Title: Straight Outta Compton Director: F. Gary Gray Writer: Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berlof Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, and, Neil Brown, Jr. In theaters August 14, 2015 As a general rule, I’m not a fan of the biopic movie genre, which is riddled with cliches and tropes. Protagonists don’t seem to have decisions and choices in biopics because they’re always working on the idea of destiny. They are no longer normal people, but rather agents of success and admiration. Of course, this is just a general rule and there are biopics that have come to surprise me with its level of craft, [ Read More ]
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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris, Ving Rhames, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie On the whole, the Mission: Impossible film series has been pretty good. Brian DePalma’s original was a solid outing, more concerned with being a thriller than a straight up action film. For all its goofiness, John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 still features some fun set pieces. J.J. Abrams outing, Mission: Impossible III was a generic adventure, with a fine performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then we have Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a film where the second half can never quite recapture the pure magic the first hour [ Read More ]
VACATION Warner Bros./New Line Cinema Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Screenwriter: Jonathan M. Goldstein, Tracy J. Brown, John Francis Daley Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Leslie Mann, Keegan Michael Key Screened at: Regal E-Walk, NYC, 7/27/15 Opens: July 29, 2015 When John Steinbeck wrote Travels with Charley in Search of America, he was not with his family but only with his dog Charley. The two traveled across our fair land in their trailer, named Rocinante. Steinbeck hoped that, using his dog to encourage strangers to chat, he would find [ Read More ]
THE END OF THE TOUR A24 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: James Ponsoldt Screenwriter: Donald Margulies from David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel, Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner Screened at: Digital Arts, NYC, 6/15/15 Opens: July 31, 2015 David Foster Wallace’s 1996 book Infinite Jest may not be The Great American Novel, but some literary cognoscenti have pronounced it one of the one hundred best works of American fiction. What is traditionally considered The Great American novel is Moby Dick and there [ Read More ]
Title: Trainwreck Director: Judd Apatow Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and Colin Quinn Sometimes the best way to stay true to your morals and personality, while also striving to reach your full potential, is to fully embrace the idea of reinventing your signature qualities that have long since become stereotypical and clichéd. That powerful attempt to revive your emotions and thoughts, and how they’re presented to the world, is the all-important theme in the upcoming comedy, ‘Trainwreck.’ The film, which is set to be released in theaters on July 17, marks the captivating recreation of director Judd Apatow, who once again fearlessly [ Read More ]
TERMINATOR GENISYS Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clark, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons Director: Alan Taylor Screenwriters: Patrick Lussier and Laeta Kalogridis Runtime: 126 Minutes Grade: B Terminator Genisys is something of a pleasant surprise. Twelve years after the franchise was relaunched with the abysmal Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines (and with Arnold out of office and making fun action pictures again,) producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg boot up the dormant killing machine. And oddly enough, it works. For the first time since Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this franchise seems to actually give itself respect. Instead of being yet another vehicle for The Governator to spout one liners [ Read More ]
Title: Inside Out Director: Pete Docter Genre: Animation Voices: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling. Pixar delivers a chef d’oeuvre on the scope of human moods. The 2015 American 3D computer-animated fantasy comedy that screened out-of-competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival conquered the hearts of worldwide audiences. The kaleidoscope of emotions pertaining to mankind is presented through a simple and universal coming-of-age story of the 11-year-old Riley. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and this young girl will have to face it when leaving her Midwest life because her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided [ Read More ]
Thief Scott Lang must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the Earth. The new Marvel movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Wood Harris, Jordi Mollà, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. “Ant-Man” hits theaters on July 17, 2015.
The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), [ Read More ]
It’s new Woody Allen time! On a small town college campus, a philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself in an existential crisis, but he discovers a new purpose in life when he enters into a relationship with one of his students (Emma Stone). The new movie stars Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, and Emma Stone. Written and directed by Woody Allen. “Irrational Man” hits theaters this summer on July 17th.
Batman and Superman fight!! The new superhero movie stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters everywhere on March 26, 2016 in IMAX.
Title: Transformers: Age of Extinction Directed By: Michael Bay Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, TJ Miller, James Bachman At one point, a “Transformers: Age of Extinction” character delivers this gem – “I also have a saying; I don’t care.” Why isn’t that the tagline of this movie? Or the whole “Transformers” film franchise for that matter? “Age of Extinction” takes place five years after “Dark of the Moon.” Even though the Autobots helped save mankind in Chicago, the US government classifies all Transformers as dangerous fugitives, forcing the Autobots to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) [ Read More ]
Title: Snowpiercer Directed By: Joon-ho Bong Starring: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ah-sung Ko, Alison Pill, Luke Pasqualino, Ed Harris Joon-ho Bong’s unprecedented combination of stunning combat, stylistic eccentricities and dramatic poignancy is so rich and enthralling, there’s no way one viewing of “Snowpiercer” will ever be enough. In an effort to thwart global warming, a chemical called CW-7 is released into the Earth’s atmosphere in 2014. Soon thereafter, the temperature plummets and the world is consumed by snow and ice. “Snowpiercer” begins in 2031, 17 years after the only survivors entered Wilford’s self-contained safe haven, a train that circles the [ Read More ]
I was a big fan for “The Purge” last year. The idea that for one night a year, all crime is legal was an interesting concept. The film was made on the cheap, for about $3 million, and managed to make upwards of $90 million at the box office. Needless to say, a sequel was immediately put into production. “The Purge: Anarchy” will hit theaters next month and there’s no telling how much more money this out-of-nowhere franchise can climb. Now you can experience “The Purge” before it hits theaters in July. Universal Pictures is hosting a touring exhibition called “The Purge: Breakout,” which gives fans a chance to “release [ Read More ]
Title: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Directed By: Dean DeBlois Voice Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is kind of like going to a pet store and being swarmed by puppies; you won’t want to leave and when you have to, you’ll want to take them all home with you. It’s been five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) met Toothless and changed the way the people of Berk viewed dragons. Now, just about everyone has one, even Hiccup’s father, Stoick (Gerard Butler). When a notorious dragon [ Read More ]