“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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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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Release Date: August 30, 2013

Unless you are a fan of ridiculously bad dialogue and watching a ton of cars crash in each scene, then stay far away from this flick. While the plot is kind of appealing at the start, it quickly dissipates just a few scenes in. There is barely any character development whatsoever and this might have been the easiest payday that Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight has ever had by being in a film.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Ethan Hawke…………Brent Magna
Selena Gomez……….The Kid
Jon Voight…………..The Voice

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“Closed Circuit”

“Closed Circuit”

Release Date: August 28, 2013

Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall star in this crime drama about two ex-lovers who are on the same defense team for a very high profile case where an alleged terrorist blew up an entire block of the city and killing nearly two hundred innocent civilians in the process of the suicide bomb. Martin Rose and Claudia Simmons-Howe (Bana and Hall) must set aside their past differences if they are going to be able to work effectively on the case. When they both start digging into the details of the case, the results they find will force them to realize that maybe the government that they are working for, is not really abiding by its own rules.

The movie starts out a little slow, but it really picks up in the middle, but then it slowly dies off towards the end…so just like a typical mediocre movie basically. Bana and Hall form an okay duo on screen, but nothing memorable. There is just not that much to say about this film because nothing really jumped out and impressed me while watching. I am sure most of us have seen this type of storyline numerous of times, whether it be in other films or on a television show where the main character/s realize something that they probably should have seen years before and then they do everything they can to make things right.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Eric Bana……………………….Martin Rose
Claudia Simmons-Howe……..Rebecca Hall
Ciarán Hinds…………………Devlin
Jim Broadbent……………….Attorney General
Julia Stiles……………………Joanna Reece

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“The World’s End”

“The World’s End”

Release Date: August 23, 2013

Combine Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and you just know you are in for one hell of a ride. Like in their previous films, Pegg and Frost do not fail to disappoint. In “The World’s End,” Gary King, who is a recovering drug addict, is going through a rough patch in his life and he believes that if he can relive the best moment of his life, then he would be able to start to feel better. That moment in Gary’s life is the time that he and his four childhood friends went on the epic “Golden Mile,” which is a pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven. Now, the five friends were unable to complete the entire “Golden Mile,” so Gary convinces all of his friends, even Andy, who has not drank a sip of alcohol since the group was last together.

There will be numerous laughs, a shocking turn of events and some fantastic action sequences that will blow your mind and make you laugh at the same time. While the ending was somewhat a disappointment, the rest of the film is by far worth watching another time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Simon Pegg………Gary King
Nick Frost………..Andy Knightley
Paddy Considine….Steven Prince
Martin Freeman……Oliver Chamberlain
Eddie Marsan……..Peter Page
Rosamund Pike……Sam Chamberlain
Pierce Brosnan…….Guy Shepherd

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