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I didn't know what to expect from this film, but I'm glad I decided to see it, because it truly is a masterpiece. It's a very small film, but it has the feel of a big scale film, because they go from various different places over a short period of time. It's a very fast-paced film and it really is a great story about two brothers who are also bank robbers. It was written by Taylor Sheridan who wrote "Sicario," which was also a masterpiece. You are really invested in the characters and the plot from the very beginning of the film and it just takes you on a ride that doesn't end until the end credits hit. The film has one of the best endings I have ever seen; it features so many emotions and so many great small stares between the two characters in the scene. There are great performances, especially by Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges. Foster gives the best performance of his entire career, while Bridges gives a performance that we have never seen before. He is the best thing about this film. There is one downside, and that's some of the characters. They really seem like cartoon characters and I didn't know what they were in this film. However, this is a masterpiece and it's definitely one of the best films this year.
This is truly a magical experience. This film takes the concept of "dream" and makes it to some extraordinary and beautiful. It's masterly crafted by Damien Chazelle, who shows the Academy that made a mistake by not nominating him for "Whiplash." He does a masterful job with directing this film and every single shot is a georgerous long scene that shows beautiful parts of Los Angeles. The film is adapted from a very well-written screenplay that really was made as a love letter to the old Hollywood films. This film is a musical that has great songs and really powerful music that will stick with the audience for many moments afterwards. There are some great performances in here, especially from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Gosling gives a very straight forward performance and we always know what he wants. But Stone gives one of the best performances of the year in a role that was probably very much like her own life back in days. I loved this film and I hope that many people will watch it when they get the chance.
Another sequel we didn't ask for. And this time it's for the most underwhelming movie of late years. And this movie is exactly the same. It's the exact same story, with the setting being changed to Miami and the reasoning for why Ice Cube brings Kevin Hart on the trip isn't really there at all. I still don't understand why he brought him and I think that this would have been a better movie if Kevin Hart just hadn't been in it. Hart does what he does in so many other movies and becomes the badly-written "over-the-top" character that he plays in every single movie that he is in. Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn and Tyrese Gibson ends up being completely useless characters that are only in the movie so that they can put the names on the poster. Ice Cube and Benjamin Bratt, however, were really good and played characters that were actually written pretty well. Bratt plays a villain that immediately gets you hooked and makes you want to watch what happens to the character in the end. Some of the action scenes (the few there are) are actually pretty good. However, this movie ends up becoming another really disappointing sequel that doesn't really level the standard of the first movie or is even 'alright' like the first one. This movie just sucks!
I really love the direction that this new "Star Trek" franchise is going. It's not the normal exploration drama anymore, but it's more an action piece. And it's a very good one. I really love this movie. If you take away all the previous movies, this is probably better than the first one, because it really does a lot more than the first one and it does go to new planets, for example Kronos which was a treat to see. The acting is great, especially from Cumberbatch who gives a great performance as the main villain. He gives a scary performance as well as a really emotional and lovable performance. One of the reasons, however, why we need to look at the other movies like canon, is because of a scene featuring Leonard Nimoy. And that's where the movie haults for me. This movie is a soft reboot of the great "The Wrath of Khan," and when the movie tries to be that masterpiece, it really feels sloppy for me. I didn't like the fact that Cumberbatch turned out to be Khan and that they wanted to give the character a little twist. The fact that his blood can bring people back from the dead is the most ridiculous thing that anyone has ever done in a movie and that took me out of the movie and really had a big impact on my final thoughts. But, I still ended up liking the movie very much and, while I can't say that it's better than the first one, I can say that it is definitely a worthy follow-up and a great addition to this new franchise.
It came as a shock to many people when it was announced that Paramount Pictures would make a new "Star Trek" movie that would reboot the franchise. But when the movie came out, pretty much everybody agreed that it was pretty good. This movie is awesome! J.J. Abrams managed to make a movie with some incredible acting and a really good story. The new actors were all pretty good and, of course, Leonard Nimoy who returned to play the older version of Spock proved that he still got it. The weaknesses of this movie are the visual effects when it comes to the creatures and then the villain who is incredibly weak. I didn't think that they had gave him a good reason for him to do what it is that he does. However, I still love this movie and I can't wait to see where this franchise will be going.