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Scrooged

 

Overall:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Fun Rating:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Comedy:8 Stars (8 / 10)

So it is Christmas and it is time to start watching movies to boost our Christmas spirit!

One of my favorice Christmas movies is Scrooged! I am a huge Bill Murray fan and I would say that this ranks in my top 10 list of his movies. He is a perfect fit for a movie like this, his physical humor along with his smart ass, quick wit humor is great!

This is an awesome take on the classic of Scrooge. There is a great supporting cast including Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldwait, John Forsythe and many more.

If you are going to watch some of the older Christmas comedies you might start with Christmas Vacation, but make sure to include this on in your list.

 

Scrooged (1988)
Scrooged poster Rating: 7.0/10 (57,097 votes)
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donoghue, Charles Dickens (novel)
Stars: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, John Glover
Runtime: 101 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Released: 23 Nov 1988
Plot: A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

I have waited 30 years for this movie and I’m still deciding if it was the movie that I was waiting for. Probably after seeing it a couple more times I will be able to decide.

I have talked about it with a couple of people and have been told that I sound disappointed, but I’m really not. I was very happy with most of the movie, and my biggest problem is the fact that someone is missing, the same someone that is missing in the trailers, but I will discuss that another time. This movie was definitely made for our generation. It played great homage to the Original Trilogy actors, and it really was good seeing them again.

It is a great “hand off” movie to the next generation of Star Wars stars and fans, the new hero’s are set up and I really think that Abrams did a great job with Finn, and the story with him deciding to not be a Stormtrooper any more (That’s not a spoiler, it’s obvious from the trailers). Kylo Ren might be the most powerful Dark Jedi since Sidious, and it would of been nice to see Captain Phasma more on screen, but I’m sure that is coming next time.

In my opinion this installment was obviously lacking the “Lucas touch”, which I felt ok with. Abrams did for Star Wars what he did for Star Trek, and that’s what I expected!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster Rating: N/A/10 (N/A votes)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt, George Lucas (characters)
Stars: Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver
Runtime: 135 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Released: 18 Dec 2015
Plot: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).

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Cinderella

Fun Rating:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Action:8 Stars (8 / 10)

I have really like what Disney has been doing with their live action remakes! With the exception of Alice In Wonderland, which I found a little weird, I have really enjoyed them.

Cinderella is no different. Lily James, who plays Cinderella, was a very good casting choice. I always enjoy Cate Blanchett, who plays her Step-Mother, and Richard Madden, aka as Robb Stark, was great as the Prince. The rest of the supporting cast was very good, especially Stellan Skarsgard and Helena Bonham Carter, I always enjoy both of them.

There were a few things that I found off in this retelling, but it was a very good story. The setup in the begging where she is actually with her mother and father was very good, but I just don’t remember that being in other versions. I always wondered why she never left home when everyone was mean to her, the explanation of her promise to her parent to “always love the house and take care of it” was great!

Overall I really enjoyed this movie and I can’t wait to see the live action Beauty and the Beast!

Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella poster Rating: 7.1/10 (68,498 votes)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writer: Chris Weitz (screenplay)
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter
Runtime: 105 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Released: 13 Mar 2015
Plot: When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Mom’s Night Out

Unfortunately the first movie I will review is “Mom’s Night Out”.

As it was just pointed out to me, it was about a Mom creating a blog, so it’s kind of ironic I guess.

While there were parts of the Movie that were funny, it really wasn’t very good. It was filled with jokes and situations that have appeared in numerous movies throughout the years and Sean Austin seemed a little out of place as the timid dad, especially after I just got done watching him in “Cabin Fever: Patient Zero” which was just horrible. Trace Adkins plays a nice part as the biker with the big heart and Patricia Heaton from “Everybody Loves Raymond” is ok as a Preacher’s wife.

It’s a nice movie about a Mom trying to juggle kids and a life which I’m sure everyone can relate too, but If you have to time to waste on this move I would suggest taking her out to dinner instead!

Moms' Night Out (2014)
Moms' Night Out poster Rating: 5.4/10 (9,190 votes)
Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Writer: Jon Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
Stars: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins
Runtime: 98 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Comedy
Released: 09 May 2014
Plot: Hardworking mom Allyson has a crazy night out with her friends, while their husbands watch their children.

Chef

While I was a little skeptical I usually enjoy John Favreau and the supporting cast are some favorites too. Robert Downey Jr, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vergara all play part that they are well suited for and the kid, played by Emjay Anthonty was a perfect fit.

Favreau also directs this movie, which I think he does a great job capturing the busy hustle and bustle of the “kitchen” life of restaurants. While parts of the movie are very predictable, he does a very good job showing how it is possible, no matter what your age is, to recapture both love for what you do for a living and for your family.

If you are looking for a feel good movie to watch with the family, I would suggest Chef, especially if you are a fan of Favreau!

If you ARE a fan of Favreau I would also suggest Very Bad Things, maybe I will watch it again soon and review it, but check it out!

Chef (2014)
Chef poster Rating: 7.3/10 (114,046 votes)
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Jon Favreau
Stars: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony
Runtime: 114 min
Rated: R
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Released: 30 May 2014
Plot: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Fun Rating:8 Stars (8 / 10)
Action:8 Stars (8 / 10)

Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE comic book movies! Even though I am primarily a DC fan, Marvel puts out some great movies!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is probably in my top 5 of the Marvel movies and in my top 10 of comic book movies. Maybe I will make a list in the near future. One of the main things I judge movies on is how much I enjoyed watching it. Let me just say, I really enjoyed watching this movie! Its non stop action from the beginning, and while some of the parts drag on a little bit, all in all its a fun movie to watch!

If you are watching Agents of Shield on ABC I hope you got to see this first because you will be a little lost at the end of Season 1 if you didn’t. Sam Jackson is getting a little old as Nick Fury (I don’t mean his age) and I think its time to go a different direction. The dynami c between Cap and The Winter Soldier could of been explored a little more but I have a feeling that we will get more in Cap 3. I didn’t really like the Falcon character, but again I’m not a huge Marvel fan so maybe I just didn’t know enough about him.

Chris Evans is GREAT as Captain America, definitely better than Johnny Storm! As usual Marvel does a great job with effects, I only wish these effects were around when I was younger, although there is something to be said for the practical effects of Star Wars!

So, watch Captain America: Winter Soldier, but you should probably watch Captain America: The First Avenger first!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster Rating: 7.8/10 (398,260 votes)
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Joe Simon (based on the Marvel comic by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comic by)
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford
Runtime: 136 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Released: 04 Apr 2014
Plot: As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

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