Tomb Raider (2018)
Over the years, the Tomb Raider video game series with the icon female Lara Croft is a character that got lost with time. A series that has its fans surely to the extent. First coming out in 1996 with it spanning a series that was praised, it was basically a female Indiana Jones in my mind. With its fame came a film series starring Angelina Jolie in 2001. A series that spawned two films that were bothsloppy and missed opportunity. With a reboot video game that came out in 2013, it would only be time before a reboot film series was to follow. It's finally here.
‘Game Night’ Review
If you want to look back at board game adaptations for films, they don't work and why we have a lack of them. Battleship (2012) was a lame duck that seemly wasn't right from the start. A supposed Candyland film with Adam Sandler has been in development hell for sometime filled with lawsuits (yes, that bad). And the only board game film that was remotely successful was Clue and you have to go back to 1985 for that. But let's remember, they are films based on board games and really how do you get a story out of it? Game Night is New Line's latest comedy that puts a new spin on a gaming adaptation that channels something like Date Night (2010) to make something special.
More times than not when you see a film you know what you're getting into. You know trailers, you know what's it based off and you know the directors style but sometimes and not often as you would like, you get something different that you could never expect. Annihilation is that something different to 2018. Get ready to be stunned.
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
Premiering at the Dubai Film Festival all the way back in 2015 followed by a release to MENA region in 2016, it's now taking only now in February of 2018 for Bilal: A New Breed of Hero to get to the states. An Arabic animation film telling the true story of Bilal ibn Rabah, a slave who rose to power through a lot in the 632 AD. Something VERY different to the start the year.
Thank You for Your Service (2017)
If you look at war films, they are all Hollywoodized all to a certain degree. It's not to say they are bad reflections of the wars but I would go to the History Channel or something along those lines for a more proper story of wars. The post-war and the effects that veterans suffer after the war including PTSD, struggling to find a job and depression has never been done in Hollywood. We see it for the first time in the new war film Thank You for Your Service.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
With everything going on in the media and as it get's older and older, it's being lost how big of a series Winnie the Pooh was and still is. Millions of books sold, many film adaptations, and an icon for young children for years to come. The latest Winnie the Pooh adaption is Goodbye Christopher Robin, an adaption unlike anything we've seen before for mainly all the wrong reasons.
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Only the Brave (2017)
If you been paying attention to recent news sadly, Calfornia wildfires are alive and well. It's an ongoing issue that seems to be only worse and obviously isn't good for California as a whole. It was only time Hollywood would make something off of it. That said, Only the Brave is a great film though showing respect and honors what great sacrifice firefighter do in forest fires. What a treat of film this is.
Battle of the Sexes
Friend Request (2017)
Maybe the corniest genre to horror films is the social media genre. We had the corny film Unfriended, horror dealing with the dark sides of Skype and Facebook. On a much smaller level, you also had the foreign film The Den (2013), dealing with webcams. It's a unique genre but I don't see how it can grow and will become so dated twenty-years from now. The worst film to the social media genre to this date and basically a rip-off in many ways to Unfriended is Friend Request out this weekend.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
A lot of Hollywood series nowadays don't deserve to exist. From tiresome clichés, money grabs and unoriginal rides, so many reasons can be found as to why we don't need the series's that we have. After a hit of a first film and now a sequel in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, this seems like this is primed to be the next big series. Is this sequel the step in more of the right direction or a step backward? Do we really need this series?
American Assassin (2017)
Even though his filmography isn't much right now, I really do see a lot in Dylan O'Brien. A likable and normal guy who has a lot of charm in roles. His biggest role was in the TV department in the show Teen Wolf and in the film department, he's made good money off the Maze Runner series. These are roles that work for him now but these are only 'teen roles' and he could be finding something better because he has more talent than what he's putting himself in. His newest lead role is in the CIA film The American Assassin. Something that much different from what he use to it and step into more adult roles but's its a mess of a film.
A Trip to Spain (2017)
Whatever plot you have and whatever director takes over that plot, it would seem to be very hard to mess up Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan together. Chemistry is so high between them, both can work a plot so well and both can be so funny in different ways. All of that is presented in their latest film together A Trip to Spain.
Sure, author Stephen King work has had it's a share of good adaptations. The early 80's you got films like The Shining (1980), Cujo (1983), Christine (1983). That ended when the decade ended and the 90's came about.