The LEGO Movie (2014) – Movie Trailer

The LEGO Movie is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO adventure film directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. The LEGO Movie opens on February 7, 2014.

Men in Black III (2012) – Movie Review

Men in Black III is the sequel to Men in Black II and the third installment of Men in Black with both Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reprising their roles as Agent J and Agent K respectively.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg in "Men in Black III"
Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Michael Stuhlbarg in "Men in Black III"

With the help of his girlfriend Lily (Nicole Scherzinger), Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) escapes from the Lunar Max prison facility on the Moon and reaches Earth in order to take revenge on K for his lost arm. Boris

The next day, Agent J (Will Smith) learns that Agent K is no longer at his apartment only to realize Agent K has been dead for over 40 years. When Agent O (Emma Thompson) decodes that J’s craving for chocolate milk is due to his headaches caused by a fracture in space-time continuum, J is convinced that Boris has acquired a time-jump device and traveled back to 1969 to kill K, resulting in an imminent invasion of Earth by Boris’ Boglodite species due to the absence of the ArcNet.

J obtains a time-jump device from Obadiah Prince (Lanny Flaherty) at the black market and travels back to July 15, 1969, a day before the incident between Boris and Agent K. In 1969, J tries to prevent a murder committed by Boris in Coney Island but failed and is arrested by a younger K (Josh Brolin) who takes him back to MIB facility and attempts to use a gigantic Neuralyzer on J before J convinces K at the very last second.

Agent J and Agent K work together and is joined by an alien named Griffin (Michael Stuhlbarg) who possesses the ArcNet, and helps them to oversee the set up of the shield to protect Earth from the Boglodite. When they arrive at Cape Canaveral, the place where Apollo 11 lunar rocket launch is occurring, they are arrested by the military police. However, when Griffin uses his precognitive power on the Colonel (Mike Colter), he not only allows them to carry the mission but personally assist them to ensure the agents are successful.

J and K are minutes away from attaching ArcNet onto the Apollo 11 only to be slowed down by both 1969 and modern-day Boris. In a battle with the 1969 Boris, K causes a fueling hose rupture which sprays liquid nitrogen on 1969 Boris’ arm instantly shatter it before he successfully plants the ArcNet on the rocket. While J manages to stop the modern-day Boris by avoiding his spikes after he uses the time-jump to travel back to the beginning of the fight.

The Colonel congratulates K and K invites him to join the agency while J watches from the distance. However, 1969 Boris emerges from the blast chamber and kills the Colonel. This time, K integrates Boris to kill him instantly. When a young boy named James (Cayen Martin) exits a military van near their location looking for his father, Agent K coaxes him away from the truth and neuralyzes him while taking care of him. From here, we learn that the young boy turns out to be J and the Colonel is J’s father.

Overall, Men in Black III is not too much about alien invasion but a comedy with light action. The film may not be perfect but it is certainly entertaining. Like how K says it, MIB 3 is slick.

  • 7 out of 10
  • A fun, light-hearted action comedy that is surely entertaining
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Despicable Me (2010) – Movie Review

Despicable Me is a funny animation from Universal Studios appealing to both children and adults. The film revolves around a villain named Gru (Steve Carrell).

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Gru (Steve Carrell) and his minions in "Despicable Me"
Gru (Steve Carrell) and his minions in "Despicable Me"

When it is discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has been stolen and replaced by an inflatable rubber duplicate, supervillain Gru feels belittled and decides to pull off the biggest heist in world history by stealing the Moon. Gru lives in a black house with a vast secret hideout with his army of minions — genetically-altered Corn Pops. These minions are little yellow creatures whose acts and appearance made the film an instant laughing fest.

In order to steal the moon, Gru needs funding for building a rocket. Thus, he attempts to get a loan from the local Bank of Evil, where he meets Vector (Jason Segel) — a nerdy looking scientist donning a pyjamas-like suit, and realizes it was Vector who stole the pyramid. Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett), the bank president, declines to give Gru a loan until he acquires the shrink ray.

Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a secret lab in Asia, but is prompty stolen by Vector. Gru makes several attempts to steal it back, but to no avail. After seeing three orphaned girls — Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) get into Vector’s lair, Gru adopts them in order to steal back the shrink ray. Gru has asked his assistant, Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) to build several cookie-shaped robots as part of Vector’s large cookie. Gru and his minions managed to retrieve the shrink ray despite being sealed by the robots inside the vault.

Gru has the thought of leaving the girls behind at a local amusement park called "Funland" but instead, ends up bonding with the girls. When Gru presents his plan together with the shrink ray to Mr. Perkins, Mr. Perkins surprisingly shuts him down. Mr Perkins then tells Vector (who is revealed to be Mr. Perkins son) that Gru has the shrink ray.

When Gru is about to abandon his plan due to lack of funds, the girls and the minions take up a collection to keep it going. Nefario sends the girls back to the orphanage as he sees them as distraction breaking Gru’s heart in the process. Ouch!

As the heist day falls on the same day as the girls’ ballet recital, Gru shrinks the Moon, pockets it, and hurries back to Earth to participate the girls’ ballet recital but misses it only to find the Vector has kidnapped the girls. After forcing Gru to hand over the moon, Vector breaks his promise and escapes with the girls with his escape pod and is pursued by Gru. As the effects of the shrink ray wear off (which Dr. Nefario calls the “Nefario principle,” the greater the mass of an object before shrinking, the faster the effect wears off, Gru rescues the girls with the help of his minions. Gru rescues them with the help of his minions, while the Moon destroys Vector’s pod and sends him to the orbit.

The film ends with Gru and the girls living a happily ever after life as a family with Gru’s mother (Julie Andrews), finally telling him she is proud of him.

Though Despicable Me starts off a little gruesome with its dark humors and with Gru as a meanie (in one scene, he made an animal balloon for a kid, only to pop it with a needle the next second), as the film progresses, Gru has transformed into a different person altogether, thanks to the three girls, who demand for bed-time stories and good night kisses unceasingly. Overall, it is the kind of movie which provokes laughter every second and is contagious.

My ratings: 8 out of 10.

Despicable Me (2010) Trailer

Despicable Me is an animated film about a trio of orphan girls causing the normally deplorable Groo to rethink his plan to steal the moon. Starring the voice of Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Julie Andrews, Jason Segel. Despicable Me opens on July 9, 2010.

Monsters vs Aliens (2009) – Movie Review

Monsters vs Aliens is a 3D animated film featuring the voice of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Rainn Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Rudd.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Susan and her Monsters friends in "Monsters vs Aliens"
Susan and her Monsters friends in "Monsters vs Aliens"

On the day Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon) is getting married to weatherman Derek Dietl (Paul Rudd), she is hit by meteorite. When she gets into the aisle, she grows into a giant Susan. The military arrive as they are alerted by the meteor and capture Susan. She is sent to a top-secret facility led by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland) and given a nickname “Ginormica”. In the prison, she meets other monsters: B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), a brainless, gelatinous blob; Dr. Cockroach Ph.D. (Hugh Laurie), a mad scientist who turns into a cockroach; the Missing Link (Will Arnett), an amphibious fish-ape hybrid and Insectosaurus, a giant grub that is even larger than Susan. The monsters are contentedly locked in the facility for the past 50 years but Susan feels incredibly isolated and wishes to return to her old life.

An alien called Gallaxhar (Rainn Wilson) is in the search for quantonium, the most powerful source in the universe and he finds it in Earth and thus deploys a gigantic robot to find and extract from its source, Susan. As the robot refuses to make peace after an attempt from the US President (Stephen Colbert), the President of the United States orders an attack on the robot. As all the attack from the military proves useless, General Monger convinces the President to use his top-secret monsters to fight the robot instead. The monsters agree with the promise of freedom if they succeed. Susan and the monsters manage to defeat the robot on the Golden Gate Bridge with her new-found strength.

Susan returns to her hometown and introduces her family to the monsters, but the monsters are rejected after causing panics in the party. Meanwhile, Derek breaks up with Susan, claiming she overshadows his career. Susan is devastated but realizes that becoming a monster has changed her life and Derek is just a selfish jerk. Susan is abruptly abducted by Gallaxhar and along the way kills Insectosaurus when he tries to save Susan. On the ship, Susan manages to release herself from captive and chases Gallaxhar, only to end up in the machine which extracts the quantonium from her body, making her normal again. Gallaxhar continues to use the quantonium to clone himself into armies so he can invade Earth.

With the help from the General, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach and the Missing Link invade Gallaxhar’s ship and rescue Susan, in the process, activate the ship’s self-destruct sequence. Susan is separated from her monsters friends who are trapped inside the ship. In an attempt to save her friends, Susan embraces the quantonium and transforms her into a giant again allowing her to save her friends. The monsters are rescued by General Monger on the back of the revived Insectosaurus, who had transformed into a giant butterfly.

Overall, the film is amazing and is definitely catered for children and maybe some adults. If you love good-humored fun and Nickelodeon’s cartoons, you will love this flick.

My ratings: 7 out of 10.