Odds Are…Half Decent | Review of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo, unfortunately, offers up nothing new for the Star Wars universe but at the very least does bring together a great cast and new characters. Continue reading Odds Are…Half Decent | Review of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Hail, Caesar | Review of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

By Cynthia Ayala

War for the Planet of the Apes starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson & Steve Zahn
20th Century Fox
Image Credit: IMDB

“After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.” —IMDB

Wow. The Planet of the Apes franchise that Matt Reeves and team have given birth too is one so remarkable not only because it gives insight into the past but because it is systematically setting up the world fans know all about. But there is also a progression to the story line, a way it moves forward from the first film and develops those aspects from the first film. The series itself has led up to this amazing moment where it builds the characters, where it builds the story to this moment. There was no other way for the story to go, no other direction that would have felt so emotional and so grounded in reality as this franchise. It’s an amazing film that has the audience rooting against the humans and rooting for the apes.
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Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’

By Cynthia Ayala

Now You See Me 2 starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe & Lizzy Caplan
Summit Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

    —IMDB

Almost as good as it’s predecessor, but the film suffers from a big problem of overreaching which seems to be a big problem with Hollywood lately, just make things bigger, bring everything in, the story comes second. Same thing happened right here. The tricks are too big, too outlandish, and yes, I know that magic tricks can be as big as a plane, but for the film purposes, the story should come first, not second, to make for a more enjoyable experience. Continue reading “Potential Floundered | Review of ‘Now You See Me 2’”

Fast Paced & A Brilliant Conclusion | Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

By Cynthia Ayala

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth

Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.

— Google

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A Haunting Action Film | Review of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Mockinjay Part 1 is the third film in The Hunger Games series that follows one Katniss Everdeen as she discovers the truth about District 13 and the rebellion forces. With Peeta held captive by the Capital, his loyalties and Katniss’ are put to the test as they brainwash him and Katniss fights for him. Continue reading A Haunting Action Film | Review of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’

Free Birds | Movie Review

By Cynthia A. Directed by: Jimmy Hayward Screenplay by: Jimmy Hayward & Scott Mosier Story by: David I. Stern & John J. Strauss Starring: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler & George Takei Two birds, Jake and Reggie, go on a mission to the first thanksgiving in order to stop the first thanksgiving and take Turkeys off the menu (although not mine—sorry turkeys). From the … Continue reading Free Birds | Movie Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Movie Review

By: Cynthia A. Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt Based on Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Starring: Jennifer La  wrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci & Donald Sutherland A year has passed for Katniss Evergreen, but the nightmares of The Hunger Games that she was forced to participate … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Movie Review

Now You See Me

Directed By: Louis Leterrier Screenplay By: Ed Solomon, Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt Story By: Boaz Yakin & Edward Ricourt Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman ‘Now You See Me’ pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of world’s greatest illusionists.  “The Four … Continue reading Now You See Me

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Casts Jeffrey Wright As Beetee

By: Katey Rich Jeffrey Wright, the character actor and theater veteran who seemingly shows up in every other movie, has become the latest– and quite possibly the last– actor added to the massive lineup for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate announced today that they’ve cast him as Beetee, the former tribute from District 3 who has knowledge about electronics that becomes very, very valuable … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Casts Jeffrey Wright As Beetee