Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl

Well, the disappointing fall movie streak continues. The Girl on the Train was a major letdown. It’s based on the 2015 novel of the same name written by Paula Hawkins (which is sitting in my Amazon cart right now), and even though I haven’t read the book yet, I was pretty excited because The Girl on the Train has the “creep factor” you want in October movies. Plus, Emily Blunt. But it was just so incredibly mediocre that I’m not sure if I want to read the book now. Continue reading “The Girl on the Train Is Budget Gone Girl”

Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron in The Huntsman: Winter's War 2016

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Lacks Purpose

“Why did we need a sequel?” seemed to be the question with The Huntsman: Winter’s War, especially after the confusing trailers made this movie look like both a prequel and a sequel, but without Snow White. Well, 2012’s Snow White and The Huntsman (SWATH) did “okay” at the box office and with critics, so Universal thought that warranted a sequel (Yay, mediocrity). So here we are. Continue reading “The Huntsman: Winter’s War Lacks Purpose”

Into the Woods Movie 2014

Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music

In a village just outside the woods, the Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) make a deal with the Witch (Meryl Streep) to remove a family curse so they can finally have a child. But they must find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold, which leads them into the woods. There, they meet Jack (Daniel Huttlestone), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy), and Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), all of whom have wishes of their own. Continue reading “Into the Woods: A Fun Ride with a Serious Message and Good Music”

Edge of Tomorrow movie 2014

Edge of Tomorrow: A Sci-Fi Movie That Feels Like a Video Game

After an alien race called “mimics” invades the European mainland, the world bands together, creating a military called United Defense Force (UDF). Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) has been at the head of UDF’s media relations for some time but is called to the front. When he refuses, Cage is labeled “deserter,” stripped of rank, and forced into an infantry squadron. While storming French beaches, Cage’s squad is slaughtered by the mimics, and Cage blows himself up in a fight with an alpha mimic. But after he dies, Cage awakens to the exact same day again. While trying to correct his mistakes with each new day, he encounters Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), a UDF war hero known as the “Angel of Verdun,” who knows exactly what he’s going through because she had the same ability. Continue reading “Edge of Tomorrow: A Sci-Fi Movie That Feels Like a Video Game”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper

Looper Couldn’t Close Its Own Loopholes

When I first saw the trailer for Looper, my immediate thought was “Who the f*** is that?!” I had absolutely no clue that it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt until I was reading one of my favorite celebrity gossip blogs, and they said it was him. As a naturally skeptical person, I IMDBed the movie and YouTubed the trailer because I still couldn’t believe that it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt underneath the creepy prosthetics and that raspy, action hero voice. But when I realized he was playing Bruce Willis in the past, I was kind of intrigued. Continue reading “Looper Couldn’t Close Its Own Loopholes”