“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Release Date: December 18, 2015

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is easily my favorite movie of the 21st century. Combining the original characters from the original trilogy and have them interact with the new young stars certainly eases the new characters into the Star Wars universe. Nearly every single second of this movie brings back so much nostalgia from watching the original trilogy hundreds of times that it is extremely hard not to have a humongous smile on your face throughout the entire film. I can see myself watching this movie on a continuous loop once it releases on DVD later down the road in 2016.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Harrison Ford…………………Han Solo
Mark Hamill…………………..Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher…………………..Princess Leia
Adam Driver………………….Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley………………….Rey
John Boyega…………………..Finn
Oscar Isacc…………………….Poe Dameron
Lupita Nyong’o………………..Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis……………………Supreme Leader Snoke
Domnhall Gleeson…………….General Hux
Anthony Daniels………………C-3PO
Max von Sydow……………….Lor San Tekka
Peter Mayhew…………………Chewbacca
Gwendoline Christie…………..Captain Phasma
Joonas Suotamo……………….Chewbacca Double

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“In the Heart of the Sea”

“In the Heart of the Sea”

Release Date: December 11, 2015

What do you receive when you combine the work of Ron Howard and “Moby Dick?” The film is an amazing and stunning display of one of the most popular literary pieces of all time. Many critics and spectators disagree with my view of the film, but that is one of the many reasons why I love movies. Do not have to like movies that everyone else likes to watch and can make your opinion of the work that you see with your own eyes. I did not have a single complaint coming out of the theater after watching this movie.

The cast is tremendous and it is mixed with a ton of young blood actors with the ol’ wily veterans that most of us have seen from time to time. Going into the movie, I did not read “Moby Dick,” so I did not know of all the small details that makes that story so famous, and quite possibly, this made the movie version for me better than what it would more than likely be if I read the book. Shame that they released this movie one week prior to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as this movie went totally under the radar.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Chris Hemsworth…………………Owen Chase
Benjamin Walker…………………George Pollard
Cillian Murphy……………………Matthew Joy
Brendan Gleeson………………….Tom Nickerson
Ben Whishaw……………………..Herman Melville
Michelle Fairley………………….Mrs. Nickerson
Tom Holland………………………Thomas Nickerson
Paul Anderson…………………….Caleb Chappel
Frank Dillane………………………Henry Coffin
Joseph Mawle…………………….Benjamin Lawrence
Edward Ashley……………………Barzillai Ray
Sam Keeley……………………….Ramsdell
Osy Ikhile…………………………Richard Peterson
Gary Beadle………………………William Bond
Jamie Sives……………………….Cole
Morgan Chetcuti………………….Sheppard
Charlotte Riley……………………Peggy Chase

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“The Night Before”

“The Night Before”

Release Date: November, 20, 2015

Sadly, most of the funny moments in this movie are found in the previews. However, there are enough scenes that are not shown in the previews to make this movie a quality watch. Seth Rogen by far has the best moments as his character is strung up on all kinds of drugs while interacting with everyone he comes into contact with. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lizzy Caplan’s characters provide the romantic comedy portion of this film, just in a very adult way. Anthony Mackie is the popular jock celebrity whose personality has changed the most between the three best friends. With every Christmas since a tragic accident involving a drunk driver, the three best friends meet up and dive into their Christmas tradition with no regrets.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt……………Ethan
Seth Rogen……………………….Isaac
Anthony Mackie…………………Chris Roberts
Jillian Bell………………………..Betsy
Lizzy Caplan……………………..Diana
Michael Shannon…………………Mr. Green
Mindy Kaling…………………….Sarah
Lorraine Toussaint……………….Mrs. Roberts
Heléne Yorke…………………….Cindy
Ilana Glazer……………………….Rebecca Grinch
Aaron Hill…………………………Tommy Owens
Tracy Morgan…………………….Narrator / Santa
Darrie Lawrence………………….Nana
Nathan Fielder……………………Joshua
James Franco……………………..James Franco
Miley Cyrus………………………Miley Cyrus
Kamal Angelo Bolden……………Kamal
Baron Davis……………………….Baron Davis
Chuck Muckle……………………Piano Playing Uncle
Curt Bouril………………………..Cindy’s Husband
Brooke Liddell……………………Cindy’s Daughter #1
Kiley Liddell………………………Cindy’s Daughter #2
Jason Mantzoukas………………..Bad Santa #1
Jason Jones………………………Bad Santa #2
Clem Cheung……………………Deli Owner
Harolyn Blackwell……………….Opera Singer
Randall Park…………………….Boss
Natalie Knepp…………………..Coat Check Girl

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“Spectre”

“Spectre”

Release Date: November 6, 2015

The greatest spy in cinema history is back with all of his persona, women, cars, and gadgets. That spy is no other than Bond, James Bond. Everything in the Daniel Craig era as Bond, comes full circle in the twenty-fourth installment of the most beloved MGM franchise…you know, the roaring lion that shows up before every one of their movies. “Spectre” is as fun to watch as the other twenty-three films. Still no match for “Goldfinger” or “Skyfall,” but I would not mind playing “Spectre” on a continuous loop.

My only small complaint is that I wish Christoph Waltz and Dave Bautista would have received more screen time, but you never know, maybe they will later on down the road, if they did not die in this movie of course. Absolutely loved the small nod to “Inglorious Basterds.” See if you can recognize it while watching. If this is in fact Daniel Craig’s final role as James Bond, then he went out with a bang.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Daniel Craig……………….James Bond
Christoph Waltz…………..Oberhauser
Léa Seydoux………………Madeleine Swann
Ralph Fiennes…………….M
Monica Bellucci…………..Lucia
Ben Whishaw…………….Q
Naomie Harris……………Moneypenny
Dave Bautista…………….Hinx
Andrew Scott…………….C
Rory Kinnear…………….Tanner
Jesper Christensen……….Mr. White
Alessandro Cremona…….Marco Sciarra
Stephanie Sigman……….Estrella

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“Goosebumps”

“Goosebumps”

Release Date: October 14, 2015

This is a fun and nifty rendition of the great children book series written by R.L. Stine. Basically in every scene, there is some type of humor to be seen and laughed at.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Jack Black………………..Stine / Slappy / Invisible Boy
Dylan Minnette…………….Zach
Odeya Rush………………..Hannah
Ryan Lee………………….Champ
Amy Ryan………………….Gale
Jillian Bell………………Lorraine
Halston Sage………………Taylor
Steven Krueger…………….Davidson
Keith Arthur Bolden………..Principal Garrison
Amanda Lund……………….Officer Brooks
Timothy Simons…………….Officer Stevens
Ken Marino………………..Coach Carr
Karan Soni………………..Mr. Rooney
R.L. Stine………………..Hallway Player / Mr. Black

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“Sicario”

“Sicario”

Release Date: October 2, 2015

Going into watching this film, I was figuring that there would be so much action left and right. At the conclusion of the viewing of “Sicario,” there is not a ton of Hollywood action, but much more realistic action and that is a seemingly excellent change for this movie. “Sicario” is a great crime drama where the actors really steal the show. Emily Blunt has first billing, but it is really Benicio Del Toro that really takes your breath away with his performance in the movie.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Emily Blunt……………..Kate Macer
Benicio Del Toro………..Alejandro
Josh Brolin………………Matt Graver
Victor Garber……………Dave Jennings
Jon Bernthal……………..Ted
Daniel Kaluuya………….Reggie Wayne
Jeffrey Donovan…………Steve Forsing
Raoul Max Trujillo………Rafael
Julio Cedillo……………..Fausto Alarcon
Hank Rogerson………….Phil Coopers
Bernardo P. Saraino……..Manuel Diaz
Maximiliano Hernández…Silvio
Kevin Wiggins…………..Burnett
Edgar Arreola……………Guillermo
Kim Larrichio…………..Silvio’s Wife

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“The Walk”

“The Walk”

Release Date: September 30, 2015

This is a great story to watch unfold right in front of you. Especially if you do not know anything about what happened in the real life events. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is superb with his portrayal of one of the greatest high wire walkers of all time, Philippe Petit.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt…………….Philippe Petit
Ben Kingsley…………………….Papa Rudy
Charlotte Le Bon…………………Annie Allix
Clément Sibony…………………..Jean-Louis
James Badge Dale……………….Jean-Pierre
César Domboy…………………….Jeff
Ben Schwartz…………………….Albert
Benedict Samuel…………………David
Steve Valentine………………….Barry Greenhouse

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