Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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One Sentence: Family fun time.

Rated: PG

Nudity: None

After Credits: During

I consider myself quite unlucky when it comes to dice rolls, random pulls, and other things of this nature.  I am on the bad side of the spectrum most of the time when random things might happen.  So I think I feel like I am a little bit like Alexander, who always seems to have a bad day, while everyone around him has all the luck in the world.  I know how he feels to just have everything go wrong.  I think that is why I wanted to see this movie so much.

Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a solid, fun family movie that will make you laugh and make you smile.  It is a good balance of stuff for everyone in the family.  High School issues, 8th grade issues, elementary issues, baby and parent issues.  It all comes together very well in this very bad day.  High stress and family unity carry the movie in that Disney way.  If I had any complaints, it is that it isn’t hilarious.  It is a funny movie, but I would say that the comedy is tame, and nothing so hilarious that your could not stop laughing.  Also the baby cries a lot.  They could of edited him down a little.

These are minor complaints though for a fun movie that does a good job in bringing everyone together.  I think everyone would have a fun time with this one this weekend.  So go check out this one in a matinee this weekend.

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The Judge

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One Sentence: You don’t really want to root for the guy who peed on someone on purpose.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

When I got out of The Judge, every person who was screening it said that they loved it.  One lady said, BEST ROBERT DOWNEY JR MOVIE EVER.  The 44% on rotten tomatoes shows that the critics do not agree with the audience on this one.  So take my review as you like.

The Judge is about a horrible lawyer who loves his job, told his daughter that her grandfather is dead to him and peed on a guy on purpose.  This guy has a strained relationship with his father.  He must go back to see him and the rest of the family, which includes 2 brothers, one that is mentally challenged, when the mother dies.  So long story short, cliche, cliche, cliche, leads to murder trail because of cliche, cliche, cliche, and ends up cliche, cliche, cliche.  This was like the transformers of drama courtroom movies.  Drudging through all of these stubborn stupid emotions did not make me care about these horrible people, or that they should have a movie made about them.

Ugh writing about this had made me think about it even more.  The ending is so bad.  It did not even have an amazing courtroom scene.  Those amazing replayed scenes that we see in courtroom movies, this even lacked that punch.  I would say steer clear of The Judge, it just did not work for me.

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Hector And The Search For Happiness

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One Sentence: Simon Pegg was excellent.

Rated: R

Nudity: Light

After Credits: None

Well I am happy to say that this isn’t the same old independent movie format that we seem to have been stuck with for the last 5 years.  It does have some of the same things, a single solitary person looking for his place in the world, a love interest that might or might not end up being part of the plan and a search inside as well across whatever world they are in to find what they are looking for.  However that is where the similarities end.  The journey of getting to the end of this movie didn’t feel like the same old movie done but this time with British accents.  It was fun, funny, and had a lot more to it.

First Simon Pegg is the champion of this movie.  He had to play a more straight man character in this movie that he has had to in the past and he delivered.  I think he was an excellent choice for the role and made me laugh and feel more of what this Hector was searching for.  I really enjoyed this character a lot.

For the most part this movie is a long journey and is funny, while dotting in these cute little happiness nuggets and it works pretty well.  There are some issues with the pacing and the ending seems to come abruptly.  We are up and down and up and down, which some might argue is the point of life, but it did feel a little out of balance.  Something just didn’t make me totally love this movie, and it had to do with this up and down pacing.  This pacing issue isn’t enough to make me say that this movie is not worth seeing though.  It was a great little independent, and with so many of them following that format, this one stands out above most others.  I would go see it on a Autumn Sunday afternoon.
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The Good Lie

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One Sentence: The conflict is at the beginning of the movie.

Rated: PG-13

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

I am not sure what The Good Lie is supposed to be.  It feels like it is another movie like The Blind Side or The Million Dollar Arm but without the sports.  White people save black people and make them better.  However The Good Lie does this after the first act.  So then we are left with this movie where the situation of these refugees just keeps getting better and better.  There is a secondary conflict but it is very tame compared to the first one and doesn’t really feel like anything compared to the horrible things shown in the first act.  The movie felt backwards.  It felt like everything bad is behind us, and it has all been solved.  So there is no build up, no ending really and just the movie fades away as it slowly had been for the last hour.

I guess outside of the odd structure of the movie it is fine.  It actually opens with some powerful moments, and paints a picture of the fighting in Africa that we do not really see.  From the eyes of Children and it is done very well.  It is some striking footage that is haunting and very real.  After these scenes is where the movie falls into a very tame, boring coast to the end.  Reese is hardly in the movie, and doesn’t really help it at all.  It was just a very odd format and stuck out as odd.

I think this is rental material for sure.  If you want to see it at all.  I don’t think you really need to see this one.  It doesn’t have anything that is truly worth seeing or is new.  It isn’t powerful enough to make it an important movie and it isn’t uplifting enough to go see it to have that feeling of doing good by going to see a movie.

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Annabelle

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One Sentence: That doll was creepy even before it was possessed.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

Is this movie scary.  Yes.  It actually has some scenes that are quite scary.  It has a slow build at first and then it all leads to some very scary scenes.  The audience in my theater seemed to have a good time with it.  Nothing felt gory or cheesy.   It felt a little bit more like a classic horror movie with some new angle shots that are popular now.  Background movement and things like that.  So as a horror movie, where you are going to go see it to be scared, I think it works.

As a movie, I didn’t like Annabelle.  This lady leaves her baby all the time, the baby that is being chased by a demon doll.  They do not get rid of the doll.  They make all kinds of poor decisions and then the ending is just awful.  So as a movie where you have to think about suspension of disbelief, and structure and the words that people say, Annabelle is not a great movie.  So I am torn between caring about the bones of this movie and the fact that it is a scary movie.

I think it is safe to say that you do not need me for this movie decision.  You already know if you are going to go see a movie about the origins of a demon doll.  So trust your gut.  You are going to a horror movie that was directed by the guy you directed Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.  I think you know what you are getting into.

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The Equalizer

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One Sentence: Man On Fire 2

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

If you have not seen Man On Fire, you should go see it. It is my favorite Denzel Washington movie.  The reason I bring it up is because The Equalizer feels very much like the same movie. Which I am happy about.  I haven’t seen Man On Fire for quite a few years, so I am not how close it feels to The Equalizer.  It is next in my Netflix queue because I want to watch it again.  They both have a satisfying quality about them.  That justice has been served.  Sweet sweet justice.

The Equalizer is a long action thriller that is loud, violent, and well made.  It really doesn’t have anything that is truly amazing about it as far as doing something new or different.  It actually is so much like Man On Fire that I want to see it now to see how closely it resembles that movie.  There is just something about The Equalizer.  Denzel being cool, calm and awesome.  Chloe looking like a girl you would want to help yourself.  Thinking to yourself, if I could do this I would. Getting justice, like only Hollywood can deliver.  It all made for a very fun, kick ass movie.

Sometimes it is good to just have a movie like this, and The Equalizer did it well enough that it didn’t feel forced or too cheesy.  I would say the last 10 seconds of the movie I could of done without but except for that I had a good time with this shoot em up. I would pay full price to see this again.  I think those who do not love hard, graphic action and violence might not be too happy with this one, but I still think it might be worth the watch for those on the fence.

 

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This Is Where I Leave You

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One Sentence: The essence of family.

Rated: R

Nudity: None

After Credits: None

This cast had me dying to see this movie from the minute I saw the trailer.  I knew what the movie was, what it would be and almost what would happen in the movie.  I didn’t care though.  Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne and Jane Fonda was enough for me.  Being rated R on top of that just made me all the more excited.

I loved this predictable, perfectly wonderful adult movie about a family being stuck together after a funeral.  An experience I had recently.  I would say that this movie plays out pretty much how you would expect it to.  Even in the first few minutes I felt like I had the pacing down and knew what was going to happen in the next scene, and that is why this movie is so great.  It is a refection of truth in a perfect way.  It is funny, uncomfortable, complicated and perfect.  The stellar acting and way that this cast played together made it feel even more real.  They seemed like a real family, and it rung so true to me.  Rose Byrne I think was my favorite, but I also loved Tina Fey trying something with more weight.  Everyone in the cast did an excellent job.

This Is Where I Leave You is not the best at anything, it doesn’t have an amazing message, it doesn’t do anything exciting or overblown. It is simple, small, and great, and that is what it intended to be.  If it looked like something you would like then it will be something you will love.  If it doesn’t look like your type of movie, the trailer is enough to tell you if you should go see it or not.

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