Film

“Insurgent” Is A Fun-Action Ride

HOLLYWOOD—I will be the first to admit when the first installment of the “Divergent” franchise hit theaters in 2014 I was no major fan. There was one problem with the movie that I couldn’t escape; it reminded me of “The Hunger Games” franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence, only this one starred Shailene Woodley. After seeing the movie a few times,...

“Run All Night” Will Have You Running

HOLLYWOOD—Liam Neeson is back once again to prove that his fame as an action-star over 60 is far from over with his new thriller “Run All Night.” Neeson plays Jimmy Conlon, an aging hitman who is forced to take on his former boss Shawn Maguire (Ed Harris) after he kills his son, Danny (Boyd Holbrook). The tale is a bit...

“Cinderella” Is An Enchanting Tale

HOLLYWOOD—We all know about the classic fairy tale known as Cinderella, but when was the last time you recall seeing a live-version of the film. Hmm, takes a while to think about it doesn’t it. This new telling helmed by Kenneth Branagh is an enchanting tale that will warm the heart and further reiterate why so many of us...

“Chappie” Is A Smart Movie

HOLLYWOOD—The idea of robots being able to manifest human emotion has been debated for years, well since cinema first tackled the issue. Director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film “Chappie” looks at the impact non-human things can have on humans. The narrative of “Chappie” involves the city of Johannesburg in South Africa that has a high crime rate. To reduce the...

“The Lazarus Effect” Raises Some Questions

HOLLYWOOD—The prospect of the dead coming back to life has been something Hollywood has been tackling from the dawn of cinema. From zombies to ghosts, plenty of movies have asked the question: What if? Well a new film is answering that same question with a different theory. “The Lazarus Effect” tackles the issue of reviving the dead and the...

“Focus” Is One Fun Ride

HOLLYWOOD—It’s been quite some time since a caper flick has hit theaters, at least one that knows how to present the audience with constant questions on who can and who can’t be trusted. The new heist thriller “Focus” starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie is indeed a fun-ride. Smith stars as Nicky Spurgeon, a con-man who is quite stellar...

“The Duff” Is Quite Entertaining

HOLLYWOOD—When was the last time that you can recall seeing a film about high school that was actually entertaining? Yeah, it’s been awhile, the high school cliché movies of the 90s, all but disappeared in the early 2000s, so imagine my surprise when “The Duff” proved to a bit more entertaining than I suspected. The film stars Mae Whittman...

“Birdman,” “Budapest Hotel” Oscar Winners

HOLLYWOOD—The pinnacle of awards season came to an end on Sunday, February 22 as the 87th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Leading the pack of all nominees were the films “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with nine nominations apiece. Both films walked away with four awards apiece. The winner for Best Picture was...

“Sponge Out Of Water” Is Goofy Fun

HOLLYWOOD—Jeez, I recall nearly 10 years ago how huge SpongeBob SquarePants was with my nephew. I mean he had every piece of memorabilia from the still popular cartoon character. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is a sequel to the 2004 movie. On this newest adventure, SpongeBob (voice of Tom Kenny) finds himself playing the role of hero once...

“Whiplash” Delivers A Thrill A Minute

HOLLYWOOD—Being musically inclined is no easy task, “Whiplash” teaches that lesson in more ways than one can imagine. It’s a movie that starts off with a bang and ends that way. Miles Teller is absolutely fascinating as musical prodigy Andrew Neyman or so he thinks. He gets a hard dose of reality, when he meets one of the greatest and...
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