Month in Movies: June

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This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

1. Serenity

This was a rewatch, and I found it to be just as amazing and heartbreaking as ever. It’s definitely a classic Whedon tragedy, and it makes me wish this series had gotten more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

2. Maleficent

I had really high hopes for this one, and it was certainly gorgeous (3D would probably be amazing if you like it). The cast was also pretty impressive. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning were standouts. The beginning was a bit slow though, and I think this hurt the movie overall. I also felt that some characters were never fleshed out (the point of the queen besides as baby mama/dream ruiner?) while others were full of back story. Also, Umbridge has become a fairy!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

3. The Fault in Our Stars

If a writer needs an example of an awesome adaptation look no further than this. So many scenes and lines in this film came directly from the book itself, and this completely captured its emotional tone as well. Although, the cast must certainly be acknowledged for their incredible performances (Ansel and Shailene were just brilliant). My only wish was that there could have been more Isaac, but that may be due to my new love for Nat Wolff.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

4. Neighbors

I don’t know why I keep watching comedies like this as I rarely enjoy them, but I still gave this a shot. Yeah…I felt that this had about 5 minutes of plot that was then recycled and repeated for the entire length of the film (bored…). Plus, I get this weird sense of realism with comedies, and I found myself finding all of the plot surrounding the baby completely unbelievable and frustrating (the parents would likely have lost custody / really frat boys with the air bags?!). However, if you have to see this Zac Efron is gorgeous.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Another rewatch (3rd time around) and again completely worth it. This is definitely one of the best Marvel movies. It’s pretty much tied with Avengers as my favorite. I love all of the plots and subplots. The social themes, the relationship between Steve/Bucky, Natasha and hints of her history, and the whole twist with SHIELD…all of it makes for a brilliant cinematic experience. I’d highly recommend this!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This was yet another rewatch, but it isn’t a movie I love as much. I did enjoy the first movie a bit more, and I think this one has some pacing/flow issues as it seemed rather choppy. However, I loved the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and I loved the addition of Harry Osborne. Overall, I think this movie had a lot of great moments, but wasn’t as strong throughout.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Halloween Marathon Guide (for the Wimpy Viewer)

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I am probably one of the oddest people in the world as Halloween is my favorite time of the year, but I am completely wimpy and I hate scary movies! So this Halloween I will be celebrating with a marathon of some of my favorite “non-scary” movies and TV episodes.

Television

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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On Halloween Buffy, Willow and Xander are “volunteered” by Principal Snyder to take groups of kids trick-or-treating. Buffy seizes the opportunity to impress Angel by dressing as a woman from the time when he was human. When most of the kids in Sunnydale magically become whatever they were dressed as, it is up to soldier-Xander and ghost-Willow to find a way to break the spell and defend Buffy, who is now a weak and frail 18th century noblewoman. – TV.com

One of not only my favorite Halloween-themed episodes, but also one of my favorite BTVS episodes. This is really a game-changer for all of the characters as they all become their opposites. It also has Dru and Spike being awesome, creepy villains, Giles showing his dark side, and adorable Buffy/Angel love.

 

Castle
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It’s close to Halloween, and a man is found murdered in a graveyard – with a stick through his heart, and sporting fangs. Castle and Beckett track the murderer to a vampire cult, all the while Castle is trying on costumes for his Halloween party – costume mandatory! – TV.com

Another delightfully fun Halloween jaunt! This episode features a freaky murder case – dealing with vampires, of course- and Castle back in Fillion’s Firefly costume. All treat there’s no trick to be found with this one!

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
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When the twins find out about a ghost in Suite 613, Zack dares Cody to sleep overnight at the suite. They make a bet of who will run out scared first. – TV.com

Can I just mention how happy I am that this show is finally on Netflix? Because it’s epic! This episode is the perfect blend of humor and spooky. It is an early episode that showcases the great comedic timing of the cast as well as the clever writing the early seasons had.

Other Episodes to Include:

Dark Angel “Boo”
Wizards of Waverly Place “Halloween”
Sabrina the Teenage Witch – Any Halloween Episode
The Vampire Diaries “Haunted”
Phil of the Future “Halloween”
NCIS “Witch Hunt”

Movies

Return to Halloweentown

Marnie and Dylan have graduated high school and are now going to go to college at Witch U in Halloweentown. Marnie is offered a full scholarship, Marni’s mother, Gwen of course does not want her daughter at school in Halloweentown so she forces Dylan to tag along. At the school, witches and warlocks can’t use magic. Marnie soon makes a new friend named Aneesa, whom is a genie. Marnie soon discovers that she is partly to blame for the rules against the use of magic at school. At one point a box, with the name “S. Cromwell” inscribed on it, magically appears in front of her. Most people at the school believe that Marnie used her magic to conjure up the box, but it was brought to her by fate.  -IMDB.com

I know a lot of people don’t like this film because they recast Marnie, but I adore Sara Paxton so I really enjoy this movie. Plus, it also has Lucas Grabeel who is marvelous in anything. While this movie may seem a bit cheesy at times, it is all in good fun, and I try to watch it every year at Halloween.

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In the magic realm of Coventry, the twin sisters Artemis and Apolla are saved by their protectors Illeana and Karsh from the Darkness and brought to another dimension. They are adopted by different families but in their twenty-first birthday, their protectors force them to meet each other. Alex Fielding lost her mother three months ago and is alone seeking a job while Camryn Barnes lives with her beloved wealthy parents. Once together they find that they have magic powers and they should return to Coventry to save their biological mother and their kingdom from the Darkness. – IMDB.com

Another fabulous Disney Channel movie that’s a little bit predictable, a lot of heart, and has the amazing Mowry sisters as the leads. The killer music video from the film – featuring Aly & AJ’s “Rush” – also provides great incentive to check the film out.

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Wren’s Halloween plans go awry when she’s made to babysit her brother, who disappears into a sea of trick-or-treaters. With her best friend and two nerds at her side, she needs to find her brother before her mom finds out he’s missing. – IMDB.com

Hilarious! Victoria Justice is always great for a comedy, but really Jackson Nicoll steals every scene he’s in (fun fact: he’s in the new Jackass movie)! This Halloween film isn’t scary at all, but it will certainly make you laugh repeatedly!

Others to Include:

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
Hotel Transylvania
Casper Meets Wendy

*Images from Google.

‘Oz’ Finds an Entirely Different Yellow Brick Road – My Thoughts

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Audiences now have a chance to return to the magical land of Oz with the new film “Oz the Great and Powerful”, which serves as a prequel, of sorts, for the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” Disney’s new story strives to explain how a cowardly and womanizing young magician named Oscar Diggs becomes the mysterious and wonderful wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, the film relies more on its subpar special effects rather than the talents of its star-studded cast or the strength of L. Frank Baum’s stories.

OZ-T-006The opening scenes of the film may startle young filmgoers with their sepia-toned visuals and a square film screen, but it is this type of moment where the film truly shines. Sam Raimi does a remarkable job of paying tribute to “The Wizard of Oz,” and the opening is the first of many beautiful examples of this. The initial scenes also give lead actor, James Franco, a chance to showcase his talent. In these early minutes, Mr. Franco allows the audience to laugh at Oscar, or Oz as he is nicknamed, to feel his desperation for greatness, and also his heartbreak as the girl he obviously cares for, played by the equally talented Michelle Williams, comes to tell him of her pending engagement. This short span of time gives him the most weighty material of the entire film, and he handles it with style.  Mr. Franco also seems much more at ease acting opposite living and breathing people rather than the animated companions that follow him for a greater portion of the film.

The fact is Disney’s new film barely qualifies as a live-action film. Oz’s two primary companions are a talking monkey, voiced by Zach Braff, and a broken china doll, voiced by Joey King, and even the three witches, each of whom play a crucial role in the land of Oz, also ozappear to have been touched up by Disney’s magical CGI wand. Like many of the characters, the landscape of Oz is also predominantly woven from visual effects. While this may allow for some extraordinary moments, it often serves to simply reinforce the fact that this story is magical, and it consistently pulls the viewer out of the story. The special effect designers do have a few shining moments, but there are far too many visuals that seem to be there just to be there. These type of visuals tend to be rather lacking. For example, the lion seen early into Oz’s visit to Oz is just sad when considering that Disney also was the company behind Aslan, the great lion in “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Sadly, there are very few shots that make Oz into something great and powerful.

The storyline suffers nearly as much as the special effects. “The Wizard of Oz” taught us that “there’s no place like home,” but at the end

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of “Oz,” the message still isn’t clear. Perhaps, the idea to take away is that some men are conniving players who exist merely to turn women into evil witches. Of course, Oz does experience an epiphany when he realizes that magic is not the only key to greatness, so maybe that is the lesson we are meant to learn. Either way, there are many missteps during this journey on the yellow-brick road.

The cast of “Oz” does its best with the lackluster material granted to them as the people behind the curtain seem to have focused all their time and money on special effects. However, this hurts the film’s performance as a whole, and leaves viewers thinking of Oz as a pretty new thing which lacks any type of substance. “Oz” may dazzle the eye, but the storyline is fragmented and unbelievable.

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Images from Google & Livejournal(I lost the link to the place where I got the trailer caps, sorry!!). 

Movie Review: The Beautiful Creatures

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Beautiful Creatures – The Film

If you have watched the trailer for this film, I hope you understand how much I wanted to see this movie. Add that gorgeous trailer to the fantastic cast, and yeah, that excitement doubles. I had read mixed reviews about the movie before I went to see it, but I tried to keep an open mind. Also, I really wanted to fall in love. I’ve tried to keep spoilers to a minimum until the spoiler warning after which all bets are off.

The Good

Beautiful_Creatures_24_608x456+The cast is amazing. Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich are Lena and Ethan. They captured the love story perfectly. Alice perfectly Beautiful-Creatures_3embodies Lena’s tragic nature but touch of humor, and Alden completely personifies the adorable, charming Southern boy Ethan. Emmy Rossum also does a fabulous job playing the deliciously evil Ridley, and Jeremy Irons is intimidating and respectful as Macon. Of course, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson both give flawless, beautiful performances as completely different characters.

+The film is gorgeous. Down to the smallest detail this film is stunning. From the costumes (Lena’s dress in THAT scene!! And wow, did you see Ridley’s costumes?) to the makeup (especially the eye makeup = gorgeous), everything is perfectly gorgeous. Plus, the scenery and the sets definitely made you feel like you were in the deep South.

+The music is perfect. Every scene flows beautiful and many are set to a hauntingly fantastical score. I’m not sure if there is a soundtrack, but if there is I would love to have it.

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+The special effects were phenomenal! Magic can sometimes be hard to portray realistically onscreen, but this film handles it with ease. I loved the writing on Lena’s walls and the spinning dinner table was fabulous, but really every moment involving something magical came across beautifully. My sister really seemed to be impressed by the changing interior of the house.

 

The Bad

-The storyline is changed…a lot. I will agree that the movie captures the essence of the story, but there are so many changes. Some BEAUTIFUL CREATURESthings I understand completely, i.e. cut for time, space, etc., but really some changes just felt forced.

-The aunts make no appearance. Ah, I love these delightful, scatter-brained aunts, and I understand why they did not make it to the film. It would have been hilarious to see them onscreen though.

-The flashbacks/story of Genevieve and Ethan were cut very short. I think there were only two(?), maybe three, in the film.

-The story of how the curse happened and what it entails changes somewhat….okay, more like a lot.

Overall, I enjoyed seeing the film. I think that it is an amazing film, but definitely not the best adaptation. Also, my sister (who has not read the book) absolutely adored the film, and I must admit I was a tiny bit jealous. I would not mind seeing it again, and I would recommend it.

 

WARNING: THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR THE FILM THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES & THE BOOK BEYOND THIS POINT!!

So now that my somewhat vague but overall positive review of the film is done, I wanted to detail some of the changes the film makes for anyone who is curious. I am relying on my memory here, so I’m sure I won’t have caught everything.

-Amma and Marian have been rolled into one character. This actually isn’t too big a deal to me, and, as changes go, I was not too bothered about this one.

-Ethan’s father never appears. I feel like this was a result of budgetary reasons, but I felt a bit cheated.

-The curse changes and the ending changes. The curse apparently only has an effect on female casters….It’s not tied to the Duchannes Beautiful Creaturesfamily anymore but to gender. Also, it can only be “broken” by Lena killing the one she loves. These events just seem more average than the unique, original story in the book. In a desperate moment, Lena also pulls a Hermione and erases Ethan’s memories of her.

-Macon and Boo. Macon’s development as a character is quite disappointing and the dog, sadly, never makes an appearance. However, Macon does have a new subplot where he was in love with Lila (Ethan’s mom).

-Sarafine is revealed quite early on in the film. The mystery of Sarafine creates some marvelous tension for readers, and it was a bit underwhelming for her identity to be revealed so early.

beautiful_creatures_wallpaper_3-Ridley. I told my sister that Ridley wasn’t completely evil (and she isn’t in the first book), but unfortunately the film version has relegated her to a one-dimensional villain (also quite cowardly at the end, not in character).

-Lena’s family is also quite changed. Her other two female cousins don’t appear, and Larkin has become a hero (whaa??).

So, yes, there are a lot of changes. I’m sure there were other things I’ve left out. Also some things that weren’t emphasized in the film or that I felt were unclear include: how Ethan’s love is protecting Lena, the importance of poetry/Lena’s poetry, and Lila’s research. It was  disappointing that the song never makes an appearance either.

CAUTION: THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPHS! 

Thoughts: The Dark Knight Rises

 

At this point, I have watched this film in theatres three times. This is rather ironic, since, after the events surrounding its premiere, I was hesitant to go see it the first time. However, I love this film franchise, and I was determined to not let the heartbreaking, tragic events surrounding it to color my thoughts about the film (I still cannot fathom how someone could do such a horrible thing though, and my heart aches for the victims and their families).

But where to begin with my thoughts on this film?
Catwoman. I have to start with her because she is easily my favorite character. I had an interesting discussion with my best friend about Catwoman, and whether or not she is truly “evil” or a “villain”. It’s complicated. Technically, Selena Kyle is a criminal, but nothing is so simple. That is what truly fascinates me. I love the complexities of her and the layers and contradictions that she creates. Plus, Anne Hathaway’s performance is truly brilliant. One moment she plays a terrified bystander only to completely transform as soon as the coast is clear. The way that Hathaway could completely change her expressions and body language to portray a completely different “person” was amazing. I will admit that I could be a *tiny* bit biased as I have always adored the character of Catwoman (I grew up watching the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West), but truly this new version of the character is my favorite.

Tom Hardy also joins the cast in this installment as the terrifying Bane. May I just mention now that his voice was just chilling but also insanely awesome. Bane, himself, I have very mixed feelings about. Obviously, the man is just evil, very evil, and I do not sympathize with the character at all. However, I found his back-story to be completely fascinating, and Tom Hardy just is a scene-stealer in anything that he is in. Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his debut in the franchise as Blake, a Batman-believing, intelligent rookie on Gotham’s police force. He is another actor I may be just a little biased towards (he is awesome!), but I do believe he does a fabulous job in this film. His character is entertaining, engaging, and a driving force for the story. Marion Cotillard is a fourth addition to the cast. I have not seen her in very much before this, but I was impressed with her performance. She has some snappy one-liners that had me laughing, and she also has a lovely accent. Can you tell I love different voices?

All of the returning actors continue to give stellar performances. Christian Bale is always perfect as Bruce Wayne/Batman and this remains true in this film. He is a talented actor, and I believe this is especially noticeable in one of his final scenes with Michael Caine (Alfred). Michael Caine is another example of excellence exemplified. His version of Alfred has more depth and emotion than any of the previous adaptations of the character. His appearances may be limited in this film, but in every scene he is in, Caine hits all of the right notes. Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman also continue to shine as Commissioner Gordon and Fox respectively. There are also some nice cameos throughout the film most noticeably Cillian Murphy as Crane and Liam Neeson as Ra’s Al Ghul.

When a film series gets to the third film, everyone wonders if it can maintain the level of excellence that it has had so far. The Dark Knight Rises definitely has no problem in that respect. It delivers a powerful story that builds nicely on the two previous installments and at the same time creates something new. Of the three films, I believe that this one has the most consistent action. It also has the most fascinating story. I could write a long post on the politics that play a significant role in the film, and the parallels that I believe can be found within the real world. The brilliance of the screenwriters and Christopher Nolan continually astounds me.

All in all, this definitely ranks as one of my favorite films of the year; it also is my favorite film of Nolan’s Batman franchise. I would definitely recommend this movie, especially for people who like a gritty, more realistic superhero film. Of course, the stellar cast is also a huge draw, and if none of this convinced you, you can watch the trailer below!


Month in Movies: June

This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

 

June 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

I wasn’t sure about this initially, but the trailer was absolutely stunning. After viewing the trailer, I had extremely high hopes about this film, but they fell flat. Yes, the movie is visually stunning, but that seems to have come with the cost of a much-lacking plot. Also, Kristen Stewart just seems to be exactly the same in every movie/show/scene, and tends to bore me. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron do manage to carry the best elements of the film completely on their shoulders, and they are both very pretty to look at. Plus, they can portray more than one emotion. Watch Mirror, Mirror instead, it’s hilarious (in a good way)!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

 

John Carter

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

This was my first rewatch of the month, and I loved it just as much the second time around. It’s funny, has an entertaining storyline, and some fantastic actors. Also, I now really want an alien dog from Mars…

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

War Horse

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert’s hopeful journey takes him out of England and across Europe as the war rages on.

I laughed the first time I saw the trailer and title. The title seems very unoriginal and the trailer just did little to tell me what the movie was about. So it took me quite awhile to actually watch this, but I did. I loved it. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and just all around stunning! I am not sure if I would watch it over and over, it just too emotionally intense, but it is well worth checking out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

 Another rewatch that I thoroughly enjoyed! Robert Downey Jr. just blows me away whenever he’s onscreen (in this or Iron Man or Avengers!), and the chemistry between him and Jude Law is perfection. Their banter and exchanges are absolutely brilliant. Throw in a devious villain, fantastic females, and a good mystery…who wouldn’t love this?!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

 Despicable Me

When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.

I put this on at work all the time because it’s hilarious, adorable, and heartwarming. It is just… “SO FLUFFY!”. Okay, sorry, couldn’t resist. Anyway, this is good, clean comedy, with a story that should make anyone “aww”.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

The Legend of Hell’s Gate

The story of how ‘Hell’s Gate’ at Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas came to have it’s name. Relive the story of how three outlaws expeditions and encounters through historical 1870s Texas were remembered for a lifetime.

The only reason I watched this film was because I saw that Summer Glau was in it, and I generally enjoy a good western. Unfortunately, Summer Glau appeared for a good five(?) minutes, and the rest of the film just bored me. I need more plot than just “shoot it up” then “run, we are in trouble”.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Blind Side

 The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

This was an unintentional rewatch, but one that is well worth it. Based on a true story, this film is full of heart. I am a sucker for a good underdog story, and this delivers that and so much more. Plus, Tim McGraw, Sandra Bullock, and Lily Collins, anyone?

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Rock of Ages

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

I wanted to fall in love with this film so badly. It has the best music, a fantastic cast, and the trailer is gorgeous! But while this movie entertained me, I didn’t love it. Some of it was just too weird *cough*TomCruise*cough*, and the plot felt like it jumped around a lot. There were some elements I loved Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, fabulous chemistry between the two of them; Julianne Hough, I’ve loved her since she was on DWTS; and Diego Boneta, I’ve seen him in other films, but now I am just IN LOVE (although not when he’s in the boy band phase!!). Plus, the music was just AMAZING! Overall, I think if you view this as a satire on the period upon which it’s based, it will be more enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow
*Buy the soundtrack though!!

21 Jumpstreet

 A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

I had my reservations about this. I hate raunchy, vulgar comedies. To me saying f*** this or that, inappropriate gestures. lewd and crude language and oversexed scenes just isn’t funny. It’s annoying and boring to me. Give me the wit of The Importance of Being Earnest or the humor of Despicable Me and I’m happy. I heard so many good opinions of this film, so I thought I would try it. While it did have a few humorous scenes, overall it just seemed crude. It just wasn’t for me. Channing Tatum remains gorgeous though!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Brave

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. 

After a disappointing month of “Movie Mondays”, I had very high hopes for Brave. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t what I got. Brave was full of cliched storylines, nudity (animated but still, the theatre was FULL of little kids), and underwhelming moments. Ultimately, it’s a Scottish remake of Brother Bear renamed Mother Bear with a little bit of fairy tale elements mixed in.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

This has been quite the disappointing month for new releases! July is looking much better though (The Amazing Spider Man, Dark Knights Rises, People Like Us, Katy Perry: Part of Me, etc!).

Month in Movies: April/May

This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

April 2012

Due to the high number of movies these months (and laziness), I am not including images for all of the movies featured.

We Bought a Zoo

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

This was a rewatch, and I fell in love with it all over again!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy (I did!)

The Debt

1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.

Since this movie had such a stellar cast, I was definitely expecting a lot out of it. Unfortunately, I just found it to be rather slow moving, somewhat boring. This was a letdown for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Mirror, Mirror

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

This was such a unique, entertaining take on the Snow White fairy tale. I love how they took the basics of the story and spun it into something different. The acting is perfect and the story should entertain anyone!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Abduction

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Once again a rewatch. I actually got a good deal on this at work, so I bought it. I still found it to be an entertaining film, although I have yet to understand all of the fuss about Taylor Lautner. Lily Collins is brilliant though!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Life As We Know It

Two single adults become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident.

This is by far my favorite “chick flick”. It is heartbreaking, beautiful, and adorably cute! If you haven’t seen it, you are missing out. Also, Katherine Heigl + romantic comedy = almost always good!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

The Hunger Games

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

I actually meant to write-up an entire review for this film, but since there were so many out, and I was having trouble articulating my thoughts, I decided not to. Anyhow, even though this was the second time I saw it, I still am a bit torn regarding how I feel. I think, overall, that the writers/producers/etc. stayed true to the story, but it did not have the emotional connection that the books had. I just had trouble “clicking” with the film. Most of the casting was fantastic. Jennifer Lawrence was perfection, and Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland were brilliant. I still am not pleased with Lenny Kravitz as Cinna (just does not work) or Liam Hemsworth as Gale (might work, but hard to tell).

Rating: ?? out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Kelly’s Heroes 

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

I was on a Donald Sutherland kick after watching Hunger Games, and I heard this was a good one. Plus, there are also a ton of other great actors in this film. It was absolutely hilarious and entertaining, although it was also really long.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Grown-Ups

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

During one of my classes for school we had to watch this film (then write a paper about the friendships in it). I am not a big Adam Sandler fan, so I was expecting not to like this, however, I actually found it to be quite funny and actually enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Stardust

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

So, I have been interested in seeing this since it was released, but for some reason I hadn’t. When I finally watched it, I fell in love. It is a bit of an offbeat fantasy that is humorous, romantic, and unique. I completely loved it, and I cannot wait until I have extra money and can buy myself a copy! And BEN BARNES appears in the first ten-ish minutes (did you know I am IN LOVE with him!!)!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Whip It

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

This is another film that I have been wanting to see, but that I never actually watched. I enjoyed this one as well, and Ellen Page was amazing, as always! The peek into the world of roller derby was quite cool as well.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

The Conspirator

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

I brought this one home by chance. The trailer looked interesting, and it stars James McAvoy (another amazing actor!). This film was phenomenal! I was completely wowed. It is a heartbreaking look at an injustice of history, a must watch.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Haywire

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. 

This was another movie that I watched primarily because of the cast, and, yet again, I was letdown. Ultimately, I was just completely bored. The story does not even start to make sense until about halfway through, and, by that point, I just didn’t care about the characters or the story.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

May 2012

 The Lucky One

 A Marine travels to Louisiana after serving three tours in Iraq and searches for the unknown woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

My sister and I went to see this for my birthday! I have liked Zac Efron since High School Musical, and I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks. Therefore, it is no big leap that I went to see this. Unsurprisingly, I had read the book before going to see the film, and I was not a big fan. I was hoping that they would change some of the low points for the film, which they did a little bit. Overall, I thought this was enjoyable, but I did not love it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Love & Other Drugs

A woman suffering from Parkinson’s befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer against 1990s Pittsburgh backdrop.

I had heard pretty good things about this film, and it has Anne Hathaway. It did not really work for me. My sister and I ended up shutting it off after about 20-30 minutes, because the only thing that happened was sex. I am okay with sex to a point, but this film felt like it lacked a whole lot of plot besides “ooh let’s have sex”, which was just boring.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Across the Universe

The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

After being introduced to the Beatles by one of my professors, I can finally understand why they have become such a phenomenon. This film was fantastic. It is so representative of the Beatles lifestyle and music and of the time period that it existed within. All around it was a remarkable film, although also rather sad.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

House Bunny

Finding family. Shelley Darlingson was raised in an orphanage, finally happy when she blossoms into a fox and moves into the Playboy Mansion. Unfortunately, she’s summarily expelled on her 27th birthday(she’s now too old). In desperation she takes a job as house mother for a sorority of misfits losing their house for lack of members. They have but a few months to find 30 pledges, or a sorority of mean girls will take over their place. Shelley figures that girls will pledge a house that boys find interesting, so she sets out to make the Zetas alluring, not act too smart, and host great parties. Can she succeed, and what about her own makeover? Sabotage is everywhere, plus it’s hard to be one’s self. 

My sister has been trying to get me to watch this forever, but I kept resisting. After falling in love with Anna Faris in What’s Your Number, I decided to give this a chance. It actually was a hilarious, heartwarming film with a fantastic cast. Anyone looking for a slightly different romantic comedy would like this.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Mirror, Mirror (2) 

 An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

This was another rewatch, which I absolutely enjoyed both times! After seeing it with my best friends, I took my mom to see it as well (she loved it too!). Then my best friend, Fig, and I saw this (and Hunger Games) at the drive-in! It is hilarious, funny, and a really good film. Plus, the costumes were GORGEOUS!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

One for the Money

Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

I liked this about the same the second time around. It was a bit more serious than I expected, but I appreciated it for that. It had some great comedy, but also a good story.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

The Hunger Games

Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

See above. 😉

The Avengers

Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.

I was so excited to see this film! I saw almost all of the “prequels” for this when they were in theatres, and I really enjoyed them. So, I was definitely looking forward to this movie, and it totally and completely blew me away! It was action-packed, hilarious, and just hilarious. Watching the credits I remembered that it was written and directed by Joss Whedon, and I just went “Duhh, no wonder that was amazing!” But yes, GO SEE THIS MOVIE! I am now rooting for a Black Widow/Hawkeye crossover film. I fell in love with them, and I really want to see their story.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

  Dark Shadows

 An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

Weird. Just weird. The cast is awesome, but the movie just weird. WHEN DID THE WEREWOLF THING HAPPEN? It just seemed totally random. The special effects for the ghosts were cool though.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Battleship

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

I was not expecting much from this, although the eye-candy is worth going for at least. This turned out to be a pretty good movie. Not something I will buy or be in love with, but it was definitely worth watching and I might watch it again.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Gone

When her sister disappears, Jill is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.

I wanted to see this in theatres, but the chance never materialized. Anyhow, I jumped at the opportunity to watch it on dvd, and I am so glad I did. This is an amazing film! It is so suspenseful, and I was kept guessing for the entire movie. I can’t really say much without giving anything away, but, yes, this is a definite must-watch!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

X-Men: First Class

In 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

Yet another rewatch, but one that is well worth it. To begin with, the cast for this is amazing: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender….!! This movie completely makes up for the mess that was X-Men: The Last Stand. Love it!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Torn so either!

The Bourne Identity

A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia.

I saw the trailer for The Bourne Legacy in theatres recently, and I really want to see it. I figured it would make sense to see the first three beforehand, and Matt Damon is a pretty amazing actor. I really enjoyed this. It was full of action, Matt Damon is gorgeous, and it was just an interesting story. I will definitely be checking out the next movie!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Seven Days in Utopia

After a disastrous debut on the pro circuit, a young golfer finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas and welcomed by an eccentric rancher.

I have been planning to watch this forever, and I have taken it home from work to watch at least two or three times. This time it finally worked out, and I was able to watch this enjoyable film. It is a heartwarming story, and has some lovely casting choices (I am a huge fan of Robert Duvall, and the female lead is Jessica in True Blood).

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Month in Movies: March

This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

March 2012

5th Quarter

Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke’s number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.

I enjoyed this movie, but it was so very sad. It had such a tragic story, which may make it not a good pick for repeat watching. It had a lot of good points, although it dragged at times.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Footloose

City kid Ren MacCormack moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.

This was another re-watch, and I think I liked it even more this time. I will admit when I first saw it I was disappointed that it is not a true musical, especially since I had just seen the stage version, but upon rewatching it I found that I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Like Crazy

A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.

I was not even completely sure what this film was about, but I loved the cover and the cast. It is definitely a unique film, and I think that it may have trouble finding an audience. I, however, thoroughly enjoyed it. It was realistic and romantic, and the ambiguity at the ending makes for a fascinating discussion.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Main Street

Several residents of a small Southern city whose lives are changed by the arrival of a stranger with a controversial plan to save their decaying hometown. In the midst of today’s challenging times, each of the colorful citizens of this close-knit North Carolina community, will search for ways to reinvent themselves, their relationships and the very heart of their neighborhood.

I am still feeling underwhelmed by this movie. It felt like a movie that was building to something for so long, but in the end not a whole lot happened. There were some interesting elements, I liked the romantic subplots. A good movie, but at the same time rather boring.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

The Artist

Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

 There was so much buzz about this, and, of course, it swept the Oscars, but I had trouble understanding why. After all, this is a silent film. One of my best friends, however, convinced me to see it, and I am so glad she did. This was a beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking, and truly gorgeous film that I would highly recommend for everyone to see at least once. It is exceedingly strange to watch a silent film, but this one is done excellently.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow but after definitely BUY!

Raise Your Voice

A girl from a small town heads to the big city of Los Angeles to spend the summer at a performing arts high school.

Once again a re-watch. This is probably my favorite Hilary Duff story. It has a fantastic romance, a lovely coming-of-age story, and a struggle with grief. Plus there is some wonderful music, the soundtrack is a must buy as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

My Week With Marilyn

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

I was actually expecting this to be more exciting than it was. It had a perfect cast, with beautiful acting. Michelle Williams was absolutely stunning and played Marilyn Monroe like a natural. I was hoping Emma Watson would have a bit larger of a role, but it was still nice to see her in something new. Overall, this was an interesting film, but not really an exciting one.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

The Descendants

A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

In comparison to My Week With Marilyn, I actually enjoyed this one even more than I expected to. George Clooney was enjoyable and did well, as always, but I was especially impressed with Shailene Woodley. The story was not quite what I expected, but in a good way. I loved the complexity and the twists-and-turns of it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Not sure

Saving Winston

When a troubled teen is forced to leave a self-destructive lifestyle, she discovers an abandoned horse along her journey to redemption. Will temptation from the dark shadows of her past lead her astray or will her newfound love of God and a rescue horse help her find salvation?

I cannot say much about this one. The way it is shot is rather strange. The angles and point-of-view are often…unique. It was rather boring, and I will admit that we shut it off after the first twenty minutes.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Coyote Ugly

Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.

I was not sure what I was expecting of this, but I definitely enjoyed it immensely more. I thought this was going to be a rather risque, bar movie, but really it was a thoughtful coming-of-age story. Plus there was a lovely romantic subplot and I wonderful father and daughter relationship.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

John Carter

Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

I had absolutely no idea what this was about before I went to see it, but I found it to be absolutely wonderful. It was interesting, clever, and so much fun! There were some similarities between this and Prince of Persia, so I would say if you liked one you will like the other. In my opinion, however, this one is a much better film (which is saying something since I did enjoy Prince of Persia). Plus it has Taylor Kitsch!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

From Time to Time

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

I picked this up based more on the cast and interesting summary, rather than any actual knowledge about the film. I mean it has Maggie Smith!! Not to mention fellow Harry Potter alum, Timothy Spall. That was really my ultimate reason for checking this out, and it was definitely worth it. I loved the mystery and the combination of two different stories and worlds. It was absolutely fantastic.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Month in Movies: February

This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

February 2012

I Am Number 4

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

This was actually a re-watch that I put in one evening at work. It’s an action-y, fun, adventurous film with the gorgeous Alex Pettyfer in the lead, so at the very least it has some eye-candy. Glee’s Dianna Agron co-starts, which is definitely switching it up a bit, genre-wise. Overall, this is an enjoyable, albeit predictable, film.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Warrior’s Heart

In shock and denial over his Marine father’s death in battle, star Lacrosse player Conor Sullivan, always a maverick and a hothead, starts acting out in self-destructive ways that have his mom, Claire, at her wit’s end. But arduous training in a wilderness Lacrosse camp under the tutelage of his dad’s old combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne, opens Conor’s eyes to the true meaning of maturity, sportsmanship and manhood. 

This was a movie that I really wanted to like, but ended up feeling like something I had already seen. I did enjoy watching Ashley Green and Kellan Lutz play love interests (insert the Twilight-cheating jokes here). A good film, but at the same time it’s clichéd.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close

 A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Wow! Powerful, emotional, heartbreaking, haunting…those are just a few of the adjectives I could use to describe this film. It was everything I expected and so much more. This is not a film easily commented on or explained. I would say you just have to see it for yourself.

Warning: This is the first film that I feel I should attach a warning to. This film has subject matter that is extremely triggering. Obviously, for people still unable to watch footage from 9/11, I would caution them before seeing this. What was unexpected, however, is that the film also has some weighty plotlines that deal with self-injury/self-harm and suicide. So just be cautious if you are easily triggered.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow*
*This one may be a film many people will have a hard time watching more than once. I know I would have trouble sitting through it again, because it is so emotionally intense.

Sherlock Holmes

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England. 

I absolutely adore the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films. I only recently discovered them, and this is the second time I have watched this one. It remains just as entertaining, engaging, and witty as the first time!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

In Time

 In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage – a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.

Initially I was not sure if I wanted to see this one, but my sister and I ended up seeing it in theatres. We both loved it, so when it came out on dvd I borrowed it from work and re-watched it. Excellent plot, with a stunning cast (Alex Pettyfer, Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Matt Bomer, just to name a few!).

Buy or Borrow: Buy

The Vow

A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again. 

I have been planning to see this from the moment I first watched the trailer. It was even better than I expected. It’s beautiful and funny, but also heartbreaking and realistic. I adored this, and would love to see it again!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: BUY!

One for the Money

 Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

This ended up being a little bit different than I expected. I went into it assuming it would be purely a “chick-flick”, but it actually had a lot more depth and action to it. Katherine Heigl is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses (I love her as a brunette, too!). I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

 

Month in Movies: January

 

This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

January 2012

We Bought a Zoo 

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

I thought this looked cute & enjoyable, and it definitely was. But it also had a lot of heart and depth to it. I loved it!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: BUY!

Crazy, Stupid, Love

A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. 

The trailer for this was hilarious, and it had both Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone. When I finally watched it, however, I found myself to be quite bored for the most part. There was a killer twist at the end though, which kind of made up for the rest of it.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

Star Wars Trilogy (Original)
Episodes IV, V, VI

IV: Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
V: While Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.
VI: After rescuing Han Solo from the palace of Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels attempt to destroy the Second Death Star, while Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back to the Light Side of the Force.

These are my all-time favorite movies & they are still just as amazing as I remember!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

New Year’s Eve

The lives of several couples and singles in New York intertwine over the course of New Year’s Eve.

I really enjoyed Valentine’s Day, so I was definitely looking forward to a new ensemble piece. I think I fell in love with this movie even more! Garry Marshall is an amazing director, and the cast that they brought together for this was amazing!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

What’s Your Number?

A woman looks back at the past twenty men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. 

I wasn’t sure if this was something I was going to enjoy, but my sister wanted to see it, so I went along. IN LOVE! Anna Faris & Chris Evans play off of each other excellently, and I adored the dynamic between their characters. Hilarious, albeit a little adult (language & nudity), movie!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Joyful Noise

G.G. Sparrow faces off with her choir’s newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, over the group’s direction as they head into a national competition.

I admire & enjoy Keke Palmer as an actress, so combine her with Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah and that’s something to see. Then of course you add in the hilarious moments, some great music, a hot guy, and a surprising scene stealer, how will you not enjoy this movie? I was slightly disappointed in some random moments that pulled the viewer at of the film, and underdeveloped storylines otherwise a fantastic film.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

Courageous

When a tragedy strikes close to home, four police officers struggle with their faith and their roles as husbands and fathers; together they make a decision that will change all of their lives.

I saw the trailer for this when I went to see Soul Surfer last year, and knew it was going to be worth watching. I am amazed by the way this film took the world by storm, and surprised everyone by its success. Every bit of the attention it received was 100% worth it. This is an amazing, heartbreaking, but heartwarming movie. I am so proud that it has shown the big movie companies that a Christian film can by successful. After watching this I had chills, the good kind.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

50/50

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

I was looking forward to this one. The trailer looked good, so I decided to check it out. I absolutely adored the relationship between Adam & Katherine. The dynamic and chemistry they had was so nice to watch. The friendship between Adam & Kyle was also pretty good. The rest of the movie, although somewhat interesting, was also fairly boring. The movie seemed to drag a lot.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

King Arthur

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. 

I have seen this movie several times, but each time I watch it I realize again how much I love it! Perhaps it is a bit unbelievable in ways, a lot of people do not like Guinevere fighting, but I think it is totally kick-ass!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy!!