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Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

July 1, 2015
Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

The seemingly impossible has occurred: A worse movie than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Movie Man No. 1136, 3) has arrived.
Ted 2 is awful – so horrible that it goes down as one of the all-time terrible movies in the history of cinema.

About the film
The Movie Man isn’t one to give out many 1s – it is far and away the number readers are least likely to see. (Well, there has never been nor will ever be a 10 – only Movie Wife merits that high cotton rating.)
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Emotional rescue theme of Pixar’s latest hit

June 24, 2015
Emotional rescue theme of Pixar’s latest hit

For a long time, the genius animators at Pixar seemed to never miss; it looked like they would produce an endless series of exceptional movies.
However, a few years back, the winning streak ended for the studio. But it has righted the ship with Inside Out.

About the film
The Movie Man has seen every full-length Pixar movie. Here they are from best to worst.
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Fourth Jurassic Park movie is a real monster

June 17, 2015
Fourth Jurassic Park movie is a real monster

 

As usual, it’s sequel/series city this summer. That’s been the case for quite a number of years now. In fact, we’ve already seen several sequels/series continuations arrive so far this year.

About the film
While Jurassic World has proven to be a colossal box office hit, the majority of 2015 sequels have done nicely so far, too.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tanked big time back in February at a mere $12.3 million, but Insurgent, the second Divergent movie, did much better.
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Actors pull out the stops in crude, funny Spy

June 10, 2015
Actors pull out the stops in crude, funny Spy

Certain actors are sometimes liked more than others, for no discernible reason. That’s true even for the Movie Man.

About the film
Spy stars Melissa McCarthy and the Movie Man is a major fan, almost as much as he is for last week’s San Andreas (Movie Man No. 1142, 5) star Dwayne Johnson.
McCarthy is pulling off quite the rare feat – skillfully weaving back and forth from a successful TV show (Mike and Molly) and big screen hits.
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San Andreas shakes out disaster movie cliches

June 3, 2015
San Andreas shakes out disaster movie cliches

Theses days, disaster movies show up occasionally. Some hit, some miss. But the heyday of the genre was back in the 1970’s when the template was set.

About the film
The granddaddy of disaster movies is The Poseidon Adventure (1972). (Well, the first great disaster movie was When Worlds Collide in 1951, but the genre really arrived during America’s greatest movie decade, the 1970’s.)
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Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

May 27, 2015
Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

Ah, Disney: The kings of making bland, forgettable movies – films that look so fantastic in advance and end up being “well, that was okay, I guess.” Tomorrowland is another one of those.

About the film (spoiler)
The Movie Man got suckered in to putting Tomorrowland on his top 10 for the summer; that might become a rare Movie Man misfire.
While the advance notices were not great, Disney put on a big push to get audiences to the movie. But there’s some grumbling out there that the PG rating is too light.
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Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

May 20, 2015
Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

You don’t see movies like this much anymore.
Aside from daring non-CGI action sequences – a lot of them – there are some shocking, startling, and downright squeamishly freakish scenes and visions in Mad Max: Fury Road – the sort of sequences you seldom see in a major release these days.

About the movie
Director George Miller birthed the original Max who was played by Mel Gibson in 1979. (The Movie Man remembers chuckling when seeing a TV trailer for Mad Max where the narrator seriously intoned “starring Mel Gibson.” In America, Gibson was a complete unknown yet here he was being boldly lauded.… Read the rest

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Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

May 13, 2015
Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

Hot Pursuit is one of those movies where you get what you pay for. However, it’s not to be confused for another movie of the same title – a trait that happens with regularity throughout film history.

About the film
The plot of Hot Pursuit is nothing new – another mismatched, female buddy movie. Even its title is not original. (At first, it was Don’t Mess with Texas – even though it was filmed in Louisiana.)
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Avengers 2 not super-duper but still good fun

May 6, 2015
Avengers 2 not super-duper but still good fun

As everyone on the planet expected, the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, dominated the world box office. In fact, that takeover began the week before when Ultron raked in millions overseas before its U.S. release.
The question was: Would it be a record breaker?

About the film
Like Furious 7 (Movie Man No. 1134, a 5) enjoyed, no film is lined up for a while to stop the box office rampaging of Age of Ultron.
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Movie Man: Knows all, sees all this summer

April 29, 2015
Movie Man: Knows all, sees all this summer

Ah, trying to divine what the top 10 movies of the summer will be – always a Movie Man favorite.
This year, curiously, the No. 1 pick has never been simpler.
It’s after that one that things get tricky.

This summer’s biggies
Here’s how the blockbuster season will likely shake out:
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1).
The Movie Man has already said that this would be the year of two $1,000,000,000 dollar movies; the shocking success of Furious 7 (Movie Man No. 1134, a 5) will make it three.
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