After an unnecessarily long exposition, we finally meet the ill-fated SS Pendleton, a battered Type T2-SE-A1 tanker; off the Massachusetts coast, south of Cape Cod. The Pendleton was en route to Boston from New Orléans until. A sudden lurch then am loud explosion ripped the boat in half. The bow drifted more to the south and the stern, with its 33 men remained afloat in tormented seas, but quick thinking from the crew delayed the inevitable. The stern of the Pendleton had power, but was taking on more water than it could pump out; with only a few hours of buoyancy left, The Finest Hours is an overly dramatic (at times) account of the rescue attempt of those men. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Finest Hours”
Now that Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day) have imprisoned, killed and blackmailed their ‘Horrible Bosses’; the trio, now liberated from the monotony of the office has started a company based on their invention. After their live television appearance pitching The Shower Buddy goes impossibly bad, NicKurtDale Inc. may be dead before it gets off the ground. Now seeking the financial help of a private investor, the boys get an offer from the smarmy Bert Hanson (Christoph Waltz), who will lend $3 million for production of the first 100,00 units. When Hanson suddenly backs out of the deal, the boys need cash to pay their debts, or lose their business.
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Director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of the Star Trek franchise into a new alternate universe was met with resounding success – it was a critical darling, a fan favorite, and a box office smash. Why? We got to know the origins of characters that had, to that point, been around for 43 years. It was fun spending time with the younger versions of Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander/Science Officer Spock (Zachary Quinto), Chief Medical Officer Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban), Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (Simon Pegg), Communications Officer Nyota Uhura (Zoë Saldana), Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho), and Ensign Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin). We saw the depth of their personae and became involved with them as they found their way through their relative adolescence in Starfleet. Four years later, they’re ready for action, and Star Trek Into Darkness doesn’t hesitate to drop you right into the middle of it.
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This is Alex Kurtzman’s first big screen directorial debut. You may be asking yourself who this man is and if you should be familiar with him. The answer is yes. He’s one of the screenwriters responsible for the Transformers movies as well as Star Trek and the upcoming Star Trek sequel. So to go from his usual work within science fiction to a directorial debut like People Like Us, a character inspired drama may be unusual, but under the circumstances of this film being inspired by true events (his own), it’s more than possible.
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Chalk another movie up in the “brain dead, yet entertaining” category for early 2012. This Means War, the latest in director McG’s expanding oeuvre of mindless action movies (he brought us the two Charlie’s Angels movies, along with the unnecessary sequel, Terminator: Salvation), may be one of those movies you’re going to catch either at a matinee or on cable sometime, only to be drawn in by the lead actors’ charm and – let’s face it- good looks. It may not be the greatest movie in the world, and it definitely isn’t blowing the doors down in the moviemaking department, but it is shamefully diverting fun.
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Fans of director J.J. Abrams Star Trek will be excited to learn that the sequel has received the green light and now has a release date.
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