Average User Score: 8.5Sep 28, 2014A stunning and dark fairy-tale movie. It's deep, moving, and filled with symbolism. It's a treat for the eyes with gorgeous effects and creatures that just look real. It's a mix of a fantasy and a war movie with touches of horror. It's overall just a work of art that can appeal to audiences of all ages, although due to some mature content and potentially frightening images it is probably better left to the older ones. Del Toro created a masterpiece, one that should be at the top of your must-watch list. It is one that will stick with you long after watching.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.1Sep 26, 2014Sandler's third rom-com with Drew Barrymore manages to be an entertaining and mostly funny experience. The romance feels artificial and forced, so it's the interactions with the children that will have you thinking "aw, that's sweet." There are some laugh out loud moments throughout, but I'm surprised at how much of the early humor falls flat on it's face. It takes a while for things to get regularly funny.
In a lot of way it's your standard Sandler flick. So that means if you're not a fan of his work then you shouldn't bother with this one. It's got it's funny and sweet moments, but it does noticeably have it's issues. Probably chief among them being that the Sandler/Barrymore chemistry that was on display in "The Wedding Singer and "50 First Dates" is missing here.
Still, it's an overall funny enough movie to make it worth a watch. So long as you're not one of those people who has a particular distaste for Sandler movies. It's rom-com that succeeds more with the comedy then with the romance. I did enjoy it though.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Sep 22, 2014The events of this movie will have long term effects on the MCU. It's both an action packed superhero movie and a well-paced and tension filled political thriller. I can't give enough praise to the excellent Captain America vs. Winter Soldier fights. The best moments in the film are when the two of them are on-screen together in my opinion.
It's definitely something different than what you would expect from a Marvel film. It feels more real than the others. Like the vents and the hero on display here are something that could actually happen. The tone is also more serious and a little darker than other Marvel movies, yet it still feels like it's apart of that universe. I just love all of the little hints and references hidden throughout to other heroes or more obscure villains. For instance the inclusion of Batroc the Leaper tickled my inner comic book nerd. Be sure to stick through the credits until the very end.
"The Winter Soldier" is another excellent Marvel film that not only expands upon the first movie, but the universe as a whole. I can't wait to see where they take things from here and I highly recommend the movie. It's one of the best the MCU has seen so far.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Sep 21, 2014Whether you actually believe in global warming or not it's almost impossible to deny that this movie makes a compelling argument. Typically things like this would bore the heck out of me, but I was surprised to find myself interested and entertained throughout, soaking up all of the information. Al Gore just has a wonderful stage presence.
Now the argument itself is very well put together. It's science is laid out in an easy to understand and attractive manner. Whether or not you agree with it is up to you. The one complaint I have with the film is that it actually tries to use sad stories from Gore's past (such as an incident involving his son) in order to help get viewers to sympathize with him, and thus agree with him. It's a cheap tactic. One that wasn't really necessary since they included a healthy dose of their facts. But I guess they wanted to cover all bases.
The movie succeeds thanks to Gore's genuine concern for the topic. I really don't think the movie would've been as effective had someone else been on-screen. He brings a healthy dose of charm and humor to the screen that kept me watching. Those who strongly don't believe in global warming probably won't care for this one at all, but I doubt even they could deny that it's setup in an enjoyable manner.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Sep 17, 2014Definitely flexes it's comedic brawn rather than it's brain. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments throughout, and the special effects have aged surprisingly well. It's the type of film that doesn't take itself too seriously. While that may not fair too well for the plot, it definitely keeps things entertaining throughout. A solid, if not particularly brainy comedy.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.9Sep 12, 2014I wasn't too thrilled with the first Rio, but I certainly expected more than this. It's got the excellent animation and top-notch voice cast that you would expect from a kids movie that's worth seeing nowadays, it's just missing the humor and charm. I'm sure young kids will get more than a few chuckles out of it, but older audiences like myself are better off letting the kids watch this one on their own.
The plot is your standard, predictable, and cliched tale about a son-in-law struggling to connect with his father-in-law. They honestly could have ditched the part of the story involving the humans and the movie would have been better for it. A big part of the first Rio was the musical numbers, however outside of particularly memorable take on "I Will Survive" by Jemaine Clement's "Nigel" they all mostly fall short.
Rio 2 is lacking in a lot of aspects that would have otherwise made this a good animated movie that any member of the family could've enjoyed. I spent the entire movie just wishing it would hurry up and end. This is one strictly for the young ones in your house. Older audiences may want to avoid. My total score is a 4.2/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Sep 12, 2014It expands on it's predecessor without losing what made it so excellent in the first place. The plot is more complex, the action more insane, and the stakes higher. Raffaelli brings the awesome martial arts action, while Belle delivers some truly impressive parkour. It kept me hooked from beginning to end and the inclusion of more humor thankfully doesn't ruin things. I do feel Belle's character might be underused in this sequel, and watching the characters jump back and forth from District 13 and Paris without any explanation as to how they were able to pull it off it a little out there, but it's still one of the best action movies I've ever seen. I highly recommend it and give it a near-perfect score of 9.9/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Sep 8, 2014Much like Dredd or The Raid, two of the best action movies in recent memory, this movie succeeds part in because of it's awesome setting. Also like those movies it provides an interesting take on the action. In this movies case it's high-flying parkour. It doesn't have much in the way of traditional action movie shoot outs or fist-fights (there are a few), instead it's got insanely fun chase scenes that feature some crazy awesome stunts.
Even better is the fact that it's got a great plot and awesome leads in Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle, who just work great together. Don't let this movie's age trick you into thinking that all it's tricks have already been used in so many more recent action films. I'm actually shocked to say that it's content is still very unique, and even today feels like a fresh face in the action movie crowd. A must watch.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Sep 8, 2014A cheap looking but very hilarious movie. More than just a lot physical humor. It succeeds thanks to how over-the-top McBride's character is, and how despite being initially unlikable it makes us root for him. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, and you'll overall just have a really good time with it. By now we basically the know the characters McBride plays, but that doesn't make this one any less funny. My total score is an 8.2/10.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Sep 5, 2014I was surprised to learn that this movie has ties to Affirm Films, whose work consists of movies like 2011's "Courageous." That's right it's a christian-based movie aimed at families. While I've enjoyed previous works from them it was because they held true to their beliefs and strongly held them as the basis for their movies. That might have rubbed many the wrong way, but I've always respected them for it.
With Moms' Night Out I feel they kind of sold out. The films christian values are pushed down and the style is reminiscent of the Hangover movies, which means a string of moments that just get bigger and crazier as it goes on, although expectedly toned down. All of it just so they can attract a larger audience. The problem is outside of some rare moments, it isn't all that funny. You can clearly see where the inspiration comes from, and that unoriginality sinks into the humor. You've seen it all before in the r-rated comedies it's trying so hard to be the PG version of.
It also doesn't help that the majority of the characters are annoying stereotypes that are blown wildly out of proportion. Lead Sarah Drew's character is the worst offender. They try hard to capture how difficult motherhood is, but they do it by overly exaggerating the characters "mom" personality to the extreme. IT's annoying.
So the movie tries hard to be something it's not, and quite honestly given it's ties it shouldn't have been anyway. Still it doesn't hurt that it is a wholesome, family film. It's just a shame there are plenty of better options out there. It tries to grab both stressed out mothers and the Hangover movie crowd, and instead ends up pushing them both away. In the process it also alienates the crowd who typically like their movies. It's a sell out that failed to sell out.… Expand