1. Captain Marvel (2019)
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Clark Gregg, Rune Temte
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
I saw this movie on my trip to Utah to watch Caiden and I saw the movie with Meghan, Chloe, Markus and Caiden. Poor Chloe wasn’t able to watch the entire thing from the comfort of her movie theater seat because Caiden got bored and wanted to run around so she went and dealt with him. I can’t believe that I saw my first movie of the year in March. Yikes.
Talk about a blast from the past. Throughout most of this movie, I was jamming along to old 90’s songs that I used to love to pieces. I enjoyed this one and am glad that I watched it but it’s not one of my favorite of the Marvel movies. I did really like Carol Danvers though, she was the bomb and I couldn’t wait to see her again in Avengers: Endgame because I just knew that she was going to kill it in there too.
It was good to see all of the SHIELD and Hydra stuff in action again, it’s been a while since I’ve been in that world but this movie did a great job of entertaining me. It’s definitely a movie that I would rewatch again and again.
Grade: 4 out of 5
2. The Perfect Date (2019)
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Starring: Noah Centineo, Laura Marano, Odiseas Georgiadis, Camila Mendes
Brooks Rattigan (Noah Centineo) has the academic chops to get into his dream Ivy League school, but what he’s missing is an outstanding extracurricular – and the money. When he seizes on an opportunity to make some extra cash by posing as the boyfriend of a self-assured, combat boot-loving girl named Celia Lieberman (Laura Marano), he finds he has a knack for being the perfect stand-in. Together with his programmer friend Murph (Odiseas Georgiadis), Brooks launches an app selling himself as a plus-one for all occasions. Along the way, he meets the girl of his dreams (Camila Mendes). But when business starts to boom, Brooks must reassess everything he was once sure of.
I saw this movie with the girls, Bren, Ken, and Jen and while Jenna and I enjoyed this one, Bren and Ken did not. I thought this was a cute movie and though I only watched it because cutie patootie Noah Centineo was in it, I was glad to see Laura Marano again and even though she played the beast to Noah’s beauty, I thought she was a great addition to the cast.
He’s poor and good looking, she’s rich and rough looking and they used each other for dates and stuff and they learn things and blah, blah, blah but overall, this movie didn’t take itself too seriously. It was cute, it was corny and I probably won’t watch it again but I wasn’t mad that I did.
Grade: 3 out of 5
3. The Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana
After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’s actions and undo the chaos to the universe, no matter what consequences may be in store, and no matter who they face…
Our first family movie night of the year back at home was this one. We took all of the kids on a Tuesday night and because Blanche had mutual that night, we went to one of the later showings so this movie didn’t end until after midnight…not that we cared since we all loved it. There was a lot of laughing, some tears, and a lot of cheering going on throughout the course of the showing. My favorite parts included all of Captain America’s parts, seeing fat Thor kick ass and just everyone coming together to fight the bad guys once and for all.
I got all teary eyed when Captain says, “Avengers, assemble!” Gah, this was such a good movie. I cried when you know who died and was sad when my ship sunk to the bottom of the ocean floor but that didn’t make me hate the movie or anything. There was too much else to love. This one was so stinkin’ good.
Grade: 4.75 out of 5
4. The Emoji Movie (2017)
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: James Corden, T.J. Miller, Anna Faris
This movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.
I watched this movie on my iPad with Caiden and for a time, he absolutely loved this movie so he watched it a lot. I mean, a lot, a lot. The first time that I watched it was this year and I thought it was super cute. I even liked it again the second and third time that I watched it but I’m really over it now. If you haven’t watched it, you should because it’s cute and it’s funny and all of the emoji’s cracked me up. The humor is more adult than suitable for kids but the kids probably won’t get the jokes anyway so it’s all good.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5
5. Fyre (2019)
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Music
Starring: Billy McFarland, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Ja Rule
An exclusive behind the scenes look at the infamous unraveling of the Fyre music festival.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard about this festival or any of the documentaries on it until Kyle Kuzma from the Lakers tweeted about it. I was curious enough about it to check out what it was all about and HOLY SHITBALLS!! The longer I watched this, the more shocked I was that this rich guy thought he could actually get away with conning all of those people and still pull off this wild weekend party festival with just how shitty everything turned out. Talk about the shit people do for greed.
This thing is wild and even though there were parts that were boring, I still watched it all and am glad that the music festival scene was never really my thing.
Grade: 3 out of 5
6. The Last Summer (2019)
Release Date: May 3, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
Starring: KJ Apa, Maia Mitchell, Norman Johnson Jr., Tyler Posey, Wolfgang Novogratz, Sosie Bacon, Mario Revolori, Jacob McCarthy, Halston Sage
A group of young people in Chicago come together during the summer before they head off to college.
This was a really quick movie about a group of high school graduates during their final summers before they all go away to different colleges. There are loads of people in this movie. Scott McCall from Teen Wolf is a Chicago Cubs baseball player. Archie from Riverdale has a huge crush on Mack from Teen Beach. There’s a lot going on in this movie and it took me more than half the movie to figure out who was who because so much is going on.
In the end, I thought the movie was pretty good but nowhere near as good as other teen movies that I’ve seen in the last little while.
Grade: 3.25 out of 5
7. The Equalizer (2014)
Release Date: September 26, 2014
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Starring: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloe Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo
The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando who faked his own death in hopes of living out a quiet life in Boston. However, when he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young girl named Teri “Chloë Grace Moretz”, he finds his thirst for justice reawakened after coming face-to-face with a syndicate of brutal Russian gangsters. Afterwards, McCall becomes the go-to man when the helpless require the kind of vengeance they would never find without his skills.
I saw a bunch of ads for The Equalizer 2 all over the internet and the ads for that movie had me curious so I knew that I was going to make plans to watch them as soon as I had a relaxing weekend at home. This movie was a lot of fun. I’m not sure what it says about me that I really enjoyed seeing Robert go after all of the bad guys, protecting all of the good guys that can’t protect themselves. Denzel really delivers an entertaining movie with the good guys prevailing over the bad guys and the bloodthirsty wench in me really enjoyed this one.
Grade: 4.5 out of 5
8. The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Release Date: July 20, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey
Director Antoine Fuqua reunites with Denzel Washington in this sequel to 2014’s The Equalizer. Washington resumes his role as Robert McCall: a retired CIA Black Ops operative who now works as a Lyft driver and moonlights as a vigilante. When his long-time friend Susan Plummer (Melissa Leo) is murdered, he embarks on a relentless, globe-trotting quest for vengeance.
Robert McCall is back in action in The Equalizer 2. He’s back in action because his good friend was murdered and he’s going to find out why she was murdered, who murdered her and he’s going to take care of it all because something isn’t right with the story that is making it’s rounds and her husband deserves the truth and better than he’s gotten.
I did like this movie, I thought Denzel really handled himself well in this movie and though I liked it, I liked the first movie a little more. The thrills and the suspense in both of these movies worked and I’d happily watch more Equalizer movies.
Grade: 4.25 out of 5
9. The Sun is Also a Star (2019)
Release Date: May 17, 2019
Genre: Comedy, New Adult
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Anais Lee, John Leguizamo, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jake Choi
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. She is not the type of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when her family is twelve hours away from being deported. Falling in love with him will not be her story. Daniel has always been the good son, the good student, living up to his parents’ high expectations. Never a poet. Or a dreamer. But when he sees her, he forgets all that. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of them. Every moment has brought them to this single moment. A million futures lie before them. Which one will come true?
I’m always on board to check out the movies that were books first and this movie was adapted for a book that received high praise from pretty much everyone, everywhere. I was really interested in watching this movie since I never got around to reading the book and honestly??? I was really bored for most of this movie. Yara and Charles are gorgeous actors and they looked really good together but their delivery for their characters in this movie wasn’t all that. Far too often during the movie, I would turn to Meghan and we’d roll our eyes together because the acting was cheesy, the story as a whole didn’t really make sense and it wasn’t really believable at all. There were cute moments but there weren’t enough of them to bump up my enjoyment of this movie, which sucked.
Grade: 2 out of 5
10. Someone Great (2019)
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Genre: Comedy, New Adult
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise
Aspiring music journalist Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) has just landed her dream job at an iconic magazine and is about to move to San Francisco. Rather than do long distance, her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) decides to call it quits. To nurse her broken heart, Jenny gathers up her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) for one outrageous last adventure in New York City. From writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (creator of MTV’s Sweet/Vicious) SOMEONE GREAT is a hilarious and heartfelt story of friendship, love, and what it means to let go of your twenties and enter adulthood.
I adore Gina Rodriguez and though Jane Villanueva has been working my last nerve this last season of Jane the Virgin, I was still pretty stoked to watch this movie. Jenny’s character had a lot of personality and it was a lot of fun watching her really come into her own in this movie. She goes through a really big break up and with her moving from the East Coast to the West Coast, she’s trying to wrap up her life in New York to get ready for her move to San Francisco. It’s hard when you’re heartbroken and not sure if breaking up was the right choice.
With the help of her two friends, things start to look up for her but it’s a bumpy road and I really enjoyed the bond that is quite evident between Jenny, Blair, and Erin. They looked out for each other and they supported each other even when it was hard. They each go through different things over the course of the movie and it was a fun adventure for me. There were things that I wasn’t a fan of but for the most part, this one was a decent way to spend a couple of hours.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5
11. Triple Frontier (2019)
Release Date: March 13, 2019
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Starring: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal
Five former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.
I heard good things about this movie from my brother Pete so I was looking forward to watching it since Charlie Hunnam was in it. I love me some Charlie Hunnam and his character was my favorite character in this one. This movie follows 5 friends as they try to rob some big wig in South America but after a lot of complications, they run into a lot of trouble and the trouble that they run into is really them. They were the trouble that they ran into and while I did enjoy this one, I didn’t love it but Charlie Hunnam never disappoints so he was a really big highlight for me.
Grade: 3.75 out of 5
12. Aladdin (2019)
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen
A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
This was another family movie night at the theater movie and I really enjoyed it. I laughed a lot, I sighed a lot and whoever said that the guy that they cast as Aladdin wasn’t good looking enough for the role was smoking crack because Aladdin was really attractive and I thought he was a great Aladdin. Will Smith as the Genie was fabulous and Jasmine was freaking gorgeous. Everyone sang their songs really well but I’ve got to say, my favorite singer in this movie was Jasmine and she sang a bunch of songs that I’ve never heard before. Still, this was a fun movie that my entire family enjoyed and I’m so glad we went to the theaters to see it.
Grade: 4 out of 5
13. Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Release Date: May 31, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Ali Wong, Randall Park, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Buteau
A pair of childhood friends end up falling for each other when they grow up.
I’ve been looking forward to this movie all month long because I am a huge Mariah Carey fan and this movie title is a play on Mariah’s song title Always be My Baby. As a huge rom-com fan, this rom-com was a definite winner with me. I laughed, I happy sighed and Keanu Reeves. Keanu Reeves plays himself in this movie and I adored it. Both Ali Wong and Randall Park were great main leads. I loved seeing their characters come to life through them and fall in love with each other. This was a great best friends, blast from the past reunion love stories and I hope Netflix keeps making these kinds of movies. So good!
Grade: 4.25 out of 5