Movie Review – Mike and Dave

As the title suggests, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The fraternal screw-ups Mike (Adam DeVine) and Dave Stengel (Zac Efron) have a penchant for ruining family functions. Their antics usually are based on good intentions but, go horribly wrong. In trying to avoid another Christmas gone awry (R.I.P. Grandpa Stengel), Stengel patriarch Burt (Stephen Root) has new rules for the Bros, relating to sister Jeanie’s (Stephanie Beard) Hawaiian wedding. Find respectable date or else. With the ever-growing list of online dating sites available, the duo post on Craigslist and advertise on The Wendy Williams Show about their plight. Their tv appearance draws the interest of hundreds of women (and a few men). Tatianna (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) are two slackers in desperate need of a vacation from their lives of pizza bites and recreational drug use; the girls swindle their way into the Hawaiian vacation.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Mike and Dave”

Movie Review – Pitch Perfect 2

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The acapella world was turned on its ear when the Barden Bellas won the 2012 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. After their three-peat as champions, the Bellas, now seniors are on a whirlwind tour. In a performance at Washington D.C. ‘s John F. Kennedy Center, with the President and First Lady in attendance; Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) has a wardrobe malfunction of epic proportions. The Obamas were not amused. The following embarrassment gets the Bellas suspended from competition for the rest of the season; also, the Bellas are prohibited from recruiting new members. As most of the squad are seniors, The Barden Bellas may be finished. Since all good things eventually come to an end, Co-Captain Becca (Anna Kendrick) takes an internship in a record company and other  Co-captain Chloë (Brittany Snow) exploits a loophole in their punishment. While the Bellas aren’t able to perform at the collegiate level; nothing could stop them from entering international competitions. The legacy of the Barden Bellas is at stake when they battle on the world stage against their stiffest competition yet.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Pitch Perfect 2”

MOVIE REVIEW – Pitch Perfect

With things like Glee, The Voice, and American Idol taking over our televisions focusing on superstar singing, being the best of the best and owning the stage, a film called Pitch Perfect should catch no one by surprise. A film focused around a rebellious teen, college life and, oh yeah, singing on an a cappella group, one would pretty much sum this film up as a cliché.   Directed by Jason Moore, who also directed episodes of Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill, your thoughts automatically go into defense mode that this is going to be one girly film. Well, the girls of this a cappella group will put your defenses down in no time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: End of Watch

I had a strong visceral reaction – well, several actually – to End of Watch, which culminated in something of a love/hate feeling for me, stemming perhaps from my inability to get a grip on the film’s direction for more than two minutes at a stretch. Though writer/director David Ayer’s erratic style is no doubt a deliberate component of the film’s realistic quality and change-on-a-dime mood, proving effective for many edge-of-your seat moments (and even a few laughs), it is also intermittently annoying; I must have changed my opinion about twenty times while watching it. That said, it’s hard to argue that the interaction between the central characters, two uniformed LAPD officers portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, isn’t the most genuine dynamic I’ve seen in some time. Their dialogue and Oscar-worthy performances – yes, I said it – are what keep the film from flying completely off the rails, and ultimately makes it far more interesting than irritating. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: End of Watch”

MOVIE REVIEW – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

All good films, books, television shows, and all forms of entertainment have a beginning, middle and end.  And a series of books or movies have entire pieces that can fit into each of those categories as well.  No one can deny the popularity of the Twilight series of books.  It tells a story that many tween girls, teen girls, and women can find a connection to and embrace.  And so after 3 films based on their respective books, we come down to the last and final novel of the Twilight series.  And I know you’re all wondering how is part one of the final novel on screen…

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MOVIE REVIEW: 50/50

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is having one hell of a career boost.  After growing out of his role on TV’s 3rd Rock From the Sun, he has created some of modern film’s most memorable characters, from the hard-boiled high-school gumshoe in Rian Johnson’s Brick, to the romantically befuddled Tom in Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, to point-man Arthur in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.  In 50/50, director Jonathan Levine takes Gordon-Levitt to unparalleled heights and depths of the human soul in an effort to get one of his best performances from him; to sum up this review, he succeeded.
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