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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)


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A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

I had never even heard of A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints until I rented Charlie Countryman (2013) at the Redbox.  When you rent Charlie Countryman, you get A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints as a bonus movie.  They give you a two-for-one, a double sided disc for the price of one movie.  It’s a Shia LaBeouf double feature.  They are both indie films.  This was all the more intriguing to me, so I watched each movie the other night.  You can guess what one of my next reviews will be.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Group

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints was based on the book with the same title.  Surprisingly enough, the man who wrote the book, Dito Montiel, also directed the movie.  The movie is a film adaptation of Dito Montiel’s life growing up in Astoria, New York in the 1980s.  The story is a look into a messed up childhood in a rough part of the city.  It follows the struggles of inner city teenagers, Dito (Shia LaBeouf plays young Dito, and Robert Downey Jr. plays grown up Dito) and his friends as they are becoming adults.  The circle of friends are pitted against drugs, violence, sex, love, hate, loss, and hardship.  All the while, Dito wants to escape New York and try to make a better life for himself somewhere else.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Channing Tatum, Chazz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Rosario Dawson, Melonie Diaz, Martin Compston, Scott Michael Campbell, Anthony DeSando, Adam Scarimbolo, Peter Anthony Tambakis, Laila Liliana Garro, and Eric Roberts.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Downey Jr. Dawson

I’m surprised that this movie got past me 8 years ago, because the cast is excellent.  I should have been aware of this film earlier.  It’s another low-budget independent film that slipped through the cracks.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints was hard to watch, at times, but it was also hard to stop watching.  The film was an excellent depiction of how rundown certain areas of the country can be and how it affects the people living there.  It’s indeed unfortunate, but it’s in-your-face honesty.  Some people won’t be able to handle the honesty of this movie.  The trashy characters, obscene language and other vulgarity, along with the sex, nudity, and mindless violence, among other things, will be too much for some.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints LaBeouf

But, you have to take the sweet from the sour.  There is indeed a silver lining in this story.  The headlining actors in this film are exceptional.  The movie makes you feel like you are in the slums with the characters experiencing it all.  The actors portray a remarkable friendship and camaraderie that helps you come back to the reality that people often try to be good even if they are bad.

The story is rigid and rocky, but the writing and acting make it all worthwhile.  Here is an unknown gem for those who are willing to give it a chance.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Tatum Palminteri

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you liked A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, you might also enjoy the following movies:

White House Down (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

Flight (2012)

Prisoners (2013)

Wrecked (2010)

Mud (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

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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.

Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013


Redbox Movie Reviews December 2013

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I have seen 95 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 95 films, I have written a review for 60 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 December.  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)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Elysium (2013)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Mama (2013)

Man of Steel (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)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

We’re the Millers (2013)

White House Down (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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.

Current Redbox Movie Reviews November 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews November 2013

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I have seen 91 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 91 films, I have written a review for 58 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 November.  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.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

The Hangover Part III (2013)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Heat (2013)

The Hunger Games (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Internship (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (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)

The Purge (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

R.I.P.D. (2013)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Stuck in Love (2012)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

The Way, Way Back (2013)

White House Down (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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.

Current Redbox Movie Reviews October 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews October 2013

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I have seen 87 of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  Of those 87 films, I have written a review for 50 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.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of October.  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.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (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)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

This is the End (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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.

The Best Movies of 2013


The Best Movies of 2013

2013 is not over yet, but the last couple months of the year always seems to have a ton of new releases that get crammed in just in time to be considered for the current year’s Academy Awards.

We are in the midst of the beginning of the end of the year, so I thought it would be fitting to list all of the best movies that have been released so far this year.  I will list what I think are the best movies so far this year, and the rest of my list will consist of other great movies that did not quite make the cut.  The movies that did not make the cut were still pretty awesome and worth seeing.

Click on each movie for my full review, rating, trailer, and poster artwork for that film.

So, without further ado, here is the list:

The Best Movies of 2013 (in alphabetical order)

2 Guns (2013)

42 (2013)

All is Lost (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)

Gravity (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

Lone Survivor (2013)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

Best Sequels:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Red 2 (2013)

Other Great Movies that did not make the cut (in alphabetical order)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2012)

The Conjuring (2013)

Escape Plan (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)

The Heat (2013)

Jobs (2013)

Man of Steel (2013)

Mud (2012)

Oblivion (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Purge (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Violet & Daisy (2011)

White House Down (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)

World War Z (2013)

Because the year is not over yet, I will continue to add to this list.  That is of course, if I see a movie that is good enough to be on it.  Considering the list of movies that are set to release before the end of the year, I’m sure that I will have no problem adding to this list.  I hope that you will come back to www.brockingmovies.com to see any additions to the list.

Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th


Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th

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I have seen and reviewed 27 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:

The Way, Way Back (2013)

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)

The Purge (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

42 (2013)

Oz The Great and Powerful (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

The Iceman (2012)

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)

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

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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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 52 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.

Note: I will continue to update this list throughout the month of September.  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.

6 Souls (2009)

42 (2013)

Admission (2013)

The Big Wedding (2013)

Broken City (2013)

Bullet to the Head (2013)

The Call (2013)

The Company You Keep (2012)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Emperor (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

Flight (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Gangster Squad (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

Hitchcock (2012)

The Iceman (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Killing Season (2013)

The Last Stand (2013)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Now You See Me (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Stoker (2013)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (2013)

World War Z (2013)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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.

For more Redbox related material click on the following links below

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

Are you thinking about seeing a movie that is currently in theatres?

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Click here for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th.  You will find previews, poster artwork, and my full review of all of the movies that I have seen that are currently in theatres.  You’ll be able to see which movies are out right now and it might just help you decide which movies are worth seeing.

Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy movie watching!

Now In Theatres Movie Review August 23rd – 29th


Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 23rd – 29th

Click on this link for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th

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I have seen and reviewed 29 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)

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

Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 16th – 22nd


Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 16th – 22nd

Click on this link for Now In Theatres Movie Reviews August 30th – September 5th

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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