I Can Only Imagine (2018) Review




With dozens of films genre being released each year, a typical one that gets overlooked by the more popular ones (action, drama, comedy, animation, etc.) is the subgenre category of religious movie. These films (sometimes called “faith-based” features) usually center around the struggles and ideas of a person (or groups) identity of a religious faith, which is, more or less, has a profound event or obstacle to overcome. While not entirely, the most commonplace religious type movies focus on the religion of Christianity, sometimes venturing back into the past in cinematic retelling classic biblical tales, including famed epic films like Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur (the original 1959 version) to some more modern endeavors from Hollywood like Risen and The Young Messiah. Other Christian “faith” films finds a more contemporary setting to tell its story, with some being “based on a true-life account” like the movies Unconditional, Heaven is Real, and Miracles from Heaven, while others might find inspiration from literary novels like The Shack, Unbroken and Same Kind of Different as Me. Regardless, whether finding inspiration from true life, references from the bible, or originality, these movies usually speaks on a person’s faith and the inner struggle he or she has within or one society’s views, spreading a message of belief and the understand of one’s belief. Now, Lionsgate (and Roadside Attractions) and directors Jon and Andrew Erwin present the newest Christian religious drama film with the movie I Can Only Imagine, based on the true story of Bart Millard (the lead singer of the Christian music group MercyMe). Does this feature find its religious stride or does its Christian overtones fail to bring this cinematic tale to light? Read more

Top 10 Best Movies of 2017

The year of 2018 is now in full swing and, with the year of 2017 completed, it’s time to exam the “best” and “worst” movies that of that year. Indeed, there was a lot of movie releases seeing in 2017. In total, I’ve personally seeing (and reviewed) over 81 new movies in 2017, some that were very recognizable, while others were “sleepers” that flew underneath the mainstream radar. There were also a lot of movies that made big money at the box office in 2017 as well as some that gained critical praise from both critics and moviegoers. Read more

A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Review




Since the company’s inception, Walt Disney Studios has produced a plethora of feature films, with some animated cartoons while others live-action motion pictures. In amongst those two categories, the studio has told some original stories in the cinematic storytelling, but has also derivate many either classic fairy tale source material (i.e. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc.) or adapted from literary novels. Of the latter, Disney has crafted films to entertain its audience viewers by bringing these book stories to life (from page-to-screen). Such perfect examples of this notion are movies like 1954’s 20,000 Under the Sea (based on Julies Verne’s classic) or 1964’s Mary Poppins (loosely based on the novels by P.L. Travers). Disney has continued this “book-to-film” adaptations for many years, including recent endeavors like in 2005’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (based on the beloved children’s book by C.S. Lewis) and 2016’s The BFG (based on the book by Roald Dahl). Now, in the latest installment in adapting popular books into motion pictures, Walt Disney Studios and director Ava DuVernay present the film A Wrinkle in Time, which is based on the Newberry award-winning book by the author Madeleine L’Engle. Does this movie shine bright and reach for the stars or does it get lost within its cosmic understanding of light and dark? Read more

Red Sparrow (2018) Review



Actress Jennifer Lawrence has definitely made a name for herself in recent Hollywood. Before she became a “household” name in celebrity movie stars, the then unknown Lawrence starred in several TV shows episodes like Cold Cases, Medium, and The Bill Engvall Show. Lawrence eventually landed her role as Raven / Mystique in 2011’s superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class (a role that she reprised again in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse), which gave her the recognition within a main lead role. However, her big “break-out” role came in 2012 when she landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (a four-feature film franchise that was based on the popular teen dystopian bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins). This proved that Lawrence was capable of handling herself in a lead role (she would continue playing the role of Katniss in the sequential Hunger Games sequels) and was offered more leading roles, including the 2012 film Silver Linings Playbook in which she starred alongside actor Bradly Cooper. With this film, Lawrence did win an academy award in the Best Actress category that year, allowing her access into the ranks of the upper echelon of Hollywood. From there, Lawrence appeared in other films like the crime drama American Hustle, the Depression-era drama Serena, the comedy-drama Joy, the sci-fi romance feature Passenger, and her latest endeavor (of writing this review) is the psycho / horror movie Mother!. Now, 20th Century Fox (as well as TSG Entertainment) and director Francis Lawrence present actress Jennifer Lawrence’s newest film with the movie Red Sparrow. Is this espionage thriller another hit for Lawrence in her career or does she flounder within this deadly spy drama? Read more

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