Pain and Gain
Starring Mark Whalberg and Duane Johnson, I thought Pain and Gain was just above the mediocre line. It was a Michael Bay movie, so the cinematography was a little different and a little out there, it helped make the movie original, but I just thought it was border line idiotic. The story is a mess only because the true story is a mess, the acting was flat out insane...only because the true story, these characters were out of control. Personally, I would've loved an all out "serious movie, or a "comedy film," I felt like the script was trying to do too many things; too many elements of substance without substance if that makes sense. All in all Pain and Gain is fairly original, with a messed up story, cast and a dialogue that might confuse you if you are supposed to laugh or shudder of utter fear.
Now You See Me
For me personally, one of my favorite movies of the year. Now you See Me is a fresh take on magic that had me hooked from the very beginning. Starring Michael Cain, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, the brother of James Franco and Morgan Freeman. Honestly, I really enjoyed this film, and I won't go into fan boy mode....It's just a cup of fresh air, its a movie that has a lot of special effects, but you never know what's going to happen, you never know who's up to no good, or if the movie is a scam, but there's always something missing, and I love it. You don't get to dive deep into the characterization of the characters due to the amount of strong characters that make this movie, but at the end of it, you should be excited that they'll be making a second installment in a few years. Again, I loved this movie, it was easily in there for my favorite of the year. Hope you see this and agree with me.
We're the Millers
We're the Millers is another movie that I loved, but I probably shouldn't enjoy but I did. "Millers" is a funny movie, a little on the obscene and crazy side, but altogether it's just a mess of laughter; Starring Jennifer Anniston and Jason Sudekis, these two completely and solely made this movie with their chemistry alone. The plot is flimsy I'll admit it, but from point a to point b, that is where the comedy shine; and I'll disregard the really sad and pathetic ending to the film, but I'll leave that for another day. Bonuses: Jennifer Anniston in a bikini and Ed Helms in a little side role. All in all, this movie has a terrible plot, but balance that with great character work and some funny writing, We're The Millers is not all that bad.
The Movie Man