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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION REVIEW



 Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

Written by: Christopher McQuarrie, and Drew Pearce

  After "Mission Impossible 3" in 2006 many thought the franchise would end there. However, in 2011 came "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," which seemed to revive the franchise. To no surprise another movie would be on its way in the form of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation." Ghost Protocol set the bar high, so could Rogue Nation continue the new found momentum for this franchise?


There's nowhere else to start when talking about Mission Impossible other than with the action. The action made Ghost Protocol, and it does the same for Rogue Nation. There are several fantastic action scenes, starting with a funny one right off the bat. Ethan (Tom Cruise) jumps on a plane, and is hanging on for his life as Benji (Simon Pegg) tries to remotely open the door to the plane.
 

The action gets much more intense than that. Of course there's a car chase, and it doesn't disappoint. It's a nice high-speed chase involving a bunch of motorcycles, and a smooth BMW. In a scene that's a little different, Ethan has to dive into a sealed chamber with no scuba tank. He only has a few minutes to hold his breath, and accomplish his dangerous mission. That's pretty suspenseful, but nothing like the ending scene.

 

The ending is all set up by a great story. This mission really does seem impossible until the very end. The Syndicate has a step on Ethan the entire time. It doesn't help that the U.S. government takes aim at Ethan and the team as well. One of the great things about the story is the involvement of Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). The audience continues to wonder whose side she's on, as she plays both sides throughout.


As expected, the acting isn't a problem. Tom does a terrific job, as he seems to have found it very comfortable playing Ethan. Also, he does a great job in the action scenes. Rebecca does a nice job of never giving away her character's intentions. Simon is always welcome with his well-timed humor. Jeremy completes it all with his serious role as William Brandt.


There's no doubt that both Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation are action packed movies. The action has carried the franchise to new heights. In "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," the action just gets bigger, and bigger. Tom has taken the challenge with many of the stunts, and has done an awesome job. It doesn't hurt that a great cast surrounds him. With that said, I give this movie 4 stars!

HorrO 

Friday, August 7, 2015

BY THE SEA - New Trailer Starring Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt




The new trailer for Universal Pictures’ BY THE SEA has just debuted online.

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, BY THE SEA serves as her directorial follow-up to Universal Pictures’ epic UNBROKEN. 

The dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer. 


BY THE SEA – In Theaters November 13
BY THE SEA has been rated (Restricted – Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) for strong sexuality, nudity, and language


Synopsis:
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea serves as her directorial follow-up to Universal Pictures’ epic Unbroken.  The dramatic film stars Brad Pitt and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer. 

By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis.  As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.

Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps).  Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline-Sadowski (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers. 

Genre: Drama        
Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer
Written and Directed by: Angelina Jolie Pitt
Produced by: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt
Executive Producers: Chris Brigham, Michael Vieira, Holly Goline-Sadowski

Monday, July 20, 2015

See Marvel's Ant-Man...In Lego Bricks!




See Marvel’s Ant-Man…in Lego bricks!  Lego celebrates this miniature hero with supersize strength!

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ANT-MAN
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Genre: Action-Adventure
Rating: PG-13 
U.S. Release date: July 17, 2015  
Running Time: 117 min.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Stan Lee, Edgar Wright
Story by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Screenplay by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd  

STORY SYNOPSIS:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

ANT-MAN REVIEW



Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll

Directed: Peyton Reed

Written by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd, Stan Lee (comicbook), Larry Lieber (comic book), Jack Kirby

  The Avengers movies were gigantic. The Iron Man movies were colossal. The Captain America and Thor movies were huge. Now enters “Ant-Man,” featuring one of the tiniest super heroes around. While Ant-Man might be small, can "Ant-Man" accomplish big things in theaters?




Not to take anything away from Paul Rudd, who plays Scott Lang/Ant-Man, but I honestly was concerned about him playing a super hero. Sorry, but I just didn't see it. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans seem to fit their roles at first glance. Well, I was wrong because Paul ends up playing the part just right. I thought he would take it too far in the comedic route, but he handles the seriousness and action scenes with no problems.

  Actually, the entire cast fills their roles just perfectly. How can you go wrong with Michael Douglas, who plays Dr. Hank Pym? Evangeline Lilly, who plays Hope, proves she has come a long way since 'Lost.' Corey Stoll plays the villain, Darren Cross/Yellowjacket. He does an excellent job of giving the audience a villain they can hate more and more as the movie progresses. And not to be lost in the shuffle are Scott's gang of con men, played by Michael Pena, David Dastmalchian, and T.I. All three, but particularly Michael, deliver the perfect well-timed humor.



While there isn't a shortage of humor, this is a super hero movie, so where's all of the action? Well that's the biggest complaint I have with it. Being the first in this apparent franchise, the audience has to sit through the typical set up of how the regular guy becomes the super hero. Don't get me wrong it's not boring. It just would have be nice to see another action scene or two earlier on. Maybe replace one of the continuous ant training scenes with action somewhere else.


However they make up for any perceived lack of early action by super sizing the ending action. The audience finally gets to witness the show down between Ant-Man and Yellowjacket. There's plenty of fighting, a giant explosion, and a few surprises. One of the best parts is when miniature Ant-Man and Yellowjacket are fighting on a Thomas the Train play set. It's hilarious when the camera pans out and the audience gets to view the train set almost as if a ghost was playing with it. Another great trick they do through out the movie is having Ant-Man change from big to small, and small to big in a flash.  


This couldn't be a Marvel movie without a tie in to another super hero movie! There's a terrific scene where Ant-Man and Falcon come face to face for the first time. While Ant-Man tries to play the "I'm a super hero too" role, Falcon isn't buying it. The two square off in an exciting fight that will leave the audience waiting for round 2! While Ant-Man isn't part of the Avengers yet, he still has his own team. He has an army of ants, each able to do something unique in order to help him with his mission. The most fun is watching him fly on one of their backs.


"Ant-Man" turns out to be a welcome addition to the current Marvel roster. No, it's not at the gigantic level some of the other films, but it does enough to hold it's own. Paul Rudd proves that he can play a super hero. The entire cast plays their roles perfectly. While it might have been nice to see a little more action early on, they end it with a super sized bang! It will be fun to see how Ant-Man is incorporated in the upcoming Marvel movies. With that said, I give it 4 stars!

  HorrO

***There are 2 post credit scenes so stay until the very end***

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Watch the New Trailer for the Heroic Action-Thriller "The Finest Hours"


Watch the new trailer for the heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” - the extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film transports audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana.


THE FINEST HOURS (In Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D)

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Genre: Heroic Action-Thriller
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: January 29, 2016
Running time: TBD

Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana
Director: Craig Gillespie
Producers: Jim Whitaker, Dorothy Aufiero  
Executive Producer: Doug Merrifield
Screenplay by: Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Based upon the book by: Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman                    

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds.

Disney’s “The Finest Hours” is the unforgettable story of the Coast Guard’s courageous mission, which is directed by Craig Gillespie and stars: Chris Pine; Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee Casey Affleck; Ben Foster; Holliday Grainger; John Ortiz; and Eric Bana. Produced by Jim Whitaker and Dorothy Aufiero, the screenplay is by Oscar® nominee Scott Silver and Oscar nominees Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson based on the acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. Doug Merrifield serves as executive producer. “The Finest Hours” storms into U.S. theaters on January 29, 2016 in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MARVEL'S ANT-MAN - London Premiere and Press Conference Photos

In London, director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michael Peña thrilled audiences at the London premiere of MARVEL’S ANT-MAN.

Check out some of the photos…






Marvel’s Ant-Man hits U.S. Theaters July 17! 

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Genre: Action-Adventure
Rating: PG-13 
U.S. Release date: July 17, 2015  
Running Time: 117 min.
Cast:  Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym
Director: Peyton Reed
Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Stan Lee, Edgar Wright
Story by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Screenplay by: Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd  

STORY SYNOPSIS:

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

Friday, July 10, 2015

MINIONS REVIEW



Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton

Directed by: Kyle Balda, and Pierre Coffin

Written by: Brian Lynch

  Animated movies create many characters that both adults and kids can love. Sometimes it's as simple as loving the main character. Then there are movies that create minor characters that can't be ignored.  While "Despicable Me" is about Gru, and the kids, audiences can't ignore the attention the minions command. They have become so popular that now they have their own movie, "Minions." The big question is can the minions successful move from being minor characters to being the stars? 



  The movie starts by showing how the minions came to be going all the way back to the beginning of time. It's a pretty hilarious start, as the audience gets to see them with dinosaurs, in ancient Egypt, and more. The audience also finds out what the ultimate goal of the minions is...to serve the most evil boss on the planet. Being that the minions continuously fail their evil boss, they retreat to a cave to regroup until Kevin decides to search for a new boss.

  This is where it becomes make it or break it time for "Minions." The focus of the story shifts squarely to Kevin, Bob, and Stuart. There are brief visits back to the rest of the minions, but it's mostly the three of them until the final scene. The trio each brings something a little different to the table. Kevin is the smart one, if there can really be a smart minion. Bob is just plain silly, and acts like a little kid. Stuart is almost somewhere in between. He tries to out do Kevin, and can be equally as foolish as Bob.



The three of them go on a fun adventure to find the most evil boss they can find. This is where the movie struggles just a little. Yes, there are many fun moments of the trio trying to find their way. However, there are also some brief moments where it almost feels like the movie slows down. It could be just a matter of the minions not really being able to talk. With regular characters there would be some dialogue to help carry the audience through these kinds of moments.


Of course they eventually find that boss, Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), and she’s plenty evil. After this happens, the movie picks back up with laughs, and dialogue courtesy of Scarlet, and her husband. While she thinks she has found the perfect henchman to carry out her evil plan, she obviously has never met the minions before. The plan goes wrong for her, but not Bob. Bob becomes King Bob in one of the best scenes. A great scene of the three minions getting tortured also soon follows that.


For any slowness, it certainly ends in a gigantically fun way. While trying to be bad, the minions actually do some good in trying to save themselves, and England. It's funny when the minions don't really know what they are doing or why, but things just kind of end up the way it should be. Besides being fun, the ending has somewhat of a surprise for fans. It pretty much completes the movie.


Overall, audiences should expect the usual craziness, and more from the minions. Yes, it slows at a few points mostly cause of the lack of dialogue, but it will certainly have fans laughing out loud. Audiences will also get to know a little more about the minions, where they came, and their purpose. The minions do just enough to prove they can be stars of their own movie, so I give “Minions” 4 stars!

  HorrO

***There is a bonus scene at the end of the credits***

Friday, July 3, 2015

First Trailer for "Legend"



From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double performance.  Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.



LEGEND – In Theaters October 2, 2015
  
Written and directed by Helgeland, the Studiocanal, Working Title and Cross Creek film co-stars Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald and Taron Egerton.  Working Title Film’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produce Legend alongside Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver.  Universal will release the thriller in the U.S., and Studiocanal will distribute in the U.K., France, Germany and Australia/New Zealand.

Genre: Crime Thriller         
Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Eccleston, Chazz Palminteri, Tara Fitzgerald, Taron Egerton
Written and Directed by: Brian Helgeland                            
Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Brian Oliver, Chris Clark, Quentin Curtis

Friday, June 26, 2015

TED 2 REVIEW




Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, and Amanda Seyfried

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Written by: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wil

  Boy has the world changed. There used to be a time when bears were nice, and friendly. There were the Care Bears, who were lovable multicolored bears with things like hearts and rainbows on their stomachs. Then there was Teddy Ruxpin, a bear that could actually talk to kids. Put them together, and you definitely don't get Ted (Seth MacFarlane). He might come from a line of cute bears, but he's certainly not for kids!



Because of this, Ted took audiences by surprise with his vulgar language, and outrageous behavior in "Ted." Audiences can expect much of the same from Ted in "Ted 2," but with a few minor changes. The first change is that this movie is a lot more from Ted's perspective. John (Mark Wahlberg) character takes more of a back seat to Ted. This time around, the focus is on Ted's marriage, and his fight to be recognized as a person and not property. This slight change makes this comedy about as interesting as it can be as far as story lines are concerned.


Of course there's still plenty of hilarious moments between the two. There's a crazy scene in a sperm bank. Yes, just imagine what they have in store for audiences there! The two also spend plenty of time smoking weed together, which again is insane to see Ted doing. They also hatch a few not so brilliant plans that only the two of them would think of, and try to pull off.

  One of those plans involves Tom Brady, who is one of several celebrities that make an appearance. Ted and John just come up with the most ridiculous scheme to try and steal something from him. Tom does all right because all he really has to do is yell at the two. Morgan Freeman also plays the role of a lawyer who might be able to help Ted out. While brief, audiences get the typical great performance from Morgan. There are also a few surprise cameos, which are fabulous and will remain a secret.



Another obvious change this time is how Amanda Seyfried is inserted into the story, and Mila Kunis exits stage left. John is now divorced from Kunis's character, so there's an open spot for a woman by his side. Amanda plays a young lawyer named Samantha, who is tasked with defending Ted's rights in court. Amanda does a good job, as she jumps right in, and does plenty of her own crazy things.


One thing that might go unnoticed by some is how they try to dress Ted up some more this time. He's dressed when he goes to work, and in court. When he's just hanging out with John, he's usually naked. The best is when he's in full scuba gear. Speaking of dressing up, it almost seems perfect for one of the major scenes towards the end to take place in New York's Comic Con. Besides Ted fitting right in, there's an awesome fight scene with people in different costumes.


Overall, if audience enjoyed the crude behavior of Ted the first time around, there's no reason to believe they won't enjoy another round of it. There are a few minor changes such as, shifting the focus to Ted, adding more celebrity cameos, and inserting Amanda Seyfried. None of those things take away from the hilarious moments Ted and John create. Just like “Ted”, “Ted 2” is certainly for adult audiences, so leave the kids at home with their Care Bears! I give it 3.5 stars.

HorrO

***There is a short bonus scene after the credits***

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS - Watch the Teaser Trailer Now!



For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.


THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – In Theaters July 8, 2016
  
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.  Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. 

Genre: Comedy
Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks
Directed by: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
Writers: Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Friday, June 19, 2015

INSIDE OUT REVIEW




After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith

Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen

Written by: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen (as Ronnie del Carmen), Meg LaFauve, Josh Cooley, and Pete Docter

   "Inside Out" brings emotions to life in more ways than one. First and foremost, there’s actually a cast of emotions living inside the head of a young girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). A similar cast of emotions lives in each person and creature that appears, but more on that shortly. Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) are the emotions that shape her life from the moment she's born.  While most of the emotions get a chance to control her when she's a baby, the older she gets the more Joy tries to control her life. The other emotions seem all right with this, and only step in when there's a clear need for their emotion to be shown.



That's until Sadness starts touching things she shouldn't, which starts changing Riley's memories, and emotions. Sadness couldn't have picked a worse time to cause trouble because Riley is dealing with the struggle of moving to a new city. Joy tries her best to keep Sadness out of the way, but in the process, both get sent out of headquarters, and into other parts of her mind. Joy and Sadness then embark on a crazy adventure to get back to headquarters before the emotions that are left at headquarters set Riley on a path that won't be easy to recover from.



It's no coincidence that Joy and Sadness are the two emotions that the story focuses the most on. They are also the emotions that will be hitting the audience the hardest. Joy is the closest thing to laughter, and there's plenty to laugh at. There are hilarious moments when each emotion gets to control Riley as a baby. Everyone knows about the extreme emotionally swings a baby can have, and they hit on a bunch of them. There are also the moments when the emotions fight to figure out which emotion Riley should have at certain times. And that's not even counting all of the insane things that take place on Joy and Sadness's adventure.

  Then there is the opposite of Joy... Sadness. In one of the T.V. spots for the movie, it mentions that this is the best Pixar movie since "Up." Well, for those that remember "Up," it's a terrific movie filled with hilarious moments, but there's also some sadness in the story. Apparently Pixar is not afraid to add a little dose of reality to a kid's movie. Just like "Up," sadness will certainly hit some of the audience. The audience will feel sadness for Riley as her life changes, but sadness will come crashing down on some when something even more traumatic happens.



Enough with the depressing talk. The writers need to be complimented on putting together one hell of a creative story. There’s so much more than just the emotions running around in her head. There's a whole structure to how her memories are stored, and how they can change if the emotions aren't careful. Core memories are what really drive her, but they can also be changed. Joy and Sadness venture through all kinds of crazy places in her head, and run into some interesting characters that aren't emotions. All of that is amazing, and that's not even mentioning all of the comedy that's produced.


As mentioned in the beginning, there's a cast of emotions in each person, and creature. Some of the most hilarious moments are created when the audience gets to see these emotions, and how they basically react to the cast of emotions in another person. In particular, there are a couple of moments when the audience gets to see the emotions in the heads of Riley's parents. Many of the parents in the audience will laugh because they will be able to relate to exactly what's going on in their heads. While the focus of the movie is understandably on Riley's emotions, the only complaint is that it should have had more moments in other characters heads simply because it’s so entertaining!


What else is there to say other than Disney-Pixar hits it out of the park again? “Inside Out” is an emotional movie about how actual emotions shape a young girl’s life. Joy and Sadness are opposite emotions, but have to figure out a way to coexist while on a great adventure inside her mind. The movie will have audiences dying of laughter, but just like Riley, they might experience some sadness. The writers really use their imaginations to put this story together. With that said, I give this movie 5 stars!

HorrO

ZOOTOPIA- New Teaser Trailer



The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.


Genre:  Animated Comedy/Adventure
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release Date: March 4, 2016

Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman
Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Co-Director: Jared Bush
Producer:  Clark Spencer

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Marvel's Ant-Man - New Posters and a New Look at Ant-Man



No shield? No hammer? No armor? No problem! Marvel’s newest hero, ANT-MAN hits theaters July 17!


The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.



The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym.

Peyton Reed directs Marvel’s “Ant-Man” with Kevin Feige producing and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Edgar Wright and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The story is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and the screenplay is by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.



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Monday, June 15, 2015

Disney•Pixar’s “THE GOOD DINOSAUR” Reveals Voice Cast



BURBANK, Calif. (June 12, 2015) – Disney•Pixar’s upcoming movie “The Good Dinosaur” revealed its roster of voice talent today. “We were lucky to work with a number of incredible pros along the way and our story ultimately led us to this amazing and talented group,” said the first-time-feature-film director Peter Sohn. “We’re all taking this journey with Arlo, and it’s been a privilege to see these performers bring our characters to life.”

·       RAYMOND OCHOA (NBC’s “The Night Shift,” TNT’s "Rizzoli & Isles," "Disney’s A Christmas Carol") provides the voice of an Apatosaurus named Arlo.
·       JEFFREY WRIGHT ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" - parts I & II, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") was tapped as the voice of Poppa, Arlo’s father. 
·       STEVE ZAHN (“Captain Fantastic,” “Ridiculous Six,” “Rescue Dawn,” “Mad Dogs”) provides the voice of a pterodactyl named Thunderclap.
·       AJ BUCKLEY (TNT’s “Murder in the First,” FX’s “Justified”) voices a T-Rex called Nash.
·       ANNA PAQUIN (HBO’s “True Blood”) is the voice of T-Rex Ramsey.
·       SAM ELLIOTT (FX's "Justified," "I’ll See You In My Dreams," “Grandma”) was called on as the voice of a tough T-Rex named Butch. 
·       FRANCES MCDORMAND (HBO's "Olive Kitteridge," "Fargo") was tapped as the voice of Momma, Arlo’s mother.
·       MARCUS SCRIBNER (ABC’s “black•ish”) voices Arlo's brother Buck. 
·       JACK BRIGHT (“Monsters University”) provides the voice of Arlo’s unlikely human friend, Spot.


ABOUT THE MOVIE
"The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Directed by Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theaters on Nov. 25, 2015.