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Average User Score: 6.5Jun 24, 2018Liked this one. The lengths to which to the main characters go to win a game of tag get so insanely hilarious in this. Good cast too, theLiked this one. The lengths to which to the main characters go to win a game of tag get so insanely hilarious in this. Good cast too, the highlights are Ed Helms as the lead who goes to the greatest extremes to catch Renner, Isla Fisher as Helms' wife who is even more extreme than him, and Jeremy Renner as the cocky, strategic mastermind they've never caught.
One nitpick: There is a romantic triangle subplot between Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, and Rashida Jones' character that is devoid of laughs and chemistry and stops the whole film cold. Luckily, it doesn't take up much of the film's time. This also doesn't feel like a repeated viewing to me. As I said, it's funny and worth a theater price, but the jokes aren't the types that didn't leave me wanting to revisit them.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 17, 2018Being a sequel, I had my expectations in check. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. Funny thing is a fair portion of theBeing a sequel, I had my expectations in check. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this movie was. Funny thing is a fair portion of the film in theory shouldn't have been as good as it is. The part of the plot mimes Mr. Mom, they basically just switched Mr. Impossible and Elastigirl's roles, and the same major issue about the superheroes being illegal is rehashed. Yet, the dialogue, humor, and character work is so good in this that it doesn't really matter. The animation is Pixar's best work yet and the action is utterly fantastic. A lot of people have complained that the villain wasn't good enough. I didn't see that. Yeah, Screenslaver is no Syndrome in turns of personality, but the villain had a decent motivation and his mind control technology was appropriately eerie and menacing.
Also, be forewarned that this may not be a movie for younger children. Like the first one, it has a surprisingly mature back bone to it, including what is one of the darkest scenes shown in a Pixar film.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Jun 8, 2018This was fun.
I really liked the setup of this. Hotel Artemis takes place in the near future where corporations run the show in a secretThis was fun.
I really liked the setup of this. Hotel Artemis takes place in the near future where corporations run the show in a secret underworld hospital with a minimal staff during a riot. It's an interesting setup, with dangers both in and outside the hotel/hospital. The best part of the film is how it is visually realized: the semi-futuristic technology, riot-torn LA and the run-down but extravagant Hotel Artemis look great. The excellent cast, including Dave Bautista, Jodie Foster, and Sterling K. Brown, all really elevate the material.
The plot and action move along smoothly, but there are no big surprises. The setup is more inventive than the execution. It's a Quentin Tarantion-esque many players-on-the-field-type criminal thriller. However, unlike Tarantino films there are no big surprises in this. Still, a fun ride, though.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Jun 1, 2018The commericals made Upgrade look like merely a sci-fi action/revenge flick, which it kind of is, but there was more to it than I expected.The commericals made Upgrade look like merely a sci-fi action/revenge flick, which it kind of is, but there was more to it than I expected. I'm glad I saw this.
The film contains tight directing, acting, and music as well as some creative kills. I was very impressed with some of the futuristic decor in this. The plot is fluid and competently handled. Though some parts are predictable, the movie really did play against expectations in one part I won't give away, and overall the film does a good job of surprising.
The film does get darker than I expected, but I understand where the filmmakers were going and credit them for taking risks.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1May 27, 2018Probably the most fun SW film in terms of jokes. Action and special effects were great. Visually, this was one of the better-looking films.Probably the most fun SW film in terms of jokes. Action and special effects were great. Visually, this was one of the better-looking films. Yeah, Aldenreich is no Ford, but he is a likable lead. The best part is the relationship between him and Chewie, totally natural. Also, this is probably the first time Chewbacca has been fully utilized. As practically everyone else has said, Glover is a terrific Lando Calrissian. The younger version of him is even more delightuflly egotistical. The MVP of new characters is Han's robot co-pilot. I won't spoil too much about her, but she may the most unique droid in Star Wars.
I liked this but I do rank it behind the other recent SW films. (Though definitely leaps above the prequel trilogy.) The film does contain an overglut of characters and set changes. The ending is a bit subdued, too. There is one part of this film that will confuse those who never watched the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels cartoon series. I mean I give the writers credit for maintaining the continuity of the canon, but it is at the disadvantage of the casual viewer. Lastly, the biggest problem of the film is how darkly shot most of the film is. The lighting doesn't even match the tone.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9May 18, 2018Although I liked the first movie a little bit more, this movie was still a blast. It is definitely funnier than the first. Be sure to stickAlthough I liked the first movie a little bit more, this movie was still a blast. It is definitely funnier than the first. Be sure to stick around when the credits start for the mid-credits scene. Trust me. You don't want to miss what happens.
This movie has a better budget than the first one, which results in better action scenes and a lot more places and characters for Deadpool to interact with, which keeps things more interesting. Brolin does a good job as the straight man in Deadpool's world of insanity and kicking butt. However, it's Zazie Beets who really steals the show as Domino. She does a great job as the sassy, sarcastic counterpart to Deadpool and her luck powers work for some really creative fight scenes. No spoilers, but one X-Men character who has never gotten his or her due finally gets his/her cinematic moment to shine.
Now, why do I think the first one is better if this one is funnier? Deadpool 1 was a lot more solid plot-wise. Deadpool 2 is darker and more anarchist than the first. At times, the more serious scenes feel like they conflict with the more humorous ones. I do appreciate the need for an emotional backbone to the film, things could've been smoother. Anyway, if you liked the first you should still really like this.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.6May 11, 2018This film is about a mother trying to protect her children from a group of thieves who are after her father's hidden fortune. Yeah, it's aThis film is about a mother trying to protect her children from a group of thieves who are after her father's hidden fortune. Yeah, it's a familiar concept. If you've seen Panic Room or similar home invasion or robbery thrillers you'll probably predict most of the film. The characters are all tropes as well. However, this is a very competently made film and I was entertained nonetheless.
Interestingly, the quality increases as the film goes on. The beginning is the most the formulaic and least interesting. (There is one bit of over-the-phone exposition that is so forced, it's painful.) While the film is the most interesting and unpredictable at the very end.
The movie makes the wise choice of keeping things interesting by individualizing the crooks and having them have differing,and at times conflicting ways of handling things, rather than having them being an indiscernible group of generally evil people. The highlight of the film hands down is Billy Burke as the cunning, understated leader of the gang.
Though far from an original film, Breaking In is by no mean a waste of one's time.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4May 5, 2018Super Troopers 2 manages to escape the curse of comedy sequels made several years after the original and is a funny little film and probablySuper Troopers 2 manages to escape the curse of comedy sequels made several years after the original and is a funny little film and probably Broken Lizard's best since the original. Now, whether it is as good as the first one? I'm afraid I really can't say since its been so long since I've seen the original.
The film is full of the balls-to-the-wall crazy humor that the original had. There's so many jokes packed in this that one that doesn't fly is quickly replaced by that one that does. The new and returning cast is all game here, but again Kevin Heffernan steals the show as the half-crazed officer Farva. (Credit should also be given to classically trained Scottish actor Brian Cox for committing to the role of their commanding officer in this goofy flick.)
Now, this isn't is a perfect movie. As mentioned, the jokes are hit-and-miss. For instance, the second half of the opener is really funny but the first half is weird and the most awkward part of the film. As with most Broken Lizard movies there are a fair share of jokes that only appeal to teen boys or frat bros and those that were probably just funny only to the Broken Lizard guys (like the entirety of Club Dread. Remember Club Dread? What were they thinking?!) Also, there are some jabs at Canada that were just super lazy. I'm not saying this from a PC-perspective: the jokes were super weak as jokes in general. There is a brief scene where one character says something in a stereotypical Canadian way for a very brief moment and all the cops around her laughed good-naturedly. That whole scene just felt super-forced like the creators were insisting upon themselves.
Overall, a funny film but not one you have to rush to see.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Apr 27, 2018So after years of Marvel movies leading up to this event: Thanos and the Infinity Stones in what is a combination of all the films, theSo after years of Marvel movies leading up to this event: Thanos and the Infinity Stones in what is a combination of all the films, the question was: Could such an ambitious feat succeed. Answer: Surprisingly yes.
There is just so much going on in this: charismatic superheroes interacting with each other again or for the first time, a lot of unexpected developments, and excellent large-scale fight scenes, special effects, and sets. I especially liked the design of Thanos' main space ships. Very unique.
This is pretty much Marvel's The Empires Strikes Back, and is by far the darkest and most mature in the franchise. Trust me, this movie will be making you feel things by the end. On the other hand, the humor and characters do balance things nicely. As for Thanos himself, don't worry. All the waiting and teasing isn't for nought. He is, with Loki and Killmonger, one of the franchise's top villains. Josh Brolin does a wonderful job of playing the guy, both twisted and threatening, but in a calm and almost relatable manner.
Not to say the film doesn't have its flaws, which is completely understandable considering that it juggled so many characters and places. Think of this as a war film, like Dunkirk, The Longest Day, or a Bridge too Far, that features various people affected by or involved in a battle. Though there are some strong moments, the cast just can't shine as brightly as they do in the solo films. Not all character relationships could have developed as much as they could and some characters you hope will meet won't. The Thor subplot also goes on too long. It could have been shortened to make way for other things.
The first quarter of the film suffered from too many close-ups shots and quick cuts, but that does seem to settle down as things goes on. Though the film did an admirable job of keeping the tone of the characters, there were moments with the Guardians of the Galaxy in which they could've cut a few jokes. Having them act moronish during certain moments did cut the tension a bit.
Also, not fond that Thanos' three regularly proportioned adopted children and lieutenants were computer animated instead of makeup like Gamora and Nebula. They just kind of stood out, and it didn't help that they weren't computer animated quite as well as their father. However, I don't agree with the complaints that they weren't well-developed. I mean, yeah they weren't, but they served their purpose as effective and distinctive threats for the heroes to fight. (You can't have all Darth Vaders. You'll always have some Boba Fett's.)
Now, I can't recommend this to anyone who's not very familiar for the movie series as it'll probably leave them confused. But for all those Marvel fans out there, I feel the film delivered what it promised.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.0Apr 21, 2018Had a nice time with this, but it isn't on the same pedestal as such giant monster movies as "Kong: Skull Island" or the recent "Godzilla."Had a nice time with this, but it isn't on the same pedestal as such giant monster movies as "Kong: Skull Island" or the recent "Godzilla." "Rampage" is a bit of a schlocky 90's throwback. It's one of those movies that's a fun couple of mindless hours and, while there's room for improvement, nothing is broken.
Yeah, the script has it's fair share of cliches, some of the dialogue is very obvious, and the villains' plan is poorly thought out. On the other hand, everyone involved is having fun with the film. The Rock is as charming as ever and he really sells his relationship with the gorilla George. The actions scenes do not disappoint and all the giant monsters are pretty distinctive.… Expand