War of The Worlds 2005 (***)

Sure, I am overoptimistic at times, but this movie was the definition of jaw dropping when it came to special effects. My expectations were not that high, which always helps when watching a movie. The beginning of the movie was somewhat slow, but it kept me interested enough to fill the lame character buildup. At times I was too aware that I was a movie theater, which I dislike when I am watching a movie. As I started to wander if it was just that I think Cruise is a bad actor at time, the first tripod burst out of the ground and for the rest of the movie every single action sequence had my full attention. *Spoilers*
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Batman Begins (***)

I want to give Batman Begins the full 4 stars because overall I enjoyed the movie, but the action scenes really did not meet my expectations. I say wait for a Saturday night rental instead of watching it at the theater.
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Madagascar (****)

Why is it getting the full Logtar endorsement? Well because it is hilarious and it has booty shaking. Watching a bunch of furry animals jam to “I like to move it, move it” is one of the coolest and funniest things I have seen in a movie in quite some time. This scene really fit the music, kind of like the opening scene in Blade with its bass pumping in the background or the opening scene in any StarWars movie with the credits rolling.

The movie has a great story, the main characters are hilarious and on queue with the action. David Schwimmer is hilarious as the hypochondriac giraffe, Ben Stiller makes an excellent Alex the Lion and the confused Zebra by Chris Rock is pure laughter. This movie really competes with Shreck in the comedy animation movie department, I would even venture saying that in some levels it tops it. The hippo voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith was funny but not innovative, I found it at times lacking but it did not disrupt the flow of the movie.

If you have kids, take them to the movies; you will not be disappointed. If you don’t have kids, then I will forgive you if you wait to just rent it.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Star Wars – ROTS (***)

I really liked this movie. I am sure that a lot of people are overanalyzing the movie to pieces, but I honestly believe this was the best movie in the prequel trilogy. The special effects were pretty good, the story picked up a bit in terms of acting, and it also stayed true to the story line. I like the fact that Lucas did not try to make things more complex but showed the progression of the characters towards what they become in the next movie.

What better way to end the prequels than to set it up for the next chapter without some strange attempt at an evil twist? Some say that he had to fit everything into the story, but in reality he could have done something different or centered the movies on other characters. The StarWars universe is that, a universe, and he had endless possibilities.

My only disappointment was the killing of the Jedi. I know that they were betrayed, but Jedi’s rock, I would have liked to see them fall after tearing half of the clones that were attacking them apart. The movie was already long but I would have put aside the awkward love scenes for more Jedi butt kicking.

My all time favorite moments in the movie came thanks to R2D2. He rocked the movie not just providing comic relief but seriously kicking butt. I cracked up when he comes into the room as in we are saved, but then you find out that he was just being chased. That was hilarious.

The saddest moments in the movie were thanks to Darth Vader. It was sad for me to see that he chose that path; it was a nice build up to what he becomes. I do not fault the actors for the script, and even though this was a lot better than the past 2 prequels, it was still not awesome.

I say go see it if you have not already. You might know exactly what is going to happen, but hey everyone also knew the Titanic was going to sink. So go see Yoda kick some butt.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (*)

If you are a fan of the books or the animated series stop reading now. First, don’t panic. That is probably the only thing that I would say is cool about the movie. Why because I did not know anything about the book or history of it when I walked into the multiplex and chose this torture over the Interpreter. It was a big mistake to see this movie, I want my money and my time back. Do we have normality yet?

The story is interesting and could have been better portrayed by a cartoon, which I hear it already was. They should have left it there. I can basically ruin the movie for you in less than 5 minutes so here we go. Your house is going to be destroyed, but who cares, your planet is about to be destroyed. Your best friend happens to be an alien and he is going to save your tail, but all he does is keep getting you into deeper messes than you though possible. Ah the love part too, how could I forget, a girl you fall in love with ends up leaving with a dude that would have better represented by Fabio. The tale continues when you happened to be picked up by your dream girl and Fabio. It gets better; they are looking for the answer to existence, the mice in our planet are also looking to find it and they somehow are the ultimate villains. Did I mention there are dolphins too? If by this point you are not confused or irritated, then go ahead and watch the movie you are obviously a fan.

I say stay away from it if you can, I am sure a cable channel will eventually play it and you can get a chuckle or two from it. If you are a fan, I do not think less of you, just don’t try to explain it to me. The idea slapping was kind of humorous.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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buy at Amazon.com

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