‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is an entertaining mixed bag of a film.

This month is a huge one of the Jurassic Park cinematic franchise as the first film celebrates its 25th anniversary. The work of late author, Michael Crichton, was adapted by Steven Spielberg and released in 1993. Filled with dinosaur chases (included a T-Rex chasing a Jeep), raptor hunts and other thrills, the film actually asked the question of ethics: even though it can be done, should it?

Twenty-five years and four films later, science and ideas have fallen by the wayside and more jump-scare entertainment has spearheaded the films. If you can put real science to the side, you can find enjoyment in the films. This has continued in the latest installment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.Read More »

‘Incredibles 2’ is worth the 14 year wait

In 2004, Disney/Pixar kicked off their own superhero story with the animated classic, The Incredibles. The 1960’s retro style animated film had it all: colorful, relatable characters, wonderful storytelling, and a Silver-Age Fantastic Fourstyle and family message that everyone, no matter the age, could relate to. After that, fans who grew up watching the first one eagerly anticipated rejoining these heroes.

After 14 years, I can say that our patient waiting has paid off as writer-director Brad Bird delivered an entertaining delight.

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Friendship, fun, and gut-busting laughs run together in entertaining ‘Tag’

Remember when you and your friends used to ride bikes and run around outside? When adventure was found outside on your pedals or the words ‘You’re It!’ evoked feelings of excitement to find the next person you are going to touch and make them the chaser? As an adult, those days seem long gone, replaced with long work weeks and happy hour sessions.

So a comedy movie about grown men still acting like little boys one month out of the year isn’t a novel concept. This comedic trope has been used too often since the early 2000s. But it’s been a while since this old trope has been executed as perfectly as it is in Tag – possibly the funniest movie of the year so far.

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The girls have fun in this summer’s glossy heist ‘Ocean’s 8’

The George Clooney-led ensemble Ocean’s movies came out around a time that I didn’t really appreciate them. Upon revisiting them a few months ago through Netflix earlier this year, I finally figured out the hype.

Sandra Bullock’s grand heist film might not measure up to the predecessors, but the summer movie season is perfect for this starry but lightweight caper.Read More »

‘Upgrade’ is a thrilling, cyberpunk story, opening a larger tech discussion

If you haven’t heard of Blumhouse Productions, you might want to catch up with them now. While the private production company has been producing low-budget horror films since 2009 with Paranormal Activity. In the last few years, the company has gained more mainstream attention with films such as The Purge, Insidious,  Split, and the Oscar-nominated Get Out.

Among the massive franchises adding another movie to their list such as Marvel’s Infinity War and Deadpool 2 and more major additions such as Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to come, there are a few movies that fly under the radar with little fanfare leading up to their release that end up becoming sleeper hits, relying on word of mouth between audience members to generate favor. Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade is worthy of being counted in that group for this summer.Read More »

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’: A fun and fast-paced space adventure despite the flaws.

Ever since Walt Disney Studios acquired Lucasfilm, they have successfully rejuvenated the franchise with a trilogy that continues the original story; introducing fans to new characters along with the heroes we grew up with. With that success, the mass media conglomerate decided to fill in some gaps in the galaxy far, far away with Star Wars anthology movies.

While the first, Rogue One, was a positive success among all fans of the franchise, the standalone story about one of the more cantankerous and famous characters of the original trilogy might be considered the Attack of the Clones of this series.Read More »

‘Deadpool 2’ is another breath of comedic fresh air in the superhero genre.

Over the last few years since the superhero movie genre has taken off, the films have become diversified as far as adding different elements for the world-saving good guys. From the bank heist twists of Ant-Man to the buddy cop addition to Thor: Ragnarok, the range of superhero films is ever expanding.

But there is one hero (or anti-hero) that continues to buck tradition and do things his way. In 2016’s hit, Ryan Reynolds starred as the foul mouthed hero/anti-hero Deadpool and enjoyed breaking down the fourth wall every chance that he got while saving his girlfriend.

In this sequel, Reynolds keeps up the charm and strong performance among the gory and glee as DP’s world expands with new characters, displaying the power of personal virtue and promise of second chances all while not taking itself too seriously. Which is honestly the best part. Read More »

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a dazzling comic-book spectacle a decade in the making

18 movies. 10 years. After much build-up, pre-release hype, and social-media speculation and guessing games along with every small superhero collaborations and victory, the time finally arrived. Marvel Studios brought all of their heroes together – and they did mean “all” – for a battle for the fate of the universe.

A movie that has had a decade worth of world-building and preparation for the heroes to fight the Big Bad of their world, Avengers: Infinity War is not only a culmination to a long, winding road that started in 2008, but an event unlike any that have come before it on the big screen…and maybe ever again.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a comical but tenderhearted dog tale.

Outside of 2012’s Moonrise Kingdom, I haven’t been exposed to Wes Anderson’s directorial work (Before any comments come in, Fantastic Mr. Fox has already been recommended to me). Seeing what I’ve seen from Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, Anderson has a certain whimsy to his movies. But whimsy doesn’t last forever. While seeing Isle of Dogs, his second stop-motion animated film, the modern-day auteur shows that he has a lot more left to keep audiences interested and laughing. Read More »