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Dragons, Aliens & Food Trucks

Now that school's out, there's more time to head to the theatres and check out the latest movies! With something for everyone, here are my thoughts on select movies this week:


Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise is a new recruit with fear of blood and a lot to learn in this "50 First Dates meets sci-fi" action flick. True to time-travel movies, this one was especially riddled with bullets as well as plot holes, but was better than its trailer made it seem. And if you're into alien-things trying to take over the planet by force, this movie has enough explosions to make Michael Bay jealous.

My Rating: 26/34 

Reminded me of: Groundhog Day, Pacific Rim, 50 First Dates, Wreck-It-Ralph, Pacific Rim, Minority Report


How to Train Your Dragon 2

As much as I like the humour and wit of these movies, this sequel didn't live up to my expectations. A few heartwarming scenes didn’t seem to outweigh the weak plot and the mishmash of multiple story lines running throughout. It was great to see the adorable Toothless again, (and in 3D!), but I think this sequel could have had stronger characters, plot and charm like the first.

My Rating: 26/34 

Reminded me of: How to Train Your Dragon, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods



It is essential that you see this movie on a full stomach, or at least with a large bag of popcorn on your lap. This unusual father-son story was an unexpected collision of music, food, culture and social media. Though it has a star-studded cast, it was the solid performance from the kid (who plays Percy) that gave this movie heart and passion. 

My Rating: 28/34

Reminded me of: No Reservations, Ratatouille


See you at the movies!

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About the Author

Alyssa Quigley is an enthusiastic chocoholic who thinks life is too short to be taken too seriously. When she's not writing movie reviews, she loves watching movies - especially musicals - with friends, playing volleyball and is an avid Amazing Race fan.

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