Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

Grimm's Fairy TalesGrimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I begin to wonder why some of the original stories never made it to the movies. Or if they were, Disney screwed them over. I found myself enjoying the original stories more than the Disneyfied versions of the stories, which says a lot about who I am and what I read. I highly recommend that you should read this book if you enjoy fantasy or classic fairy tales.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them draws on Harry Potter’s rich mythology to deliver a spinoff that dazzles with franchise-building magic all its own.

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Review: OK, so, I’ve had my doubts about this movie. Although it’s set in the Harry Potter world, this movie beats the pants off the Harry Potter movies by a long shot. And I’m not saying that because I’m a former Harry Potter fan; it’s kind of the truth. It’s also one of the better movies I’ve seen this year… sure to please viewers with the most discerning taste.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Buy, Rent, and Watch Movies & TV on Flixster

Rogue One draws deep on Star Wars mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground — and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.

my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

my review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a furiously paced, deftly plotted joy, bursting at the seams with disquieting imagery and carrying a disturbingly dark undercurrent.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Screen capture from The Avengers: Earth's Migh...

Screen capture from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode, “Breakout”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Tony Stark jumpstarts 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 they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron.

Directed By: Joss Whedon
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 21 min.
Release Date: May 1, 2015

My review: Beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense

My rating: 4.5/5

Insurgent (2015)

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world. (C) Lionsgate

Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min.
Release Date: March 20, 2015
My review: Fast-moving and filled with impeccably drawn characters, The Divergent Series: Insurgent is immensely satisfying.
My rating: 4/5

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

Contents of Game.

Contents of Game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Academy Award (R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. (c) Warner Bros

My review: I was moved by such a beautiful and heartbreaking movie; a great way to say goodbye to the world of Middle-Earth. (unless they do “The Silmarillion“, of course) Thank you for the movies, Peter Jackson!

My recommendation: I highly recommend that you watch this movie, and that’s an order!

The Maze Runner (2014)

When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner. (c) Fox

My review: Hang on! The Maze Runner is a wild ride that never lets up. If you want to spend time with some of the most warm-hearted characters ever to be found in a film, this science fiction movie is for you.