Cinderella (2015)

Cinderella

SYNOPSIS

The story of Cinderella follows young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of there mother. Eager to support her loving father, she finds herself at the mercy of her jealous and cruel new family.

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REVIEW

Love this story, though I thought there was going to be some singing. Loved the costume design. Great story!

OMG! I just found out that Helena Bonham Carter played the fairy godmother. I didn’t even recognize her and I love her work.

Home (2015)

Home

SYNOPSIS

When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

Probably better than I expected; certainly a little surprised at plot twist. Clever in some parts…

Jim Parsons’ voice is so distinct, but I don’t think it took away too much, as the character seemed to be a different aspect of the same character he plays on The Big Bang Theory. I presume Rihanna did some of the music for the movie., I liked that “Whoop” sound, reminding me of a song Penny sang once on The Big Bang Theory.

Oh, and was the cat’s name: Pig? Loved it!

Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out

SYNOPSIS

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

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REVIEW

I never had to contend with a big move like that as a child. I guess that may be as good an explanation why I didn’t get this movie as well as others might have. I know there is/was some kind of connection between joy and sadness, but I couldn’t bridge the gap to understanding. As I feel the movie plot centers on this point, my interest waned.

Over my head!

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Magic Mike XXL

SYNOPSIS

“Magic Mike XXL” reunites Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, stars of the 2012 Worldwide hit “Magic Mike.”

Pick up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, “Magic Mike XXL” find the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.

On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guy learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

It was okay…over before I knew it. I was dying to see how much of a part Michael Strahan got…boy, did they give it to him! Curiousity satisfied!

The movie had some good points to make…once again. Entertaining.

Tusk (2014)

Tusk

SYNOPSIS

When podcaster Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe (Michael Parks), his best friend Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and girlfriend Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) team with an ex-cop to look for him.

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REVIEW

Since KOL, D.O. (do-over), Version 3.1, I lost my list of coming soon movie reviews. I keep trying to get Boulevard, but remembered Tusk being on my list. The DVD rental store had it and a quick perusal of the jacket indicated that one of my knights stars in this movie: Justin Long. The only other surprise was that I forgot it was not special day, got moded and had to pay full price!

I don’t remember if I recounted the emotional hangover over from extended celibacy, but this one movie’s twisted plot dictated a full palette for my fantastic mind thoughts. Despite the inhumane ending, I think the director may have been going for poetic justice, but failed, as a more humane decision by the critical three might have made more sense.

This movie was a bit creepy, even a bit comedic at points. I suppose I inadvertently prepared myself for a viewing of The Human Centipede.

Tragically horrific!

Southpaw (2015)

Southpaw

SYNOPSIS

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

I am in lust with Jake Gyllenhaal. I have been patiently waiting for this movie to come out as I was concerned that my increased pacifistic views might deter my enjoyment of this movie, centered around a violent sport. Loved it! Reminded me of when I saw Rocky for the first time. And what a tearjerker! I haven’t wept so much during a movie in quite some time.

I think all the emotion of this movie really assisted with keeping it real. The plot points out that “life is not fair,” “it’s how you react to life what gives your life value.” As for the violence, I winced through the fight scenes, but because a thorough development of Billy (Gyllenhaal) was provided, I was way too invested not to watch, which parallels the emotions of his wife/daughter and their feelings for husband’s/dad’s bouts and temper.

While it’s not the happiest movie, it is very real and I think would draw most people in, that are prone to human interaction.

Pixels (2015)

Pixels

SYNOPSIS

As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times – at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults — and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

I was pleased to find this in the DVD rental store yesterday, as I enjoy this genre. I also find Kevin James and Adam Sandler funny, their movies family-friendly, which leads to humor and a good entertainment.

The throwback music accompanied the movie plot well and evoked feelings of nostalgia and memories of more innocent times in my own life. I never was an arcade nut, but I do remember when the arcade opened in Marina del Rey and the desire associated with wanting to part of a new thing and social life. My favorite arcade game used to be Centipede.

Fun movie!

Tomorrowland (2015)

Tomorrowland

SYNOPSIS

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen (Britt Robertson) bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius (George Clooney) inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

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REVIEW

This movie reminded me very much of the Disney franchise that I had come to enjoy as a kid, though I was a little confused at the beginning, not knowing if I was at a state fair or at Disneyland, a la the Small World ride. The plot was so interesting, as were the special effects, which probably distracted me from work.

When I went next door to cook lunch, I found dad asleep while watching it. He advised me later that the beginning was slow, but I would have to disagree. George Clooney was an interesting character and I was surprised to see Hugh Laurie in this movie.

San Andreas (2015)

San Andreas

SYNOPSIS

After the infamous San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over…it’s just getting started.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

I had been wanting to see this movie since I first heard of it becaue I love end-of-the-world movies. The story was kind of lame, but the effects were awesome! After watching this movie, I just hope I am dead or have moved to another state before we experience anything like this. I live right by the beach and know that if we ever have an earthquake this big, I will definitely be prone to experiencing a tsunami, which will definitely end me if the earthquake doesn’t.

Love Dwayne Johnson and those big ol’ arms! Surprised that the weenie in the movie was portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, whom I have found attractive in the past. Cool to see Archie Panjabi in this movie, whom I recognized from The Good Wife. Paul Giamatti also appeared in this movie, and much to my surprise, Kylie Minogue!

Spy (2015)

Spy

SYNOPSIS

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

The story was cohesive and up to par for my entertainment preferences. There was a lot of humor and the movie was also very action-packed, which kind of surprised me.

I really like Melissa McCarthy, finding her very humorous, in the style of Lucille Ball. Surprisingly, I thought Jason Statham was just as funny as Melissa. I thought Jude Law was very attractive. I recognized Allison Janney from Mom, which I catch on television once in a while. Finally, I liked Rose Byrne’s character and the interaction between her and Melissa.

OMG! I almost forgot the most interesting thing about the movie…there was penis – albeit, fake in my opinion – in the movie! I have been celibate since August 2007, so I am very happy when I have an opportunity to see some penis.