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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.
BATTLEHSIP is not for movie critics. It's for you and me, the box office paying audience that funds the movie industry. In other words, the people whose opinion actually matters. Have you ever seen a box office hit not get a sequel/spin-off just because the critics tore it apart? And you never will and that's because success in this industry is measure not by good words but by ticket sales and that's why you should never take the critics opinion seriously. Battleship is your standard Alien Invasion film with no real twists that is set upon the background of Naval war-games hence the tie in with the BATTLESHIP name and board game.
Battleship may not be awards material but it is fun and it hits all the right spots for action film junkies. From loud explosions to edge of your seat maneuvers. It even pays respect to a previous generation, a generation that deserves our respect. Battleship is 2 hours of mindless fun that will leave your action hunger pains satisfied till next weekend.
Let's face it. Professional/Semi-Professional movie critics are for the most part a cantankerous bunch of hard to please entertainment elitists. For these people a film either has to be some kind of art house style film-noire or if its more along the lines of being for the masses then it has to be near cinematic perfection to not be hated and criticized. Anything that might be appealing to the masses must by default be garbage to these people and therefore needs to be criticized. Itâ(TM)s impossible for them to simply enjoy a popcorn flick that the other %99 of us do. This is best proven by looking at the numbers, the box office receipts.
When a film gets an up rating (above %50) on RT (TomottenTomatoes.com) by both the Professional Critics and the Audience then its guaranteed to be enjoyed by most of the viewing public. If a film gets an up rating by the critics but a down rating by the audience then itâ(TM)s one of those art house flops that gets high praise but makes no money and so its success end with last word published in a critics review of it. If a film gets a down rating by the critics but an up rating by the audience then what you have is a money maker that the critics love to despise. More importantly you have a film that has actually succeeded, at least where it counts and thatâ(TM)s selling tickets.
As far as the value of a movie critics take on BATTLESHIP just keep in mind that they awarded GOD BLES AMERICA with a fresh rating and it's a film that glorifies acting out ones fantasy of killing people who simply irritate you. Between a movie about mindless heroes fighting off an alien invasion and psychos acting out their psychotic fantasies of killing anyone and everyone that annoys them which do you think deserves to be classified as rotten?
Captain America is a solid Action flick that delivers on what it adevrtises, no more and no less. Unlike some other Tent Pole reases this year that were marketed as the next DARK KNIGHT only to turn out to be "GREEN" with Batman envy, Captain America does not try to be the king of comic book film adaptations nor the INCEPTION of super heros but insetad focuses on delivering 2 hours of entertainment that is plausable (considering the genre), fun and very clean.
Captain America is the role model among super heros most would want their kids to choose and Chris EVans does a wonderful job of gving life to the American icon.
BTW - Do NOT leave before the lights come on for not only do we get the Mavrle standard post credets bonus scene but those who stay for this get an additional super bonus that for aome will amek seeing Captain America worth the price of admission even if they don't like the movie.
While the 4th installment of the series is not the best(I award that to the first installment) it is better then the last 2 in the franchise. More importantly, AFTERLIFE shows us that once again the professional critics who (over the average) give AFTERLIFE a rating of %21 while the audience gives it %63. that's a difference of over %40 and that is the smallest gap between the professional critics and the audience in the ratings of all 4 of the RESIDENT EVIL films.
The point here is if you liked any or all of the first 3 you'll most likely enjoy this latest one and don't take to heart what any of the critics say with regards to this series because they clearly don't get it.