On a tropical island inhabited only by flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) stands out in more ways than one. The entire island lives in relative comfort and perfect harmony. The few malcontents are sentenced to mandatory anger management classes, led by the nauseatingly perky Matilda (Maya Rudolph). While delivering a cake to a chicks birthday party, Red arrives late and can’t control his temper when the recipient refuses to pay for the order, due to Red’s tardiness. The altercation lands Red in anger management class. This is where we meet other characters like Chuck (Josh Gad) a mischievous yellow speedster. Bomb, a round black bird with a short fuse who, when angered physically explodes. Lastly there’s Terence (Sean Penn). Terence is the same type of bird as Red (apparently unrelated), but many times larger and only speaks with a short grunt or a long grunt. No one knows of the horrors committed to land Terence in anger management and it’s probably best that it remains that way. One fateful day the island is visited by its first visitors ever: a ship full of wayward pigs from Piggy Island. The Birds welcome their new friends into the flock, except for the skeptical Red, who questions the omelette loving visitors’ goodwill.
After a recent breakup, Rell (Jordan Peele) is down in the dumps, wallowing in his own misery and Cheetos. Aimlessly stumbling through life without any direction, things are seemingly looking up when a stray kitten scratches at his door. The furry ball of cuteness was named Keanu and Rell and kitty lived happily ever after…for a few days until burglars ransacked his home, taking Keanu as well. Determined to find Keanu, Rell and his suburbanite cousin and super George Michael fan, Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key) will stop at nothing to find the precious pet.
We first meet Frank Walker (George Clooney) as a boy (Thomas Robinson) at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. The endless possibilities of tomorrow were on display for all to see. In a competition for inventors of all ages, Frank is unceremoniously dismissed by a pompous judge (Hugh Laurie); though Athena (Raffey Cassidy) takes interest. But, interest in what exactly? Secretly, Athena gives Frank a pin and tells him to follow closely. He does ; and whizzes and bangs later, Frank steps out into the unknown. A similar thing happened to Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), in the present. She’s the daughter of a NASA engineer (Tim McGraw) who is about to be laid off, pending the decommission of the space shuttle program. When some of her late night activism lands her in hot water with the local authorities, Casey also discovers a pin similar to Frank’s. Continue reading “Movie Review – Tomorrowland”
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”