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Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 06/05/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Lin Shaye, Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Angus Simpson, Michael Reid McKay

Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements, 97 minutes, Horror/Thriller

Compare to: The previous Insidious films (2010, 2013), Annabelle (2014)

Oh no, the dreaded third film. It can’t be as good as the first but it’s got to make you think it’s relevant enough that you should see it. Well, it seems the director of the first two, James Wan, was too busy with Furious 7 to direct and left his writing/producing partner Leigh Whannell in charge.

And as his first time directing, I have to say that I’m looking forward to seeing him do better somewhere down the line. Because I like him, and the work he’s done previously, but this thing bored me nearly to death. Continue reading

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Movie Review: SPY

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 06/01/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Miranda Hart, Peter Serafinowicz

Rated R for language throughout, violence, and some sexual content including brief graphic nudity, 120 minutes, Action/Comedy

Compare to: Austin Powers (1997), Get Smart (2008)

Oh Melissa McCarthy, how do people love thee, let me count the ways. The number would be low for me but I can think of several people off the top of my head who eat up anything she does, no matter what the quality of the actual film is.

And while this is meant to be a review of Spy and not McCarthy herself, working with director Paul Feig for a third time (Bridesmaids, The Heat), you should have an idea of what to expect from this. I guess I’m saying if you’re a fan of those, there’s not really a reason to read any of this because you already know what you think of the movie. Continue reading

Movie Review: San Andreas

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 05/29/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Paul Giamatti, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd

Rated PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language,93 minutes, Thriller/Action

Compare to: The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 2012 (2009), Into the Storm (2014), Any disaster movie you can think of

When a comedy movie comes out that parodies big-budget Hollywood action movies, this is the movie it has in mind. San Andreas is every action/disaster cliche rolled into an hour and forty-five minutes. Twenty years ago, a musclebound action hero in the role of an average Joe seemed normal. Now it’s feels like my childhood is slapping me in the face.

A lot of people looking for a good time will find it here. I didn’t, but as I’ve been told, I’m “too critical.” Maybe so, but after years of disaster movies where the divorced dad has to save his ex-wife from the lame new guy- I mean, from the natural disaster at hand, why wouldn’t I just watch those again instead of paying for something “new?” Continue reading

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 05/14/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rosie Huntington-Whitley

Rated R for intense sequences of violence throughout, and for disturbing images, 120 minutes, Action/Adventure

Compare to: The Original Mad Max Trilogy (1979- 1985), The Book of Eli (2009)

When George Lucas said that he had a much bigger vision for Star Wars but needed to wait for the technology to catch up, I don’t know whether or not I believe him. But after watching Mad Max: Fury Road, I’ll believe anything writer/director George Miller tells me about his ideas for this movie.

I’d heard this movie described as one long action sequence which isn’t entirely true, but I can’t say I was bored by even a second of it; action or dialogue. While movies with non-stop car chases and explosions can easily get labeled as mindless and not much else, Max is able to strike the perfect balance between what a story demands and what the audience wants. Fast and Furious can suck it! Continue reading

Movie Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 05/01/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Elizabeth Olson, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, James Spader

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments, 141 minutes, Action/Adventure/Sci-fi

Compare to: X2: X-Men United (2003), The Avengers (2012)

I don’t know if expectations were raised for this installment of the Avengers film series or rather they’re already as high as expectations can get. Either way, they’ll be making their money.

As for whether or not you’ll enjoy the film may be a completely different animal than whether or not this is a good film, so…how long ya got? Continue reading

Movie Review: It Follows

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 03/27/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Lucardi

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language, and brief nudity, 100 minutes, Horror

Compare to: The Ring (2002), You’re Next (2013)

If you were able to cross an STD with the chain emails that tell you you’ll die if you don’t pass it along, you’ve got It Follows.

Stylish and filled with tension, there are a few things that take away from the film but enough to set it far above the majority of diluted Horror the screen is so often filled with. Continue reading

Movie Review: Chappie

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 03/06/2015 by McCutcheon

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Stars: Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Yo-landi Visser, Ninja, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver

Rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity, 120 minutes, Action/Drama/Sci-fi

Compare to: Short Circuit (1986), District 9 (2009)

It’s been a while since a review and I consider it all Hollywood’s fault. Save for Kingsman, nothing has come out this year that really felt like a reason to even bother watching and writing about and I still didn’t do it. And even if Chappie turned out to be horrible, the set up, cast, and writer/director Neill Blomkamp made it intriguing enough to check it out.

Whether or not it’s worth it really does depend on what you’re looking for. A “Lucy” take on robotics? A more violent Short Circuit? However you would define it, Chappie is a spectacle that isn’t easy to look away from. The same could be said for the Transformers movies but this has got a little more substance to it, even if it is all a bit hard to swallow. Continue reading