rogue one: a star wars story – more star warrrrs, nuthin’ but star waaars!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first stand-alone film installment in the epic space opera of Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It stars; Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, DonnieYen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. 
The plot follows Jyn Erso (Jones), the daughter of the designer of the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve the plans for destroying it. Continue reading

moana – the ocean is calling you to see this movie

Moana is the 56th Disney animated feature film. It’s directed by the fantastic Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams.  It’s got a screenplay by Jared Bush, with story by; Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, and Joran Kandell. The music is written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. It features the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger and Alan Tudyk. The film is about Moana, the daughter of a chief who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a magic stone to the goddess it was stolen from, she and Maui work to save her people. Continue reading

fantastic beasts and where to find them – new york, you’ll find them in new york

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off of the Harry Potter film series. Fantastic Beasts is the first film written by J.K. Rowling, based on the roof (sorta) of the same name. The film is directed by David Yates and it stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. It’s about a case of magical (fantastical) creatures that are let loose in 1926 New York. Continue reading

hacksaw ridge – trial by (combat) fire

Hacksaw Ridge is a war/biopic about Desmond Doss, and American pacifist combat medic who is the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II.
This film is directed by Mel Gibson, written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, it stars Andrew Garfield (as Doss), Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn. Continue reading

doctor strange – doctor strange, paging doctor strange…

Doctor Strange is the latest Marvel Studios film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s about the character with the same name. It’s directed by Scott Derrickson, who also wrote the film, along with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular character, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Doctor Stephen Strange is a brilliant surgeon who learns magic and the mystic arts after a surviving a car accident that ends his career in the medical field. Continue reading

supergirl season 2 – featuring superman

Season 2 of Supergirl premiered last night, and boy did it live up to the hype. Season 2 brings Superman to the small screen in live action, this is a simple addition, and they nailed it!
I was worried that season 2’s production moved to Vancouver to lower the budget, because the look of the show was slightly different last night. The special effects aren’t as crisp, they’re not going to have Cat Grant (Flockhart) in every episode, and they started over with Kara’s love life… but in the opening scenes they introduce Superman to us in the best way possible. Superman and Supergirl team up to save a crashing space plane. In less time than it takes for Superman to say “Marthaaaa” to Batfleck, we get who and what Superman is.
DC TV understands Superman way better than Zack Snyder ever will, why can’t this team take over the reigns of the so called “DC cinematic universe?” Continue reading

the magnificent seven (2016) – a remake of a remake is… my friend?

The Magnificent Seven is the 2016 remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which is a remake of the classic 1954 film Seven Samurai. This time we have Antoine Fuqua directing, with a screenplay from Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk. This version stars; Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Vincent D’Onofrio, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It’s about a small town that’s being bullied by a larger force and they pool some money together to hire men to help them out of this situation. Continue reading

hell or high water – classic crime heist against the financial crisis

Hell or High Water is an heist crime film that’s set in modern day Texas, which makes it a revisionist revisionist western. The film is directed by David Mackenzie, written by Taylor Sheridan, and it stars Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges.
It’s about two brothers who rob a series of banks to save their family farm, and the Ranger looking to arrest them. Simple enough right? Continue reading

queen of katwe – we’re all pawns in life…

Queen of Katwe is a biopic, sports drama, loose on the sports aspect. This film is directed by Mira Nair with a screenplay by William Wheeler, the film stars; David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga. The film is about Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess champ from Katwe, we see her journey as she makes her way to the World Chess Olympiads. Never heard of her story? You should, and you will. Continue reading