Trailer Park Tuesday, Taken 3 #Taken3

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Ex-government operative Bryan Mills finds his life is shattered when he’s falsely accused of a murder that hits close to home. As he’s pursued by a savvy police inspector, Mills employs his particular set of skills to track the real killer and exact his unique brand of justice.

Director: Olivier Megaton
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Leland Orser
In theaters: January 9, 2015.

I didn’t care for the first Taken, but I thought Taken 2 was a little better. This one sounds to be the best storyline of the three! I’ll most likely see Taken 3 on Blu-ray or rent it on Digital HD.

How about you? Are you a fan of the previous Taken movies? Any plans to see Taken 3?

Biggest movie flops of 2014

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Sometimes the trailer is the best thing about a movie. What this means for the audience is, unfortunately, in some cases the trailer might be writing cheques the film can’t cash. Here is a list of the biggest, most anti-climactic build-ups and subsequent let-downs of 2014’s cinema releases:

1.Transformers: Age of Extinction
The loud, flashy robots were back, creaking and thrusting through a futuristic dystopia where new enemies emerged to eradicate the Autobots. The film staggered at a relentless pace, looking for every opportunity to fire up the screen with car chases, intricately detailed CGI or the requisite string of explosions. The flashy fare extended for 166 minutes of high-speed plot development and action, leaving movie-goers exhausted and desensitized.

2.Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For
Following the success of Robert Rodriguez’s cult adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel in 2005, the sequel did not quite live up to the hype with 2014 audiences. The film brought back some characters from the original film and intertwined them with the stories of a handful of new ones, all the while drifting through its trademark gloomy, film-noir atmosphere. The new characters were one of the few redeeming factors in the movie, notably Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a wily gambler who would undoubtedly play online casino slots at Euro Palace with enthusiastic ardour. While in the first film it was a welcome, dark treat to peer into the black heart and characters of the thoroughly depraved city, the next installment feels too caught up in its own style and played it safe in terms of story development.

3.RoboCop
The robot-human peacekeeper franchise rose from the 1980s in this messily put-together reboot. The incorruptible Alex Murphy is the well-known hybrid enforcer, an experiment made possible by a collaboration between the police and a devious technologies corporation with barely-concealed ulterior motives. In a saturated market of sci-fi-action blockbusters the audience found the film wanting: humourless, cold and uninspiring. In this case, ironically, being robotic doesn’t help RoboCop in any sense.

4.Transcendence
In Johnny Depp’s next highly anticipated sci-fi vehicle, he played a character who uploaded himself into a computer just before his physical body died, from where his forlorn wife can chat with him and – to some extent – improve the world with his newly-gained omniscience. The tried-and-tested themes (respect nature, absolute power corrupts absolutely) are barely stretched, explored or refreshed as the audience would expect. Instead the film collapses into a shapeless shadow of a good movie, something that goes beyond disappointment into the territory of sad, missed potential. Also, for a Johnny Depp movie, there’s not a lot of Johnny Depp.

5.Need for Speed
Fresh from the success of AMC’s Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul returned to a slightly bigger screen to show a wider audience his ability to carry an action blockbuster. And what could be better than a film based on the high-octane thrills of a video game bearing the same name? The answer is pretty much anything else. How unbearably disappointing to see a truly talented and beloved actor thrown into the utter mundanity of Hollywood along with other similarly talented cast members. Especially in a film so ill-conceived and incomprehensibly threaded together.

We can only hope that 2015, with so many anticipated films including Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Episode VII, does not disappoint. Fingers and toes crossed.

Trailer Park Tuesday, Kingsman: The Secret Service #Kingsman

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Directer: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, and Samuel L. Jackson.

In theaters: February 13, 2015

I’m sure I will see this one at some point. I’m even more sure that my husband will see it. I’m not sure if it will be on the big screen or on on blu-ray. I like the trailer, and it looks well made, but there is nothing really pulling me to the theater. We’ll see…

How about you? What do you think of the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie trailer?

Making Mother/Daughter memories & The Hunger Games: Mockingjay necklaces #FandangoFamily @Fandango

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Following her rescue from the devastating Quarter Quell, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes in the complex beneath the supposedly destroyed District 13. Her home, District 12, has been reduced to rubble, and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is now the brainwashed captive of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). At the same time, Katniss also learns about a secret rebellion spreading throughout all of Panem — a rebellion that will place her at the center of a plot to turn the tables on Snow.

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It’s nice having older kids. But, let’s face it, parenting a teenager is not always easy. So I try to find those hidden moments and turn them into fun mother/daughter memories that I hope keep our relationship strong and successful. It really doesn’t take much, like reading the same book and discussing it, going to the gym together, and every once in a while experiencing a movie that we can both get excited about. Like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

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I wasn’t a big fan of The Hunger Games, until our teenage daughter begged me to watch the first movie. Which of-course led to watching the second. Then like her – I was hooked. The third, we had our-self’s a little countdown, and then experienced a fun mother/daughter day to celebrate the opening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

Our mother/daughter day included making a couple of movie themed necklaces, dinner and a trip to theater just the two of us.

We bought our movie tickets using the Fandango app, and had them sent directly to my phone. Which was nice because we got to skip the line at the box office! Giving us plenty of time to buy our concessions, and even take a few silly selfies together while waiting for the movie to start…

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Our necklaces are nothing fancy, but to us they’re a symbol of strength, and standing up for what is right, even when the odds are not in your favor.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is playing now in theaters nation wide! You can purchase your tickets easily by vising Fandango.com or by downloading the free Fandango App directly to your smart phone or mobile device.

Disclosure: This sponsored post is part of a blogging campaign in collaboration with Fandango. As a Fandango Family Ambassador, I received a compensation and promotional items as a thank you for participating. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Night at the Museum: Secret of The Tomb in theaters 12/19/14 #NightAtTheMuseum

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Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Dan Stevens, Ricky Gervais, Ben Kingsley, Rebel Wilson, Mickey Rooney, and Rami Malek
Directed By: Shawn Levy
Screenplay By: Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman, and Thomas Lennon
Produced By: Shawn Levy, Josh McLaglen, and Mary McLaglen

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In theaters December 19, 2014!

I was so excited to see the above trailer. This one is on my family’s holiday “must see’ list! I love a movie the whole family can enjoy.

How about you? Think you’ll be seeing Night at the Museum: Secret of The Tomb when it opens in theaters?

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Watch for more Night at the Museum: Secret of The Tomb fun including an exciting giveaway to posted here soon.

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The November Man Blu-ray Review

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Five years into his retirement, CIA veteran Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is pulled back into service to help retrieve a Russian agent — also his former lover — who has incriminating evidence on Federov, a corrupt Russian leader. When a different CIA team, led by Devereaux’s former protege (Luke Bracey), shows up, the mission goes south and Devereaux’s ex-lover is killed. Now a rogue agent, Devereaux drags a relief worker (Olga Kurylenko) along on his mission to settle the score.

My thoughts:

I feel the need to first share that in my opinion Pierce Brosnan still has it. He’s the man! Yet, this movie, as action packed as it is, just didn’t do it for me. The storyline is pretty good, and it seems in the beginning to have all the makings of a great spy movie, until it becomes a bit too ridiculous for me. I found myself focusing more on Luke Brancey’s hair, and lack of messiness, and less on the storyline. I’m not sure where this film went wrong, directing, producing, editing, but I was glad to not have seen it in theaters. Which is disappointment for me because I really wanted to like this movie.

As always these are just my thoughts.

The November Man is available now on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD.

FTC Disclosure: Free product was received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

Trailer Park Tuesday, Jurassic World #JurassicWorld

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.

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Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Written by: Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, Judy Greer
Based on Characters created by: Michael Crichton
Produced by: Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Thomas Tull

Jurassic World will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.

Continue to follow the countdown on www.JurassicWorld.com and visit www.JurassicWorldMovie.com.

This is one movie that I know my family will be seeing on the big screen, in 3D. We’re all pretty excited about it.

How about you? Any plans to visit Jurassic World?

First look @ Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron #Avengers #AgeofUltron

Whoo-hoo! Marvel has released the first official movie poster, and teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And I’m super excited to share them with you! This movie is going to be amazing..

Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

 

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