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Central Intelligence- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                      Central Intelligence centers around pair Calvin Joyner and Robbie Wheirdicht, played by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, respectively. The first is an accountant who was extremely popular in high school and is now disappointed with his life and the second a CIA operative that was terribly bullied in high school that now goes by Bob Stone. Bob goes to Joyner for help in stopping nuclear launch codes from going into the hands of terrorists. Hart and Johnson’s chemistry, along with just an overall very funny script, makes Central Intelligence and entertaining flick.

How is it? 7/10                                                                                                                          Central Intelligence benefits greatly from Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, who when paired together on screen, make for a hilarious duo. Although it’s silly, it’s an overall diverting and fun movie, that’ll make you laugh several times.

How is the action and humor? 8/10                                                                               The action in Central Intelligence is what you should expect from a buddy-cop movie–it’s nothing too groundbreaking, and played mostly for laughs. The humor, as I mentioned before, is very strong in the first half, and although not as much in the second, is still funny throughout. Dwayne Johnson’s tough guy, CIA operative personality pairs extremely well with Hart’s ordinary character.

Overall, Central Intelligence is a fun movie that will entertain you for a good two hours.

Independence Day: Resurgence- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     20 years after the events of the first Independence Day where aliens attacked Earth, and Capt. Steven Hiller (played by Will Smith) helped in blowing up the alien’s mothership, Earth has advanced in technology by combining alien and human tech. They have been preparing for the alien’s possible return, and soon find out the aliens have done so. Hiller’s son (played by Jessie Usher), along with veteran David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) and Jake Morrison (Liam Hemsworth) must stop the aliens from taking Earth once more. Independence Day: Resurgence is a less-than-mediocre sci-fi flick with impressive visual effects, which is pretty much the only good thing going for it.

How is it? 3.7/10                                                                                                                     Independence Day: Resurgence has great visual effects, but its other flaws drag it down from being nearly enjoyable as the original. It has too many characters, and any major character moment didn’t have enough building up to it, which causes you not to care about what’s happening too much. The acting is nothing special, and it falls under the category of CGI-fest movies that rely too heavily on special effects. Without having seen the original, you’ll understand the plot points, but not care about the characters as much as the movie expects you to. Nonetheless, the action scenes are enjoyable, and if you’re looking purely for visual spectacle, it should be fine. However, during the film, I even found myself thinking about other things and not the movie– its plot is silly, and is more or less a rehash of the last one with better special effects. As Jeff Goldblum states in the movie,”It’s definitely bigger than the last one,” but that’s all it is.

How are the action, special effects, and humor? 6.5/10                                          The action in ID4: Resurgence is pretty good, I must admit, and it is assisted by the spectacular special effects. However, I found myself watching the action not because I was compelled by the storyline, but simply because I wanted to see the special effects. Its attempts at humor do cause a few chuckles, but most of it fell flat and wasn’t too funny. However, I must give it credit for not being too dark and serious (cough, cough, Batman v Superman) and having a lighter tone.

In conclusion, Independence Day: Resurgence is a less-than-decent sci-fi movie that I wouldn’t recommend unless I craved its large-scale spectacle.

X-Men: Apocalypse- Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     X-Men: Apocalypse takes place in the 80s, after the confusing events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was an undeniably good movie that I would definitely recommend checking out.  For those of you that don’t know, the X-Men franchise revolves around mutants- people born with superpowers that world used to think/ thinks are very dangerous. Some main mutants are Magneto, a man who can control metal, Mystique, a shape-shifter, Professor X/Charles Xavier, a telepath, and Quicksilver, a man who can run with superspeed. If you haven’t seen any other X-Men movies, read this article to fill you in.  So after mutants have been revealed to the public and Mystique has saved the president, mutants are slightly more well-received in the world. But soon, the first and most powerful mutant ever, Apocalypse, is awakened. He is disgusted by the quality of the world when woken, so he decides to restore his power, and destroy the current world, only allowing the strong to survive. He recruits a team of other mutant followers, and sets out to “cleanse the world”. So the X-Men have to stop him before he eradicates all the humans on Earth.

How is it? 7.4/10                                                                                                                          X-Men: Apocalypse is an overall fun, entertaining flick that isn’t amazing, but is still pretty good. It will definitely please fans of X-Men, and is still enjoyable for newcomers to the X-Men. The acting by James McAvoy, who plays Professor X, is great, as well as from Michael Fassbender (Magneto) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique). There is no shortage of humor, and the action and special effects are top-notch. A downside to this movie is that it is a little underwhelming, and some characters that could’ve had a lot of potential are sort of wasted.

How is the action, special effects, and humor? 9/10                                             The action in Apocalypse is AMAZING, and extremely well put-together. A really fun, spectacular scene is the final battle between Apocalypse and the X-Men, which showcases all of their powers and dazzling special effects. The rest of the special effects are truly amazing, given that the X-Men have extraordinary powers, which this movie embraces. Another amazing sequence, and probably my favorite through out the movie, is the highly-anticipated Quicksilver sequence, which you got a glimpse of in the trailer. Check out a quick clip of it here. This sequence has amazing special effects, and is packed with humor. Even the rest of the movie has some funny moments throughout, but Quicksilver is by far the funniest character (every line he spoke was at least somewhat comedic, and he provided great comic relief). This is an overall super fun and entertaining movie.

In conclusion, X-Men: Apocalypse is a great movie that has many awesome moments and is overall enjoyable to watch.

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                     After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which the Avengers were forced to drop a city out of the sky, the government thinks the Avengers should operate publicly under their supervision. On top of this, Captain America’s best friend Bucky Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier, is forced to be on the run from the government. After feeling guilt for all the destruction he caused, Iron Man believes that the Avengers should be under the government’s control, but Cap disagrees. Therefore, the Avengers are split in half- one side led by Iron Man, the other by Captain America. Along the way, newcomers Spider-Man and Black Panther join the fight.

How is it? 5.3/5                                                                                                                        Captain America: Civil War is an amazing movie filled to the brim with action and humor. It has great acting by Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, and Chris Evans who plays, Captain America. As for non-Marvel fans who wish to see the movie, I would recommend watching The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Or just reading this article. Despite solid acting, action, and humor, Civil War is just an all-around fun movie to watch. The only negative thing I could think of is the villain, Helmut Zemo, a Cap villain from the comics, who also splits the Avengers apart. Incorporating him in the movie makes it a little bit messy in the way that the movie has to juggle him in with all the other characters. New additions Spider-Man and Black Panther are AWESOME, the first being a great source of comic relief, and the second just being really cool.

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 5.5/5                                            Civil War is completely action-packed, with fight sequences from the beginning to the end. The airport battle, which can be partially seen from the trailers, is amazing, with all the heroes in the movie clashing and showing off their fantastic abilities. Critics all around are praising this sequence for its fantastic action, and it is my favorite scene from the movie. It also has clever one-liners embedded in all the action, which will make you laugh out loud. There is also a great chase sequence with Black Panther, Cap, and Bucky. Ant-Man and Spider-Man are really funny, as well as Falcon, who shows up in The Winter Soldier. The special effects are also pretty good, but not as good as other entries, as this is more about the heroes and not anything cosmic. This movie is really fun to watch, unlike another superhero brawl, Batman v Superman, which lacked this element throughout.

Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a fantastic movie that will please both fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and people new to it.

Movie Review- The Jungle Book (2016)

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling tale, The Jungle Book is about a boy named Mowgli that grew up in the jungle and was raised by wolves. However, the jungle is no longer safe for Mowgli, as a vicious tiger named Shere Khan is out to get him and will stop at nothing. So Mowgli tries to leave the jungle, and is guided by a cautious panther named Bagheera and a carefree bear named Baloo. Along the way, he encounters more threats, such as a deadly snake named Kaa and a gigantopithecus named King Louie.

How is it? 9/10                                                                                                                             Overall, The Jungle Book is really good, especially because of its use of 3D. Its special effects are mind-blowing, and all of the details of the jungle are done to perfection. Besides that, The Jungle Book is interesting to watch, and is a very fun movie.

How are the special effects? 10/10                                                                                  The special effects in The Jungle Book are flat-out amazing, and the movie must be seen in 3D. The visual effects in this movie pop out and is a great experience. But even without the 3D effect, the visuals in The Jungle Book are awesome, and every single animal featured is beautifully animated with CGI. The spectacular effects really make you feel like you are in the movie.

In conclusion, The Jungle Book is a wonderful movie that must be seen on the big screen.




Movie Review- Zootopia

What is it about?                                                                                                                     In the animal city of Zootopia located in a world where humans don’t exist, life is ideal. Predators and prey have learned to overcome their differences and live together peacefully. The first rabbit police officer, Judy Hopps, takes on a missing persons case, but must team up with the sly fox con artist Nick Wilde. Zootopia is an amazing, funny movie definitely worth watching.

How is it? 5/5                                                                                                                             Zootopia is a great movie that is entertaining and light-hearted. It’s really fun to watch and will make you laugh. Its voice cast is amazing and fits all the characters extremely well.

How is the humor? 4/5                                                                                                         Zootopia has a number of times where you will laugh out loud and will keep you smiling until the end. Many of the funny parts are due to plays on words. For instance, instead of CNN, Zootopia changes it to ZNN. Its characters are also likable and funny.

In conclusion, Zootopia is a wonderful movie that is fun and entertaining to watch.

Movie Review- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

What is it about?                                                                                                                     After the massive destruction caused by Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, (for those of you that don’t know, Zod vowed to destroy Superman on Krypton when Superman was born, but after its explosion, he came back to Earth to face Superman as an adult. But in doing so, a LOT of destruction was caused and many people died in the fight between Zod and Superman) the Gotham City vigilante Batman has established a new form of justice, but a more ruthless one. He thinks that the world can’t trust Superman after all the destruction he caused and the potential destruction he could cause. Which leads to the fight people have been waiting to see on screen for so long- Batman v Superman. Meanwhile, a new and very dangerous enemy rises: Lex Luthor (the most famous Superman villain ever).

How is it? 3.7/10                                                                                                                             Despite what critics are saying, Batman v Superman is pretty good! But if you’re not familiar with DC mythology, then some really good parts may not make sense. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the main Justice League characters before watching this movie. The plot is a little messy, and the first half of the movie is very slow, but it definitely picks up by the end. The movie, while it makes sense, does not do a great job of making the plot clear, and it seems even convoluted at times. The new Batman, played by Ben Affleck, and the new version of Lex Luthor are awesome! Also, the new Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, is really cool, although not in the movie for that long.

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 4/5                                                 The action in Batman v Superman is breathtaking. It has a few quite impressive sequences and the new brutal incarnation of Batman is a large part of these. The special effects are amazing, building up near the end, including a destructive (CGI) monster created by Lex Luthor. Finally, there is no humor in Batman v Superman. Unlike other superhero movies, like those in the MCU, Batman v Superman has no humor and is very dark and grim. This is one of the negative aspects of the movie, as without humor, the slow parts are not very interesting to watch.

Overall, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a GREAT movie that is very dark and humorless, but has awesome action and special effects.


Movie Review- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

What is it about?                                                                                                                  Set 10 years after The Phantom Menace, separatists are threatening the galaxy and the Republic. An assassination plot to kill Senator Amidala is taking place, and it is up to the Jedi to stop it and protect her. A mysterious clone army, and much more is discovered by the Jedi, which leads to the Clone Wars and destruction of the Republic. Attack of the Clones is an awful movie not worth your time.

How is it? 2.25/5                                                                                                                          Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is a 2-and-a-half-hours long blob of nothingness. It is extremely boring, terribly acted, and the romance between Anakin and Padmé is dry and just plain creepy. The few decent fight scenes there are cannot compensate for the terribleness of Attack of the Clones. The only one thing I can give it credit for, and for all the prequels, for that matter, is world-building: George Lucas, although he created these dry, stiff, and flat-out boring prequels, still managed to add a ton to Star Wars lore, and we would never look at the saga the same way without the prequels.

How is the action and special effects? 3/5                                                                    Like its predecessor and sequel, Attack of the Clones has overused CGI (computer generated imagery) and the action is scarce. The last battle of Geonosis is exciting as well as the battle between Count Dooku (the villain) and Yoda. However, the action does not make up for the horrendously acted, terrible first two-thirds of the movie.

In conclusion, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is even worse than the Phantom Menace and isn’t worth the time watching.



Movie Review- Star Wars: the Phantom Menace

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is the first of the infamous prequel movies in the Star Wars saga. New fans to the franchise don’t need to know anything about the Star Wars universe to watch this movie, for it is the beginning of the saga. The Trade Federation has cut off all passages to the planet Naboo, so Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn go to fix the dispute. Along the way, they meet Anakin Skywalker, a promising young boy who grows up to be the feared Darth Vader, and encounter the (not-so-interesting) villain Darth Maul. If you are looking for a good, exciting movie filled with action, The Phantom Menace is not for you.

How is it? 2.5/5                                                                                                                       Overall, The Phantom Menace is a boring movie. It’s villain, Darth Maul, is terrible and speaks two lines(!) throughout the movie. It is unlike the other Star Wars movies and lacks the elements of adventure and excitement: who wants to see a Star Wars movie about trade? However, if you want to watch it, you do not need to have seen any other Star Wars movies.

How is the action and special effects? 3/5                                                                The action and special effects in The Phantom Menace are not amazing, but not terrible. The little action that exists is choreographed wonderfully, and is exciting to watch. However, the lack of it will bore viewers. The special effects, like the rest of the prequels are overused and ruin the effect.

Overall, Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is a terrible movie that is not worth watching.





Kung Fu Panda 3 Movie Review

What is it about?                                                                                                                   Kung Fu Panda 3 is the newest Kung Fu Panda movie in the series. Po, a chubby panda that becomes the legendary Dragon Warrior and fights alongside other animal warriors, is defending China when he is reunited with his long-lost father. He takes him back to a panda village where Po must train a village of clumsy pandas to fight Kai, an enemy that threatens to take the life force out of all great kung fu masters.

How is it? 4/5                                                                                                                            Kung Fu Panda 3 is visually terrific, funny movie. The animation is dazzling and Po’s interactions with other pandas are hilarious. You do not need to see the other Kung Fu Panda movies to understand this one, however you do need basic knowledge of the main characters (Po; Master Shifu, his lemur teacher; Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Viper, and Crane, the animals that fight alongside Po; and Mr. Ping, Po’s adpoted father, a goose).

How funny is it? 3.5/5                                                                                                           Kung Fu Panda 3 is very funny, and much of the humor comes from either fun-loving, clumsy Po or his panda relatives, who also possess those qualities.

How are the visual effects? 5/5                                                                                        The animation in Kung Fu Panda 3 is wonderful. The characters in the movie possess extraordinary abilities, such as flying or being able to jump over mountains, so the movie embraces this and provides dazzling special effects.

In conclusion, Kung Fu Panda 3 is an entertaining, awesome, and funny movie with great special effects.