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Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance & Russell Crowe
Universal Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”

    —IMDB

Where to start. Okay, so as a fan of the Brendan Fraser Mummy from back in the day, like many I was skeptical. But at the end of the day, I have to appreciate that this film was not a copycat. And it’s still funny. Tom Cruise has proven that he is a very versatile actor, and like many actors, he’s going to have some bad movies under his belt. This certainly isn’t his worst film but it’s not his best either, I’ll admit to that. Was the story the best? Certainly not. I’m going to go ahead and agree with some of the critics who question if the film would have been better had it not been so set on establishing the Dark Universe. Continue reading Not Great but Not Terrible | Review of ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

Best Batman Movie Ever | Review of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Lego Batman Movie starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson & Ralph Fiennes
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

—IMDB

By far the best Batman movie out there, The Lego Batman Movie is awesome for so many reasons. Focusing on who the character is, in such a playful way, the writers understood what makes Batman such a strong character and a fan favorite character. He’s always had his head up his tushie, and this film uses that element to make the film so funny. But then there are those sadder moments, the moments that reflect on the past and the defining moment that makes Batman who he is. The writers understand Batman better than I’ve seen in such a long time. Then there is that classic dynamic he has with Joker. This film nailed that relationship, that very toxic and twisted relationship, with perfection! Not since The Dark Knight has their relationship been so clearly and wonderfully established to build up this duo that has been the cause of so many iconic comic book moments.
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An Exciting Action Packed Film | Review of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’


By Cynthia Ayala

X-Men: Apocalypse starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac
20th Century Fox
Image Credit: Fandango

When an ancient mutant with tremendous powers awakens from a deep sleep to find the humans have taken over, he vows, with his four horsemen—Magneto, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel—to reshape the world and bring everyone—humans and mutants—to their knees.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the third film in the prequel X-Men franchise that has a stunning cast, amazing special effects, and a story worth viewing.
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Dinosaurs & Pratt: A Winning Combination | Review of ‘Jurassic World’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt Universal Studios

Off the coast of Costa Rica lies the luxury resort Jurassic World, where arrays of genetically engineered dinosaurs reign in exhibits for the consumers’ entertainment. Now, the newest addition, the Indominus Rex, has escaped, setting off a chain reaction where dinosaurs escape and wreak havoc on the island. Now Owen, the former military man and animal expert must save the island and terminate the Indominus Rex.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but in this case it certainly made for one heck of a good film. This movie did not reboot the franchise but it was able to breathe life back into something that was almost forgotten, or rather tarnished by Jurassic Park’s 2 & 3. And while Jurassic Park 3 was better than 2, it still had nothing on the first film.
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A Worthy Sequel | Review of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Avengers are back in this new sequel, facing a villain of one of their own creation: Ultron, created by Ironman to be the ultimate protection. But when Ultron comes to life, he becomes their doom, a monster that will achieve peace by all means possible.

This action packed sequel brings the team together again and introduces other main characters in the Marvel universe: Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver & Vision.
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A Good Day To Die Hard


A Good Day to Die Hard

Awesome movie, action packed and thrilling!  I loved the action and the plot!   It was great, and if you ask me better than Live Free or Die Hard (which I liked don’t get me wrong).  The setup of this movie was amazing and the action was great.  His connection, or lack thereof, with his son was even more disconnected than with his daughter and I feel like the next movie is going to me McClane getting back together with his wife, making the saga come full circle, because that’s how it seems.  In any case, I loved this movie, it was awesome!  What was better was the plot twist!   I wish I could say more but I don’t want to spoil anything!  Honestly, just go see this movie because it was great.  And that one scene, that was definitely just a copied scene from Die Hard, you know the one with Alan Rickman.  But it was great!  Totally reinforced the “like father, like son” saying. It was just great.  I love action movies and you know what, this one didn’t seem like pointless crap put in for the sake of putting in.  Well, okay, that’s not entirely true but still it was really well done and I absolutely loved it!  And Jai Courtney was a great choice to play Bruce Willis son in my opinion.  4/4 ‘s and an “A”.

 

 

Resident Evil: Retribution


Resident_evil_retribution_posterIf you ask me (which maybe you are if you’re here – maybe you’re just curious) Resident Evil: Afterlife was a way better movie.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, this was a decent enough movie, a little better than Resident Evil: Extinction and well way better than Resident Evil: Apocalypse.  But I digress.  This movie was way to short, only an hour and a half.  There was no room in this movie to allow a full return for the characters that we saw in the trailer.  I mean there was Rain (played by Michelle Rodriguez) and Jill Valentine (played by Sienna Guillory), but as for the others who “returned” yeah, they were given little to no dialogue and it sucked.  That was what I was most excited about!  Also, this late in the game, I have to agree with with IGN said:

“Even with all of its dopey dialogue, wooden characters and ‘been there, done that’ elements, Resident Evil: Retribution is pretty amazing as far as entries in this series go. It’s certainly feels more like a video game and has a bit more emotion to it than some of the past Resident Evil sequels, but if you don’t like this series then there’s not much here to make you suddenly warm up to it..”

The movie did feel more like a video game than an actual story.  There wasn’t a lot of dialogue and there could have been way more action within this movie.  I mean, over all I was okay with the lack of dialogue because it gave the movie a more campy feel.  There was so much emotion and the facial gestures were, admittedly, awesome.  They gave the characters (who were focused on – let me specify that) more depth and a better way to make the story move on because lets face it, five movies later, we know the drill, zombies.  So how does one continue something like this.  Add a good story and make it action packed, you’ve got the characters spot on, they no longer need any improvement, acting and characterization is awesome, but focus on the story and bring in more action.  Changing the format from story oriented (which is why is has been so good and lasted so long) to video game oriented this late in the game was more damaging to this franchise than anything.  Let’s face it, the crew got lazy with this one a bit. 

BUT there was something that made this movie so worth it.  The cat-fight between Alice and Jill was AMAZING!  It was nice to see a good fight between those two and it was nice to see Alice meet her match and literally pull out all the punches to fight for her life.  And Rain beating up Leon and Luther was also amazing.  Seriously, that fight sequence in the end was the best part of the whole freaking movie!  Saved it…a bit.  2/5 ‘s and a “C-“.