The partnership between film distributor LionsGate and production company Millennium Media has been shaky as far as their output in the action movie genre is concerned; for every box office success like The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Expendables franchise, there’s an underwhelming disappointment like the 2019 Hellboy reboot and Angel Has Fallen. Thankfully, their latest collaboration, The Protégé, is on the former side of the spectrum thanks to strong direction from Martin Campbell, entertaining action sequences, and solid performances from Michael Keaton and Maggie Q. Read more
Shaft arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD today September 24th! New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Shaft” was directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises) and stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall and Richard Roundtree. Here is my review of the Blu-ray: Read more
Thanos better watch out in next month’s Avengers: Endgame because the Avengers’ secret weapon is coming: Captain Marvel.
That’s not a spoiler from Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). For those who saw last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, audiences were teased at movie’s end via a pager that the “most cosmic superhero of all” is on her way. And ever since then, audiences eagerly have been awaiting the female heroine’s big screen debut. Surprisingly, and despite being formulaic, the first female superhero movie in the MCU (only took 11 long years); Captain Marvel is another bonafide entry in the ever-growing superhero movie universe thanks to a likeable lead heroine in Brie Larson, her supporting cast, and some fantastic action sequences and visual effects.
It’s hard to believe that a trilogy from M. Night Shyamalan has come full circle, and that it stemmed from his first movie, Unbreakable. Back then, fans did not view films about vigilantes and villains as the type of movies that would play a pivotal role in the future of Hollywood (unless you made a vigilante movie centered around Batman). But boy have things changed since Bruce Willis’ David Dunn put on the rain slicker and saved the day in Unbreakable. After connecting the universe of Unbreakable with 2017’s Split, Shyamalan is back to give us the conclusion to this story of heroes and villains set in the City of Brotherly Love. While Glass may be the weakest of the Unbreakable trilogy and is certain to create watercooler talk about its twists, it offers a unique spin on the perception of comic book stories. Either way, Glass will satisfy fans of the characters from this trilogy despite its cracked structure.
This week it’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard. There was a bit of hype for this one, seems like I saw the trailer to the Hitman’s Bodyguard before every other movie for two months, regardless of genre. That could be an overstatement but not by much. I was pretty sure I’d like this one, Action/Comedy if a forgiving genre. Even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good. And this one was pretty good, I laughed so much. Read more
I went into The Hitman’s Bodyguard and was at least hoping that it would be a guilty pleasure… With Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, it would have to be decently enjoyable, right? RIGHT?! Wrong. It is pretty bad overall. There are some pretty big laughs, but that is about it. I really wanted to like this one. Read more
Almost a decade of films, from Iron Man in 2008 to Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 the Marvel Cinematic Universe has 15 total movies and every single one is connected to the other in some significant way. Marvel Studios has changed the game by producing this many acclaimed films. I’ve decided to rank each one… Read more
From Paramount Pictures, director DJ Caruso comes the third entry of the franchise, XXX Return of Xander Cage. Starring Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Rory McCann, Michael Bisping, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Samuel L. Jackson and Toni Collette, the film is available now, May 16, 2017 on Blu-ray/DVD. Read more
[Press Release] Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2. Read more
I’ve never seen a King Kong film, this was my first taste of the franchise, and I must say I’m fond of him. I mean I know about the original – King Kong goes to Big City and ends up climbing a building and swatting aircraft with one hand while holding Fay Wray in the other (that might not be right, like I said I haven’t seen it) but now I’m tempted to go back and watch it. Kong: Skull Island is really a lot of fun. Read more
It has been just 12 years since we last saw the King of the Apes in director Peter Jackson’s three-hour epic, King Kong. For what it’s worth, the monster movie about a ginormous gorilla Jackson gave audiences back in 2005 worked great as a dramatic piece. But now, Kong is back, but in an action-oriented reboot connected to Legendary Studios’ monsters universe, which began back in 2014 with the critically praised reboot of Godzilla. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ version of King Kong in Kong: Skull Island results in a thrilling action romp that boasts an all-star cast full of colorful characters that feature their own sense of humor. And on top of that, Kong: Skull Island is also just a fun, movie going experience, watching monsters clash with each other in grand fashion on the big screen. Read more
This week it was either Split or xXx and since multiple-personality plots annoy me and I still haven’t quite forgiven M. Night Shyamalan (despite the excellent The Visit, last year) so it had to be xXx: Return of Xander Cage. I was not optimistic. The first xXx was 14 years ago and was just a couple years after Pitch Black, my favorite Vin Diesel film. Could this new instalment measure up to the original and would it be worth watching? Read more
From Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts comes Kong: Skull Island. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell, the film is scheduled for release March 10, 2017. Read more