Collateral Beauty Review

Collateral Beauty

It seems like months since HBO had something on a Saturday night that I actually wanted to watch. It kinda made me feel like I only get HBO for Game of Thrones, even though that would be fine they do promise a bunch of new movies. None of them are usually what I want to watch, but finally this movie came along and I had wanted to see it since it was in the movie theater but never got the chance. I heard mixed reviews going in and was a little unsure, keep reading to see if I ended up enjoying it or not.

Collateral Beauty is about Howard, played by Will Smith, who kind of has it all. He runs a successful business with his business partner Whit, played by Edward Norton, and their other associates Simon, played by Michael Pena, and Claire, played by Kate Winslet, and has the perfect life. Cut to three years later where his daughter is dead and basically so is Howard. The once successful company is going under as he can’t come to terms with his daughters death. Whit, Simon, and Claire have tried to intervene multiple times unsuccessfully until they learn that he’s been writing grief letters to Love, Time, and Death. Deciding to have three actors, played by Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Jacob Latimore, take on these roles and confront Howard, they not only try to help Howard but maybe learn some lessons about themselves.

You totally need a box of Kleenex. Without any spoilers, you probably know this movie is going to be sad because it’s about a man that loses his daughter, but I never expected to be crying for the whole movie. I mean seriously, there’s maybe a few minutes where I didn’t cry, but the rest of the movie was an absolute sob fest.

Through the tears, I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie. I think the reviews that I read about this movie were kind of wrong and maybe didn’t understand the whole point of the movie. To me this movie wasn’t just about Howard. It was also about Whit, Claire, and Simon who are going through the same struggles as Howard as each of them deal with Love, Time, and Death. Each of them will struggle although their main goal is to help Howard. I could go further into details but I don’t want to ruin the movie for anyone that hasn’t seen it yet. That being said, not only is it a good movie, but it’s a movie that will make you think as well. The only real problem that I had with this movie was that even though it was long, I never felt myself looking at the time, I wish it would have wrapped up a few more stories a little bit better than it did. Other than that everything came together nicely.

Star studded casts can go two ways. It can either be great, or it can be really horrible. This went the first way and was really great as each actor was perfectly chosen for the part that they played. The cast worked together well and it was believable that they were people who cared about each other and genuinely wanted to help one another.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

This is a really great movie and it proves that not all the reviews are right. It’s not my favorite movie because it’s really sad and it’s one of those movies that you watch once for the experience and never watch again, but it’s defiantly worth the watch. Not only is this movie sad and will have you crying, but it will also have you thinking as well as you watch and piece together all of the little pieces of this movie to get the real meaning of the movie out of it. I would say to not pass this one up and judge it for yourself.


The LEGO Batman Movie Review

The LEGO Batman Movie

I first seen the trailer for this movie about a year ago when a friend of mine had showed it to me. We watched it together and I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Being a fan of LEGO games and The LEGO movie, I figured I would give this one a try. Being a PS+ member, I was also able to rent this movie for $.99 so I couldn’t go wrong. Keep reading to see what I thought about the movie.

This is basically a Batman movie, just with LEGO’s. I wouldn’t call it a children’s movie because there was stuff thrown in there for the adults watching, but it had a simple enough story to follow for a child. As everyone knows, Batman, played by Will Arnet, is always the hero and Joker, played by Zach Galifianakis, is basically always the enemy. Unwilling to admit that Batman needs Joker to be the hero that he is, he tells Joker that he doesn’t need him and that he could still be Batman without him. This leads to Joker turning himself in when Barbra Gorden, played by Rosario Dawson, takes over as city commissioner for Gotham. This will lead Batman down a dark path and an unexpected one as he unknowingly adopts a young Robin, played by Michael Cera. Manipulating Robin, Batman gets a hold of Superman’s projector to send Joker to the Phantom Zone. Doing this turns out to be a huge catastrophe as he unwilling releases everyone in the Phantom Zone. Batman must learn to work with others no in order to save Gotham one more time.

This is another one of those movies where the trailer was much funnier than the movie itself. A lot of the times I found myself sitting there watching the time go by or looking for my phone to see if I could do something to keep myself awake during the movie. This is never a good thing for a movie when you can’t keep your audience captivated for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. If as an adult I couldn’t stay focused for this long, I don’t think a child would either. I also thought the movie was way to long and dragged on for more time than necessary. I was truly disappointed with this movie because it was one that I wanted to see, looked funny, and even interesting, but turned out to be boring and uninteresting.

The only saving grace of this movie is the actors themselves as they play each part to perfection. Wil Arnet reprises his role as Batman from The LEGO movie and it’s the same Batman that was in the LEGO movie so when he was funny, he was funny. The rest of the cast also does a good job of bringing the movie together and trying to make it work as much as possible.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

I was expecting a lot more out of this movie and was sadly let down. For $.99 it wasn’t bad though and it was a nice way to kill some time, but other than that it wasn’t as funny as it was supposed to be and just felt like a lot of things were missed that could have been funny. Unfortunately this kind of misses the mark on a lot of things and turns out to be not so funny and not so interesting. Unless you have kids that you want to try and keep entertained, I would recommend skipping this one.


The Big Sick Review

The Big Sick

It’s been a really long time since I actually went to the movie theater to see a movie. Like so long that I can’t even remember what the last movie that I actually saw in the theater was. Anyway, there was a new local theater that everyone was raving about and I had seen the preview for this movie on TV probably over a million times at this point that I just figured why not. Keep reading to see what I thought of the movie.

The Big Sick tells the story of Kumail, played by Kumail Nanjiani, who is basically trying to be a good Pakistani son in order to please his parents, played by Anupam Kher and Zenobia Shroff. Doing this means that he basically lies to them and tells them that he’s going to law school and he let’s his mother parade in week after week different Pakistani women to setup an arranged marriage for him. What they don’t know is that he’s trying to break into the world of standup comedy and has basically fallen in love with Emily, played by Zoe Kazan. Emily and Kumail will go through this love / hate relationship until they break up and Emily gets really sick. This will introduce Emily’s parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano. Throughout the movie Kumail will bond with Emily’s parents and try to find out if he should live his life trying to please his parents or follow his heart.

Movie Theater Experience: My new local theater just happens to be an AMC theater and I’ve never been to one of these before so when I walked in I was surprised that it felt like I was lining up for MegaCon. There was a VIP line and a normal people line. While this is acceptable for MegaCon, it’s not for a movie theater. I also wasn’t pleased with the seating and the lighting in the theater itself. Even before the movie started and after the movie ended, the theater was pitch black and I had to turn on my flashlight to see where I was going. Not fun. Needless to say I will not be attending this movie theater again.

As for the movie itself, I found it to be extremely boring and long. This is never a good combination. The funny parts shown in the trailer were few and far in-between for a movie that is supposed to be a comedy. Also the back and forth between Emily and Kumail gets to the point of annoying at times. I understand the whole wanting to please your family aspect that Kumail is going through, but it wasn’t presented as funny or even touching. It was just plain boring. Even after Emily gets sick and her parents come to take charge of her care, the movie still drags along as it becomes a really bad and really boring episode of Grey’s Anatomy. At least with Grey’s Anatomy something is bound to happen that will either be touching or funny. The fact that Kumail feels the need to lie to everyone, not only his parents, which is understandable, but to Emily and then Emily’s parents just makes it feel unreal and really unforgivable.

This cast does not work well together at all. Kumail’s family doesn’t even feel like a family, but a group of people just thrown together and the audience being told that this is a family. Even the relationship between Kumail and Emily seems forced as the two actors have absolutely no on screen chemistry which is crucial for a romantic comedy. Then the relationship between Kumail and Emly’s family also feels forced and at first that was fine because Emily had told them about Kumail and what happened between them, but even after getting to know him and even liking Kumail to some extent, there was no chemistry. There was no reason to even route for Emily or for the relationship that Kumail tries to save.

Side Note: While this isn’t for everyone, just us Mass Effect: Andromeda players, I couldn’t help but think about Jarun Tann every time Kumail spoke. Whenever Kumail spoke I could see his Salarian character with his big eyes staring back at me even though I wasn’t playing the game. I sometime have this problem when watching a movie with Mila Kunis. Every time I see her on screen it just makes me think of Meg from Family Guy.

Overall I give this movie a 1 out of 5.

I know that this is based on a true story about Kumail and his now wife Emily, but it was just boring as hell to sit through. Two hours of what could have been funny and sweet turned into something that was boring and ended up being a waste of money at the movie theater. I will give it credit for having some funny parts, but it just wasn’t funny as it was promised to be and this was a big problem for me. When you have a movie that is advertised as a romantic comedy I want to be able to laugh a lot and feel connected to the movie in some way. This movie didn’t provide that and if I were you I would skip this movie and spend your money elsewhere.


Life Review


Another Saturday night, another movie to watch. I have to say that HBO has been slacking when it comes to the movies so I found another rental on the PlayStation store. This week’s movie was Life. I had seen the previews when it was about to be released in the movie theater but like most of these movies here totally missed out on it. Keep reading to see if it was worth the wait.

Life is about a team of astronauts and scientists, played by Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Ariyon Bakare, aboard the ISS who are conducting experiments to see if they actually found extraterrestrial life on Mars. At first everything is going great, as it usually does in these types of movies, until something goes horribly wrong. This will lead to a set of horrible events as it’s now the crew’s main focus to not let this creature reach Earth.

Although the movie was short and felt a little rushed at times, it still kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed watching the team start off with this small single-cell of a creature, named Calvin, develop and grow into something that everyone thought was going to be amazing. Scientists being scientists though always have to go a little further and when the future of the first sign of life on Mars is jeopardized they’ll do anything to try and fix that. Well that ends up basically ruining everything as this once docile and willing to learn creature turns into a killing machine. The main mission after that is not to let this creature get to Earth where it might not be able to be stopped. This will set off a chain of events that are crazy and end with a huge twist.

Now about that huge twist… If you’ve seen the movie, how many of you figured out that huge twist coming at the end? You know I don’t’ like to spoil stuff in my reviews, but I have to say that I totally called it at the end because of what happened during the escape pod scene. Even though I knew what was going to happen, it was still pretty shocking and I enjoyed that the movie ended like that.

While this is an ensemble movie I thought that everyone worked together great and made it really feel like they were a team aboard the ISS. Saying that though, about mid movie you can see that the real star of this movie is Jake Gyllenhaal who gives a pretty stellar performance of the guy who wants to stay in space because of his past and is kind of a meek guy who just does what he’s told. When he takes charge though it shows that he’s the one you should have been paying attention to this whole time.

Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5.

This had to be the shortest space type alien movie that I’ve ever seen and even though it felt a little rushed at times, it came together for a stellar ending. I have to say though that I would have liked a little more background on the characters, maybe see where they actually came from instead of them talking about it, and some more on how they got the samples from Mars but that’s just me. I would say that if you’re a fan of Alien and Arrival, which you can read my review here, then give this movie a chance. If you think that Alien type movies have been way over done and you’re tired of them you’ll probably want to skip this movie, but I will say that it’s kind of different and has a completely different vibe about it.


Underworld: Blood Wars Review

Underworld: Blood Wars

I want to start off by saying that I am a huge fan of the Underworld franchise. When I seen the first movie back in 2003, I absolutely fell in love with it. The graphics were groundbreaking and the story was just amazing and something I had never seen before in a horror franchise. The movie itself became one of my favorites and I watched it over and over again until Underworld: Evolution came out 6 years later. It basically picked up right where the last movie had ended and I fell in love with this franchise all over again. It was another stellar movie that just had me wanting more. It became a thing of where if I watched Underworld I had to watch Underworld: Evolution. Three years later came the prequel to all of the Underworld movies, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. This movie was also amazing as it told the story of what started the Vampire/Lycan war. I was happy with the three movies, but when Underworld: Awakening was released in 2012, I figured why not? Another movie wasn’t a bad thing, but I was wrong. Oh so wrong. This movie was seriously the worst Underworld movie in a franchise that didn’t have that. When I heard that another was being released, I barely remember Awakening as I’ve blocked it from my mind, I figured I would give it a chance. Was it worth it? Keep reading to find out.

Underworld: Blood Wars, brings back death dealer Selene, played to perfection (in the first two movies) by Kate Beckinsale, as she is being hunted by both vampires and lycans after the last movie. Both clans want her daughters blood and she has no idea where her daughter is. After being betrayed by the vampires, go figure, she teams up with the true vampire clan leader David, played by Theo James, to end all of the violence once and for all. Throughout the movie there will be several flashbacks to her time with Michael leading up to his death as well as the same shot of the moon showed over and over and over again as if the movie had to have a certain run time and adding this shot in extended the movie. You’ll also be introduced to a new vampire clan, you can think of them as the Targaryen’s of vampires because that’s how they look.

I thought they were bringing back badass killing machine Selene, but instead we got a version of Selene that was torn between wanting to die after living so long, finding her daughter, not finding her daughter, and living in the past. There was a lot of crying in this movie and I have no idea why. The overall plot of the movie was just as ridiculous as the last movie making this franchise lose its appeal for me. What was once a great movie has ventured into the territory of Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm street. It’s been done so many times that it’s just not good anymore. I really hate this because after the last movie, I thought at least this movie could rise up and be the movie that set this franchise back on course, but I was wrong. There is supposedly a 6th installment, but I really wish they would just stop.

I think that Kate Beckinsale is a great actress and Underworld is seriously my favorite movie that she’s been in. She’s been in a lot of movies, but Underworld is my all time favorite. It pains me to say though that it’s time for her to hang up her hat when it comes to this movie franchise. There’s nothing good about it anymore and it was like they did a complete 180 with her character who was once a badass and is now this weak and feeble thing. There’s this thing at the end that could bring her back up to badass status, but I would rather not stick around and see. As for her screen mate Theo James, he was a typically actor in a typical part. There was nothing really special about him or the rest of the cast. This movie franchise has always been about Kate Beckinsale and everyone else is just background fodder.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

I felt like this movie was the final nail in the coffin of a once great franchise. It had it’s typical action sequences and transformation sequences that it’s known for, but I think that movies have evolved so much from just that not to mention the fact that the story just felt out of place for this one as did the last movie. I think if this franchise would have stopped with the three movies it would have been great. Instead they decided to drag it along and try to get more out of it and even ended this one with a cliffhanger. Seriously? My final suggestion is that if you’re an Underworld fan nothing I say will stop you from watching this movie, but be ready to be severely disappointed. If you’re new to the Underworld franchise, then welcome! I would suggest watching the first three movies and then immediately stop. You don’t need to see the fourth and fifth film and it’s better if we acted like they don’t even exist.


Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

Bridget Jones's Baby

I remember seeing the original Bridget Jones Diary when it was first released in 2001 and absolutely loving it. It wasn’t really a typical romcom and was something different. In 2004 I rushed to see Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and thought “Ugh, sequels.” While I wasn’t planning on watching Bridget Jones’s Baby, it was free on Netflix and I figured I might as well see how this trilogy wrapped itself up.

The idea of happily ever after apparently never comes for Bridget Jones, played by Renee Zellweger, as she is basically where she was at the start of this franchise. Alone. Her and the famous Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth, have broken up and she’s back to being single. Not letting that hold her down she’s decided to focus on her career and live her life as a spinster. Things don’t turn out that way as she meets Jack, played by Patrick Dempsey, rekindles and old flame, and ends up pregnant without knowing the father.

This movie was so long overdue and so far past its prime that it became irrelevant. When starting the movie, they expect you to actually remember where the last one left off, over 10 years ago, and remember every little thing about it. I’m lucky if I can remember a movie I watched over a month ago unless I thought it was an awesome movie. Anyway, moving onto the actual movie the premise of it is just…I don’t even know how to explain it. What am I supposed to feel about a character who sleeps around and then can’t figure out who the father of her baby is? Sure, it’s comical and hits some funny points every now and again, but I spent half the movie rolling my eyes. I think maybe if this movie was made about seven or eight years ago it might have been funny and relevant, but unfortunately the movie is a complete mistake.

Oh God There Might Be More! There was a big surprise during the movie as a character was written off. By the end fate of said character is revealed. Why oh why would they do this. Please just let this movie franchise die.

Onto the acting. Because there are no decent English actresses who could have played this part, we get Renee Zellweger trying desperately to pull off the accent and once again failing miserably. It was cute in the first movie, annoying in the second, and just tiring in the third. That being said I do enjoy Renee Zellweger’s work, but this just doesn’t seem like the part for her after three movies. She doesn’t own it and it shows. Moving on to the two leading men, Colin Firth, a good actor, basically plays the same old boring character that he’s played in movie after movie not to mention that Patrick Dempsey basically reprises his role as Derek Shepard because that’s all he can play now. This combination did not in any way make this movie more enjoyable.

Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.

Not the best movie by far in this franchise, if you’ve seen the first two you’ll probably want to wrap things up and see this one. Go in with low expectations so that you don’t get disappointed. If you’ve never seen these movies before then there’s no reason to even see this movie because you have to know certain facts about the first two movies to try and get some kind of understanding as to what’s going on.


Logan Review


I’ve been wanting to see this movie since I seen the promos for it a little while back. While I’m not a huge fan of the individual “Wolverine” movies, I knew that this was the end of an era for me since I basically spent my middle to late teenage years growing up with the original X-Men movies. I just had to see this movie and even though I wasn’t able to go and see it in the movies, I was able to rent it thanks to my handy dandy PlayStation. Keep reading to see if it lived up to all my super high expectations.

The year is now 2029, which is a hell of a long time from when we last left off in the X-Men universe. Logan, played for the final time by Hugh Jackman, is an old man now after being alive for as long as he has and he’s the only caretaker left of Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart. Both of them are essentially dying and Logan is trying to get them away from a world that once loved them and has now turned on them. Doing so he’ll encounter Laura, played by Dafne Keen, who will change everything as Logan and Professor X learn that children are being genetically modified to be “mutants,” but not just any mutants. They’re being created to be killing machines. It’ll be up to Logan and Professor X to put a stop to all of this.

There’s something missing… I don’t like to go into spoilers for my reviews because I don’t want to spoil stuff for people which is just plain rude. I do want to say though that it’s mentioned that all of the other mutants in Professors X’s care have been wiped out. The movie changes what happened in the comic books, but I still think that a scene, even a flashback scene, should have been added into the movie to show what happened. It’s later explained in the movie, but I think a scene, which would have been painful to watch, would have still had more of an effect to fans of the series without taking away from the story that was meant to be told.

I thought this movie was awesome and everything a Wolverine based movie should be. It told an amazing story and was basically the end of an era. The plot of the overall movie was spectacular and the movie itself was more action packed than any other X-Men / Wolverine movie has ever been. I enjoyed the action that this movie had to offer and it made me think that maybe some of the other movies would have been better if they had this level of action to it, but mostly I enjoyed the story that it told. The story was a sad one and wasn’t easy to watch.

It’s a comic book movie, I’m not crying! Ok, so I totally cried about three times during this movie which is just mind blowing because it’s a comic book movie and no one cries at those. This just goes to show that the writing for this movie was just top notch and really unforgettable. There were two parts of the movie that made the tears fall and then the credits because this really was the end. It was the last time you’ll see Hugh Jackman play Wolverine and it was the last time you’ll see Patrick Stewart play Professor X. Like I said it was really an end of an era that I will greatly miss.

The acting in this movie was better than any other X-Men / Wolverine movie out there. The characters, brought to life by Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, were at their best in this movie because they were able to be real. The movie was rated R and because of that it felt like these characters were brought to their true potential as characters. Some of the other movies at times felt campy because they had to maintain that PG-13 rating, but like Deadpool, this movie showed that comic book movies can be rated R and people will still go see them. The supporting cast was also amazing, but the real focus was on Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

If you’re like me and basically spent your mid to late teenage years watching the original X-Men movies, then you’ll not want to miss this movie. It puts a definitive end to the previous movies. Even though there are more X-Men movies coming out, this movie basically says that this is it for the characters that you have grown to love. Sure there will be remakes upon remakes, but I’m not sure I’ll be watching them. I strongly recommend watching this movie unless of course you’re new to the whole X-Men movie thing and think they started with X-Men: First Class. Sure X-Men: First Class and the movies after are like the prequels, but that’s not the place to start. My final recommendation, if you haven’t watched these movies, is to start from the beginning and work your way to this one. Sure there will be some crap in the middle, but you won’t regret it.


Wild Oats Review

Wild Oats

After a super long few weeks, I was finally time to go back to my normal Saturday night routine of watching a movie. There are still a bunch of movies that I want to see, but for this Saturday night I wanted something on the light hearted side. A comedy that was a little out there and a little obscure. That’s why I choose Wild Oats, which you can currently find on Netflix. Keep reading to see what I thought about the movie.

Wild Oats revolves around Eva, played by Shirley MacLaine. Eva’s husband just died and she’s waiting for his $50,000 life insurance policy to come in because like many people, without it, even with it, she can’t live. Turns out the life insurance company has a computer error and sends her $5,000,000 instead. With her best friend for 40 years Maddie, played by Jessica Lange, at her side, they decide to have an adventure of a life time in this simple but funny comedy about two best friends who are just living it up. They get into some trouble along the way as they get conned during their trip all while Eva’s daughter Crystal, played by Demi Moore, and insurance investigator Vespucci, played by Howard Hesseman, try to find out where Eva is and what the hell is going on.

While not the best movie, it was one of those care free movies that you could just sit back and relax to watch. It had its funny parts and it had some parts that did drag on just a little bit. It was just one of those movies that while at first you’re truly interested in it and are actively watching it, but mid way through you’re turning your head and glancing over at your phone to see what’s been going on. Not taking anything away from the movie though, it was a decent film that just dragged a little too much.

What can you say about the major star power in this movie? You have Shirley MacLaine, you have Jessica Lange, and you have Demi Moore. These are three major stars and I have to say that Demi Moore kind of takes a back seat to the antics that go on between Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange. Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange have extremely great chemistry onscreen and it really makes the movie. I will say that although they each have respectively funny parts, the funniest lines come from Jessica Lange.

Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.

Even though the movie dragged a bit at times, it was still worth watching if you’re looking for one of those carefree movies that you don’t have to get too invested in. It’s funny enough that you’ll be laughing at some of the crazy antics that Eva and Maddie get into it and it also has some heart warming moments as well. If you’re looking for something light and funny to watch then I would say that this is for you. Also if you’re a Shirley MacLaine fan or a Jessica Lange fan you’ll want to see this movie.


Split Review


Needing my usual Saturday movie to watch, I realized that I’ve been catching up and watching a lot of new Netflix original shows that I’ve been missing out on a bunch of movies that I wanted to see. Watching Netflix shows does that to you. Anyway, I decided to pick a movie at random since there’s an actual list now and Split was the movie of my choice. Keep reading to see if it was a good choice or a bad one.

Split is about a man named Kevin, played by James McAvoy. Kevin was abused as a child by his mother and because of that has developed 23 individual and unique personalities. Working with his psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher, played by Betty Buckley, he’s seen as a success as he’s able to control himself and work a steady job. But that’s not what’s really been happening. There’s a 24th personality just lurking in Kevin’s head waiting to come out when the time is right. This leads Kevin into abducting three teenage girls in order to let his new 24th personality out and purify the unclean.

I can’t tell you enough how awesome this movie was. I’m a huge M. Night Shayamalan fan and seen the majority of this movies. I might have missed a couple of them here and there, but that’s not the point. When people poo-pooed Lady in the Water, I thought it was one of the greatest movies ever. When people poo-pooed The Happening, I still said how it was a good movie that proved a point. Moving on though, nothing, not even The Sixth Sense, was as great as this movie is. There are a bunch of twists and turns and then the shocker of an ending that is known for these types of movies as you’ll learn more about Kevin and how while he has 23 personalities, they’ve all been pushed aside and only three of them have become dominant because they can let the beast out. Even though the movie mostly focuses on Kevin, it’s also about the three girls that he’s kidnapped. While two of them are the typical teenagers, there’s something off with the third one. She’s had some trauma of her own that gives her a different outlook on the whole situation that these girls are going through.

While there are of course other stars in this movie, it’s not just James McAvoy, they really play these sub-par roles that I can’t even call supporting. They’re there to make the move make sense and that’s about it. James McAvoy plays this amazing part of switching between the three dominant personalities of Dennis, the clean freak, Ms. Patricia, the mothering type who’s fully in control when things go to crap, and Hedwig, the nine year old boy, so perfectly that it makes the whole movie. You’ll also see some of the other personalities and James McAvoy nails each and every one of them making this movie more believable.

Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.

If you’re a fan of M. Night Shayamalan you are going to love this movie. It is seriously his best movie and should not be missed. Let’s not forget about the fact that James McAvoy plays this amazing role that he just nails each and every scene. Even if you’re not a fan of M. Night Shayamalan, I would say that this movie is still a must watch. It’s an amazing psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the very end and sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait and see what’s going to happen next.


The Secret Life of Pets Review

The Secret Life of Pets

Being the dog person that I am, when I see a cute animated movie about a dog, I just can’t pass it up. I was pleasantly surprised that this movie made its way onto Netflix as quick as it did, but I guess a lot of animation movies are doing this lately. Anyway, I figured why not make this my Saturday night movie since I really didn’t have anything else to watch.

Ever wonder what your animals do when you’re not home? Are they sitting there at the door waiting for you to come home even though it’s hours upon hours later when you finally return home? Or are they doing their own thing? Maybe they’re getting into things they aren’t supposed to or maybe they’re off having adventures of their own. This movie will show you the life of Max, played by Louis C.K., an extremely pampered little dog who just adores his owner Katie, played by Ellie Kemper. Max lives a nice life of trying to get his owner to never leave him before waiting patiently for her return each and every day. During the course of this he’ll get some visits from his apartment building friends who have also been left by their owners for the day. Max’s whole world will be turned upside down though when Katie decides to bring home Duke, played by Eric Stonestreet. Max and Duke won’t get along and it’ll lead them into an interesting adventure throughout the course of the movie.

I really liked this movie. I thought it was cute and funny and really had everything that an animation movie should have. It was also touching and had a life lesson in there as well. Basically what I got from the movie was that at first you might not like someone, but you really don’t know where they came from and why they are the way they are. When you get to truly understand that person you see them in a new light. Being an animation movie, it was super uplifting and had the ultra happy ending that every animation movie has even if there is a little sadness thrown in there for good measure to show that not everything is always rainbows and butterflies.

The voice acting in this movie was top notch and really made the movie. Louis C.K. is the obvious star as well as Eric Stonestreet, but the supporting cast of characters was pretty damn awesome as well. Keven Hart plays this little demented bunny Snowball who wants to see the demise of all humans after his magician owner gets rid of him when no one wants to see him pull Snowball out of a hat anymore and Jenny Slate (who I think is brilliant in Bob’s Burgers) does an awesome job of playing Gidget the little dog across the street who is in love with Max but too afraid to tell him. Everyone who was in this movie was actually really great and it really made the movie.

Overall I give this movie a 4 out of 5.

A little slow at times, I felt a couple of places dragged or were over done, but an overall great experience and a really great movie. If you have kids, this is a must watch movie even though you’ll probably be regretting it when they ask you to watch the movie 100 times again. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s a cool little movie to sit back and relax to watch. Have a couple of laughs, a couple of heart warming moments and maybe even learn a lesson. Depending on how you feel about animation movies, I would way to give this one a try. It’s not an adult movie, but not all movies have to be.