Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Release Date: July 31, 2015

This franchise keeps on getting better and better. The cast this time around…superb. I really, really hope Rebecca Ferguson’s career skyrockets after her amazing performance. Oh, there is some guy named Tom Cruise who is the main star of the movie and is slowing starting to regain his box office popularity when these tremendous, top-notch films he has done over the past two years or so.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Tom Cruise………….Ethan Hunt
Jeremy Renner…….William Brandt
Simon Pegg………….Benji Dunn
Rebecca Ferguson…..Ilsa Faust
Ving Rhames………….Luther Stickell
Sean Harris…………….Solomon Lane
Simon McBurney…..Atlee
Jingchu Zhang………Lauren
Tom Hollander……..Prime Minister
Jens Hultén…………Janik Vinter
Alec Baldwin……….Alan Hunley

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Ant-Man

“Ant-Man”

Release Date: July 17, 2015

We can crown a new champion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the funniest film to date. Paul Rudd most definitely has the comedic skill that many comedians so desperately hope to achieve in their careers. Playing off the legend of Michael Douglas, “Ant-Man” is one hell of a film and what a memorable experience for those that will watch this movie at the cinema. Evangeline Lilly packs a punch as well as her character, Hope van Dyne, wants to do the top secret mission all by herself, but her father, Hank Pym (Douglas) will not allow it. Scott Lang is then brought in as Dr. Pym has been scouring for someone to pull off the heist that if not completed, the entire world would then be in danger.

I could not go more than two minutes in this movie without laughing or smirking just a little bit. Nearly every single character has their spotlight to show off their skills in making the audience laugh. However, this is a superhero movie after all, so do not fret, there will be action, a plethora of references to our entertainment culture, and oh yeah, many references to the Marvel Universe. Going into the year, I was not expecting to be rating “Ant-Man” higher than “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but that just happened.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Paul Rudd…………………….Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Michael Douglas………………Dr. Hank Pym
Evangeline Lilly………………Hope van Dyne
Corey Stoll……………………Darren Cross / Yellowjacket
Bobby Cannavale…………….Paxton
Judy Greer……………………Maggie Lang
Abby Ryder Fortson…………Cassie Lang
Michael Peña…………………Luis
David Dastmalchian………….Kurt
T.I…………………………….Dave
Wood Harris………………….Gale
Hayley Atwell……………….Peggy Carter
John Slattery…………………Howard Stark
Martin Donovan…………….Mitchell Carson
Garrett Morris……………….Cab Driver

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“Terminator Genisys”

“Terminator Genisys”

Release Date: July 1, 2015

Do not believe it will ever become old seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger playing as the Terminator and this time around, ol Pops brings a few more laughs to the table than in the previous three installments. Combine a plethora of action scenes, time-traveling, nostalgia and a great cast, minus Jai Courtney, “Terminator Genisys is one tremendous movie. If Emilia Clarke could be in a lot more action movies from here on out, that would be great. If you are a huge fan of the first two Terminator films, then you definitely need to check this film out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Arnold Schwarzenegger………………..Guardian
Emilia Clarke…………………………..Sarah Connor
Jason Clarke……………………………John Connor
Jai Courtney……………………………Kyle Reese
J.K. Simmons…………………………..O’Brien
Dayo Okeniyi…………………………..Danny Dyson
Matt Smith……………………………..Alex
Courtney B. Vance…………………….Miles Dyson
Byung-hun Lee…………………………Cop / T-1000
Michael Gladis………………………..Lt. Matias
Sandrine Holt…………………………Detective Cheung
Wayne Bastrup……………………….Young O’Brien
Gregory Alan Williams……………….Detective Harding
Otto Sanchez………………………….Detective Timmons
Matty Ferraro………………………….Agent Janssen

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“Ted 2”

“Ted 2”

Release Date: June 26, 2015

The majority of the gut-wrenching laughs come from the trailers which most have already seen. However, there are scenes here and there that force you to laugh out loud. A few scenes are a little too dramatic with no attempt at comedy whatsoever for my liking in a comedy film, but they do play a key role with the story. Definitely expect a decent amount of cameos and references as well.

“Ted 2” is not quite as good as the first one, but overall, a satisfactory movie to watch to receive a few good laughs. Amanda Seyfried shows off her amazing singing talent as she sings an instant classic in “Mean Ol’ Moon,” which Seth MacFarlane wrote himself.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Mark Wahlberg……………John
Seth MacFarlane…………..Ted
Amanda Seyfried………….Samantha
Jessica Barth………………Tami-Lynn
Giovanni Ribisi……………Donny
Morgan Freeman………….Patrick Meighan
Sam J. Jones………………Sam Jones
Patrick Warburton………..Guy
Michael Dorn…………….Rick
Bill Smitrovich……………Frank
John Slattery……………..Shep Wild
Cocoa Brown…………….Joy
John Carroll Lynch………Tom Jesscup
Ron Canada………………Judge

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“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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