Thursday, August 25, 2016

Don't Breathe Review: Invades with Intense Thrills!

While it is not a tradition, it seems common for the summer season to end with a horror film hitting the scene. Perhaps it is fear of the season ending that gets the movie world into the horror spirit, but whatever the case  may be-it seems like a better time then any to get scared. The latest film in the genre does not deal with the likes of ghosts or demons but rather  pertains in the realm of the home invasion subgenre. This concept is no stranger to the likes of horror or thriller films, but it is rare to see a home invasion movie making the invaders the victims; and that is what precisely happens in Don't Breathe. Directed by Fede Alvarez Don't Breathe seek to be a different kind of home invasion film thanks to its unique premise. Yet could this horror film stand out from the rest or will the summer season end with thriveless scare?

Don't Breathe centers on three teenagers: Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto). The trio have made a living robbing houses of their valuables so they can leave Detroit; particularly Rocky whom wants to get her sister away from her deadbeat parents. Luck comes the group's way when Money discovers a home with over 300k inside, and the only resident in the house is a blind man (Stephen Lang). Sure enough the three break into the home in the middle of the night expecting a simple score; but it turns out to be nightmare for the group as they discover that there is more to the Blind Man then meets the eye.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kubo and The Two Strings Review: An Adventurous Classic from Laika Entertainment

Since 2009 Laika Entertainment has graced the silver screen with their stop-motion animated features. It began with the craziness that was Coraline, continued with the spookiness of ParaNorman and followed by the zaniness of  The Boxtrolls. Now Laika takes moviegoers on a massive adventure with Kubo and the Two Strings. Directed by the CEO of Laika Entertainment, Travis Knight, Kubo and the Two Strings surrounded itself with supernatural themes and placed itself into realm of ancient Japan. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, Kubo and the Two Strings made an impression in its trailers by featuring a big time adventure with stellar animation. So does Kubo and the Two Strings do honor to Laika Entertainment, or does this animated feature get lost on its quest?

This animated feature centers on Kubo (Art Parkinson): a one eyed boy who lives in hiding with his mother. After staying out during the sunset, Kubo is discovers by his mother's sisters (Rooney Mara) whom are moon spirits that have come for Kubo other eye. After his mother sacrifices herself, Kubo is sent off to find his father's armor with the help of Monkey (Charlize Theron): a wooden charm brought to life thanks to the magic of Kubo's mother. On their quest the two meet up with a cursed warrior named Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) and together the three set off to find the magical armor that will protect Kubo from the Moon King.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pete's Dragon Review: Disney Remake Is A Charming Yet Tame Experience

Disney have been busy as of late with the likes of their retelling to their animated classics. This trend of films has been successful for the studio with movies such as The Jungle Book being a hit earlier this year. So perhaps it is easy enough to believe that Walt Disney would develop a straight up remake to one of their films. Such is the case for the latest adventure from Walt Disney Studios: Pete's Dragon. Pete's Dragon is based on the 1977 film about a boy named Pete who befriends a dragon that only appears to the young orphan. Judging from the remake's trailers, it would appear that the 2016 film would follow in similar footsteps to its predecessor; albeit with its own sense of direction. So is this remake a magical time at the movies or is Pete's Dragon unable to soar to great heights?

The film's story centers on Pete (Oakes Fegely): a boy who gets lost in the woods after an accident killed his parents. Yet Pete was able to survive thanks to meeting a dragon that he calls Elliott. For six years Pete and Elliot lived happily in the woods, but all of that changes when Pete encounters the forest ranger Grace Meacham (Bryce Dallas Howard). After Pete gets hurt, Grace takes the boy back to town where she hopes to find out more about Pete's background. With Pete not around Elliot finds himself in trouble when the hunter Gavin (Karl Urban) discovers the dragon and decides to catch Elliot in order to get famous.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Suicide Squad Review: Bad in all the Right Ways!

In this day and age when superhero films are a dime and a dozen, it can be difficult  for movie to stand out in this crowded genre. For sometime now moviegoers have seen an array concept from superhero movies such as origin stories and team up films. However of all the type of superhero movie filmmakers can possibly conceive,  one idea that yet transcend to the celluloid format has been the idea of a supervillain film. Supervillains play a major role in comics to the point where certain rogues have received their very own lineup of stories. So it only makes sense that this concept could one day be brought to the silver screen-and that day has finally come. Now in theaters is the next installment in the DC Extended Universe: Suicide Squad. Directed by David Ayer Sucide Sqaud is based on the popular team  from DC Comics that is made up  of an array of villains who are tasked by the government to take on covert missions. With its massive cast, dark humor and exciting action, Suicide Squad looked to be a blockbuster to enjoy this season; but is this supervillain film truly one of a kind or should it have remained behind bars?

Suicide Squad centers on Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) who seeks to bring some of the most notorious criminals together to become an elite task force. Sure enough Waller is successful as she requires villains such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Things go array though when one of Waller's recruits, June Moone/Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) goes rogue and awakens a mystical force in Midway City. To stop Enchantress Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) leads Task Force X into the city to deal with this supernatural threat; but that is easier said than done as the group not only has to deal with the witch's minions but also The Joker (Jared Leto)-who devises a crazy plan to get Harley back.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Star Trek Beyond Review: Exciting Installment in the Star Trek Franchise

When thinking of science fiction moviegoers commonly look towards the likes of Star Wars at being the shining representation of the genre. However there is another series that boldly goes to be the personification of science fiction and that franchise just so happens to be Star Trek. Since its inception on television, Star Trek has played a major role in pop culture with its various television series, books and of course film franchise. Since 2009 Star Trek has ventured on the silver screen with a reboot to the film series which has captured the story of a younger crew to the original Enterprise. Now, to commemorate the series' anniversary, the adventure that started  seven years ago continues again in the new film Star Trek Beyond. The third installment to the rebooted franchise see Justin Lin as the film's director; whom takes the helm from J.J Abrams. With star Simon Pegg helping with the script, Star Trek Beyond looked to be an exciting (albeit excessive) summer blockbuster; but does the new entry boldly take the series to new heights or does Star Trek Beyond find itself lost in space?

Star Trek Beyond centers on the crew of the Enterprise whom are continuing their five year journey through space. Contemplating his future in starfleet, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his fellow crew into an unknown nebula after receiving a distress call from another ship. However the Enterprise is lured into a trap which leads to the destruction of the famed starship. Stranded on an unknown planet, Kirk and the crew must find a way home; but that seems easier said than done as the villains Krall (Idris Elba) is determined to hunt them for an artifact that can help the alien to purge the galaxy.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ghostbusters Review: 2016 Reboot is Mild at Best!

There are many franchises that have helped to define the world of movies, but perhaps none may be as cherished as the likes of Ghostbusters. In 1984 director Ivan Reitman, along with writers/stars Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis, created one of the most beloved comedies of the 80's. While the film has only had two films to its name, Ghostbusters has been able to expand its fandom with the likes of television, comics and video games. The idea of a new Ghostbusters film has been talked about for many years now; and while many have hoped for the day that Ghostbusters 3 would appear on the silver screen, that day has never come. However that is not to say that the Ghostbusters would not return to the big screen as now in theaters is a reboot to series. Directed by Paul Feig, Ghostbusters takes a new spin on the series by having a female Ghostbuster team. Despite the controversy surrounding the film, there was no denying that this reboot was among one of the most anticipated films to see season; but does Ghostbusters truly answer the call for fans everywhere?

Ghostbusters centers on Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig): a scientist who has put her investigation on the supernatural behind her. However Erin gets back into her roots after she and her old friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) discover a malevolent ghost haunting a building. After this discovery, and loosing her job, Erin joins Abby on a new expedition to find and catch ghosts. Together with the engineer Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) and the MTA Worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) the four become the group known as the Ghostbusters. While learning how to catch ghosts, the four ladies discovers that someone is trying to pull the spirit world into the physical one, and it up to them to save New York.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The BFG Review: Big Adventure is Charming and Creative

If there is one filmmaker who has helped to define the term movie magic it would have to be Stephen Spielberg. For years Spielberg has brought some of the biggest films to life from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Jurassic Park. It has come to the point where the director's reputation has helped to define the term blockbuster. So what happens when this acclaimed filmmaker collaborates with Walt Disney Pictures for the very first time in his career?  Evidently you get the film known as The BFG. This new fantasy adventure is not your typical blockbuster as it comes from the 1982 novel by Roald Dahl; the author behind stories like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So when you have the creativity of Roald Dahl being adapted by the likes of Stephen Spielberg, there is no doubt that there could be enormous possibilities for the blockbuster. Yet is The BFG a worthy adaption to the Dahl's novel, or does this big time adventure get cut down to size?

The story of The BFG follows a young girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill). One night when roaming the halls of the orphanage, Sophie sees a massive creature roaming the streets. It turns out this creature is a giant that goes by the name the Big Friendly Giant; which Sophie renames BFG (Mark Rylance). Once being seen BFG takes Sophie to his home where the two unlikely misfits form a friendship. However trouble finds the duo when a band of giants led by the Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) wreck havoc in both giant country and England. So to stop these massive bullies, Sophie and BFG come up with a plan to get rid of the gang and it involves getting help from the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton).