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Movie Review: Captain America

In: Donovan, Movies

Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. In comparison to recent comic book movie adaptation, “Captain America” wasn’t as good as “Thor“, but heaps better than “The Green Lantern“. And when compared to the 1990 version, we’re talking Oscar Best Picture caliber.

Captain America: The First Avenger” is the story of one man’s destiny to become the world’s First Avenger. Steve Rogers is a 98 lb thin-framed young man wanting to serve his country. Due to his physical shortcomings he’s been denied by the military to fight for his country multiple times. When a chance encounter with a military scientist happens, Rogers all of a sudden finds himself asked to participate in an experimental program that would turn him into a new breed of Super Soldiers to take down Hitler. In his new muscular incarnation, Captain America, he leads a band of soldiers to take down the evil HYDRA organization- a Nazi deep science division.

As you can tell from the description above, Captain America takes place in the 40s which I was a fan of. It was like Indiana Jones meets Iron Man. Chris Evans was very believable in both his scrawny and muscular incarnations. He had the vulnerability to carry off the boy who was bullied and the presence to pull off superhero stature. The one thing I wish the writers took more advantage of was Evans’ natural comedic skills. If Hemsworth can make people laugh in “Thor”, than Evans is more than capable.

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Well Potterheads the time has come for the 8th and FINAL movie in the highest grossing movie franchise in history. I was so nervous for this movie because as an UBER fan I wasn’t sure what they were going to keep, what they were going to omit and how they were going to bring it to the screen. It’s a very odd feeling watching a movie and knowing pretty much exactly whats going to happen. I mean I know the ending of the series and everyone who read the books knows too…so how much do I write about?

I guess from this point on you’ll have some spoilers….well kind of spoilers because let’s face it everyone knows what happens.

In my last Harry Potter review I wrote about how amazing Part 1 was, how it set the tone perfectly and ended at the exact spot that it should’ve, well as soon soon as the lights went down pt2 picked it up and it did not stop. If there is one word to describe this movie, I would say that it is INTENSE. David Yates kept in every major point from the book, everything that needed to be in there to move the story ahead was. What he omitted I actually didn’t even care about, and the way he explained the Horcruxes was perfect.

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Movie Review: Horrible Bosses

In: Movies, Tyrell

What would you do if you had the most annoying, terrible and harassing boss in the world? Would you just sit back and take it or would try and do something about it? That’s the question that new comedy Horrible Bosses opening today asks. Patrick and I were fortunate enough to get an advanced screening of the film and let me tell you, it’s pretty funny. But, it’s not as funny as you want it to be unfortunately.

Starring the comedy stylings of Jason Sedekis of SNL, funny man Jason Bateman and fairly newcomer Charlie Day, this troublesome trio has a little bit of heartburn when it comes to dealing with their ridiculous bosses and decide they should just kill them off. But, the three boys don’t know much about killing anybody. So what do they do? They decide to go the roughest part of the city to try and find a hitman. That after having an incident with a wetwork man that Dale finds on Craig’s List. Too funny.

More of my ‘Horrible Bosses’ review after the jump

I was fortunate enough to see a sneak preview of one of this summer’s biggest blockbuster, romantic comedies, Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon in 3D. No seriously, this movie is the perfect flick for the girls to check out for a ‘girls night out’ this weekend! The movie is hitting theatres on Friday, July 1st and if you had any doubt about whether you should see it in theatres, you must! The incredible love story that plays out throughout the plot of this film, between the two lead characters, Sam Witwicky played by Shia LaBeouf and Carly played by Victoria Secret Angel, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had me on the end of my seat, giggling with laughter and rife with emotion. Shia LaBeouf’s ability to cry in this film and show his vulnerable side was absolutely breath taking, and dare I say, Oscar-worthy. Rosie’s breakout film roll in Director Michael Bay’s third rendition of this tragic, war-riddled romance was poetic and riveting. The 3D visuals further added to the depth of this film.

Okay, okay, okay. If you couldn’t tell I was being factious with that opening paragraph, then you don’t know my sense of humor! It’s true, I did in fact go to see Michael Bay’s Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon, and it does in fact star those two actors, it is my no means a romantic comedy for the ages. There is a love story, with some incredible wit; however, I can’t say this summer blockbuster will live up to its previous two predecessors. The film once again focuses on the continue war between the Autobots and Decepticons, this time focusing on a Cybertronian spacecraft that has crashed on Earth’s moon, and holds a critical piece to saving their home planet of Cybertron. Now, if you are a Transformer fanatic, you probably just got a chubby from those words. I on the other hand didn’t play with the action figures, but was extremely impressed with the entertainment value of this film. I went in with an open mind, after enjoying the first Transformers flick from a few years back. The flow of the movie was fast paced, and the fight scenes between the transforming cars/machines were beautifully done and wildly realistic. Granted, I knew I was watching machines that had just transformed into warriors from different Ford vehicles, so the realism could only stretch so far!

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Movie Review: The Hangover 2

In: Movies, Tommy D

It’s funny actually that I went to see this movie because the past week I kind of felt like Stu and Phil…waking up not really knowing what happened for a few minutes yeahhhhhhhhhh.

Anyway, The Hangover 2 is the sequel to (duh!) The Hangover which was one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. The sequel however, is not so funny which is really unfortunate because it kind of had the makings of being a hit. I think what the major problem was is that expectations were really high. Also for me personally, a sequel isn’t just a second movie using the exact same plot points, but it should move the story onward, right? I mean the best sequels aren’t just another of the same movie…all you have to do is listen to Randy from Scream to understand exactly what I’m talking about.

So here’s the basic plot without giving anything away. Stu (Ed Helms) is getting married, and everyone goes to Thailand for his wedding. At first Alan (Zach Galifianakas) is not invited mainly because of the chaos he caused last time. Eventually Stu, Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Doug (Justin Bartha) all  go to Alan’s and invite him. They all go to thailand, spend a night at the beach and UH OH the original three wakeup in Bangkok and don’t know what happened!

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Movie Review: Bridesmaids

In: Movies, Patrick

Earlier this week, I watched the prescreen of Bridesmaids and let me tell you: It’s one hell of a wedding party and you’re all invited! I’m quite confident that this movie, starring and co-written by SNL’s Kristen Wiig, is actually going to be the funniest movie of the year – yes, even funnier than The Hangover 2.

Here’s the very basic premise of the story: “Picked as her best friend’s maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie (Kristen Wiig) looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an oddball group of bridesmaids.” That said, there’s a lot more to it. As Annie’s best friend Lillian (Maya Rudoph) gets engaged, Annie starts to wonder what will happen to her now that her best friend’s life is changing.

As things start to get set into motion in terms of all the traditional engagement party, bridal shower, dress shopping, and the stagette, Annie is soon realizes she is in over her head (and over her budget). To make matters worse, one of Lillian’s bridesmaids Helen (Rose Byrne) starts backhandedly competing with Annie as to who is the closer and better friend to Lillian. That’s were a lot of the drama comes from. You can see them in the photo below as they try to outdo each other at the engagement party.

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Movie Reviews: Thor & Something Borrowed

In: Donovan, Movies

For this week’s movie review, you’re getting two for the price of one. I’m combining both “Thor” and “Something Borrowed” because none of us could attend the latter and review the film. I kindly asked a friend to check it out and quickly whip up a review. Thanks Tyler, you’re the best. This week’s films star former Man Crushes of mine- Chris Hemsworth in “Thor” and Colin Egglesfield in “Something Borrowed”. When I found out the screenings were at the same time, I was super bummed. I definitely wanted to see the both of them. In the end, “Thor” won out (can you blame me), and I’m glad I did. It was spectacular.


Just to give you a brief background on the film. Thor is a Marvel Comics superhero based on the hammer-wielding Nordic god of thunder and lightning. He is banished to earth from Asgard by his father, Odin. Thor was a brash and arrogant warrior who needed a lesson in humility. Only when he learned his lesson would he be allowed to regain his hammer– the source of all his power.

It would be easy to dismiss Thor as a big-budget mindless summer movie. To do so would be an injustice. Yes, it had amazing special effects that left you breathless, but it also had character development and a decent plot. A lot of that can be attributed to the high-caliber of actors involved including Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. But mostly the credit goes to director Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh is best known for directing and starring in numerous film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. Like many people, including Portman, they were mystified why such a cerebral period piece director was involved in a studio summer tentpole pic. It was this paradox which lured Portman to the project even without a script. Branagh added a touch of class and sophistication to a film that could’ve easily gone via the Hulk (remember that atrocity). Instead, he crafted one of the best comic book adaptations ever. It had it all- power struggles, sibling rivalry, parental issues. You don’t get anymore Shakespearean than that.

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Movie Review: Fast Five

In: Movies, Patrick

Earlier this week, I checked out the prescreen of Fast Five that is hitting the big screens tonight. The fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise stars your favorite studs, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, alongside the sexy Jordana Brewster and all the other tough guys from the previous films.

In this film, Dominic (Vin Diesel) and the gang find themselves in trouble with the law again, as they balance trying to take down a powerful drug lord in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while being chased by the US federal agents, led by Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as “The Rock”). Sidenote: It’s interesting that the film takes place in Brazil because in the past few weekends, the Box office has been dominated by the animated feature called “Rio”. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this weekend!

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