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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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Star Trek Has Found Its Way Back | Review of Star Trek Beyond


By Cynthia Ayala

Star Trek Beyond Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba & Sofia Boutella
Paramount Pictures
Image Credit: Screenrant

“The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.”

—IMDB

This movie made me so happy. After Into Darkness I was apprehensive about the Star Trek franchise because Into Darkness lost its way in trying to appeal to both Trekkies and the mass market. It tried too hard to be one classic (The Wrath of Khan) that it ended up being another classic (The Undiscovered Country) but with less of the heart that would have appealed to Star Trek fans because it just missed the mark, it missed the intent of Gene Roddenberry‘s work. Moreover, with this film, when I heard that they were doing reshoots after it initially wrapped up, which usually almost always spells out doom for a movie. However, you wouldn’t know it watching this film, because whatever they had to go and fix, they nailed it, and they brought back what Gene Roddenberry intended, they brought back hope, they brought back peace, and unity, and everything else that Gene Roddenberry intended when he first created Star Trek.
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Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’


By Cynthia Ayala

Finding Dory starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence & Ed O’Neill
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

    —IMDB

Simply adorable. Everyone’s favorite blue tang fish is back in this sequel all about her. Finding Dory is all about Dory and where she came from and how she came to meet up with Marlin and Nemo. Going back Dory’s origins, the audience gets to see Dory as the cutest animated baby in the world. I mean let’s just give the animators here a round of applause for getting some of the smallest details correct, mirroring real fish and lighting and the like, perfectly, but also they created one of the cutest little fish in the world that completely fits with the character. Continue reading Fun, Heartwarming But Lacking Realism | Review of ‘Finding Dory’

The Perfect Film for a Better World | Review of ‘Zootopia’


Zootopia starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman & Idris Elba
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credi: IMDB

By Cynthia Ayala

“From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.”

    —IMDB

This is a great family film that everyone needs to watch because of all the teaching moments within the film. Let me phrase that: the entire movie is a teaching moment. Zootopia is a film that is all about inclusion, about putting away the stereotypes and prejudices aside to live in a better society and how negative they are, how much they blind someone to see something but hatred and anger.
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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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Pacific Rim | Movie Review


image Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Screenplay by: Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro

Story by: Travis Beacham

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini & Ron Perlman

Amazing movie, simply superb and magnificent. Exceptionally well done and overall a very well done movie. I am one of those hardcore fans of Guillermo del Toro, his work is amazing and the cinematragrphy of his work is always spellbinding. This movie does not fail to deliver.

The story was unique (in a way) and clear to understand. Earth is being invaded from within Earth rather than from space, which is the oh-so-very-typical invasion/world ending/apocalypse movie. That’s what separates this movie from all the rest, the fact that it was such a unique story with monsters equally unique. They have the Godzilla type monsters that are attacking Earth, invading it, except no one knows why, the true reason why. But left with no other alternative, the humans must band together, putting away their differences tofight the monsters and build monsters, the great awesome machines we see in the previews. It highlights that through tough times, cultures can look past differences and unify together. That central part of the movie was great.

However, let’s get on with all the other much more awesome things of this movie.

The movie does a good job summarizing the overall plot of the movie and answers the question of “why are we watching this”. It explains what the monsters are and why the machines were built and how effective they are. However, the narration in the beginning, however good it was, was a little bothersome. Don’t get me wrong, I like the actor, but his voice asthe voice over was a little stiff, making it a little hard to listen to.

That minor thing is the only thing wrong with the movie (in my personal opinion). The action sequences were amazing and the strength the characters had was great. The duo team of scientist were hilarious. They were polar opposites and were great as that. You had the stiff/serious British Scientist and the cool American one who have to join with one another in order to solve the mystery that is the Kaiju. They were simply hilarious, especially when you bring in Ron Perlman into the mix, well that’s just a recipe for a good time if askme (which hopefully you are if you’re reading this). All the characters were great with one another; there was great chemistry between each of them. No complaints on the acting.

And finally, there were the special effects. THOSE WERE AMAZING! The machines and the aesthetics of the monsters were mind blowing and spectacular. Guillermo del Toro has a gift with cinematography. He is able to weave in beauty with everything he does, despite the fact that he creates monsters. This movie hooks you and will keep you glued to your seat until the very last second. ★★★ (A)

Go Behind The Scenes Of Prometheus With This Brand New Featurette


By: Eric Eisenberg

Ridley Scott is, without question, one of the greatest luminaries of science fiction. Two of his earliest films, Alien and Blade Runner, helped define what the genre meant and showed us all what it can do. They have aged perfectly and are constantly looked back on for reference on how to do it right. But we’ve been without science-fiction from Scott since 1982 and while he’s made some great titles in that time, such as Gladiator, American Gangster and Thelma & Louise, he has still been sorely missed. That drought officially ends this summer when Prometheusm a prequel to Alien, arrives in theaters. And now you can hear the director talk his return in a brand new featurette.

In addition to showing interviews with the stellar cast, including Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green and Guy Pearce, the new video also has a great deal of new footage that has not yet been seen in any of the trailers. Check out the featurette below and head over to Apple to see it in HD.

Prometheus follows a crew of scientists as they try to learn about how our world was created. Assembling clues from ancient peoples, they discover a message that gives them an invitation to learn about their past. Rocketing to another world, they begin to learn about why they were really called for and what they discover could mean the end of human existence as we know it. Idris Elba, Ben Foster, Kate Dickie, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Benedict Wong, and Lucy Hutchinson. co-star in the feature, which hits theaters on June 8th

Source: Cinema Blend