Star Wars Battlefront 2 is a fast paced third and first person shooter that is majorly improved over the first Battlefront that EA released back in 2015. Some of these improvements are a new single player campaign, reworked card system, and battle point system for the multiplayer modes. Read more
Hot on the heels of Thor: Ragnarok comes the DC superhero movie: Justice League. I’m not sure when this happened, but at some point I think I started liking Marvel better than DC. Marvel’s just so charismatic, like the boyfriend all your friends like, he’s smart, he’s funny, goofy but lovable and always ‘on’. Whereas DC is the guy who is has a nice job, a nice car, takes himself way too seriously but has an amazing set of abs because he spends all his time at the gym. They’re both great in their own ways and both pretend the other doesn’t exist and this week it was DC’s turn for my attentions. This review is completely spoiler free, except for the part about the horse. Read more
2017 certainly has been a down year for animated movies. While there have been a number of animated movies released throughout the year, quantity has far outweighed quality. As such, it’s certainly shown in diminishing box office numbers for almost all the animated movies released this year (minus Despicable Me 3). Luckily however, as far as animated movies are concerned, 2017 is going out on a high note with Coco, the latest offering from Pixar Studios. After three straight lower caliber movies (The Good Dinosaur, Finding Dory, Cars 3) from the well-respected animation studio, Coco is more of what we’ve come to expect from Pixar over the years. Thanks to the movie’s uniquely told story, respect to culture, beautiful animation, and catchy, original music, Coco is another noteworthy winner from Pixar.
The road to Justice League, which brings together some of DC Comics’ most iconic superheroes, has not been without its share of debate or controversy. Up until this summer’s crowd-pleasing Wonder Woman, the three previous entries in the DC Extended Universe (which include Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad) were hotly debated amongst both fans and critics for their movie’s storytelling decisions and character developments that showed DC Comics’ characters in different lights. While each of them was a box office success, it was apparent that it wasn’t enough to win over audiences. Fast forward to today and Justice League is viewed as a course correction for Warner Brothers’ DCEU going forward. While Justice League certainly has its issues and isn’t exactly coherent at times, each of the movie’s superhero characters are more than satisfying and help make the superhero team up an enjoyable action romp.
The fifth and final season of the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series has finished airing all 20 episodes. From Nickelodeon Animation Studio and based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the series starred Seth Green, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen, Hoon Lee, Mae Whitman, Josh Peck, Kelly Hu, Kevin Michael Richardson, Nolan North and Eric Bauza. Read more
This week it was either Daddy’s Home 2 or Murder on the Orient Express, a choice that pit Mark Wahlberg against Dame Judi Dench for my attentions. You might think that choice would be obvious and had Mr. Wahlberg worn something sleeveless in the trailer, I would have been helpless. But as it happened, Daddy’s Home 2 is a Christmas film, all sweaters and snowsuits, so it’s off to Murder on the Orient Express for me. I’d rather watch Kenneth Branagh than Mel Gibson anyway. Read more
From RLJE Entertainment and director Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom), comes Mayhem. Starring Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Dallas Roberts, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, André Eriksen and Kerry Fox, the film is now playing in limited theaters and VOD. Read more
With comedy sequels, the cast is usually bigger, and the gag jokes try to go even further; and, of course, Daddy’s Home 2 accomplishes both of those things, but with bad results. Personally, I enjoyed Daddy’s Home. It wasn’t the best comedy, but it was certainly one of Will Ferrell’s funniest movies in recent years. And when I heard that Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joined the cast for Daddy’s Home 2, my anticipation went from nonexistent to moderately excited. However, Daddy’s Home 2 is another swing and miss from Ferrell (and Mark Wahlberg to a slight extent), whose spiraling downward trend of bad comedies is on the same trajectory as Adam Sandler’s (yeah, I went there).
Man, am I ever done with Superhero movies. I’m not sure when it happened, probably before Spiderman and Wonder Woman, before Guardians of the Galaxy 2; all I know is that superhero movies don’t fill me with girlish delight like they used to. Still, I was looking forward to it – this was directed by the man who gave us “What We Do In The Shadows” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” so I was expecting Thor: Ragnarok to be something amazing. And it was. It really was. Read more
It’s an incredible time for independent filmmaking. With production houses like A24 leading the frontline, indie movies are becoming a major force in the festival circuit and showing potential as serious Oscar contenders. Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos has displayed great strengths as one of most competent indie filmmakers of recent years. His 2015 black comedy film “The Lobster” did very well at festivals and even garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He is back this year with a psychological horror-thriller in the form of The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Read more
If you ask anyone (like me) who has seen the previous 16 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a good number of them will tell you that both Thor movies are among their least favorite. It’s not to say they’re bad, but they’re easily forgettable compared to the other superhero outings we’ve seen from the MCU. But finally, the god of thunder gets his justice with Thor: Ragnarok, a memorable, rickrolling good time that emphasizes the word “comic” for comic book movies. Easily surpassing the previous two Thor outings, Ragnarok’s intrepid attitude and overzealous moments make it not only the best Marvel Studios release of the year, but also arguably the funniest Marvel Studios movie to date. With the latest Thor sure to Ragnarok you like a hurricane, strap yourselves in for a fun time at the theaters this weekend.
South Park The Fractured But Whole was a real roller-coaster for me. The game takes you on a wild journey of interruptions, a time-bending plot and laughs like any other random South Park episode. The thing I have always enjoyed while playing Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole is that you always felt like you’re in the show as ‘new kid’ and because of this the games have always turned out better than what I thought they could have been. The graphics are akin to the latest South Park animation style and it’s awesome because they were smoothed out, as well as improved for the highly active game-play for all the super powers you wind up getting to use. The music was intense in the battles and the over-world theme really fit both the day and night atmospheres. Read more
If you have access to the internet at all, then you know that the highly anticipated sophomore season of Stranger Things is finally on Netflix. Is it worth the wait? Is it better than the first season? With it being Netflix’s hottest and most important new original series, the pressure is definitely on. The Duffer Brothers have nicely expanded on the Stranger Things Universe with this second season, and added more depth to our beloved characters (along with a few new characters). Let’s talk about what worked this season and what didn’t work. There might be some spoilers ahead, so stop reading if you haven’t binged the new season yet. Read more
It’s funny how much the Galaxy pre-show can inform a review. Not only do we get trailers, we get to watch people talk about the movies they made. I’m not sure why, but when I saw George Clooney talking about Suburbicon, I knew it was going to be a stinker. The low reviews were no surprise. I wasn’t going to see Suburbicon to see if it was good or not, I was going to see why it was bad. Maybe I was hoping it turned out, against all expectation, to be awesome. It wasn’t, I hated it. The rest of the review is going to be why I hated it. If you’re planning on seeing this movie, stop right and don’t read any further. I’m going to spoil everything. Read more