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Spectre Movie Review & Film Summary

Want to talk about a new spy movie with explosive action sequences, a fun, charismatic lead, and interesting, compelling story? Well, we can’t—this isn’t my review for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. You are reading my review for Spectre. 

I like most moviegoers and critics absolutely loved Skyfall. It is perhaps my favorite Bond movie ever. However, I will openly admit that I’ve never been a fan of the series. Let me clarify, there are a handful of 007 movies I enjoy, like Goldfinger, Casino Royale, and Dr. No, but I’ve never fallen into the hype of the secret agent. But, after seeing Sam Mendes’ successful film from 2012, I was looking forward to the follow-up, the twenty-fourth Bond film—Spectre.

Daniel Craig in Spectre

Daniel Craig in Spectre

Unfortunately, I couldn’t have been more let down. The movie was completely disinteresting and unsatisfying. I sat, slouched, during the two-and-a-half-hour movie, occasionally checking the time and wondering when something exciting was going to happen. Now, technically, there were action sequences and car chases happening during the duration of the film, just none that got any emotion out of me. The reason I felt most of the movie was quite dreary was because nothing seemed at stake, so I had no investment. This is possibly the worst feeling you can have while watching a movie, asking “Why should I care?”

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Steve Jobs Movie Review & Film Summary

Steve Jobs is not the ordinary biopic, a movie that takes you through a person’s life, from beginning to end. No, the new Danny Boyle film just shows us portions of Steve’s life. The movie begins with Steve (Michael Fassbender) at the launch of the Macintosh in 1984, the middle of it takes place at the launch of NeXT Box in 1988, and finally the movie concludes with the reveal of the iMac in 1998. It is a specific portrait of a man in his most stressful times, the very man we use to represent imagination and knowledge.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Fassbender, and Kate Winslett in Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is based on the authorized, self-titled biography of Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson. The book was written at the request of Jobs and was released just 19 days after his death. It was adapted by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind that brought the world The Social Network. Similar to that film, Sorkin is able to take scenes where there are conversations about computers and make them feel like a heist is going on. Jobs can be talking about a voice demo, and the scene will have you on edge. The dialogue is witty, sharp, and passionate, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this gets a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.  

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Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks have worked together on four films together if you include the new movie, Bridge of Spies. They collaborated on Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, and The Terminal—all outstanding pieces of work. This team reminds me of one from some time ago, director Frank Capra, and actor Jimmy Stewart. A masterful storyteller and a damn good actor. Bridge of Spies is no different; it is another wonderful partnership that provides true art.

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies

 Bridge of Spies tells the story of American insurance lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), who is chosen to legally defend Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), a man accused of espionage during The Cold War. However, he quickly learns that though he was picked to show the world America was going to give Abel a fair trial, that the case might not be as impartial as he imagined. After a series of events, he is recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release of Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), an American pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down in the Soviet Union.

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The Walk Movie Review & Film Summary

The Walk is the latest film from Robert Zemeckis, the same director who brought audiences Cast Away, Back to the Future, and most recently Flight. Zemeckis is known for his powerful, visual story-telling and his stunning visual effects. Those signatures are clearly written all over this new film, which tells a fantastic, true story. The Walk, for the most part, is exhilarating, fun, and even quite touching.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk

 The Walk tells the story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), whose dream it was to one day walk a wire across the recently built Twin Towers, at the World Trade Center. In 1974, after gathering a team of “accomplices,” they left Paris, went to the United States and did their best to make Philippe’s dream come true. The movie is based on the novel that Petit wrote, To Reach the Clouds, where he recounted the events of this incredible stunt.

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The Martian Movie Review

The Martian is one of the best adventures that you will go on this year. It is a dazzling science-fiction film that packs an emotional punch. I sat among the people in the theater in awe of what was unfolding on screen. I laughed, I cried, and I laughed again. Simply put, this picture is a great time at the theater. I know, I’m just as surprised at that statement as you are. I recommended you see this beautiful movie on the biggest screen in town, as soon as possible. Because the visuals your eyes will fall upon are breathtaking.

Matt Damon in The Martian

Matt Damon in The Martian

The film follows NASA astronaut and botanist Mark Watney. He was left on Mars by his mission crew when a fierce storm hit the planet, and seemingly killing him. However, now alone and very much alive he must figure out how to sustain a limited amount of supplies, and he must find a way to contact Earth to bring him home. The film, directed by Ridley Scott, was based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, a New York Times Best Seller.

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Sicario Movie Review & Film Summary

Sicario is easily one of the best movies of the year. I sat there in awe as the credits began to roll; I was amazed at what I just witnessed—it moved me. It challenged me emotionally and intellectually. It forces audiences to look in the mirror, to show us something we might not be very proud of. It’s a smart film that looks stunning, and it packs an incredibly massive emotional punch. That being said, it’s a picture that you can’t miss!

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, the man who brought us Prisoners, Sicario tells the story of an ideal FBI agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), who is enlisted by an elected government task force. This task force, which is being run by Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro), takes a closer look at the escalating war on drugs. More specifically, the drug war that takes place around the border of Mexico and the United States.

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Black Mass Movie Review

Ever since I saw the teaser trailer for Black Mass, I wondered if it would be the return of the movie star, Johnny Depp. I’ve been waiting for said return for years. The Hollywood superstar began catching the eyes of audiences in the late 80s. He became a heartthrob, and shortly after he would start delivering some incredible performances. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco. Depp was becoming one of the best actors of our time. Blow and Pirates of the Caribbean would follow.

Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp in Black Mass

Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp in Black Mass

After Pirates, he became a global phenomenon. But as the years went on, the performances got weaker. It seemed he was more worried about cool makeup and crazy outfits than actually delivering a moving performance. Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, and the worst of all, Mortdecai. That’s right, it was earlier this year when Depp hand delivered one of the worst movies/performances I’ve ever seen. But just months later, I’m happy to announce—Johnny Depp is back.

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Southpaw Movie Review & Film Summary

Like most boxing movies, Southpaw, isn’t about boxing. It is about a self-destructive man. A man embodied with rage and completely blind to the world around him. The movie itself is a boxing match, not for the characters on screen, but for the audience. The film forces viewers to go twelve emotional rounds, with both ups and downs, receiving gut-punch after gut-punch.

Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw

Southpaw, directed by Antoine Fuqua, tells the story of professional boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) who after the loss of his wife (Rachel McAdams), hits rock bottom. Shortly after, he loses his daughter (Oona Laurence) because of his reckless behavior. Now, Billy must work his way back from nothing to regain not only his self-worth but his daughter.

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Terminator Genisys Terminates the Past

It was 1984 when the first Terminator was sent back to kill Sarah Connor, who would eventually birth the leader of the war against the machines in 2029—John Connor. Well, I should say it was 1984 when director James Cameron told us this story in his iconic picture, The Terminator. Seven years later, Cameron would tell a story of a more deadly cyborg sent to kill John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. That sequel remains to this day, one of the greatest action, sci-fi films ever made. Since then, the Terminator franchise created two more sequels, games, and television shows. Well, that is until now since director Alan Taylor is bringing the world the fifth installment in the franchise called Terminator Genisys.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys follows Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney), who is sent back in time by John Connor (Jason Clarke) to protect Sarah Connor, only to find out that nothing is as he expected it to be.

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Inside Out Is Full Of Emotions

Pixar Animation Studios, along with Disney, has been the key name in animation. However, Disney has recently taken on some animated films alone. Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Wreck-It Ralph, to name a few. This might because some were accusing Pixar of “losing their touch,” after making Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University. However, I never doubted the company as they’ve brought some of the greatest animated films of all-time. Especially after interviewing co-directors of Inside Out, Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen along with producer Jonas Rivera, I knew Pixar was about to blow the world away. I was right. 

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in Inside Out

Inside Out follows young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is moved from her hometown to San Fransisco, and her emotions—Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling)—who are figuring out how to deal with it.

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