Friday, November 21, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1 will make you love the book even more

The Hit

If you've seen the past two Hunger Games, you won't want to miss this one! Some may wonder “why drag it out for two parts?”, but the movie included a lot of extra scenes not in the book that made it necessary to split it in half. Mockingjay follows the book pretty good, but the added scenes from other districts during the rebellion and the sacrifices those people for the Mockingjay, aka Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) make it even better.

If you ask anyone which book is their favorite, most would say the first and I agree. After watching the way director Francis Lawrence portrays Mockingjay, however, you'll probably like the third book better as well.

Rebellion is the theme of Mockingjay. Part 1 shows what the capitol is capable of and what it does to its citizens, no matter if they're woman, child, or elderly. If you're against the capitol, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) will eliminate you.

Mockingjay begins with Katniss in District 13, the base for the rebels and their leader President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Combined with Katniss and crew, they're a force to be reckoned with. Everyone makes an appearance, including Peeta, Gale, Primrose, Haymitch, Finnick, Effie, Johanna, Beetee, Plutarch, and the host of the Hunger Games himself, Caesar Flickerman. You'll also meet lots of new characters too.

While in District 13, Katniss finds out Peeta is still alive and makes it her goal to get him out. She agrees to be the symbol of the rebellion in exchange for their help, but soon realizes she has to think beyond herself when the war escalates.

Because Mockingjay is a two part installment, the way it ends will surprise and shock you. You'll probably have a good idea if you've read the book. Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was incredible and I see myself going to watch it again. Twilight has nothing on Hunger Games and Jennifer lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson and the others continue to surprise me with great acting that bring the characters from the books to life.

The Verdict
Green Light (Go see it)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Marvel Phase 3 graphic

Hey all! No review today, but we wanted to share this awesome Marvel Phase 3 graphic that just came out. Comment below and tell us what flick you're most excited for!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gone Girl Review: Don't put off seeing this mind-bender any longer

The Hit
Gone Girl, is she really gone? Did the husband really murder her as seen from the trailers? Does she come back? Just what does gone mean? Turns out, it means a lot of things. This movie practically sidelined me, hit me in the blind spot and whiplashed me so hard I was speechless. My only regret is not seeing Gone Girl sooner.

The cast did an amazing job. Ben Affleck was surprisingly well and gave a terrific performance. The same goes to fellow crew mates like, the beautiful, deceiving Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Carrie Coon. 

Affleck’s character is named Nick Dunne. He’s married to a trust-fund, Ivy League genius named Amy (Rosamund Pike), but when she goes missing from their Missouri home on the couple’ fifth anniversary, everything starts to unravel. Gone Girl simultaneously follows the complicated path of their relationship and the search for the missing Amy. By the end, you’ll be left wondering to yourself, what just happened?

Like Nick, you’ll go through each twist and turn, following Amy’s ingenious clues concerning her disappearance. I’ll leave you to decide who the real villain is. With each passing minute, the tension raises until you’re literally on the edge of your seat. Gone Girl is one of those movies that follows you home from the theater and keeps you up, questioning the relationships in your own life. If you’ve been putting off seeing it, don’t wait any longer.

The Verdict
Green Light (Go see it)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Interstellar Review: Mind-blowing Christopher Nolan at his finest

The Hit:

Wow. Christopher Nolan does it yet again. Interstellar was a roller coaster ride and an adrenaline rush that leaves you wanting more. Although it was almost three hours long and I wished Interstellar was longer because it goes by so quick. When the credits start rolling you won't want to be done. Christopher Nolan's visual effects will blow your mind and I can't forget about the musical score, either. It's an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride and without the music to build up intensity, scenes would not be as good.

Matthew McConaughey plays Cooper, an old NASA space ship driver, now retired and working on his family farm. In the near future, Earth is dying and all of its crops with it. There are no more wars because nations are working together to find new ways to feed people.

As the movie progresses, Cooper finds himself at a secret NASA facility where they're secretly planning on sending a team to space to find a new planet to live on. Along with Amelia (Anne Hatheway), Cooper leaves his family, including daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) behind to begin their search. She's also played as a  middle adult by Jessica Chastain and older adult by Ellen Burstyn. While Cooper is gone, time passes faster on Earth, which is the reason for three different Murphs.

Interstellar is a movie for any science geek, sci-fi lover and Christopher Nolan fan. The ending has a mind boggling twist that makes you think through the entire film. It's still rattling my mind. Actors such as Matt Damon, Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, and Topher Grace make an appearance as well and do a great job. I recommend watching Interstellar on IMAX because it is worth seeing on the biggest screen with the best sound. 

Green Light (Go see it)

Nightcrawler Review: A movie that breaks the mold of genre films

The Hit:

Nightcrawler was not your typical movie. Unlike action, drama, superhero, horror and other popular genres, this was a new flavor and I was glad I gave it a try.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a poor young man named Louis Bloom who goes by Lou. He has no job and gets by from stealing metal off of fences and other scraps to sell. Lou soon realizes he needs more money and happens upon an accident int time to see a camera crew video tape it for the news.

Lou sees a way to improve his life and asks for a "nightcrawler" job at a new station but is denied. A nightcrawler is a person who stays up throughout the night to catch accidents, murders, robberies and other crimes on tape. Undeterred, however, Lou acquires the money to buy his own camera. (I wouldn't recommend the way he gets the money unless you don't have any morals or a conscience. You'll understand if you see it.) 

Camera in hand, Lou hires an almost-homeless kid named Rick (Riz Ahmed) to be his navigator. Lou begins to make a name for himself and gets the really spicy news and best shots, helping one station raise its ratings. Eventually, he come across a scene the cops haven't reached yet and gets the best story and footage which pays him big. To extend the story, Lou cuts out a piece of the footage for later. Rick thinks it's not right and wants out, but Lou is loving what he's doing and if it grows to a bigger story, they'll both get a good chunk of money.

The ending has a little twist and involving Rick, the news station, and two detectives who are wondering what else Lou might be hiding from the footage. Again, this movie was different and I was glad I watched it. If you're in the mood for a change go see it, if not, it's still worth a rent.

The Verdict:
Yellow Light (Proceed with caution or rent it later)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Big Hero 6 Review: A new kind of superhero film that's got it all

The Hit
From the creators of Wreck It Ralph and Frozen comes Big Hero 6 and it doesn’t disappoint. A treat for kids and adults alike, Big Hero teaches important life lessons such as forgiveness while providing top notch entertainment.

Big Hero 6 follows Hiro (Ryan Potter), an orphaned child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen and now wastes his potential competing in illegal robot fighting/gambling. His older brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), encourages him to use his brains at the San Fransokyo (you read that right) tech university, the school that Tadashi is currently enrolled at.

Tadashi takes Hiro to the “nerd room” at the university where he meets Tadashi’s friends — a collection of college geniuses with an array of personalities and unique inventions. Tadashi’s focus of the visit, however, is to show Hiro his own project: Baymax (Scott Adsit), that cuddly, white marshmallow robot from the previews. Tadashi created Baymax to be a personal health care assistant — when a person is in pain, Baymax is alerted and comes to their aid.

After the visit, Hiro decides to apply to attend the university by creating these cool mind-controlled, magnetic “mini bots” that join together to build anything your mind thinks of (think of super advanced KNEX toys) But just when he’s accepted, tragedy strikes. Hiro’s creation falls into the wrong hands and the prodigy sinks into depression after a devastating loss.

Driven by vengeance, Hiro reprograms Baymax into a reluctant superhero and seeks to take down the villain who has stolen his invention. Hiro and Tadashi’s friends from school invent super hero suits based on the technology they were developing at college and join together to become “Big Hero 6.” Along the way, Baymax helps Hiro cope with his loss.

Big Hero 6 has it all: action, comedy (there’s a hilarious scene where Baymax’s battery gets low) and great teaching moments. I would definitely recommend taking the family to see this movie — adults will love it too. In the end, you’ll see that heroes come in all shapes, sizes and personalities.

P.S. There’s a pretty awesome cameo after the credits you won’t want to miss!

The Verdict
Green Light (Go see it)