Review – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

By Armando Vanegas

Having Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers is a great idea for a movie. In fact, it’s a surprise that having America’s most loved and friendliest movie star playing one of the best human beings to ever exist took this long to even happen. But from there, the work should already be done for you and you don’t have to try that hard. Director Marielle Heller, though, knows a cool idea isn’t always enough to maintain a movie. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood wisely decides to use what we know about the children’s TV show host, Fred Rogers, to create a character study focusing on how the incredible power he had on people could affect real change, even in one person.

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Fall Films of 2019 !

 

10. Little Women

It has been 25 years since the last big screen adaptation of this popular novel about four sisters dealing with societies expectations of them versus what they want to accomplish in life. Hot off her success of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig takes on writing and directing duties. Saoirse Ronan, who was nominated for best actress, in that film, takes on the role of the fiercely independent Jo. Also along for the ride are Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, who was seen in two 2019 films, Fighting with My Family, and the insane Midsommar, and Timothee Chalamet, who also starred with Ronan in Lady Bird and gave a brilliant dramatic turn in 2017’s Call me by Your Name. These are young performers who will bring Gerwig’s vision to life. Gerwig can write sharp and sassy dialogue, which will breathe new life into this classic tale.

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Review – Toy Story 4 & Aladdin (2019)

by Kevin Muller

It may seem that Disney is becoming a juggernaut of the film industry by buying every single part of Hollywood, but they have always been the forerunner in family entertainment. In the 90’s, they were the King of the animation field with classics such as The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast. The latter was the first animated film to be nominated for “Best Picture” when the nomination pool only allowed five films. There was also The Lion King, which will soon have a photo-realistic remake that will have its own review, instead of a shared one. Personally, Aladdin was always a favorite, mainly due to Robin Williams’s legendary turn as the lovable Genie. On top of that, the film also had catchy songs and overall fast and frantic attitude.   Unfortunately, shortly after that film delighted audiences, the downfall of hand drawn animation was about to begin with Disney teaming up with a new company called Pixar. We all know outcome of that merger, but it was 1995’s Toy Story that changed the game forever. Now, both these 90’s properties are back to see what they can do with better technology and an even wider audience.

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Review – Shazam! (2019)

Logan Myerz reviews the newest entry in the DC Universe, Shazam! that’s directed by David F. Sandberg.

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“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM. – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.”

The Best and Worst Movies of 2017

by Kevin Muller

The Worst Films of 2017

10. Suburbicon

George Clooney took a shot at directing a film that was scripted by the Coen Brothers.  Unfortunately, the groundwork laid by the brothers wasn’t strong enough for Clooney to make a good film. It is spectacular failure. The first half of the film leads us through an interesting story that drops the ball in the second half. Clooney decided to combine an unproduced script, a crime film, and the true story of a black family living in a white suburb, into one movie. The problem is that both scripts have totally different tones and themes that could’ve worked if they had their own movie, but by mashing them together, it created a narrative mess that you can’t pinpoint where it starts and ends.

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Run Away From Inferno!

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by Logan Myerz

Tom Hanks is one of those actors that never stops working even after being in the business for over thirty years.  He has numerous awards up his sleeve and not to mention two Oscars for films you may have heard of, Forrest Gump, and Philadelphia. While being an extremely diverse performer, his career and movie choices have changed quite drastically over the years:  as a comedic actor in the 80’s to the honorable and serious roles that he crafted in the 90’s, to the peculiar and sometimes questionable roles in the 2000’s. Tom and director Ron Howard have an excellent dynamic chemistry that has been executed in several films, including Dan Brown’s trilogy:  The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and now Inferno. When The DaVinci Code was released in theaters, the book was on top of the world, and the movie was the greatest depiction from novel to film since Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. As the universe evolves, so does the movie business, and we have seen the pitfalls of continuous sequels being developed in a major motion picture. I really appreciated The DaVinci Code and what it had to offer in an original premise that made the audience think while Dr. Robert Langdon uncovered the secret to the Holy Grail. But as the sequel, Angels & Demons, was released, I had a hard time not looking at the film like it was Nicholas Cage’s hairpiece unlocking the debauchery of National Treasure.

Now with Inferno being released later this year and getting a glimpse of the new trailer, I 2can’t fathom that this movie was developed in the first place. Just imagine sitting in the writer’s room and crafting the script that would come off as a parody movie of an actual interesting mystery film. Yes, I said it, but damn this movie looks really bad, which is painful to me because I love Mr. Hanks and Felicity Jones, but it seems they are only in the film to collect a paycheck, sadly. With a disappointing year of Blockbusters thus far, I was really hoping Sony Pictures would develop a film that would stick out next to it’s opponents, but we are slapped in the face once again. How much more trouble can Dr. Robert Langdon, the symbologist crime fighter get into?  Well we will have to wait and see in October of this year. If you can get past the absurdity of Inferno, you may have an enjoyable time at the movies, but I won’t be participating this time around!

Run Tom Hanks! Run!

Inferno hits theaters on October, 28th 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures