Category Archives: Review

…proceed with caution

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Every summer has a few “breaks” worked into the mad rush of summer blockbusters and this year’s is a pedal to the metal, fast-paced thriller sort of break (with no breaks), but next to the high-budget, superhero thrillers of the season, “Baby Driver” manages to feel smaller somehow. Read the rest of this entry

…Take Over

War for the Planet of the Apes | Warofapes Onesheet posterIt’s been six years since “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” first introduced us to this new world of intelligent apes. What started out as an impressive display of motion capture acting and CGI artistry, has with each film further solidified itself as a classic franchise that pays homage to the original films, but also sets itself apart. In the third installment, “War of the Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves continues this streak of beautiful storytelling.

“War for the Planet of the Apes” picks up where 2014’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” left off. Two species fighting for survival. One, hoping to reclaim the dominance that they fear they have lost. The other, fighting merely for the right to live in peace. Read the rest of this entry

…Bring It Home

When it was first announced that Spider-Man would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and getting another feature film, the news was met with enthusiasm and a little bit of hesitation. Which is understandable. After all,  since 2002 Spidey’s been busy on the big screen.

From Tobey Maguire’s trilogy to the slightly-too-soon reboot in 2012 starring Andrew Garfield, we’ve seen no shortage of everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero. Which leads us to his latest outing, starring Tom Holland as the over-eager, teenager Peter Parker.

So, how does this latest outing fit into the Spider-Man canon? And perhaps more importantly, how does it fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read the rest of this entry

…Will Power

There seems to be no shortage of big television dramas this summer. While the summer television tradition of reruns and bad reality shows, still exists, it’s also been joined by Netflix series premieres.

And now even the networks are getting in on the summer TV market. Already this spring and summer we’ve seen National Geographic’s “Genius,” ABC’s short-lived “Romeo and Juliet” sequel “Still Star-Crossed,” and now TNT is jumping in with a partly true, but mostly fictionalized series about a young William Shakespeare. Read the rest of this entry

…Dismantle

It’s hard to go into any film that is the fifth in its series without at least a small amount of skepticism. Add in a so-so third installment, and why-did-they-make-this fourth film, and it’s fair to say that I went into “Transformers: The Last Knight,” with my fair share of expectations.

As the film opens with King Arthur you may find yourself wondering if you’ve wandered into the wrong theater or been sucked into some circle of hell where your forced to relive this summer’s failed blockbusters. Not to worry, this King Arthur (Liam Garrigan) is fighting the Saxons with the help of his fabled knights, who also happen to be Transformers. We learn that Merlin (Stanley Tucci) has forged an alliance with the Transformers, and been entrusted with a powerful alien staff. Read the rest of this entry