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SBox Recommends: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Movie Review)

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First thing’s first. Since we’re talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, I’d like to quickly divert your attention to this post I made all the way back in 2014… I never did make that review, which was a huge regret of mine for years now. So, in a weird way I’m really glad I get to at least fulfill that old promise by reviewing its brother 3 years later.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I was extremely excited for this movie. Not only is this the sequel to one of my favorite movies of the past decade, but this film also marks one measly year until our favorite Bunch of Jackasses finally meet Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers 3. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ve been so invested in the trailers and news surrounding the film; my mind racing with what this film would be about and how it’ll try to match the surprise hit that was the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Did it succeed in doing that, or did it just fall short of greatness? Only one way to find out. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (Movie Review)

2016 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#49-30)

Welcome to the (new and improved) 2016 Movie Countdown. This is my third annual countdown where I run through every film I saw the previous year, giving my brief thoughts on each as we go from worst to best. There are 44 films being covered throughout this miniseries, with Part 1 covering my 5 least favorite films of the year. With the worst behind us, it’s my honor in Part 2 to move up a peg.

Apologies for the big gap in installments. I’ll try my best to provide the remaining parts much quicker. For those who haven’t seenĀ Part 1, I’m separating the Countdown into 5 categories, each varying in quality and number of movies. Today we will be covering 10 films that make up the Mediocre category. These movies are far from the worst 2016 had to offer, but are simply okay. What keeps them from being in the upcoming Good category is a general sense of forgetability or perhaps one glaring flaw that holds it back from being something special. The following films are enjoyable, but not that good. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: The Mediocre (#49-30)

SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

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What is it that makes Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast so special? I asked myself that on the way to the theater yesterday and found that answer is actually quite complicated. Like many, I consider the movie a masterpiece of an animated film and one of Disney’s best animated features ever made. It may not be my favorite, but I’d be a fool to not see how impressive a film that really was. I believe the reason we all feel this way about it is that it perfected the Disney princess story in a way that hadn’t been done before. The way it was told, the way it was presented, and the way it wore its animated skin like a glove, is all just a fraction of what made it so beloved to this day.

Now here we are 16 years later to revisit the tale as old as time in a new way. Continue reading SBox Recommends: Beauty and the Beast (2017) (Movie Review)

SBox Soapbox: Why I’m Conflicted About X-Men’s Future

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A couple weeks ago, I got to see Logan on opening weekend. It was a movie I’ve been looking forward to since the first trailers came out, due to how promising the premise was and how stylistically different it seemed to be from other comic book movies up to this point. The idea was brilliant, and I’m so happy to report that the actual film didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Not only is it one of the most unique films in the X-Men series as well as the whole comic book subgenre; it may actually be among the best. I highly recommend the movie to just about everyone, especially to fans of the X-Men film series that’s been with us for nearly 17 years so far.

X-Men is an immensely impressive series all things considered. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and to an extent the DC Extended Universe) have been dominating the comic movie genre in recent years, X-Men has outlived just about every other such franchise thus far. Just think about how many adaptations its outlived: The Dark Knight, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Hellboy, Blade, Fantastic Four, and the list keeps going. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Why I’m Conflicted About X-Men’s Future

SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

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Talk about a movie that just sneaks up on you out of nowhere. My experiences with this movie prior to seeing it only trace back to last month. My brother came to visit one night, and I was talking about all the movies I was looking forward to in 2017. I was rattling off several big name films like Logan and Wonder Woman before he says “Have you heard of this movie, Get Out?” I and the rest of my family answered no, so we decided to watch the trailer together. I was impressed, curious, and bewildered by the film’s director’s credit: Jordan Peele? As in Key & Peele without the Key? As in Peele, the cowriter and co-lead of Keanu?… Now you have my attention. Let’s see how it turned out! Continue reading SBox Recommends: Get Out (Movie Review)

2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#44-40)

Welcome, one and all, to the new and revised 2016 Movie Countdown. For those who didn’t see my recent update post click here for the full details of this change. Basically, the original format I started this series on was hard to maintain in a timely fashion. That’s why I decided to change things up, so I can complete the countdown just a bit easier. Hopefully, this new format will also be more easily digestible to you guys, too, so you won’t have to keep up with 44 separate posts.

As you can see, I’ve restarted the countdown back to #44 to demonstrate how future installments will go. For those joining us for the first time, this series is an annual tradition where I rank every film I saw in the previous year from least favorite to favorite. It’s not a best and worst list per se. It’s just my personal favorite films of 2016. This year I will be discussing 44 movies (see the full list here) across 5 posts separated by categories: The Bottom of the Barrel, The Mediocre, The Good, The Great, and finally the Top 10. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Bottom of the Barrel (#44-40)

2016 Movie Countdown: Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (#37)

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“It’s not working! You’re only making them sexier!”

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising is the sequel to the 2014 comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron.

A couple years after kicking the Delta Psi fraternity out from next door, Mac and Kelly Radner have finally managed to sell their house with the only obstacle being a 30-day escrow period for the new perspective buyers. All is well and good until three college girls, who aren’t fond of the way frat parties are typically handled, create a sorority of their own. They move in (you guessed it) right next door to the Radner house. With the clock slowly ticking for the escrow and the girls having to party to afford their rent, a standoff ensues. The Radners’ only hope now is for old enemies to reunite and take Kappa Nu down. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Neighbors 2 – Sorority Rising (#37)

2016 Movie Countdown: Barbershop – The Next Cut (#38)

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I got robbed twice, and got my ass beat by the second robber for giving all my money to the first… She wasn’t playing!

Barbershop: The Next Cut is the fourth (or third main-series) film in the Barbershop series.

Things have been different ever since Calvin Palmer merged the local beauty salon with his barbershop. New staff, new clientele, and new topics of discussion. Though one more unfortunate new change is the neighborhood. Chicago has become rampant with gangs with violence and death occurring daily. After hearing that his son is in danger of joining a gang, Calvin and the staff decide to use their barbershop to do some good. They announce a 48 hour ceasefire at their shop, offering free haircuts to everyone as long as no further violence ensues. Will it be enough to heal the city? Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Barbershop – The Next Cut (#38)

2016 Movie Countdown: Central Intelligence (#39)

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I got a plan. Might get us both killed, but if it works it’ll make a totally boss story. Cool?

Central Intelligence is an action-comedy film starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Calvin Joyner was the most popular guy in high school, even being voted “Most Likely to Succeed”. Twenty years later, Joyner is merely a forensic accountant longing for his glory days and too ashamed to even attend his upcoming high school reunion. Suddenly, Calvin gets a Facebook friend request from a guy named Bob Stone, who he soon finds out is an old high school classmate formerly named Robbie Wierdicht. The two meet up and Calvin is shocked to see Stone is no longer the uncool, fat kid who was always picked on. He’s even more surprised when Stone asks Calvin to decipher some very high end accounting records. Though it all comes together the next day when the CIA knocks on his door searching for Stone, who is actually a CIA agent with a warrant against him. Stone explains to Calvin that he’s innocent and needs Calvin’s help to trace those accounting records and clear his name by finding a highbrow criminal called Black Badger. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Central Intelligence (#39)

2016 Movie Countdown: Ride Along 2 (#41)

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Oh my God, he a zombie! Headshot! Walking Dead shit, James!

Ride Along 2 is the sequel to the 2014 comedy film starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.

After the events of the first film, Ben Barber has graduated from the police academy and is now an officer alongside Detective James Payton, his future brother-in-law. Ben is committed to becoming a detective like James, but his impulsion and clumsiness makes everyone doubt that he’s ready. He decides to prove his abilities once more by joining an assignment James has in Miami involving drug suppliers. James refuses at first, but ultimately agrees both as a favor to his sister Angela and to prove that Ben doesn’t have what it takes to be a detective. Continue reading 2016 Movie Countdown: Ride Along 2 (#41)