Category: Movies

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Star Wars grows up with ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

If the main saga Star Wars movies are The Lord of the Rings, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is more like Game of Thrones. Instead of legendary heroes and Jedi magic, Rogue One is more grounded in reality with a small, rag-tag group of rebels who manage to do something extraordinary. Because of the shift away from the fantasy roots of the main trilogy and a stronger focus on action, Rogue One is a more grown-up tale from the galaxy far, far away.

TOM HANKS as Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "SULLY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures 0

‘Sully’ shows that less is more

When you go to see a movie about a heroic American event, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood, you have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get. In other words, you’ll go into Sully expecting a quality movie, and that’s precisely what they’ll deliver.

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Greed goes to war in ‘War Dogs’

Director Todd Phillips might be better known for his Hangover trilogy, but War Dogs proves he can make a movie that is both entertaining and impactful. Cross that with the chemistry between Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, and throw in a little Bradley Cooper and you’ve got yourself a rags-to-richest-to-corruption story that’s definitely worth a watch.

(L-r) JAY HERNANDEZ as Diablo, JAI COURTNEY as Boomerang, ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE as Killer Croc, MARGOT ROBBIE as Harley Quinn, WILL SMITH as Deadshot, JOEL KINNAMAN as Rick Flag and KAREN FUKUHARA as Katana in Warner Bros. Pictures' action adventure "SUICIDE SQUAD," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. 0

‘Suicide Squad’ yet another DC letdown

Maybe the hype was to blame, maybe the writing, maybe key pieces were lost in editing and reshoots, but Suicide Squad squanders its monumental potential with tonal missteps and a gaunt plot that leaves a lot to be desired. After seeing the great cast and the well-executed trailers, I was really rooting for this one, but it seems that DC has missed the mark yet again. *Contains spoilers

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS. 0

‘Ghostbusters’ is a silly little comedy that became a cultural lightning rod

Remember when The Interview came out and everyone decided that seeing a silly little comedy was some kind of patriotic act of defiance to North Korea? The all-female Ghostbusters reboot is a lot like that—a silly little comedy that somehow ignited a culture war on the internet and became way more significant than it probably should have been.

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY as Clarence and JORDAN PEELE as Rell in New Line Cinema's action comedy "KEANU," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. 0

Key and Peele hit the big screen with hilarious results in ‘Keanu’

Whenever stars of TV sketch comedy transition to the big screen, the question on everyone’s mind is: will this just feel like a sketch stretched out to 90 minutes? Thankfully with Keanu, the answer is no. Yes, there are some lulls and a few jokes that don’t always land, but the impeccable chemistry between the two makes their dialogue exchanges absolutely hilarious. And did I mention that adorable kitten?

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Prince 1958-2016

Like with Michael Jackson and David Bowie, I couldn’t even conceive of a world where the was no Prince. He’s engrained in the cultural backbone of generations, and people like that never truly die. So today, I’m sitting at my computer listening to Purple Rain over and over again and remembering the legendary entertainer who will always be a part of our collective hearts.

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‘The Jungle Book’ a respectful reboot with modern-day flare

For me, when it comes to Disney classics, there are old-school movies like Snow White or Pinocchio, and there are ’90s hits like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Originally released in 1967, The Jungle Book falls into a sort of gray area between the two, so it seemed to most ripe for revival in the form of a CG-filled reboot. Thankfully, Jon Favreau’s take on The Jungle Book keeps all the spirit of a great Disney movie while letting the technology shine with superb CG.

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‘Pee-wee’s Big Holiday’ a genuine delight

This week, the nostalgia gods at Netflix delivered Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, which sees the titular hero befriending Joe Manganiello and going on a road trip. The movie’s funniest moments aren’t a snarky nod to dated nostalgia, they’re genuine and played with conviction, reminding us why we’ve loved Pee-wee Herman for three decades and counting.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in THE REVENANT, an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. Copyright © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. THE REVENANT Motion Picture Copyright © 2015 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. and Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication. 0

Will ‘The Revenant’ bring DiCaprio Oscar gold?

As far as I’m concerned, Leonardo DiCaprio should already have several Oscars on his shelf. ‘The Revenant’ could very well be the film that finally scores him some Oscar gold, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s his best film. Brutal and beautiful, this film has racked up lots of nominations from professional and critics groups already—and it deserves the accolades, but will this be the one that finally secures a DiCaprio win on Oscar night?