Midway Is Better Than Pearl Harbor

Midway pays tribute to fallen American heroes even as the film may also be a spiritual sequel to an earlier Pacific-set World War 2 film, Pearl Harbor. Let’s get it out of the way right now.  Roland Emmerich is certainly attracted to directing films that have a large amount of action in them.  At the same time, this film does not suffer from the problems that brought down Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor.  For this, we’re…

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Zombieland: Double Tap Offers Nostalgia

Zombieland: Double Tap reunites the cast but the fact that the film uses the same formula as its predecessor can only work for so long. The core four brings about a certain nostalgia.  While they are safe from zombies and living in the White House, the fun can only last for so long.  It isn’t long before Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) escapes this safe zone with Wichita (Emma Stone) and runs off for Graceland.  Everything…

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The Highwaymen doesn’t rise up

The Highwaymen tells the story of Bonnie and Clyde but from a different point of view as this film follows the detectives that brought them to justice. The Blind Side‘s John Lee Hooker takes us back to a different time when Texas Rangers Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) are forced out of retirement.  The reason?  Having to chase down a pair of folks named Bonnie (Emily Brobst) and Clyde (Ed Bossert).  Hamer…

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SXSW 2019: Breakthrough

If you’re unfamiliar with the story of 2018 Nobel Prize winner Jim Allison, you will certainly be familiar with his work after watching Breakthrough. Allison would take home the Nobel Prize in Medicine because of his role in curing cancer.  The immune system’s role if we’re going to be precise.  There would be plenty of non-believers along the way.  It makes a lot of sense when one sits down to think about it.  Science wasn’t…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Comes Home

With the home video release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans can go behind the scenes with an expansion of bonus features. There’s a nice array of bonus content featured on the second disc.  That’s right.  The bonus content is too big for any single Blu-ray disc.  Through such content, the filmmakers take us behind the scenes of some of the biggest moments in Star Wars history.  The Kessel run isn’t without some discussion…

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Shock and Awe stands up for Journalism

Director Rob Reiner gets political once more with Shock and Awe revisiting the politically charged lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003. The film tells the story of four journalists with the Knight Ridder News Service.  The media wasn’t challenging the Bush Administration on Iraq’s lack of evidence when it came to Weapons of Mass Destruction.  Knight Ridder, for what it’s worth, rose to the occasion when nobody else was challenging the administration.  It’s something that’s…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Stays True To Trilogy

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that gives us Han Solo’s cinematic origin story while staying true to the original Star Wars trilogy.   WHILE I TRIED MY BEST TO AVOID THEM, THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS…SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.   What is known about where the film sits within the Star Wars canon is that the events take place between that of Thrawn and Tarkin.  It’s also set before the events of…

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War for the Planet of the Apes: A Fitting Conclusion

Taking place fifteen years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes and two years after Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes brings the trilogy to an end with a fitting conclusion. Directed by Matt Reeves from a screenplay written by Mark Bomback and Reeves, the film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. For two years, soldiers…

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The Edge of Seventeen: A John Hughes-eque Comedy

There are not that many films made today that throws one back to the 1980s high school classics written by John Hughes. The Edge of Seventeen is one such film. Kelly Fremon Craig writes and directs this coming-of-age comedy in her directorial debut. Produced by James L. Brooks, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, and Hayden Szeto. What Kelly Fremon Craig gives us is an authentic film…

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