‘Interstellar’ Review

Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey Anne Hathaway David Oyelowo

Rage rage against the dying of the light. Just one of the famous refrains from Dylan Thomas‘ poem that is recited on an almost consistent basis in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. While it’s a powerful poem that is basically lyrical exposition, it does nothing but remind us about the bleak future that awaits our characters should their mission to save earth by finding a new one in galaxies far away fail.

There is no doubt that Nolan is a master of the filmmaking craft. While the average person does not possess the means to travel to worlds beyond our own, we write stories that have characters who do. And they written in such beautiful and descriptive detail, that makes the reader believe that these worlds actually exist. Now you add a visual medium to that story, it becomes enhanced, more life-like than ever before. There is no doubt that Nolan knows how to use empty space and fill it with beauty. Interstellar throws around plenty of ambition, and has deep-provoking thoughts on science and our relationships to our fellow human beings, but all of that is lost in a poorly written script that has familiar beats. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

‘Dracula Untold’ Movie Review: Generic Fun That Wastes Its Full Potential

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Dracula is a pretty iconic character. Since 1931, the character has seen many revisions and alterations, and numerous origins stories, so to sell first time director Gary Shore‘s Dracula Untold, Universal is pitching this as the untold story of Vlad the Impaler, who would become Dracula, by mixing history (or lack thereof), fiction (there is a whole lot of it), visual effects, and by subtly telling us that he isn’t the only monster to walk the earth. In fact, the film is actually an extension of the larger monster universe that Universal is now building where the classic monsters of yesteryear are now walking amongst us in modern times.

Because everyone else’s films are serialized and building to have larger story arcs, why not use it on the classic monsters that we all know and love. Problem is, Dracula Untold kicks things off in the most generic way. While it is a seemingly fun twist on the iconic character, Dracula Untold wastes a whole lot of potential. Hit the jump for more. [Read more...]

‘Whiplash’ Review: Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons Beat A Bloody Inspiring Drum

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“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than ‘Good Job,'” that’s a line that is used in Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash, and it couldn’t be more true. A film’s perfection defined by the the characters’ search of it is truly rare, and to watch it play out it is bloody strumming glory is both intense and a revelation.

But 2014 has been plagued by mediocrity, films that just settle for the “good job” and nothing more. Bad writing, an oversaturation of visual effects, and a strive to push 40 or so plots for sequels or potential ones into a two hour movie, that’s all we have been getting as of late. Sure there are a few good film’s that squeak by and go against the grain, but we haven’t seen anything as inspiring or as refreshing as Whiplash. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

Movie Review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

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In Disney’s latest live-action family feature we get to see how one kid’s bad luck streak hits every member of his family for his birthday wish. Based on the beloved children’s book by the same name by Judith Viorst, Disney brings an inspired retelling of the classic to modern families.

Hit the jump to read our full review of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day. [Read more...]

‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Review: Formulaic Comedy That Still Manages To Bring The Funny

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It’s pretty easy to be swayed to like a movie looking at the kind of cast it assembled. So when you hear Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Kathryn Hahn, Rose Byrne, and Timothy Olyphant, you might think this is the next best thing. Well, Shawn Levy‘s This Is Where I Leave You barely beats being mediocre by the skin of its teeth.

This Is Where I Leave You has no real plot and follows the basic recipe of the forumalic family drama step by step. That being said, it still some how manages to bring out the laughs, just not in a hysterical way. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

‘Tusk’ Review: Kevin Smith’s Latest Is Strange Masochistic Fun

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The beauty of Tusk is skin deep. On the surface Kevin Smith‘s latest is an ambitious, fun, and whimsy horror flick that truly speaks to the B-rated horror movies we all know and love. It’s what is beneath that skin that worries me a bit. The film has a mix of Human Centipede and Metamorphosis, and with those kinds of inspirations, you’d think that Tusk would live up to its B-rated fun. A24 certainly saw something in the film, as a film like Tusk fits into their mantra. And in a year where the worst could actually end up on this year’s best, Tusk should really be acknowledge for taking the risks, and A24 should be applauded for seeing that Smith’s latest is a risk

It truly takes a lot for Tusk to work, and it works even better when you accept the absurdity of not just the premise of the film, but also how it is executed. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” Review – Is This A Sequel To Kill For?

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. The sequel to 2005's Sin City stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

A total of nine years has passed since the first Sin City was unleashed on us. That movie was an incredible mix of world building, stylish use of CGI, and characters that just lept from the screen. Now, many of the characters we enjoyed are back, with the same visual look of Basin City. You may be wondering is if Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is worth the nearly nine year wait? Read on for my thoughts. [Read more...]

“The Expendables 3″ Review: It May Be The Best Of The Series, But That Isn’t Saying Much

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The Expendables franchise has reached it’s third installment, The Expendables 3, with a possible forth on the way. You’d might think that Lionsgate’s lucrative franchise would get better and more interesting with each and every new installment, but it doesn’t. In fact it feels like you are watching some of the greatest action heroes just putter along and react to whatever explosive scenario they have managed to stumble onto.

But if you take the film for what it is worth, and just watch it for the sheer enjoyment, then it might make the film a little bit less painless to watch. Because there are some really fun moments in the film, hints of humor and self-deprecation, and some nice action sequences. Hit the jump for more. [Read more...]

“What If” Review: A Flawed, But Also Sweet And Sentimental Rom-Com

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It’s been a long time since there has been a good romantic comedy, and even longer that explored the men can just be friends with women or visa versa relationship. That Awkward Moment merely glossed over it by turning it into one of the many subplots, while Friends with Benefits and Just Friends failed to meet expectations. But if there had to be a film that could revive the men can be friends with women romantic comedy genre it would probably have to be What If.

Goon‘s Michael Dowse directed this sweet and sentimental film that is better than the three aforementioned films but not as quite as good as When Harry Met Sally, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. Thanks in part to the cute on screen relationship between Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, What If is the perfect alternative to the summer that is cluttered with summer action blockbusters, and even a better film to watch that those heroes in a half shell. Hit the the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”: Review: All Nonsensical Action With Zero Character And Charm

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were never meant to be taken seriously. In fact they were suppose to be a parody of the modern superhero. They have since then evolved into being one of the many icons in pop culture. Three live action movies and one animated movies – and let’s not forget the comics and countless animated series iterations – later we have reached the point where we needed a CGI live-action hybrid. And while it may be time to introduce these heroes to a new generation, it seemed like a lot of effort went into making this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes – as disposable as possible.

The action is terrifyingly dizzying to a point where it hurts. The characters have near to zero likability. However, the story is somewhat descent. And for once Megan Fox isn’t hypersexualized, but that doesn’t really do anything for the film anyway. There is a lot stacked against this film, and there is very little redeeming factors to it. But that doesn’t make a complete disaster, but it also doesn’t make it something to get excited over.

Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]