Movie Review – Hail, Caesar!

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Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles. 

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Movie Review – Magic Mike XXL

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It’s been three years since we saw the Kings of Tampa in action, and a lot has changed. “Magic” Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) is struggling to make ends meet with his small construction company, but when ‘Pony’ by Ginuwine comes on the radio; the impromptu routine in Mike’s workshop proves that there’s still some magic left. After being lured by Tarzan (former wrestler Kevin Nash) to join the rest of the Kings on their trip to the annual stripper convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The road trip begins. But what of the boys? Can they still wow the masses after a three-year hiatus. Can they do it without Dallas (Matthew McConaughey from the first film) and The Kid (Alex Prettyfer from the first film)? 

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Movie Review – Jupiter Ascending

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Long delayed Jupiter Ascending was supposed to be the answer to Marvel/Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With an original release date of July 25, 2014,  the latest from the Wachowski siblings (I guess) went through several script changes, before conceding to a 6 month delay. Rumoured to be delayed for graphical enhancements and IMAX conversions, Jupiter Ascending is finally released. I generally dislike space operas and I try to avoid any title that starts off “Star…”. But as bad as the critics and its 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes would suggest, Jupiter Ascending isn’t as terrible as the press would like you to believe.  Continue reading “Movie Review – Jupiter Ascending”

Movie Review – 22 Jump Street

Last time on 21 Jump Street:

Captain Dickson: Enough, already. Enough. New assignment. Since you two cowboys love to drink booze, smoke weed with kids and f**k anything with a big ass in jeans with low self-esteem, I’m a send you to a place where all that s**t is allowed.
Jenko: Oh, I love Disneyland.
Captain Dickson: You two sons of bitches are goin’ to college!
Schmidt: Yes!
Jenko: No!

I wanted to believe that ending to 21 Jump Street would be good open ending to one of the biggest surprises of 2012.  Two years later, Schmidt and Jenko are back in 22 Jump Street. Equally surprising is the sequel being as good as the original. The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller film has the same quick wit, bromantic tendencies and over the top ridiculousness as the first. Even Deputy Chief Hardy (Nick Offerman) is pretty clear when he says with a deadpan delivery: “You’re doing the same thing. The thing you did the first time; you’re doing it again, because it was successful”. There are a few moments like that where the cast doesn’t tear down the 4th wall, but they do give it a swift knock. Poignantly self-aware, even mocking its very existence; 22 Jump Street is smart, crude, crass, raunchy and as surprisingly good as the first.

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe – Retaliation

96878_galIf I were to tell you about a movie in which the President of the United States is held hostage inside his own compound while a criminal mastermind has his way with our country’s nuclear arsenal, you might think I was rehashing my review of last week’s unintentionally hilarious Olympus Has Fallen. In fact, I’d be talking about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the long delayed second entry in the Hasbro-spawned action franchise. The big difference is that Joe, though sharing more than a few traits with the the aforementioned ‘White House under siege’ clunker, never takes itself too seriously. And we’d be silly to expect it to. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe – Retaliation”

Movie Review – G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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It’s been four long years removed from the surprisingly successful G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.   With the additions of current WWE Champion, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis to the team, while subtracting both Dennis Quaid and Marlon Wayans, G.I. Joe seems to be heading in the right direction as a franchise. With an original release date of June 28th 2012, G.I. Joe: Retaliation had bigger problems than Cobra plaguing them. Weeks of re-shoots, a costly 3D conversion process and the tweaking of the marketing campaign followed. Ten months past its original release date, it’s time for Retaliation; but is it worth the delay? Continue reading “Movie Review – G.I. Joe: Retaliation”

Movie Review – Side Effects

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Emily Taylor (Rooney Mara) has waited waited a long time for her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) to come home from prison. Martin has been imprisioned for at least three years in an upstate New York prison for insider trading. The loss of wealth, lifestyle and husband has lead to Emily’s depression and anxiety disorder. Her urge to return to some sense of normalcy; has rebuilding the life before her husband’s sentencing is easier said than done. Emily’s downward spiral leads up to her failed suicide attempt. Unfortunately for Emily, the side effects of the drug Abixla; recommended by Dr. Victoria Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Emily’s old psychiatrist; then  prescribed by her doctor Jonathan Banks (Jude Law), a successful New York psychiatrist rendered unexpected results. Continue reading “Movie Review – Side Effects”

MOVIE REVIEW – Magic Mike

Ladies, time to grab up all of your singles for a ticket to the sexiest movie this summer. Women everywhere have been waiting for this movie to finally release and now the wait is over. Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh, tells a story of the ups and downs of a veteran stripper, Magic Mike (Channing Tatum) drenched with lots of sweaty dance moves and easy to please stripper clientele.  The movie previews definitely provided lots of hype that tends to lead to much let down however; the previews were just a taste of everything this film had in store.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 21 Jump Street

I cannot stress this enough – going into 21 Jump Street, the last words on my mind were words like “hilarious”, “instant classic”, or even “that was surprisingly fun”.  As a fan of the original 1980s television show upon which this new movie was based, I really had to wonder if this was going to be straw that broke the remake/reboot trend’s back.  Oddly enough, 21 Jump Street has turned out to be the kind of touchstone movie that producers and directors are going to look to as an example of how well an old property can be updated.  By turning a solid teen melodrama into an outrageous “oh, man, they actually went there” film, 21 Jump Street doesn’t hesitate to not only find the line and cross it, but it drags the line to a completely other level before crossing it again.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Haywire

Steven Soderbergh is certainly a versatile director in Hollywood.  He’s tackled a multitude of different genres and generally handles them well.  He’s a director that actors seem to flock to and his films in droves to fill the rolls it requires.  But not every genre is handled well by every director and it seems as though Soderbergh has some limits that we’re now discovering.

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Go Joe! New Trailer for G.I. Joe!!

 

 

That right! Machinima by way of Paramount has a first look at the new G.I. Joe sequel titled, G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

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SDCC: Haywire & The Raven

 Check out some of Relativity Media’s lineup featured at Comic Con…Epsionage thriller Haywire & murder mystery, The Raven.

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MOVIE REVIEW – The Eagle

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If a story intrigues you when you’re in a movie theater then that’s a good thing. Typically there are too many stories that hit the theaters that are rather weak, or copied from other films that are out or have been out in the theaters. Originality is something that falls short in Hollywood. So when Hollywood dives into history that is not well known by its audience it intrigues me. I’ll admit I did not know of this story, and have not seen anything on the History, or Discovery Channel about this.

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