It’s boxing and magical beasts as we review real-life comeback boxing story Bleed for This and Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Did it have to be Miles Tellar? Aaron Eckhart is great, though. If you like Harry Potter and old silent films, you’ll really like this, otherwise. . .
This week we review Mockingjay Part II, Victor Frankenstein, The Good Dinosaur, and Creed. We continue our countdown to The Force Awakens by talking about the movie that started it all: Star Wars – A New Hope.
Mockingjay Part II – It’s the final Hunger Games movie! Everyone gets a moment to shine. We forget Jennifer Lawrence can actually act. You finally won me over, Josh Hutcherson. Veteran actors Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore all shine. Has too many almost endings — like Return of the King. 7.5 out of 10.
Victor Frankenstein – This cast could read the phone book and it would be entertaining. They should’ve stuck to reading the phone book. More style than substance. Why was this released at Thanksgiving instead of Halloween? 5 out of 10.
The Good Dinosaur – It’s a “A Boy and His Dog” movie. Except with a dinosaur and the dog is a little human. Jaws references. It turns into a Western with Sam Elliot. Sure to be a crowd pleaser but Pixar is usually capable of more than just pretty animation and a good story. We expect more. Andy gave it 8.5 out of 10 and Adam gave it 7 out of 10.
Creed – Watch this review by Scott Stapp of Creed. It’s a Rocky movie! And almost exactly what you’d expect. Maybe a little long. Maybe too many training montages. But the last few minutes are amazing.
We review Paper Towns, Southpaw, and the abomination that is Pixels. Warning: the Pixels review contains some NSFW language and plot spoilers, but, seriously? Pixels was spoiled long before we started talking about it.
Paper Towns – Good high school coming of age story as Quentin tries to follow clues to find Margot, but the real movie kicks in with the story about three friends going on one last adventure before high school ends. Andy thought there wasn’t anything new here not done by a half dozen John Hughes movies or Me and Earl and the Dying Girl earlier this year, plus this has obvious Millenial-pandering. Adad can forgive that because it’s still a great story about friends. Our favorite part involved the Pokemon theme. Andy gave it 6.5, Adam gave it 7/10.
Southpaw – Jake Gyllenhaal got YOKED for this movie playing boxer Billy Hope. Predictable storyline as Billy goes from on top of the world to losing it all to fighting his way back to the top, but the acting and direction make up for it. Andy gave it 8.5, Adam gives it 7.5.
Pixels – Adam hated it. Andy refused to directly review it, instead summing up his feelings with clips from other, better Adam Sandler movies. Lots of nit-picking about how terrible and lazy this movie is. A STUNT DOUBLE FOR WHAT?!?!? It’s racist, it’s sexist, it’s just awful. Adam gave it 1/10, Andy gave it 0.
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