Posts from the ‘Action/Adventure’ Category

REVIEWS: True Grit and Country Strong

B+

written by Peter Ricci -FlixCritic.com

True Grit takes me back when I was a kid and would go see western movies with my father. The new remake, which Jeff Bridges plays the John Wayne role of Rooster Cogburn. For the most part he does give the character of Rooster edge and the raw grit intended for the part, but I was on the fence for some of it. It stays true to the book as well as authentic westerns. The movie is basically about revenge as a young girls father is murdered by a man he once trusted, Tom Chaney [Josh Brolin] over two gold pieces. His 14-year-old daughter Mattie Ross [Hailee Steinfeld]seeks revenge, but searches out the rudest, badass bounty hunter to do the job. She finds Rooster coercing him to help her on her quest of revenge in the Indian territory of the west. She is approached by a Texas Ranger named La Boeuf [Matt Damon], but quickly turns him down as she seeks her own justice and is not out to help bring Tom to texas to be tried and hung.

The movie is great and the Cohen brothers find their way to approach the material with some biblical verses. If you are a fan of cowboy movies or you just loves a good western then this movie is worht the money spent.

B

written by Peter Ricci -FlixCritic.com

Country Strong is one of the best films in a while. Strong is a beautiful story of living life as a Country singer and trying to deal with all the dramas, complications and hardships of fame and celebrity.

The movie centers on a fallen, emotionally unstable country star, Kelly Canter [Gwyneth Paltrow] who is pulled out of rehab early by her husband/manager James Canter [Tim McGraw] to save her career before its too late.  Between concerts, dramas and hardships of fame and celebrity, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all, but James is determined to get his wife back on top, the only thing that is in the way is his forgiveness he’s unwilling to give.  James looks to new talent to help get Kelly back in the light, so he adds new-found talent and a rising young singer-songwriter Chiles Stanton [Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl], She is beauty-queen-turned-singer trying to make it on the disastrous tour. Kelly’s friend at rehab is already a singer/song-writer, she requests Beau Hutton [Garrett Hedlund] to accompany her on the tour. The movie is filled with romantic entanglements and old demons which threaten to derail them all. The film is entertaining, well acted and full of great music. I was very impressed with the cast; the movie is very moving and real. I like the pace and the real story line. The movie was spectacular from start to finish. It is worth the money to see this film; everyone shines, as no role was too small for anyone. I refuse to say anymore as I don’t want to give this fine film directed by Shana Feste away.

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When Was The Last Time You Went To a Movie with Expectations?

Well, if you have high expectations for “Tron Legacy,” Then you should be very happy. One person told me they loved it and it was the best thing they’ve ever seen while another told me it was like they did a remake of the original film.

Now that you have watched every trailer, heard every interview and now is the time to see this masterpiece.
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REVIEW: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Yes, there is a Santa Claus, and he’s brought us a new chapter of Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Personally, I love these movies. They are well written, well acted and very fun to watch, but you have to be into fantasy films. No the third and ‘so-called’ final installment of the Chronicles is NOT worth paying for 3-D. – It’s just another film and personally looks great without wearing the glasses.

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REVIEWS: Tangled, Burlesque and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

We decided you don’t care for a long-winded review, these days. you want to know if its good and should you spend your money. Well we have three movies for you to checkout for the Holiday season. yes they are for the family and they’re fun to see.

A

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
  • Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Perlman, Richard Kiel
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Family, Musical, Animation and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild violence.
  • Year: 2010

Tangled – It’s spectacular and one of Disney Animation’s best films in a long while. Last year Disney hit their mark again going back to their old format with The Princess and the Frog in which we love.

However, Tangled has raises the bar as Mandy Moore is splendid as Rapunzel, the girl with the magical golden hair. It’s a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. it’s a comical, magical ride that the family will love.

C-

  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Steven Antin
  • Stars: Cher Christina AguileraEric DaneCam GigandetJulianne Hough
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Drama and Musical/Performing Arts
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
  • Year: 2010

Burlesque – It’s great to see Cher back on the big screen, but personally, I wanted more Cher. Instead I got tons of Christina. that’s was fine, except the movie lacks two key elements. First it needed more burlesque, more rivalry and it was missing the romance of Flash Dance, you know the yearning to want a dream so bad you’ll do anything. Overall the movie is entertaining, but only worth a matinée’. If i had paid full price I would have been upset and thank God it was NOT in 3-D, could you imagine Christina Aguilera gyrating at you in 3-D! No-no-no- not a good look!

B+

  • Release Date: November 19th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: David Yates
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, John Hurt
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
  • Year: 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the first of a 2 part last chapter. The film is a bit darker than the earlier ones, but it is making its way to the final climax between good and evil. I enjoyed this film as it went back to the original three, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. You finally get to see the three friends together again, unfortunately it’s during the darkest hours of Hogwarts. The film challenges the three hero-witches on their quest to rid the evil and make it save once again for all pure and half-bloods. It is the end of a decade of films that many of our children have grown to love as well as parents.  Deathly Hallows doesn’t disappoint us one bit. It worth the buck, but once again NOT worth 3-D. There is no visual effect that make this film 3-d except for depth – yawn!

Anyways, this film is wonderful and we are looking forward to the second part of the final film. The battle of all battles, who will win? Will light prevail or darkness take over?

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REVIEW: Megamind

B-

Written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

  • Release Date: November 5th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Tom McGrath
  • Stars: Will Farrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt
  • Studio: DreamWorks Animation
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Animation
  • MPAA Rating: PG for action and some language
  • Year: 2010

Megamind dominated over the weekend, especially in the box office numbers, but was it because of the movies popularity or the fact that it costs $4.00+ per ticket at the theater for 3D? Yes, Megamind was another animated film in 3D and let me be the first to say it’s not worth the 3D! There is no point for these films to keep coming out in this format.

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The EXPENDABLES

B+

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

The Expendables is nothing less than pure adrenaline, high action injected with testosterone. The mangasmic array of Viagra induced action stars infiltrates the screen, taking names and numbers. Sylvester Stallone has found his nitch again and has decided not to take himself too seriously anymore. Stallone is the writer-director-star, but he has finally found the magic formula. The out of control action blood fest is like being on a roller-coaster with all the tricks, flips, loops and boomerangs, basically it’s a lot of unholy fun.

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Prince of Persia

C+

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Prince of Persia is obviously a Jerry Bruckheimer film.  It’s Disney and Bruckheimer at it again going full throttle yet in another swashbuckler film. This time it’s on a massive scale like Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, which he also directed and produced. This film is not half bad, the only problem is I saw the format from the jump, figured out who was behind the mystery and basically waited for it to end. Of course this film will be followed by typical Disney marketing schemes such as a video-game franchise and possible sequel, but that will be determined on the success of the film.

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