Mississippi Grind (2015)

Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn) is the type of guy who has his life fall apart because he is addicted to gambling. He loses his daughter, his home, and even his marriage. He is constantly behind and always owes people money. He has to pay off all of his debts, but he still goes out an gambles everyday. While at a blackjack table, he meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds). Curtis is a real jokester and he and Gerry become very close after he buys him a drink at the table. Curtis sees that Gerry is the type of guy who he can go out and party with and also go gamble with. However, while on the road at a huge gambling event in Mississippi, Gerry and Curtis start to run into some problems with each other, especially when they are losing. It all goes down hill for them there because they are still two degenerate gamblers who do not know when to get out.

First off, this is a gambling movie that is a boatload of fun to watch. Going into this movie I was a tad bit skeptical given what it was about, but I am very glad that this movie did not disappoint.  The greatest thing about this film is the character development. They really go int depth on the personal lives of Gerry and Curtis, which is something that I really like to see in a film. Mississippi Grind is one of the better films about gambling that is out there. It was great to see the troubles of an addicted gambler and how they absolutely cannot stop going to the race track and the casino. Mississippi Grind does a really good job of showing how these two cannot overcome their addiction and what it does to their lives.

The acting in this is pretty great, which really surprised me. I usually feel like it is hit or miss with Ryan Reynolds, especially after the last few films that he has made, including Self/Less. I do however, feel that he really did an outstanding job with this and he ended up being your favorite character throughout the entire film. The same goes for Ben Mendelsohn. I’ve never been his biggest fan either, but he showed that he can really act when he is in his right element. Mendelsohn has never really showed me anything from his work that has really intrigued me. i have heard he is good in Netflix’s new show, Bloodline, but I have not seen that yet.

What you get from Mississippi Grind is a really fun and energetic movie about the struggles of gambling and what they can do to you as a human being. When watching this film, you really find yourself becoming very engaged and never bored. There is constant entertainment in this and really never a dull moment. I think that all of the credit for this goes to Mendelsohn and Reynolds because with their outstanding chemistry together, they provide a movie that is well worth watching. This is a smaller release that many people may not have heard of from 2015, but you should definitely check this out.

Overall, Mississippi Grind provides a large amount of entertainment and a really cool and fun story. With fantastic performances from Reynolds and Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind does everything it can to impress you.

Grade: B

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

Looking for a ridiculous comedy to watch? Here’s one you probably won’t like! After the events of the first movie, let’s see what our old pals are up to. Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) are living the dream. After they traveled back in time in the first movie, they used their knowledge of the future to get ahead in life and make them very wealthy and powerful. Lou ripped off the future by becoming a technology fanatic and a rock star. He was the inventor of a huge search engine website and became the lead vocalist for a huge rock band. Nick stole songs from people of the future and released them years before they were supposed to come out. While a party is going on in Lou’s honor, someone who is at the party shoots him. Nick and Jacob decide they have to go back to the hot tub and travel back in time so they can stop the assassin from killing Lou. The thing is, they don’t end up back in time. They travel ten years into the future. Jacob realizes the assassin is from the future who traveled back in time to kill Lou. Now they must figure out how to find the person from the future who killed Lou.

First off, I think we have another Dumb And Dumber To on our hands. I was a huge fan of the first Hot Tub Time Machine. I thought it was something totally ridiculous that absolutely worked as a comedy. I thought that movie had a ton of laughs and cool scenes. This second film, sadly did not. I was very nervous going into this because I didn’t think they could make it as good as the first one, or even close to good for that matter.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was a movie that was just not very funny and rather boring. This was just a movie that was comically hollow. It had an occasional laughing scene, but for the most part I found myself waiting for this movie to end. Adam Scott was now a major character in this film. They needed to find someone to replace for the spot of Adam (John Cusack). I was very disappointed John Cusack decided not to be in this movie, but I absolutely understand what the reason for not wanting to do it was.

This was just a really boring and dull comedy. I can’t stand how people try to ruin a great comedy by making a bad sequel. This was a movie I was really excited and anxious to see because I loved the first one so much. This movie just did not work at all. It was very poorly written and is a huge disappointment to you if you enjoyed the first film.

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a movie that is poorly written, rarely funny, and just flat-out bad. I don’t think you should take time out of your day to go see this.

Grade= D (Bad)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)