Hilarious, Sweet, and Downright Spectacular | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’


By Cynthia Ayala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

    —IMDB

One word: amazing! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not disappoint. The film looks at the characters allowing for character growth while also establishing a family unit for the characters. The movie goes back to trace back the origins of Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But there’s more to this film than just that. It had heart and focuses on the Guardians not just as a group of heroes or friends, but as a family. And that’s one of the things that makes this film so good because everyone focuses on the characters and their dynamics with one another. They care about each other, they fight with one another and for one another. They are a strong unit and the cast and crew make sure that that resonates off the screen.
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A Good Old Western | Review of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennet and Byung-hun Lee
MGM & Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.”

    —IMDB

Who doesn’t like a good western film with solid characters? This film brings to life another adaptation of the Seven Samurai giving it a nice feel of the characters and the setting. The conflict is established very early on giving the film a cohesive feeling overall. There is some hint that Chisolm (played by Denzel Washington) has more in mind of helping out these people than he lets on. What’s good about that is the fact that it’s not overtly obvious about what is going on with him. Instead, there is an openness about it that it can go either way, but the viewer doesn’t know until the end. It’s good storytelling because it doesn’t distract from the story as a whole, it adds to it. Continue reading “A Good Old Western | Review of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016)”

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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Out of this world! | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


By: Cynthia Ayala

One of the highly anticipated films of this year has finally arrived and it does not disappoint.  Guardians of the Galaxy offers laughs and heart that reflect off the well written script and dynamic acting.
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Everything is awesome! | Cyn’s Movie Review of The Lego Movie


By: Cynthia A. Directed by: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Screenplay by: Phil Lord & Chris Miller Story by: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Chris Miller Based on Lego Construction Toys Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson & Morgan Freeman In the Lego universe, an ordinary mini-figure named Emmet is mistaken as being the Special (the greatest Master Builder who can save the Lego universe). With the help of an old wizard named Vitruvius, and a tough young woman named Wyldstyle, Batman, Uni-Kitty, Benny, and a pirate … Continue reading Everything is awesome! | Cyn’s Movie Review of The Lego Movie

Her | Movie Review


By: Cynthia A. Directed by: Spike Jonze Written by: Spike Jonze Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt & Scarlet Johansson Set in the near future in Los Angeles, California, a man recently suffering through a divorce, finds a connection with his new artificial intelligent Operating System.  Her explores what it means to have a relationship and all the turbulent emotions that go along with it from what it means to live and what it means to love and be loved in return. Simply a beautiful movie.  Grounded in the reality that love is a complex … Continue reading Her | Movie Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Glenn Close


By:  Eric Eisenberg Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn’s slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part “a major role,” the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps – which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details … Continue reading Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Glenn Close

Lee Pace in Final Negotiations to Play Villain in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)


By: Jeff Sneider | The Wrap Lee Pace (“The Hobbit”) is in final negotiations to play the villain in Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. The identity of Pace’s villainous character is being kept under wraps. “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds Quill leading a group of alien superheroes as they protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The cast currently features Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, WWE star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Michael Rooker as Yondu. Ophelia Lovibond will also co-star in an unknown … Continue reading Lee Pace in Final Negotiations to Play Villain in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Ophelia Lovibond To The Cast


By: Eric Eisenberg With Iron Man 3 heading to theaters in the next couple weeks, Thor: The Dark World deep in post-production, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in front of cameras, the next big development for Marvel Studios is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to build its cast today. The film already has a interesting mix of actors attached, from Chris Pratt as Star-Lord to Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer to Zoe Saldana as Gamora, but now another piece has been added to the puzzle. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who was previously featured in movies like No Strings … Continue reading Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Ophelia Lovibond To The Cast

Guardians Of The Galaxy To Add Zoe Saldana As Gamora


By:  Katey Rich Another key element of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has fallen into place, and it’s the addition of an actress who already knows her way around outer space. The Hollywood Reportersays that Zoe Saldana is currently in negotiations to play Gamora, the green-skinned humanoid alien who is the female lead of the upcoming superhero film. Saldana, who’s returning to play Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and is on board for theAvatar sequels, would be joining the cast that already includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord andDave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. James Gunn is on board to direct, and the production ought to be gearing up quickly … Continue reading Guardians Of The Galaxy To Add Zoe Saldana As Gamora