Posts tagged "summer"

Summer Movie Forecast 2018

Summer Movie Forecast 2018
If I’m getting a late start on this year’s Summer Movie Forecast, it’s only because the summer movie season keeps getting earlier. With the release of Avengers: Infinity War a week early – on April 26 – summer officially began in April. Soon, we’ll just have huge blockbusters all year round. Black Panther is just... Read more »

Movie Review - Avengers: Infinity War

Movie Review - Avengers: Infinity War
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Genre: Superhero Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 159 mins. Premise: Thanos sets out to collect all six Infinity stones so he can wipe out half of the population on every planet. It’s up to the Avengers to stop him. Behind-the-Scenes: Marvel has been building up to this movie for the past 10... Read more »

Summer Movie Scorecard 2017

Summer Movie Scorecard 2017
With Labor Day right around the corner, and nothing save for a 40th anniversary re-issue of Close Encounters of the Third Kind worth seeing in theaters, I think it’s safe to say that the summer movie season is officially over. What to make of this summer? Well, it was one dominated by one good-to-great superhero... Read more »
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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 »