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Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 16th – 22nd

Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 16th – 22nd

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I have seen and reviewed 30 movies that are currently in theatres.  Some of the films have been in theatres for a while now and others are newer releases.  If you are having trouble deciding what movie to see in theatres, I hope that you will consult my list for help.  Movie ticket prices are pretty expensive these days, and I might be able to help save you some of your hard earned cash.  My ratings will help you decide what are the best movies currently in theatres and what are the worst movies currently in theatres.  Also, at the bottom of the list I have provided you with previews of movies that are out that I have not seen yet.

Click on each title below for a trailer, poster artwork, and my full review of that movie:

Jobs (2013

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

Elysium (2013)

2 Guns (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

The Conjuring (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

World War Z (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Heat (2013)

This is the End (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

Mud (2012)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

42 (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Click on each title below for a preview and poster artwork of that movie along with my opinion of whether or not I think that film will be any good:

Paranoia (2013)

Grown Ups 2 (2013)

Pacific Rim (2013)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

After Earth (2013)

Scary Movie V (2013)

The Internship (2013)

I hope that you find my reviews helpful.  I will continue to update this list when I have seen more movies, so feel free to check back regularly.  Also, I plan on making a new list each week as more films are released.  Happy movie watching from www.brockingmovies.com


Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 Poster

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

After being surprised at how much Kick-Ass (2010) actually kicked ass, I was excited to see this sequel.

Kick-Ass 2 good group

This time around Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has teamed up with a group fellow wannabe superheroes that he inspired to dress up and fight crime.  Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is out for revenge on Kick-Ass and has gathered a group of so-called super villains to destroy him and everyone he knows.

The movie was written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Chloe Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Claudia Lee, Donald Faison, and Garrett M. Brown.

I did not like this movie as much as the first one.  At times, it was pretty tacky.  Ass was kicked and laughs were had, there was a lot of quality action, but it just was not as good as it could have been.  It was less believable and more predictable.

Kick-Ass 2 Carrey

With the addition of Jim Carrey, I thought that for sure Kick-Ass 2 would be funnier than Kick-Ass.  I was wrong.  There were a few more laughs, but not because of Carrey.  His role was not big enough to make a difference.  Most of the other new characters in the film were not developed enough.

Moretz stole the show in the first movie and she was still probably the best part of this one, but she did not get the opportunity to kick as much ass as she did in the first film.

Kick-Ass 2 bad group

The film concentrated a little bit too much on the drama that the characters were having at school and at home instead of concentrating on them fighting crime.  This made the film a little slower at times and less enjoyable.

Even though I didn’t like a few aspects of the movie, it was still entertaining enough to have fun watching.  Almost all sequels are not as good as their predecessors, but maybe I just went into this film with expectations that were too high.  The story went a slightly different direction than I anticipated, but I still laughed and had a good time.

Kick-Ass 2 Johnson Moretz

I rate this movie a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Movie Picture of the Day 8/16/13

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Snoop Dogg holding a broken iguana in the comedy Starsky & Hutch (2004).

42 (2013)

42 Poster

42 (2013)

Unfortunately I missed this film in the theatre.  It was one that I wanted to see, but I just did not get to it.

42 is based on the incredible true story of how Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) broke the color barrier in major league baseball in 1947 with the help of the Brooklyn Dodgers Executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford).

42 Boseman Cameras

The film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Lucas Black, Andre Holland, Alan Tudyk, Hamish Linklater, John C. McGinley, Toby Huss, Brett Cullen, and Jesse Luken.

The film feels like a genuine depiction of America’s favorite pastime in the 1940s.  Having not lived during that time, I cannot say it is exactly like it was, but the set certainly brings you back to an earlier time.  The cars, clothes, uniforms, houses, and cleanliness of the cities make it look like the 1940s, but it’s the performances by the actors and how they are filmed that make it actually feel like the 1940s.

42 Boseman Black

The scenes during baseball games were so detailed that I could practically taste the Cracker Jacks.  It felt like you were in the stands with the rest of the audience watching history being made.

I was familiar with who Jackie Robinson was and what he did before watching this movie, but I did not know much of his story.  42 tells his story so well on screen that if I didn’t know any better, it could have actually been the real Jackie Robinson in the film.

42 Boseman at bat

You are really able to feel for Boseman’s Robinson character and the racial hatred that he was subjected to and stood up against.  He persevered, overcame, and ultimately changed baseball forever.  He was the tip of the spear that cut out racism not only in professional baseball, but in all professional sports.

42 could quite possibly be Harrison Ford’s best performance as an actor.  He was brilliant, but Boseman was equally dazzling as Robinson.  If you ask me, I think that Boseman could easily win an Academy Award for Best Actor and Ford could win one for Best Supporting Actor.  It would be a crime if neither actor is at least nominated.  They both deserve recognition for their awesomeness.

42 Boseman Ford

My only issue with the film was that it was so good throughout that the ending seemed almost anticlimactic.  Instead of building up to a finale, it felt like it just ended a little too abruptly.  The ending was not bad by any means, it was just a little unexpected.

You do not have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this movie.  However, baseball fans will probably respect it even more.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.