Movie Reviews from Brusimm.com

Welcome to MOVIE REVIEWS from Brusimm. Here you get the average-Joe’s perspective on a movie we’ve seen. You won’t get any fancy hub-bub about the director’s style or literary nuances. We look at movies and review them based on what they are, dramatic or popcorn fun. And we tell you if we think it was worthy of digging into our pocket book or if it’s time and money we’ll never get back!

Now You See Me 2 review of an above mediocre film

Now You See Me 2 sees the old gang from the excellent first film back together but this time around, instead of having their victims chasing their own tails, the whole gang themselves are forced to figure a way out of traps and snares set for them by old and new enemies. But this time around, the reveal seems to be more upfront while we watch it unravel, as opposed to the last film, when they let is on on the sneak after the fact.

The old cast from the first film reprise their roles from the first film, with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman while adding Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and a few others.

The first film was a wonderful cat and mouse game between our criminal magicians called The Horsemen and the law.

Now You See Me 2, on Amazon

But unlike the first film, where we are treated to a chase then shown the reveal, this time around we seem to be shown the reveal first then watch the stunt happen or unravel. Depending on the act of the film.

In the first act we watch The Horsemen get kidnapped and forced to commit a high-tech crime. But after they do this crime, they get duped and then look to take their revenge upon their kidnappers.

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Rogue One A Star Wars Story review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (spoiler free review) is wonderful mix of story and action combined to make a great little sub-chapter in the realm of Star Wars in a galaxy, far, far away.

The cast includes Felicity Jones (Jyn), Diego Luna (Cassian), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Forest Whitaker (Saw), & Jimmy Smits.

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Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and as true to form, he does not fail to entertain.

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Edwards can take a story about something huge and make so much more about the details and the people in the story. In his first film, Monsters (our review), it was all about the people with the monsters we hear off in the distance, always creating that unknown tension. In his second film, Godzilla (our review), the big green guy was only on-screen for less than twenty minutes.

BTW, if you ever catch Edwards’ indie film, Monsters, keep in mind that he filmed it himself with just a few people and random extras they encountered on the road and he post-produced in his bedroom.   (Monsters on Amazon)

It was no different here in Rogue One… the story about the people was more captivating than the tale being told in the background. The film presents a rich tapestry of characters without overdoing it. And Edwards taps on some major themes from the franchise while taking a bold a new approach to his presentation of the material.

The third act, when all the action of comes to bear, Edwards spends an equal amount of time between the big action and little stories. Among the huge exploding scenes are poignant personal moments.

All of this while furthering an untold chapter of the Star Wars franchise.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED Review

January 8, 2017

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Irons, is the film adaptation of the video game. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel. This film is yet another attempt at converting a video game franchise into a film franchise, and for the most part, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but that’s only a guess, because I […]

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CAPTAIN AMERICAN: CIVIL WAR, A Spoiler-Filled Retrospect

May 24, 2016

Just in case you missed the title, this is a mostly spoiler-filled conversation about Captain America: Civil War. I will leave some things out just to tease or whet your appetite. The opening paragraphs are safe. – So we’ve had time to digest the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Captain America: Civil War. Unlike the […]

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AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Review: Lots More Of A Good Thing

May 1, 2015

This is SPOILER FREE. Avengers: Age of Ultron brings more of the fantastic group dynamics and well balanced action and story that Joss Whedon is known for, and this film will for sure set some records for sure. It is WELL WORTH the bucks to spend a few hours escaping life, kicking back in a […]

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NOW YOU SEE ME, An Energetic Piece of Fun

March 17, 2015

I finally got around to watching Now You See Me, and to be honest, it was much more entertaining to watch than I had anticipated. Now You See Me is directed by Louis Leterrier, who directed The Transporter films, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk and other fun actioner films. The production team included […]

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THE PURGE: ANARCHY Review (It Isn’t Horrible!)

March 16, 2015

If you saw the first movie in this series, titled The Purge, then you pretty much know what you are in for with this sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. For those of you who have not, the story takes place in a world where once a year all criminal activity is allowed to take place with […]

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PRIVATE PARTS, A Perspective & Review From A Fan

March 16, 2015

Watching Private Parts, the film about Howard Stern’s early days is quite the hoot. It stars, of course, Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris, Gary Dell’Abate, Jackie Martling playing themselves, along with acting talent provided by Mary McCormack, Paul Giamatti, Carol Alt, Kelly Bishop, Allison Janney, Amber Smith and others. This may sound crazy, but […]

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TRANSCENDENCE with Johnny Depp – Review

March 2, 2015

I finally pulled up Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Cole Hauser, Morgan Freeman and Clifton Collins Jr.. (Yes, klooking at the cast you can say Pirates meets Iron Man 3, meets Dark Knight, meets Riddick, meets Pacific Rim!) The movie’s tone starts out dark or slow paced as we […]

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DERAILED (2005) Review

January 25, 2015

Derailed is a fascinating movie riddled with classic plot points and yet we get a series of twists with a proper ending.

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AMERICAN SNIPER Review

January 17, 2015

American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and he does one hell of a job in this role. In the film we learn about the man from his boyhood, through the years of his career as a Navy SEAL sniper and his time afterward, as a family man, and all the […]

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GREEN LANTERN, WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE Animated Reviews

January 9, 2015

The other day/week I was tooling around on Netflix or Amazon Prime or one of those services and decided to sample some animated hero action. I’ve seen some critics take their animated reviews pretty seriously and make it look good. So I thought I’d watch a few cartoons and give you my take on them. […]

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Review of ESCAPE PLAN With Stallone & Schwarzenegger

January 3, 2015

When I tuned into the 2013 movie, Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger, I never thought I’d come away from it saying, “Wow, that was a good movie!” But I did. – Escape Plan is about a man named Ray Breslin (Stallone) who makes a living out of breaking out of prisons and […]

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Charlie Hunnam in THE LEDGE, a Review

January 3, 2015

If you’re a Charlie Hunnam fan, I think you may enjoy this new character from Charlie aside from his Jax or Jaeger pilot characters. – I just caught the Charlie Hunnam starrer, The Ledge (2011) on the Sundance Channel. It’s written and directed by Matthew Chapman (Runaway Jury, Color of Night), and also stars Terrence […]

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POMPEII Review, When Titanic Meets Gladiator

January 1, 2015

Pompeii has quite the cast helmed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who brought us the vehicle for his wife’s career, Milla Jovovich, in the Resident Evil movie franchise. The film story description reads “A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. […]

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THE MONUMENTS MEN Review

December 30, 2014

The Monuments Men is about “An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.” It is directed and written by George Clooney. Clooney is also in the cast and with him stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, […]

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ABOUT TIME (2013) Movie Review

December 12, 2014

The official movie summary for About Time says,”At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.” But […]

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Review of I, FRANKENSTEIN

December 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein hits every level of the entertainment spectrum from delivering canned, boring, and predictable events that can still be perceived as popcorn fun, if you don’t care about the nuances of a story wasted away with a boring delivery. I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as one of the best looking, near male-model Frankenstein monster […]

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