“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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“Dumb and Dumber To”

“Dumb and Dumber To”

Release Date: November 14, 2014

There are not many sequels out there that are just as good as the original or even come close to being as entertaining. Well, for me anyways, we have just witnessed history as “Dumb and Dumber To” definitely can compete with its predecessor as I found myself laughing from start to finish. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne and they do not disappoint whatsoever. The jokes and skits that they pull off will revolutionize our society (mostly high school and college age) as they will undoubtedly be repeated over and over again…#BushClub! Rachel Melvin, who plays Penny, is another bright spot in this film. Expect her to be receiving more auditions in the near future. There are also a few cameos in the movie that will catch you by surprise. This is a film that I will be able to watch over and over again whenever I buy “Dumb and Dumber To.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Jim Carrey………………..Lloyd Christmas
Jeff Daniels……………….Harry Dunne
Rob Riggle……………….Travis/Captain Lippincott
Laurie Holden……………Adele
Rachel Melvin……………Penny
Steve Tom………………..Dr. Pinchelow

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“John Wick”

“John Wick”

Release Date: October 24, 2014

“John Wick” is easily the best pure action film that I have seen so far in 2014. Keanu Reeves is back and is better than ever. Forced to come out of retirement for reasons I will not give away, John Wick will stop for no one in order to achieve success in his current mission. Going up against foes that both know each other very well, you would have figured the other guys would have learned their lesson a long time ago. However, all it takes is one boneheaded son of the man in charge to awaken the sleeping dragon.

Along with Reeves, we have the likes of Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen and Adrianne Palicki teaming up for one hell of a cast that does not disappoint on the big screen. Cannot say too much about the plot as everything is connected and one little detail could give something big away, so I will stay away from that in this review. I highly recommend this movie to any action fans out there as you truly will not be disappointed in the results.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Keanu Reeves…………….John Wick
Michael Nyqvist………….Viggo Tarasov
Alfie Allen………………..Iosef Tarasov
Willem Dafoe……………..Marcus
Dean Winters………………Avi
Adrianne Palicki…………..Ms. Perkins
Omer Barnea………………Gregori
Toby Leonard Moore………Victor
Daniel Bernhardt………….Kirill
Bridget Moynahan…………Helen
John Leguizamo……………Aureilo
Ian McShane………………Winston
Bridget Regan…………….Addy
Lance Reddick……………Hotel Manager / Charon
Keith Jardine……………..Kuzma

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“Fury”

“Fury”

Release Date: October 17, 2014

Great cast, great story, not much else to ask for in this movie about the five man crew in a Sherman tank that is fighting behind enemy lines in Germany during World War II. Each of the five characters flow well with one another as they each can play off their body language extremely well. War is a violent aspect of life and “Fury” does a hell of job in depicting it. Even when there is a little hope to be had, hope can be taken away in a flash. The maneuvering and communication had to be spot on or else their mission would have ended a lot sooner.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Brad Pitt……………….Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier
Shia LaBeouf…………..Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan
Logan Lerman………….Norman Ellison
Michael Peña……………Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia
Jon Bernthal……………Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis
Jim Parrack…………….Sergeant Binkowski
Brad William Henke…..Sergeant Davis
Kevin Vance…………..Sergeant Peterson
Xavier Samuel…………Lieutenant Parker
Jason Isaacs……………Captain Waggoner
Anamaria Marinca…….Irma
Alicia von Rittberg…….Emma
Scott Eastwood………..Sergeant Miles
Laurence Spellman…….Sergeant Dillard
Daniel Betts……………Burgermeister

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“Gone Girl”

“Gone Girl”

Release Date: October 3, 2014

Rosamund Pike stole the show in this movie. The work of Pike was tremendous. Definitely deserves the Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Giving the point of views from each spouse, during the disappearance of a man’s wife was a refreshing tactic to see on the big screen. There have been some instances where both sides of the story have been told, but this time around, they go into great detail.

Yet, watching “Gone Girl” the one time is good enough for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Main Cast
Ben Affleck…………Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike………Amy Dunne
Neil Patrick Harris…..Desi Collings
Tyler Perry………….Tanner Bolt
Carrie Coon…………Margo Dunne
Kim Dickens……….Detective Rhonda Boney
Patrick Fugit……….Officer James Gilpin
David Cleenon…….Rand Elliot
Lisa Banes…………Marybeth Elliot
Missi Pyle………….Ellen Abbott
Emily Ratajkowski….Andie Fitzgerald
Casey Wilson……….Noelle Hawthorne
Lola Kirke…………..Greta
Boyd Holbrook……..Jeff
Sela Ward…………..Sharon Schieber

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“The Equalizer”

“The Equalizer”

Release Date: September 26, 2014

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua team up again for another thrilling, action packed crime film where Robert McCall (Washington) is trying to put his past behind him and start a new life where he blends in with the everyday people. But this one girl who he has be-friended at a diner will eventually force his hand to show who he really is. The movie is a little slow to develop, but it makes for a bigger punch once the action starts up. Denzel…well he is Denzel in this film. He gets the most out of his character with ease.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Denzel Washington……………..Robert McCall
Marton Csokas………………….Teddy
Chloe Grace Moretz…………….Teri
David Harbour…………………..Masters
Haley Bennett……………………Mandy
Bill Pullman……………………..Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo……………………..Susan Plummer
David Meunier…………………..Slavi
Johnny Skourtis…………………Ralphie
Alex Veadov……………………Tevi
Vladimir Kulich………………..Vladimir Pushkin
E. Roger Mitchell………………Lead Investigator

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“The Maze Runner”

“The Maze Runner”

Release Date: September 19, 2014

Was not sure how this one was going to turn out, but this is a film that I could re-watch later on down the road. A ton of new actors are introduced and I have to say, have to give some major props to the casting of this film. Simply great characters to connect with and there are still tons of questions left to be answered in the future installments of the franchise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Dylan O’Brien…………….Thomas
Aml Ameen………………..Alby
Ki Hong Lee………………Minho
Blake Cooper……………..Chuck
Thomas Brodie-Sangster…Newt
Will Poulter……………….Gally
Dexter Darden…………….Frypan
Kaya Scodelario…………..Teresa
Chris Sheffield……………Ben
Joe Adler………………….Zart
Alexander Flores………….Winston
Jacob Latimore……………Jeff
Randall D. Cunningham….Clint
Patricia Clarkson………….Ava Paige
Don McManus…………….Masked Man

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