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Welcome to Nick's Flicks and enjoy your stay! Below are reviews of each weeks most anticipated theatrical release(s) so you can know if your money and time at the movies will be well spent.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vaughn, StillerHill, and Ayoade- The Neighborhood Watch
           The Watch                 
 1 and 1/2 stars of 5
Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) is your average Joe and outstanding citizen devoted to the welfare of Glenview. Evan is the founder of the neighborhood running club and a handful of other community activities. After one of his work colleges, Antonio (Joe Nunez), is found murdered, and the dumb-as-bricks local law enforcement refuses to pursue the case; Evan takes it upon himself to form a neighborhood watch to find Antonio’s killer and protect Glenview’s citizens. Contrary to Evans hopes of a big turnout of concerned residents, only three corny middle aged men (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade) are willing to join the watch. Unfortunately, Evans recruits are more focused on drinking and catching some break time from their everyday family lives rather than protecting Glenview. Once Evan’s watch does some investigating, they discover the person who killed Antonio isn’t a person at all: it’s an alien. Can “The Watch” capture their out-of-this-world murder suspect and unearth the truth to why aliens are invading Glenview?
I walked into the movie theater with high hopes for “The Watch” despite the fact it is a comedy centered around uncovering an alien plot. After all it had an all-star cast of Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn; some of the biggest names in the film industry (only to be rivaled by “The Expendables”). I couldn’t have been more wrong. It had maybe two instances where I

Friday, July 20, 2012

 Christan Bale as The Batman
 4 and 1/2 stars of 5
After Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) is pulled from the Gotham sewers barely alive, he tells of a horrifying discovery. He had uncovered an underground army commanded by the masked villain Bane (Tom Hardy) who like Bruce, is a member of the League Of Shadows; who claims he is “Gotham’s reckoning”.  After hearing the news, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) A.K.A “The Batman”, resurfaces after disappearing for nearly eight years to protect Gotham from the masked foe; despite the city labeling him an enemy after taking the blame for Harvey Dents crimes. Bruce turns over some rocks, and locates Bane in his hideout, the sewers, and attempts to kill him. However unlike Bruce’s past opponents, Bane is far more physically superior to Bruce. After Bane hammers on Bruce, he imprisons him in “Hell on Earth” where the only escape is a nearly impossible vertical climb; which only one man has ever completed and survived - Bane. Shortly after imprisoning The Batman, Bane seals off all means off commute out of Gotham and places a nuclear bomb in a roaming vehicle somewhere in Gotham. The bomb is programmed to self-detonate in 23 hours, unless The Batman can escape "Hell On Earth", find it and transport it back to the Wayne Manor where Fox (MorganFreeman) can deactivate the device. Can The Batman Escape his seemingly impenetrable prison, or will Bane strike him down along with Gotham’s only hope for survival?

What really stood out to me about “The Dark Knight Rises” is the phenomenal acting from the entire cast. The entire cast’s performance was near perfect; something rarely seen in cinema, there wasn't a single weak link. To be honest, initially I couldn't see Tom Hardy filling the role of

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Weekly Friday reviews beginning 7/20 with 'The Dark Knight Rises'. Thank you for visiting Nick's Flicks and have a good day!