Review of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” was a very good sequel to the first installment “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. They used few actors because the focus was on the Apes. Most humans are extinct because of an epidemic. There is some human interaction of course. The plot was written well and they have left it open for yet another movie.

The work and effort to replicate the way apes would move and theoretically communicate. Great effort was placed on ape culture and how they interact in the new world.

I would recommend anyone to watch this movie and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can see the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2103281/?ref_=nv_sr_2

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Review of “Expendables 3”

“Expendables 3”, Starring Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham (among many others) follows the story lines of the previous 2 movies. Aging combat veterans take on impossible jobs in exotic locations. The action sequences are very exciting and filled with suspense. As with each installment, the “Expendables” introduce a new character known from past action movies. Wesley Snipes was the new edition and he delivered a wonderful performance.

I have to say this movie was a great way to spend the afternoon. “Expendables 3” kept true to the “Expendables” franchise and I enjoyed it as much as I have the others. I give it 5 out of 5 stars

You can see the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2333784/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Review of “22 Jump Street”

“22 Jump Street” stars Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill in their followup roles from “21 Jump Street” made in 2012. Its a story about two bumbling cops who go undercover in college, to find the source of a new drug set to hit every college campus in the country.

“22 Jump Street” had some insanely funny scenes, and some incredibly uncomfortable scenes as well. At times, the acting seemed forced and not pertinent to the actual storyline. However, the movie was an overall success. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum do work well with each other and it is evident here. I wouldn’t let my son watch it because there is some explicit language and drug use.

I give “22 Jump Street” 4 out of 5 stars.

You can see the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2294449/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Review of “Let’s be Cops”

Lets be Cops stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. It’s a story about two buddies who dress up as cops for a party. On the way home they got a lot of attention and decide to have fun with their perceived authority.  Of course it is highly illegal to impersonate a cop, but that only adds to the concept of the movie.

Lets be Cops was a fun film with very funny moments. The characters were over the top and worked well together. I would suggest it to anyone looking to laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can see the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3031084057/?ref_=tt_ov_vi

Review of “Snow Piercer”

Snow Piercer stars Chris Evans (Captain America). The premise is that the world is now frozen. However, a visionary locomotive engineer developed a train that never stops, and its occupants are the last of human kind. Social classes are placed in “predetermined” roles within each car. The last car is considered the “Slums”

Snow Piercer had an interesting concept and there was some action. There were several fight scenes I thought were good, but the storyline suffered some drawbacks. Several times it became confusing and hard to follow.

Overall, the movie is worth watching, at least one time. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Review of “Life after Beth”

Happy Halloween! I decided to review a “zombie” type of movie with a twist. They employed John C. Reilly from “Step-Brothers” as the lead father figure. The lead male role was a young actor named Dane DeHaan. Both actors tried their best. The female roles also tried to create a harmonious solution, but the script didn’t allow them to come to fruition.

This movie should be classified as a “Rom-Com-Zombie” movie experience. It possesses an independent type of film vibe. I invite anyone to review the trailer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2581244/?ref_=nv_sr_1.

In my opinion, “Life after Beth” should be looked at for what it is. The script limited the actors ability to deliver a quality movie. There was some humor in the movie, but it wasn’t seen until it was late in the movie. The supporting actors lacked conviction which made them seem fake and clearly “acting”

I give “Life after Beth” two stars

Review of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a wonderful addition to the “X-Men” franchise. I have closely followed the series since its inception in 2000. They have built an empire and quite an impressive line of story lines that closely follow the previous edition. I applaud the directors decisions to follow the vision that Stan Lee has created.

“Days of Futures Past” may seem confusing to to someone being introduced to the series. However, the action scenes make up for it. The major characters in any X-Men movie provide the “flavor” or the “feel” of the genre. Hugh Jackman as “Wolverine” has played a HUGE part in over half of dozen films before “Days of Futures Past”. He doesn’t let his audience down in this movie in the least.

The story line was witty and unexpected. There was an amazing cast who was very familiar with the entire series since its inception. There are some violent scenes, but my 8 year old son could watch it with me. I recommend “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” to anyone who is looking for a good movie with amazing actors, a great script, and killer action.I give it a 4 1/2 star rating out of 5.

Review of “True Romance”

I have been writing about the newest DVD releases and I wanted to Take a few steps back and review an older movie called “True Romance”. It was made in 1993 and the all-star cast is something that could never be duplicated. Christan Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Brad Pitt and Gary Oldman were some of the few top billed actors in this classic love story with a Twist.

“True Romance” has everything a movie lover would desire. It has mobsters, drug dealers, hired assassins, roller coasters and guns. The dialogue is superb and it has a liquid flow between scenes. “True Romance” was a movie that was not really well known because of the time frame it came out. Other blockbuster movie shadowed its debut. Also the name “True Romance” demotes a film that males would not generally be attracted to.

That being said, it is a romance movie, but not in the traditional sense. This movie has proven itself to be one of the greatest movies that not a lot of people have seen. I encourage everyone to watch!

Check out the trailer at: http://www.IMDB.com

Review of “A Million Ways To Die In The West”

“A Million Ways To Die In The West” was exactly as I expected it to be. Witty and fearless seems to be the approach Seth McFarlane has taken with every project he ever tried to tackle. “A Million Ways”  showed exactly how talented he really is. Seth McFarlane wrote, directed, produced, and starred in in this classic western movie with a twist.

The cast was composed of phenomenal actors and actresses from a wide variety of backgrounds. Liam Neeson as the villain, Charlize Theron from “Devils Advocate”as the lead female role, and the comedian Sarah Silverman, provide the perfect mixture of comedy, and drama. Seth McFarlane accomplished his vision of a great western movie, while being immersed at the same time.

I can appreciate the work that went into making “A Million Ways To Die In The West” and I invite anyone to watch. However, It is not a film that your children can watch. It is raunchy and has a LOT of curse words. That being said, I give this movie my highest rating.

Review of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

I have been a huge fan of the “Transformers” franchise since its inception. I watched the cartoons as a kid and I’ve enjoyed the movies that followed. “Age of Extinction” was action-packed with a strong cast. The computer graphics were amazing as expected. As for the script, it took a different direction from the first three movies. Not that its a bad thing. They are getting away from the original cast and they are introducing new transformers and human lead roles. Mark Wahlberg was good as usual. The main female role played by Nicole Peltz, showed a promising career in future “Transformer” movies.

I enjoyed watching “Transformers:Age of Extinction.” New characters were introduced and welcomed. I look forward to seeing the next installment of “Transformers” and the action packed adventures they bring.