Posts tagged "summer"

Movie Review: The Dark Tower

Movie Review: The Dark Tower
THE DARK TOWER Genre: Fantasy/Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 95 mins. Premise: Jake Chambers is gifted/cursed with the “Shining” and discovers a dimension to another world where he becomes the pawn of an eternal battle between the heroic Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the evil Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Behind-the-Scenes: Based on a beloved series of books by... Read more »

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Homecoming

Movie Review - Spider-Man: Homecoming
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 133 mins. Premise: Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is juggling the demands of high school with his “internship” for Stark Industries, but when he stumbles upon underground arms deals involving alien tech, it leads him to the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton). With the Avengers focused elsewhere, it’s... Read more »

Movie Review: Baby Driver

Movie Review: Baby Driver
BABY DRIVER Genre: Musical Car Chase Action Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 113 mins. Premise: Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver who drowns out the ringing in his ear by listening to music. After completing “one last job” he is forced into taking what could be his most dangerous drive yet. Behind-the-Scenes: Edgar Wright has been dreaming up this movie... Read more »
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Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 8 (June 20, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 8 (June 20, 1997)
This weekend sees the limited release of interesting, well-received movies like Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and the Kumail Nanjiani-starring The Big Sick, but folks in Chicago and anywhere else that isn’t NY or LA are out of luck on that front. We’ll have to wait for those movies to expand next week. Until then, the sole... Read more »

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)
THE MUMMY Genre: Horror Adventure Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 110 mins. Premise: Renegade adventurer Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) discovers an ancient tomb, housing an evil Egyptian princess named Ahmanet, and accidentally unleashes her, setting off a chain of events that throws all of London into chaos. Behind-the-Scenes: This is the first in Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” series of films centered on... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 6 (June 6, 1997)
This weekend sees the release of what is being largely hailed as “The Worst Tom Cruise Movie Ever”. Yes, I’m talking about Universal’s kick-off to its new Dark Universe franchise, another reboot of The Mummy. Expect bigger overseas grosses than here domestically, where it will probably lose the weekend box office crown to Wonder Woman. On a... Read more »
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Hammering Out... Wonder Woman

Hammering Out... Wonder Woman
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie. Next up: WONDER WOMAN. JOHN: In the lead up to its release, Wonder Woman was facing an extraordinary amount of pressure. Not just on Warner Bros. and DC’s Extended Universe, which were in dire need of a critical... Read more »

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 5 (May 30, 1997)
This weekend sees the much anticipated release of DCEU’s Wonder Woman. It enters the marketplace riding a wave of hot buzz, strong reviews (check back for my take), and idiotic controversies over some woman-only screenings at Alamo Drafthouse. Oh, and Captain Underpants is also being released. May 30, 1997 Big News Story: Mariah Carey and her record... Read more »

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Movie Review - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 129 mins. Premise: Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) chases down a McGuffin – er, the trident of Poseidon – with an old enemy (Javier Bardem) hot on his trail and out for revenge. Behind-the-Scenes: Though the series has seen diminishing box office returns domestically, the last... Read more »
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Movie Review - Alien: Covenant

Movie Review - Alien: Covenant
ALIEN: COVENANT Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Rating: R Running Time: 122 mins. Premise: A crew of romantically entangled shipmates head to a remote planet to colonize it, only to discover something distinctly “alien” threatening their very existence. Behind-the-Scenes: After debuting to $51M and a wave of pre-release hype surrounding director Ridley Scott’s return to the franchise, 2013’s Prometheus quickly developed a... Read more »