Posts tagged "Blockbuster"

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Genre: Comic Book Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: When the galaxy is threatened by the evil Ronan the Accuser, five criminals (including an outlaw who calls himself Star-Lord, a green-skinned mercenary, musclebound revenge-seeker, talking raccoon, and humanoid tree) must put aside their differences to team up and work together... Read more »

Hammering Out... Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Hammering Out... Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. JOHN: Three years ago, I was hugely surprised by how much I enjoyed the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  Having been burned so... Read more »

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Genre: Animated Fantasy Adventure Rating: PG Running Time: 105 mins. Premise: 5 years after the first film, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless, face off against the evil Drago and his army of brainwashed dragons.  Along the way, Hiccup reunites with his long lost mother (voiced... Read more »
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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow
EDGE OF TOMORROW Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 113 mins. Premise: A public relations officer (Tom Cruise) is forced into an epic war with alien squid creatures, and finds himself caught in a time loop, living and dying and repeating the same day over and over.  As he faces the same battle scenarios,... Read more »

Movie Revue: Frozen, Best Man, Dallas Buyers, All Is Lost, Oldboy

Movie Revue: Frozen, Best Man, Dallas Buyers, All Is Lost, Oldboy
Movie Revue is a collection of capsule reviews of some of the latest releases in theaters, On Demand, and everywhere in between. FROZEN.  With Frozen, Disney Animation has officially out-Pixar’d Pixar.  Just look at the last three Disney titles (this, Tangled, Wreck-It-Ralph) compared to Pixar’s (Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University).  Kind of speaks for itself,... Read more »

Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Genre: Action Drama Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 146 mins. Premise: In the wake of their recent victory, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are sent on a Victory Tour of the 12 Districts.  But when their popularity begins to spark rebellion, evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) devises a third... Read more »
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The Fire Rises: Nolan Concludes His "Dark Knight" Trilogy in Stunning, Spectacular Fashion

The Fire Rises: Nolan Concludes His "Dark Knight" Trilogy in Stunning, Spectacular Fashion
First things first, The Dark Knight Rises is not The Dark Knight.  Check those expectations at the door.  Heath Ledger is gone, and nobody will ever replace his iconic Joker.  The Dark Knight is a modern masterpiece and was robbed of a Best Picture Oscar (to say nothing of a nomination even).  Christopher Nolan set... Read more »

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman & Robin (1997)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman & Robin (1997)
BATMAN & ROBIN (1997) Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  What started as a runaway pop cultural juggernaut under Burton had, by 1997, devolved into a joke.  And not even a funny joke – a pathetic one.  I’m sure there are worse superhero films that have been made, I just can’t think of any.  Batman... Read more »

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Forever (1995)

The Dark Knight Retrospective: Re-Watching Batman Forever (1995)
BATMAN FOREVER (1995) Warner Bros. made a concerted effort away from the gothic stylings of Tim Burton when it hired Joel Schumacher to direct the third Batman film.  Schumacher has long been a director of more style than substance, and the Batman franchise let him indulge all of his worst, over-the-top instincts.  Though Burton stayed... Read more »
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This Spider-Man Reboot Is Far From "Amazing"

This Spider-Man Reboot Is Far From "Amazing"
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Genre: Superhero/Comic Book/Action Premise: High school student Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) gets bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers.  He takes to fighting crime, while figuring out the mystery behind his parents’ disappearance/death, romancing Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and taking on a formidable foe in a mutated scientist called the Lizard (Rhys... Read more »