“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Review

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Each and every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not an ordinary superhero film, but a superhero film with a sub-genre. It’s the perfect formula to keep these films fresh and interesting. Iron Man fits the technological-genre of the film, while Thor gives the universe a more fantastical touch. Which leaves Captain America to be the more grounded of the three by using war and political themes, and with Captain America: The Winter Soldier those themes hit closer to home, especially with the ongoing current events with Russia, drones, and the NSA. But that is for another report on a completely different website.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has an absolutely fantastic and engaging story that couldn’t have come at a better time. There are characters wrapped up in a story full of mistrust, political conspiracy, drones, lies, and fear. Everything that happens in this film will set the stage for what happens in both Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“The Raid 2″ Review

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For all intents and purposes the end of The Raid signified that Rama’s story was only just beginning, and that there were more powerful forces at play than we were led to believe. The first Raid was a very quiet hit at film festivals, and even a quieter hit with the general audience. However the numbers were strong enough to get a sequel into production. After all, the film did end on a cliffhanger of sorts.

So with the action exiting the building and taking place in what looks like the entire country of Indonesia, Gareth Evans created an all too familiar story, which looks like it was based on another story, which is actually based on another story that runs far too long than it should suppose to. But with gritty action and gorgeous fight choreography, The Raid 2 is destined to be another great action film. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“Muppets Most Wanted” Review

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Muppets Most Wanted opens up with a number called The Sequel Song that contains the lyric: “The sequel’s never quite as good” That can be true for most of the sequels that are released, and there are a lot of them. But those lyrics just shows how meta Muppets Most Wanted really is, because it’s true, this sequel isn’t as good as the first. Still the film is not a complete and total loss for it still packs that Muppet punch with catchy tunes, hilarious cameos from humans and Muppets alike, and clever gags. Hit the jump to read the full review. [Read more...]

“Need For Speed” Review

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Try not to think of Need For Speed as a Fast And Furious knockoff. Sure it’s got all the necessary components of a Fast and Furious film: hot cars, big action stunts, a relatively good looking cast, but Need For Speed manages to cross the finish line on the skin of its teeth.

So drawing on familiar themes seen in films like Smoky and the Bandit, The French Connection, and other classic films that use high speed chase scenes without the benefits of a green screen, Need For Speed actually thrives on its stunts, but a half descent plot with a cast looking like they are uninterested in where they are going bring the film down. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“300: Rise of an Empire” Review

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When I saw 300 eight years ago, I was just a passive bystander of geekery, but I loved that movie for it’s stylized and badass ways. I didn’t really have a way to articulate how cool I thought 300 was back then. Now, I have a few more tools available with which to geek out, and a sequel (of sorts) called 300: Rise of an Empire to review. Hit the jump to see if Rise is as good as its predecessor. [Read more...]

“Non-Stop” Review (Kevin’s Take)

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What makes a movie good? Does it has to have a great setting? A great plot? Can a movie that looks cheesy on paper actually be good through execution? Non-Stop is our chance to look at a movie that, by all accounts, looks as if the plot was written on a napkin. This includes action at high altitudes while cramped into a tiny space while an evil mastermind pulls us in all sorts of directions. Hit the jump and let’s take a closer look. [Read more...]

“Non-Stop” Review

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Liam Neeson refuses to let his age bring him down. Taken, Taken 2, The Grey, and Unknown, is proof that a grizzled old man is the last person you want to cross. So why not take all four aspects of the character from the three aforementioned movies, and stick the same character in a 60 foot tube hundreds of thousands of miles above ground. Add a mystery hostage twist, and you get yourself Non-Stop. Basically one giant mash up of Neeson’s previous films confined to the space of a 747, with a plot so far-fetched that as the film goes on, ideas run thin before they can be stretched out. Hit the jump for the full review. [Read more...]

“3 Days To Kill” Review

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Kevin Costner has been busy. Last year was Man of Steel, and this year we’ve already seen him in the sub-par Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. This time around, we have Costner┬áin a leading role as an action star. In 3 Days to Kill, Costner plays a dying, badass secret service agent trying to reconnect with his daughter. When he’s forced back into the field by an unusual possibility, all sorts of craziness ensues. Hit the jump to see what I thought of this new action film. [Read more...]

“The Wind Rises” Review: A Fitting And Heartfelt Swan Song For One Of The World’s Greatest Filmmakers

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If you were to look through Hayao Miyazaki’s entire filmography you will find there is one common theme that makes those films uniquely his, and that is the majesty of flight. If it wasn’t a witch on a broomstick flying through the sky or a giant Totoro gliding on the wind, it was a giant floating castle in the sky. The list could go on and on, but the point is that Miyazaki’s love for all things that fly carried over to every single one of his works in some form or another.

So it seems almost fitting that Miyazaki’s reportedly final feature film as director The Wind Rises is not only a biographical look at the life and times of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who was responsible for Japan’s aeronautical revolution just before World War 2, but it is also the first film from the renowned director that feels deeply personal on a level unseen before now. Read the full review after the break. [Read more...]

“RoboCop” Review

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Here’s a reboot I didn’t think anyone wanted, didn’t think was going to be any good, and generally considered problematic. I was curious about some of the actors here, including Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and Joel Kinnaman. I wasn’t expecting this to be amazing, but I sure was hoping that it would be good, and didn’t try to replicate what the earlier incarnations had done. Sadly, my expectations weren’t too far off from the reality. Hit the jump to see what I thought of RoboCop. [Read more...]