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We review, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising “A laugh out loud riot of fun.” -MR

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Produced by
Written by
Based on Characters
by Andrew J. Cohen
Brendan O’Brien
Starring
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Edited by Zene Baker
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 20, 2016 (United States)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[2]
Box office $53.5 million[3]

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising[4] (released as Bad Neighbours 2 outside North America) is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Stoller, Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Neighbors and stars Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz. It was released on May 20, 2016, in the United States, received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $53 million.[3][5]

Plot

The film starts with Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) trying to have sex. Kelly starts feeling nauseous and burps a lot before finally throwing up on Mac’s face. She then announces that she might be pregnant. The Radners are trying to sell their home with the arrival of another baby. A couple, the Baiers’ (Sam Richardson and Abbi Jacobson) are looking to buy, but the realtor (Liz Cackowski) tells Mac and Kelly that their house is in escrow for 30 days, so the Baiers’ will check in every now and then to make sure everything is going okay. Little Stella (Elise and Zoey Vargas) then enters with one of Kelly’s dildos. At work, Mac has lunch with Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz). Like the Radners, Jimmy and his once-again wife Paula (Carla Gallo) are expecting a baby. Mac is a little nervous about having another kid, but he thinks he’ll do a fine job as he and Kelly have done well with Stella.

Somewhere on campus, a group of freshmen girls are gathered at a meeting for the sorority Phi Lamda. One girl, Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), sparks up a joint as the president (Selena Gomez) is speaking. She tells Shelby to put out the joint and says that sororities can’t throw parties, so they just attend frat parties. That night, Shelby meets two other freshmen, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein). They attend a frat party, but they’re all disgusted by the sexist and perverse nature of the party. They go back to their dorm to pass a joint, which is Nora’s first time doing drugs. She immediately falls in love with them. The RA enters and scolds the girls for smoking weed. Shelby then stands up and says it’s unfair that they have to subject to a misogynistic system and to be told what to do by men. They decide to create their own sorority, Kappa Nu.

We catch up with Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) at a dinner with his old frat brothers Pete (Dave Franco), Scoonie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and Garf (Jerrod Carmichael). Since graduating, Scoonie has launched his own app, and Garf became a cop. Teddy hasn’t been able to get a good job since his antics as a frat boy led to him getting a criminal record (which he blames on the Radners). Pete’s boyfriend Darren (John Early) then proposes to him, and Pete accepts. After the excitement, Pete asks Teddy to move out now that he’s engaged. Teddy agrees, hiding his heartbreak.

The girls meet with another realtor (Billy Eichner) to buy the house next to the Radners. However, it’s way too much for them to afford. Teddy then appears from the darkened living room with a plan for the girls. He tells them to take their money and put it on the down payment, and he will help them earn the money needed to pay for the house, which he says would equal about five buckets of money for a month’s rent. The girls agree. Soon, the girls move in and throw their first party. Mac and Kelly walk over to meet their new neighbors, horrified to learn they are a sorority. The two ask Shelby to try and keep it down for the next month until they can move and be out of their hair, but Teddy appears and tells the Radners he’s in cahoots with the sorority, meaning they’ll have more trouble keeping the buyers from pulling out.

Our Thoughts

This is as funny as can be, at some points. Definitely not for kids. The airbag antics alone are worth the ticket, but there is a serious storyline underneath it all, and make the movie good on a deeper level. There isn’t much original here, but it was a laugh out loud riot of fun. -MR

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We review, Captain America: Civil War “Loved it, but nothing new here.” -MR

Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War
Official poster shows the Avengers team factions which led by Iron Man and Captain America, confronting each other by looking each other, with the film's slogan above them, and the film's title, credits, and release date below them.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
Based on Captain America
by Joe Simon
Jack Kirby
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
Running time
147 minutes[1][2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250 million[3]
Box office $1.059 billion[3]

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurtand Daniel Brühl. In Captain America: Civil War, disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers fractures them into opposing factions – one led by Steve Rogers and the other by Tony Stark.

Development of Civil War began in late 2013 when Markus and McFeely began writing the screenplay, which borrows concepts from the 2006 comic book storyline Civil War. Following positive reactions to test screenings of The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers were brought back to direct in early 2014. The film’s title was revealed in October 2014, along with Downey being added to the cast. Additional cast members joined in the following months. Principal photography began in April 2015 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and continued in the Metro Atlanta area before concluding in Germany in August 2015.

Captain America: Civil War held its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016, and was released in the United States on May 6, 2016. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

Plot

In 1991 the brainwashed super-soldier James “Bucky” Barnes is dispatched from a Hydra base in Siberia to intercept an automobile carrying a case of super-soldier serum. In the present day, approximately one year after Ultron‘s defeat in the nation of Sokovia at the hands of the Avengers,[N 1] Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos. Rumlow blows himself up to avoid capture, and when Maximoff tries to displace the blast into the sky with telekinesis, it destroys a nearby building, killing several Wakandan humanitarian workers.

At the team’s headquarters, U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs them that the United Nations (UN) is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish a UN panel to oversee and control the Avengers. The team is divided: Tony Starksupports oversight because he feels responsible for Ultron’s creation and Sokovia’s destruction, while Rogers has more faith in his own judgment than that of the government. At a conference in Vienna where the accords are to be ratified, a bomb kills KingT’Chaka of Wakanda. Security footage indicates the bomber is Barnes, whom T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa, vows to kill. Informed bySharon Carter of Barnes’ whereabouts and the government’s intentions to kill him, Rogers goes to bring in Barnes—his childhood friend and war comrade—himself. Rogers and Wilson track Barnes to Bucharest and attempt to protect him from the authorities, but all three and T’Challa are arrested.

Helmut Zemo tracks down and kills Barnes’ old Hydra handler, stealing a book containing the trigger words that activate Barnes’ brainwashing. Infiltrating the facility where Barnes is held, Zemo recites the words to make Barnes obey him. He questions Barnes, then sends him on a rampage to cover his own escape. Rogers stops Barnes and sneaks him away. When Barnes regains his senses, he explains that Zemo is the real Vienna bomber and wanted the location of the Siberian Hydra base, where other brainwashed super-soldiers are kept in cryogenic stasis. Unwilling to wait for authorization to apprehend Zemo, Rogers and Wilson go rogue, and recruit Maximoff, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang to their cause. With Ross’s permission, Stark assembles a team composed of Romanoff, T’Challa, James Rhodes, Vision, andPeter Parker to capture the renegades. Stark’s team intercepts Rogers’ team at Leipzig/Halle Airport, where they fight until Romanoff allows Rogers and Barnes to escape. The rest of Rogers’ team is captured and detained at the Raft prison, while Rhodes is partially paralyzed after being inadvertently shot down by Vision, and Romanoff goes into self-imposed exile.

Our Thoughts

This was the typical Hero vs. Hero movie that has been plaguing the theaters as of late. Civil War is a good movie, but so very predictable that there is only one shocker, and it isn’t that Paul Rudd’s Antman made it into a group movie. (But the one surprise is about Antman.) All in all this about like Batman vs Superman, or Freddie vs. Jason, or even Predator vs. Alien. I loved it, but it is nothing new. -MR

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