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The Wedding Ringer Review

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The Wedding Ringer

Released: January 16, 2015

Rated: R

Runtime: 110 Minutes

Review by contributor Austin Winkler

The Wedding Ringer is a comedy directed by Jeremy Garelick and stars Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. Gad plays Doug Harris, a socially awkward guy who’s about to get married. When he can’t find anyone to be the best man and groomsmen in his wedding, he hires Jimmy Callahan (Hart) who runs a business that provides best men for grooms in need. 

I’m going to cut straight to the chase on this one. I was pretty disappointed with this movie. I didn’t have high hopes at all walking in, but I expected it to be a stupid comedy movie that I could genuinely laugh at. Turns out I got even less than that. The movie has no depth and no connection with the characters. I really didn’t care about a single person in this movie. The plot also has potential, but it isn’t handled well at all. Overall the story is very bland and lacks substance.

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The movie isn’t all bad though. Josh Gad and Kevin Hart are an excellent comedy duo. They aren’t Seth Rogen and James Franco or Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, but they do their jobs respectively. The story, while lacking in depth, does send a good message about being with the people you love, and there are even a couple scenes that had me laughing. But nothing about this movie made me want to watch it again and there wasn’t a single moment that stuck to me. In fact, I vaguely remember seeing it because it’s just that forgettable.

Before I move on, I want to make one thing clear. Before you say anything like “Oh, it’s a stupid comedy, you can’t look too hard into it,” know that I absolutely love comedy movies. Yes, I love a movie to be thought provoking, emotional and deep, but I also love movies that are genuinely fun like Pineapple Express or Guardians of the Galaxy. I am not bashing this movie because I want to be that guy who hates on everything mainstream. I am simply voicing my honest opinion on the film.

Bottom line, I didn’t hate The Wedding Ringer, but there are plenty of other movies out there that are significantly better. The acting from the two leads are good and the movie screams potential, but the end result is squandered. I personally wouldn’t want to see this movie again, but if you want to see it, I would suggest waiting for it to be available to rent or see it at a matinee viewing.

Verdict:

2 out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-The movie is rated R for crude and sexual content, language throughout, some drug use and brief graphic nudity

-The script is riddled with bad language

-Some sexual dialogue, but there are no sex scenes.

-A scene showing a party with people drinking. There are also very brief shots of topless women.

-A scene showing a dog biting a man’s penis. We see it happening, but it’s one of those “blink-and-it’s-gone” moments.

-Some violence, but most of it is comical.

-A couple scenes where characters smoke marijuana.

-Definitely do not take young children to see this movie.

     Faith Verdict:

1 out of 5

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The Interview Review

Interview CoverThe Interview

Released: December 24, 2014

Rated: R

Runtime: 112 Minutes

The Interview is a political comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.  The film is just now making it’s way to theaters, a few days after the original release date. We all know about the controversy surrounding this film, but is it worth it?

The Pineapple Express boys are back, but not quite better than ever. Interview 1No one can deny the chemistry Rogen and Franco share. It’s impeccable. They have formed a hilarious bromance that has blossomed over the past few years. This time around, the comedic duo play Dave Skylark (Franco) and Aaron Rapoport (Rogen). Skylark is the host of one of America’s most popular Hollywood entertainment TV shows and Rapaport produces it. The two are hired by the government to assassinate the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. It just so happens, Kim Jong Un’s favorite TV show is Skylark’s.

The story is obviously way out there and obnoxiously ambitious. Rogen and Franco’s performances are spot-on, but unfortunately Interview 2there aren’t as many laughs as you’d hoped. That’s due to a script that simply isn’t as good or funny as past movies like Pineapple Express or This is the End. Sure, there are some quality laughs, but a lot of it is just profanity-laced grossness or there for shock value. For supporters, Lizzy Caplan gives a ho-hum performances as a CIA agent and on a brighter note, Randall Park as Kim Jong Un is just fabulous. I was hoping for more chuckles, but hey, Pineapple Express 2 may be coming right?

You can count on Rogen and Franco to be their usual, over-the-top selves in The Interview. It’s craziness from start to finish. Sometimes it becomes utterly ridiculous, especially at the end. It’s a comedy through and through, but the movie sends a few good messages, especially the important political one. Who else would make a movie like this? MERICA.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with The Interview. Sure, its twoInterview 3 leads try their best to keep the laughs going, but eventually it becomes tired. The script could have been a lot better. On the flip side, the representation of Kim Jong Un is absolutely hilarious and there are some good laughs to be had.  I firmly believe that if the script writers would have focused more on quality dialogue than overused vulgarity, the film would have been much funnier. To put it simply, this movie is just okay. I would go as far as to say it’s more of an important movie than a funny one. I’m just glad it is getting released solely for that sake.

Verdict:

2.5 out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-Foul language throughout

-Sexual references throughout

-Some nudity

-One sex scene

-Some violence

-Not recommended for anyone under 17

-Accountability partner highly recommended

Faith Verdict:

0.5 out of 5

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Check out the teaser trailer for The Interview below and tell us what you thought of the movie in the comments!

Birdman Review

Birdman CoverBirdman

Released: October 17, 2014

Rated: R

Runtime: 119 Minutes

Review by Austin Winkler

Birdman is a comedy-drama directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, and Edward Norton. Keaton plays a washed up actor who once played an iconic super hero. Throughout the film, he’s trying to get back in the game by producing, directing, and starring in his own broadway play while trying to overcome his ego and family troubles. 

To say this film is interesting would be an understatement. It’s not your typical movie, and not for the casual movie-goer. It’s very indy, artsy and different, but it’s also one of the best movies I have seen all year. The first thing I noticed about this movie is how it was directed and shot. It’s all made to look like one continuous take with very minimal edits. There are certain scenes where I could pick out where they might have added in an edit here or there, but it’s all done so expertly, it’s very hard to tell. The illusion of a continuous shot also made the movie more tense and visceral. Some scenes were a little slow, but that’s the film’s only flaw. Everything else literally had me on the edge of my seat because of the tension created with the camera work. The script is also very well written with tons of realistic conversations and clever dialogue that’s sometimes even quite hilarious.

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The film features an all star cast, as you could probably already tell from the first paragraph. Usually this is a bad sign for a film, but it totally works here. I can’t think of a single actor who was miscast for this film. Michael Keaton and Emma Stone have excellent chemistry as a very dysfunctional father and daughter who are both overcoming personal demons and trying to get through life. Edward Norton is also very good, but the actor who surprised me the most has to be Zach Galifianakis. He has proven to me he can do so much more than just a lovable idiot. His performance showed an incredible amount of emotional depth and it makes me excited for his acting career. Possibly my favorite thing about this movie is the message it sent. The movie explores directing, acting, criticism, and art in general and how hard it is to be successful without being a complete sell out. One of my favorite scenes in the movie shows a character going off on a theater critic, talking about how all they do is use big words in their reviews to intrigue potential audience members. It struck a chord with me because I feel like a lot of critics are like that. Now, I consider myself a film critic, but I do what I do not because I’m a wanna-be hipster who hates on everything, but because I genuinely love movies and I want to be able to voice my honest opinion on them.  I hope this movie had the same effect on other critics out there as well because it’s a message that needs to be heard.

Bottom line, Birdman is one of those movies that starts growing on you as you leave the theater. When I first watched this movie, I didn’t really know what my opinion was, but now that I’ve had a couple days to think about it, I can safely say this is one of my favorite movies of 2014. The film is just as thought provoking as it is entertaining. Casual movie goers may be hesitant to watch this movie, but I still encourage everyone to check it out as soon as you can.

Verdict:

4.5 out of 5

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Wade’s Thoughts:

When Austin and I arrived at the theater to watch Birdman, I knew what to expect. One of those quirky, odd, art-house projects that are always praised by critics. From the first scene, I knew it was going to be weird. But hey, weird is good when it comes to this movie. Why? Because it transcends the typical bizarre tone given by so many independent films. It is such an interesting concept, bringing a mainstream, veteran actor like Michael Keaton into a picture of this nature. It works…and it works well.

Sure, we’ve all heard the story before. The old, washed-up actor or artist gets a second chance, hoping for redemption in his now seemingly miserable life. But, when you have an important message, family drama, genuine characters and a top-notch cast all sprinkled in, you have a recipe for greatness and Birdman embraces this. With a career-resurrecting lead performance from Keaton, along with the likes of Zach Galifinakis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, you’re always interested. On top of that, the script is exceptional.

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What pushes Birdman above everything else is its message. This message is directed squarely at critics, primarily of film and theater. It’s  a frustrated outcry or maybe even punch in the mouth to those who claim to know it all about film and the industry. This is socially and culturally significant, letting everyone know that everyone has their own opinion and its not worth hurting others to get across. We don’t have to know it all, we don’t have to critique every little detail, but we can indeed have an opinion. When things get personal, that is when everyone gets hurt.

Overall, Birdman is quite brilliant, as it boasts nearly every tool to make an excellent film. It then goes a step further, having its own opinion and voice in an industry dictated upon what “critics” say. It isn’t revolutionary, but it brings new ideas to the table and begs the audience to think for themselves and ask questions. Don’t let this one pass you by.

Verdict:

4.5 out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-Coarse language throughout

-Some sexual references, but no sex or nudity

-Mild violence

-Drug use

Faith Verdict:

2 out of 5

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Check out the trailer for Birdman below:

The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Wolf Wall Street CoverThe Wolf of Wall Street

Released: December 25, 2013

Rated: R

Runtime: 180 Minutes

The Wolf of Wallstreet is a dark-comedy directed by Martin Scorsese based on Jordan Belfort’s novel of the same name. The film stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie in the leading roles. The story takes place in the 90s and revolves around Jordan Belfort (Dicaprio) who is a stock broker running a firm participating in security fraud and corruption on Wall Street. I’m going to do this review a little differently than my other reviews. This film has received a lot of controversy due to its moral ambiguity. So I’m going to address my thoughts on the controversy as well as discuss whether or not the film is worth your time.

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It’s utterly amazing how corrupt someone can become through attaining a ridiculous amount of money. Jordan Belfort’s fall from grace is captured so perfectly and so viscerally that the film sparked tons of controversy. The film holds the record for most F-words used in a mainstream non-documentary film, but the horrible language is only the tip of the iceberg. The film contains gratuitous sexual content, I can name a couple scenes that made me think “am I supposed to be watching this?” I remember reading about the content of the movie on my phone’s “plugged in” app and on the internet movie database. I almost didn’t watch this movie because I was utterly disgusted with what I read, but I decided to give it a chance anyway.

 The Wolf of Wall Street - liquid lunchWhat the viewer might find relieving is the fact that most of the scenes don’t last but for a few seconds. Yes some are indeed graphic, but the majority of the scenes don’t last but for ten seconds maximum. Also, I didn’t think it took away from the plot like other explicit movies. You have to understand the film is trying to pay respect to the novel and the real story behind Jordan Belfort. I haven’t read the novel, but I saw a few interviews with the real “Wolf of Wall Street” and he claims everything in this movie actually happened with very few exceptions. The things these guys did were obscene, but the film uses its vulgarity to display a sense of realism and show you how far Mr. Belfort fell from grace. Some may disagree with me, but I thought the use of vulgarity was necessary for the story telling. I’m not saying I celebrate its use of vulgarity, but the film wouldn’t have the same effect on the viewer without it.

Wolf Wall Street 3Now that I’m off the subject of controversy, you might be asking yourself “how is the movie in general?” As I’ve said before, this is one of 2013’s best films. It was nominated for several Oscars, but won none…how dare the Academy let this happen. Leonardo Dicaprio is a force to be reckoned with and delivers an Oscar-worthy performance (which he was once again snubbed for). Scorsese also shines with his directorial style. He really knows what he’s doing behind a camera. Every single shot of this movie comes to life with vibrant colors and tons of energy. The script is where the film shines the most. The dialogue is clever, realistic and absolutely hilarious. Without spoiling anything, there’s a scene where someone tries to get high on Lemmon Qualude pills and the effects don’t kick in until later on. This scene made me laugh so hard, I might have cracked a rib or two.

     Bottom line, The Wolf of Wall Street is undoubtedly vulgar, but well worth your time if you aren’t bothered by those types of things. My only problems with this movie are a couple scenes that felt too drawn out. But this is one minor flaw in an otherwise flawless film. 

Verdict:

4.5 out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-The film is rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.

- There are many sex scenes as well as other scenes containing very perverse sexual content. Even though most are pretty brief, they are still very uncomfortable to watch and can get pretty graphic. Especially this one scene in the first ten minutes of the film combining sex and drugs.

-As I said in my review, the film holds the record for the most uses of the F-word in a mainstream, non-documentary film. To be exact, according to imdb, the word is used 569 times (18 times sexually). The film also contains many uses of other curse words.

-Quite a few scenes containing heavy drug use. A couple of these scenes are intended to be comical, but they can still potentially disturb some people.

-There are only a few scenes containing violence. Most are pretty brief and they aren’t gory. 

-As a film buff, this is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. I can only name a handful of movies that have come out in the last few years that are better than this one. However, as a Christian, it’s very hard for me to recommend this to anyone due to the film’s vulgar content. 

-If you do decide to watch it, pray first, and view with an accountability partner.

Faith Verdict:

0 out of 5

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Check out the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street below:

Frank Review

Frank CoverFrank

Released: September 5, 2014

Rated: R

Runtime: 95 Minutes

*Review by contributor Austin Winkler

Frank is an independent comedy-drama directed by Lenny Abrahamson and stars Domhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, and Michael Fassbender. The story follows Jon (Gleeson), an aspiring musician who meets the members of a pop-music band led by a very mysterious, mask-wearing man named Frank (Fassbender). 

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I’ve said this in previous reviews, but I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a big fan of art-house cinema. I recognize the talent behind it, but it’s never been my cup of tea. In my personal opinion, these films tend to be very pretentious and I usually have a hard time enjoying them. Frank falls under this category, but the trailers for this film caught my eye. They did well in advertising the film’s energy and humor and they made me feel the need to check this movie out as soon as possible. My inner hipster craved something quirky to watch. Did this film deliver? Well let’s go over the facts shall we?

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It’s a very energetic film and it’s very well made. The cast all do exceptional in their performances, it’s directed well, and it’s even pretty funny in some parts. The film even received widespread critical acclaim upon release. It has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and Chris Stuckmann from Youtube gave it an “A.” I believe it’s deserving of these praises, but I still cannot see myself watching this again. This film is very pretentious in parts and it tries too hard to be artsy. This really took away from my overall enjoyment of the film. I can name so many scenes that had me confused as to why the film makers put it in the final draft of the film. This is common in many art-house/independent films and I understand the film makers were trying to go for a particular style of film making. However, it just doesn’t work for me.

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Bottom line, Frank has good intentions and it’s without a doubt well made, but it tries too hard and comes off as pretentious. I’ve been called a “hipster” by a lot of people and I can understand why someone would feel this way about me. But I still couldn’t find true enjoyment in this movie. If you’re a fan of art-house/independent cinema, I strongly suggest checking it out. But if you’re just an average film goer, don’t waste your time. 

Verdict:

3 and a half stars

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Faith Advisory:

-The film is rated R for language and some sexual content

-We see a brief scene of a man and a woman having sex in a jacuzzi (no nudity)

-Some sexual dialogue

-Some language here and there

-A scene where a character is drunk

Faith Verdict:

1 and a half stars

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Check out the trailer for Frank below:

The Boxtrolls Review

Boxtrolls CoverThe Boxtrolls

Released: September 26, 2014

Rated: PG

Runtime: 100 Minutes

The Boxtrolls is the much anticipated animated film from directors Graham Annabelle and Anthony Stacchi. It’s written by Irena Brignull and Adam Pava and stars Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Nick Frost, Dee Bradley Baker, Tracy Morgan, Richard Ayoade and Dee Bradley Baker. The film is about a young orphan boy named Eggs who is raised underground by unique, trash-collecting creatures called ‘boxtrolls’. When an evil exterminator attempts to wipe out all the boxtrolls from the city, Eggs and friends try to stop him.

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The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls has fairly interesting characters, but it fails to deliver much development and depth to compliment them. Eggs is the lead, who is somewhat of a cliche, but he’s still a decent protagonist. Eggs’ love interest and friend, Winnie, is one who has the most potential. Her father, named Lord Portley-Rind is a rich and selfish character who is surprisingly unlikable. The boxtrolls themselves are the most interesting and intriguing characters in the movie, aside from the devious villain, Archibald Snatcher. For the most part, it’s a disappointment because there’s just not much to like about this cast.

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Eggs and Winnie

The animation is pretty cool in The Boxtrolls. Whether it’s the silly little creatures, Eggs, a giant block of cheese or the dark, but vibrant city, it’s all beautiful. It will instantly remind you of movies like The Corpse Bride or Frankenweenie. Steamy sewers, raggedy old boxes or grocery bags, the pale moonlight and more all make for a very pretty and colorful atmosphere.

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Two of them really do want to be ‘good guys’.

The story is based on the novel by Alan Snow called ‘Here Be Monsters!’. Most of the imaginative ideas found in the film stems from this book. The storyline in the movie is rough around the edges, as it tends to drag and not lack much character or depth. One of the most alarming things is that it tries hard to be funny but you’ll be lucky to get a single chuckle all the way through. I can’t help but feel as if the filmmakers simply tried too hard to make this a ‘special’ film such as so many other great animated films in recent years. However, nothing seems to click just right throughout the movie.

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Archibald Snatcher

Sure, The Boxtrolls gives us these adorable, pity-worthy creatures to love and adore and beautiful animation, but what else does it truly offer? Imaginative characters? Not really. A great story? Not so much. It’s simple: I was not impressed with The Boxtrolls. It could have been so much better with likable characters, a sharp script and better storytelling and dialogue. It’s only worth a rent.

Verdict:

2 out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-Some moments may be scary for children

-Boasts a dark atmosphere

-Boxtrolls could be frightening to children

Faith Verdict:

4 out of 5

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Check out the trailer for The Boxtrolls below:

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Released: March 7, 2014

Rated: R

Runtime: 100 Minutes

In Wes Anderson’s new quirky, art house flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel, we follow the story of a concierge and a lobby boy. If you’ve seen Moonrise Kingdom or Fantastic Mr. Fox, you know what you’re in for, which is an artsy, unorthodox and perplexing picture. Filled with witty dialogue, an utterly ridiculous amount of stars and topped with Wes Anderson’s unique touch, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a nice little package. Yes, it’s an adventure involving a hotel concierge named M. Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes) and a lobby boy named Zero (played by Tony Revolori). Gustave is framed for murder and now he is out to prove his innocence. The cast also includes Jude Law as a young author, F. Murray Abraham as an older Zero, Tilda Swinton as one of Gustave’s love interests, Jeff Goldblum as a lawyer, Adrien Brody as an angry man who is after an inheritance and Willem Dafoe as a fierce assassin. Bill Murray and Owen Wilson also make brief appearances. This is one star-studded cast! However, the main focus is mostly on Gustave and Zero and their adventures. The performances are fantastic and there’s nothing I can complain about on this front. Each character has his or her own quirks and differences. The downside to having all of these stars is the fact that there just isn’t enough of them. I would have loved to see more of Dafoe, Goldblum, Murray and Wilson. This is a very captivating film as far as star power and wit go. It has an undeniable presence about it. But hey, it’s a Wes Anderson film and all of his films do!

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Fiennes and Revolori have great on-screen chemistry.

The audiovisual presentation of this film is simply mesmerizing. There’s beautiful, snowy mountains, gorgeous hotel interiors, pretty costumes and a fantastical musical score. It all flows together perfectly and wonderfully. It makes for something pretty to look at and listen to. The story itself is more like a series of adventures involving the two leads, but it never really grabbed a hold of me like I thought it would. Unfortunately, I felt no emotion whatsoever and I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I was left thinking Anderson and company put too much effort into making the film look pretty and gathering an all-star cast. One thing that did get my attention was the subtle comedy. Sometimes you can’t figure out if what you’re watching is supposed to be funny or serious, which usually leads to you laughing. The film’s lack of seriousness makes it better. It’s not Moonrise Kingdom or Fantastic Mr. Fox, but it’s still a solid movie. Overall, The Grand Budapest Hotel is beautiful, mesmerizing, elaborate, elegant and has one big imagination.

Verdict:

4 stars out of 5

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Faith Advisory:

-There is a very brief sexual scene.

-We hear scattered, mild sexual dialogue.

-There is violence and blood, such as someone getting their fingers chopped off.

-The film includes bad language in several parts.

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What did you think of The Grand Budapest Hotel? Sound off in the comments section and check out the trailer below:

Delivery Man Review

Delivery Man CoverDelivery Man stars Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt and is directed by Ken Scott. The film is a remake of 2011’s Starbuck. To put it simply, the movie is about David Wozniak (Vaughn) who finds himself in a legal dispute after a sperm bank reveals he has fathered 533 kids. Yeah…realistic, I know. Wozniak’s longtime friend Brett (Pratt) is his underdog lawyer and Emma (Smulders) is his girlfriend. Pratt steals the show with his charismatic and funny personality. All I can think of when I hear his voice now is Emmet from The Lego Movie. I’m afraid that’s how it will be for a long time…because everything is awesome! Anyways, Smulders is also great, despite not having a ton of screen time. The rest of the cast mainly consists of Wozniak’s offspring, most of which are quite boring and lifeless to be honest. Vince Vaughn is…well…Vince Vaughn. The guy is hilarious, but only when given a good script. Unfortunately he doesn’t have that here. However, the film is going for a more sentimental, sappy feel and that’s something Vaughn doesn’t do particularly well. His bread and butter are movies like Wedding Crashers and Starsky and Hutch. He’s not bad whatsoever in Delivery Man, but it’s just not his forte. But, he does have a certain charm and easiness about him, which is something people will take kindly to.

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This isn’t the Vince Vaughn we are accustomed to seeing, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

The premise is outrageous to say the least. However, it makes for an interesting story. Well, it would have, if the movie was actually good. Don’t get me wrong, Delivery Man delivers some touching moments and it has a few laughs, but that’s about it. I couldn’t help but feel as if everything I was watching was simply rehearsed and insincere. It’s all so inconceivable and unrealistic. I’m not just talking about the premise. It’s like this from scene to scene. Delivery Man can’t make up its mind as to what genre it wants to be. There isn’t enough comedy to make it a comedy. There isn’t enough drama to make it a drama. It reminds me a lot of The Internship, a movie I reviewed a few months back, which also stars Vince Vaughn. It’s just another bland, mostly unfunny and commercialized picture. I really wanted to like this movie. It’s a good thing Chris Pratt delivered the goods and that Vaughn gave us enough of his unique charm. Aside from that and the solid amount of sentimentality, morality and humanity in the story, there’s not much to take away here. Delivery Man is middle of the road at best, something we’ve seen too much of in recent Vince Vaughn flicks. Oh, one more thing I just wanted to note. Adam Chanler-Berat annoyed the living heck out of me as Viggo. I had to say it.

2 out of 5

Anchorman 2 Review

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Review by Austin Winkler

I’m gonna cut straight to the chase, I didn’t like this movie at all. It’s one of the most disappointing movies I’ve ever seen. All of my friends encouraged me to check it out and even a good majority of critics said fans of the first Anchorman will enjoy it. They are wrong. Both the first one and second one have “stupid comedy,” as I like to call it, but the first Anchorman made it work. It’s a laughing riot throughout for all those who love Will Ferrell’s type of slapstick comedy. This film on the other hand suffers from bad execution of the jokes. It did have a couple parts that made me laugh, but most of them were already spoiled in the trailers.

Bottom line, I don’t recommend Anchorman 2 whatsoever. I believe there are people who would like the film, but in my personal opinion, it tries to hard to be what the first one is and it falls flat on almost every level.

2 out of 5

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Free Birds Review

Free Birds CoverTwo of my favorite actors (Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson) team up in Free Birds, an animated comedy about two turkeys who travel back in time to prevent Thanksgiving. So yes, I’m a big fan of the two leads and I adore animated movies. But alas, I highly disliked this horrid, empty mess. When I say empty, I mean empty, literally. The script is downright bland, leaving the talented cast with nothing to go off of. The animation is simply not enjoyable to look at. Most of the environments are shockingly “empty”, with barren forests and nonexistent plains. I couldn’t believe the absence of detail. Don’t get me started on turkeys eating pizza at the White House either. Give me a break! The story devolves as it chugs along. Adults will likely be checking their watches or cell phone while the kids may even become restless. There’s simply not enough entertainment in this movie, which totally defeats the purpose of an animated feature! Or any movie for that matter! It’s also not funny, despite trying quite hard to be so. Overall, Free Birds never even lifts it’s claws off the ground, squandering it’s somewhat intriguing premise and talented cast. Even a rental for family night would be torturous for all involved. Let’s just continue to eat turkey every Thanksgiving and try our best to forget this movie ever existed.

1 out of 5