NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Let’s Be Cops (Directed by Luke Greenfield) is a very funny movie. The film has plenty of funny jokes that will keep you entertained for the duration of the film. Jake M. Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. have great chemistry, much like they do on the t.v. show New Girl. Rob Riggle was also very funny as one of the cops that believed they were cops for almost the entire time. The film follows two thirty year old roommates, Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans), who are getting nowhere with their lives. Ryan was going to go pro in football until he was injured, and Justin is a game designer at a company that won’t listen to his ideas. One day, Ryan mistakes a masquerade reunion for a costume party (in June) and the two friends dress as cops. People believe they’re cops and they get a little bit overwhelmed with the power they have (Ryan even buys a police car) and end up getting involved with the mob. The film tried to become a gritty action movie towards the end, which hurt the movie quite a bit, the scenes weren’t as entertaining, and they were much less funny. Most of the scenes before that, however, are very funny. The plot twists were obvious, but that’s fine since it was a comedy movie. For fans of the leads, or just anyone looking for a good laugh, check out Let’s Be Cops, you won’t regret it.
DIDN’T SEE IN 3D, PROBABLY NOT REQUIRED
GREAT IN RPX
Guardians of the Galaxy (directed by James Gunn) is what any amazing superhero movie should be, funny, action packed, it has great characters, and the special effects are superb. The performances were great for all of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Chris Pratt gave a hilarious and dramatic performance as the main man, Peter Quill. Zoe Saldana was also great as Gamora. Vin Diesel was hilarious as Groot, even if he only said three words throughout the whole film. Bradley Cooper was also hilarious as Rocket Raccoon, he was my personal favorite Guardian. The film is part of the Avengers line of heroes so its going on after Captain America 2, just in a different galaxy. In the film Peter Quill (Starlord) finds a strange orb that ends up having extreme powers that could destroy the galaxy. The orb falls into the wrong hands and the Guardians of the Galaxy are in a prison. None of them know each other before prison, but they escape together. I’m not going to tell much more since this really is an extraordinary film. One of the best parts of the film was its humor, the film expertly combined action, drama, and humor into one package. Peter Quill’s obsession with the 80s was also extremely amusing. I was also surprised to see Michael Rooker, who many may know as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead. Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the greatest movies of the year and is definitely a must-see for Marvel fans.
Rocket: Ain’t nobody like me, ‘cept me.
NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Sharknado! 2: The Second One is a God-awful movie, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a bit of charm and a lot of hilarity in this so-bad-its-good movie. The performances are terrible, as are the effects, but the campy humor is still fresh. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back as Fin and April, but this time they’re fighting sharks in New York! Be prepared for some funny cameos and for the severed head of the statue of liberty. Although Sharknado! 2: The Second One isn’t nearly as good as the original, its still fun to have some friends over and prepare to laugh. So I advise that you sit down and get ready to scream, “What the shark??”
WORTH SEEING IN 3D? I DIDN’T SEE IT IN 3D, BUT I DOUBT IT.
WORTH SEEING IN RPX? NOT AVAILABLE IN RPX.
Hercules (Directed by Brett Ratner) is a surprisingly decent popcorn flick. When I first found out that Dwayne Johnson was going to play Hercules, I couldn’t stop laughing. In the end, I was thoroughly entertained throughout the film’s two hour run time. Dwayne Johnson gave the best performance I’ve ever seen him deliver, and the supporting characters were well done as well. Hercules’ friends were definitely one of the best parts of the film due to the fact that they were the film’s comic relief. The film takes place three years after the popular myth that we all know and love. Hercules and his team are now mercenaries and get hired by John Hurt’s character to assist Thrace in war. The plot also contains a pretty good plot twist, but I won’t put it in here. The narrative was simple, but entertaining enough to keep the audience (or at least me) interested. The dialog was was good most of the time, but suffered from some corny lines. The only real issue was that I felt it didn’t have quite enough action scenes. In most movies that wouldn’t matter, but this movie was heavily reliant on action, while the existing battles were brilliant, it would have been nice to have a few more in there. If the plot was a bit more thick it might not have been the biggest issue (although like I said, it was fine). Overall, Hercules was a good movie that really came out of nowhere.
NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Boyhood is an outstanding movie, filmed over the course of twelve years. The acting was stellar in this almost documentary feeling drama. Ethan Hawke showed his greatest performance I’ve seen him do yet, and he perfectly captured all of his character’s essence. Ellar Coltrane also did a great job, he played Mason, the protagonist, we see him grow up in a way that looks nothing but natural. The audience is carried through all of his milestones and he was great at making it seem like we were experiencing all of these milestones with him. Patricia Arquette was great as Mason’s mother (especially in a talk with her and Mason at the end of the movie) and she had great chemistry with her character’s kids. Lorelei Linklater, who was a first time actress and the director’s daughter also did a great job as the sister. Their sibling rivalry felt very real and the audience could easily sense her maturing. The film chronicled the events of a boy’s life from the age of six to eighteen, he has a sister who is two years older than him and his parents are divorced. His dad is an irresponsible parent in the beginning, but changes drastically throughout the film. His mom is constantly trying to remarry and it never goes well. It’s extremely satisfying watching him pass boyhood’s milestones, and although I haven’t passed plenty of them (I’m thirteen) I felt like I was while watching the movie. The movie’s only flaws were that it didn’t always tell you how much time had passed, which made it very difficult to know how old he was in the beginning. The movie also felt overlong at some points, besides that Boyhood was a great movie and it’s definitely worth a look.
WORTH SEEING IN 3D? Only reason
WORTH SEEING IN RPX? If you’re gonna be bored, you might as well be comfortable
Transformers: Age of Extinction (directed by Michael Bay) is a terrible film. The acting was dreadful and not even Mark Wahlberg showed more than two expressions throughout the entire film. The narrative is unfocused at best and the plot disappeared entirely towards the middle. The dialog was seemingly written by a team of ten year olds and was extremely corny. While the effects were good, they got old about 70 minutes into this 165 minute behemoth. While watching it, I could tell when the plot tried to twist on the audience, but it was all dull and predictable. The film takes place 5 years after the events of Dark of the Moon, the Autobots are being hunted by an evil government teamed up with the Decepticons. Cade (Wahlberg) is an inventor that makes zero profit and devotes his life to inventing and his daughter, Tessa (Peltz), one day he stumbles upon Optimus Prime and powers him up once again, they meet up with some new Autobots and Bumblebee to stop the Decepticons. Oh, right, the government was also apparently trying to make Megatron clones that didn’t look like him. The film also makes the mistake of killing off the only decent character 30 minutes in.To follow up on what I said about the dialog I will leave you with this:
Optimus: When you look to the stars, pick one, and think of it as my soul.
WORTH SEEING IN 3D? NO
WORTH SEEING IN RPX? YES
Dawn Of the Planet Of the Apes (directed by Matt Reeves) is an outstanding Summer Blockbuster. It is nothing like the stereotypical blockbuster (lots of blowing up, but with poor acting and story. If that’s what you want go see Transformers: Age of Extinction.) This movie is emotionally wrenching and has very, very good effects. Jason Clarke was excellent as Malcolm, who was the main protagonist (besides a motion capture Casaer). Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Gary Oldman all boasted strong supporting performances. Andy Serkis was also mind-blowing once again as Caesar, the lead ape. Serkis and the advanced technology used were able to turn a man and his expressions into the mannerisms of an ape. Motion capture is a giant step from CGI showing more realistic figures. Andy Serkis is an amazing motion capture actor and plays iconic roles in popular movies, but is still not well known. If you aren’t familiar with him, he played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Dawn takes place in 2026, which is ten years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Most of humanity has been wiped out by the Simian Flu which is a disease created in a lab in Rise. The Apes have taken over the San Francisco woods north of the city. The apes prosper and have a great ruler, Caesar, one day a human shows up to their base and it goes downhill from there. Peace is temporarily brought by Malcolm, but that doesn’t last long as you can see in the trailer. Serkis and Clarke’s chemistry was outstanding, the entire time you believed that two characters of a different species found trust in each other. Most, if not all elements of this movie are perfect and it is definitely worth a look.