Friday, December 30, 2016

Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2016

Jason



1. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America was not just action throughout, but a civil war between friends. It was hard to watch because of that, and you could take either Cap's or Iron Man’s side. 

2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Going back to the Harry Potter world was great, and the story was better than some of the Harry Potter films themselves.

3. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One stood on its own and with everyone meeting their end to get the plans it was a gutsy move by Disney, but it paid off.

4. Deadpool
Breaking the fourth wall countless times and people fearing its R rating was supposed to hurt it in the Box Office, but Deadpool proved all those people wrong. The rating didn’t hurt it at all and can we get a sequel already?

5. The Accountant
Ben Affleck played a guy with autism who became an accountant/secret agent of sorts and could handle himself with ease. Although it was a serious movie, the dry humor was great. 

6. Deepwater Horizon
Deep Water Horizon tugged at my heartstrings, especially because it was based on the real-life events of an oil rig in the ocean that malfunctioned because of big wig mistakes. It was good seeing Mark Wahlberg play the part saving all the people he could. 

7. Don’t Breathe 
This was a movie that I didn’t expect to keep me on the edge of my seat. One of the greatest horror movies of 2016.

8. Zootopia
Disney does it again in a movie about animals in a world if humans didn’t exist. Zootopia was fun throughout and a great adventure. My favorite animated film of this year.

9. Magnificent 7
Chris Pratt plus Denzel Washington and five other brave souls take on the enemy of a town. Magnificent 7 surprised me that it wasn’t a happy ending for all the heroes. 

10. Eddie the Eagle 
We follow a kid who has a dream to go the winter Olympics, and even though his country does not believe in him, he doesn’t give up. A fun and inspirational movie about always getting back up.

Honorable Mentions:


  • Star Trek Beyond: Star Trek has always been a close second behind Star Wars for me and this movie brought the action and sci-fi that I love.
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: The whole time I was thinking this guy was keeping this girl and another dude in his bunker for no reason, but the ending solidified the whole story. It was a mystery thriller from beginning to end. 


D-Sidd

1. Hacksaw Ridge
A refreshing war movie that wasn't just about the horror of battle, but family and faith as well. Not a bad performance from a single cast member. Vince Vaughn should be up for supporting actor in this one.

2. Eddie the Eagle
Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman had amazing chemistry. Much more than your run-of-the-mill inspirational sports film.

3. Hail Caesar!
One of the boldest, most unique films of the year and a refreshing break from action flicks. We need more movies like this.

4. The Accountant
It would have been a shame if I'd skipped this like I planned to. It's an excellent thriller, yes, but also features some fantastic depth and dry humor from Ben Affleck, who should get a nomination at the very least for his performance.

5. Magnificent 7
My most anticipated film of 2016. The fact it's in the middle of this list shows you how many movies caught me off guard. It's high time for a western renaissance and Mag 7 is the gold standard.

6. Captain America: Civil War
This movie reinvigorated the Marvel Universe for me. Portraying neither side as "right" was a powerful device that many other super hero films lack.

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Spin-off movies are tricky, but Fantastic Beasts stands on its on two feet with a perfect blend of effects, memorable characters and comedic relief. It'd be higher on my list if the plot had been stronger. 

8. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I originally had this at #10, but after seeing it a second time, I bumped it up. In the world of spin-offs, it fits nicely below Fantastic Beasts: the plot had a few misses and the dialogue hurt some of the acting. Even so, I applaud Gareth Edwards and co. for this brazen, stark and gritty movie that both paid homage to the saga and established its own place in Star Wars lore.

9. Jungle Book
One of my favorite childhood movies. Disney continues to hit these live adaptations out of the park. The effects were phenomenal and I appreciated the slightly darker take that was truer to the books.

10. Tarzan
I may catch some flack for this one but hear me out. Tarzan deserves a spot on this list because A. It wasn't another run-of-the-mill origin story ( I loved the setting and plot) and B. I legitimately thought it was a Disney film until I got home and looked it up. Well done, Warner Bros.

Sam

1. Hell or High Water
Americana and rough and tumble brotherly love meets bank robbing goodness and love for where we come from. God bless this broken country of ours.

2. Arrival
Amy Adams as Louise Banks is, in my opinion, the lead of the year. Backed by excellent effects, writing and stunning cinematography she leads Arrival to my silver medal slot.

3. The Lobster
So rarely these days does Hollywood give us anything new, preferring instead to regurgitate the same old drivel. Not so with this film, a fresh and strange look at dating and finding love in the places we least expect.

4. Green Room
Maybe it’s the Star Trek nerd in me, but seeing Patrick Stewart and the late Anton Yelchin at odds in this thriller-gone-right was just what the doctor ordered. Oh, and I hate Nazis!

5. Hail Caesar!
Josh Brolin gets my nod for best actor in this period look at classic Hollywood. An all-star supporting cast and an excellent story with just enough twists and turns makes this one a must-see.

6. Zootopia
One of Disney’s main offerings outside the Marvel/Star Wars universes was delightful. This tribute to positive thinking, hard work and forgiving people was warm and funny.

7. Star Trek Beyond
Did I mention I am a huge Star Trek fanboy? Combine my favorite crew in all the galaxy with break-neck action. Mix in a little relatability in the form of heroes who just feel stuck in a rut, then top it all off with some Beastie Boys. Yum!

8. Hacksaw Ridge
Wow. Talk about emotional weight. This film made me feel five years older after watching it. Not in a “this movie was a little long” way, but in a “those were some tough, amazing men” kind of way.

9. Magnificent Seven

While it wasn’t Denzel’s best film of the year, the action western had just enough humor and smoking guns to take us back to a time when honor and grit made the man.

10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Latest addition to the Harry Potter cinematic universe left little to be desired. Redmane was sufficiently likable and the supporting cast shined. The lore and very American feel of the film made me feel like the magic had finally come home.


Honorable Mentions:


  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Deadpool
  • Moana
  • The Nice Guys



Flick Hit's Top 10 Movies of 2016

(based on an average of the above placements)

#1 Captain America: Civil War
#2 (Tie) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
#2 (Tie) Hacksaw Ridge
#2 (Tie) Hail Caesar
#3 The Accountant
#4 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
#5 (Tie) Magnificent 7
#5 (Tie) Eddie the Eagle
#6 Zootopia
#7 Deadpool
Honorable Mention: Star Trek Beyond

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Why Him? Review: Good For a Few Laughs, Offers Nothing New

The Hit:

Again, just like the movie Office Christmas Party, this film was yet another raunchy comedy. But unlike Office Christmas Party, this film wasn't completely over-the-top with crazy and deadly stunts. Let's meet the cast: Stephanie Fleming (Zoey Deutch), Laird Mayhew (James Franco), Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston), Barb Fleming (Megan Mullally), Scotty Fleming (Griffin Gluck), and Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key). 

Stephanie and Laird are the main couple, but Stephanie has not mentioned Laird to her family because of the kind of person he is. For example, his favorite word is the "F" word and it is not easy for him to break that habit. Stephanie worries that his first impression might scare off her family and send a red light to them, especially to her father, Ned. This is exactly what starts to happen. Ned does not like Laird at all and thinks his daughter can do so much better. Even though Laird is a millionaire, Ned still doesn't approve.

Laird also has to win over the members of Stephanie's family, but Ned is his biggest challenge. Along the way we meet some funny and interesting characters including Barb and Gustav who play their parts marvelously. 

I think this movie is worth seeing even though it is the same type of movie we've seen before. You'll get a few laughs, but I wouldn't blame you if you decided not to see it in theaters. You might want to wait and watch it on DVD. 


The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Assassin's Creed Review: Action and effects carry a weak story

The Hit:

I should start by saying that I have never played any of the video games in the Assassin's Creed franchise, which are what this film is based on. A friend of mine who saw the movie with me has played the games and said the movie was totally different, but that is all I have to go on. 


I liked the action and there was plenty of it. For some scenes, we follow Cal Lynch/ Aguilar (Michael Fassbender) through ancient memories of his ancestor recreated by a strange machine. He is one of the last living descendants of a brotherhood of assassins tasked with protecting an ancient artifact from a group called the Templars that want to use it to destroy free will. At first, Cal is hesitant, but after he experiences many moments through the machine, he acquires the abilities of an assassin and becomes the greatest parkour athlete in existence. He soon realizes that protecting the artifact from the Templars is a top priority, and also discovers he isn't the only assassin left. 

The person who created the technology to revisit memories in the past is Sofia (Marion Cortillard) and she is a very hard worker who has achieved many goals. Unlike her father Rikkin (Jeremy Irons) she has a heart and likes to do things with a caring attitude. Her father, on the other hand, wants to push Cal to his limits without regard for his health. But when you push someone too hard it can unleash a beast that is not meant to be unleashed. 

This flick was full of action but the story had me confused. I left with a big question going through my mind: how does the artifact actually get rid of free will? It just made no sense to me. No disrespect to the gamers who might end up loving this one, but all I left liking were the action and visual effects. The story was confusing, but maybe I just need to see it again or play the games. 


The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Passengers Review: Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence Shine, but Film Drags

The Hit:

Passengers was, like its name suggests, a story about two passengers on a space ship headed toward a new planet to start anew. There is nothing wrong with the Earth, but these two passengers along with thousands of others are given the chance to colonize a new planet that is 120 years away from Earth. All the passengers have made a very big sacrifice to leave their family and friends behind for this journey.  


The story focuses on two passengers who wake up from their respective hibernation pods 90 years too soon because of a malfunction on the ship. The two have to figure out what happened and what to do with their lives from here on out. Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is a mechanical engineer, and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) is a famous writer and the two form connections throughout and have great chemistry. It is a mystery of what caused them to wake up early, and it soon becomes clear that one of them is hiding a secret. 


I am giving this film a yellow light because it seemed to drag out to me and might get boring for those who are not into this type of genre. I was, however, fascinated by the technology, visual effects, and the drama portrayed. Both Chris and Jennifer were indeed a spectacular couple and they played their parts marvelously. 

I would have given this a green light except that it dragged out too long and then the ending seemed rushed after an important event happens. The very end before the credits left some questions that I thought could have been explained better throughout the movie. But if you like the two actors like I do, I would definitely recommend to go see this. Also, those who enjoy this genre will come out enjoying it as well. 

The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review: Worthy of the Star Wars Name

The Hit:


Alright everyone. This movie was not what I expected, but I left really enjoying it. It was something different because we see the story from a different point of view and the film doesn't follow the same format as other Star Wars "episodes." We see the events that happen before "Episode 4," and the film is about how the death star plans were retrieved. 

In this story we follow Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a girl who was raised by the empire at a young age but later raised by the rebel Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). She is the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen). He had a big role in creating the death star, but he has a conscience. Galen saw what he was doing and realized the terrifying destruction the death star could cause. So, he created a small weakness in the death star so that it could be destroyed, and the adventure to retrieve the plans with that weakness begins. 

Jyn is accompanied by Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang), and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). Together they are on a mission to save the galaxy from the emperor and Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Their mission is driven by "hope," and they all have their own personal reasons for fighting back as part of the rebel alliance.

We get to see a story blossom to an action-packed ending. It is not easy for them to get the plans to destroy the death star, but as we see if you trust in the force, anything is possible.

There is not much I can say negatively about his film. I wish we got a more lengthy background on some of the other characters in Jyn's group. I also love lightsaber battles personally. Although there were not many lightsaber battles in this film, Darth Vader does not disappoint at the end. One of the final scenes where he uses his lightsaber on the rebels was pretty great. This story is about a group of rebels who risk their lives for the greater good, and their story is heartfelt all the way through. It is definitely a movie worthy of having the Star Wars name. 


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Office Christmas Party Review: Just Another Raunchy Comedy

The Hit:

This flick was a comedy with the same type of raunchy humor that we have seen in the past. The only difference was that it was in an office setting.There are a lot of well-known actors in this movie including: Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Jennifer Aniston, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Olivia Munn, and many more. You will also recognize some cast members from Saturday Night Live.

In the film,T.J Miller's character has inherited a business from his late father, but his sister, played by Jennifer Aniston, has been waiting to shut down his branch for a long time. She visits the branch with the intention of shutting it down. Everyone at the office knows that she is not there for a friendly visit. 

Later in the film she lets the office employees know that she will shut the branch down if they don't land a big contract in the next couple of days. So, T.J. Miller's character throws a Christmas party to reel in a big-wig and get him to sign a contract so that the employees' jobs are kept intact. This is when everything gets crazy and, like I mentioned, we see a lot of crazy and funny things, but it the same stuff we have seen before in typical movies like this. 

I had a few laughs and the story was decent, but I went in with low expectations and left the same way. If you just want some laughs or have been really excited for this then go watch it yourself, because your experience may be different. But for me, this was a movie that was just mediocre. 



The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Moana: An Adventure From Start to Finish

The Hit:

Moana is not your average Disney princess flick. Just like the movie "Brave," this film was about adventure and how the main character has to help her village. Moana (voiced by Auli'l Cravalho) didn't rely on anyone with the task of saving her village except for a demi-god named Maui (Dwayne Johnson). 

You can tell Disney went to great lengths to make this movie and did a lot of background work before starting it. Moana dives into the Polynesian culture and we see the rich history of the people living out on the islands and how they navigated the oceans from land to land. Although I personally don't know a lot about that culture, I'm sure Disney did the best they could to get that part accurate.  

We are introduced to Moana, the daughter of a chief, at a young age. She is special and is chosen by the "ocean" for a task only she can do. She has always had the desire to see what is out beyond the reef of her island and see the world outside of it. Without spoiling it too much, the film proceeds and her island undergoes a negative change, so her time to save her island and people has come. She sets sail and has to convince the demi-god Maui to help her in getting where she needs to go to save her island and other islands from the evil change that is spreading. It takes a while to get his approval because he is a stubborn demi-god and really full of himself. He only agrees to help if she will do him some favors as well. 

Moana was an adventure from start to finish and what I really loved were the animation and the story from Disney. I liked how the ocean was made to be alive how Moana interacted with it and got help from it in good and bad times. Maui, besides being strong, can shape shift into any animal. I loved how we see someone as stubborn as Maui finally become the hero Moana needs him to be in the end. The musical score, like other Disney movies, hits the right spot and gives this film life. 

If you want to see a film where the "girl" saves the day and that has a magical ocean, rich Polynesian culture, and laughs and adventure all the way to the end, then you will walk out loving this one. Also stick around for the very last end of the credits because there's a minor scene which pokes fun at an old Disney classic character name. 




The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Bleed for this Review: A rousing performance

The Hit:

Yet another boxing movie for the ages and one that is a true story as well. We follow Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), a world champion boxer go at it in the ring and we see him in his ups and downs. Bleed for This follows a tragic accident that leaves him wondering if he will ever box again.

After a championship win, Vinny gets hit by another car, and this is when his story to recovery takes place. Vinny is a fighter through and through and even though he is asked by family and doctors that entering the ring is not a smart move or else his neck will completely fracture, he makes the complete effort to prove them all wrong. It is not a fast recovery and the hardships he goes through are tough. His trainer, Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), at first is one of the many who tells him to stop and think of something else to do in life. It is only when he sees Vinny struggling on his own and sees the fire in his heart that he goes a long and trains him.

Bleed for This is a real story and one of sport's most incredible comebacks. Miles Teller did an amazing job as vinny and really brought the character to life. The story is heartfelt and just like other sport movies, this flick shows the hardships that one goes through for one to come out on top again. So if you like sports and inspirational movies go check this out, you won't be disappointed. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review: The classic magic returns

The Hit:

All you Harry Potter fans have probably been waiting for some magical movie to come out and finally it is here. Although Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is in the Harry Potter universe, it is all based in the past over 70 years ago. Sadly, you will not see the likes of Harry Potter and friends this time. You will get to hear of one person through this film who is in the Harry Ptter franchise and a couple of mentions of Hogwarts, but that's about it. Even so, this flick is so worth your time. 

I will not say Fantastic Beasts out does Harry Potter, but it was great seeing the magic unfold on the big screen again. In this story, we are in 1920's New York. We follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a wizard who collects magical beasts and is planning on writing a book about them, so the world of magic can know about the beasts and treat each one with respect, rather than fearing and killing the innocent creatures. He encounters Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) a "No-Maj" or America's version of "Muggle" -- a human with no magical abilities. Jacob somehow swaps briefcases with Newt and some beasts escape out in New York and that's when the adventure begins. Unlike some muggles in Harry Potter, Jacob was funny and mesmerized with this new world and enjoys being a part of it. Along the way, we meet up with a detective in the magical world by the name of Tina (Katherine Waterston) and her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol). Together, they go out in New York and try to round up the escaped beasts.. 

You will also get to meet a new villain by the name of Graves (Colin Farrell) and a new evil being, but what I liked most of all is that the magical beasts introduced were really awesome. There were creatures in Harry Potter but this movie brought out a lot more and ones that you wish were real. Some were huge and some were small and most of all they each had something special about them and that's why Newt wants to protect them and write his book.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was an adventure from start to finish and I'm sure you don't want to miss out on the magic, so check it out. 

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Arrival Review: A sci-fi mind-bender

The Hit:

Arrival was a movie I was hyped on seeing because of Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and of course because it is sci-fi and those flicks interest me. Both are great actors and both have superhero backgrounds in flicks we all know and love. 

In Arrival, Earth gets a visit from aliens and the whole world is confused on how to interact with or understand why they are here. Hence two great minds in science and communications (Renner and Adams) are called to help the U.S. government. Together, they interact with the visiting creatures and try to understand their language. Not only are they trying to communicate, there are eleven other space crafts around the world and other countries and their respective scientists are doing the same thing. Amy Adams' character is the first one to make a breakthrough by using drawings and words and the creatures respond with their own language and it is Amy's and Jeremy's job to figure out why they are here before the world beings to attack the aliens.

Forest Whitaker's character is the colonel in charge at the landing site. He has understanding and patience despite the urgent situation the scientists are faced with. Rather than destroy the object and move on, he gives the two time to figure it out, and keeps the big wigs off their backs. 

I gave Arrival a yellow light because, although it is a sci-fi film, there's not much action but a lot of dialogue. It isn't bad by all means, but it is more of an adult movie, so kids or teens planning on watching this might leave really confused or if you are really into traditional sci-fi, you will fall in love with how different it was. I personally left confused but maybe I am over thinking it. If you check it out, really pay attention to every detail.

The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Doctor Strange Review: A visual Marvel masterpiece

The Hit:

Doctor Strange (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) is yet another Marvel movie that adds to the many heroes in their universe. After seeing this on Imax 3D, I'm glad he's made his debut. I do not know very much about Dr. Strange and his origin story -- the only other times I've seen him in action were the old Spiderman cartoons when I was a kid and knew his power involved magic. Other than that, I was never invested that much into him. 

In this adaptation, we start with Dr. Stephen Strange and his colleague, Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), as they undertake a miraculous brain surgery. This new hero is a superb neurosurgeon and no one in the world comes close to his skills. Well, fast forward and he gets into an accident and loses the full function of both his hands. His hands are what got him where he is in his career and Strange stops at nothing to get them fixed. Things don't go well with modern science so he then turns for help and healing through the power of the mind and spirit. The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) comes into the picture and Strange discovers there is a lot more that she can help him learn.

We get to see a whole new world within the Marvel Universe. While the Avengers handle physical dangers, the Ancient One and her followers defend the world in the spiritual realm, or in cases a different type of dimension. She can alter reality, time and space. With that in mind, this Doctor Strange, in my perspective, was the best Marvel film to date as far as visual performance. It was mind blowing watching it all unfold and I was totally mesmerized. 

The villain, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) is a student gone rogue who tries to destroy the world for personal reasons. In my opinion, Marvel villains have never really scared me, but it's fun seeing the good guys have a foe they need to face and overcome. 

Doctor Strange had a great origin storyline, action, acting, a little comedy, and the best visuals I've seen in any Marvel movie. There were many other actors who had great roles but I'll mention two that stood out; Chewetel Ejiofor, and Benedict Wong. They both helped Dr. Strange become a hero and possibly a new Avenger in the near future.

Make sure to stay during the mid and after credits, for extra scenes. An Avenger makes an appearance that you won't want to miss.

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review: Cookie cutter action

The Hit:


The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)



Jack Reacher, an ex-Major no living life as a civillian, helps others who are wronged Some parts of Never Go Back were over the top and cheesy, just like the first Reacher film, but it was still entertaining. Check the video above for our full review!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Accountant Review: A surprising home run

The Hit:





The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT
(Go See it)


The Accountant is a surprise flick that combines the concept of money and numbers with guns and action. I can assume no accountant does the latter as mentioned but it was a good flick that kept me entertained with action and comedy. It's not a comedy movie but the way Ben Affleck's character is, there's a lot of dry humor. The rest of the cast did great and you'll be surprised at how good this is.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Deepwater Horizon Review:

The Hit:


The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Deepwater Horizon is about an offshore oil rig, which blows up and causes one of the biggest oil disasters in history. As the residents of the rig try to get off before it's too late, we get a story of survival, bravery and the human heart. It is definitely worth your time if you are thinking of watching it on the big screen, and I promise you won't leave disappointed in this action-drama-thriller.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Magnificent 7 review: A western done to perfection

The Hit:




The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)


Magnificent is a western worth watching and if you pass on this, you will surely regret it. The only change I wish they would of had is more backstory on each of the seven members who include: Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Faraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawk), Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung- Hun Lee), Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo). Sure they get them all together just fine, but I would have liked more of a story for each, even if it would have made the movie longer. Magnificent 7 is a story about vengeance towards the villain of the story Bartheolomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) who has taken over a town. One damsel by the name of Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) looks for help and she sure found the warriors to do it. Again, if you like westerns, this is not one to miss. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sully Review: Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks are golden

The Hit:




The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Tom Hanks takes the role of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in this breathtaking miracle on the Hudson. As said in the movie it was the one good thing involving planes in New York City. Hearing that in the movie and during the weekend of 9/11 it was rather touching in a way and Clint Eastwood as the director of this flick made it just that much better. If you recall American Sniper and the storyline and visuals and everything else involved in that movie that made it great, Clint made "Sully" just as good in directing this one. They are both totally different movies, don't get me wrong, but this was really touching as we see Captain Sully save lives when both engines go out on his plane. We see him become a hero and the struggles he goes through when those that are doubting him and his choice of doing what he did weigh him down.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Don't Breathe Review: a perfect thriller ride to end the summer

The Hit:

Don't Breathe is a wild, scary adventure and if you want your heart pounding, this is the flick for you. It reminded me of Disturbia but a whole lot more invested in horror and thriller aspects.

The actors; Stephen Lang played a really good blind man who is also not afraid to permanently mess up any intruders in his house. Jane Levy played Rocky, Dylan Minnette as Alex, and Daniel Zovatto as Money. Those three have been robbing peoples homes for pocket change and when they hear that this blind man is sitting on a lot of money they decide to make his house their next target. All three have their reasons for going along with it but their main objective is to leave the city they are currently in and start a better life somewhere else, so succeeding in getting this money is a must. 

Things go as planned but little do they realize this person (who happens to be an old war veteran) they are robbing is more than meets the eye and if they want to steal this money they are gonna have to knock him out or maybe even murder him. When the lights go, you can't breathe or make a sound or else the blind man with enhanced other senses will find you and you are done for.

Don't Breath is a film worth watching on the big screen so don't pass it up. There's also a crazy twist thrown in.  Three people versus a blind man, who will win? That's for you to find out in this suspenseful thriller of a ride.

The Verdict:

GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

War Dogs Review: A wild, entertaining ride

The Hit:

War Dogs; a movie about two twenty-somethings who get rich off selling weapons. To one, it is all about money and the one who started his own business is founder Efraim Diverolli (Jonah Hill), he returns home and meets up with an old friend from junior high named David Packouz (Miles Teller). 

Married to  Iz (Ana de Armas) -- a new actress I haven't seen before and quite beautiful -- David also has a child on the way. He's done massaging and selling bed covers for a living and asks Efraim for a job. Little does he know what he's getting himself into.

The government has weapons deals anyone can bid on but Efraim has got it to a science and only searches for the deals those upper companies don't care about because they are low end -- the term War Dogs come from the fact that they feed on these scrap contracts. Each deal the pair completes gets them noticed by bigger jobs and moves them higher up the totem pole. Eventually, they get a huge contract from the government they cannot pass up and that's when the story gets really interesting. Things go from super great to super crappy.

War Dogs turn out to be something unexpected and I was really entertained. It had action, comedy, and a really good storyline. Jonah Hill played his part really well -- you realize how sketchy Efraim can be and all Miles Teller's character David can do is go with the flow. The other character who really got my attention is Iz, other than being gorgeous she was a good romantic flame for David. Bradley Cooper makes a couple cameos but nothing major. Definitely go see this flick, it's entertaining and fun!

The Verdict:
GREEN LIGHT (Go See it)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sausage Party Review: A few laughs and a lot of shock value



The Verdict: YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)

Sausage Party was an adult animation flick truly deserving of an R rating (pervasive language, drug use, and very strong sexual content). As mentioned in the video it is a movie definitely not meant for kids (any one who takes their kids to this, is considered a bad parent in my book). Even so, Sausage Party had a good story and was comedic all around. The thing I didn't mention in the video review is that the swearing got old really fast. I also would of liked to see more of the food outside of the super market and the life outside. Those in the cast include: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Nick Kroll, Edward Norton, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, David Krumholtz and many more others as different fruits, vegetables, and non perishables.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Suicide Squad Review: Good, but still a far cry from Marvel

The Hit:




The Verdict:
YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed With Caution)

Suicide Squad is a DC Comics story action-packed with great music, characters and action throughout but falls short on story. The cast did great, including e Will Smith as Dead Shot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn Aka Jokers girl, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller (The one who brings them all together), Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as The Killer Croc, Cara DeleVingene as Dr. June Moone/Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Karen Fukuhara as Katana and a few super hero Cameos within the film such as Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Ezra Miller as the Flash. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Nerve Review: A so-so truth or dare extravaganza

The Hit: 

Nerve is a flick about dare and courage, but with a reward at the end if you complete the dare itself. The prizes get bigger and bigger up to the final round of 2.

In this story we follow Vee (Emma Roberts), a girl who has never done anything crazy in her life.She's the type of person who is just there and would never do anything out of the ordinary. But after her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade) points out these things, Vee decides to join this game of watcher or player. 

She starts out slow and has to kiss a stranger for 5 seconds. This stranger so happens to be another player called Ian (Dave Franco). Soon they both do crazy and life threatening stunts and eventually get to the top of the leader blocks. However, when it starts to get really dangerous, Vee wants out and the only two ways out are either to fail or bail a dare.

A third choice presents itself and Vee finds herself in the game for life until she wins it. The creators of this game have access to everything you own, from your social life to your financial belongings. After taking the third choice she gets a call from her mom, Nancy (Juliette Lewis), who tells her all of their money is gone and to get it all back she now has to win. So now it's up to Vee and Ian to win it all. There's just one catch: only one of them can take home the prize.

What I liked about Nerve is that it had a lot of creativity with what different dares they had each contestant try to do. The story at some parts was cheesy but still pretty fun. You follow a girl who was once really a nobody become someone that surprised her friends and even herself. It may not be a flick I recommend seeing urgently but makes a good date movie.

The Verdict:

YELLOW LIGHT (Proceed with Caution)