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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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.