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Levitated Mass is a testament to the epic stupidity of how someone can waste millions of dollars directly and more indirectly (i.e. costs to use local police to deal with traffic and city workers to remove light poles) to move a very large rock from the desert to LA while human beings everywhere struggle daily to survive from homeless vets to out-of-work-down-on-their-luck everyday people who could find far better uses for the same money it took to move this big rock. Unbelievable! Do the human race a favor and refuse to see this movie or in any way contribute to its success. This kind of selfish wastefulness needs to be actively discouraged. This is not art it is the art of wasting money under the guise of art.
GOTG is the movie of SUMMER 2014 and possibly of 2014. This is a 2 hour non-stop thrill ride with laughs, physical comedy and incredibly gorgeous scenery. GOTG is Marvels new #1 surpassing the AVENEGERS which itself is a classic within the comic book based super hero genre.
SHADOW RECRUIT is a competent and solid reboot of the JACK RYAN character. Its excellent for a January release, a time of the year when most releases are either disappointing or are of the type of film that critics will hate while the ticket paying movie public likes. Chris Pine who plays the lead role delivers a solid performance on the popular character. Supporting roles are also solid with Kevin Costner as the hero's boss and Actor/Director Kenneth Branagh as the movies Russian villain. Branagh and Costner alone make the admission price worth it.
SHADOW RECRUIT is 2014's TAKEN, a surprise hit a time when most release are at best ho-hum. If you can be sure to check it out in iMax because the iMax sound system is fully utilized in SHADOW RECRUIT. I literally felt each bullet shot tanks to the superb iMax sound system.
I have not seen this film and for some reason the review I did of I, FRANKENSTEIN somehow ended up attached to this film. I can find no way to delete a review so I have to edit instead.
"IF" (I, Frankenstein) is not a movie critics movie plain and simple. Anyone who expected movie critics to have anything but negative things to say about IF is either living in their own fantasy world or has no idea what a movie critic tends to like in a film. Film Critics and their reviews are much like advice from your parents, you listen to what they have to say and you respect their advice but in the end you have to decide what's in your best interest. When it comes to mindless pop-corn movies that are big on action and effects and little on story and dialogue then you know to ignore what most critics say because they typically are clueless when it comes to that kind of film. This disconnect from the paying movie public is easily seen by looking at last January's Sci-Fi/Fantasy film "HANSLE & GRETEL: Witch Hunters".
Last January's "HANSEL & GRETEL: Witch Hunters" was another film panned by movie critics. It was budgeted at around 50 million and ended up taking in 55 million domestically and 225 million globally. It did this despite negative reviews by movie critics and despite the fact that it was released during the time of the year when Hollywood traditionally dumps those films it expects to lose money on. How did HANSEL & GRETEL take in 225 million in global ticket sales when it was so badly reviewed by movie critics? The answer is simple, it wasn't made to satisfy the movie critic who more often than not does NOT pay to see the film they are reviewing. It was made for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie fan that pays for a movie ticket and who wants to be entertained for 2 hours with something that is a work of fiction.
Enough of the ticket paying movie public paid to see HANSEL & GRETEL last January/February for it generate over 225 million world-wide over a 13 week run at the box-office. There's no telling how well it did in the rental and sell-thru market 6 months later but I bet it did very well.n This year its I, FRANKENSTEINS turn to entertain the same Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie goer and for me it did just that. So if you are like me and enjoy films like HANSEL AND GRETEL along with a number of similar films negatively reviewed by critics then check out I, FRANKENSTEIN before it leaves the big screen.