80s Fueled Family Fun | Review of ‘Despicable Me 3’


By Cynthia Ayala

“Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.” — IMDB

Fun and zany probably sums it up best. Despicable Me 3. Sure, the original will always be the best because it was original, but the heart isn’t lost from the original. The story expands as the story has the group discover a whole new family member. Turns out Gru has a brother, it’s Dru. Dru has the hair, and money, and a mansion. Talk about sibling rivalries. But he reveals some hidden secrets to the family legacy.
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Hilariously Good | Review of ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016 Film)


By Cynthia Ayala

Ghostbusters starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones & Chris Hemsworth
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: ScreenRant

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

—IMDB

Now I know that there has been so much stupid controversy over this film but let me just say this: all of that is utterly stupid. I’ve seen the original, I love the original, and to be quite frank, while this movie may be a reboot with an all-female cast, it’s hilarious. These women are funny, they have the right chemistry with one another and they bring their own creativity to this film. These actresses are not trying to be the original cast, while their parts may mirror the original cast, they bring something new to the characters, something new to the Ghostbusters franchise. Even Chris Hemsworth‘s character is different than the original Annie Potts character from the original. They are very different because the actors are being themselves, they are bringing their own unique hilarity to the film rather than rehash what was already done spectacularly, and in my book, that’s awesome.
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013 Film) | Movie Review


By: Cynthia A. Directed By: Ben Stiller Screenplay by: Steve Conrad Based on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn & Sean Penn Walter Mitty is a negative assets manager (photographs) at Life magazine who frequently daydreams of fantastic adventures, and has a crush on his coworker Cheryl. Photojournalist Sean O’Connell, who works closely with Mitty concerning his submissions, has sent him a package containing his latest negatives and a wallet as a gift in appreciation of Mitty’s excellent work. Furthermore, that package contains a special photograph, … Continue reading The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013 Film) | Movie Review

Despicable Me 2 | Movie Review


Directed By: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud Screenplay By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan & Ken Jeong The former villain Gru, now father of three girls, simply wants to lead a semi-normal family life as he puts his villain days behind him. But when a secret weapon is stolen, the Anti-Villain League recruits him and teams him with one of their own putting him undercover to solve the mystery and recover the weapon. Hilarious and adorable. This movie was just as good as the first one with … Continue reading Despicable Me 2 | Movie Review

Ben Stiller Looks Dazed And Confused In First Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Image


By: Nick Venable When “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” first made its way into my life in elementary school, the literature textbook we were using had artwork that depicted Mitty as a nervous man with glasses, kind of like a Woody Allen from anywhere other than New York. And by the time I saw the Danny Kaye version, the image embedded into my brain could not be detached. And so when Ben Stiller was set to take on the role, it caused both excitement, given Stiller’s gifts with physical comedy, and trepidation, given Stiller’s gifts of being in severely unfunny movies … Continue reading Ben Stiller Looks Dazed And Confused In First Secret Life Of Walter Mitty Image

Black Swan Screenwriter Adapting Bestselling Thriller Syndrome E


By: Nick Venable The destructive power of art can be a fascinating theme, although more so in the case of something like Dorian Gray than the Pawnee Indian murals onParks and Recreation. The international bestselling novel Le Syndrome E, written by French author Franck Thilliez, follows that theme, describing the deadly effect a rare film has upon those who watch it. Combined with a police procedural plotline, the novel reads like a combination of The Ring and Se7en, two of my favorite films of the last twenty years. Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush Productions are set to bring an adaptation of the novel stateside, with Black Swan screenwriter Mark … Continue reading Black Swan Screenwriter Adapting Bestselling Thriller Syndrome E

Sean Penn In Talks To Join Ben Stiller In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


By: Kelly West Sean Penn’s acting career consists largely of dramas, so it’s a little surprising to hear that the Tree of Life star is in talks to play a supporting role in an upcoming comedy starring and directed by Ben Stiller. It’s surprising, but no less intriguing. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is actually a remake of a loose adaptation of a short story by James Thurber. The 1947 film, which stars Danny Kaye, followed Mitty, a daydreaming writer who imagines himself to be a hero. In addition to directing the remake, Stiller is set to play Walter … Continue reading Sean Penn In Talks To Join Ben Stiller In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Emily Blunt Is Tom Cruise’s Co-Star For All You Need Is Kill


It’s a good day to be Emily Blunt. She’s got the low-key comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in theaters now, the big-name comedy The Five Year Engagement opening the Tribeca Film Festival this week, and the trailer for her upcoming thriller Looper now online shows off even more of her range. And now word has broken at Variety that not only has she been picked to star opposite Tom Cruise in the futuristic thriller All You Need Is Kill, but she’s one of the top choices to star opposite Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall’s remake of The Thin Man. … Continue reading Emily Blunt Is Tom Cruise’s Co-Star For All You Need Is Kill