Now You See Me

Now You See MeNOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law.

My Review

Now You See Me is pure magical. Who doesn’t like a good magic trick? If you do like magic, this is a must-see movie. Magic shows usually leave the audience with their mouth gape opened asking how the magicians did their trick. This movie showed the incredible magic tricks disguising multiple robbery attempts and the behind the scenes revealing how the magic tricks were done.

Playing a FBI agent tasked to detain The Four Horsemen (four arrogant illusionists played by Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Jesse Eisenberg), Mark Ruffalo did a great job playing a magic non-believer and keeping the mystery at bay. Great performance from Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine.

This movie received some bad promotion due to Morgan Freeman falling asleep during an interview. The movie moved fast-paced, full of mystery and have my full attention throughout the entire movie as well as entertained me until the end. All the gimmicks hiding the bigger hidden little plot twist at the end of the movie made it memorable.

My Grade: B+/A-

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Down London Road by Samantha Young

Down London RoadGoodreads Summary

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control….

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

My Review

This is the second installment from On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. On Dublin Street, Joss and Braden hot, can’t keep their hands off each other, couple left me breathless and Down London Road was no exception. Thumbs up for some of the hottest and steamiest scenes in the book.

The beginning of the book was portraying Jo as gold-digging bitch but the way Jo’s inner thought wrote out contradicted that image. The initial tension between Jo and Cam were intriguing and the more Jo revealed herself, the more it changed Cam’s point of view of Jo. As I was reading the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop to cause a rip in the relationship between Jo and Cam but nothing major. Sure, the ex-girlfriend showed up, still hung up on Cam but that misunderstanding was smoothed out pretty quickly.

The low insecurities in Jo was driving me crazy. The repeating self deprecating was annoying almost made me want to give up on the book. The teenagers, Hanna and Cole, were interesting add-ons and Joss and Braden glued the falling parts peices. I have to keep pushing myself to keep on reading and finishing up the book. That’s the only reason I gave this book a lower rating. Overall, the story moved too slow with too little bumps for me.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Madagascar 3

madagascar_3Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

My Review

Madagascar has always been one of my favorite animation from Dreamworks right behind Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. I like this series so much that I watched the trailer numerous times which probably ruined the first half of the movie for me but that’s my fault. The trailer pretty much highlighted all the good parts of the first movie.

As predicted, after a scary showdown between the animals and humans in Monte Carlo, Alex, Melman, Marty and Gloria hide out within circus to escape from crazy Captain DuBois. What I didn’t expect was the second half of the movie. The zoo animals bonded with the circus animals and when they did get a chance to go back to the New York zoo, everything they fought for to go home seemed minuscule. I did enjoy the final scene where the circus animals rescue the zoo animals from Agent DuBois colorfully (not metaphorically) accompanied by the song “Fireworks”.

Similar to its predecessors, it was overall funny but the comedy came in unnoticeable burst that you might missed if you are not paying attention. Sacha Baron Cohen as King Julien never fails to deliver. King Julien is my most favorite character. In this movie, they paired him up with a circus bear.

This song is stuck to my head.


My Grade: B/B+

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Snow White and the Huntsman

snow_white_and_the_huntsmanIn the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

My Review

This movie was set in medieval time giving me the impressions that I am watching something in between Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones. With that in mind, Snow White and the Huntsman failed miserably below par. Incoherent accents, poor acting performance and bad writings basically summed up the movie. The movie basically rewrite the story ending with the huntsman’s kiss awoken Snow White as the possible opening for second installment. I am pretty confident that I will not be paying money to watch the second movie if they decided to make it.

I don’t know the reason why fairy tale especially Snow White are so popular right now. “Mirror Mirror” was another movie released earlier this year with the exact theme and “Once Upon a Time” series on ABC was the other show which has Snow White theme. I actually enjoy the TV series more than this movie. “Mirror Mirror” served its purpose to be a comedy movie. I guess I had higher expectation from this movie. Overall CGI was good with an impressive troll scene.

This movie has the worst and weakest war speech I had ever heard. With that speech, I would rather suffer under the evil queen rule than fight along with Snow White. I was expecting a war speech similar to the one given by Theon Greyjoy in the season two finale of Game of Thrones before he got knocked out by his underlings. That speech can definitely riled up the troops. Charlize Theron seemed to be shouting every time she spoke and she didn’t portrayed the evilness believable for me personally. I would rate Chris Hemsworth the worst narrator of all times. This has been a disappointing summer so far.

My Grade: C/C+

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The False Prince

the_false_princeGoodreads Summary

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

My Review

I bought the book from one of the school book fair. The clean, striking cover caught my attention. I usually don’t buy physical book anymore and I prefer ebook at any time. Since this is a physical book I owned, I don’t get to read it non-stop because I don’t have it with me at all times. Finally I was able to finish reading it last Memorial Day weekend. Once I started the book, it was hard to put it down.

I love Sage rebellious and witty character. Sage is always ahead of his enemies by doing quick thinking on his feet. I am intrigued to see how good slow romance unfold between the two female characters in future books. Don’t expect any head-over-heels falling in love from this book and I find this refreshing.

The excerpt basically gave most of the story away but I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. It was a good twist that earned a spot as one of my favorite book. The book picked up very slow in pace but wrapping it way too fast to my taste. By the time I reached the end, I craved Sage more. I was clinging to my seat so-to-speak as I turned the pages from the last couple of chapters. I am looking forward to reading the second installation from The Ascendance Trilogy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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