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All of my movie reviews

Now Is Good

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On one Sunday I decided to take a chance on this movie because it had Jeremy Irvine in it. After I started watching it I realized that I should have read the description because this movie ruined a perfectly good Sunday. I pretty much sobbed the last half of the movie, just constant tears.

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I pretty much can’t say a lot about this movie without giving away important things so we’ll just get on with the characters. I liked Dakota Fanning’s character, but the British accent wasn’t the greatest, but otherwise she did a really good job. So I basically will watch anything that has Jeremy Irving in it and he was amazing in this movie. There was one point where he was crying and it just killed a part of my soul and turned the waterworks on. He is just a glorious actor…it also doesn’t help that he’s super adorable and cute.

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The actor who played the dad did a crazy good job in his role, he just nailed his part. I loved the way they filmed this movie and the places they filed in were amazing. If you feel like going on an emotional roller coaster, than watch this movie.

-Chelsea K.

 

 

Divergent

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IMDB Description:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Divergent is a movie that has been in my top 10 movies to see of 2014 since I found out they were making it into a movie. I approved of most of the cast they picked and seeing the actors and actresses that I have never seen act before was amazing, they all blew me away with the performances. The way they made Chicago look like a ruined, crumbling city was just incredible. I’m still not sure after watching this movie that Shailene Woodley is Tris, but Theo James was pretty much the embodiment of Four. The casting directors knew what they were doing when they chose him. He had the strong, silent, but has a softer side, thing down pat. I also really like Ansel Elgort as an actor, but I’m sorry dude I hate your character in the books and I couldn’t find an ounce of sympathy for you in the movie. Jai Courtney, who plays Eric, was probably the biggest surprise for me in the movie. I really like how he portrayed Eric and the fact that he’s good looking probably played in favor of me liking his performance.

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Now, I’m going to talk about the things I wasn’t sure that I liked that they had changed in the movie because I really need to get it out of my system. First of all I did not like how they changed the whole divergent thing. In the books no one knew about divergents and they didn’t go around casually talking about them. I was really upset┬áthat they cut Uriah out of the film and his whole bunch of Dauntless born misfits that Tris befriended; to me Uriah is a big part throughout the books. I think the last big thing that really bothered me was the fear landscapes. This is one of the things that I was hoping they would keep true to the books for. I didn’t like how they made it seem like Four was teaching Tris how to hide being divergent. That didn’t happen! I also really dislike how the final fear landscape tests were held in a room with a ton of people instead of just the 4 people watching in on it.

Now that the ranting is done I highly recommend seeing this movie, it’d good even if you haven’t read the books but I recommend reading them anyways.

-Chelsea K.

Veronica Mars Movie

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IMDB Description:

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.

After a while of putting off this review I am finally writing it! I got addicted to this series last year…or the year before..at this point I’m not really sure. It quickly became a favorite of mine with Veronica’s witty humor and just the way they did the show was phenomenal. When I first started watching the show and my mom would come in and catch some of it she disliked the actor who played Logan Echolls. I on the other hand loved him because I remembered him from the show Moonlight, which will always have a special place in my heart.

Now this movie takes place about 9 years later after the end of season 3. You see Veronica and Piz together living in New York where Veronica is almost a lawyer. She goes back to her hometown to try and help Logan get off of a murder charge that he had been accused of doing. While she’s there she goes to her high school reunion and we see all of her classmates from Neptune high.

So I pretty much love all of the people that were originally on this show and I’m so happy that they were brought back on for this movie. I fell back in love with Logan and Piz and I was forever reminded of why I was always amused by Dick.

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I recommend watching this movie, but before you do that I would suggest going and watching the series if you haven’t already.

-Chelsea K.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Amazon Description:

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, but soon finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation.

I had seen a few things about this movie, but had never gotten around to watching it until I saw it on Amazon Prime Sunday and just went for it. Just the cast of this movie would’ve been enough for me, but the movie itself ended up being really funny and who doesn’t love Robert Downey Jr.

It starts out with Robert Downey Jr. narrating while a kid is putting on a magic show. Then it really gets started when you see Downey’s character robbing a toy store and then when the alarm goes off he and his partner run, split up, and that’s when he runs into an audition for a part, which he auditions for but doesn’t know he’s actually auditioning for it, a part which he gets flown out to California to be considered for. We then follow his crazy adventure as he pretends to be a detective to help solve some murders when his old friend’s, played by Michelle Monaghan, little sister is killed and she turns to him for help. Sometimes movies with this many great actors doesn’t always work, but in this one the cast worked really great together, the script was wonderful. and it was done in a way that made it unique and interesting. I definitely recommend watching it you’re looking for an action, romance, comedy, type of movie.

Chelsea K.

Fierce People

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Amazon Description:

Kristen Stewart costars with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland in this spellbinding movie about a mother and son plunged into a seductive world of the privileged class. Liz Earl, a sometimes masseuse and full-time substance abuser, gets a new lease on life when a billionaire client invites her and her son to live on his estate. But Liz soon discovers that this high society hides dark secrets.

 

I was browsing Amazon Prime Saturday night when I came across this movie. I have to say the main reason I watched it was Anton Yelchin. I am a big Anton Yelchin fan ever since I watched Charlie Bartlett. His hair just drew me in, I mean look at it! Also it has Donald Sutherland in it, so it was a no brainer. This movie messed with my mind so much that by the end I’m not sure I knew what had happened and I had to sit there and process it for a while. It was a crazy movie that was nuts at parts but actually worked together in a strange way that made the movie interesting. The cast was amazing and I felt like they were cast really well and they worked together without any blatantly awkward and uncomfortable parts. I loved where they filmed the movie because the scenery was gorgeous. There were a few parts that I didn’t understand why that necessarily had to be included but otherwise I enjoyed this movie.

-Chelsea K.

What Maisie Knew

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I was searching up Bo Burnham’s What special when I came across this on Netflix. I went and looked at the cast and saw that it had Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, and Steve Coogan in it, which I like all of them so I decided to give it a go. I only knew from the short description Netflix description what this movie was about.

Netflix Description

In this updated rendering of the timeless Henry James novel, a perceptive 6-year-old girl becomes a bargaining tool when she gets caught in the midst of a toxic custody fight between her self-seeking, childish parents.

In this movie you see the trouble a young girl, Maisie, goes through when her parents get divorced and then through each of their new marriages. You see the new spouses of her parents, Lincoln and Margo, starting to really come to love this child when it falls to them to take care of her. What angers me in this movie the most is that the spouses of her actual parents are the ones that are actually taking care of her as her parents just kind of go off and do their own things. I was ready to throttle Julianne Moore and Steve Coogans’ characters by the end of this movie.

This movie was an Indie film, which what I love about Indie films is they usually don’t have a huge budget which to me seems like most of the stuff feels more real and the acting is usually more genuine. This movie blew me away and kind of made me fall even more in love with Alexander Skarsgard as an actor and made me adore Onata Aprile, Maisie, and Joanna Vanderham, who played Margo. This movie just makes you sympathize with all of the kids who are dealing with divorce and parents who really don’t look after them. Definitely go watch this movie.

-Chelsea K.