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Embers (2016)

Great Sci-Fi movies are often hard to come by these days. However, every once in awhile we’re treated to a science fiction film that’s worth talking about. Embers comes from director Claire Carré and features a screenplay she wrote with Charles Spano. Embers focuses on several different characters and how their profound memory loss affects their lives in an apocalyptic world.

Embers is a quiet, atmospheric film that will affect you emotionally. What the characters go through with their minds is incredibly depressing and devastating. Embers will require your patience, but you will certainly be rewarded for it. This is a film that you cannot miss if you’re a fan of science fiction. Regardless of your love or disdain for Sci-Fi, Embers is definitely a film you should consider checking out!

7.8/10.0

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Get a Job (2016)

Get a Job is another movie about millennials brought to you by people who clearly are not. The main problem with Get a Job is having non-millennials make a movie from the point-of-view of millennials. Especially a movie that is supposed to give a somewhat accurate portrayal of people in their twenties trying to get jobs in 2016. In other movies about millennials, they are often portrayed as clueless and naive. That is not to say that millennials aren’t clueless and naive, but almost everyone in their early twenties is. The lack of understanding and snideness towards millennials coming from the filmmakers of Get a Job is frustratingly condescending.

Watching Get a Job feels like having an elder tell you how dumb you are for 90 minutes and how they’re so much better than you because they have life all figured out. There’s nothing clever about making a movie about “dumb” millennials anymore. Having filmmakers out of the age range of these characters, trying to sell that they know what millennials are going through, is fairly laughable. If you are a millennial, you don’t believe a word they say because everything feels so contrived and cliche. Get a Job had the potential to say something meaningful about being a millennial and trying to enter the job market in 2016, but due to the filmmakers’ lack of expertise in that department, the film fails to say anything worthwhile.

Packed with unmemorable, stereotypical characters and a flimsy storyline, Get a Job is a movie you should definitely avoid.

3.4/10.0

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Hardcore Henry (2016)

Innovative and action-packed, Hardcore Henry does not disappoint. The film is shot entirely from first person point of view and because of that, has some very cool and engaging cinematography. The best way to describe Hardcore Henry is that it feels like you’re watching someone else play a video game. Everything about Hardcore Henry screams video game, especially its story structure, which happens to be the film’s major flaw. The story is overly simplistic. It begins with Henry having a single mission and then evolves into him trying to work with Jimmy (Sharlto Copley) to take down Akan (Danila Kozlovsky). Having a simple story isn’t always a problem, but it is when the dialogue is poor and seems like an afterthought at times. Hardcore Henry is certainly a lot of fun for lovers of action movies, but don’t go see it if you’re looking for a strong story.

7.2/10.0

 

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Allegiant (2016)

Allegiant is another misfire for the Divergent Series. The story is fairly uninteresting and appears to take way too much from other dystopian movies. Allegiant feels very much like The Giver meets Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. There’s nothing new or exciting in Allegiant. Not to mention, it lacks any real surprises.

3.8/10.0

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The Invitation (2016)

The Invitation is a well-crafted thriller that is let down by its script. The film has a running time of 100 minutes and spends a great amount of it creating suspense. During the film, you question why everyone received an invitation to the dinner party and what is going to happen. Along the way, the film gets weird and offbeat, keeping the story interesting. The film disappoints when it’s done building suspense.

Based on its prior content, I was hoping that after the climax began and everything was revealed there would be more of an off-the-wall reason as to why everyone was invited. However, the reason and events that follow are too conventional. As a result, I found myself frustrated with the 80 minutes of build-up, waiting for an original reveal, only to get something I’ve seen in other movies. When The Invitation hits its dry spots, Logan Marshall-Green holds the movie together.

Also, it’s definitely worth mentioning that the film has an incredibly chilling ending!

The Invitation is full of great suspense, but lacks any real surprises.

5.0/10.0

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Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia is a very important film. Disney’s latest animation Zootopia teaches kids about racism by telling a story of a rabbit who dreams of being a cop. Not only does it have a great message, but it also has an intriguing story and is packed with plenty of humor and charm. Even if its target audience is kids, you should definitely consider seeing it if you’re an adult. Zootopia is a lot of fun!

8.0/10.0

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Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool is a nice change of pace when compared to other superhero movies.  For once we got a R-rated superhero movie that had a character with a foul mouth.  Like the opening credits say, the writers are the real heroes of this movie.  They wrote a film full of funny jokes, plenty of destructions of the fourth wall, and action sequences that worked on a modest budget.  The writers were very restricted, but they made it work.  However, I think Ryan Reynolds does not get enough credit.  Ryan Reynolds is arguably better than he has ever been as Deadpool.

7.4/10.0

 

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Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland (2016)

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland could best be described as a guilty pleasure.  As someone who watched the Blue Mountain State show, I enjoyed The Rise of Thadland.  If you watched the show, Thadland feels like one long episode.  The formula is pretty much the same except it has more explicit language and nudity.  So, if you were a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy Thadland.

Basically, if you didn’t watch the Blue Mountain State television show you will not enjoy The Rise of Thadland.

6.4/10.0

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The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave is another miss for Apocalyptic Sci-Fi movies.  For an action movie, it isn’t too exciting most of the time.  I often found myself bored.  Maika Monroe brings life and energy into the film when her character is introduced, but she isn’t on-screen for a great amount of time.  The dialogue can be pretty cheesy and cringe-worthy at times.  Basically, The 5th Wave has very little to offer.

Skip.

3.4/10.0

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The Boy (2016)

The Boy is a huge mess.  The film has no thrills and no scares.  Just when you think The Boy is about to hit its horror stride, it makes a left and turns into a fantasy film.  Greta (Lauren Cohan) isn’t scared by what she is experiencing.  Instead she appears rather fascinated, which as an audience member I didn’t quite understand.  Also, for a character that was portrayed as being pretty smart, Greta makes some very dumb choices.  It’s also worth mentioning that its climax comes seemingly out of nowhere.

Avoid The Boy.

2.7/10.0