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)”

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 mysterious white horse that soon becomes his guardian angel, the pair try to settle some scored before running off to Florida and escape those hunting him.  But then, while trying to rob a house, he … Continue reading A Hope Filled Fairy Tale…almost | Cyn’s Movie Review of Winter’s Tale

Russell Crowe May Finally Make Directorial Debut With Historical Drama The Water Diviner

By: Nick Venable It’s been a pretty solid year already for Russell Crowe, having starred in Allen Hughes’ so-so crime thriller Broken City as well as Zack Snyder’s summer blockbuster-on-kryptonite-crackMan of Steel, where he found his inner Marlon Brando to play Superman’s father. I’m pretty sure if a Justice League movie ever gets made, they’ll figure out a way to get Crowe involved. Perhaps by hologram and voiceover a la Superman Returns? But before any of that other superhero madness makes it to the big screen, Crowe is interested in directing his own film, which Deadline reports would be the historical drama The Water Diviner, which will be produced … Continue reading Russell Crowe May Finally Make Directorial Debut With Historical Drama The Water Diviner

Les Misérables

Breathtaking, wonderful amazing! I absolutely loved this movie so much. The artistic design of the movie was breathtaking and the rawness of the music, the way it vibrated in the theater was amazing. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at how the movie was developed as well as the casting choices. Granted I spent half the movie remembering that these were The Dictator, Bellatrix, Wolverine, Catwoman and the Gladiator. I know, it’s annoying that I made those comparisons but it is true. That being said, despite those thoughts intruding into my head, I loved this movie and was completely entranced and … Continue reading Les Misérables

The Man with the Iron Fists

It saddens me to say this but this was not that great of a movie, which was disappointing.  The opening sequence and narration was slow and took me out of the movie. I understand the nostalgia feeling that the RZA and Quentin Tarantino were going for but it didn’t work.   This is supposed to be a martial arts movie and it was a very slow beginning into one with not much build of a story to initialize it.  However, as soon as the speed picked up so did the movie and the special effects. Another problem was the time of … Continue reading The Man with the Iron Fists

Aaron Paul Wants To Play Eddie Dean In Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

By: Sean O’Connell Warner Bros.’ planned adaptation of Stephen King’s massive The Dark Tower series has stalled. Last we heard, the studio passed on an elaborate plan that would have spread King’s story across multiple feature films and a television series. But even though the project’s on the shelf, that hasn’t stopped fans in high places from speculating on the franchise’s future. Case in point: Breaking Bad Emmy winner Aaron Paul took to Twitter last night to claim that playing reformed junkie Eddie Dean in King’s story is a “HUGE dream of mine.” Those of us who’ve read King’s story … Continue reading Aaron Paul Wants To Play Eddie Dean In Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

Anne Hathaway Gets A Dramatic Haircut For Les Miserables

We’ve been lucky enough to catch glimpses at Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables leads, giving us an idea of what they might look like in character. First, there was Russell Crowe’s hat. Then, Hugh Jackman’s beard. And now, a suggestion of Anne Hathaway’s haircut, which actually ends up being more drastic than it sounds. See for yourself: The photo, published on, was snapped in London’s SoHo neighborhood as Hathaway exited The Box, a nightclub, with her fiancé Adam Shulman. Though she tried to hide her shorn locks, this appears to be the first shot of Hathaway’s look for Fantine. I … Continue reading Anne Hathaway Gets A Dramatic Haircut For Les Miserables