At The Movies With Maxwell

Robocop

I was never a big fan of either the original movies or the TV series. For that matter my parents would not even let me watch the original Robocop movie when I was 13 due its graphic content. The 2014 version is very toned down from its predecessor but in many ways is far superior.

Robocop 2014 is not a remake of the original (THANK GOODNESS) but rather a complete reboot. The names and characters are familiar but the story has been rewritten. Will the world accept machines enforcing the law?

Get ready to have your mind blown by the world of Lego. Who would have thought the popular toy we all enjoyed as a kids, would one day become a major motion picture. Visually this is one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen. The Lego world is brought to life in a way that I still can't quite comprehend. I cannot imagine the hours and hours of work that went into making it, not to mention the patience.

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is a behind the scenes look at one of the greatest movies ever made. I will never be able to watch Mary Poppins the same way again.

I still can’t believe this movie was based on a true story. I loved it. I enjoyed it so much that I actually went twice in the same week.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stock broker who is not afraid to break the law to become rich. His rise to fame will cause your mouth to drop. Belfort’s success is driven by his three passions: sex, drugs and money; and as he adequately puts it, “he has a large appetite” for all three.

Anchorman 2

This may possibly be the most ridiculous movie of 2013, but my pancreas hurts from laughing so hard. The combination of Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Paul Rudd is pure gold. I will admit I am not typically a Will Ferrell movie guy. I find his movies to be rather hit or miss, but Anchorman 2 is a hit in my books and one that I will be buying on DVD, even if just for the outtakes.

It’s based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, and “Frozen” is by far the coolest movie in theatres this week. What makes this movie so special you ask? The answer is simple: A great story, memorable characters, and jokes that kids of “all ages” can enjoy.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

If you enjoyed the first Hunger Games movie, you will LOVE the sequel. The action, the story and the acting are cranked up ten notches. My appetite is already very strong for part three. I may even go read the book first because I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is having a hard time dealing with life after the Hunger Games. She can barely live with herself, knowing how many innocent people she had to kill to win.

I went to see this movie on Saturday and three days later I still have goose bumps on my arm.

Thor: The Dark World is the perfect combination of action, special effects, and dialogue. This movie is a must-see for any comic book fan.

What I like most about the Marvel movies is how they seem to blend together. Thor: The Dark World takes place after the Avengers movie and there are a few references to Avenger as well as several other Marvel movies.

Last Vegas

This movie is a story about true friendship, finding true love and living life to its fullest. Four friends, a little beyond their prime, decide to travel to Vegas for the weekend for a bachelor party. Along the way they learn a little about themselves, and have a whole lot of fun.

Last Vegas features an all-star cast: Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Michael Douglas and Robert De Niro. I honestly believe that without this cast, the movie would not be nearly as good. Each actor delivers a solid performance and the chemistry is great.

I am not a fan of remakes. They are never as good as the original. Carrie 2013 simply ends up as one big disappointment.

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