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2015 Summer Reviews Part 1 (Jurassic World, Inside Out, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, and more)


Summer 2015 has been busy, releasing many films that were all potential box office hits. Some led the way (here’s looking at you, Jurassic World), while some faltered (Ted 2, Terminator: Genisys), with other’s being somewhat surprising hits (Ant-Man, anyone?). Let’s take a look at my journey through the first half of the summer:

Jurassic World:

It’s been 14 years since Jurassic Park III came out, with everyone wanting a new movie. What they got was a fun, action-packed film starring Chris Pratt, hot off his superstar making film Guardians of the Galaxy. It seems that fans wanted anything other than Jurassic Park III, and were easily fine with a sub-par plot and some unanswered questions. The saving grace really is Pratt, who’s charm is undeniable and makes the film work in his favor.

Final Grade – 7.5/10

Inside Out:

Who knew a film about emotions would be so emotional? Inside Out is another Pixar gem that shows how Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness and Anger all help Riley live her life. When Joy and Sadness get lost in the long-term memory storage area, it’s up to the others to try and keep Riley living a normal life. The film involves breakout characters like Bing Bong as well as traditional Pixar humor, but really excels in the heart of the story.

Final Grade – 8.5/10

Ted 2:

Where the first Ted was a groundbreaking Rated-R hit, the second falters in certain areas. The plotline was a bit weak with Ted trying to prove he was a living thing and the adoption fiasco surrounding it. The raunchy humor is still there, and they press the right buttons most of the time. However, Seth MacFarlane throws a bit too much potty humor in this time around and doesn’t utilize Morgan Freeman in really any capacity than the last part of the final act.

Final Grade – 7.0/10

Terminator: Genisys:

The Terminator franchise is reborn with the fifth installment, Terminator: Genisys. Arnold is back and refreshed in this fun reboot that has many twists and turns that leaves the future of Sarah Connor and her world in doubt. It has been reported that Genisys is the start of a new trilogy, with Schwarzenegger signed on for at least the first sequel. It will be interesting to see where this new timeline takes us in the next installment of the Terminator franchise. See my full review here.

Final Grade – 8.0/10


The newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been hit with plagues with director changes and screenwriter changes. However, Ant-Man still succeeds behind an impressive performance by Paul Rudd. Like Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, Rudd takes a lesser known character and makes a fun movie, able to stand on its own against any other of the Marvel films. The plot is about as generic as the other Marvel films, but except a few fun cameos from other Marvel properties throughout the adventure.

Final Grade – 8.5/10


The new Adam Sandler film really isn’t an Adam Sandler film. Yeah, Pixels also co-stars cohort Kevin James, but the film relies more on the ensemble (including Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage) and fun video game action sequences than Sandler’s usual potty humor. The special effects are spectacular and a fun film for any 80s video game nerd. There’s a lot to look out for in famous video game characters as well, so be on the lookout. While the plot as a whole might not be too strong, it is a fun action movie for the whole family.

Final Grade – 7.0/10

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation:

There aren’t too many franchises that get better the fifth time around. However, Tom Cruise and crew have upped their game in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The stakes are higher as the Impossible Missions Force is disbanded as Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finds out that the Syndicate is real. In what could be their final mission, the IMF agents are put to the test when Ilsa Faust’s (Rebecca Ferguson) loyalties are put to the test. The action is bigger, the plot is bolder, and the film is elevated to new heights.

Final Grade – 8.5/10

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