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Review- Exodus: Gods and Kings

December 12, 2014

 

exodus_gods_and_kings_ver7Exodus: Gods and Kings

  • Starring: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Aaron Paul (Need for Speed) and more.
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus)
  • Synopsis: “Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”
  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of battle.
  • Must-Watch Trailer:
  • Review:

Let me begin this review by telling you…this is not The Ten Commandments.

Director Ridley Scott boldly brings another retelling of a well-known tale and…(*sigh*)…takes several liberties and leaves much more to be desired. (I felt the same about his retelling of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.) Amid the controversial casting and the comments of Christian Bale, this Biblical tale retold is far from epic. In a time in which the Bible appears to be a growing source for content of cinematic storytelling, it is perplexing to me that the stories told deviate so far from the Source. Much like in my review for Aronofsky’s Noah, I remind readers and viewers that Exodus: Gods and Kings is a movie, and adaptation, and not a source of doctrine. For that, read your Bible. Albeit, I personally was disappointed with the inclusions and exclusions of Ridley Scott. That aside, as a film, Exodus: Gods and Kings had plenty of misfires all on its own.exodus-gods-kings-cast

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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 12.11.14

December 11, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. Mad Max: Fury Road.mad_max_fury_road

  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and more.
  • Releasing: May 15, 2015.
  • Director: George Miller
  • Synopsis: “An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”

Thoughts: Definitely a 2015 release to look forward to. Speaking about the trailer only, I really like the style and music and the fact that Tom Hardy doesn’t speak onscreen yet his expressions say so much. Who’s ready for the madness?

2. San Andreassan andreas

  • Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino and more.
  • Releasing: May 29, 2015
  • Director: Brad Peyton
  • Synopsis: “In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.”

Thoughts: Director Peyton deviates from the likes of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore to produce this destruction-filled tale starring Dwayne Johnson. The age-old prediction of California falling off into the ocean comes to fruition in this latest upcoming large scale film with Paul Giamatti’s voice-over. May be earth-shattering…may not.

3. Inside Out.insideout

  • Starring:  The vocal talent of Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Kyle MacLachlan, Mindy Kaling and more.
  • Releasing: June 19, 2015
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Synopsis: “Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

Thoughts: Oh Pixar, how we’ve missed you. The year without Pixar…2014…is almost over and this next installment is just around the corner. No longer sad, emotions of plenty of moviegoers will undoubtedly be happy!

4. Hot Tub Time Machine 2hottub2

  • Starring: Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Chevy Chase, Adam Scott and more.
  • Releasing: February 20, 2015
  • Director: Steve Pink
  • Synopsis: “When Lou, who has become the “father of the Internet,” is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob and Nick fire up the time machine again to save their friend.”

Thoughts: The Great White Buffalo crew returns (sans one John Cusak) and the time travelling begins. Ripping off the past for a certain future turns out to get messier than expected in this sequel. The trailer doesn’t have much of a pull for me but it may be surprising…then again…it does release in the movie dumping ground of February…

5. White Godwhite-god-poster-405x600

  • Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth and more.
  • Releasing:  March 27, 2015
  • Director:  Kornél Mundruczó
  • Synopsis: “Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.”

Thoughts: I like the style of this trailer and the concept is so relatable.

6. Still Alicestill alice

  • Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin and more.
  • Releasing: January 16, 2015
  • Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
  • Synopsis: “Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested.”

Thoughts: Tough subject and this one looks pretty strong and able to touch several people’s lives. Moore looks to bring a more memorable performance alongside a cast that includes Kristen Stewart.

7. The Last Five Years.last five years

  • Starring: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Meg Hudson and more.
  • Releasing: February 13, 2015
  • Director: Richard LaGravenese
  • Synopsis: Based on the musical, a struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair..

Thoughts: Anna Kendrick is doing a lot musically lately (Into the Woods, Pitch Perfect 2) and this is no exception. Based on the musical, this upcoming film will be loved by some and missed by others but will likely be right on key for its target audience.

8. The Walkthe walk

  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and more.
  • Releasing: October 2, 2015.
  • Director:  Robert Zemeckis
  • Synopsis: “The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.”

Thoughts: Joseph Gordon-Levitt reaches new heights and this 70’s flick based on a true story looks pretty nail-biting. When was the last time you saw a movie, based in the 70’s and released in 3D? This will be a wild ride.

Additional trailer: Black or White. -Perhaps Costner will finally be in a good movie this decade? Co-starring Octavia Spencer, Anthony Mackie and more, this film is full of issues of race and relationships and is scheduled to release on January 30, 2015.blackorwhite

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Terminator: Genisys.terminatorLast week, Trailer Time Thursday didn’t post, so for those who missed it, or for those just wanting to watch it again…here’s the trailer for the next film in the Terminator franchise. Starring Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke and more. Enjoy! :)

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Inside Out
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Walk

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, December 12, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Exodus: Gods and Kings (my review to post next), Top Five (expansion) and more.
  • Limited Release: Inherent Vice, Free the Nipple and more.

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Best Posters of the Year (2014 edition)

December 3, 2014

It is time, once again, to check out all of the…Best of 2014

As you may know I love checking out and collecting movie posters! With teases of what to expect from the featured film, posters are one of my favorite parts of the whole cinematic experience. If you love movie posters like I do, then you are likely to enjoy the latest ones of the week!

I love movie posters. Last year there were so many that came out and I was able to have a favorite weekly segment featuring the newest posters of the week. This year, there were weeks that went by without new posters, so the segment wasn’t as frequent, BUT, with the year coming to a close, it is time to feature my Top 50 favorite posters of 2014. Several months back, my friend Paula from Paula’s Cinema Club, sent me a link featuring some posters and we both agreed that the choices on that link were…less than stellar. Hoping not to disappoint, here are my choices for 2014 (in no particular order)!

Enjoy these silent movie promoters that are my picks of the litter from 2014!

(To view the fullscreen slideshow, click on any one of the posters below and scroll through with the arrow keys.)

 

ThoughtsOftentimes, good posters do not necessarily indicate a movie will be good. It’s interesting to look at these posters now and realize how often that once again turned out to be true. But there are times when the poster and the movie are both amazing and that’s a plus!

In the end there were some great posters this year and I have a hard time picking out the few that would be my favorites of the year, but I have to. So…

My faves of the year: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Hateful Eight and The Retrieval.

Well, what do YOU think? Which ones are your favorites from 2014? Which ones do you like/hate and why? Leave a comment! :)

On to 2015

-T, The Focused Filmographer

“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.27.14

November 27, 2014

First Off…HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! May your day be full of family, food, football, fun and, most importantly, gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon each of us. I hope you have a wonderful day and I want to thank each of you for being here and following the site loyally for so long! I’m thankful for YOU!charlie_brown_thankgsiving

Well, today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. Pan.pan

  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Garret Hedlund and more.
  • Releasing: July 17, 2015.
  • Director: Joe Wright
  • Synopsis: “The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.”

Thoughts: I am a Pan Fan. As you know, Hook is my favorite all-time movie. The story of Peter Pan has always been one I have enjoyed. Really looking forward to this one and I like the look of it: the colors, the cast the change-up of story…I am excited to see it.

2. Cakecake

  • Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Sam Worthington and more.
  • Releasing: 2015
  • Director: Daniel Barnz
  • Synopsis: “Claire initiates a dubious relationship with a widower while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife.”

Thoughts: Being touted as an Oscar-worthy performance by Jennifer Aniston, this drama looks full of intense performances, plus, it’s always nice to see Anna Kendrick! Aniston steps out of her usually archetype and steps into a role and genre that may pay off for her.

3. Jurassic Worldjurassic world

  • Starring:  Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Vincent D’onofrio and more.
  • Releasing: June 12, 2015
  • Director: Colin Treverrow
  • Synopsis: “Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond.”

Thoughts: New dinosaurs, new cast, same excitement to see it! This first look at how some people just never learn from their dinosaur size mistakes has got me pumped. Smart inclusion of one of the most recognizable movie themes of all. I’m curious if composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek) will have any memorable additions to this sequel’s presentation. I want my ticket already…to the theater for this one, I’ll skip on a ticket to the park. :)

4. Pitch Perfect 2pitch_perfect_two_ver2

  • Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Alexis Knapp and more.
  • Releasing: May 15, 2015
  • Director: Elizabeth Banks
  • Synopsis: “Collegiate a cappella group the Barden Bellas enter into an international competition that no American team has ever won.”

Thoughts: I’ll admit, I was surprised to see Elizabeth Banks listed as the director. This is her debut as the solo director of a full-length feature and I am happy for her. What a choice! The Bellas are back and in a “You Just Got Served” style, the acappella battle begins and the Bellas look for an international win. Get ready for this exciting Sing Off Sequel.

5. X+Yx+y

  • Starring: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Jo Yang and more.
  • Releasing: 2015
  • Director:  Morgan Matthews
  • Synopsis: “A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.”

Thoughts: Asa Butterfield may one day do a different type of role than what he usually gets cast in, but for now this blue-eyed mild-mannered character works for him. I was actually intrigued by the story (most people can relate at some level) and the casting of Sally Hawkins who was great in last year’s Blue Jasmine.

6. Kingsman: The Secret Service.kingsman_the_secret_service_ver2

  • Starring: Michael Caine, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Mark Prior and more.
  • Releasing: February 13, 2015
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Synopsis: “Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.”

Thoughts: Some surprising cast members showed up in that trailer, huh? This one has had my attention for months. The references are out of control. :D This is a spy thriller that has seemingly, all the right elements. Don’t miss it.

7. Match.match

  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard and more.
  • Releasing: January 14, 2015
  • Director: Stephen Belber
  • Synopsis: “As a Juilliard professor is interviewed by a woman and her husband for her dissertation on the history of dance in 1960’s New York, it becomes increasingly clear that there are ulterior motives to the couple’s visit.”

Thoughts: Patrick Stewart is one of those actors that could make a documentary about spitwads become an award-winning phenomenom. I’m not calling this movie a spitwad at all (don’t misunderstand). I am saying, however, that I’m not certain the film would capture the attention of half as many people if it didn’t have Stewart in the role. I’m glad that he is taking on roles outside of what he is most famous for and bringing performances with even more depth to the screen.

8. Far From the Madding Crowdfar from

  • Starring: Juno Temple, Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and more.
  • Releasing: May 1, 2015.
  • Director:  Thomas Vinterberg
  • Synopsis: “The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.”

Thoughts: Based on the 1874 Thomas Hardy novel and remade from the 1967 version comes this period drama romance starring a new cast. Not my cup of tea, but someone will undoubtedly appreciate it. Carey Mulligan is such a talented actress and I wish she would do more to expand her acting choices instead of doing the same. But this is a different type of film for Juno Temple.

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Trailer for George Lucas’ Strange Magic.strangemagic

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Jurassic World
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Pan

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, November 26-28, 2014:

  • Horrible Bosses 2, Penguins of Madagascar, The Imitation Game, The Babadook and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

COMING SOON (in theaters today and expected online tomorrow)- the debut trailer for:starwars

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Review- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, pt 1.

November 22, 2014

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, pt 1.

  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2) and more.
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
  • Synopsis: “When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.”
  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences, some disturbing images and thematic elements.
  • Must-Watch Trailer:
  • Review:

To say that this latest installment of the franchise is the worst to date is not to necessarily say that it is a bad movie…but it is definitely the least favorable of them all as it serves to set up the climatic final act and lacks some of the appeal and feel of the first two. Hollywood’s latest trend (splitting stories into more films than necessary) is arguably viewed at by some as simply an attempt to extend its run and make as much money as possible. Unfortunately, it also causes stories to be stretched thin and lacking in substance. Such is the case with The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay, pt. 1.District13-1

Starting not too long after the events of the last film, Mockingjay pt 1 introduces viewers to the inhabitants of the mysterious District 13 and their leader. Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant anti-hero, has been whisked away from the Capitol and finds herself in the middle of a brewing underground rebellion that is at a pivotal tipping point. Her desire to be a part of said rebellion takes time to find its spark as the movie proceeds to show the destruction that the Capitol has inflicted upon the districts and the result of President Snow’s quest to squash the rebellion and all those who side with the Mockingjay.District13-4

Ironically, while the first two installments center around a series of games that force the participants to eliminate one another in a competition to the death, this installment features no such games but is far more violent. (I, for one, find the PG-13 rating of movies particularly useless…along with most of the MPAA’s ratings itself…but that’s another discussion for another time.) Scenes of shootings and bombings replace scenes of luxury and pomp that we saw much of in the first two…and I found myself missing the indulgence of the Capitol, the colorful clothes and the superficial settings of Panem.MfilmPeetainterview

Those wanting a movie that follows the book, look elsewhere or just remember that this is an “adaptation” made to appeal to audiences and keep the story going. There exist several distinct differences from the book but most add to the film such as the smart and useful inclusion of the ever stylishEffie-Stylin-in-13 Effie Trinket (coveralls never looked so in-fashion). It becomes quite evident that the story is stretched for the sake of this 2-part finale.

It’s quite transparent and a bit predictable at times. A rebellion that may remind some of the Matrix sequels and a romance that may remind others of another Young Adult novel series (Twilight), Mockingjay, pt 1 is a different type of movie than the previous two. The story develops plot and purports political propaganda throughout its 123 minute run and is drawn out much longer than necessary. Easily, it could be half its length and continue the tale to its end.

(Remember these character posters? I was hoping to see these tributes or hear mention of them, but behold, there was none. Why even make the posters? oh well.)

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One of the aspects I felt missing from the film: it uses little of what works in the first two while changing the direction of story and thus makes it a long movie in which a lot is said but very little happens for as much action takes place. It serves simply as a bridge to the finale and is full of teases but is overall rather empty in substance. Sure, it’s got a few stirring moments, including a musical number from Katniss herself, but ultimately the film serves as a stepping stone.mockingjay image2

I agree with a review note I saw online earlier (apologies, I do not remember where) that stated it is more “filler than thriller.” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1 may leave you hungry for more and not nearly as satisfied as the first two. Whet your appetite for the finale with this one, but remember the end is not for another year.

My Score: 3 out of 5 stars for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt 1.

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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.20.14

November 20, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. The Imitation Game.imitation

  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and more.
  • Releasing: November 28, 2014.
  • Director: Morton Tyldum
  • Synopsis: “Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.”

Thoughts: I like a good espionage tale and this one comes at it from a different angle with a great cast. The story is rooted in actual historical events and looks solid. I can’t wait to spy this one out myself.

2. Miss Juliemissjulie

  • Starring: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and more.
  • Releasing: December 5, 2014
  • Director: Liv Ullman
  • Synopsis: “Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her.”

(There’s a Matrix “Deja vu/glitch” in the trailer, fyi)

Thoughts: A reverse “Fifty Shades” set in the late 1800s? Based on the play of the same name, Miss Julie undoubtedly has its target audience…it’s just not me.

3. Peanutspeanuts

  • Starring:  Bill Melendez and more.
  • Releasing: November 6, 2015
  • Director: Steve Martino
  • Synopsis: “For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz’s timeless “Peanuts” comic strip will be making their big-screen debut like they’ve never been seen before in a CGI-animated feature film in 3D.”

Thoughts: I’m actually looking forward to this. Some people are not a fan of the animation of these classic comic characters but I am. The voices and sounds are what I expect and anticipate. It looks like a fine adaptation to me. How about you?

4. The Duffduff

  • Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell and more.
  • Releasing: April 10, 2015
  • Director: Ari Sandel
  • Synopsis: “A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.”

Thoughts: A rip off of She’s All That? meh. Mae Whitman (Perks of Being a Wallflower) does well in highschool roles. At least we have a highschool dramedy that stars actors of the same age group as the characters they play. (I’m looking at you, Mean Girls and Twilight). Is anyone putting this body-image and self-worth movie on their “must-see” list?

5. Project Almanacalmanac

  • Starring: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner and more.
  • Releasing:  January 30, 2015
  • Director:  Dean Israelite
  • Synopsis: “A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.”

Thoughts: I like it, but I keep getting a vibe of bad movies like The Darkest Hour perhaps mixed with a decent movie like Chronicle. I am curious yet cautious. It is, afterall, produced by Michael Bay. I think we can guess how this will end but will it be good? The preliminary reviews seem to point to it being worth our time in theaters. Thoughts?

6. Son of a Gun.son-of-a-gun-poster-389x600

  • Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and more.
  • Releasing: December 2014 (onDemand), January 2015 (limited theatrical release)
  • Director: Julius Avery
  • Synopsis: “Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.”

Thoughts: Ewan McGregor is one of THE hardest working actors in Hollywood. This “honor among thieves” story of those who “live by the sword” looks pretty packed yet still lacking. Will this be something new? hardly. Will it be worth a watch? perhaps.

7. Age of Adaline.adaline

  • Starring: Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford and more.
  • Releasing: April 24, 2015
  • Director: Lee Toland Krieger
  • Synopsis: I like the storytelling of the trailer and thus I will not spoil it with the synopsis. Watch the trailer.

Thoughts: A Blake Lively performance that looks good. I mean, aside from The Town, I haven’t seen much from her lately that I’ve enjoyed (Green Lantern, Savages) so this one surprised me. I hope it takes her career further. I like stories like this.

8. The Woman in Black: Angel of Deathwomaninblack2

  • Starring: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Leilah de Meza and more.
  • Releasing: January 2, 2015.
  • Director:  Tom Harper
  • Synopsis: “40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.”

I don’t know why Daniel Radcliffe is on the “screenshot” of this vid from youtube. He’s not in the movie.

Thoughts: Why didn’t the woman in the movie watch the first one? :D or, any horror movie for that matter. It sure makes sense to go to an abandoned house to live in a creepy marsh simply because a child “has no relatives” to me! [sarcasm]. I liked the first Woman in Black and am hoping for the same result here. It looks creepy and may be an actual decent horror film sequel. Let’s hope so.

Additional trailer: Cinderella. -Click the poster to watch. It is not fully featured here on this post because, if you really want to save the joy of seeing the movie magic when it releases, then you shouldn’t watch the trailer because practically the entire movie is shown in the trailer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Derek Jacobi and more.cinderella_ver2

Spotlight Video of the Week:

HISHEdotcom presents: HOW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SHOULD HAVE ENDED.guardianshishe

Man, I always love these and this is one of the better ones. It has so much fun in it. Enjoy! :)

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • The Age of Adaline
  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
  • Project Almanac

Which ones are your favorites??

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This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, November 21, 2014:

  • Wide Release: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1, The Theory of Everything (expansion) and more.
  • Limited Release: The Sleepwalker, V/H/S: Viral, Happy Valley and more.

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Mini-Reviews: “Interstellar”, “Big Hero 6″ and “Dumb & Dumber To”

November 15, 2014

Greetings all,

Today, here are quick mini-reviews for: InterstellarBig Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber To.

Enjoy!

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Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and more.

Rating: Rated PG-13

Trailer:

Synopsis: “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.”

Review:

While I enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s involvement in DC’s superhero movies (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel), I couldn’t wait for him to be freed up to do more original storytelling. You see, I enjoy the originality and quality that he brings to the big screen such as Inception, The Prestige, etc. and we were about due for another Nolan film. With an impressive track record, Nolan maintains his influence on the movie world and introduces a new member to the “Nolan-verse” that is awe-inspiring, challenging and beautifully captivating and engaging. In a word: “stellar.”

And so many things make it so. The cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and several surprise members whom I wasn’t expecting to see in the film, is superb. Each play their part as an important piece of a larger story about love and life. The visuals make this an experience that pays homage to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and creates an epic sense of the vastness of space and the cold unforgiving unknown. Epic is a great way to describe this film as it is indeed.

This epic is much more grandiose, ambitious and expansive than any of Nolan’s prior work…and it pays off. With something for everyone, viewers are invited to join Nolan and cast on an amazing journey of love, survival, relationships, perseverance and science. It’s a trip unlike any other that is a MUST-SEE on the big screen…the largest screen you can find.

I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar and its rules it sets and confines itself to in a not-too-distant future. The science is explained adequately and applied throughout and keeps a sense of wonder about it. In setting its stage, however, Interstellar‘s first act takes a little bit longer than desired to transpire. BUT, it pays off as the story comes together and ties itself up like a pretty bow in coming full circle by its impressive and ingenious end. The journey to that end is equally memorable and majestic.

A thrilling experience that brings audiences along for a long but captivating adventure. Nolan’s method of storytelling allows viewers to join in alongside the characters and feel what they feel, fear what they fear and fight for hope with them. Lending itself to some of the “Nolan-esque” aspects that fans have come to expect it is somewhat rewarding to be allowed to interpret the ending and I, for one, enjoy that about Nolan’s films. Not every movie needs to have every aspect explained. Isn’t that what keeps people still talking about the end of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises? An exhilarating experience that must not be missed. Not perfect, but not far from it.interstellar.thm_

SCORE: (4/5 stars)

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Directed by: Don Hall and Chris Williams

Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung and more.

Rating: PG

Trailer

Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Review:

I feel a bit bad about this, but I did not enjoy this one as most people seem to. Disney’s latest about an exceptionally smart boy and his bulgy companion definitely has its appeal and families will enjoy the themes of friendship, family and self-worth, but…it just doesn’t take off. Disney seemingly decided to pour an overdose of sentimentalism and sadness into the recipe of this adventure and then opted to balance that with something they do well…body language (i.e. cuteness through its characters and their movements).

The most memorable things to me in the film were the inventions of Hero, the antics (and hugs) of Baymax, a cool handshake, an unexpected animated cameo and the overall camaraderie. It has all the potential quality and teeters on its commitment to its target audience between kids and adults. Some would argue that its level of sadness may be too much for kids. I found myself more delighted with the animated short that precedes the film. A heartfelt film that ironically felt a bit heartless. It’s fun, just not fantastic. Sorry, I wasn’t the biggest fan and am indifferent on this one. It’s got action, humor, and superheroes formed through loss and friendship. A familiar formula that just didn’t seem to add up to success…but it appears I am in the minority on this one.Big Hero 6 (2)

 

Big Hero 6 (Score: 3/5)

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Dumb and Dumber To
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Directed by: Bobby and Peter Farrelly

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and more.

Rating: PG-13

Trailer

Synopsis: “20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

Review:

Fans of the original, be warned: run far away from this one. It is a shame that such a comedy classic has to have a sequel (first of all), but secondly that it is made by the same people with the same stars and is so terrible. While Dumb and Dumber To is better than the horrific prequel to the original that came out a while back, it is not far in quality from what its title dictates. Dumb and Dumber To is exactly that.

It’s sad, really. Not that the movie is bad…well, that IS sad. But the saddest part is watching 50+ year olds running around doing the same antics that were even more than juvenile 20 years ago. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are quite pathetic in these roles now and the film overplays all the wrong things, if you will, from its predecessor and overuses all the little things that made the original great.

They should just show the original in theaters. You buy a ticket for the sequel and then a message comes across the screen apologizing for the flagrant abuse of commercialization of comedy in bringing about a sequel no one asked for and then proceed to give you the original so that you can at least laugh during a movie. I’m serious. Fans of the original will find very little to enjoy in this sequel. Perhaps if you haven’t seen the original, then you may not be as offended at this lackluster attempt to bring back the magic, but then do yourself a favor and watch the original. You will then see why, when it comes to the sequel, I cannot say that; “I like it alot.”dumb

 

Dumb and Dumber To (Score: 1/5)

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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

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