4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

Everyone, take note.  This is how you make a superhero movie.

Logan is a great example of why I enjoy the X-Men movies more than anything with the Avengers in it.  It focuses on telling you a story and not just “hey look over here at some epic action shots.”  That is not what I want to pay to see.

Having the movie rated R was also a great choice, by allowing the movie to feel more real and gritty.  Logan is aging and hurting and the world is apparently not that great a place, the cursing and the blood add to the atmosphere of that.

I loved seeing the relationship between Logan and Charles and watching Laura’s character grow.  She’s bound to have a spin off, right?!

Logan is an amazing addition to the X-Men franchise and if you’re a fan, it’s going to blow you away.  And the ending, ughhhhh!!!

Also, there’s no after credits scene so you don’t have to wait around like I did :/

The Lego Batman Movie


3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

I absolutely loved  The Lego Movie, I thought it was smart and funny with a great song that we were honestly singing all over my college campus.  To me, The Lego Batman Movie was kind of a step down, but still a decent movie.

Robin kind of plays the role the Batman did in the first movie, where everything he says is funny and you just want to see more.  Seriously, he was adorable!  Batman on the other hand seemed a little different from how he was before character-wise.  Was this supposed to be after the first movie or did none of that even happen?  But I guess it’s meant to be a kids movie so I’m probably putting too much thought into it.

There are definitely some funny moments, but nothing that I would write home about.  While I would watch the first movie over again, once is probably enough for this one.

Hell or High Water


3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.”


I didn’t love the movie, but I also didn’t hate it.  Hell or High Water is basically a modern day Western, while a lot of the time it’s easy to forget it is happening in modern day (for me at least).

The acting in the movie is great and it has a good plot, it just didn’t hook me as much as I would have liked.  I really don’t understand all the rave reviews people have written for it.

Personally, I could have done without the whole plot line of Jeff Bridges’ character.  I only really cared what he was up to at the very end, and by then, what’s the point?  I think the movie was missing some backstory elements that could have made you feel more for the characters earlier on instead of everything coming together in the second half.

If you can handle a slow paced movie about little more than robbing banks for 80% of it, give the movie a try and let me know what you think!

Assassin’s Creed


1.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Cal Lynch travels back in time to 15th-century Spain through a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories contained in his DNA. There, he lives out the experiences of Aguilar de Nerha, a distant relative who’s also a member of the Assassins, a secret society that fights to protect free will from the power-hungry Templar Order. Transformed by the past, Cal begins to gain the knowledge and physical skills necessary to battle the oppressive organization in the present.”

No.  No, no, no, no.

First off, I’ve never played Assassin’s Creed, am not a HUGE fan of action movies, and may have slept through a portion of the movie, but everyone else I was with said it was kind of bad too so it wasn’t just me.

The movie starts off weirdly with a flashback to the main characters childhood and then jumps a big gap of time where he is being executed for killing some guy.  Then all of a sudden, he’s captured by these people who want to use him to go back in the past.  There’s no real explanation to anything it’s just quick, let’s get to the part of the story we actually want to tell and ignore anyone who doesn’t know the plot already.

The first half, probably even more, of the movie felt like long action sequences with tiny bits of dialogue sprinkled in for fun.  I wanted to watch an interesting story and instead got the parts of a video game where you’re just killing bad guys pressing the same buttons over and over.

Watching this movie on TV, I probably wouldn’t have minded it as much, but I paid for 3 people to go see it in theatres and really wish we had gone to see Live by Night instead.

Unless you’re a big fan of the games (and even then) I wouldn’t bother with this one at all.

Did you like it?  Hate it?  Let me know in the comments!



3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.”

No doubtably, you have seen the trailer for this movie more than a few times.  It was shown before every movie I saw in theatres for months and months, which usually means the movie isn’t going to be that good, so I was a little worried.  While it wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen all year, it was good and worth watching.

I have to admit though, the movie is geared a little more to romance than the trailer suggests.  It tried to be both an action and romance movie at the same time and to me fell short.  A little bit more of one or the other would have made a big difference in the story.

Ignore all the hype they tried to put around this movie and go watch it for the acting and the nice story.

The Usual Suspects


3/5 Stars

Summary: “A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.”

I know, this is one of those classic movies that we’re all apparently supposed to watch.  How have I not seen it already?  Well, I usually avoid all of those…well not all of them, but whatever.

I thought I’d give it a go, and I have to be honest, I fell asleep in the middle of it for a bit.  I don’t think it would have changed my opinion on it though, if I had been awake the whole time.  It just didn’t draw me in.

It’s supposed to have this big plot twist at the end, but even missing parts of it, I saw it coming from basically the very beginning.  And I promise I knew nothing about this movie before watching.

[Spoiler-ish] The cast might have also played a part in me figuring it out too because only 2 of the main guys were people that I’d actually heard of before. [End spoiler]

If you enjoy older thriller movies, and haven’t already seen this, maybe give it a try and let me know what you thought.  What am I missing because people are always buying the poster for this movie at work, so they must love it?

Available on Netflix.



4/5 Stars

Summary: “Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she “takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.

Where was the hype for this movie?!

I remember seeing the preview for this in the beginning of another movie and then never really heard much after that.  So I went to see it anyway, and I’m so glad I did!

I love when movies surprise me like this one did.  Not expecting much, I thought it was just going to be your typical alien movie where aliens come, the planet attacks back, and it’s just all one big mess.  Instead, Arrival focuses on Louise, an expert in linguistics as she tries to find a way to communicate with these aliens that appeared out of nowhere.

You get to see how her life is changed by this event in a unique way.  Along with how different countries react to the arrival.  Makes you think what would actually happen if aliens showed up one day.

Once I got to the plot twist, I loved it.  It brings the entire movie together so satisfyingly and gives it more meaning than your typical alien sci-fi.

Go see it!