• Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Review

    I HESE ARE TROUBLED TIMES (AND THE LAST KNIGHT PROVES THAT)   Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has been many things, including loud, boisterous, silly, excessive, slightly racist / stereotyping, nonsensical,

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  • Band-Aid (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

    ZOE LISTER JONES’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: “BAND-AID” IS LIGHT, BREEZY AND A LOT OF FUN TOO! Intro: “Band-Aid” was another audience favorite at Sundance this year and so naturally, it was

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  • 47 Meters Down (2017) Review

    NOT DEEP ENOUGH   Sharks. There’s something about them that both terrifies and fascinates a person’s mind about this carnivorous sea creatures. From their outward appearance and portrayal in both

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  • Wakefield (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

    BRYAN CRANSTON DELIVERS ANOTHER GREAT PERFOMANCE IN THIS THOUGHT-PROVOKING, POETIC AND REALLY ENGAGING DRAMA Intro: After witnessing the absolute masterpiece which was: “Breaking Bad” – I’ll gladly watch any film

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  • Daddy’s Home 2 Official Trailer

    More “daddies”, more “problems” as Paramount Pictures releases the official trailer for their upcoming comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2. View trailer below.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (MovieMan Dan’s Guest Review)

A FAITHFUL AND REALLY FUN ADAPTATION

OF THE WIDELY POPULAR BOOK SERIES


INTRO: TRA-LA-LAAA!

Well, It’s arrived, and while it’s here a few years later than anyone expected it to be, it’s here none-the-less. We finally have a “Captain Underpants” movie in theatres and much to my surprise, it’s not half bad either.  First printed in 1997 by author: Dav Pilkey and the popular US book distributor: Scholastic – this series of graphic novels were widely popular in North American elementary schools for years. Full of exciting adventures and loads of toilet humor – the majority of kids of that era (like myself) were hooked for many of their Elementary school years and for good reason too. These books were really fun and super easy to read and our parents and teachers didn’t mind all that much as they were just happy to see us kids reading and having fun while doing so. They rarely complained much despite the overload of silliness and low-brow humor which we were exposing ourselves to. Read more

Baywatch (2017) Review

SHALLOW WATERS


 One word…Baywatch. The show, which was created back in 1989 by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann, follows a team of Los Angeles County Lifeguards (led by David Hasselhoff’s Mitch Buchannon) as they patrol their shores of Emerald Bay (and later Hawaii) from natural disasters, shark attacks, serial killers, and saving lives in the process. Originally, the show only ran for one season (being cancelled by its original backer NBC) before being picked up again, running for another nine more seasons and spanning the entire length of the 90s era of television, with additional material added with a spin-off show (Baywatch Nights) and three movies. Now, almost sixteen years after the show ended, Paramount Pictures and director Seth Gordon revamp this once popular TV show series with the film Baywatch. Is this film worth seeing or does it drowning underneath its own insurmountable follies? Read more

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

WONDER WOMAN SHINES IN THE DCEU


 

The DCEU (DC’s Extended Universe has had a bit of a rocky road. Much like its comic book counterpart rival Marvel, DC has established its own shared cinematic universe, showcasing their popular and iconic superheroes for the big screen. Unfortunately, while Marvel, for the most part, has succeed in this endeavor with its ever-growing MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), DC has faltered in this challenge. Beginning with 2013’s Man of Steel (a rebooted Superman origin story), the DCEU showed the grandeur and blockbuster thrills that can be achieved with their shared universe. However, Man of Steel, despite make money at the box office, was met with mixed reviews from both critics and fans. In 2016, DC, desperately trying to compete with the highly successful MCU, released two more movies underneath the DCEU, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Much like Man of Steel, both films did produce at very hefty dollar amount at the worldwide box office, but were once again faced with mixed reviews (ranging from mediocre to negative criticism from moviegoers and critics). Now, in their fourth attempt, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Studios and director Patty Jenkins present the newest film in the DCEU with the movie Wonder Woman. Does this latest comic book feature finally deliver critical win for DC’s shared cinematic universe or is it another “swing and a miss” for their superhero endeavors? Read more

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale (2017) Review

AT LEAST IT’S BETTER THAN

ON STRANGER TIDES


 

Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, villainous pirates, courageous young people, and the comedic misadventures of the infamous pirate Jack Sparrow. Yes, I’m talking about the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Beginning back in 2003 with The Curse of the Black Pearl, this franchise, which was based off of the famous Disney ride, kicked off the adventure, introducing viewers to the characters of Will Tuner, Elizabeth Swan, and “Captain” Jack Sparrow and their adventures against murderous pirates and a cursed treasure. The Curse of the Black Pearl was met with popularity from its viewers and critics, spawning two more installments with 2006’s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007’s World’s End. After World’s End, many believe that the franchise would end, capping off its third installment as a planned trilogy and wrapping up the adventures of Elizabeth and Will Turner. However, the film series returned several years later with 2011’s On Stranger Tides and further continuing the adventure with Jack Sparrow. Unfortunately, while it made an adsorbent amount of money at the box office, On Stranger Tides was met with harsh criticism from critics and moviegoers, being criticized as the weakest installment in the franchise. Now, after six years since On Stranger Tides, Walt Disney Pictures and directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg present the next chapter in this cinematic saga with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tale. Does this fifth installment in the Pirates franchise “rule the seas” or is it time to retire the character of Jack Sparrow and this film saga? Read more

Alien: Convenant (2017) Review

THE PATH TO PARADISE BEGINS IN HELL


 

Back in 2012, director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise with the film Prometheus. Set as a prequel installment to his 1979’s iconic Alien movie, Prometheus followed the story of the crew of the spaceship Prometheus and their expeditionary adventure to LV-223, a far-off distant moon that, through a shared connection in various ancient civilizations on Earth, are believed to be the home of humanity’s creators (or Engineers). Unfortunately, horrific dangers and hidden agendas waiting them on LV-223, with the movie’s final shot showing a very primitive-looking Xenomorph alien (the iconic alien from the Alien franchise). While Prometheus did make its money back at the box office, gaining $405 million against its $130 production budget, the movie was faced with heavy scrutiny and criticism from critics, fans, and moviegoers, finding this prequel chapter to be riddled with problems. Now, after five years since Prometheus’s release, 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott return back to Alien franchise with the film titled Alien: Covenant. Is this newest prequel stronger than Prometheus or does it fall into the same problematic chasm of its predecessor? Read more

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