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A Quiet Place (2018)


A Quiet Place (2018)

Before seeing this film, I thought right away that it looked like an M. Night Shyamalan movie.  Perhaps it would be reminiscent of Signs (2002).  I assumed that Shyamalan was the director until I saw that it was directed by, produced by, and stars John Krasinski.

I am really picky when it comes to horror movies that I get excited about.  This one sparked my interest.  I saw this on opening night, but I did not get to review it until now.

A Quiet Place takes place in the not so distant future where people are being hunted by vicious creatures that attack when they hear sound.  The film follows one particular family that is trying to survive.

The movie was directed by John Krasinski and the noteworthy cast includes John Krasinski, Emily Blunt (Krasinski’s wife), Millicent Simmons, Noah Jupe, and Cade Woodward.

Krasinski has come a long way from his days of selling paper in The Office (2005).  I really only started taking him seriously after seeing 13 Hours (2016).  I think that he has successfully transitioned from comedy to more serious acting and this movie is further proof.

A Quiet Place was way better than Signs.

The chemistry between Blunt and Krasinski felt very genuine.  Such a simple thing like that is easy when it is a real life couple onscreen.  However, that connection can make all of the difference.

This is not a bloodbath horror movie.  That is what I especially enjoyed about A Quiet Place.  The film keeps you in suspense throughout basically the entire movie.  It is edge-of-your seat excitement with enough jumpy scenes to make it worth your while.

The film is unique because it really does not contain a lot of dialogue.  I feel like this adds to the suspense.  The theater that I was in was eerily a quiet place.  Our eyes were glued to the screen, and the hair on the back of our necks stood up as we were desperately wanting to know what was going to happen next.

A Quiet Place was a breath of fresh air for the horror genre.  It is a reminder that a good spooky story meticulously executed is all that it takes to be a quality scary movie.  It seems like such a simple concept, but most horror movies these days have trouble achieving this.  There really was nothing wrong with this film.  It was chilling from start to finish.  Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.

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

 

If you liked this film then you might also enjoy:

 

The Conjuring (2013)

High Tension (2003)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Purge (2013)

Sinister (2012)

The Others (2001)

Signs (2002)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Looper (2012)

13 Hours (2016)

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The Best Movies of 2012


The Best Movies of 2012

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2012 (even if some were made in 2011).  I have included trailers for each movie.  Click on the highlighted titles for my full reviews of each of those films.  The movies that are not highlighted, I have not reviewed yet, but I still highly recommend them.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2012 that are worthy of this list.

 

The Impossible (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Django Unchained (2012)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Contraband (2012)

The Grey (2011)

21 Jump Street (2012)

The Hunger Games (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)

Ted (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Lawless (2012)

Looper (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Argo (2012)

Lincoln (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Hitchcock (2012)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Total Recall (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Getaway (2013)


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Getaway (2013)

I was very skeptical about whether or not I would like Getaway before watching it.  I normally enjoy Ethan Hawke’s films, and recently he has made some good choices, i.e.  Sinister (2012) and The Purge (2013).  However, Getaway appeared a little sketchy to me.  I held off seeing the movie in theatres because I was very unsure about it, but I had to at least give it a chance on DVD.

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The film is about an ex-racecar driver (Ethan Hawke) whose wife has been kidnapped.  In order to try to get her back, he is forced by the kidnappers to drive and do whatever he is told while leaving a trail of destruction and evading cops all over the city.  He is given missions with time limits attached.  Along the way, he gets caught up with a young woman whose car he was required to steal.  The two of them are in for a wild ride that will hopefully help him get his wife back.

The movie was directed by Courtney Solomon and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Jon Voight, Selena Gomez, Rebecca Budig, Paul Freeman, and Bruce Payne.

The film gets your attention immediately.  It sort of has a Taken (2008) meets The Transporter (2002) feel to it, at first, but that quickly diminishes.  The high-speed car chases start out flashy and exciting set to the tone of dramatic car chase music.  Eventually the whole movie turns into one big car chase that will not end soon enough.

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Getaway is actually pretty decent until the appearance of Selena Gomez.  Her character enters and the movie slams on the breaks and crashes.  Gomez brought nothing to her role in the film except for very poor acting skills and utter annoyance.  I found myself quickly hoping that her character would just die off.  However, I’m not even sure if her poor performance was her fault.  Everything about the character that she played seemed unbelievable.  The writers really dropped the ball when they came up with her part in the story.  This sort of had a snowball effect.

The whole movie spun out of control.  It stopped being fun and entertaining.  Instead it just felt tacky and fake.  The car chases were nothing new and the story stopped making sense.  Things became too far out and predictable.  Even though he still was, it felt like Hawke was no longer in the driver’s seat.  There was nothing that he could do to steer the film into the right direction.

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I thought that Getaway would at least be a fun ride to get distracted on for a little while.  Instead, I wanted to get off before the ride was over.

I rate this movie a 4 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

Horror Movie Reviews for Halloween


Horror Movie Reviews for Halloween

Are you looking for a good horror movie to watch for Halloween?

Check out the list below for a few ideas of what is a scary movie worth watching and what you probably shouldn’t waste your time on.

Click on each title below for a trailer, poster, pictures, my rating, and my full review of the movie.

6 Souls (2009)

The Call (2013)

The Conjuring (2013)

Curse of Chucky (2013)

Evil Dead (2013)

Frankenweenie (2012)

High Tension (2003)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Mama (2013)

The Possession (2012)

The Purge (2013)

Sinister (2012)

Happy Halloween from www.brockingmovies.com

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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.

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.

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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!

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Click here for Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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Redbox changes its movie selection periodically.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  However, I have seen 97 of them.  Of those 97 films, I have written a review for 49 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 August.  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.

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)

Dredd (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)

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)

Leave (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Mud (2012)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stoker (2013)

Ted (2012)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Trance (2013)

Vehicle 19 (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!

Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013


Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013

Click here for Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

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Redbox changes its movie selection periodically.  Out with the old and in with the new.  I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox.  However, I have seen 90 of them.  Of those 90 films, I have written a review for 35 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 July.

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

Broken City (2013)

The Call (2013)

Dead Man Down (2013)

Django Unchained (2012)

Dredd (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

Evil Dead (2013)

Flight (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Gangster Squad (2013)

The Guilt Trip (2012)

A Haunted House (2013)

Hitchcock (2012)

Identity Thief (2013)

The Impossible (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Leave (2011)

Lincoln (2012)

Mama (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

The Paperboy (2012)

The Possession (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)

Robot & Frank (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Stoker (2013)

Stolen (2012)

Ted (2012)

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

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? 

Movie Tickets Popcorn

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!

The Purge (2013)


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The Purge (2013)

The main concept in The Purge is a controversial one.  The film takes place in the not too distant future where America has become a safer place to live because annually there is a 12 hour period of time where all forms of crime are legal.  During this 12 hour period of time, you can get away with murder and the police will not be there to stop you.  Hospitals also close down during this time.  This 12 hour period of time where crime is legal is called “The Purge” because it allows citizens to rid themselves of all of the hatred and pent-up anger that they hold inside all year long.  They purge themselves of all of the bad and all that they are left with is the good.

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As I said, it is a very controversial concept but let me talk about the film first before I discuss my views on the topic.

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The film is about a family doing there best to stay safe at home during “The Purge.”   The father (Ethan Hawke) is a top-of-the-line security system salesman who has ensured that his house is as safe as it can be.  In a world where crime is legal for half of a day every year, you better have a good security system to protect yourself and your loved ones.  An unfortunate turn of events finds the family with a man in their home who is being sought after by a violent group of people who intend on murdering him.  The family is given the choice to give up the wanted man or become the new targets of the group.

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The Purge is written and directed by James DeMonaco.

The rest of the notable cast includes Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Rhys Wakefield, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, and Chris Mulkey.

The world that is created in The Purge would be a frighteningly dreadful one to live in.  We already know that basically anything insane can happen in our world, but at least we have law enforcement and hospitals to help us when it does.  If you take those services away, then you take away order and are only left with chaos.  The film successfully depicts chaos in America.

The movie is vicious.  The intensity of the film will keep your heart racing throughout as you try to anticipate what will happen next.

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I felt that the entire cast did an excellent job with their parts of the film, but the standout performances were those of Ethan Hawke and Rhys Wakefield.

Hawke’s role was a great follow-up to Sinister (2012).  If you enjoyed Sinister, then you will most likely enjoy The Purge.

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This is the first movie that I have seen Wakefield in, and I have to say, he did an outstanding job being creepy.  His character was tailor made for him.

Once you get past the holes in the main concept of the film, the movie is overall a very solid thriller/horror.  I say that there are holes because it is hard for me to believe that America would ever allow its citizens to live in chaos and anarchy.  Once you allow chaos, how do you bring back order?  I don’t think it is as simple as putting a timetable on chaos and expecting people to actually follow it.

The Purge Group

If there actually was “The Purge”, I think that all it would do is allow evil people to kill or commit crime and get away with it.  How would that be good for anybody?  I don’t believe that the crime rate would go down either.  I think that there would probably be a lot of crimes and murder strictly out of retaliation for what happened during “The Purge”.  It would almost be like encouraging people to do bad things.  America would not be a better place to live in.

Those are just some of my thoughts on the topic.  I’m sure that you have your own idea of what would be wrong with the idea of “The Purge” and I would be curious to hear what you have to say about it.

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

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4


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Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

If you are thinking about renting a movie from the Redbox, you might want to read this list to help you decide exactly which movie to rent.

Here is another edition of my top 13 current Redbox movies, back by popular demand.

Click on this link to read Vol. 1 from 2/10/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 2 from 3/14/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 3 from 4/21/13.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013 from 6/30/13.

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

I have updated the list based on all the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox as of 5/9/13. They will change some of the titles weekly, but the list should still be pretty accurate for a while and hopefully be able to help you find a good movie to rent. I have included the DVD covers and previews. If a movie doesn’t have a cover or preview above it, simply click on the title for my full review of the movie along with the poster artwork and preview.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 82 of them. Of those 82 movies, here is the list of my top 13 Current Redbox movies:

1.  Django Unchained (2012)

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2.  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) My Rating: 9

3.  Ted (2012)

4.  Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

5.  The Impossible (2012)

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6.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)            My Rating: 9

7.  Jack Reacher (2012)

8.  Hitchcock (2012)

9.  Skyfall (2012)

10.  End of Watch (2012)

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11.  Looper (2012)                                       My Rating: 8.5

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12.  Titanic (1997)                                      My Rating: 8.5

13.  Frankenweenie (2012)

These movies in my opinion, are the best movies that are currently available at the Redbox.

Newcomers Silver Linings Playbook, The Impossible, and Jack Reacher have knocked Flight (2012), Sinister (2012), and Lincoln (2012) off of the list.  The other movies continue to hold strong.

Now that you have seen my Top 13 Current Redbox movies, click on this link to check out my Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies from 3/27/13.

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Next time that you are in the mood to watch a movie, I hope that you will return to my site to see what’s good and what’s not.  Should you buy it, rent it, or run away from it?  I can help you decide.  On the home screen www.brockingmovies.com click on the follow button if you would like to stay up to date on all of my new posts through email.

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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 War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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

Thanks for stopping by and happy movie watching!