New Releases: What to Watch, What to Run From.

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What to Watch, What to Run From

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Andrew’s Pick of the Week!

Zootopia

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

IMDb: 8.2 of 8,081 ratings

Ginnifer Goodwin (Who?), Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Bonnie Hunt, Shakira, J.K. Simmons, Tommy Chong,

An animated film by Disney which teams a sly con-artist fox with an energetic rookie bunny cop (the first of her kind). Together this unlikely duo come together to solve a crime and uncover a major conspiracy.

This movie looks funny and refreshing. Yes, there are some elements we’ve seen in other films, but not always in an animated film. It also dives into heavier subjects that kids and adults can appreciate. This is an animated film that appeals to all ages.

A quick look at Ginnifer Goodwin. Why don’t I know her?

Sometimes there is a star that I simply never heard of and they manage to land a big role. Ginnifer Goodwin is one of those. Just in case there are others out there that are unfamiliar with her. Here is a brief look at her finer works. In television, Goodwin has landed several notable roles in series like

Ed (2001-2003), Big Love (2006-2011), various episodes of Robot Chicken (2005-2014), and Once Upon a Time (2011-2016). Since I’ve never watched an episode of any of these shows, it is no wonder why I didn’t recognize her name.

Her biggest movie appearances to date include Walk the Line (2005), A Single Man (2009), and Ramona and Beezus (2010).

Here is my review of Zootopia

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/movie-review-zootopia-is-a-different-kind-of-animal/

 

In the Middle

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Genre: Comedy,War

IMDb: 7.0 of 138 ratings

Rotten Tomatoes: 62% 6.2/10, 59% enjoyed it.

Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman

A journalist seeking adventure and life experience goes to Afghanistan and Pakistan for wartime coverage among other things.

Tina Fey is sometimes excellent, but other times she swings and misses (happens to the best). I feel like this is in the middle, it looks funny and entertaining, but could be derailed. Based on the reviews and ratings, this film is very hit or miss. Going to divide people depending on how much you like Tina Fey.

London Has Fallen

Genre: Action, Crime Thriller

Starring: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart

IMDb: 6.4 of 1,443 ratings

The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013), a film that wasn’t terrible in overall production value, but still managed to be a disappointment for me. If you enjoyed Olympus Has Fallen and you don’t mind watching almost the same thing over again (except more British accents), by all means enjoy the film. I’m sitting this one out.

The Other Side of the Door

Genre: Horror

IMDb: 6.1 of 244

Basically a child dies and a mother decides to try and bring him back to life. (What could go wrong?) If you like to spend money on cheap thrills and some scares. Maybe you will walk out mildly pleased. If you like a higher class of horror. I’d suggest The Witch (2015)

Here’s my Guest Reviewers take on that one-

https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/guest-movie-review-the-witch/

What to Flee From

Knight of Cups (2015)

Genre: Romance, Drama

IMDb: 5.8 of 7,722

So there are worse romantic films out there, but there is also much better. The plot is interesting, but the execution, acting, and writing is at best average. Save your money. If you must watch a romantic film, find an older one. (Silver Linings Playbook (2012) is often my standby.)

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