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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

**The following reviews doesn’t reveal any spoilers and avoids revealing the story except a brief synopsis. **

I can’t imagine the audience sitting in the theater in 1977 for the first Star Wars film, A New Hope, could have predicted that they were about to see the beginning one of the biggest forces in pop culture arrive. The movie spawned five sequels, and each one came with a wave of toys, backpacks, lunch bags, and anything you can think of. Star Wars has one of the biggest culture impacts we’ve ever seen. I just read an article, that a person could survive off Star Wars products alone because they have nearly every product imaginable. Now, almost 40 years later comes the seventh installment, and the buzz is louder than ever. But, this time, the franchise isn’t in the hands of creator, George Lucas. In 2012 he sold Star Wars to Disney, so not only are we getting fresh faces but a whole new creative team.

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and BB8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and BB8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams, takes places three decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but now, a new threat arises. The First Order follows in the steps of the Empire to rule the galaxy, but a group of heroes and The Resistance will do everything to stop them.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

I still remember lining up at a local theater for the midnight screening of The Hunger Games. I had just started Chasing Cinema, and I still wasn’t on any lists for press screenings. The line was crazy long; people were dressed up and even holding Suzanne Collins’s books. It was in 2008 when Collins published the first book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and all three were done by 2010. They had gained significant popularity, hence the studios quickly buying the rights and releasing a film only two years later. Now, seven years after the book was published comes the final chapter in this incredibly popular film franchise.

Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the concluding chapter of the war against Panem. The districts, led by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), must all stand together as an army to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland). All while everything Katniss loves and has fought for, hangs in the balance. The picture was directed by Francis Lawrence, who has directed every Hunger Games film besides the first. Catching Fire was my favorite of the series, but my least favorite was Mockingjay Part 1. So, going into this movie, my expectations were mixed. Will Lawrence bring it hard for the finale? Or is he over it? Because that’s what it seemed like with Part 1.

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Spotlight Movie Review & Film Summary

At a time when newspapers are closing, and print readerships are down, Spotlight couldn’t have arrived at a more pivotal time. The new film from director Thomas McCarthy is truly a love-letter to the art of journalism. It doesn’t glamorize the job or what these journalists did; it just illustrates how they did their jobs—to investigate and to report. It shows all of the lengthy footwork that is among the process of an investigative reporter’s job. Most importantly the film, which is based on a true story, shows just how important journalism is.

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, and John Slattery in Spotlight

Spotlight follows the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative unit in America, The Boston Globe’s “Spotlight” team. The team consisted of Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams), Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James). The focus of the movie is on the team’s coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts. The “Spotlight” team brought the filthy secret of sexually abused minors by the church to the national limelight. The coverage earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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Room Movie Review & Film Summary

**The following is a wonderful review for the new film Room, however, it does contain minor spoilers that are given away on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. But, if you plan on seeing this film and haven’t read anything about it, I believe it would be best to see it without knowing a thing for the best moviegoing experience – Jacob Tiranno**

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson in Room

Most of us typically view rooms, especially rooms in our homes, as our escape from the outside world. Whether it is the living room, the kitchen, the dinning room, or the bedroom, people can find solace in their favorite rooms. But what if, one room became your entire world? One singular room only confined by four walls is now the bane of your existence. Sounds horrifying, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, for Ma- formerly known as Joy- and her newly turned 5-year-old boy, Jack, this is their nightmarish reality.

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Secret in Their Eyes Movie Review

La Pregunta de Sus Jos (translating to The Question in Their Eyes) is a 2005 thriller novel, written by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri. Four years following the book’s release, Argentinian filmmaker Juan José Campanella adapted it into a film called The Secret in Their Eyes. The movie earned critical acclaim receiving multiple awards in both Spain and Hollywood, including an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. Now, only six years after the successful film’s release, comes the American remake, Secret in Their Eyes, from writer-director Billy Ray.

Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes

Julia Roberts in Secret in Their Eyes

 Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of FBI investigators, Jess (Julia Roberts), Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and their supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman), who are carefully watching a mosque in Los Angeles shortly after the attack on America on September 11. However, the three are ripped apart after they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter was brutally murdered and left in a dumpster near the mosque. Thirteen years later, after Ray left the Bureau, he returns to LA after finding a new lead that feels can finally close the case on the murder.

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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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Burnt Movie Review & Film Summary

Whether or not you agree with the following review of the new film Burnt, there is one thing you must take seriously: do not go on an empty stomach! The latest film from director John Wells focuses on the gorgeous-looking gourmet food. If you’re someone who loves the art of plating, are a foodie, or just likes watching chefs do their thing, and then I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new dramedy. But if you are not going to salivate over the enchanting plates, you might find yourself a bit disappointed.

Bradley Cooper & Sienna Miller in Burnt

Bradley Cooper & Sienna Miller in Burnt

Burnt tells the story of Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper), who destroyed his once-booming career with drugs and other vices, hurting a few people along the way. However, after a self-served punishment of shucking a million oysters, he decides to return to London, spearhead a top restaurant, and earn three Michelin Stars. However, he has a lot to prove to his former friends and colleagues, but most importantly—himself.

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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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