Aladdin comes home on 4K, Blu-ray

The live-action version of Disney’s Aladdin, already available through Movies Anywhere, is now available to bring home on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray. When the film first came out in May, I was probably a bit more harsh towards Will Smith’s take on the Genie.  Yes, he makes it his own character but when you grow up watching Robin Williams, it’s very hard seeing someone else in the role! It’s probably too late now but…

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Independence Day Remains A Classic

Independence Day may be the typical Roland Emmerich disaster film but Will Smith, Bill Pullman, and Jeff Goldblum lift it up. “We will not go quietly into the night!” President Whitmore (Bill Pullman) declares.  Whitmore’s speech will go down in history as one of the greatest presidential speeches of all time.  All across the world, mankind must come together to find for survival.  As with any presidential speech, David Arnold’s score gives the film the…

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Men in Black 3 gets the old charm back

Men in Black 3 is certainly a welcome sight while offering a fresh twist for the franchise ten years after a very sour outing. One minute, Agent J (Will Smith) is on the phone with Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).  The next minute, J finds himself with a temporal fracture headache and craving chocolate milk.  An altered timeline means that so much hasn’t happened.  And yet, J would still be recruited into the MIB agency…

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Men in Black 2 doesn’t have same magic

Men in Black 2 unfortunately suffers at the core as the sequel just doesn’t quite have the same magic as its predecessor. The first film ends with Agent J (Will Smith) getting a new partner in Agent L.  As anyone could probably guess, this was too good to be true.   Eventually, we’re going to see Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) again.  This is not a matter of if but when.  But before he can go…

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Men in Black: A Sci-Fi Classic

Men in Black is the rare breed of a sci-fi blockbuster that film audiences don’t really get the opportunity to see anymore in theaters. The gist of Men in Black is that there is a secret government agency protecting us from intergalactic threats.  After making contact in 1961, MIB would allow alien refugees to live in New York City.  It’s not quite as simple as this.  We’re quickly introduced to Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones)…

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Aladdin: A Whole New World in Live Action

It’s a whole new world for Aladdin as the animated classic is the newest film to receive the live-action treatment on the big screen. Much like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin stays true to the animated film in terms of plot.  Aladdin (Mena Massoud) meets Agrabah Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and falls in love with her thanks to an assist from the Genie (Will Smith).  There’s the evil Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) trying to steal the…

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Netflix releases new Bright trailer at Comic Con

Netflix has released the first trailer for the December’s action-thriller, Bright, whose cast appeared on Conan last night during Comic Con. Directed by David Ayer from a screenplay written by Max Landis, action-thriller stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.  David Ayer, Eric Newman, and Bryan Unkeless serve as…

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Men in Black celebrates 20 Years

Men in Black celebrates 20 years today. The sci-fi action comedy was released on this day in 1997 and I remember watching it at a drive-in theater (yes, they still existed in the 1990s).  Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, the summer hit stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as secret agents in a secret organization.  Produced on a $90 million budget, Men in Black took in just over $250 million domestically and just short of…

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What does Tom Cruise do after The Mummy tanked?

Actor Tom Cruise has a lot of soul searching to do when it comes to finding his next project.  The actor needs a hit. Cruise doesn’t have the drawing power that he used to have in order to successfully open a non-franchise film at the box office, let alone open a movie.  Following The Mummy, Cruise will star in American Made, a true story about a drug smuggler, directed by Doug Liman and also being…

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Collateral Beauty: It’s a Yawner

The last few years have not been kind to Will Smith and Collateral Beauty proves to be no exception. To be honest, this movie kept putting me to sleep repeatedly while I viewed it last night. If you want to see a movie that deals with loss and grief, please go watch Manchester by the Sea instead. David Frankel directs from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. The star-studded cast includes Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley,…

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