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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.”


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)

Tragically Perfect | Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By: Cynthia Ayala

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has taken one of the powerful stories in Marvel History, a groundbreaking and heartbreaking milestone for Spider-Man.  Tapping into the powerful essence of the story, this film does more than just deliver, it amazes.  Read on for the full review.
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Star Trek: Into Darkness

StarTrekIntoDarkness_FinalUSPosterDirected By: J. J. Abrams

Written By: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof

Based on: Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry

Starring: John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alive Eve, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Peter Weller & Anton Yelchin

Captain James T. Kirk has been reprimanded along with his First Commander, Spock for violating the Prime Directive.  But after an attack on Star Command , they are handed back the U.S.S. Enterprise on a mission of revenge that turns into something more, costing a life and revealing the true villain.

EPIC! Easily the best movie of this summer!  This movie had everything that makes Star Trek what it is.  The opening sequence itself was brilliantly done with the introduction and chemistry between the team that makes this movie oh so very great.  Further established within this movie the brotherhood between Spock and Kirk as well as Kirk’s notorious arrogance that makes his character just so very charming.  Chris Pine, you are a great Captain Kirk.  As a Trekkie myself I have great appreciation for what the writers and J. J. Abrams have done with this second movie.  Although there were some discrepancies that don’t coincide with the Original Television Series, like the Tribbles and the fact that the villain, okay gonna say it, Khan, was in hibernation for 300 years, when he really should have only been in hibernation with his crew for 150 years, personally I can overlook those.

But any true Star Trek fan will love this movie because it doesn’t overwrite what has been established, like Khan’s past, it changes it a little, but it keeps it within the realm of the Star Trek Universe.  There are so many allusions to other Star Trek Films starring the OTS cast.  It’s an action packed adventure with amazing special effects.  The acting and chemistry between the characters and the actors is still amazing.  The introduction of Khan as the villain, but ultimately not the only true villain was great.  The Tribble, I’m grateful was only one and used in such a miniscule way.

This movie was just done so well and the writing behind it was the main reason.  They were able to tap into the memorable stories that all Trekkies should know and love.  It also is not a reboot, it does not undo Wrath of Khan, but it does give a different origin to their first encounter and the ending was great with the narration that starts off each episode of the OTS.  It’s amazing!  This movie has great acting, a solid and well done plot line, and amazing special effects!  I am certainly going to see it again…and again…and maybe a third time.  Best movie to come out so far this summer!  ★★★★ (A+)

The Amazing Spider-Man Sequel Adds Chronicle’s Dane Dehaan As Harry Osborn

By: Eric Eisenberg

Dane_DeHaan_34374Dane Dehaan is no stranger to the superhero world. Earlier this year the young star got his breakout role playing the dangerously powerful Andrew Detmer in Josh Trank’s found footage thriller Chronicle, and now he’s turning that underground turn into his first blockbuster role. Dehaan has been confirmed to star as Harry Osborn in the upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.

The casting news comes from the most reliable source you can find: the director. Marc Webb, who helmed the first movie as well, took to his Twitter account this morning and wrote the simple message, “Meet Harry Osborn.@danedehaan” with a picture of Dehaan attached.

The role most most notably played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi trilogy, playing both a friend of Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) and a deadly enemy of Spider-Man’s. Harry also happens to be the son of Norman Osborn, who is generally identified as webhead’s greatest foe, the Green Goblin.

In addition to Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who are set to reprise their respective roles as Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey, the new film has also cast Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx as the villainous Electro.

Little is known about the plot of the sequel – which doesn’t even have an official title yet – but the script is being done by Star Trek Into Darknessscribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. Columbia Pictures has announced that the movie will be released on May 2, 2014, and stick around for more news about the project as it develops.

Source: Cinema Blend


Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer Also Coming December 14

By: Sean O’Connell

Star Trek fans are going to receive a series of early holiday gifts this year. In addition to that 9-minute IMAX tease we told you about a few days ago, Paramount just confirmed that the first official trailer for J.J. Abrams’ wildly anticipated Star Trek Into Darkness will reach theaters on Dec. 14, as well.

TrekMovie confirms the news with multiple sources, saying that the trailer cut for the movie will be different from the 9-minute preview that’s going to be attached to IMAX prints of The Hobbit. And here’s the catch: The trailer will be attached to 2D prints of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings prequel. So if you want to see the 9-minute preview, grab an IMAX ticket. If you want to see the trailer, grab a conventional 2D ticket. And if you are a big Star Trek fan, see both.

Have no interest in seeing The Hobbit? The Star Trek trailer – which is a full trailer and not a tease, with plenty of in-movie footage – will eb attached to multiple prints the following weekend (including Paramount’s own Jack Reacher).

Abrams is shooting to have Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17, 2013. It will continue the adventures of a younger Enterprise crew, with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto resuming their roles of Kirk and Spock, respectively. Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof have penned the sequel, which also will feature Benedict Cumberbatch as an as-yet-unconfirmed villain (who probably isn’t Khan). What do you hope to see in the trailer? A confirmation of Cumberbatch’s role? The suggestion of action? Let us know below.

Source: Cinema Blend


Star Trek’s Kurtzman And Orci To Bring Dragonology To The Big Screen

By: Eric Eisenberg

alex_kurtzman_32676Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are well-established in the science fiction genre, but now it would seem that they are turning their attention to fantasy. The writing duo – who have worked on projects ranging from the Star Trek reboot to this summer’s family drama People Like Us – is now attached to produce Dragonology, a film based on the series of books that began in 2003 with Dugald Steer’s Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons. The project is currently set up over at Universal.

THR says that the studio picked up the rights to the series in 2008 and had Leonard Hartman attached to both write the script, but now Hartman will simply serve as an executive producer while Kurtzman and Orci hunt for a new screenwriter (they will also be overseeing the draft of the new script). The story will follow a group of "dragonologists" who group together to try and prevent a villain from using the world’s remaining dragons to "wipe out humanity." In addition to the book series – which now stands at 12 titles – the franchise has also spun-off into other marketing areas, such as board games, toys and models.

Kurtzman and Orci signed a two-year, first look deal with Universal this past may and this project will fall under that deal. The pair is also currently working with the studio on rebooting their famed classic monster series by working on films about both Van Helsing and The Mummy. They are also currently writing the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man and, along with Damon Lindelof, wrote the screenplay for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel, which is due out next summer.

Source: Cinema Blend

Tom Cruise To Star In Van Helsing Reboot, Roberto Orci And Alex Kurtzman To Produce

By: Eric Eisenberg

Tom Cruise To Star In Van Helsing Reboot, Roberto Orci And Alex Kurtzman To Produce image

Van Helsing, the 2004 action film starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale, is a truly terrible movie. In addition to being remarkably stupid, the performances in the movie are terrible and the effects were godawful. It was clear that the studio wanted to make a franchise out of the monster-killing hero, but obviously that never took off. Now they’re hoping to have better luck with a brand new star and a pair of hot producers.

THR has gotten word from Universal that Tom Cruise is now attached to both star in and produce a new version of Van Helsing with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on-board as well. Kurtzman and Orci’s biggest claim to fame was writing the script for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot, but their other credits include the first two Transformers movies, Mission: Impossible III (so they’ve worked with Cruise before) and the television series Fringe. In addition to Van Helsing, the writing/producing duo is also planning on bringing back The Mummy. Just a few weeks ago it was reported that Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is on-board to write the reboot for the The Mummy, which won’t bring back star Brendan Fraser.

In a joint statement from Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman, Donna Langley they said, “Alex and Roberto are extraordinarily talented writers and producers who know the value of a great story in building successful tentpole films. They have been a major part of some of Hollywood’s biggest movies and television shows in recent history, and we’re eager to have them build on that success at Universal.”

Do you think that Cruise will make a better Van Helsing than Hugh Jackman? Who do you think Kurtzman and Orci should get to star in The Mummy? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Cinema Blend

Spock Borrows Some Of Iron Man’s Armor In New Star Trek Sequel Set Photo

If you’ve been following the news today you know that the Joss Whedon-directed The Avengers looks like it will be opening huge. Armed with ridiculous awareness statistics, the movie has a very real chance at beating the opening weekend numbers of The Hunger Games, which, you might remember, currently holds the number three spot for all time opening weekend numbers. Much like how the success of The Dark Knight made people start thinking that dark and gritty is the way to go for all big action movies, perhaps now we can expect some big movies to try and imitate The Avengers style. Like sticking Spock in an Iron Man costume.

A new photo from the set of the untitled Star Trek sequel has arrived online and features Zachary Quinto looking a whole lot like Tony Stark. All jokes aside, the armor actually does look fairly similar to the equipment that Kirk (Chris Pine) and Sulu (John Cho) used to skydive towards the drill on Vulcan in the first film. You can see the new image below and head over to MTV to see it full size.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, the Star Trek sequel brings back the cast from the 2009 reboot, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Greenwood. Newcomers to the film series include Benedict Cumberbatch – who will be playing the central villain – Alice Eve and Peter Weller. The script was written by Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and the final product will be in theaters on May 17, 2013.