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'Mummy' doesn't do enough to revive franchise
Another blockbuster, another attempted franchise starter.

But instead of just franchises, nowadays studios are clinging to the shared universe concept brought on by Marvel in 2008 with "Iron Man." Personally, it never seemed like a good idea because eventually you'll end up contradicting things and digging a hole too deep to get out of.

Friday, June 16, 2017

'Dead Men' tells tale we've already seen
Tell me if this sounds familiar: a bunch of undead people search for a treasure on an island which can't be found to free them from a curse. Oh, and they can't step on dry land.
Friday, June 2, 2017

'Zookeeper' tackles familiar story with familiar stakes
In a genre favorite to filmmakers and storytellers alike, World War II is a stomping ground for stories, particularly involving the Holocaust. But in a medium where so many of those stories have been told, it's not often we are treated to fresh tales, which is where "The Zookeeper's Wife" comes in.
Friday, May 12, 2017

Talented cast can't keep 'The Circle' from collapsing
Oh, man. I had so much anticipating for this film.

And oh, man, is it so much of a let down, to put it politely.

"The Circle" holds an extremely relevant story to today's world - that of constant connectivity with everyone else around us through technology. On some levels, we're already there. People use their phones, computers, any screen for the majority of their day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Autism in pop culture
Rain Man

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, this Hollywood hit focuses on the relationship between a self-centered man and his brother who is known to be an autistic savant.

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Beast" as beautiful as ever
As one of Disney's most famous musicals, it'd be hard to find someone who didn't know a song from 1991's "Beauty and the Beast." Whether it be the opening song 'Belle,' Lumière's 'Be Our Guest," or even the titular song 'Beauty and the Beast,' at some point you're likely to have seen at least part of the film.
Friday, March 24, 2017

Top 10 Films of 2016
It's been another great year of films in 2016. From small indie films to large blockbusters superhero flicks, I've seen more than my fair share and eventually found what I consider to be the ones that stand out above the rest.
Friday, February 17, 2017

"La La Land" dazzles in every aspect
A modern musical. If you had said that kind of film would be made in 2016 and pretty much own the film world for the last two months, I would've though you were crazy.
Friday, February 10, 2017

'Rogue One' delivers galaxy far, far away's best since 'Empire'
In the first anthology film in the "Star Wars" franchise, a lot rides on "Rogue One" to succeed. And it's easy to say that it will.
Friday, December 23, 2016

'Allied' soars with impressive leads
1942.

Casablanca.

During the height of World War II, we meet a pair of spies, one male, Canadian, and one female, French, tasked with assassination the German ambassador to Morocco. Having never met before, the two carry out the task, falling for each other along the way. (subscriber access)

Friday, December 2, 2016

'Fantastic Beasts' is a pretty 'Potter' prequel
Casting is still the greatest part of any of the "Potter" films, and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which came out Friday, is no exception. Every character and actor matching is as if they were bred for each other.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

'Doctor Strange' offers fresh story to Marvel
Just when you thought Marvel couldn't add anymore elements to their already stacked palette, they throw "Doctor Strange" at us. (subscriber access)
Thursday, November 10, 2016

'Hacksaw Ridge' delivers masterpiece
"Let me get one more."

And he definitely got more.

"Hacksaw Ridge" follows Desmond Doss during World War II, where Doss became the first person to receive the Medal of Honor while being a conscientious objector, refusing to harm another person.(subscriber access)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

'Inferno' barely escapes from hell
800 years ago, Dante created our modern perception of hell, enlightening us with his tale of traveling through its depths and back in his "Divine Comedy."

800 years later, the work is used as a terrorist plot to solve the world's problem with overpopulation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

'The Accountant' succeeds despite trying too hard
Ever wanted to be an accountant?

No?

How about an assassin accountant?

Never crossed my mind either, which turned out to be an interesting facet of Warner Bros.' "The Accountant."

Friday, October 21, 2016

A parallel world of the 'Toy Story' franchise - 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Disney was no doubt inspired by the world of the “Toy Story” franchise when creating “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Friday, November 16, 2012

A quirky, whimsical young-love story
If you’ve seen “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” or “The Darjeeling Limited,” you know that director Wes Anderson has a style in and of his own.
Friday, September 14, 2012

A gangster film with a small town feel

By the end of this film, you forget that it’s based on a true story. 

At least, I did.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Movie Review: 'Spider-Man' - It's an amazing web he weaves
Hollywood has always had its pulse on the American psyche – producing films that not only entertain but provide an intimate look into who we are at that specific point in time.
Friday, July 13, 2012

Movie Review: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
In today's day and age, the issues portrayed in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" are not relevant.
Friday, April 27, 2012


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