Interstellar (2014) Review
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Interstellar (2014) Review

Christopher Nolan’s science fiction epic falters at a few moments particularly in the latter part of its second act, but nevertheless manages to be an ambitious and powerfully told tale of a bleak future that’s soaked in a foreboding sense of realism.

'Shazam' is DC's Next Film Production, Eyeing 2019 Release

'Shazam' is DC's Next Film Production, Eyeing 2019 Release

Shazam formerly known as Captain Marvel is DC's next project. The character when saying "Shazam" transforms himself into a superhuman with strength, speed, flight, and other abilities. Shazam is an acronym for the six "immortal elders." The name Captain Marvel was ended in 2011 and changed to Shazam due to legal disputes from competitor Marvel Comics.

Death Proof (2007) - A Retrospective Review
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Death Proof (2007) - A Retrospective Review

"It's better than safe, it's Death Proof." — In 2007, filmmakers and longtime friends Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez embarked on an experiment that would look to pay homage to the double feature Grind House B-movies of the '70s with their trashy, exploitation driven themes and low production values. The project, aptly titled Grindhouse, would comprise of two main features shown back-to-back. Rodriguez's film, Planet Terror would be a schlocky, violent '80s style science fiction romp. Tarantino's segment, Death Proof, would pay homage to car films of the '70s such as Vanishing Point (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and White Lightning (1973) but with a good dose of the slasher flick thrown in for good measure.

Inception (2010) Review
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Inception (2010) Review

Conceptually, I can’t think of a film that has sparked my imagination in such a specific way as Nolan’s Inception. There’s much to be said of a filmmaker that’s given the leniency to go off and make an original film immediately after his enormous success with The Dark Knight. And Inception is a story Nolan sat on for the better part of a decade before finally putting it together.

The Big Sick (2017) Review
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The Big Sick (2017) Review

The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (You're Whole, Hello, My Name is Doris) and stars Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Adventure Time), Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks, What If), Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age). The Big Sick is an early awards frontrunner, can a romantic comedy really compete in the awards race?

Woody Allen Retrospective: Manhattan Murder Mystery

Woody Allen Retrospective: Manhattan Murder Mystery

Woody Allen is one of those filmmakers known for having a large body of work, yet is largely only appreciated for a certain segment of it. With Woody, interestingly, there is not one universal segment of his films that people appreciate. Few will deny the masterpieces most often attributed to him, Annie Hall or Manhattan, for instance, but there are many camps of Woody Allen appreciation. One such camp proclaims Woody's earlier films were best. Another section of Woody Allen fandom declares his comedies are best, while yet another camp asserts that his serious films are superior. In a way, this speaks to Woody's prowess as a filmmaker, that he can impact so many audiences with such different portions of his filmography. What I'm here to advise against, however, is being overly dismissive of Woody's "lower tier" work. I can say without a doubt, as I've traveled halfway through Woody Allen's filmography, that I have been most floored by films that I have rarely heard others mention. Maybe that's simply human psychology at work and I was more impressed with them simply because they have largely flown under the radar, therefore, expected little from them. My theory, however, persists that Woody Allen is a filmmaker that doesn't get adequate credit for his body of work as a whole. Maybe Woody's problem of having about a dozen widely recognized classics to his name that many of his equally impressive work is overlooked is one I should be less sympathetic towards; I just can't help myself from donning the armor of Woody Allen defense at least one more time. Manhattan Murder Mystery, the 1993 installment of Woody's film-a-year output is simply sensational. There is as much artistically going on here as in Crimes and Misdemeanors, and dialogue as sharp as that in Hannah and Her Sisters. Starring, in my opinion, Woody's best screen partner Diane Keaton, as well as another pair of repeat co-stars, Alan Alda and Anjelica Huston, Manhattan Murder Mystery is a zesty look at the lives of a middle aged couple who suddenly become convinced that a neighbor in their New York City apartment building has murdered his wife. Not only is Manhattan Murder Mystery hilarious, but it's also a piercingly deep look at the lives of a married couple after their only child has outgrown the nest and they are left with the years-worn versions of each other to re-adapt to. Manhattan Murder Mystery is so much more than a "silly plot" in a "throw away" Woody Allen film, but rather, another brilliant attempt at decoding the human condition we are all born into by one of America's best filmmakers.

"The Last Tycoon" Review
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"The Last Tycoon" Review

Streaming service giant Amazon has taken quite an interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald. They debuted a miniseries earlier this year, "Z: The Beginning of Everything". It starred Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald and David Hoflin as F. Scott. Now comes Amazon's 9-part adaptation of the iconic author's final novel (published a year after his death), The Last Tycoon.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Did the world go comatose on how great is, or am I just astounded this animated film I watched countless times as a child is actually the most compelling Batman story? Mask of the Phantasm is directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm, the minds behind the iconic '90s animated series. The writing team was also well immersed in the animated series with a story from Alan Burnett. Despite its roots, even as a child, I could tell Mask of the Phantasm was not bound by the shackles of TV, much more a children’s programme.

Wish Upon - Movie Review

Wish Upon - Movie Review

Wish I would've went to see War for the Planet of the Apes again. But anyway, here's my take on the summer newest horror flick, WISH UPON. — Wish Upon is directed by John R. Leonetti and is about Claire Shannon, an unpopular high schooler that is presented with a mysterious, chinese music box that turns out to be granting Claire's every wish. Claire's wishes seem to be benefiting her private and social life until she realizes each wish has a terrible price.

GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 1: Dragonstone; Review
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GoT: Se. 7 Ep. 1: Dragonstone; Review

Game of Thrones is back, and the season premier of the hit show tees up the entire season brilliantly. (Spoiler free) — The astounding show is back, and as usual, I found myself whistling along to the entire introduction theme song which, lets face it, is impossible not to do. I shall keep this as spoiler free and to the point as possible, as there is nothing worse then coming across a spoiler for one of your favourite shows. In short, Dragonstone is the setting up of all the major key players and events set to come; Cersei planning to attack more or less everyone she hates or sees as a threat, Daenerys finally reaching Westeros and landing at Dragonstone with her army and dragons, Jorah's continuing illness, Sansa and John with Little Finger doing his usual sly and plot planning, and the person who is going to be a key player for Cersei, being Euron Greyjoy; also Arya Stark making some major moves.

The Prestige (2006) Review
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The Prestige (2006) Review

There’s an argument to be made that The Prestige is Christopher Nolan’s finest film so far. A Victorian-era tale of revenge and rivalry between two magicians, Nolan's adaptation of Christopher Priest’s novel stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.

Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' is among 2017's "best" films according to critics...

Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' is among 2017's "best" films according to critics...

Durkirk’s release comes 19 years to the weekend after five-time Oscar winner “Saving Private Ryan” released in theaters in 1998 — Friday, Warner Bros. Pictures is set to release DUNKIRK - Christopher Nolan's upcoming anxiety-inducing War War II thriller in 125 select theaters equipped for 70mm projection, including 31 IMAX screens installed for 70mm projection. But if that wasn't enough to get you there, it's highly probable the near-unanimous critical consensus will.

Cars 3 (2017) Review
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Cars 3 (2017) Review

Cars 3 is the directorial debut from Brian Fee who previously worked in the art department for most Pixar releases. The film features the voices of Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Marley & Me), Armie Hammer (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Lone Ranger), Larry the Cable Guy (Cars) and introduces Cristela Alonzo to mainstream audiences. "Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world". The Cars series is almost unanimously seen as Pixar's worst, can Cars 3 elevate the franchise?

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