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

Movie Review: Trick 'r Treat

Do you hand out candy during Halloween? Or do you try to scare off the kids? In December 2007, we saw a few reasons why it was better to give out treats, because Sam has a few scary tricks up his sleeve.

Directing this 82 minute comedy/horror/thriller is Michael Dougherty.

Our trick or treating cast is: Dylan Baker as Steven, Leslie Bibb as Emma, Tahmoh Penikett as Henry, Lauren Lee Smith as Danielle, Anna Paquin as Laurie,Britt McKillip as Macy, Quinn Lord as Sam/Peeping Tommy and Brian Cox as Mr. Kreeg.

Four different stories all come together on one night, Halloween. A small looking child with a burlap sack on his head named Sam goes trick or treating and crosses paths with each of the stories. Like an individual that

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Did you know that even in today's times, we still have to worry about pirates in the ocean waters? In October 2013, we saw a real life story about some pirates, and they weren't your rum drinking friendly Jack Sparrow kind either.

Directing this 134 minute action/adventure/biography/crime/drama/thriller is Paul Greengrass.

Some of the cast retelling this true life event is: Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, Barkhad Abdi as Muse, Barkhad Abdirahman as Bilal, Faysal Ahmed as Najee, Mahat M. Ali as Elmi, Max Martini as SEAL Commander and Catherine Keener as Andrea Phillips.

This film tells the story of a man that was captain of a U.S. cargo ship that was hijacked by pirates. In 2009,

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Movie Review: The Battery

What would you truly need to survive? Would you be able to handle a new world without the comforts of home? In June 2013, we watch two completely opposite minded men in a world overrun by a plague and how they handle what they call surviving.

Directing this 101 minute drama/horror is Jeremy Gardner.

Filling some of the cast slots are: Jeremy Gardner as Ben, Adam Cronheim as Mickey, Alana O'Brien as Annie, Niels Bolle as Jerry, Jamie Pantanella as Egghead, Larry Fessenden as Frank and Kelly McQuade as Laura.

What could test two people's humanity more than having to survive a dangerous plague outbreak together? That's the life Ben and Mickey have now. Every day's a test, not only of their mental strength but also the

Friday, October 25, 2013

Movie Review: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Could you wait for the Great Pumpkin even if all of your friends laughed at you? In October 1966, a boy believed and patiently waited.

Directing this 25 minute animation/short/comedy/family is Bill Melendez with Bob Bachman as the animator.

Lending their voices to the characters is: Peter Robbins as Charlie Brown, Christopher Shea as Linus Van Pelt, Sally Dryer as Lucy Van Pelt, Kathy Steinberg as Sally Brown,Lisa DeFaria as Patti, Bill Melendez as Snoopy, Glenn Mendelson as Schroeder/Shermy and Ann Altieri as Frieda/Violet.

Violet is throwing a Halloween party and the whole peanuts gang is invited, even Charlie Brown. After some trick-or-treating, everyone's off to have some fun at the party, everyone except Linus. The legend of the

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Movie Review: Carrie (2013)

How far can you push someone before they break? In October 2013, Carrie was pushed... now it's time to push back.

Directing this 110 minute drama/horror is Kimberly Peirce.

Filling up the spots in this remake is: Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White, Julianne Moore as Margaret White, Gabriella Wilde as Sue Snell, Ansel Elgort as Tommy Ross, Zoe Belkin as Tina, Alex Russell as Billy Nolan, Judy Greer as Ms. Desjardin and Barry Shabaka Henley as Principal Morton.

Years of a sheltered life has made it hard for Carrie to connect with people. Her overly religious mother, mixed with what the kids at school do to her, and you've got a poor girl that's been pushed around a lot in

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Movie Review: Gravity

Have you ever been stranded far away from home? In October 2013,
astronaut Ryan Stone had that same problem, but for her, hitching a ride... would be kinda hard.

Directing this 91 minute drama/sci-fi/thriller is Alfonso Cuaron.

Filling the space in this cast is: Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone, George Clooney as Matt Kowalski. With added voice work by: Ed Harris as voice of Mission Control, Orto Ignatiussen as Aningaaq, Phaldut Sharma as Shariff, Amy Warren as Explorer Captain and Basher Savage as Russian Space Station Captain.

What do a veteran astronaut and a medical engineer have in common? A spacewalk... that took a disastrous turn. What was a routine walk for retiring captain Matt Kowalski and first timer Ryan Stone became a fight

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Movie Review: Disconnect

Life is something we live everyday, but what about the people you interact
with? How closely do you affect their lives with your actions? In May 2013, we watched just how easily our lives can cross paths.

Directing this 115 minute drama/thriller is Henry Alex Rubin.

The disconnected cast is: Jason Bateman as Rich Boyd, Hope Davis as Lydia Boyd, Jonah Bobo as Ben Boyd, Frank Grillo as Mike Dixon, Colin Ford as Jason Dixon, Alexander Skarsgard as Deredk Hull, Paula Patton as Cindy Hull, Andrea Riseborough as Nina Dunham, Max Thieriot as Kyle, Aviad Bernstein as Frye and Michael Nyqvist as Stephen.

A lawyer, a journalist and a married couple are having some problems... called life. Yet, these problems

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Movie Review: Baggage Claim

After you break-up with someone, shouldn't an ex stay your ex? In September 2013, Montana thought it wouldn't hurt to check and see how a few of her exes were doing years later.

Directing this 96 minute comedy is David E. Talbert

Some of the big names you'll see are: Paula Patton as Montana Moore, Deredk Luke as William Wright, Adam Brody as Sam, Jill Scott as Gail, Taye Diggs as Langston, Boris Kodjoe as Graham, Trey Songz as Damon, Djimon Hounsou as Quinton and Jenifer Lewis as Catherine.

Montana has a problem: she's always the bridesmaid, but can't seem to be the bride. She knows this because her mom has no problem reminding her every chance she gets. To make matters worse, Montana

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Movie Review: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2

Have you ever been in a food fight? In September 2013, the food fight
was with food, that fought back.

Directing this 95 minute animation/comedy/family/sci-fi is Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.

Lending their voices to this food fighting cast is: Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Cann as Tim Lockwood, Will Forte as Chester V, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, Benjamin Bratt as Manny, Neil Patrick Harris as Steve, Terry Crews as Earl Deveraux and Kristen Schaal as Barb.

When we last left Swallow Falls, large food was raining down and everyone had to leave. Now, Flint works for his idol, a well known inventor, Chester V., who has taken on the job to clean up Swallow Falls so the

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Movie Review: American Mary

You're standing in a strip club and someone asks you if you wanna make five
thousand dollars. What's the first thought in your head? In January 2013, lucky for Mary, she had the skills to handle this job offer.

Directing this 103 minute horror/thriller is Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska.

Showing us this beautiful and bizarre tale is: Katharine Isabelle as Mary Mason, Antonio Cupo as Billy Barker, Tristan Risk as Beatress Johnson, Twan Holiday as Lance Delgreggo, David Lovgren as Dr. Grant, Paula Lindberg as Ruby Realgirl, John Emmet Tracy as Det. Dolor, Sylvia Soska as Twin 1, Jen Soska as Twin 2 and Brenda Anderson as the voice of Nana.

As a medical student, Mary is facing some difficult times. She is broke and has plenty of bills to pay. After an

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Movie Review: Battle of the Year

How do you bring a group of individuals together? In September 2013, you give them a single purpose, the battle of the year.

Directing this 110 minute dance movie is Benson Lee.

Helping kick up some fancy foot work in this movie is: Josh Holloway as Jason Blake, Laz Alonso as Dante Graham, Josh Peck as Franklyn, Chris Brown as Rooster, Ivan "Flipz" Velez as Flipz, Jon "Do Knock" Cruz as Do Knock, Jesse "Casper" Brown as Rebel, Anis Cheurfa as Anis, David Shreibman as Kid David, Sawandi Wilson as Sniper, Richard Maguire as Lil Adonis, Steve Terada as Sight, Luis Rosado as Bambino, Joshua Lee Ayers as Mayhem and Caity Lotz as Stacy.

Dante's dance team hasn't been doing so well, nor has the popularity of the sport known as BBoy (style of

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Movie Review: Rush

How far are you willing to go to be the best? In September 2013, we watched two men push it to the limit at break neck speeds.

Directing this 123 minute action/biography/drama/sport is Ron Howard.

Some of the fast paced cast is: Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda, Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller, Alexandra Maria Lara as Marlene Launda, Pierfrancesco Favino as Clay Regazzoni, David Calder as Louis Stanley, and Hans-Eckart Eckhardt as Lauda's Grandfather. With an apearence by Niki Lauda as himself.

Back in the 1970's, a rivalry pushed two men to do the best they could. Hunt and Lauda were Formula 1

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Movie Review: Curse of Chucky

If you remember, back in 1988 we all learned a valuable lesson... a talking doll can be a creepy thing. In October 2013, we were reminded... yep still freaking creepy!

Directing this 97 minute horror/thriller is Don Mancini.

Some of the people trying to survive Chucky's friendship is: Fiona Dourif as Nica, Danielle Bisutti as Barb, Brennan Elliott as Ian, Maitland McConnell as Jill, Summer H. Howell as Alice and Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray/the voice of Chucky. With an apperance by Jennifer Tilly.

A gift arriving at Nica's home starts a spiral of events she would never see coming. After the passing of their mother, Barb wants to sell the house and have her sister Nica move into a assisted living. program. Nica feels

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Movie Review: Bad Milo

Have you ever felt like the stress in your life is ripping you apart,  just clawing it's way from the inside out? In October 2013, Ken has that feeling often enough that he finally had to put a name to it.

Directing this 85 minute horror/comedy is Jacob Vaughan.

Keeping us entertained in this flick is: Ken Marino as Ken, Gillian Jacobs as Sarah, Mary Kay Place as Beatrice, Kumail Nanjiani as Bobbi, Stephen Root as Roger, Peter Stormare as Highsmith and Patrick Warburton as Phil.

Due to the constant stress in his life, Ken has severe stomach issues. The pain gets worse when he tries to hide his condition. Things only get worse as the stress begins to build, soon Ken's "condition" takes a turn...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Movie Review: Prisoners

What if someone took a loved one from you? How would you handle it, not knowing if they were alive... or dead? In September 2013, Keller didn't know how to handle it either, then he figured out what he had to do.

Directing this 153 minute crime/drama/thriller is Denis Villeneuve.

Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover, Maria Bello as Grace Dover, Jake Gyllenhall as Det. Loki, Terrence Howard as Franklin Birch, Viola Davis as Nancy Birch, Melissa Leo as Holly Jones, Dylan Minnette as Ralph Dover, Paul Dano as Alex Jones, Kyla Drew Simmions as Joy Birch, Erin Gerasimovich as Anna Dover, Zoe Borde as Eliza Birch and Wayne Duvall as Capt. Richard O'Malley.

While two families are hanging out having fun, tragedy strikes. The Dover and Birch's little girls have gone missing. Things aren't getting any better, with no new clues to their whereabouts. With no sign of the girls, time becomes critical the longer this goes on. After the police have searched and questioned everyone, no new leads have turned up. Just more questions and suspects. So, Keller decides he must do whatever needs to be done to find the girls. Even if it means doing the things no one else will do.

Scary, amazing and then even more scary. Yes it's definitely a thriller/drama... and they did a great job covering those angles. Like a hostage I was held captive by this film, I couldn't stop watching it. As a parent, I couldn't help but see myself there. Howard and Jackman were awesome because you get two different takes on the situation. One, somewhat lost on what to do and the other filled with such rage. All the while, Gyllenhall must sort through this mess and deal with his building struggle as the case goes on. This was just a very real movie, you felt their pain. A lot of people say they'll do whatever it takes, but this movie shows you what it's like to carry that kind of burden. Overall, a great job done by all involved.

It's rated R for violence and language.

It's painful to watch, but after it's all said and done... 5 stars.