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The Conjuring 2 Movie Review

3 Stars

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Film Review

In 2002, director Joel Zwick and writer Nia Vardalos taught the world just how loud and large a Greek wedding can be with their hit movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It remains the highest grossing romantic comedy of all-time, even though it never reached the number one spot at the box office. The film has earned over 368 million dollars worldwide, on the small budget of only five million dollars. With that type of success, nobody was surprised when My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2  was announced, even if it was 14 years later.

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Nia Vardalos and John Corbett in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues the story of Toula Portokalos (Vardalos) and her huge, sometimes very needy Greek family. Only this time, she’s trying to balance multiple parts of her life, including, dealing with her daughter who wants to go to college out of state and the lack of romance with her husband. But that’s not all, the entire Portokalos now have to ban together to arrange a wedding when they learn Toula’s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan), were never officially married.

Jacob Tiranno Accepts the 365 Day Movie Challenge

Happy New Years Everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and had a great time ringing in the new year. Like most of you, I compiled a list of resolutions for the year of 2016. But, when I was writing that list that we all know too well, I thought for this year I needed a real challenge. Something to test my will power and my never give up attitude. But instead of choosing something silly, I decided to take on the 365 Day Movie Challenge.

Jacob Tiranno accepts 365 Day Movie Challenge

Jacob Tiranno

Now for those who are unfamiliar with this 365 Day Movie Challenge, I am committing to watching one film a day, that I’ve never seen before. To some of you, this doesn’t sound very challenging. To you, nay I say. This is probably one of the hardest things to do. The 365 Day Movie Challenge will be a part of my life for one whole year. Every day my life for the next year will be revolving around the question of when can I sit down and watch a movie before the day ends. That not only intrigued me, it genuinely excited me.

Concussion Movie Review

As I sit here and brainstorm about what I want to say about Will Smith’s new football drama, Concussion, I am currently watching the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans. Now, the original plan was first to write about how millions of Americans- myself included- will spend every Sunday watching a full day’s worth of football for 17 consecutive weeks. In addition to Sundays, there are also Monday, Thursday, and the occasional Saturday night football games, and we must not forget about the four weeks of playoffs that ends with America’s new favorite holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. However, something happened during the game that has always been a costly price for playing this sport but has only become a prominent concern in recent years. Can you guess what it is?

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Will Smith in Concussion

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Will Smith in Concussion

The quarterback for the Texans, Brian Hoyer, left during the fourth quarter after possibly suffering another concussion (he was diagnosed with one less than a month ago). Concussions are definitely not a new risk for these players; however, understanding the actual risks of these types of head injuries are. Along with the growing concerns about the dangers of head on collisions, the National Football League is now being held accountable for the player’s safety on the field. Because of this, the league has enforced a more extensive concussion protocol; however, concussions have not been prevented. According to PBS and their “Concussion Watch”, the NFL had 171 concussions in 2012, 152 in 2013, 123 in 2014, and 166 so far in the 2015 season. It is safe to say that Concussion is being released at a pivotal time.

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.

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.

The Peanuts Movie Review

Peanuts was a syndicated comic strip, which debuted in October 1950, and was written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. This influential and incredibly popular comic strip ran for fifty years, totaling in over 17,000 strips published, and it continues to be a major icon in pop culture. Peanuts was read and seen in 75 countries and reprints appear in almost every U.S. newspaper today. The lovable characters from the strip eventually leaped off the page and appeared in several successful TV specials, such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, and even theatrical films. Similar to the comic strip, these critically acclaimed specials still air during the holidays. Now, for the first time in 35 years the Peanuts gang return to the big screen for the new film—The Peanuts Movie.

Sally Brown, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy in The Peanuts Movie

Sally Brown, Charlie Brown, and Snoopy in The Peanuts Movie

 The Peanuts Movie tells the story of good man Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), a nervous, unconfident, but gentle boy. But that must all change so he can impress his new neighbor and crush, The Little Red-Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi). At the same time, Snoopy (archival recordings of Bill Melendez), one of the world’s favorite dogs, takes to the sky to chase his arch-nemesis The Red Baron.

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.

Pan Movie Review & Film Summary

Pan is the new Peter Pan telling from director Joe Wright. It’s a prequel, which tells the story of a twelve-year orphan, Peter (Levi Miller), who is kidnaped by a group of pirates and taken to Neverland. It is there he discovers that he has a destiny bigger than he could have ever imagined—to become the hero, that never grows up.

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller in Pan

Now, let’s cut to the chase! Pan was a complete disaster. I’ve been a fan of the J.M. Barrie character and story since childhood, and this by far, is the worst version I’ve ever seen.

So, after I looked over my notes as I walked out of the theater, I realized there was no possible way I could create a concise review with the written information. So, as a fun, little exercise and a nod to a hero, Mr. Roger Ebert, I’ve decided just to share these very notes with you. Enjoy!

The following are notes that I took during the screening of Pan. Some of these may contain minor spoilers.

American Ultra Movie Review

American Ultra was a movie that genuinely surprised me. Not because of the quality of the movie, but more of my reaction. I was expecting this generic “stoner comedy,” made famous by Seth Rogen and company, which uses a plot similar to the one seen in The Bourne Franchise. But American Ultra had solid performances and interesting characters that I cared for. It had a relationship that I felt invested in, something I wouldn’t expect from a movie with this type of story.

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in American Ultra

American Ultra was written by Max Landis, son of popular writer-director John Landis, and directed by Nima Nourizadeh. The story follows a stoner named Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) who is trying to overcome his fears and propose to his girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). But things take a turn for the worst when Mike discovers people want him dead, and he unleashes some abilities he never knew he had.