Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad

synopsis

From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”), Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

~ Suicide Squad

review

Loved it! Jared Leto as The Joker was so fuckin’ sexy! I just love a lithe male body :* Always pleased to see Will Smith, especially with all that muscle. There was one scene that showed him standing from the back and his neck was so sexy and masculine! Diablo (Jay Hernandez) was the third – literally – hottie in the movie. Even Croc was looking good under all the makeup.

The story was easy enough to follow and very entertaining. However, there is a clip after all the credits that I missed. I just found it on YouTube…really only indicates “another” comic book movie…I’m thinking Justice League! I just hope they include Zan and Jayna.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

synopsis

From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

~ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

review

Wow! I was not expecting such an involved plot, much less one that I found expertly presented in this peculiar movie. Just like the X-men, I enjoy movies about people with special powers and this movie delivered. There is a time element in this movie, but it is so played down, that it did not affect my enjoyment of the movie.

I found Jake (Asa Butterfield) quite attractive in a Topher Grace, Jesse Eisenberg, Shia la Beouf kind of way. Other actors of note include Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett and Allison Janney.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Sevensynopsis

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

~ Magnificent Seven

review

Denzel <3 Vengeance <3

I loved the original and I love this remake, which could only have been better on the big screen.

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe

synopsis

A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.

~ Don’t Breathe

review

OMG! WOW! Best [suspenseful] movie I have seen in a very long time…from beginning to end! I pray there will be no sequel despite an ending that alludes to one. Movie companies just don’t know how to leave well enough alone.

The BFG (2016)

The BFG

synopsis

Disney presents a Roald Dahl classic directed by Steven Spielberg. In an imaginative tale filled with magic, wonder and unexpected friendship, a young girl is launched on an enormous adventure when she crosses paths with a mysterious being called the Big Friendly Giant.

~ The BFG

review

When I saw Roald Dahl’s name associated with this movie, I was definitely in to see this movie. However, I was not the biggest fan of this tale, falling asleep in the middle, leading to confusion how the queen got involved. Highly doubtful that I will pay for another rental.

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets

synopsis

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

~ Internet Movie Database

review

Loved it, especially since I am a pet owner; Mojo could’nt’ve cared less! The movie really captures pet animal behavior well.

Since I had seen the preview last year, I had been curious about the plot, which actually had a good foundation. Still I have a sense – while writing this delinquent delay – that it was beaten to death.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pet's Dragonsynopsis

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

review

Again, having seen the original and loving it, the only thing that made this new version better was the incredible creation of Elliot, the dragon. I think the fur element was such an interesting choice. This tale seemed more complete, showing how Pete ended up with a dragon as a friend.

Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dorysynopsis

From the Academy Award®–winning creators of Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humor and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang (Ellen DeGeneres), suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence) take off on a life-changing quest to find them…with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark! Dive into the movie overflowing with unforgettable characters, dazzling animation and gallons of fun!

~ Finding Dory

review

Just as adorable as Finding Nemo, but because they were so similar, my interest was waning by the end.