The Breakdown- What to Watch, What to Run From.

Movie Breakdown

Ride Along 2

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart

IMDb: 5.4 of 484 ratings

Quick breakdown.

Ride Along 2, featuring the comedy duo from Ride Along (Ice Cube and Kevin Hart) have joined forces once again for another adventure (an action, comedy film. )

Con- This movie is being released in January. Often the place where movies go to die.

Pro- It’s part of a franchise. If any January movie could be decent, it will likely be a film which is part of a franchise.

Con- The film is clearly made to squeeze more money out of a tired formula. Can you blame Universal for trying? The original Ride Along (2014) made 134 million alone in the United States and only cost 25 million to make.

Pro-(?) This sequel has a 40 million dollar budget which means everything will be “bigger and better” than the original.

Final thoughts: With little to no competition as far as comedies go, this film could stand to have a decent opening weekend. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart can still draw in the crowds, especially those who enjoyed the first film. It will likely earn its budget back, but from a critical standpoint be lackluster.

My Call: I won’t see it in theaters. Maybe check it out when it comes on television or premium channels.


Norm of the North

Genre: Animated, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham

IMDb: 3.8 of 88 Ratings

A polar bear named norm and several of his lemming friends travel to New York City in attempt to stop the corporate world from destroying his arctic home.

I love animated movies, but I’m dreading this one with a passion. I’m all for the protection of the arctic and its environment. (I’m big on conservation.) This movie seems to force that issue with tired, childish humor, and bad writing.

Con: As we saw a few years ago with The Nut Job (2014), animated films in January (not related to a franchise) can be truly terrible.

Con: Nothing about this film looks impressive.

My Call: Save your money for something with talent. Like Kung Fu Panda 3. I’m not saying that will be great, but I’m saying it will be far better than this.


The Benefactor

Genre: Drama

Staring: Theo James, Dakota Fanning, Richard Gere

IMBd: 6.1 of 277 ratings

An older philanthropist attempts to right wrongs of the past using a newlywed couple.

Con- This movie has been done repeatedly and using a better cast. I’m not impressed with Theo James, and it’s been too long since Richard Gere gave me a great performance.

Con- This movie is not part of a franchise, but something more “original”. Coming out in January means it’s not worth much.

My Call: Pass- nothing about the film appeals to me. I have no interest to ever see it.


13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Director: Michael Bay

IMDb synopsis

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Con- Michael Bay directed this film. Here we are tackling an unfortunate and sensitive recent American tragedy and a director who lacks sensibility and crediblility is at the helm.

Con- Not only am I sick and tired of hearing about Benghazi. I deplore the very idea of making a movie to profit from that tragedy.
My Call: Going to just ignore this one best I can. It’s coming out in January, about a subject I’m not interested in spending time watching about, by a director with little to no talent or credibility (unless explosions are a talent).


Andrew’s Pick of the week

Band of Robbers (2015)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime

IMDb: 7.2 of 139 ratings

It tells the story of Tom and Huck as grownups. They are seeking the treasure which had eluded them throughout their childhood.

If you can find this film, I think you will enjoy it far more than the rest coming out this week. It has a bit of that old American lore with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Some action, some crime, and some laughs. Again, it’s January, so I’m not promising greatness, but I think it is still a step up from all other releases this week. (Perhaps this month.)


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