When the Game Stands Tall
Even though I wouldn't consider myself a football fan, this story had enough heart in it to keep me interested. Because it was based on a true story, I was so much more invested in the characters, their stories, and their lives. With a fun soundtrack, my only complaint was that it was very similar to all the other 'true sports stories" movies.
My Rating: 28/34
Reminded me of: Remember the Titans, Facing the Giants, Million Dollar Arm
Magic in the Moonlight
Colin Firth is, without a doubt, the best part of this movie (sorry, Emma Stone). It's a typical Woody Allen script - controversial and does more than just dabble in existentialism, faith, and other deep topics. However, the cinematography was fantastic and may tempt you to buy a one-way plane ticket to France.
My Rating: 25/34
Reminded me of: Midnight in Paris, Importance of Being Earnest, The Prestige
From the countryside setting, cooking, and kisses - this film was saturated with French. Helen Mirren was spectacular as always, but the whole cast worked really well together. An excellent story with some unpredictable twists, you'll need to watch this film on a full stomach to prevent drooling.
If I Stay
It was a hit and miss this week at the theatres. Check out my snippet reviews for movies on the big screen that you might want to avoid and the ones you shouldn't miss out on!
If you're looking for the best version of Hercules, stick to the 1997 Disney movie, since I'm pretty sure nothing can beat the musical version of this famous demi-god. This 2014 version was packed with testosterone, big battle scenes, slicing people, and filming Dwayne Johnson's muscles from every possible angle. I was surprised with the decent plot and funny script, but prepare for your typical over-the-top ancient Greece movie.
My Rating: 24/34
Reminded me of: Pompeii, Troy, Gladiator, 300
This sci-fi served as a great reminder to never ever ever do drugs. Though the concept seemed promising, the script was terrible and weirded me out within minutes. Putting aside the fact that the entire premise of the movie is scientifically inaccurate (we do use much more than 10% of our brain capacity), it was filled with inconsistencies and jarring scenes. The only great part about this movie was that it was only 90 minutes long, so I didn't waste any more of my life.
My Rating: 9/34
Reminded me of: Limitless, Turbo, Ninja Assassin, Planet Earth, Tree of Life
Guardians of the Galaxy
If Chris Pratt wasn't reason enough to watch this summer blockbuster, then let Bradley Cooper as a sarcastic raccoon convince you. The pacing was excellent, the soundtrack was brilliant, the script was hilarious and it had the right amount of action in it. Because I never thought I would never have such an emotional attachment to Groot, I would say this is probably my favourite action movie this year.
My Rating: 29/34
Reminded me of: Star Wars, Avengers
This movie was out of my comfort zone, and though I would classify it as a thriller, it had some chilling parts to it. I'm not sure if it was intentional by the director, but even though the basis of The Purge is a hypothetical futuristic setting, the costumes, weaponry, vehicles, and technology in the movie weren't at all futuristic and gave the eerie feel of a familiar and not-so-distant future. The characters were not completely believable but this suspenseful movie did well to seem convincing and terrifying, especially when they started wrapping their inexcusable crimes in the American flag to justify them.
My Rating: 22/34
Reminded me of: The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight, The Island
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