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
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
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
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
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
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
Jason Stratham beats people. You’ve seen this before. Save your money – here’s the best scene.
Admission ~ 1.5 out of 5
Paul Rudd + Tina Fey = a movie with no laughs. Not great as a drama either. Huge disappointment.
Mud ~ 4.5 out of 5
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
Some good scenes but ultimately I predicted how it would go down 10 minutes in. Forced happy ending.
Rush ~ 4.5 out of 5
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
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
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
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
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
Flimsy story logic, a father-daughter relationship that we don’t care about, and a contrived ending. There are better ways to kill time.