“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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“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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“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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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I”

Release Date: November 21, 2014

This is by far the worst movie of the “Hunger Games” franchise so far. Barely any action at all combined with the fact that a cat played a part in the story just leaves you scratching your head after watching this one. Just a simple cash grab movie this is and teasing just enough for everyone to spend twice as much for the final installment.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.

Main Cast
Jennifer Lawrence……………….Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson…………………Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth……………….Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson……………….Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland……………..President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman………Plutarch Heavensbee
Julianne Moore…………………President Alma Coin
Willow Shields…………………Primrose Everdeen
Sam Claflin…………………….Finnick Odair
Elizabeth Banks……………….Effie Trinket
Mahershala Ali…………………Boggs
Jena Malone…………………….Johanna Mason
Jeffrey Wright………………….Beetee
Paula Malcomson………………Katniss’ Mother
Stanley Tucci……………………Caesar Flickerman
Natalie Dormer………………….Cressida

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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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