Review: The Babadook (2014)

Review: Babadook

I'm just going to say it: most horror films are crap. The worst ones rely solely on gore, loud noises, and the stupidity of their characters in an effort to "shock" audiences who either (a) don't know better, or (b) relish this type of cinematic garbage for who knows what reason. This is why I'm thankful for the recent surge of indie movies that deal with the supernatural. Once upon a time, "low-budget" horror meant cheap thrills--bad special effects, terrible acting, putrid writing--the … [Read more...]

Preview: Home

Preview: Home

  Release Date March 27, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Tim Johnson Writers Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember Based On "The True Meaning Of Smekday" by Adam Rex Starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez Synopsis An alien race known as the Boov invade planet Earth in an attempt to hide from their mortal enemies, relocating the populace in an effort to keep things as friendly as possible. However, they miss a teenage girl named Tip, who goes on to befriend an … [Read more...]

Preview: Insurgent

Preview: Insurgent

Release Date March 20, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Robert Schwentke Writers Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman Based On "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney Synopsis Set immediately after the events of Divergent, Insurgent finds Tris and Four on the run in the midst of a pending revolution. Why You Should Care About Insurgent Teens need their fill of sci-fi too, ya know If the Divergent series is an apologetic … [Read more...]

Preview: Chappie

Preview: Chappie

Release Date March 6, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Neill Blomkamp Writers Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver Synopsis A robot developed with impeccable artificial intelligence is stolen (kidnapped? robonapped?) by a gangster duo who wish to use it (him?) for no good. Why You Should Care About Chappie Neill Blomkamp is a director to keep an eye on This is the guy that brought us District 9, one of the best … [Read more...]

Preview: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Preview: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Release Date February 20, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Steve Pink Writer Josh Heald MPAA Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence Starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase Synopsis The time travelling team is at it again, only this time they're using the mystical hot tub in an effort to prevent Lou from getting murdered. Problems arise when they discover to find themselves sent to the … [Read more...]

Preview: Jupiter Ascending

Preview: Jupiter Ascending

Release Date February 6, 2015 (Theatrical) Directors The Wachowskis Writers The Wachowskis Starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne Synopsis An unlucky Earthling discovers that she is the rightful heir to a universal throne, and finds herself being protected by a genetically enhanced intergalactic warrior in a race against termination. Why You Should Care About Jupiter Ascending The Wachowskis are no strangers to the sci-fi adventure genre. They're … [Read more...]

Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1’ (2014)

Review: 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1"

Let's go ahead and start things off by addressing the elephant in the room: the dreaded Part 1 descriptor that follows Mockingjay. It's a darn shame that Hollywood has started this trend of splitting up movies. Sometimes, it makes sense. Most of the time, though, it's done in the name of blatant cash-grabbing. I entered Mockingjay--Part 1 fully expecting an underwhelming experience. Like the entries preceding it, I was sure that this third Hunger Games film would have decent moments, only to end … [Read more...]

Preview: Project Almanac

Preview: Project Almanac

Release Date January 30, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Dean Israelite Writers Jason Pagan, Andrew Stark Starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D'Elia, Amy Landecker, Michelle DeFraites, Ginny Gardner, Sam Lerner Synopsis Found-footage hijinks ensue when a group of teenagers find plans for a time machine, build one, and start attempting to fix mistakes from the past. Why You Should Care About Project Almanac Heads up--Project Almanac is yet another teen-centric found footage … [Read more...]

Preview: Predestination

Preview: Predestination

Release Date January 9, 2015 (Theatrical US) Directors The Spierig Brothers Writers The Spierig Brothers Based On "--All You Zombies--" by Robert A. Heinlein MPAA Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West Synopsis On his final assignment, a Temporal Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack. Why You Should Care … [Read more...]

The Similarities Between Interstellar and Queen’s ’39

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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! Do not read this unless you have either: Seen Interstellar already Hate yourself and want to ruin one of the best movies of the year. Don't say I didn't warn you! Way back in July 2014, I wrote a little article suggesting that Christopher Nolan's then-upcoming film Interstellar may be a feature-length adaptation of the Queen song '39. This was all in good fun--I obviously didn't have any insider details, and was basing my speculation solely on the official … [Read more...]