*batteries not included

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy are among the impoverished residents of a slum tenement threatened with demolition by evil land developers. Only a miracle can save Cronyn, Tandy, and their friends — and that miracle manifests itself in the form of a “family” of extraterrestrial flying saucers, who need the electricity provided by the tenement to survive. The grateful humanized spaceships repay their earthbound hosts by doing battle with the villains’ henchmen. When the building is engulfed in flames, all seems lost, but the aliens have a few more tricks up their metallic sleeves.

What people are saying:

“A cute movie but seems a bit underdeveloped. Never really explains where or how the robots come about. What was with the villain? It seemed the movie couldnt decide whether he was bad or good and never really went anywhere with his character except flip flopping. I thought the old lady was delightful and well acted. I also really did enjoy the robots. A heart warming story about friendship and the underdogs coming together.” 3 1/2 stars

“This has always been one of my favorite “silly” Sci-Fi movies. Thoroughly entertaining with a a great cast. The natural closeness of real life partners Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy can be seen felt throughout the whole movie. Funny and sweet with a pleasing end that leaves you feeling good. It’s has a wonderful sound track with great music. A great family movie. Get out the popcorn, turn out the lists cuddle up and enjoy.” 5 stars

“*batteries not included has left a legacy that embodies good-spirited movie magic. It’s an endlessly lovable movie, built around a simple premise that becomes fantastical and serves to only reinforce core human values. It’s very well made, enjoying direction that underscores its qualities and performances that accentuate its humanity.” 4 stars

“This movie was great, back in 1987, but now watching it in 2012; it just didn’t make the cut. It was really slow, way too long, and the special effects and way under par, even for 1987. It will always hold a special place in my heart as a good, memorable movie(as a 7 year old boy), but I wouldn’t recommend this movie to any adults, or children over 10. ” 2 stars

“This movie is a family cult classic in our household. I can’t even tell you how many times we have seen it. My oldest child is now 20 and she still will come in with it for us all to watch. It is such an endearing story and everyone seems to care so much for all the characters. To me it is a nice break in the string of raunchy, crude, disconnected movies that movie critics want you to “get in tune with”. This movie reminds us that we don’t have to have sex, gore, or provocative thinking to get true entertainment. Sit back and enjoy this movie and I assure you that you will be reminded what really matters.” 5 stars

Zoolander no. 2

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Ten years after their ascent to fashion stardom, male models Derek and Hansel are attempting to resurrect their fading careers, but this time they face some serious opposition from the competition.

What people are saying:

Zoolander No. 2 has more celebrity cameos than laughs — and its meager handful of memorable gags outnumbers the few worthwhile ideas discernible in its scattershot rehash of a script” 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

“Totally ludicrous sequel to Zoolander gets funnier as it goes along and certainly can’t be dismissed as a pointless re-iteration of the first one, as it may seem on the surface.” 2 1/2 out of 5 stars

“15 years wasted for the sequel from the original that is cliché and unfunny, tho it’s entertaining but not like the original. The characters were perfect in the original, but this (including the new cast) sequel made the characters really annoying. I suggest you to watch the original “Zoolander” over this piece of crap.” 1/2 star out of 5 stars

“For a fun, brainless show with a lot of WTF moments that are artistically done, very good and entertaining. Will Farrel was funnier in weatherman, and Ben stiller did a great job.” 4 stars

“Painful, painful, painful is the only way I can describe the new “Zoolander 2”. All of the satire, cleverness and humor in “Zoolander” has been destroyed in “Zoolander 2”. Lots more violence, sophomoric humor, and a plot that is just plain bad. Wilson and Stiller try to make it watchable but the script, pacing and so many other things just won’t make it shine. The plot is something about Zoolander and Hansel being has-beens who have gone into hiding for various personal reasons. There’s some type of nefarious plot involving the world’s fashion leaders and pop stars that a ten-year-old could have figured out but it takes practically the whole cast to sort it out. The ending is so bizarre, and not bizarre in a good way, and stupid it makes me wish I had those two hours back. On the opening night at our movie theater, there were ten people in a theater that holds three hundred or so. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had to have two showings on opening night because of the crowds. Watch “Zoolander” again and forget this seque” 1 star

Trailer Thursday 2/16

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on February 16, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

Keeping with the them of Black History month, this week’s trailer is pure Blaxploitation. Check out the trailer for The Human Tornado!

Trailer Thursday 2/9

Posted in Trailer Thursday with tags on February 9, 2017 by Mystery Man

It’s Trailer Thursday!!!

In honor of Black History Month, let’s take a look at a film with historical implications. Well, the subject matter is historically significant. Enjoy the trailer for The Josephine Baker Story

The Kid

Posted in Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

If you could talk to the child that you used to be, what advice would you give him? That question forms the basis of this comic fantasy. Forty-year-old Russ Duritz (Bruce Willis) is a wealthy and powerful “image consultant” who has made a career out of telling people how to present themselves. But while he’s a success in business, he’s a failure in life; he’s vain, mean-spirited, and hasn’t been able to hold onto a marriage (or even a pet dog). One day, Russ is startled to meet Rusty (Spencer Breslin), a stocky kid whom he soon realizes is himself at the age of eight, having passed through a wrinkle in time. Young Rusty doesn’t seem much happier than the grown-up Russ, so the older man takes his younger self under his wing and tries to teach him how to avoid the mistakes he’s made, while Rusty encourages Russ to be a more caring human being. Along the way, Russ and Rusty become friends, and realize how much they can learn from each other.

What people are saying:

“Disney’s The Kid is warm-hearted and effective, a sweet little parable that involves a man and a boy who help each other become a better boy, and a better man. It’s a sweet film, unexpectedly involving, and shows again that Willis, so easily identified with action movies, is gifted in the areas of comedy and pathos: This is a cornball plot, and he lends it credibility just by being in it” 3 stars

“Now I’m a sucker for Bruce Willis movies but, this really was fabulous! Spencer did a great job, after watching this movie I will be sure to keep an eye open for his future films. This movie was very nostalgic and you finish feeling like this actually could have happened it was so well written! I would recommend this movie to sit down with your family, all in all clean and very funny!” 5 stars

“Bruce Willis’s emphasis on making his character satirize everybody around him for their personal flaws, especially his younger self, is a strong component of the film, but the dizzying and unacceptable science fiction and aimless script writing makes the film weak.” 2 stars

“When I went to see this movie in the theater there was only 4 adults there (all to see Bruce Willis). This movie was amazing. The story was powerful. Bruce Willis and Spencer Breslin’s screen chemistry was wonderful, fun and exciting. You’ll fall in love with Breslin’s performance his laughs, his tears and his triumphs. Disney and Willis hit a home run.” 5 stars

“Even if you’re a die-hard Willis fan (no pun intended, seriously), do know that this film is strictly for kids 10 and under – and is great at being just that. There is simply not enough content for adults. It’s cute and plays like an after-school special, but you’ll feel robbed of your time if you watch it by yourself. Perfect for boys aged 5-10,” 3 stars

Bee Movie

Posted in Animation, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Jerry Seinfeld stars in this animated comedy as recent college grad Barry B. Benson, a worker bee stuck in a dead-end job making honey who files a lawsuit against humans when he learns they’ve been stealing bees’ nectar all along.

What people are saying:

“Bee Movie is utterly amazing. It’s like a sequel to a movie no one has ever seen, but maybe someday we can get the prequel it deserves in “A-Movie.” 5 stars

“This is a decent but far from superb film from DreamWorks. While it does have plenty of moments and features an All-Star cast, it just feels a bit flat and underwhelming. It obviously does feature a very silly premise(which isn’t a bad thing) and Jerry Seinfeld is a big plus. Even though I’m a big Patrick Warburton fan, his character was pretty annoying. Overall this isn’t a terrible movie, it’s just not close to being among the studio’s finest efforts.” 3 stars

“Bee Movie is, pun-intended, a solid B movie with some laughable moments and inside jokes that can last a long time. It has an unusual charm that can always bring us a laugh.” 4 stars

“It will pass the time, but I expected more from Dreamworks. It is very clever and full of humor that will appeal to older audiences but the story here is very silly. It’s not top notch animation but it’s a unique enough movie that has enough laughs to warrant a viewing.” 3 1/2 stars

“It may not be the best insect themed CGI animated movie ever made, but it comes close. It’s certainly better than that over rated load of crap known as “A Bug’s Life” which in My opinion is the real worst of these kind of films. That being said, this isn’t a bad movie. It’s funny, has a good cast, a good plot, and it’s just a lot of fun to watch. Funny thing, is that last week I was looking for a movie to keep my nephews entertained, something they had never seen,and I finally decided to go with Bee Movie, I figured they would watch it and move on to the next movie like they(and most 3 and 4 year olds) tend to usually do, but no. Much to my shock, the nephews ended becoming to obsessed with this movie that I ended up deciding to let them keep the film. It’s only been two weeks and these kids have watched it nearly a hundred times. And I mean literally. I like this movie but with nephews who are even more obsessed with It how can I not give it to them? I’ll just get It at Hasting or ebay or something. I have NEVER seen these kids so obsessed over a movie as they are over this one. They just love it so much. ” 4 stars

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

With war rumbling, Beatrice Prior looks for allies and answers in the second installment of the film series based on Veronica Roth’s popular science-fiction novels. “Tris” will have to be fast, though, because the Erudite leader is in hot pursuit.

What people are saying:

“Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent,  is far too long for the minimal plot it encapsulates, features little in the way of meaningful character development, and is riddled with instances of poorly conceived, contrived developments.” 3 stars

“It’s all a bit of an unengaging muddle, covered over with concrete grunge, clean white labs, and stagy special effects. ” 1 star

“I felt like I was watching a movie that was based on something totally different than the book. They changed so many things it might has well have been a completely original screenplay. I didn’t hate it but I just wish they’d stayed truer to the book. What’s the point in making a movie based on a novel and completely change it? Disappointing to say the least. ” 2 stars

“Very much enjoyed this film! The cinematography & editing was beautifully well done & the action sequences were cool! The acting performances from Shai Woodley & Kate Winslet were exceptionally brilliant!” 3 1/2 stars

“This film is the second and the flimsiest in the series and it’s a disappointment. The plot is preposterous and absurd and doesn’t make a whole lot so sense, and they think or don’t care that we would notice. I would have preferred Theo James in the lead; his story is so much more interesting than Woodley. The only reason for this movie being made was to string us along until the next film.” 2 stars