Charging down the track Disney PIXAR’s first entry into theaters for 2017 Cars 3 crosses the finish line a winner for kids and families. As usual PIXAR goes straight for the heart and delivers an uplifting tale of friendship, determination and good values with which the children can aspire. To set everyone up for the movie, a cartoon about a troubled youth should bring a heartwarming glow from LOU. Read more
Slow moving yet thrilling the movie Inferno, third in a series of movies based on books by David Keopp, comes to the screen in hopes of at least matching the $217 million of The Da Vinci Code that released in 2006. While the film does have non-stop action like the first, it loses its luster as a true mystery. Read more
Swinging into Pitch Perfect 2, the very funny and uplifting musical offers a good time for the over 13 crowd and it’s now on Blu-ray and DVD. The whole cast is returning from the first episode and they are in a battle to keep their legacy intact. You’ll be treated to the antics of your favorites from last year and a group of new characters who will rock the house. Jam packed with special features, other than Disney releases no other studio gives home viewers this many extras on Blu-ray. Available for home viewing on September 22. Read more
Worn out and not very scary, the sequel to the classic horror flick The Town that Dreaded Sundown tries to piggyback off the original, but comes up lame. The original 1976 release, as campy as it is, follows the crimes that actually happened in 1946 in the City of Texarkana and gives an aura of fear. Making a remake of the original film would have been better as the fear factor would still radiate from the real serial crimes that was never solved. Read more
Continuing on their journey the band of dwarves and Bilbo Baggins find the going rough in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. The film is the second segment, or act two, of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. It’s a bridge to the last act that’s slated for release in 2014. Steeped with action, the lengthy trip through Middle Earth works its way through mountains, a foreboding forest, and a small village to the destination of a meeting with the dragon Smaug. It’s a magical trip that ends as a nail-biting cliffhanger. Read more
The Hunger Games continues with “Catching Fire” and as the title suggests the movie does just that. The compelling adventure starts out with a bang, continues with non-stop action and leaves you hanging for the next installment. The main cast is back and they put on a great show recreating their characters for this sequel. On the downside, even through the CGI is brilliant it gets too heavily laden and almost animated, leaving very little to the imagination. Most audiences will walk away from the experience with an empty feeling being left hanging in the middle of the battle. Read more
Actually, although I did laugh at many of the comical mishaps to which the characters were subjected, The Hangover Part III wasn’t up to par with the original of the three episodes. The good things were the return of the whole main cast that made The Hangover Part I a huge success, the downside was it turned out to be more repetitious than I thought it would be. If you just can’t get enough of the ‘Wolfpack’ however, then rush right over to your theater this Memorial Day weekend for a reunion. Read more
This may be the film that kicks off The Avengers from the all time box-office winner for 2012. The movie is called The Dark Knight Rises, but loyal fans will refer to the film as Batman and they know that this dark knight has all the power to rise above any comic book hero the industry can throw at him. For me, I’m just one of the crew, a follower hooked since Batman Begins. Read more
After squirming in my seat trying to get more comfortable several times I began to realize that there’s something wrong with Men in Black 3, it drones, creating a lackadaisical mood that destroys any comical stimulus. That said, the film however reeks with plot, silly alien characters and amazing guns and gadgets. But, the glitz and glitter aren’t enough to carry the third edition of the single film winning franchise. Read more
Comedy runs rampant in the sequel American Reunion, with the whole cast returning from American Pie. Although the film does provide a lot of laughs, it may be somewhat hackneyed with each of the characters getting into similar troubles like they did in the original film. But, if it’s just a mindless feature you want to clear out the emotions from a dull and uneventful day, then this film will do the trick. Um, actually American Reunion also turned out to be good humor medicine for me. Read more
‘Holdover Part II’ is more like it because The Hangover Part II should be in movie theaters for a very long time. The hilarious comedy uses the same formula as in the original that got the filmmaker an amazing box office return. The writers, cast and crew did an amazing job of bringing one of the funniest movies of the year to the screen. IT’S NOT FOR KIDS.
Stu’s about to get married to the lovely Flora (Jamie Chung) a Thailand beauty. The bride wants her wedding to be held in her home country where her parents live. With all the wedding plans complete Stu gets on a plane with his best friends Phil, Alan and Doug for the journey to the beautiful land to meet Flora’s family for the first time. Flora’s parents welcome Stu but he also receives the comment that he’s not ‘good enough’ for daddy’s little girl. Bummed out, the guys and Flora’s young brother Teddy, take Stu to Bangkok for one last fling.
The original formula works well here, it’s the morning after and we find Stu, Phil and Alan hung over and not remembering the night before. It gets very hilarious from here on out with a missing Teddy, an elderly monk in a wheelchair, a drug peddling monkey and Mr. Chow, the weird oriental from the previous film, all becoming the clues within the bizarre search around Bangkok.
Acting, directing, story and cinematography are on point with the comedy. The returning cast puts on a great show under the able direction of writer/director Todd Phillips. Phillips packages the film nicely and like in the first Hangover executes some wild twists and turns that when you think it’s all figured out, throws another fly in the ointment. Never missing a beat, the story flows nicely, comedy sharp and the ending (well you will just have to see that for yourself.)
As I stated in the first paragraph this movie is not for kids, but mature adults. The Hangover Part II is rated R for pervasive language, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images. Warning: The film gets so raunchy at times even a sailor would blush and most of the sexual content is not always socially acceptable. After all it’s just a movie, right?
FINAL ANALYSIS: A wild recap of their first hangover, only different. (B)