Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 18, 2016 by  

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is an adaptation of sorts of a 2001 publication J.K. Rowling made under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. The book is meant to be a scrapbook journal of fantastical creatures that Scamander has found and cared for throughout his life. He is mentioned briefly in the first “Harry Potter” book, but he does not appear in any of the books or films. The book itself did not have its own story or narrative, it was just meant to be a companion... Keep Reading...

Doctor Strange

November 8, 2016 by  

The Marvel Universe, like any universe, can always welcome Benedict Cumberbatch with open arms. He takes the character of Doctor Strange–that’s his real name, not just his super hero name–an arrogant, callous, selfish surgeon who is involved in a car crash that nearly destroys his hands. This of course renders him useless as a surgeon; and even though the crash was 100% his fault, he still goes on a quest to try and heal his hands because he doesn’t think that maybe he deserves... Keep Reading...

Star Trek Beyond

July 26, 2016 by  

The third installment of the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise takes the best elements of the 2009 film and leaves out the weakest elements of the 2013 sequel, “Into Darkness”. The series has hit its stride with “Star Trek Beyond”, this time directed by Justin Lin (“The Fast and Furious” series), and packs an entertaining punch while also keeping a comic tone intact. The screenplay was co-written by Simon Pegg, who plays Montgomery Scott on board the Enterprise.... Keep Reading...

Independence Day: Resurgence

June 29, 2016 by  

Back in the spring of 1996, I was a junior in high school, and I was intrigued by a very short but extremely effective movie trailer: July 2nd, they arrive. July 3rd, they attack. July 4th is…Independence Day. And a lot of things blowing up. It was as simple a concept as you could have, and yet it was all I needed to be absolutely stoked to see what “Independence Day” had to offer. Back then, there was really no internet (although I was a frequent patron of America On-Line and its... Keep Reading...

10 Cloverfield Lane

March 16, 2016 by  

“Cloverfield” was a 2008 monster movie that wanted to be part “Blair Witch Project”, part “Independence Day”, and part “Godzilla”. For me, the film failed to even be close to any of those in quality and in execution. The characters were at best boring, at worst irritating; and the film’s guerrilla-style camerawork was either dizzying or too unfocused and felt forced as “amateurish”. Every actor was too good looking to be considered... Keep Reading...

The VVitch

February 22, 2016 by  

“The Witch” is an ambitious horror film that is billed as “A New England Folktale”. It centers around a family in the 17th century, during the height of the Salem witch trials, that leaves a plantation due to disagreements that the father in the family has with the congregation. The father, William (Ralph Ineson), is devoutly religious and definitely Puritan, and believes that the family could do God’s work better on their own. This leads to them being banished, and... Keep Reading...

The Revenant

January 28, 2016 by  

“The Revenant” is a brutal film to watch, and can make one feel a bit unclean after viewing it. It’s the kind of film you’re glad you saw, and are even more glad you’ll never have to see it again. The film stars Leonard DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, an expert tracker and fur trapper, who assists a group of trappers led by Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), and is mauled by a bear after fleeing from a tribe of Arikara who ambushes them. The group is less than thrilled to be with... Keep Reading...

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

December 23, 2015 by  

“Star Wars” has become less a film franchise and more a cultural phenomenon in the past decade, and a new film–the first not to be helmed by George Lucas–seems almost moot when it comes to critiquing its merits as a film. We know what to expect at this point. Episodes IV, V, and VI all told the story of the Rebellion versus the Galactic Empire. Small fry versus big guy. David vs. Goliath. It was a story we all could relate to; we all wanted to be like Han Solo, but were probably... Keep Reading...

Krampus

December 7, 2015 by  

The opening sequence of the holiday comedy/horror film “Krampus” should tell you exactly where writer/director Michael Dougherty (“Trick R Treat”) is coming from and what kind of story he is going to tell with this darkly comic romp. It opens with “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby, set to scenes of impatient shoppers ravaging malls and knocking people over to get the last hot toy or gift on the shelves. The contrast is obvious... Keep Reading...

Creed

December 1, 2015 by  

“Creed” is technically the seventh “Rocky” film, and it’s probably the best since the original “Rocky” in 1976. While “Rocky Balboa” was a great apology for “Rocky V”, “Creed” is a fresh start that begins a new legacy and starts to say good-bye to an old one. The film opens up with Creed as a young boy, known as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, who seems to be a magnet for fighting at the juvenile correctional facility... Keep Reading...

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