A ENTERTAINING AND LARGER-THAN-
LIFE SUBMARINE THRILLER
Military action movies have been a prime staple within the action film genre. Exploring various branches of the military (army, navy, air force, SEALS, etc.), these movies are primarily focused (much like the genre itself) on action premise, relying on tried and true aesthetics of military action / violence to showcase the film’s narrative. While some are a bit nonsensical (i.e. going with the flow of the film’s premise), stories of war, secret missions, occupation, and tension between nations are these movies “bread and buttered”, making the effort to show the grizzled action (on all forms of the military branches) as well the espionage side of opposing government / nations on matters of military strength (i.e. to defend, to invade, or to hold their ground) against warring enemies or rival team members. Additionally, military action features have also weaved into other genres (drama and sci-fi) in order to expand upon its storytelling. Some of the best and recognizable military action movies includes 1978’s Apocalypse Now, 1986’s Top Gun, 1987’s Full Metal Jacket, 1995’s Crimson Tide, 1998’s Saving Private Ryan, 2002’s Black Hawk Down, 2002’s The Sum of All Fears, 2017’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and 2018’s 12 Strong. Now, Summit Entertainment (along with Original Film and Millennium Entertainment) and director Donovan Marsh present the latest military action thriller endeavor with the film Hunter Killer. Does the movie swim gracefully or does it sink laboriously fast? Read more
WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER.
ANOTHER SIDE, ANOTHER STORY.
Director Joe Wright has always gravitated towards doing historical period pieces for his film projects. Whether guide towards historical events or just the thrill of doing a costumed drama, Wright has brought several notable films to life. Perhaps his most famous one was his directorial debut, with 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, which starred Kiera Knightley and Matthew McFadden as the famous literary characters of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Following his film adaption of the Jane Austen’s beloved book, Wright went on to direct Atonement, which was based on novel of the same name by Ian McEwan and starred Kiera Knightley and James McAvoy in the lead roles. Wright received critical praise for Atonement, which was nominated for seven Academy Award nominations and won in the categories for Best Production Design and Best film. From there, Wright several other films, including 2009’s modern drama The Soloist, 2011’s action thriller Hanna, and his 2012’s cinematic adaptation of Lev Tolstoy Anne Karenina. His last project was back in 2014, with Wright jumping head first into big-budgeted filmmaking and J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale with the movie Pan. Set as fantasy prequel to the original story, Pan, which starred Hugh Jackman, Garett Hedlund, and Rooney Mara, was sadly a critical and financial miss, with many criticizing the film for its formulaic plot, over indulgence of computer generated imagery, and controversial cast decisions. Now, in attempt to bounce back from Pan, director Joe Wright and Focus Features (as well as Working Title) present the film Darkest Hour, a historical biopic on the early years of Winston Churchill as Britain’s Prime Minister. Does Wright newest endeavor find its historical stride or does it fail to translate cinematic revelation from this poignant figure in history? Read more
REYNOLDS AND JACKSON SHINE
IN THIS OTHERWISE DULL MOVIE
The “buddy cop” genre of films has been awhile for quite some time. While it doesn’t redefine the main staple genres of motion pictures (i.e. action, comedy, drama, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.), this subgenre category of films was popular during the mid to late 80s and early 90s, with such films like Die Hard, Point Break, Lethal Weapon, and Beverly Hills Cops amongst many others. Eventually, the genre, which was heavily focused on more grittier action and drama, switched to a comedic side, producing raunchier R-rated comedies pieces like The Heat, 21 Jump Street, Ride Along, and Hot Pursuit, and CHiPs. Now, Millennial Films, Lionsgate Films, and director Patrick Hughes present the newest iteration of the buddy cop genre with the movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Does this film rise to the challenge and change up the status quo of these particular motion pictures or does it fall into formulaic pit of predictability? Read more
AN UNINTERSTING MARTIAN BOY
MEETS EARTH GIRL TALE
Over the years, Hollywood has bought up the right to many popular “Young Adult” books (some call it “Teen”) in the hopes of trying to accomplish what the Twilight film saga did (i.e. bringing by bestselling book / series to life, while bringing a big dollar amount at the box office for the films). From the paranormal fantasy tale of Cassandra Claire’s Mortal Instrument series with City of Bones to the more adventurous story of Suzanne Collin’s dystopian saga that spawned The Hunger Games movies or the more heartfelt real-life drama of John Green’s novels with Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, this YA adaptions (there’s been plenty more of these page-to-screen films) have been met with mixed results, ranging from box office success to flat out bombs. Now, in an interesting movie, director Interestingly, director Peter Chelsom, with Europa and H.Brothers studios, presents a film that very much follows in the veins of those YA “book to movie” feature (but an original tale) with the film The Space Between Us. Does this movie find its mark or is its sappy picture with too much teen melodrama? Read more
A DAWN OF GREATNESS
The Planet of the Apes movie has been iconic in history of Hollywood movies since its first movie (Planet of the Apes) back in 1968. With its infamous story of intelligent apes that dominate the human race, to its famous lines (“You damn dirty apes!”, etc.), The Planet of the Apes have been a part of cinema history (for better or worse). Back in 2011, director Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a risky move. Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes in 2000 rebooted the franchise for a new generation, but was received with a mediocre taste, feeling as if the prime ape franchise acolytes and fans base was snuffed out long ago. However, Rise, which acted like another reboot, elevate the franchise, becoming one of the successful films that year and proved strong enough in popularity to green light a sequel. Three years later, the next chapter in this rebooted saga debuts this summer titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Does this sequel stand tall or is it just second “Banana” to its predecessor? Read more
A REBOOT THAT IS MORE HUMAN DRAMA THAN MECHANICAL ACTION
Debuting back in 1987, Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop was adored by viewers with its dark humor, gritty “R” rated action, and great one-liners that many still say today. While the film, which was regarded as a cult classic, spawned a franchise; the franchise itself wasn’t as glamorous or well received as its first installment. This included two sequels, a cartoon series, and a live-action Television series. Now twenty seven years later, MGM and Columbia studios and director Jose Padilha revamped the infamous Robocop for a new generation titled Robocop (the same name as the 1987 original). Does this reboot surpass the cult-classic original film or is it a haphazard film that you wouldn’t buy for a dollar? Read more
Get ready to return to the world of Kung Fu as DreamWorks Animation debuts the teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3. View trailer below. Read more
FROM RUSSIA WITH NO LOVE
British writer Tom Rob Smith book titled Child 44 has become an international bestseller. First published back in 2008, this first novel of a trilogy (featuring the character of Leo Demidov), has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty six different languages. Smith’s book went on to receive nominations in the literary world and won several distinguish awards from the Crime Writers Association, the Desmond Elliot Prize, and the Galaxy Book Award. Now, Summit Entertainment and director Riddley Scott (acting as producer), present a cinematic adaption of Smith’s first in the film Child 44. Does this film translate well from book to screen or does it get lost in translation?
Summit Entertainment has released the trailer for Daniel Espinosa’s latest drama feature titled Child 44. View trailer below. Read more