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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Movie Review: Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

Have you ever had a secret that you couldn't figure out how to tell the family? In December 2013, Lacey had one of those secrets and she's just waiting for the right time to tell it is all...

Directing this 100 minute comedy/drama is Tyler Perry.

Filling the screen with Christmas joy is: Tyler Perry as Madea, Anna Maria Horsford as Eileen, Tika Sumpter as Lacey, Eric Lively as Conner, Larry the Cable Guy as Buddy, Kathy Najimy as Kim, JR Lemon as Oliver, Chad Michael Murry as Tanner Noah Urrea as Bailey and Lisa Whelchel as Nancy Porter.

Since Lacey won't be home for Christmas this year, Eileen, her mom, decides to surprise her with a visit. After Eileen talks her aunt Madea into a little road trip the ladies are off and traveling. Soon the ladies arrive

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Movie Review: Black Christmas (2006)

Do you get a little home sick during Christmas? In December 2006, Billy did, so he broke out from what he was doing and headed home.

Directing this 84 minute horror/thriller is Glen Morgan.

Katie Cassidy as Kelli Presley, Michelle Trachtenberg as Melissa, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hearther Fitzgerald, Lacey Chabert as Dana, Crystal Lowe as Lauren Hannon, Kristen Cloke as Leigh Colvin, Andrea Martin as Barbara "Ms. Mac" MacHenry, Oliver Hudson as Kyle Autry, Cainan Wiebe as Billy Lenz (5 - 12 years old) Dean Friss as Agnes (16 - 22 years old) and Robert Mann as Billy Lenz (20 - 35 years old).

It’s Christmas time at the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house. Every year, as is tradition, the sorority leaves a gift under the tree for someone who’s not a sorority sister. That special someone would be

Movie Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Would you watch a film that had a Christmas AND Halloween theme? In October 1993, one was made and if you haven't seen it by now... you should fix that... quickly! After you finish reading my review, please and thank you.

Directing this 76 minute animation/family/fantasy/musical is Henry Selick.

Making Christmas in this flick is: Chris Sarandon as Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman as Singing voice of Jack Skellington, Catherine O'Hara as Sally, William Hickey as Dr. Finklestein, Glenn Shadix as Mayor, Paul Reubens as Lock and Ken Page as Oogie Boogie.

Jack is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. A place where all the scary things live and spend the year trying to make the next Halloween better than the last. Something Jack takes great pride in and

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Movie Review: Grabbers

Would you drink alcohol to survive? In August 2012, a small town had to tie one on if they wanted to see tomorrow.

Directing this 94 minute comedy/horror/sci-fi/thriller is Jon Wright.

Grabbing a pint in this flick is: Richard Coyle as Garda Ciaran O'Shea, Ruth Bradley as Garda Lias Nolan, Russell Tovey as Dr. Adam Smith, Lalor Roddy as Paddy Barrett and David Pearse as Brian Maher.

It started with finding mutilated whales on the shore of a little Irish island. What came next was something nobody had ever seen before. After finding a specimen to study, Dr. Smith realizes this blood sucking

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Movie Review: The Frozen Ground

If you had a chance to help catch a serial killer, would you? In August 2013, we watched as Cindy decided to either keep running or help catch a twisted killer.

Directing this 105 minute biography/crime/history/thriller is Scott Walker.

Some of the cast in this cold twisted tale is: Nicolas Cage as Jack Halcombe, Vanessa Hudgens as Cindy Paulson, John Cusack as Robert Hansen, Radha Mitchell as Allie Halcombe, Katherine LaNasa as Fran Hansen, Kevin Dunn as Lt. Bob Jent and Kurt Fuller as D.A. Pat Clives. With Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Pimp Clate Johnson.

Alaskan trooper Jack Halcombe is trying to catch the individual responsible for the rape and murder of young girls. Jack knows who it is, but can't prove it, which just continues the race of finding more dead girls,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Movie Review: The Starving Games

Have you ever been digging through the comedy section for something good to watch and wound up picking the worst one possible? As of October 2013, I can say, join the club.

Directing this 83 minute comedy is Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer.

"Trying" to spoof us for entertainment is: Maiara Walsh as Kantmiss Evershot, Brant Daugherty as Dale, Cody Christian as Peter Malarkey, Lauren Bowles as Effoff, Diedrich Bader as President Snowballs, Theodus Crane as Cleaver Williams and Michael Hartson as Bob Hylox.

Kantmiss must compete in the 75th annual Starving Games. A televised event where your life is on the line every minute, and the competition is deadly. Spoofing the Hunger Games, each minute is filled with gags and jokes, linking up popular movie titles and stacking up the laughs.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Movie Review: The Messenger

When a split second can change a person's life for ever, how do we adapt to the change? In February 2010, one second changed Will's life, and he's still trying to adapt.

Directing this 113 minute drama/romance/war is Oren Moverman.

Ben Foster as Staff Sergent Will Montgomery, Woody Harrelson as Captain Tony Stone, Jena Malone as Kelly and Samantha Morton as Olivia Pitterson. With appearances by Steve Buscemi as Dale Martin and Eamonn Walker as Colonel Stuart Dorsett.

Due to an injury to his eye and leg, Staff Sergent Will Montgomery gets reassigned to the Casualty Notification Team to finish out the few months he has left in his enlistment. Not having the background for this field, Will doesn't feel he is right for the job. Captain Tony Stone is partnered with Will to teach him the

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Movie Review: Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear

When's the last time you sat down and thought about your five senses? In May 2013, a group of people sat down and did just that, and this is what they came up with.

Directing this 88 minute five piece horror anthology is:
Nick Everhart - Smell
Miko Hughes - See
Emily Hagins - Touch
Eric England as Taste
                                   Jesse Holland/Andy Mitton - Listen

Filling your senses with horror is: Corey Scott Rutledge as Seth Kyle, Danae Nason as Sarah, Hilary Greer as Miss Margaret, Ted Yudaim as Dr. Tom, Debra Jans as Amy, Lowell Byers as Travis/Killer, Caleb Barwick as Henry, Doug Roland as Aaron Whitworth, Symba Smith as Lacey Sharp, Joe Varca as Jesse,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Movie Review: Homefront

Does seeing the chaos around you in life make you want to protect the ones around you more? In November 2013, the chaos in Phil's life has caught up with him, and now it's time to protect the ones around him.

Directing this 100 minute action/crime/thriller is Gary Flender.

Some of the stars of this flick are: Jason Statham as Phil Broker, Izabela Vidovic as Maddy Broker, James Franco as Morgan "Gator" Bodine, Winona Ryder as Sheryl Marie Mott, Kate Bosworth as Cassie Bodine Klum, Marcus Hester as Jimmy Klum, Clancy Brown as Sheriff Keith Rodrigue, Omar Benson Miller as Teedo, Frank Grillo as Cyrus Hanks and Chuck Zito as "Danny T" Turrie. With an apperance by Pruitt Taylor Vince as Werks.

DEA agent Phil Broker decides to hang up his badge after a big drug bust with a biker gang goes wrong. So, Phil decides to settle down in a quiet town and do the family thing. Unfortunately, with

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Movie Review: The Revenant

If you lost your best friend, how would you react if they came back? In August 2012, it took Joey a second to deal, but even when you're dead, a friend is still a friend. Right?

Directing this 117 minute comedy/horror is D. Kerry Prior.

Some of the reanimated cast is: David Anders as Bart Gregory, Chris Wylde as Joey Luebner, Louise Griffths as Janet, Jacy King as Mathilda.

After the death of Second Lieutenant Bart Gregory, a solider makes his final journey home from Iraq, to find rest. Unfortunately, rest is the last thing Bart will find after returning home. Bart and Joey, best

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Movie Review: Frozen

Don't you think it would be cool to have ice powers? In November
2013, Elsa didn't think so, but after a while, she realized it wasn't so bad.

Directing this 108 minute animation/adventure/comedy/family/fantasy/musical is Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

Lending their voices are:  Kristen Bell as Anna, Idina Menzel as Elsa, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, Josh Gad as Olaf, Santino Fontana as Hans, Alan Tudyk as Duke and Ciaran Hinds as Pabbie/Grandpa.

Elsa has kept her powers a secret ever since the accident. Unfortunately, when her secret is revealed during an argument with her little sister Anna, it's in front of everybody. Scared and upset Elsa runs away, as everyone reacts out of fear to what they've seen her do. Finally realizing why there has been

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Movie Review: The Best Man Holiday

How important is friendship to you? In November 2013, we caught up with a group of people that may have burned a few bridges back in the day, but together they're working on rebuilding them.

Directing this 123 minute comedy is Malcolm D. Lee.

Getting to catch up on old times is: Taye Diggs as Harper, Regina Hall as Candace, Morris Chestnut as Lance, Monica Calhoun as Mia, Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Terrence Howard as Quentin, Sanaa Lathan as Robyn, Nia Long as Jordan, Harold Perrineau as Julian, Eddie Cibrian as Brian and John Michael Higgins as Stan.

It's been fifteen years since the whole gang was in the same place at the same time. So, this Christmas Mia

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Have you ever been really good at something, so good it came back to bite you in the ass? In October 2013, everyone knew Ray was good, but this test will show just how good he really is.

Directing this 110 minute action/mystery/thriller is Mikael Hafstrom.

Making a break for it in this flick is: Sylvester Stallone as Ray Breslin, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Emil Rottmayer, Jim Caciezel as Hobbes, Faran Tahir as Javed, Amy Ryan as Abigail, Vincent D'Onofrio as Lester Clark, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Hush, Vinnie Jones as Drake, Sam Neil as Dr. Kyrie and Caitriona Balfe as Jessica Miller.

Ray has a really cool job, he's an escape artist of sorts. His act can't be found in the bright lights of Vegas, and his audience isn't the kind you would expect. If you wanna see his act, you'll have to go to prison. With

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Movie Review: Free Birds


Who doesn't enjoy Thanksgiving? The food, getting together with people... the food. In November 2013, we found out if you're on the menu, Thanksgiving is a little harder to enjoy.

Directing this 91 minute animation/comedy/adventure/family is Jimmy Hayward.

Adding their voices to the flock is: Owen Wilson as Reggie, Woody Harrelson as Jake, Amy Poehler as Jenny, George Takei as S.T.E.V.E., Colm Meaney as Myles Standish, Keith David as Chief Broadbeak and Dan Fogler as Governor Bradford.

Reggie tried to warn his fellow feathered friends of the coming doom: Thanksgiving! Yet, when the time comes, Reggie is spared by the annual Presidential pardon. Who knew life could be so good because now,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Do you know what the Hunger Games movies are about? No, it's not a contest to find out who can go the longest without eating. Back in March 2012, we watched a simple act create a spark of change. Now, in November 2013, we watched that spark catch fire. 

Directing this 146 minute action/adventure/sci-fi/thriller is Francis Lawrence.

Playing their part in the games is: Jenifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Sam Clafin as Finnick Odair, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.

At the end of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta where victorious. Unfortunately, that victory comes at a price, and due to the rebellious actions seen in the districts, President Snow has decided it's time to pay. If the districts are allowed to follow the path they're on, the capitol could be facing a rebellion.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Movie Review: Bounty Killer (2013)

In a world destroyed by corporate greed, what would you do to make things right? In September 2013, we watched two people doing their part, by claiming the bounties placed on the heads of those corporate criminals.

Directing this 92 minute action/sci-fi/thriller is Henry Saine.

Dodging bullets in this flick is: Matthew Marsden as Drifter, Christian Pitre as Mary Death, Barak Hardley as Jack LeMans, Kristanna Loken as Catherine, Abraham Benrubi as Jimbo, Kevin McNally as Daft Willy, Eve as Mocha Sujata and Alexa Vega as Stewardess. With Gary Busey as Van Sterling, and Beverly D'Angelo as Lucille.

As the corporations took over they replaced the world's governments. Unfortunately, as all corporations grow, so does the hunger for power. Which lead to the corporate wars, a battle that was fought on a global

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Movie Review: Charlie Countryman

When your life is crumbling down around you, how do you hold on to what's left? In September 2013, Charlie found out, some times you need to let go of everything to find out what's important enough to hold on to.

Directing this 108 minute action/comedy/romance is Fredrik Bond.

Some of the nice and not so nice characters you'll see in this film are: Shia LaBeouf as Charlie Countryman, Evan Rachel Wood as Gabi Ibanescu, Mads Mikkelsen as Nigel, Til Schweiger as Darko, Melissa Leo as Kate, Rupert Grint as Karl, James Buckley as Luc, Vincent D'Onofrio as Bill, and John Hurt as Narrator.

After the loss of his mother, Charlie is burdened by his pain and grief. When suddenly, his mother Kate shows up and wants to sit down and talk with him. During their talk it's decided that Charlie will be going to

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Movie Review: Dead Man Down

If your happy life was ruined by someone, what would you be willing to do with nothing left to lose? In March 2013, I sat down to see what a man named Victor would do, and in the end... I didn't care.

Directing this 118 minute action/crime/drama/thriller is Niels Arden Oplev.

Bringing the drama to the table is: Colin Farrell as Victor, Noomi Rapace as Beatrice, Terrence Howard as Alphonse, Dominic Cooper as Darcy, Lusis Da Silva as Terry and Stu "Wade Barrett" Bennett as Kilroy.

Revenge can take awhile when you want it done right. Victor is doing just that, taking some time to get close to a crime lord for the payback. Only problem so far, a neighbor named Beatrice has caught wind of what

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

What do you do when the two things you love most are in different worlds? In November 2013, these two worlds shared something. A threat that could destroy both worlds and the man trying to protect them.

Directing this 112 minute action/adventure/fantasy is Alan Taylor.

Fighting for the future of the universe in this movie is: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Christopher Eccleston as Malekith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Algirm/Kurse, Jaimie Alexander as Sif, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Rene Russo as Frigga, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Sellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig and Jonathan Howard as Ian Boothby. With apperences by: Chris Evans as Captain America, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector and Stan Lee as Himself.

Asgard has seen many threats in it's time and fought many a foe. Like when a race of Dark Elves tried to send the universe into darkness with a weapon called the Aether. Bringing a fierce battle as the Asgard

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Movie Review: How I Live Now

Every now and then, we all get a little lost in life. When that happens, what do you do to find your way back? In October 2013, Daisy used her new found love to find her way home.

Directing this 101 minute action/drama/thriller/war is Kevin Macdonald.

Making their way through this war torn film is: Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, Tom Holland as Isaac, George MacKay as Eddie, Harley Bird as Piper and Danny McEvoy as Joe.

Daisy is an American girl visiting family in the English countryside. Even though her cousins welcome her with open arms, Daisy could care less about being there or getting to know them. Soon, Daisy starts to realize her cousins aren't all that bad, especially the oldest, Eddie. Yet, what were once

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Movie Review: The Conjuring

How do you protect your loved ones from a threat you can't see? In July 2013, the Warren's knew just what to do to help.

Directing this 112 minute horror/thriller is James Wan.

Conjuring up the entertainment is: Vera Farmiga as Lorraine Warren, Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren, Ron Livingston as Roger Perron, Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron, Shannon Kook as Drew, John Brotherton as Brad and Joseph Bishara as Bathsheba.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are paranormal investigators. Which is exactly what the Perron family needs after moving into their new farmhouse. What starts out as a few sounds and odd happenings turns into

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Movie Review: Ender's Game

Could you handle carrying the knowledge that the fate of a planet rests in your hands? In November 2013, a young boy struggled with that, but pushed on for that same reason.

Directing this 114 minute action/adventure/sci-fi is Gavin Hood.

Gearing up to protect the human race is: Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin, Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian, Moises Arias as Bonzo Madrid, Harrison Ford as Col. Graff, Viola Davis as Maj. Gwen Anderson and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.

In the year 2086, Earth was attacked by an alien race known as the Formics. If not for the heroic act of Commander Mazer Rackham, the alien forces may not have been stopped. However, Earth was still concerned the Formics might try again. Fearing annihilation from this highly advanced race, the International

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Movie Review: Man of Tai Chi

Do you believe a heart filled with good intentions can get lost on it's search for a solution? In November 2013, Chen found out that sometimes even with the best of intentions at heart we can still wind up walking down a dark road.

Directing this 105 minute action is Keanu Reeves.

Finding the balance in their acting Chi is: Keanu Reeves as Donaka Mark, Tiger Hu Chen as Chen Lin-Hu/Man of Tai Chi, Karen Mok as Sun Jingshi, Simon Yam as Wong, Yu Hai as Yang Tai Chi Master and Iko Uwais as Gilang Sanjaya.

Wanting to show the world that Tai Chi is more than just an exercise, Tiger Hu Chen competes in a fighting tournament. More attention for his marital arts style is what he wanted, but in this case catching the attention

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Movie Review: All Hallows' Eve

Would you watch a mysterious VHS tape found in your kid's candy bag? Does anyone still have a VCR? In October 2013, that mysterious tape gave us a new face to add to horror... Art the clown.

Directing this 85 minute horror is Damien Leone.

Some of the cast stuck being associated with this flick is:Katie Maguire as Sarah, Sydney Freihofer as Tia, Cole Mathewson as Timmy, Catherine A. Callahan as Caroline, Kayla Lian as Casey, Marie Master as Woman and Mike Giannelli as Art the clown.

Sarah is babysitting Tia and Timmy on Halloween night. After Timmy realizes he got a VHS tape in his candy bag, the kids want nothing more than to see what's on it. Sarah is uncertain since she doesn't know what's on

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Movie Review: ParaNorman

Is there anything wrong with talking to your dead grandma, even if she talks back? In August 2012, we found out that sometimes the dead have something to say.

Directing this 92 minute animation/adventure/comedy/family/fantasy is Chris Butler and Sam Fell.

Giving their voices to the charaters is: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Norman Babcock, Tucker Albrizzi as Neil, Anna Kendrick as Courtney Babcock, Casey Affleck as Mitch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Alvin, Elaine Stritch as Grandma, Bernard Hill as The Judge, John Goodman as Mr. Prenderghast, Jodelle Ferland as Agie, Tempestt Bledsoe as Sheriff Hooper Leslie Mann as Sandra Babcock and Jeff Garlin as Perry Babcock.

Norman is an unusual young boy; he still talks to his grandmother... who has passed away. Which works in