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Fast-Paced Coupled with Stellar Performances | Review of ‘The Dark Tower’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.” —IMDB

You know, I went into seeing this film knowing all the bad reviews that others had given it and I can 100% say this: they are wrong.
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Somewhat Original Yet Mediocre | Review of ‘The 5th Wave’ (Film)


By Cynthia Ayala

'The 5th Wave' starring : Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson & Liev Schreiber Columbia Pictures Image Credit: The Cocoa Journal
‘The 5th Wave’ starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson & Liev Schreiber
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: The Cocoa Journal

The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis, and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker, a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.

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‘Insurgent’ Delivers an Amazing Sequel | Review of ‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’


By: Cynthia Ayala

‘Insurgent’ starring Shailene Woodley & Theo James
Summit Entertainment

Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior, the Divergent protagonist who is on the run from the power hungry Erudites lead by the ruthless Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet). Alongside Four (played by Theo James), her friend and love, the two search for allies in the unlikeliest places of all in the futuristic ruins of Chicago. Together, they must find what Tris’s mother gave her life to hide, what Jeanine want’s so badly, the secret of the past that may be the key – or destruction – of the future.

Incredibly fast paced, this film delivers a punch and evaluates what it means to be a part of something, a community. Separated into factions – Dauntless, Candor, Erudites, Abnegation, and Amity – society has put up walls to differentiate themselves. However, those who fit more than one faction are Divergent, a quality that puts everyone, especially Tris, in terrible danger. The film goes beyond the first to evaluate who these characters are and where they come from. A fast-paced film jumps from scene to scene as it follows these characters who are being hunted down by Jeanine who discovers that soon; she needs the daughter of the woman she killed, she needs Tris. Talk about the irony. Kate Winslet plays the villainous so spectacularly.
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A Hope Filled Fairy Tale…almost | Cyn’s Movie Review of Winter’s Tale


By: Cynthia A.
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Directed By: Akiva Goldsman

Screenplay by: Akiva Goldsman

Based on Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint, Russell Crowe & Will Smith

Set in 1916, Peter Lake, an Irish thief is on the run from the demon who raised him, the gangster Pearly Soames, after deciding to leave.  Rescued by a mysterious white horse that soon becomes his guardian angel, the pair try to settle some scored before running off to Florida and escape those hunting him.  But then, while trying to rob a house, he meets Beverly Penn, a young woman dying of tuberculosis, who steals his heart and offers his hers.  Then, as events take a toll and Beverly is taken from him, but the gift of love, the miracle that Beverly gave him, offered him a chance to save the life he was unable to save before.

Not your typical romance flick, if it’s that at all.  Winter’s Tale begins in the early 1900’s with one Peter Lake running for his life from the crook who raised him, the man who taught him how to steal.  But of course, Pearly, played by Russell Crowe, is more than just some bad guy, he’s actually a demon a hell.

The underlying theme of the film is hope captured in the romance between a dying girl and a no-good thief who loves her.  It displays that, although there is darkness and light in the world, as long as humankind does not give up hope, the heavens will continue to thrive and the light in the world will never be snuffed out.  Over all it’s a beautiful message in the movie that may viewers may miss as the movie is marketed as a love story when it’s more than that.  Of course, love is the drive here, through love miracles can happen and the hearts touched by such love impact people in such miraculous ways that it’s impossible to focus on the mystical of the film.  In fact, the added faith based mysticism that turns this story into a fairy tale serves to drive audiences’ away viewers away as they try to grasp what Will Smith is doing in this film as Lucifer and why there is a horse with angelic wings.

The fairy tale aspect, while not entirely convoluted, distracts from the original premise of love in this film, throwing viewers down a rabbit hole, so to speak.  While not convoluted, the dialogue and context of the film doesn’t flush out all the necessary details that would allowed for better understanding as well as enjoyment.  Marketing closed off a lot of people targeting the wrong audiences inadvertently misleading them.  Just remember to keep an open mind and open heart about this film and anyone watching it will be sure to enjoy it.  Remember: it’s not a love story, it’s a fairy tale about hope.  ★★½ (out of 4 ☆’s | B-)

Is Will Smith Finally Getting Back To Being A Movie Star With Colossus?


By:  Katey Rich

Colossus_36428Will Smith remains one of the world’s biggest movie stars, but that’s largely more in theory than in practice. Last year’s Men in Black 3 was Smith’s first film in four years, and it made more than $600 million globally– barely more than the original Men in Black all the way back in 1997, actually, but not half bad for a guy who seemed more interested in building careers for his kids than starring in movies himself.

This year Smith will be doing both, starring opposite his son Jaden in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth, which comes to theaters on June 7. Figuring out what happens after that is a matter of digging through a lot of in-development projects and wondering which one will stick. He’s definitely set for what’s described as a cameo in Winter’s Tale, a passion project from writer-turned director Akiva Goldsman, who wrote I Am Legend for Smith. Beyond that, the only project he’s attached to that has any forward momentum is the Annie remake, which recently cast Oscar-nominee Quvenzhane Wallis and set a Christmas 2014 release. Unless he pops up as Daddy Warbucks, though– an entirely possible idea, actually– Smith will only be involved as a producer. After Earth remains his only plan to put those movie star muscles to work.

It’s hard to know if THR‘s recent news about a new writer for Colossus will change that or not. They report that Ed Solomon, who wrote the originalMen in Black for Smith, has been brought on to rewrite the script, which has been in development at Universal since 2007, when Ron Howard planned to direct it. There’s no mention of Howard in the latest report beyond as a producer, but Smith remains interested in starring as Dr. Charles Forbin, who creates a computer that takes over the world and is then charged with destroying it. The film would be a remake of 1970’s Colossus: The Forbin Project, which is pretty much overshadowed in the history of “evil computer takeover movies” by Kubrick’s 2001.

A new writer getting hired for a project is no sign it will ever go into production– Colossus has already had two, after all, and it’s beyond common for studios to hire multiple writers on a film that never, ever gets made. But the fact that Solomon is on board suggests Smith put him there– he’s never hesitated to take major creative control on projects, contributing significantly to the chaos on the production of Men In Black 3 by hiring a new screenwriter personally. So Smith is at least somewhat invested inColossus, making it the only project he plans to act in that he’s actively working on (sorry, I Am Legend 2). But we’ll probably have to wait to see what happens with After Earth to know Smith’s actual movie stardom plans– and even then, he’ll probably keep us guessing. When you can be a huge star without even consistently making movies, you have the option of making everyone wait.

Source: Cinema Blend

Ron Howard Updates On Dark Tower Series Movie


By: Kelly West

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Whether or not a film and/or TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series ever actually happens remains to be seen, but if it doesn’t it certainly wouldn’t be due to lack of interest from the fans, nor effort or determination from Ron Howard, who is still apparently looking to get a movie made.

As of last year, it was looking like Universal was planning to bring King’s fantasy/horror/western series to both the big and small screens with numerous movies and then also TV series to fill the gaps between films. But then Universal decided to walk away from the project, and last we heard, Warner Bros. was showing interest. When we shared that update back in March, it sounded like Javier Bardem was still on board to play the role of Roland Deschain. Whether or not that’s still the case is unclear. In fact, the only update we have comes in the form of a tweet. But it’s a good tweet. Or a positive one, at any rate.

Ron Howard shared the following update on his Twitter this week:

Spent day today in a story session on…Dark Tower :-)Terrific meeting w/ Akiva Goldsman & Erica Huggins. No timetables but very positive

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 6, 2012

The March update suggested that things could get rolling on the film as early as first quarter 2013, but Howard’s Tweet suggests that early 2013 might be a bit too optimistic. I think “no timetables” seems to imply that any kind of prediction as to when the project could begin production might be a bit too optimistic. With that said, they’re still talking about it and things sound “very positive,” so that’s something, right?

Source: Cinema Blend

Lobo To Be Brought To The Big Screen By Journey 2 Director Brad Peyton


BLOGGERS NOTE: …Not sure how I feel about this, I love Lobo as a character but, um, yeah, the way that DC has been doing their movies, makes me worry about what they are going to do with the character and origin.  Let’s cross our fingers!

Author: Eric Eisenberg

Lobo To Be Brought To The Big Screen By Journey 2 Director Brad Peyton imageThus far in his feature career, director Brad Peyton has found himself making movies for little kids. The filmmaker started in 2010 with the dreadful Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and just a few months ago, his sophomore effort,Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, found its way into theaters. Having seen both of those films, I must admit that I’m scratching my head over the news that Peyton has been brought on to both helm a film based on the DC Comics character Lobo.

Deadline says that Warner Bros. is giving the project another go and in addition to having Peyton direct, he will also re-write an existing script. A few years back Guy Ritchie was hired to guide the project into development, however, he was forced toabandon his plans so that he could make Sherlock Holmes 2. Though first created in the early 80s by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, Lobo didn’t become a popular character until the 90s when he was revived as an interstellar, anti-hero biker mercenary. Both Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are on-board to produce the project, though the new report doesn’t mention what they are targeting in terms of production start or release dates.

Given Lobo’s darker edge – he’s been said to basically be DC’s answer to Wolverine – Ritchie would have been a solid fit for the character, but the choice of Peyton is kind of a mystery. The filmmaker did just manage to make Warner Bros. a ton of money (Journey 2 made over $300 million at the international box office), so perhaps that played a role in the decision. But what do you think? Are you happy that Brad Peyton will be the guy to bring Lobo to the big screen? Let us know in the comments section below.

SOURCE: cinemablend.com