him out with his flying suit invention but ended up being a robot with incredible blue eyes. Then there was Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) playing a teenager determined to get to "Tomorrowland" and the daughter of  NASA astronaut Eddie Newton (Tim McGraw) a single and struggling father. Casey kept running away and causing problems for her father who was about to lose his job with NASA. The whole movie to me was very convoluted and you honestly could not make much sense of it. I never did understand where "Tomorrowland" was and where on or off earth it was located. The characters had to be in possession of a special pin to enter into "Tomorrowland", the story was just too vague and way too cynical. Even old George couldn't pull it off. He just looked old and gray and added nothing to the movie. I just feel that the storyline was weak and there was really no premise to the movie! The graphics were visually stunning and Disney spent over 180 Million to make this movie but once again, it just doesn't make the grade! I'm pretty sure this is going to be a colossal failure for Disney.
Parents be advised: There was some weird and unusual robot violence and just plain strange stuff going on. I would recommend this movie for children ages ten and over.
I am giving "Tomorrowland" two bags of popcorn.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen
Running Time: 2 Hours and 21 Minutes

This movie starts out with a giant bang! The Avengers find themselves under a massive attack! An enemy is battling them for the evil Loki's sceptre.
Each of the Avengers; Tony Stark/Ironman (Robert Downey Jr), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/'Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are all back and in top form and able to showcase their own individual and impressive superpowers in this epic and sometimes slow-mo scene.
This is just a really fun and entertaining movie with a lot of clang and bang CGI without it being overdone like so many recent movies. It had a very personal feel with an opportunity to look inside the individual personalities of each of the heroes. There was also a lot of comedy and humor which added to the movie in a very positive way.
The Hulk and  Black Widow get romantically involved  in this movie. The Hulk is reluctant to get involved with her because of her previous romantic interludes which adds a little drama as well.
Two new characters came to life, the twins; Pietro/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) who had very unique, but dark powers of their own.
The evil villain Ultron surfaces and he is determined to enact his evil plans on earth. Ultron is actually an Artificial Intelligence formed out of the egotistical mind of Tony Stark, He is a giant silver streamlined robot with an angry and sometimes apologetic personality.
Overall, this movie just works! It is the first summer blockbuster movie of 2015. It is just pure and simple, fun entertainment. You wont regret going and seeing this movie.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. There is a lot of fast paced action and the regular super-hero violence associated with good guys vs the bad guys movie. I would recommend this movie for children ages 10 and over. Young children might be intimidated by the evil Ultron and some of the other unusual looking characters.
I am giving "Avengers: Age of Ultron" four bags of popcorn.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Longest Ride

Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Melissa Benoist and Lolita Davidovich
Running Time: Two Hours and 19 Minutes

This movie is based on the Nicholas Sparks bestseller, "The Longest Ride". When I went to screen this move I was prepared for the usual Nicolas Sparks basic love story that I have come to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
This movie actually really delivered for me. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Longest Ride".
We have a young up and coming bull rider, Luke (Scott Eastwood) (and yes, he is Clint Eastwood's son) who has previously been injured while competing and Sophia  (Britt Robertson) a senior Art student at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, who meet each other at a championship bull riding event. When they saw each other after it was over, Luke asked Sophia out on a date.
They both come from totally different worlds and they had completely different dreams and aspirations.
While on their date they came upon a car wreck where  they pulled an older gentleman, Ira (Alan Alda) out of his car right before it started on fire and saved his life. He begged them to get a box out of the car before it was engulfed in flames. Sophia retrieved the box and kept it with her. Sophia took an interest in the man and she wanted to deliver the box he had requested so she decided to pay him a visit at the hospital. She had opened the box and found it full of love letters he had written to the love of his life, Ruth (Oona Chaplin) (and yes she is Geraldine Chaplin's daughter and Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter). Sophia gave him the box and asked him who Ruth was? Then the movie went to a flashback to his youth, how he met Ruth and how their relationship began back in the late 1930's and early 1940's, during the beginning of World War II. He asked her to please read the letters to him so he could reminisce. Sophia started to have a sweet relationship with him, visiting him in the hospital, reading the love letters out loud to him and helping him to recover from his accident.
As time goes by Luke and Sophia develop a relationship and struggle to make it work with each of them going in different directions. After Sophia read Ira all the love letters, she realizes how much she cares about Luke and how important he is to her. She and his mother Kate (Lolita Davidovich) beg him to give up bull riding because it is so dangerous and he cant afford another injury. Luke is also uncomfortable in Sophia's fast and trendy Art world, so they both need to come to some kind of a compromise.
To make a long story short. this is actually two love stories in one. Luke and Sophia and Ira and Ruth. Both in different times and different places, but both very touching and endearing love stories!
I found this movie to be really moving. I enjoyed how it had both history and culture in it and it had a lot of depth to it too.
I believe Scott Eastwood is going to be a very popular new star, he has his father's good looks and star quality. Kind of reminds me a little of the late and great Paul Walker.
Parents be advised: This movie is rated PG-13. I would advise children over the age of 13 and even older for this one. I didn't notice much cursing but, there were about four intense love/sex scenes that were fairly provocative. A lot of innuendo without total nudity but clothing removed for love scenes.
I am giving "The Longest Ride" three and a half bags of popcorn.

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