“Jurassic World”

“Jurassic World”

Release Date: June 12, 2015

This is a fun and wild ride, but there is hardly anything original about “Jurassic World.” Sure you have the Indominus Rex and Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, form a special bond with the Raptors, but with many scenes feeling like they came straight from the previous films. Not to mention the dull special effects that was used. The dinosaurs from “Jurassic Park” were more realistic than the ones in “Jurassic World” and technology has come a long way since the original…inexcusable. However, this is a great movie for the entire family and children will more than likely want to watch this one over and over again, so if you are wanting to add this film to your collection for that reason, cannot blame you there.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Chris Pratt……………….Owen
Bryce Dallas Howard……Claire
Irrfan Khan………………Masrani
Vincent D’Onofrio………Hoskins
Ty Simpkins…………….Gray
Nick Robinson………….Zach
Jake Johnson…………….Lowery
Omar Sy…………………Barry
BD Wong……………….Dr. Henry Wu
Judy Greer………………Karen
Lauren Lapkus………….Vivian
Brian Tee……………….Hamada
Katie McGrath………….Zara
Andy Buckley…………..Scott
Eric Edelstein…………..Paddock Supervisor

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“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Release Date: May 15, 2015

One of the best experiences I have ever had at the theater occurred last night while watching “Mad Max: Fury Road” in 3D. Director George Miller has himself a masterpiece. Critics and fans admire it from the start of the movie all the way to the finish. All the characters are unique in their own way. They all form a special bond with one another throughout the process of starting off as enemies, but then gradually earning each other’s trust. With some of the scenes filmed in the Namib Desert in Southern Africa, the scenery adds another quality to this film that separates it from most others.

The non-stop action will have you astonished and will leave you to seeing explosions and cars flipping through the air hours after watching the movie. With everyone fighting for the basic necessities to survive, some crazy adventures are surely needed for those to barely get by. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a must see and will end up being one of my top movies of the year when all is said and done.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Tom Hardy…………………….Max Rockatansky
Charlize Theron………………..Imperator Furiosa
Nicholas Hoult…………………Nux
Hugh Keays-Byrne…………….Immortan Joe
Josh Helman……………………Slit
Nathan Jones……………………Rictus Erectus
Zoë Kravitz……………………..Toast the Knowing
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley…….The Splendid Angharad
Riley Keough…………………..Capable
Abbey Lee……………………..The Dag
Courtney Eaton……………….Cheedo the Fragile
John Howard………………….The People Eater
Richard Carter…………………The Bullet Farmer
Iota…………………………….The Doof Warrior
Angus Sampson……………….The Organic Mechanic

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron”

“Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Release Date: May 1, 2015

I had so much fun while watching this film. High quality entertainment is definitely guaranteed and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” was worth every penny. With that being said, this sequel to the mammoth “The Avengers,” did not carry quite the punch in providing the best possible wowness factor that most of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films were able to provide. The team-up of all the heroes just did not feel as special as it did in the first installment. But once accustomed to a particular thing in your life, you become more comfortable and it takes a little bit more of an effort to make someone bug-eyed and sit there in pure amazement.

Even though this movie already has a runtime of two hours and twenty minutes in length, there should have been at least another forty minutes added on in order to discard some of the small segues that lead us from scene to scene. Not going to go into any detail on those, as they would give away some key plot points to the film, but all in all, I am nitpicking the smaller aspects of the movie. Still will be buying this movie once it becomes available, so that I can watch it over and over again as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is that electrifying and gratifying.

The quirky one-liners come out in full force and most of them hit the spot to make you laugh out loud for a split second. You are certainly not going to find those absolute knee slappers like in “Guardians of the Galaxy” that have your abdomen a little sore after watching the movie in this latest chapter of the MCU. But, that is alright, as there is plenty of action, drama and unquestionably a little more romance than I was expecting in a superhero movie. With the way Director Joss Whedon has been promoting the movie lately, seemed like he became a little burned out a bit and did not give his A+ effort in trying to provide the fans with the best possible product.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Robert Downey Jr………………..Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Hemsworth………………..Thor
Mark Ruffalo…………………….Bruce Banner / Hulk
Chris Evans………………………Steve Rogers / Captain America
Scarlett Johansson………………..Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner……………………Clint Barton / Hawkeye
James Spader…………………….Ultron
Samuel L. Jackson……………….Nick Fury
Don Cheadle…………………….James Rhodes / War Machine
Aaron Taylor-Johnson…………..Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
Elizabeth Olsen………………..Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Bettany……………………Jarvis / Vision
Cobie Smulders………………..Maria Hill

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“Kingsman: The Secret Service”

“Kingsman: The Secret Service”

Release Date: February 13, 2015

If you are a spy fan, then this film is right up your alley. Mix in some well known A-listers along with a slew of new actors that not many people are familiar with is a great formula to give one of the new actors a little push to superstardom. I expect that to be the case with Taron Egerton after watching this amazing motion picture. Paying homage to all the great spy films of all time, even mentioning a few, there are a plethora of gadgets, car chases and a whole lot more that a recruit must become acquainted with in order to become a Kingsman. When the entire world becomes under attack by a psychotic madman with one badass henchwoman, the Kingsman are the only ones who can stop him…or are they?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Taron Egerton………………..Gary “Eggsy” Unwin
Colin Firth……………………Harry Hart / Galahad
Samuel L. Jackson……………Richmond Valentine
Mark Strong………………….Merlin
Michael Caine………………..Chester King / Arthur
Sophie Cookson……………..Roxy Morton
Sofia Boutella……………….Gazelle
Samantha Womack………….Michelle Unwin
Geoff Bell……………………Dean
Edward Holcroft…………….Charlie Hesketh
Mark Hamill…………………Professor James Arnold
Jack Davenport………………Lancelot

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“American Sniper”

“American Sniper”

Release Date: January 16, 2015

Now I know that “American Sniper” is up for Oscars for the year of 2014, but for my top 20 list, this film will be included in the year of 2015. Looking at the upcoming schedule of films, I am not seeing how “American Sniper” will not be included on my list as this is a tremendous story about the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, Chris Kyle. As most of you have seen, this film has shattered records for a movie released in the month of January.

With Clint Eastwood directing, you are almost guaranteed to receive a flawless story, other than the fake baby scene, but if that is the biggest complaint that you have after seeing this, then that is simply nit-picking. This is by far Bradley Cooper’s best performance as an actor in his young career. Bulking up twenty-five to thirty-five pounds of pure muscle in a very short amount of time and also having to perfect the Texan southern drawl, which is no small task y’all. Will Cooper win an Oscar for Best Actor? Going up against tough competition, but he has my vote.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Bradley Cooper………………..Chris Kyle
Sienna Miller………………….Taya Renae Kyle
Max Charles…………………..Colton Kyle
Luke Grimes………………….Marc Lee
Kyle Gallner………………….Goat-Winston
Sam Jaeger……………………Captain Martens
Jake McDorman………………Ryan “Biggles” Job
Cory Hardrict………………..’D’/ Dandridge
Sammy Sheik………………..Mustafa
Mido Hamada……………….The Butcher

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“Taken 3″

“Taken 3”

Release Date: January 9, 2015

Let’s hope this is the final installment in the “Taken” franchise. While this movie is an ordinary watch, every storyline has now been covered and the characters are starting to lose their luster. Not only does Bryan Mills have to deal with enemies from his past, he also has to evade the likes of the FBI, CIA and local police departments for being framed for a murder he did not commit.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Liam Neeson…………..Bryan Mills
Forest Whitaker……….Franck Dotzler
Famke Janssen………..Lenore St. John
Maggie Grace…………Kim Mills
Dougray Scott…………Stuart St. John
Sam Spruell……………Oleg Malankov
Don Harvey……………Garcia
Dylan Bruno…………..Smith
Leland Orser…………..Sam (Gilroy)
David Warshofsky…….Bernie (Harris)
Jon Gries………………(Mark) Casey
Jonny Weston………….Jimy
Andrew Borba…………Clarence
Judi Beecher…………..Claire
Andrew Howard………Maxim

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“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”

Release Date: December 19, 2014

Overall, I was very satisfied with the way that this trilogy was wrapped up. This final installment provided numerous laughs mixed in with key dramatic situations, including watching Robin Williams perform for the very last time on screen. Some of the jokes went on for a tad too long, but that is just nitpicking. Like with a television series ending, watching the last scenes unfold makes your heart sink as you know that is will be the final time that group of characters will be working together.

Larry and the gang travel all the way to London for one last hurrah. Something is desperately wrong with the Ahkmenrah tablet and there is only one person who knows how to fix it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Ben Stiller………..Larry Daley / Laaa
Robin Williams…..Teddy Roosevelt / Voice of Garuda
Owen Wilson…….Jedediah
Steve Coogan……Octavius
Ricky Gervais……Dr. McPhee
Dan Stevens……..Sir Lancelot
Rebel Wilson……Tilly
Skyler Gisondo….Nick Daley
Rami Malek……..Ahkmenrah
Patrick Gallagher…Attila
Mizuo Peck………Sacajawea

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