Tweet-Sized Reviews of 15 Movies

Here’s some brief thoughts on the last bunch of movies I’ve seen in the past month or so. We don’t normally watch this many movies in so short a span of time, but Family Video gave us 50% all rentals for 2 weeks. Needless to say, we took advantage.

The Internship ~ Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
The Internship

Vaughn is slick and Wilson sentimental, but they can’t quite recreate the Wedding Crashers magic. Trailer steals the best laughs. Still, not as bad as you heard.

 

 

Bad Grandpa ~ 4 out of 5

Bad Grandpa

Funniest movie I’ve seen all year. Hilariously disturbing, but the laughs are earned. Reminiscent of Borat, might be better.

 

 

 
The Winter Soldier ~ 4.5 out of 5

The Winter Soldier

Superior to the First Avenger. Laughs & action. Cold War vibe. Captain America & Black Widow are a fun pairing. Fury is boss. Hail Hydra!

 

 

 

Star Trek Into Darkness (re-watch) ~ First viewing: 5 out of 5; Rewatch: 4 out of 5
Star Trek Into Darkness

Loved this after seeing it in the theater, but upon re-watch, it didn’t grab me quite as strongly. Actually prefer the 2009 reboot now.

I realized after the fact that this wasn’t really a review, so here’s my review upon rewatching (warning – Spoilers):

Sleek, with less lens-flare porn than last time. Cast is fun. Khan steals the show. Emotions, but Kirk’s death head-fake is a weak climax.

 

Delivery Man ~ 3.5 out of 5
Delivery Man

Not really a comedy, though there are a few laughs. Effective drama with a comedic star, unlike Admission. Disclosure: Vince Vaughn fan.

 

 

Homefront ~ 1.5 out of 5
Homefront

Jason Stratham beats people. You’ve seen this before. Save your money – here’s the best scene.

 

 

Admission ~ 1.5 out of 5

Admission

Paul Rudd + Tina Fey = a movie with no laughs. Not great as a drama either. Huge disappointment.

 

 

 

Mud ~ 4.5 out of 5
Mud

Gripping, intense movie centering on the relationship between 2 boys and a drifter with unknown motives. McConaughey is amazing.

 

 

Runner Runner ~ 2 out of 5
Runner Runner

Some good scenes but ultimately I predicted how it would go down 10 minutes in. Forced happy ending.

 

 

Rush ~ 4.5 out of 5
Rush

Intense action and great characterization creates a spectacle hard to look-away from. Watch out though – that epilogue is a gut-punch.

 

 

About Time ~ 4 out of 5
About Time

Fun movie with heart. The time travel mechanic introduces some great, non-formulaic twists. Not a standard McAdams rom-com.

 

 

Draft Day ~ 2.5 out of 5
Draft Day

Closely follows a wheeling & dealing NFL GM on draft day. Fun and tense, but an unrealistic ending and tacked-on romance forces a punt.

 

 

Days of Future Past ~ 5 out of 5
Days of Future Past

Fun, packed with action & laughs. Cast is magic. These Sentinels are not from the 90s cartoon! Quicksilver is boss! Best trick – undoing X3.

 

 

The Edge of Tomorrow ~ 4 out of 5
Edge of Tomorrow

Groundhogs Day + Matrix. Spectacular action. The comedy took me completely by surprise. Really fun movie. Don’t skip if you hated Oblivion.

 

 

3 Days to Kill ~ 1 out of 5
3 Days to Kill

Flimsy story logic, a father-daughter relationship that we don’t care about, and a contrived ending. There are better ways to kill time.

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