Man of Steel

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Superman gets ready for a big battle in Smallville.

 

Man of Steel is about Superman (Henry Cavill) who was named Kal-El when he was born. His parents sent him in a rocket to Earth so he wouldn’t die on Krypton. He lives in the countryside with the Kent family and he’s trying to find his past. General Zod (Michael Shannon) invades Earth and tries to destroy Superman so he can bring back Krypton. Krypton was blown up and it was Superman’s home. The movie was kind of complicated actually. I liked the CGI and the dialogue but Man of Steel is a loud movie. It has a bunch of explosions in it. Man of Steel is a good movie but not the best superhero movie ever. I liked it, I didn’t love it. I really did like the music.

 

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After Earth

 

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Kitai soaking up his screen time in a snowstorm.

 

After Earth is about Cypher (Will Smith), a soldier who crash-lands with his son Kitai (Jaden Smith). Kitai embarks on a journey to find a beacon. I liked the special effects and action sequences and story. I did not like the dialogue and Will Smith doesn’t get enough screen time. I though it had some cool creatures. After Earth is kind of a good movie.

 

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Epic

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Mary Katherine and Nod take on a challenge of epic proportions.

 

 

Epic is about a girl named Mary Katherine who gets shrunk and meets little people called the leafmen. While she’s in the forest, Mary Katherine meets a leafman named Nod, played by Josh Hutcherson, his master Ronin (Colin Farrell), a snail and a slug, played by Aziz Ansari. Epic’s animation is beautiful. The battle scenes are amazing. The acting is great because when you’re acting you have to act like the character. This movie shows an example of that: Christoph Waltz is a great villain as Mandrake.

 

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Iron Man 3

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Tony Stark ponders next steps in saving the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Iron Man 3,?Tony Stark is trying to save the world from attack by the iconic bad guy known as the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Tony Stark is also trying to save Pepper Potts and the President of the United States. My mom doesn’t let me watch PG-13 movies so my nana bought me a ticket. I asked my mom if she was going to have to punish Nana for getting the ticket but she said she’d have to think about it.?Iron Man 3 is the best of all three Iron Mans. Iron Man 3 has great action scenes. My favorite parts were the parts with the little kid.?Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle do great at acting in their roles in this film.

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The Croods

 

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The Croods take time out of cavehunting for a family portrait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Croods is about a family of cavemen and their cave gets destroyed. So they have to find a new cave. On their search, they meet a person named Guy played by Ryan Reynolds, who will star in the next Dreamworks film Turbo. This is the best Dreamworks film I have seen since How to Train Your Dragon. Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone do great in this film.?The Croods?seemed a little bit long but it was good. I recommend this movie to people that love the Flintstones.

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Oz the Great and Powerful

Rachel Weisz as Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East.

Rachel Weisz as Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East.

Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. Oz the Great and Powerful is about a magician Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco. He gets swept into a tornado and meets Theodora, a witch played by Mila Kunis. Then Theodora drags him to the Emerald City where he meets Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East played by Rachel Weisz. Evanora tricks him into capturing Glenda the good witch played by Michelle Williams. Composer Danny Elfman does a great job with the music. James Franco does not do well in this role. He just didn’t fit the part. The 3D was amazing. Zach Braff as the monkey was really good.

 

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Escape from Planet Earth

Gary tries a Slurpee on his first trip to Earth.

Gary tries a Slurpee on his first trip to Earth.

Escape from Planet Earth is about two brothers. Gary is an alien who works at Mission Control and Scorch is an astronaut. Scorch is going to the Dark Planet, a.k.a. Earth. Scorch is sort of the athlete guy and he’s really good at doing action stuff and Gary’s really smart.?Scorch gets captured and Gary finds out and goes to save him. I think the trailer gave too much away. The music was good and the special effects were bad. My favorite character was Gary because he’s smart and funny. It sort of taught me a lesson to be nice to people because Gary and Scorch weren’t nice to each other and then they started being nice to each other. When they weren’t nice to each other, bad things happened.

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Oscar Special: Life of Pi and Other Picks

Pi and Richard Parker, a tiger, on a boat at sea.

Pi and Richard Parker, a tiger, on a boat at sea.

The Oscars are today so I will be reviewing the only Best Picture nomination I saw, Life of Pi. I couldn’t review the other Best Picture nominees because they’re PG-13 or R and I can’t see them. Some of them are violent or have bad words and my mom won’t let me.

Life of Pi is about a boy who survives a ship that sank and his life after that. In this movie, Ang Lee tells a very good story. It also has a CGI tiger. CGI is sort of like animation but they use stuff to make stuff look real. The special effects are beautiful. I saw it twice. Everybody should see this movie.

 

I saw all the nominees for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short. My favorite for animated feature was Wreck-It Ralph because it’s funny and it has great animation and I really like how they put all the old video game characters into one movie. For animated short, I liked Paperman. Adam and Dog and Head Over Heels I didn’t understand.

 

 

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Wreck-It Ralph

Ralph chats with his one-time nemesis Fix-It Felix.

Wreck-It Ralph is about a bad guy who wants to be a good guy. He was in a game where he was the bad guy but wanted to be a good guy so he jumps games. I didn’t like the 3D because there wasn’t a big 3D scene. John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer do a good job. Wreck-It Ralph is really funny.

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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted


The Madagascar gang's new friends from a rundown circus.

 

Madagascar 3?is awesome. My favorite character is Alex the Lion because he’s funny. The other characters are sort of funny. It’s about Alex, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, and Gloria the Hippo. They are still in Africa at the beginning of the movie and they are trying to get back home to New York. They go to Europe to get the penguins. They get on a circus train to run away from animal control. The animal control lady is mean. They meet circus animals and the adventure goes on. I think people should see it because it’s funny. The 3D was really good.

 

 

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