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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!

Check it out on Lego’s Facebook page:


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! 

MARVEL STUDIOS
Website and Mobile site: http://marvel.com/antman
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/antman
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntMan

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