A Film of Hope for the Disillusioned | Review of ‘Rogue One’

By Cynthia Ayala

Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen & Forest Whitaker Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen & Forest Whitaker
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.”

—IMDB

Rogue One is the latest film in the Star Wars franchise that bridges the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. That doesn’t mean it follows directly after Episode III though. Instead, this film serves as a direct precursor to the original trilogy that launched Star Wars into fandom. Just a little back story for you there to familiarize yourself with the setting of the film.
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Remarkable Story Telling | Review of ‘Sully’

By Cynthia Ayala

Sully starring Tom Hanks
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of the airplane flights 155 crew and passengers.”

—IMDB

Sully is a remarkable film about a man who acted quick and ended up saving a number of lives. Recreating the miracle on the Hudson. What makes this film so amazing isn’t just the star power but it’s taking this event, this small (time wise) event and expanding on it in a very humanistic way focusing on who Sully was. He wasn’t just a pilot; he was a human being who made an impossible decision in a matter of moments, seconds really. And he was a very humble man who faced so much in the aftermath that no one knew about. And this film explored that through Sully’s story, it explored the aftermath and it explored everything this man was going through.
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Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent

By: Cynthia Ayala  

An entertaining film that brings to life a novel that focuses on the cost of unity at a particular price.  While not a terribly unique concept, Shailene Woodley was able to bring to life her character and make herself, the character and the film shine.  Read on for a full review. Continue reading “Bland but entertaining | Cyn’s Movie Review – Divergent”

An Action Packed Family Film | Cyn’s Movie Review of 3 Days to Kill

By: Cynthia A. Directed by: McG Screenplay by: Adi Hasak & Luc Besson Story by: Luc Besson Starring: Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld, Connie Nielsen, Richard Sammel, Eriq Ebouaney Genre: Action, Thriller In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy, who is determined to give up his high stakes life to finally build a closer relationship with his estranged wife … Continue reading An Action Packed Family Film | Cyn’s Movie Review of 3 Days to Kill

The Winter Solider Packs a Punch | Cyn’s Movie Review of Captain America: The Winter Solider

By: Cynthia Ayala Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely Based on Captain America by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford & Samuel L. Jackson Genre: Action, Science Fiction After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s … Continue reading The Winter Solider Packs a Punch | Cyn’s Movie Review of Captain America: The Winter Solider

Disastrous doesn’t begin to cover it | Cyn’s Movie Review of Pompeii (2014 Film)

By: Cynthia Ayala Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson Screenplay by: Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler & Michael Robert Johnson Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Sasha Roiz & Kiefer Sutherland Genre: Action, Drama Set in 79 A.D., ‘Pompeii’ tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race … Continue reading Disastrous doesn’t begin to cover it | Cyn’s Movie Review of Pompeii (2014 Film)

A Hope Filled Fairy Tale…almost | Cyn’s Movie Review of Winter’s Tale

By: Cynthia A. 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 … Continue reading A Hope Filled Fairy Tale…almost | Cyn’s Movie Review of Winter’s Tale

A Masterful Treasure | Cyn’s Movie Review of The Monuments Men

By: Cynthia A. Directed by: George Clooney Screenplay by: George Clooney & Grant Heslov Based on The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel  Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville & Cate Blanchett Genre: Action, Drama Based on the harrowing true story of the greatest treasure hunt.  During World War II by 1943, the Allies are making … Continue reading A Masterful Treasure | Cyn’s Movie Review of The Monuments Men