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Criminal-001In the past six years or so, there seems to be this formula in Hollywood where you take well established actors and you turn them into action stars (e.g. Taken, The Gunman, The Equalizer). That is definitely the case with today’s film Criminal. Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent who holds some valuable information that a crazy anarchist wants. After he is killed, his memories are implanted into the mind the of criminal by the name of Jericho (Kevin Costner) who isn’t fully mentally developed. The hope is that Jericho will lead the CIA to a man by the name of the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) who holds a program that could destroy the world before the anarchist does. The film also stars Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) as Quaker Wells, Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men) as Dr. Franks, Jordi Mollà (Bad Boys II) as Xavier Heimdahl, Gal Gadot (Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Jill Pope, Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Marta Lynch, Antje Traue (Man Of Steel) as Elsa, Scott Adkins (The Expendables II) as Agent Greensleves, Lara Decaro (The Infiltrator) as Emma Pope, Amaury Nolasco (2 Fast 2 Furious) as Esteban Ruiza, and the film was directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman). Before we get into the review of the film, lets check out some stats:

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CRM_4221.NEFTrying to figure out the stats for this film became a little tricky, but I did the absolute best that I could and here we go. Jericho has about 22 kills in the whole entire film with one really cool one towards the end. He kind of has an origin story only because we find out why his frontal lobe of his brain isn’t fully developed. Now as far as we know for the whole film that he doesn’t have a love interest even though he has Bill Pope’s memories in his head. He is a killer who has never known right from wrong and has never had any real emotions, but he starts to feel them and he begins to care for Pope’s family. That is why I put a question mark there, but they are eventually kidnapped which is why the next says yes because he goes to rescue them. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how for yourself, but it’s Jericho’s ultimate FU to him. This one is a little different than the film Costner did a little while ago called 3 Days To Kill which saw him as the straight forward action bad ass compared to this one where he is just a bad ass criminal. Hollywood is trying to prove that you can take anyone and make them action stars kind of like what they did a long time ago with Charles Bronson. The film was definitely an interesting one that kind of takes the genre into a new direction with the memory implants idea, but nothing extraordinarily different. The film has plenty of action and suspense as you try to see if Costner will get to The Dutchman before the Anarchist, etc. It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but a cool one. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade.

staten island summerToday’s Cheeseball Cinema film is very misleading in that it fooled me completely. When I first saw it advertised on Netflix I surely thought that it was going to be a B-movie version of Project Xor something close to that. What I did see was something completely different in this Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) produced film. The film is about a group of friends that have spent many summers as life guards at Great Kills Swim Club on Staten Island. For Danny (Graham Phillips), it’s going to be his last summer ever as he is getting to go off to Harvard. The only problem is that Danny and his best friend and fellow life guard Frank (Zack Pearlman) have not lived life to the fullest and so with the last big part of the year in the horizon, they hope to make it a great one. The only problem is that their boss Chuck Casino (Michael Patrick O’Brien) is trying to ruin their last summer shindig. The film also stars Method Man as Konko, John DeLuca (Teen Beach Movie) as Anthony, Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) as Mary Ellen, Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) as Skootch, Ashley Greene (Twilight) as Crystal Manicucci, Fred Armisen (Portlandia) as Victor, Jackson Nicoll (Bad Grandpa) as Wendell, Gina Gershon (Killer Joe) as Ms. Greeley, Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley) as Dolores, Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) as Leo Manicucci, Jim Gaffigan as Danny’s Dad, Kellie Cockrell and Katie Cockrell (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Rebecca and Rachel, Will Forte (The Watch) as Griffith, and the film was directed by Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live).

statenIt has been a very long time since I found anything really funny from the people behind Saturday Night Live, but I have to say that this film really surprised me. I really enjoyed watching the film and it provided me with a lot of laughs at all the right moments. It’s one of those films that deserves to be up there with the likes of The Girl Next Door, Projext X, etc. The film featured a mix of crew members from the last gen of SNL to the current gen and I kind of liked it. I especially thought that Cecily Strong did a really good job in this film. For those of you out there that are wondering if there is any T&A in this film, there is some especially during the pool scene at the party. The film has some combos that are just hilarious and that work well together like Fred Armisen and Jackson Nicoll who bring plenty of the laughs to the table. Like I said above, this film fooled me because I thought it was going to be cheesy, but it ended up being excellent. I am surprised this film was never released into theaters, but it’s available on Netflix right now as we speak. So on a scale of one being close to an a-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this film a 1 for a final grade. I was duped people, but it was worth it. Hey if you are on Facebook, visit and like our page for the blog Moshpits & Movies here.

robocopFor this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick, we are going back to the 1980’s o check out the most bad ass cyborg cop in the world and this is the original and not the remake that came out last year. I decided to cover Robocop for today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday flick because it was one of the coolest ideas back in the day. Peter Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Alex Murphy, a police officer from the nice side of Detroit who gets to transferred to old Detroit where his world is about to get rocked. Meanwhile, the company OCP who took a contract with the police station is clamoring to create the perfect police officer to help them foresee the building of Delta City, a city that will replace Old Detroit. The only problem is that the first model failed due to a glitch and now they’ll use a human instead and Murphy is going to get volunteered for the job, but he doesn’t know it yet. You see Murphy gets fatally shot by some serious bad people and when he returns as Robocop, he is on the hunt. The film also stars Nancy Allen (Carrie) as Officer Lewis, Dan O’Herlihy (Halloween III: Season Of The Witch) as The Old Man, Ronnie Cox (Beverly Hills Cop) as Dick Jones, Kurtwood Smith (That 70’s Show) as Clarence Boddicker, Miguel Ferrer (Iron Man 3) as Bob Morton, Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class) as Nash, Robert DoQui (Coffee) as Sgt. Warren Reed, Paul McCrane (Fame) as Emil, Jesse D. Goins (WarGames) as Joe Cox, andthe film was directed by Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats.

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robocop 2As I said before, I remember watching this film and being in amazement when I was a child because the idea of someone being brought back as a bad ass robot cop was very cool. It’s like the reporter in the film says, “your parents are finally seeing things they only read about in comic books.” So, in the film I divided up the knockouts/kills into two separate categories because he does start off the movie as Alex Murphy. So as Alex Murphy, he only gets two kills before he is taken out and returned as Robocop who gets a total of 28 kills in the film. He has no origin story that we can speak of other than that he was married with one child and that is all we know about him in this film. He definitely defeats the big boss, but the man goes through hell just to do it. The film is a great example of why private organizations and companies should not be contracted by Law enforcement as only nothing but bad can come out of it. This film was at a time when paranoia about technology rising was running rampant. Think about it, Terminator was released before this film and it gives you that idea of machines and progress with technology being very bad. While some may think the film is cheesy, it was pretty cool for it’s time and it had some good ole fashioned action in it so check it out. I am going to give this film, four fists out of five for a final grade.

avengersTo help celebrate the fact that both The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron and Ant Man films are coming out in 2015, I decided to review The Ultimate Avengers: The Movie for today’s Super Sunday film. The film starts right from the beginning of the formation of The Avengers and the film starts with Captain America (Justin Gross) who is getting ready to penetrate a Nazi headquarters in Norway in 1945. The only problem for the cap is that once he is inside the facility, he discovers that Aliens are running the Nazi headquarters and they are about to launch a nuclear missile. The cap saves the day, but is in the bottom of the ocean where he’ll spend the next 51 years. Nick Fury (Andre Ware) in the future time digs out Captain America in hopes that he can find the secret to the super serum that he was administered years before with Dr. Bruce Banner (Michael Massee) helping. In the meantime, Nick Fury discovers that the same aliens the cap encountered are trying to throw a wrench into his plans by attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. and so he has to assemble a team of superheroes in order to battle the aliens. The film stars Grey DeLisle (Uncle Grandpa) as Janet Pym/Wasp, Olivia d’Abo (Conan The Destroyer) as Black Widow, Marc Worden (Planet Hulk) as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Nan McNamara (Gears Of War) as Dr. Betty Ross, Nolan North (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Ant Man/Hank Pym/Giant Man, David Boat (Wreck It Ralph) as Thor, and the film was directed by Curt Geda (Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker), Steven E. Gordon (Shrek 2), and Bob Richardson (Spider-Man 1994).

avengers 2For those that do not remember, Ant Man is actually one of the original members of The Avengers and so that made me more interested in wanting to watch this film because of the fact that he was in it. In this film though, he’s known as Giant Man because he gave himself the ability to grow larger in size rather than just small in size. They gave Black Widow an actual Russian accent than what Scarlett Johansson gives the character. One of the big issues the team deals with is the fact that The Hulk is a little unhinged when he’s on a rampage and that proves to be a problem later in the film. The film has plenty of action for an animated film, but I didn’t really like Bruce Banners voice because for a while I thought it was Johnny Knoxville playing him. There is definitely a plethora of films that are available to watch as long as you are fan of animated films. There are so many different stories that they can choose from and use for an animated film rather than the battle Marvel and DC are entrenched in the live action realm. Check this one out if you’re a fan of The Avengers. I am giving it an A- for a final grade.