- Rated: PG-13
- Action & Adventure
- Release Date: 5/24/2013
- Directed by: Justin Lin
- Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Elsa Pataky, Gal Gadot, Gina Carano, Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel
The Fast & Furious franchise is certainly a peculiar one. An extremely fun time at the theatres, no doubt about that, but how is it that average-ranking films about racecars, muscle guys and half-naked women make its way to blockbuster status? Usually a series of films doesn’t last this long, especially when the third installment didn’t involve a single member of the original cast. But the Fast & Furious franchise slowly transformed from movies about racing cars to action-packed heist films and added tons of star power in the mix.
Director Justin Lin brings the sixth installment to the Fast & …
Note: Stay after the initial end credits for one of the best scenes in the franchise.
The Hangover Part III is a step up from the sequel, has a few good laughs, but nothing can touch the first film of the Wolfpack franchise. Although I enjoyed much of Part III, the sequels should have never been made, as nothing can live up to the first film that is a masterpiece.
The first Hangover debuted in 2009 and is one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. The cinematography is beautiful, the screenplay witty and the actors create a group so memorable and …
Note: See the film in IMAX 3D. The IMAX screen adds a wonderful layer to the story and although the 3D was converted, it looks better than many films actually shot in 3D. This is a spoiler-free review.
Oh, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto…how I love these two on screen together. In possibly one of the best bromances of the last decade, Pine and Quinto were practically born to play James Kirk and Spock, respectively. I was never a “Trek” fan growing up, but when I first saw director J.J. Abrams’s 2009 film Star Trek, I was speechless. Star Trek is …
If you are a fan of director Baz Luhrmann’s previous films Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge, I don’t see how you will be disappointed or underwhelmed by his take of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, “The Great Gatsby.”
Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby is spectacular, whimsical and daring. What’s more, Hollywood’s most versatile actor Leonardo DiCaprio delivers one of the best performances of the year as the charming and mysterious Jay Gatsby. We aren’t even halfway through 2013, but it’s pretty certain that The Great Gatsby will be one of the best films of the year.
The 1974 film starring Robert Redford and …
Note: I saw this film in 3D, but would not recommend seeing it in 3D since it wasn’t shot that way and doesn’t add to the film. See it in 2D and save a few bucks! Stay after the credits for a nice little surprise. This is a spoiler-free review.
Iron Man 3 is the first of several anticipated films of Summer 2013. Let me say, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover: Part III and the rest of the summer blockbusters have a lot to live up to now that the final installment to the Iron Man …
- Rated: R
- Release Date: 4/26/2013
- Directed by: Justin Zackham
- Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Christine Ebersole, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Marc Blucas, Patricia Rae, Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace
It’s completely acceptable to watch and enjoy a predictable, fun, feel-good romantic comedy. But if that comedy is manipulative and treats the viewers as children, then it cheapens the film, making it unbearable to watch. There are two main problems with The Big Wedding: the screenplay treats the audience as idiots, inserting plot devices just to move the story forward; and it wastes the talents of fine actors like Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton.
Adapted from the 2006 French film Mon frére se marie, screenwriter and director Justin Zackham (screenwriter for The Bucket List) brings together massive star power, which …
I want to be clear from the get-go here. I’m a Michael Bay fan and I’m proud to say it. Armageddon, Transformers, The Rock and Pearl Harbor are all good, entertaining films, and the action-packed director doesn’t deserve a lot of the hate he gets from critics. In fact, I think Armageddon is in the top 5 most played movies on cable TV. Good for you Michael Bay.
With that said, I now I have to say that Pain & Gain might be my least favorite of Bay’s movies. It’s not that it was poorly directed, its not that the talent …