Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Accountant Review: Calculates to Success

The idea of crime is no stranger to the world of film. For many years the concept of criminal actions have played a role in the movie in a variety of genres. One of these film types is the likes of action thriller which tends to appear in the cinema season. Yet with so many thrilling films that deal with criminal acts, it can be hard for a single movie to stand out from the rest. This may not be the case for the latest action thriller in theaters: The Accountant. Directed by Gavin O’Connor, The Accountant deals with a man who deals with the finances of criminals and the mystery that surrounds him. With a tense tone and formidable looking cast The Accountant looked to be thrilling time at the movies, but could this crime film calculate it chances for success?

The Accountant centers on Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck): an autistic accountant with a firm in a small town. Yet things are not what they seem as Christian’s office is just a cover for the Accountant’s real work which deals with him consulting for major criminal organizations. Christian’s latest works deals with him checking the books of a robotics company run by Lamar Blackburn (John Lithgow). After meeting the company’s accountant, Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), and figuring out numbers Christian finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy as employees are being taken out by the hitman Braxton (Jon Bernthal). In order to protect Dana, Christian hunts down Braxton and the person who hired him. Meanwhile Treasury agents Raymond King (JK Simmons) and  Marybeth Medina (Cynthia Addai Robinson) investigate Christian and his true identity.

Film Ventures: The Accountant

On Film Ventures, Timdiana reacts to the new action thriller: The Accountant. Is it a must see for the fall season? Find out now!

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Film Ventures: Doctor Strange IMAX Preview

Film Ventures returns as Timdiana checks out the IMAX Preview to Doctor Strange. Does the preview raise the excitement for the film? Find out on Film Venture.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Review: Peculiar in Many Ways!

If there is one filmmaker who has a sense of imagination it would no doubt be Tim Burton. For years Burton  has brought his twisted vision to the silver screen in a variety of films; and while the director has had his share of hit and misses, there is no denying that a Burton film has the ability to stand out from the crowd. So perhaps Burton was the right person for the job to bring the likes of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children to the silver screen. Based on the novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children centers on a boy who discovers a mysterious orphanage on a Welch Island that houses kids with peculiar abilities. With its concept and creative visuals this film looked like a must see for the fall season, but is Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children a fantasy experience worth seeing?

The story of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children centers on Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield): an average boy who resides in Florida. Tragedy strikes Jake when his grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp), is mysteriously murdered. Investigating his grandfather’s belongings, Jake discovers that Abe was connected to an orphanage located on Welsh Island. Jake journeys to the island only to find the orphanage is destroyed. However Jake is greeted by Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell) and the other peculiar children who take Jake into the past where the home still stands. There Jake meets Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). There Miss Peregrine explains Abe’s connection to the orphanage which then leads to Jake discovering that he himself is a Peculiar. As Jake discovers a place where he fits in, he realizes that the orphanage is in danger by the group known as the Wights, led by Mr.Barron(Samuel L.Jackson), who seek Miss Peregrine in order to achieve their plan of immortality.

Deepwater Horizon Review: Biographical Disaster Film is a Thrilling Rush

The concept of movie basing themselves on true events is no stranger to the world of cinema. Not only has this concept played a role on film for years but the genre has only gained momentum as this year alone has featured several movies based on real stories; from dramas like Sully to upcoming releases such as Hacksaw Ridge. The newest film to hold this moniker is none other than Deepwater Horizon. Directed Peter Berg and based on the novel by David Barstow, David Rohde and Stephanie Saul, this new disaster film reflects on the 2010 incident that led to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. With a big cast and a even bigger concept this disaster film had much going for it; but could Deepwater Horizon be a film that not only did the events justice but be a must see flick for the year?

The story retells the events that led to the 2010 oil spill. Driller Mike Williams (portrayed by Mark Wahlberg) prepares for three weeks of work on the Deepwater Horizon along with fellow workers Andrea Fleytas (portrayed by Gina Rodriguez) and Jimmy “Mr.Jimmy”Harrell (portrayed by Kurt Russell). Upon their arrival, Mike and Jimmy realize that workers have been sent home thanks to BP employee Donald Vidrine (portrayed by John Malkovich) who wants speed up production so that they can make their deadline. After a questionable test in the drill’s pressure the crew proceed for a long night of work, but what they get instead is the worst oil spill in US history.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Magnificent Seven Review: Stellar Remake, Magnificent Western

Remakes are a dime and a dozens these days. In recent years moviegoers have seen a wide variety of classic movies return to the silver screen with new renditions as genres such as action, horror and even musicals have played a part on this new trend. Even the likes of Westerns have been no stranger to remakes. Although the genre may not be as prevalent as other movie types some classic tales of the old west have received retelling in recent years; and another one can be added to that list as now in theaters is none other than The Magnificent Seven. Directed by Antoine Fuqua this new western is based on the 1960 film by John Sturges-which incidentally is based on the 1954 movie Seven Samurai. Like any remake the new Magnificent Seven has a lot to live up to as its predecessor is regarded as one of the best westerns ever made. So can this new take do justice to the name Magnificent Seven or is this western dead to rights?

The Magnificent Seven centers on bounty hunter Sam Chisolm(Denzel Washingtom). The outlaw is hired by Emma Cullen(Haley Bennett) and the resident of Rose Creek to protect their town from the villainous Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) who wants the town for its land. In order to fight Bogue’s army Sam gets the help from other outlaws which includes the gambler Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), the sharpshooter Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), an assassin named Billy Rocks (Byung-hun Lee), the Mexican Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rufio), the comanche Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier) and the tracker Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio). Together the seven band together to run Bogue’s goons out of town and help the residents of Rose Creek to fight off the notorious industrialist.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blair Witch Review: A Thrilling Found Footage Experience

In 1999 the world of horror was forever changed thanks to the movie known as The Blair Witch Project. Not only was the film highly regarded by both critics and moviegoers, but the movie helped to pave the way for others found footage flicks (for better or for worse). With it being 17 years since the movie’s release, it felt like moviegoers would not be heading back into Black Hills any time soon; but then again it is best to never say never. Earlier this year a film entitled “The Woods” was advertised for a fall release. There was a great deal of mystery that surrounded this film, and apparently it was for good reason as during the San Diego Comic-Con Lionsgate revealed that this horror movie would no longer be “The Woods”-but rather Blair Witch. Directed by Adam Wingard, Blair Witch would be a direct sequel to the 1999 film. With the movie’s intention being revealed, one could only imagine what could be in store for this film. So is Blair Witch worthy of its name, or is this found footage sequel better off lost?

Blair Witch takes place years after the events of the first film as James (James Allen McCune) searches for his missing sister Heather: who was one of the member of the original Blair Witch Project. Being documented by fellow classmate Lisa (Callie Hernandez) James along with his friends Peter and Ashley (Brandon Scott and Corbin Reid) go into the Black Hills to find Heather. Aided by residents Lane and Talia (Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry) the group spends a night in the woods, and they soon discover that there is a reason why to fear the name Blair Witch.