“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Release Date: April 4, 2014

Well, we have our frontrunner for Best Movie of the year. Marvel continues its dominance in the movie industry and from the looks of their future projects; they will remain at the top of the entertainment business for a long, long time. Granted, this is the only film I have seen from this year so far, but in order for another movie to climb above “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on my Top 20 list, its going to have to go all out and put everything on the line…which from the looks of the preview of “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” we will be witnessing one heavyweight bout that will go the full distance.

Back to Cap, this movie has it all. Some of the best hand to hand combat that I have seen in a film in a while now and thus, Captain America shows off a whole new skill set that we have not been able to witness in his previous movies. The storyline provides you with many twists and turns that will more than likely catch you completely off guard if you have been following this franchise since “Iron Man.” There is constant action in nearly every scene that will have you on the edge of your seat saying wow (or some expletives in some cases) over and over again. Throw in some subtle comedy sprinkled in all throughout the film as well as some of the most dramatic scenes so far in the franchise and I do not know what more you can ask for in a movie.

Chris Evans has the Captain America persona down to almost perfection and his chemistry with Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson grows even more in this installment. Scarlett Johansson is back playing as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and she is hotter than ever. As Mugatu would say while he is watching this film, “It’s that damn Johansson! She’s so hot right now!” Samuel L. Jackson continues to be a complete badass on the big screen as Director Nick Fury. A new hero joins in on the action of helping Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff on their mission as Anthony Mackie plays as Sam Wilson / Falcon. The new “villain,” The Winter Soldier, may soon be reaching the popularity level of the trickster himself, Loki, after Sebastian Stan’s portrayal will be able to let Marvel go in many different directions in how they want to handle their storylines and such. The great Robert Redford graces us with his presences and certainly brings it as well.

All in all, this is a film that I could watch on a continuous loop. It was worth every penny to go see in the theater.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Chris Evans…………….Steve Rogers / Captain America
Samuel L. Jackson……..Director Nick Fury
Scarlett Johansson……..Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Robert Redford………..Alexander Pierce
Sebastian Stan…………Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie……….Sam Wilson / Falcon
Cobie Smulders……….Maria Hill

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“Thor: The Dark World”

“Thor: The Dark World”

Release Date: November 8, 2013

So “Thor: The Dark World” will most definitely be one of the top movies of 2013. This movie is absolutely fantastic and it is by far the best superhero movie of the year. “Iron Man 3” and “The Wolverine” are awesome as well, but they do not even come close to matching what “Thor: The Dark World” brought to the table. It is rare to find a sequel that is better than the original, but that is not the case here.

In the short amount of time that Chris Hemsworth has been in the acting industry, his role as Thor has shot him into stardom in just three short years. Natalie Portman plays a much larger role in this sequel and she certainly does put her charm out there for everyone to see. Tom Hiddleston, or as most of you know him as, Loki, steals the show yet again. Loki has got to be one of the most likeable supervillians that has been on the big screen. Loki’s trickery and the way that Hiddleston is able to convey Loki’s intentions are flawless. Does not get much better than watching Jaimie Alexander kicks some major butt as Sif either. Hopefully in the near future, Sif can have her own film dedicated to her story. The rest of the cast are phenomenal themselves.

Pretty much every single type of emotion can be found in this action/adventure. I would have to say that are more instances throughout this film where you will be laughing than you would be in a movie that is suppose to be a full out “comedy.” The writers did a wonderful job in inserting the one-liners and physical comedy into the script. With the looks of the rest of the Marvel movies that will soon be coming out, you all will be able to witness first hand in “Thor: The Dark World,” more dark storylines and tragedies that will for sure hit home to those who love to connect with their favorite characters on the big screen. All the combat scenes are well choreographed with pristine accuracy, the CGI effects do not go overboard and there are very few flaws in the movie, if any, that I recognized while watching.

The storyline is the basic superhero vs. supervillain one, with Thor taking on Malekith, who is the ruler of the Dark Elves in the realm known as Svartalfheim.

I really hope every gets a chance to go to the theatre to check this film out as it is worth every single penny. Be sure to stay during the credits as well as there will be a few surprises and a short scene that leads into future endeavors in the Marvel world.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast

Chris Hemsworth…………….Thor

Natalie Portman………………Jane Foster

Tom Hiddleston……………..Loki

Anthony Hopkins…………….Odin

Christopher Eccleston……….Malekith

Jaimie Alexander…………….Sif

Zachary Levi…………………Fandral

Ray Stevenson……………….Volstagg

Idris Elba…………………….Heimdall

Rene Russo………………….Frigga

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“Captain Phillips”

“Captain Phillips”

Release Date: October 11, 2013

It seems like over the past couple of years Tom Hanks has not been on the big screen all that often. Sure there is “Cloud Atlas” from last year, but you have to go all the way back to 2006 before we reach a blockbuster film starring Hanks…not counting the animated film “Toy Story 3” from 2010 though. But, whenever us fans are starting to ask ourselves, “Where has Tom been?”, he comes out of nowhere and shows everyone in the world why he is one of the best actors of all time. You really cannot ask for a better performance than the one that Hanks provides us with as he plays Captain Phillips.

Since this film is based on a true story and since I am not very familiar with the actual story from back in 2009, I cannot say if there are any discrepancies (which surely there are because every movie ever made BASED on a true story has their differences) worth mentioning at this time. Ever since seeing the preview for this film for the first time, I knew that this was going to be a great movie to check out in theaters. It is always easier to spend the ridiculous price of a movie ticket when you know those films that you attend at the theater are going to be an enjoyable watch.

The story is about the 2009 hijacking of the American cargo ship, Maersk Alabama, near the Far East coast of Somalia. Captain Phillips and the crew run the standard countermeasures drills in order to prepare for the chance of an attack, but in the middle of one of the drills, two small blimps appear on the radar. A few minutes later, the Captain and the crew’s fears all come to life as they must now try and fight off the pirates that want to take over their ship. One slight factor that is against the crew of the Maersk Alabama, they have no weapons aboard the ship. If the crew is unsuccessful, will they have the opportunity to see another day? The director/writers of this film portray Somalis as people who are empty-headed and are not able to figure simple things out. That is really my only knock about this film as this is simply a film that is pulsating and one that I will enjoy watching over and over again.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast

Tom Hanks………………Captain Richard Phillips

Barkhad Abdi……………Muse

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“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”

Release Date: September 27, 2013

This animated comedy started off a little slow for me, but then my interest level started growing and growing the more into the movie. There are a few parts that will have you sporting a grin and quite possibly a little chuckle, but most of the time the jokes go a little overboard in trying to draw a laugh. Still, this is a film that would be an enjoyable to watch when you have some extra time on your hands.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Bill Hader………Flint Lockwood
Anna Faris………Sam Sparks
James Caan……..Tim Lockwood
Will Forte………Chester V
Andy Samburg…Brent McHale

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“Prisoners”

“Prisoners”

Release Date: September 20, 2013

So Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal should most definitely team up to make more films in the future as this drama about two little girls being kidnapped and a father and a detective doing whatever it takes to find the girls before time runs out. Even though the film is near two and a half hours long, the interest level never drops off one bit. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) has a 100% case solving rate, but this particular kidnapping case will push him to his very limit. The father of one of the girls who is kidnapped, Keller Dover (Jackman), decides that he is not just going to sit around and do nothing and ends up taking the law into his own hands. Detective Loki and Keller will butt heads while they both are out to find Keller’s little girl.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Hugh Jackman…………Keller Dover
Jake Gyllenhaal………..Detective Loki
Maria Bello……………Grace Dover
Terrance Howard……..Franklin Birch
Viola Davis……………Nancy Birch
Melissa Leo…………..Holly Jones

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“The Family”

“The Family”

Release Date: September 13, 2013

Even though Robert De Niro did the impossible in this mafia crime comedy/thriller in that he snitched on his “family,” and now he and his own personal family must continue to relocate in the witness protection program. With most families that go into witness protection, moving just once will do the trick, but for a mob boss, it is kind of hard to just give up your particular type of mafia lifestyle. With De Niro at the helm and Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo seemingly working perfectly with one another as the Blake family, we are able to reminisce along with De Niro as a bunch of memories from his career are brought back and reminding us why Robert De Niro is one of the best actors of all time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Robert De Niro……………..Fred Blake
Michelle Pfeiffer…………..Maggie Blake
Dianna Agron……………..Belle Blake
John D’Leo……………….Warren Blake
Tommy Lee Jones………..Robert Stansfield

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“Riddick”

“Riddick”

Release Date: September 6, 2013

Watching Vin Diesel fight obvious CGI alien creatures for half a movie is almost guaranteed to lose a lot of people’s interest. This story took eternity for anything worth while to actually happen. Some of the action/fight scenes are pretty cool, but other than that, this movie is mediocre at best. Katee Sackhoff has the best line of the film and I am sure you will recognize what that line is when you are watching.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Vin Diesel………Riddick
Jordi Mollá……..Santana
Matt Nable……..Boss Johns
Katee Sackhoff….Dahl
Dave Bautista……Diaz

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