Summer 2015 Mini-Movie Reviews: “Tomorrowland”, “Inside Out”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Home”, “Insidious 3″, “Poltergeist” & “Ex-Machina”

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By: Keith Davis

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“TOMORROWLAND”

2.0 Stars (2.0 / 5)

“Tomorrowland” should have been a lot better based on the fantastic trailers and marketing that lead up to it’s release. Within the first hour of this Disney head scratcher are a ton of great ideas and special effects. The second half of this movie offers the same sanitized Disney hooey we’ve seen time and time again. Not even the classic George Clooney charm is able to save this summer dud.

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“INSIDE OUT”

5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)

“Inside Out” is probably the best family film ever made for little girls in mind. No other film in recent memory perfectly captures the inner workings of a young girls mind so perfectly, and this hilariously. The Pixar magic we all have come to know and love is running on all cylinders. “Inside Out” is the most original film of 2015, hands down.

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“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

At the beginning of the summer if you would have told me that a dead 80′s franchise would be the “girl power” action film of the year, I would have laughed. “Mad Max” not only brings back to life a much loved film series but it pretty much reinvents the high octane car chase with its manic energy and stunt work. “Fury Road” is a visually dazzling sci-fi masterpiece.

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“HOME”

3.0 Stars (3.0 / 5)

“Home” has a middle of the road charm that is innocent enough to give it a good rating. What “Home” is lacking is the pizazz and wittiness of other Dreamworks modern classics like “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek.” The vibrant colors and childlike visuals are enough to entertain the kiddies while the top notch vocal talent (Steve Martin and Rihanna) are enough to keep adults in their seats patiently.

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“INSIDIOUS 3″

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

The “Insidious” trilogy isn’t as corny as you would think. All three movies share a linear storyline and the characters are likable enough to keep coming back. The final film in the series is a fun summertime horror movie that is perfect for the drive-ins (where I watch this movie). Although time won’t be kind, I was entertained for 90 minutes during “Insidious 3.”

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“POLTERGEIST”

1.0 Stars (1.0 / 5)

Why was this movie re-made again? Nothing in this movie is new, re-invented or inspired from the original 80′s classic. This failed remake of “Poltergeist” is an exercise in Hollywood laziness and greed. If you hold the first film dear to your heart don’t ruin it by watching this horrendous retread.

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“EX-MACHINA”

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

Movie geeks should take note, “Ex-Machina” is one of the freshest and most exciting sci-fi films in recent memory. “Ex-Machina” plays like a “Twilight Zone” episode with all kinds of clever twists and turns. I found myself on the edge of my seat up until the final frames. With it’s sexy feel and sleek look, this is the coolest movie of the year by far.

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