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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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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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Everest Movie Review & Film Summary

I walked out of Everest failing to understand why anyone would ever want to climb a mountain. That being said, I respect any brave soul who’s done it. I just don’t know why they did it or why they’d want to. After seeing this picture, I learned the painful consequences of taking on such a feat. I guess that is what makes reaching the summit of a mountain so powerful, most people just aren’t mentally or physically equipped to do it. Nonetheless, Everest, was an extremely effective movie that gave me an experience too close to the real thing.

Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest

Jake Gyllenhaal in Everest

 The film takes place in 1996, and tells the story of two expeditions, Mountain Madness and Adventure Consultants, that plan to climb the earth’s highest mountain. The two-hour movie follows these expeditions, lead by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal), as they ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest. However, these valiant climbers are about encounter a deadly storm they didn’t see coming. The film was directed by Baltasar Kormákur.

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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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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I’m quite sad to say that Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was nowhere near as fun as the first film. After seeing countless young-adult novels being adapted, I was quickly growing tired of the subgenre. All of them fell short to The Hunger Games, but some were nearly unwatchable. I remember I’d just watched The Giver, and I thought that was the end of the YA phenomenon. But I was wrong. I went into The Maze Runner and had a great time. I thought it was fun, exciting, and fresh. So, like many people, I was looking forward to the sequel—unfortunately I was disappointed.

Dylan O' Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Dylan O’ Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials follows the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other Gladers who recently escaped the Maze. They are brought to a secret facility, where they discover there weren’t in the only maze, as other survivors from other mazes were brought there as well. However, it doesn’t take long for Thomas to discover this place might not be the haven it claims to be. So, the Gladers and Thomas must escape and see what is really out there.

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The Visit Movie Review & Film Summary

I was in the audience during Universal’s presentation at this year’s CinemaCon, when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The Visit was his way of “going back to his roots.” This statement wasn’t much of a shock since his films After Earth and The Last Airbender were all panned by critics and general audiences. It’s interesting, the man who made The Sixth Sense, is now someone whose name is usually the punchline to a joke. I will say, I’ve always felt he gets more flak than he deserves. Sure, I suffered through The Happening just like the rest of the world, but trust me there are far worse films and filmmakers out there.

Olivia DeJonge and Deanna Dunagan in The Visit

Olivia DeJonge and Deanna Dunagan in The Visit

Shyamalan explained to everyone at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, “The goal of the film was to be the loudest, funnest movie-going experience.” Well, I can tell you that The Visit is not the loudest, nor the “funnest” movie-going experience I’ve had, but what I can tell you is that The Visit is not a bad film. Now that might seem backhanded, but I truly mean it. After his mistakes mentioned above, The Visit isn’t bad—it’s just not that great either.

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No Escape Movie Review & Film Review

No Escape was one of those movies that I completely forgot while I was driving home from the theater. I was brainstorming for this review, but I found myself only remembering bits and pieces. Sure, it had plenty of action sequences and moment with a lot of suspense, but only a couple were really effective and even those barely stuck with me. I think it just had a lot of issues. Sometimes it wanted to be intense but came off as comedic, sometimes it wanted to be a political thriller and just felt like a generic chase em’ movie.

Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson in No Escape

Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson in No Escape

A perfect example comes from one of the better parts in the film, which is shown in the trailer. It is when Owen Wilson has to launch his daughters across roof top to roof top. For the moment, it is very tense, but then it has this moment that feels comedic. The audience was laughing, they weren’t on the edge of their seat and neither was I. The feeling of suspense left, when they through in a joke (or at least was interpreted as a joke). 

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