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Spring 2014 Movie Previews

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We just experienced the Oscars and now it’s time for more movies! Spring is just around the corner (supposably) and with it comes a brand new group of movies to see. I’ve put some trailers together of movies releasing in March, April, and May that look interesting and some that don’t, some that are already getting a lot of talk and a few that I’d never heard of. And while I love movies and going to the movie theater, there are really only a few in this batch that I’d pay to actually see in the theaters. I hate to sound like such an old lady, but movies are expensive these days! Movies I’m most excited for: Veronica Mars and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Movies I’m most interested to hear what you think about them: Divergent and Noah. Movies we might see in the theatres: The Grand Budapest Hotel and Muppets Most Wanted.

I’ve listed the movies by release date and can’t wait to hear what you guys are thinking about them.

March 7

300: Rise of an Empire: I’m not actually even interested in seeing this one but it is by far the one I’ve seen the most previews for. Are any of you guys going to see it? It’s definitely visually interesting, at least.

Mr Peabody & Sherman: If I’m going to go to take my kids to a movie in the theaters, it needs to be one I’m sure we’re all going to enjoy. Otherwise, it’s just a huge waste of money. The movies we’ve seen in the theaters I could list on one hand. And while I love Ty Burrell on Modern Family, this isn’t a movie I’ll be taking my kids to. Are your kids interested in seeing it?

The Grand Budapest Hotel: My husband loves Wes Anderson and all of his movies and is super excited for this one. I’m on the other side of the camp. I think his movies are weird. I’m not hipster enough for them or cultured enough or cool enough or I’m too old or something. Whatever. But I enjoy them enough that I’ll agree to watch them with my husband. Which Wes Anderson side are you on?

March 14

Need for Speed: I’m not really into this one either. If I want to watch something with Aaron Paul in it, I’ll start watching Breaking Bad.

Veronica Mars: Now this is one I’m really excited for! Any marshmallows out there? We’re in the middle of season 3 (so I haven’t actually watched the trailer yet in case there are spoilers for the last season) but will definitely be finished by the time this comes out. Who’s going to see it? Did any of you contribute to the kickstarter campaign? If you did, I say thank you. We wouldn’t have started the show without the movie coming out and I’m so glad we’ve been watching it!

Bad Words: I loved Jason Bateman on Arrested Development but this does not look like my kind of movie. It has a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes so far so maybe it’s good, I don’t know, I just know that movies like this make me feel old.

The Art of the Steal: I’m only mentioning this because I had no idea there was a Kurt Russell/Matt Dillon movie coming out. I thought for sure the current year was 2014. But I must be mistaken. It seems to be a sort of Ocean’s Eleven thing. Let me know how it is if you see it.

March 21

Muppets Most Wanted: The last Muppets movie was one that we took the kids to and we probably enjoyed it more than they did. We haven’t decided if we’ll see this in the theaters yet, but we’ll probably leave that choice up to the kids when the time comes. I do love Tina Fey. And an evil Kermit twin? I think this will be good.

Divergent: Tell me, are you seeing this? There is so much excitement for this movie. But unfortunately, I haven’t been entirely sold on it. I wasn’t a big fan of the book, though, so I was never really sold on it. But along with all of the hype, we’re now hearing about how Divergent is the YA book-to-movie adaptation that all future YA adaptations hopes lie on. But I would argue that both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have done amazingly well. All movie makers have to do is make a good movie and people will see it. Don’t try to sell us crap and think we’ll buy it just because you make it. That being said, I do hope it does well and more YA adaptations will be made. And made well. I don’t know what the right answer is. Will you see this movie because you want to? Or will you see it because you want more YA movies to be made? Or are you skipping it altogether? In all honesty, I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.

March 28

Noah: The only thing I care about with this movie is Emma Watson. The preview only shows her briefly but I still love her. I won’t go see this movie because I’m not a Russell Crowe fan and I have no interest in seeing a movie about Noah, but I’m always happy to see Emma Watson continuing to make movies. I really think she’s great.

April 4

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Oh Captain America. Just another sequel to another super hero movie. I’m guessing this will be a big movie. I wasn’t a fan of the first one but I’ll still see this one on DVD. Maybe my brother will let me borrow his copy. It’s unfortunate because I think Captain America is a great character in the Avengers movie. But alone, he just wasn’t that interesting. Except to look at, of course.

 May 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Are you a fan of the Spider-Man comics? If you are, how do you feel about this set of remakes? Also, how do you feel about Shailene Woodley’s Mary Jane being cut from the film? I never read the comics but I’ve heard plenty about Spider-Man’s story from my husband. I really hope this is good. I loved the first Spider-Man and think Andrew Garfield did a great job with the character. Also, him and Emma Stone are great together. Probably why they cut Mary Jane. To let Peter and Gwen have more time together. I hope I’m not disappointed in this sequel.

May 9

Neighbors: Okay, this one actually looks like it might be funny. It might not be. It might be stupid. But I haven’t completely counted it out. What do you guys think?


May 23

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Can I just say how much I hate that name? Because I do hate it. But besides that, I’m a fan of the X-Men. And I love James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the younger Professor X and Magneto. Also, Jennifer Lawrence. And all the other awesome people in it. But I’m definitely worried about this movie. And I’m worried I’ve outgrown X-Men over the last 10+ years.

May 30

Maleficent: Well, I certainly think Angelina Jolie looks perfect for the role. I’m not convinced it’ll be a good remake and it’s too scary to take my wimpy kids to, so I’m not sure if we’ll ever see it, but I do think Jolie will be great in this role. Is this one you’re looking forward to? I need help deciding about this one.

Which spring movies are you looking forward to? Are you going to a midnight showing of Divergent? Or will you be staying far away from the theaters this spring? Tell me what I should see!

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Winter 2014 Movie Previews

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It’s movie preview time again!! I’m so excited for several of these winter movies. A couple have already come out but there are still a lot to look forward to. In this season’s post, I included a ton of previews. There were just too many movies to choose from. It doesn’t mean I want to see them all or am planning on seeing these, these were just the ones I really wanted to talk about. As always, I’d love to hear any comments you have about these. Love them or hate them, I want to hear it. Just make sure to keep the spoilers on The Hobbit to a minimum. I’m seeing it soon and I can’t wait!

Here are the trailers for some movies coming out this winter, between December and February. I used the released dates that are listed on my Flickster app, so the dates might be different for your area.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Opening December 13, 2013 – Are you guys all excited for this one? Because I can’t wait! We just finished reading the book as a family and it’s making the movies so much more exciting.

Saving Mr. Banks: Opening December 13: Everyone seems to be talking about this one. Maybe this will be the Tom Hanks movie I see this year since I missed Captain Phillips. Seems Tom Hanks might finally be back for an Oscar next year.

American Hustle: Opening December 13: I actually hadn’t seen a preview for this one before this post. I’m not sure it’s my kind of movie but my husband really wants to see it. I haven’t decided if that’s for content yet or for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, that’s an unfortunate still for JLaw.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Opening December 16: Honestly, I’m not going to see this one. I know people who are very excited about it and I did enjoy the first one, when it came out. But I have no desire to see this one this time.

The Wolf of Wall Street: December 25: This does not appeal to me. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a million times already. What makes this one special? I don’t know yet.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: December 25: I’m not sure about this movie except for two things. 1) I may have a thing for Ben Stiller and 2) It looks beautiful. The scenery. The photography. Ben Stiller. All beautiful. I haven’t decided if I’ll see it in the theaters, but it’s definitely a maybe. Also, I kind of want to see Adam Scott’s beard on the big screen. It’s glorious. Even if it is a fake.

August: Osage County: December 25: I love everyone in this movie. I’ll see this one at some point, though probably on video. And I’ll probably cry a lot.

I, Frankenstein: January 14, 2014: I love Aaron Eckhart. And Bill Nighy. And it has that girl from LoTR. But I was confused when I first saw this because Frankenstein is the Doctor, not the monster. But when I looked at the Flickster listing, Aaron Eckhart plays Adam Frankenstein, so I guess they named him that so they could get away with using the Frankenstein name which people will recognize even though Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. But whatever. I’m not going to see it.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: January 17, 2014: I love Chris Pine. But I don’t plan on seeing this. Do any fans of the older movies out there have any thoughts on this reboot? Also, Kevin Costner. Is he making a comeback?

The Nut Job: January 17: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl. I will not see this. Besides the fact that it’s a kid’s movie about nuts (I mean really? Or is it just me?), it also looks annoying. But judge for yourself and go if you want. I’ll be interested to see how it does. Maybe seeing this would be better than being stuck inside with the kids during winter for another day. Who knows.

That Awkward Moment: January 31, 2014: Lol It looks like Zac Efron really has grown up. Check out that cocktail. *wink wink*

The Mounuments Men: February 7: Man, I love George Clooney’s voice. Not his mustache. But add in Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, and all those other old guys and I’ll definitely see this one. Also a bonus? It actually looks interesting.

The Lego Movie: February 7: This looks hilarious. We’ll definitely see this, though probably when it comes out on video. My kids don’t do well in movie theaters.

Vampire Academy: February 14: Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the book. But I don’t remember it feeling as funny or silly as this trailer makes the movie look but I really don’t remember much about the book at all. If you’re a fan of the series, what do you think about the trailer?

A few movies coming out this winter that I’m just not interested in seeing: 47 Ronin (Keanu Reeves, Dec 25, I haven’t read the book. Keanu looks old.), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg, Dec 25, I already know everything I need to from the title.), The Legend of Hercules (Kellan Lutz, Jan 10, Lol), Justin Beiber’s Believe (Justin Beiber, Dec 25, Is he still around?), The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, Dec 25, I think I’ll stick to Shakespeare in Love), The Best Offer (Jeffrey Rush, Jan 3, This actually looks creepy), RoboCop (Gary Oldman, Feb 12, Oh boy.), and Endless Love (Alex Pettyfer, Feb 14, Looks predictable. Also, not a Pettyfer fan.).

Wow, that was a long post. Is that too many movies? If it is, I’ll cut it down next time. I really can’t wait to see The Hobbit and The Monuments Men. Since I don’t see many in the theaters, that might be it for me this winter. But I’ll definitely catch a bunch of these on video. Or DVD, I guess, for all you not old people out there.

What movies are you looking forward to seeing this winter?

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Fall Movie Preview

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I may be a little late with this and missed most of the September movies, but was there even anything in September worth seeing? I’m not sure. Either way, here are the rest of the fall movies (really October and November) that I think look interesting. Before I started looking for them, I couldn’t think of any coming out besides Catching Fire, but there are actually a good number of interesting looking upcoming movies. Here are a few, listed according to release date. (So you have to stick around to the end to find Catching Fire!)


Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney: October 4

I’m still not sure what to think of this one. It looks interesting and intense but is she freaking out the whole time? Because that would annoy me. But she looks like she’s in great shape! In the end, it really just makes me want to watch Apollo 13 again.

A.C.O.D. with Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and a ton of other awesome people: October 4

As an A.C.O.D. myself, this movie looks hilarious. I love everyone in it (did you see all the people from the Christopher Guest movies?!) and it has Ben and Leslie!! I really want to see this one and will probably end up dragging my poor husband with me.

Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi: October 11

This is not the kind of movie I’d typically watch but it looks interesting and intense and very well done. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Tom Hanks movie, the last one in the theaters was Toy Story 3. The last non-animated film of his I really liked was way back in 2002 for Catch Me If You Can. I wonder if this one will break that streak?

CBGB with Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint?! Yeah. October 11

I’m really not sure what to think about this one but I can’t help but love Alan Rickman. Seriously. And did you see his hair in this? Awesome. I think if you’re a fan of these musical groups, this would be a must see. Also, Rupert Grint is listed second but he doesn’t seem to be in much of the film. I think they may just be pushing his name up to grab a bigger audience. Will you see this one? Is it because of Alan and Rupert? They’d be the reason I’d see it so I say it’s working.

Ender’s Game with Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley: November 1

I haven’t read the book. I must read the book before I consider seeing this one. For those of you who have read the book, what do you think of this preview? Will you see the movie? Are you excited? I sure do love Harrison Ford’s voice. I will never not think of Indiana Jones when I see him.

About Time with Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson (and Bill Nighy!): November 1

Yes, I know it’s a cheesy chick flick but so what?! It looks adorable. Also, what’s up with Rachel McAdams and guys that can time travel? At least Eric Bana was hot and naked when he did it. Oh well. And Bill Nighy is never a bad addition to a movie in my book. I seriously love him. I think I may have a thing for older british men. Is that weird?

Catching Fire with Jennifer Lawrence and Just Hutcherson (plus every one else!!!!): November 22

Cannot wait for this one. I’m not rereading the books because I don’t want them fresh in my mind when I go in to see this. But it, like The Hunger Games, looks really well done and the emotions and actions of the characters seem true to the book. I hope it feels the same during the whole movie. Also, I hope they don’t have Caesar cutting into the games in this one. That was by far my least favorite part of the last one. And I really can’t wait to see the arena and how it all works and all of the other tributes and everything! Were you upset that they showed how the 75th Games’ Tributes are chosen in the preview? I think the look that Effie gives Katniss might make me cry during the real movie. Who’s going opening weekend? 

Those are the fall movies that have caught my eye. Of course Catching Fire is the one I’ll definitely be seeing. Other than that, I’m just not sure yet. It also seems that the male stars are leading this seasons movies. Besides George and Tom and Harrison and Alan from above, we also have Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings, Chris Hemsworth in the new Thor movie and Rush, Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon (which he wrote and directed as well), and Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Runner Runner. And did you know they have another Romeo and Juliet remake coming out? This one has Hailee Steinfeld and Paul Giamatti and the guy from Homeland. Alan Rickman and Colin Firth are also in a movie together coming out October 12 with Stanley Tucci and Cameron Diaz which was written by the Coen brother called Gambit but it, unfortunately and surprisingly, does not look good.

So let me hear it! What movies are you looking forward to this fall? Which are your must sees? And most importantly, which handsome leading man are you most likely to spend your money on?

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Summer 2013 Movie Preview

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It’s summer time again and usually that means great big exciting blockbuster movies. But to be honest, there aren’t that many movies I’m excited about this summer. I’m not even sure I’ll see more than one in the actual theaters. And that one will be a kids movie. But there are a lot of big movies coming out with lots of big names, so I’ll share the ones that look most interesting to me.

1. Despicable Me 2 (July 3) – This is the one movie I’m really hoping to see in the theater this summer, if only I can convince my kids to go with me! I love Gru! And somehow the minions manage to be funny to both the kids and me. They love the first one, so I’m really hoping we can make it to this one.

2. This is the End (June 12) – Ok, I know this one looks ridiculous, but we all need some fun, mindless entertainment every once in a while, right? Plus, look at all the people in it. I’ll go for them. But I will be pissed if it ends up not being funny. What do you think the chances are that it will be good?

3. World War Z (June 21) – Has there been any more talk about a summer movie than this one? I’ve been hearing about this movie for what seems like years and we’re finally getting the chance to see it. While it looks interesting as far as zombie movies go, I’m not sure I actually want to see this one in the theaters. There’s just something about the whole thing that makes me have a negative feeling about it. What do you think? Have you read the book? Will you go see this one? I’m going to wait and maybe catch it on video.

4. Monsters University (June 21) – Who’s excited for this one? I’ve been up and down about it. I loved Monsters, Inc. when it came out (in 2001) but my kids never got into it. So they couldn’t care less about this movie. If I were younger or had kids that were excited, I’d definitely see it. But I’m not sure this one has an audience outside of that. Do you think having 12 years between the movies will hurt this one?

5. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (August 16) – I’m going to say what everyone else has said about this, please let it be better than the first one. I wasn’t a huge Percy Jackson fan when the first came out. I read and enjoyed the first book but then I saw the movie and that kind of killed all the feelings I had for it. So I haven’t read the second book. But now that this movie is finally coming out, I think I’m going to need to read it. And I’ll be honest, the trailer looks kind of good. Plus, Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci? Yes.

6. The Wolverine (July 26) – Am I the only one who is getting burned out on Wolverine? I love the guy, I really do. I fell for him in the first X-Men movie, fell for him again in the next two movies, and fell for him again again in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. But now we have another Wolverine movie? And we see him again next year in the X-Men: Days of the Future Past. I’m definitely getting burned out. What about you guys? Are you excited for The Wolverine? Is there more of his story that we haven’t seen yet?


There are a few more that seem interesting this summer: The Bling Ring (with Emma Watson!), The Lone Ranger, and Elysium. I know I won’t see any of these in the theater but maybe someday down the road I’ll rent them on video. I was really impressed with Emma Watson in Perks, so hopefully that trend will continue with The Bling Ring. The Lone Ranger is one I can’t decide on. The trailers look better than I thought they would but how many times have we been burned by good-looking trailers? And Elysium intrigues me a bit for some reason. I love Matt Damon and I think he’s awesome, but even the trailer isn’t that great. So I’m not sure why I’m drawn to it, but maybe it’ll prove me wrong.

Are there any summer movies you are really looking forward to? Is anyone going to see Man of Steel? I’d love to hear your thoughts if you see it. Did you see any Spring movies that you loved? If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend Star Trek Into Darkness. It was awesome. If you have any knowledge of the show, there are tons of inside jokes. And nothing compares to Spock and Kirk. Nothing. I loved it. So see it if you haven’t and then let me know what you think. And I’ll see you all back here in early September for a preview of Fall movies! Catching Fire anyone?!?!

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Spring 2013 Movie Preview

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Even though I woke up to fresh snow on the ground today, I’ve been told that spring is actually on its way to us. And while right now I believe that this is the beginning of the end of the world and winter and snow will be here until the end, it seems that we’ll at least be calling it spring soon, so that means it’s time for another season of movie previews!

As for winter movies, I did actually get out to see three of them in the theaters: Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, and Warm Bodies. And I really liked all of them. I thought they did a really great job with Warm Bodies, although it did have a slightly different feel than the book. I loved Silver Linings Playbook and was really surprised by Bradley Coopers performance. And even though I really do love Jennifer Lawrence and thought she did a great job in the movie, I’m not actually convinced that she deserved the Oscar for that movie. It seemed to me that she was just really loud and screamed a lot. But it was an emotional movie and role, so maybe I’m wrong. I just haven’t seen any of the other nominated performances. And Les Mis. What can I say? I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much in a movie. Ever. It wasn’t perfect. But it was emotional. I was sad I didn’t see The Hobbit. But when it came time to sit in a theater for 3+ hours, I just couldn’t do it. It’s too long, especially when it means we’ll need a babysitter for at least that long as well. I’d rather spend that time at home watching on video (or DVD, for those of you too young to use the old terms).

But enough with winter! Let’s move on to spring!

  • Iron Man 3 – May 3: I am so excited for this movie! And this preview is awesome. They’ve done such a great job with the Iron Man movies, and while I’ve never read the comics and didn’t know his story before seeing the movies and therefore can’t compare the two, I do know that Iron Man raised the bar for superhero movies and I will be forever grateful for that.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness – May 15: So, so, so excited for this one. Chris Pine. Zachary Quinto. Simon Pegg. Karl Urban. John Cho. And Benedict Cumberbatch!! As the bad guy?! I can’t wait. If you didn’t see the first one because you aren’t a Trekkie, see it now anyway. Don’t worry about the Star Trek thing. The movie is awesome. Seriously. Watch it. Now.

  • The Place Beyond the Pines – March 29: Okay, I know I won’t see this one in the theaters, but it definitely looks interesting. And really intense. Ryan Gosling is always amazing. And now I’m interested to see what else Bradley Copper can do. We’ll watch this one on video, but check out the trailer if you haven’t yet.

  • Admission – March 22: Again, we’ll probably watch this on video. This one isn’t here so much because it looks like it’ll be a great movie (though it might be, it’s directed by Paul Weitz of About a Boy and American Dreamz), but because it has both Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in it. Together. I can barely stand it. Did you see his face in that last scene of the trailer? Love it.

  • The Host – March 29: I never actually read the book but I have to say the trailer for the movie looks really good. I’m still not sure whether I’ll see it or not, but I know a lot of people are excited for it. Plus, Diane Kruger as the villain? Love her!

  • The Big Wedding – April 26: Okay, so it’s pretty much a guarantee that this movie will be bad. But did you see who’s in it? Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes, and Robin Williams. My hope is that it will at least be funny enough on video. And, that Katherine Heigl isn’t too annoying.


There are a lot more big movies coming out this spring that I’m just not that excited about: The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part III, Fast and the Furious 6, Oblivion, G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Which spring movies are you excited about? What was your favorite winter movie? Do you ever go see movies just for the people starring in them? Are you more of a theater person or a DVD person? I’d love to hear all your thoughts on movies in the comments!

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