Logan

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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 :/

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The Lego Batman Movie

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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

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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.”

Ehhhhh.

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!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.”

From the weird intro song, which quickly grows on you, to the odd dialogue that wouldn’t fit in any other show, Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is everything I wanted it to be.

This was the first series of books that I got into after Harry Potter and I read every one except for the last (which kills me).  This series has the perfect blend of humor and tragedy that will leave you wanting more.  I just love the style of it…which is weird, so if you’re not okay with weird, you’re better off not watching.

Lemony Snicket’s interruptions do get to be a little bit much sometimes, but I hope his role in it will come together in the end.  I don’t remember what his deal was in the books and if there is any sort of explanation.

Each book, at least in this season, is split up into two episodes, so make sure you watch them in pairs.  I love this idea.  Instead of drawing out one book into an entire season or blending it all together like they had in the movie, this seems to make the most sense.

The acting is amazing, and not really being a fan of Neil Patrick Harris, I was worried with him playing Count Olaf, but he’s great and whether you were a fan of the books or just like interesting shows, you won’t be disappointed.

Available on Netflix.

Passengers

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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.

Arrival

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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!

Hacksaw Ridge

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines – braving enemy fire and putting his own life on the line. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

This is the kind of war movie I want to be watching!  Based on a true story that should have been told a long time ago, Hacksaw Ridge is a movie about the people in a war and not the war itself.  Too many times I sit down to watch some of these movies and it’s all about killing this guy and blowing that up and the plot gets left behind 5 minutes in.

The life of Desmond T Doss is an incredible story and made a great movie.

You will laugh, you will probably cry, and feel a bunch of different emotions in between.  I thought it was weird when I saw Vince Vaughn show up on screen…what is he doing in a serious movie?  But his character was perfect and I loved it.

If you don’t like graphic violence, stay away from this one because I felt like it was one of the more graphic war movies I have seen in a while.  Not in a bad way, but the person I sat next to in the theatre kept covering their eyes, so apparently it’s a little much for some.

Love it?  Hate it?  Adding it to your watch list?  Let me know.