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Emagine Willow Creek Theater in Plymouth, MN


Emagine Willow Creek Theater in Plymouth, MN

Gone are the days of the singing candy boxes dancing across the screen along with the trailers before the feature film.  Gone are the days of the Cineplex Odeon Cinema.  Muller Family no longer owns this theater.  Emagine has redefined what I call my “home theater.”  The Willow Creek Theater has come a long way, and I’ve been along for the whole ride.

This movie theater opened in 1989.  It is the first theater that I remember visiting as a child.

I visited the nearby General Cinemas Shelard Park Theater in St. Louis Park since I was in the womb up until near the time that theater closed.  However, I’ve kept coming back to Willow Creek.

Willow Creek has always been more memorable and it has stood the test of time.  The evolution of this theater has been a sight to see.  Emagine has made some very tasteful upgrades that has transformed this movie house into a new kind of awesome.

These days, theaters need the cushy recliners in order to compete.  A bar and restaurant is also becoming the norm.  Willow Creek has all of that and more.  The popular film themed paintings on the walls are a nice added touch.  It classes the joint up, along with the chandelier in the entryway and the weeping willows.

This place is almost a classic.  I have spent many a bag of popcorn exploring the movie world here.  The movies change, but this theater still feels like home.

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MoviePass is it worth it?


MoviePass is it worth it?

 

If I had known about MoviePass a few years ago, I would have seen many more films in the theater.  Also, I would have saved a lot of money.  MoviePass takes the stress out of going to the theater.  No more worrying about if a film is going to be worth forking over your hard earned money, just to be disappointed.

MoviePass is absolutely worth it.  Especially if you purchase it through Costco for $30 less per year than what MoviePass usually charges.  $89.99 and you can see one movie in the theater per day for a year (Regular price $120 per year).  If you see at least 9 movies in a year, it pays for itself.

Take my word for it.  If you see more than 9 movies in a year, you are wasting your money by not having a MoviePass.  I’m not trying to sell or advertise for them.  I just love mine that much!

Going to the Movies in Paris


I went to the movies in Paris the other day…

I ventured to St. Michael Cinema 15 in St. Michael, Minnesota for the first time, finally. It’s a beautiful theater made up to look like Paris, France. The lobby is gorgeous!

Apparently, they have a 70 foot “Eiffel Screen” that is supposed to be pretty awesome. Hopefully I will be able to experience a film on that screen in the future, as I will certainly be returning to that theater in the near future.

They have free refills on any size soda and popcorn. They have a bar and restaurant on the second floor.

The front few rows inside of the theater that I was in had the cozy reclining seats.  The back half of the theater still had nice upright seats.  It was good to have the option, and I’m sure that way they are able to fit more people in each theater.  The big recliners take up a lot of space in theaters and cuts back on the amount of seats in each theater.

Overall, it was an impressive theater and I had fun checking it out. I should’ve taken more pictures. I just wanted to share this with you because I thought it was pretty cool.

Please Vote For Which Movie I Should See and Review Tonight


Please take one second out of your day to vote for which movie I should see tonight.  I’ll write a review afterwards and have it up in time for the weekend.

You can help influence one of my next reviews. Which movie would you like to see me review? Please cast your vote below.

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Thank you to everyone who voted. There was a 3-way tie, but American Hustle got the most votes first, so I decided that would be the tie breaker. I’ll have my review for American Hustle (2013) up tomorrow. Thanks again for participating!

I just got back from the movie and I noticed that I got more votes. I appreciate everyone who voted, sorry the late votes didn’t count.  Click on the link below for my full review:

American Hustle (2013)

35 Best Independent Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014


35 Best Independent Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

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Often times, independent, low budget movies can be far superior to mainstream big budget films.  If you are trying to find a good independent movie to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly, then you probably should not look much further than this list.  After searching through all of the independent movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly, the movies on this list are the best ones, in my opinion.

I have not reviewed all of the movies that are on this list, but if a title is highlighted, then simply click on the title for a trailer, movie pictures, my rating, and my full review of that movie.  If you like what you see, check out the rest of my website.  As I review more films, I will add more links to this list.

Netflix actually has a very good selection of independent movies in their watch instantly library.  Here is the list of the Best Independent Movies that Netflix Watch Instantly currently has to offer:

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The Pianist (2002)

Memento Poster

Memento (2000)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape Poster

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)

American Psycho Poster

American Psycho (2000)

Donnie Darko Poster

Donnie Darko (2001)

Reservoir Dogs Poster

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Pulp Fiction Poster

Pulp Fiction (1994)

He Was A Quiet Man Poster

He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

Poolhall Junkies Poster

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

Detachment Poster

Detachment (2011)

Dead Man Poster

Dead Man (1995)

Beautiful Girls Poster

Beautiful Girls (1996)

Leave Poster

Leave (2011)

King of New York Poster

King of New York (1990)

Ghost Dog The Way of the Samurai Poster

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)

Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Poster

Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995)

The Gift Poster

The Gift (2000)

Fargo Poster

Fargo (1996)

Following Poster

Following (1998)

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Extract (2009)

Arbitrage Poster

Arbitrage (2012)

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Robot & Frank (2012)

Clerks. Poster

Clerks. (1994)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Poster

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

The Other Woman Poster

The Other Woman (2009)

Compulsion Poster

Compulsion (2013)

Powder Blue Poster

Powder Blue (2009)

The World's Fastest Indian Poster

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005)

Swimming with Sharks Poster

Swimming with Sharks (1994)

Hard Eight Poster

Hard Eight (1996)

Pi Poster

Pi (1998)

Stuck in Love Poster

Stuck in Love (2012)

Henry's Crime Poster

Henry’s Crime (2010)

There Will Be Blood Poster

There Will Be Blood (2007)

Saved! Poster

Saved! (2004)

If you enjoyed this list, check out the rest of my Netflix related material by clicking on the Netflix Related icon towards the top of your screen.  I’ll continue to add new lists, and of course, more movie reviews, so check back often at www.brockingmovies.com Movies are what I do.

45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014


45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

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If you are trying to find a good Action & Adventure movie to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly, then you probably should not look much further than this list.  After sifting through all of the Action & Adventure Movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly, the movies on this list are the best ones, in my opinion.

I have not reviewed all of the movies that are on this list, but if any of the titles are highlighted, then simply click on the title for a trailer, movie pictures, my rating, and my full review of that movie.  If you like what you see, check out the rest of my website.  As I review more films, I will add more links to this list.

Some of these movies are more action-packed than others, but according to Netflix, they are all classified as Action & Adventure.  Here is the list of the Best Action & Adventure Movies that Netflix Watch Instantly currently has to offer:

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End of Watch (2012)

The Boondock Saints Poster

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Warrior Poster

Warrior (2011)

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl Poster

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Terminator 2 Poster

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Equilibrium Poster

Equilibrium (2002)

Face Off Poster

Face/Off (1997)

The Italian Job Poster

The Italian Job (2003)

Narc Poster

Narc (2002)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Poster

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Grey Poster

The Grey (2011)

Dances with Wolves Poster

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dead Man Poster

Dead Man (1995)

The Hunger Games Poster

The Hunger Games (2012)

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Poster

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

The Score Poster

The Score (2001)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Poster

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Seeking Justice Poster

Seeking Justice (2011)

Escape From Alcatraz Poster

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Red Dawn (1984) Poster

Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn (2012) Poster

Red Dawn (2012)

Skyfall Poster

Skyfall (2012)

Haywire Poster

Haywire (2011)

Dead Man Down Poster

Dead Man Down (2013)

The Expendables 2 Poster

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Ip Man Poster

Ip Man (2008)

The Last Stand Poster

The Last Stand (2013)

Shaft Poster

Shaft (2000)

xXx Poster

xXx (2002)

48 Hrs. Poster

48 Hrs. (1982)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Poster

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Breakdown Poster

Breakdown (1997)

The Untouchables Poster

The Untouchables (1987)

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Dredd (2012)

The Ghost and the Darkness Poster

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Beverly Hills Cop Poster

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Tears of the Sun Poster

Tears of the Sun (2003)

Stolen Poster

Stolen (2012)

The Eiger Sanction Poster

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

The Crow Poster

The Crow (1994)

Killing Season Poster

Killing Season (2013)

Get The Gringo Poster

Get the Gringo (2012)

Parker Poster

Parker (2013)

If you enjoyed this list, check out the rest of my Netflix related material by clicking on the Netflix Related icon towards the top of your screen.  I’ll continue to add new lists, and of course, more movie reviews, new movie trailers, and everything movies, so check back often at www.brockingmovies.com Movies are what I do.

20 Best Psychological Thriller Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014


20 Best Psychological Thriller Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

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If you’re like me and you like movies that make you think or mess with your mind, then you might enjoy some of the movies on this list.  Of all of the so-called Psychological Thrillers that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly, the movies on this list are the best ones, in my opinion.

I have not reviewed many of the movies that are on this list, but if any of the titles are highlighted, then click on that title for a trailer, movie pictures, my rating, and my full review of that movie.  If you like what you see, check out the rest of my website.  As I review more films, I will add more links to this list.

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These movies are mind-benders.  They are mysterious, twisted, and darkly intense.  Some are much better than others, but all will keep your mind entertained as you piece together what is happening on screen.

Here is the list of the Best Psychological Thrillers that Netflix Watch Instantly Has to Offer in January 2014:

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Memento (2000)

American Psycho Poster

American Psycho (2000)

The Ninth Gate Poster

The Ninth Gate (1999)

The I Inside Poster

The I Inside (2004)

Unknown Poster

Unknown (2006)

Leave Poster

Leave (2011)

The Gift Poster

The Gift (2000)

Side Effects Poster

Side Effects (2013)

Wrecked Poster

Wrecked (2010)

The Good Son Poster

The Good Son (1993)

The Lady Vanishes Poster

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Hannibal Poster

Hannibal (2001)

Nightwatch Poster

Nightwatch (1997)

Following Poster

Following (1998)

Kalifornia Poster

Kalifornia (1993)

Breakdown Poster

Breakdown (1997)

Compulsion Poster

Compulsion (2013)

Deception Poster

Deception (1993)

Mother's Boys Poster

Mother’s Boys (1994)

Pi Poster

Pi (1998)

If you enjoyed this list, check out the rest of my Netflix related material by clicking on the Netflix Related icon towards the top of your screen.  I’ll continue to add new lists, and of course, more movie reviews and trailers, so check back often at http://www.brockingmovies.com to see what’s new.  Movies are what I do.

Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage


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Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage!

The famous actor turns 50 years old today.

Although he and his career have basically imploded and taken a nosedive in the last 7 years, Nicolas Cage is still one of my favorite actors of all time.

Unfortunately he has disgraced us all with the absurdity and awfulness of The Wicker Man (2006), Ghost Rider (2007), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Season of the Witch (2011), Drive Angry (2011), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), and The Frozen Ground (2013).

However, let us not forget the jewels that he has bestowed upon us with:

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Lord of War (2005),

The Weather Man Nicolas Cage

The Weather Man (2005),

National Treasure Nicolas Cage

National Treasure (2004),

Matchstick Men Nicolas Cage

Matchstick Men (2003),

The Family Man Cage Cheadle

The Family Man (2000),

Gone in Sixty Seconds Cage

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000),

Bringing Out the Dead Cage

Bringing Out the Dead (1999),

FaceOff Cage

Face/Off (1997),

Con Air Cage Malkovich

Con Air (1997),

The Rock Cage

The Rock (1996),

Leavin Las Vegas Cage

Leaving Las Vegas (1995),

Kiss of Death Cage

Kiss of Death (1995),

Raising Arizona Cage

and Raising Arizona (1987).

The man can still act.  Every once in a while he gets his act together and creates something that is reminiscent of the Nicolas Cage of old.  I still watch his films with a shimmer of hope because one day he could turn it all around and return to greatness.  One day he just might make his comeback.  He is not getting any younger, but 50 years old is something to celebrate.  Happy Birthday Nic and thank you for the excellent movie watching experiences!

Click on the links below to read my Nicolas Cage movie reviews:

Kick-Ass (2010)

Stolen (2012)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews January 2014


Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews January 2014

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Netflix Watch Instantly has drastically improved its movie selection over the last few years.  They still have more movies that are available to rent on disc than they do to stream, but if you do a little bit of searching then you will be able to find plenty of good movies that are worth streaming.

I have seen literally hundreds of movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly and literally thousands of movies that are currently available to rent on disc.

I have been writing movie reviews for a year now, but I have been mainly focusing on reviewing newer movies.  Because of this fact, I have not reviewed very many movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  I plan on fixing this problem soon.

I will continue to update and add to the list below throughout the month of January, and make a new list each month.  My lists will hopefully help you find good movies to watch and bad movies to stay away from.  I will hopefully be able to help save you time searching for a good movie to stream on Netflix Watch Instantly.  My reviews will tell you what are some of the best movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly and what are some of the worst movies available on Netflix Watch Instantly.

The Netflix Watch Instantly movie library changes periodically as their contracts with different movie companies run out or are renewed.  Here is a list of movies that I have reviewed that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.  Click on each title below for my full review of that movie, my rating, the movie’s trailer, the movie’s poster, and pictures from that movie:

6 Souls (2009)

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Brubaker (1980)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Cop Land (1997)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Dredd (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Fire with Fire (2012)

Flight (2012)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

Happy Gilmore (1996)

A Haunted House (2013)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Leave (2011)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stolen (2012)

Stuck in Love (2012)

Wrecked (2010)

Yes, the list is short now, but as the days and weeks and months go by, I will have plenty of more reviews for you to read and I will help you find the hidden gems within the Netflix Watch Instantly movie library.

www.brockingmovies.com  Movies are what I do.

Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014


Redbox Movie Reviews January 2014

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I have seen 94 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 94 films, I have written a review for 61 of them.  My reviews will let you know what I think are the best movies currently available at the Redbox and what are the worst movies currently available at the Redbox.

I like a wide variety of movies.  My list consists of comedy movies, horror movies, action movies, drama movies, western movies, science fiction movies, foreign movies, comic book movies, family movies, war movies, etc.  I’ve reviewed almost every genre you can think of, so hopefully it will suit whatever mood you are in.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of January.  Each month I will keep updating a new list that will have more and more movies on it.  If you like what you see, I hope that you will come back for more in the future.

Click on each title below for a trailer, pictures, cast list, my rating, and my review of that movie.

2 Guns (2013)

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

Getaway (2013)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

If you like what you see then click on this link: www.brockingmovies.com to check out the rest of my site.  Movies are what I do.