This very disturbing movie does a fair job of sending chills through viewers, but doesn’t have the power to be considered top notch. After the first frightening three minutes Martyrs loses its punch, then tapers off into a psychological drama before getting into the real meat of the story. I kept hoping that it would keep my interest enough so I would not predict the awful farfetched ending, but that didn’t work. I also would have been satisfied with knowing why the main character would put herself back into the situation and have left well enough alone, but that’s the world of filmmaking. Read more
Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release on May 26, 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017. The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere in December. In the popular holiday moviegoing corridor, it smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861M and the third biggest global release ever with $1.887B.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in pre-production and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, and Jason McGatlin will executive produce. Stay tuned to StarWars.com for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
With Star Wars: Episode VIII jumping to December, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will set sail on May 26, 2017, from its previously scheduled July 7, 2017, berth. The blockbuster franchise’s previous installment, the $1B-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, also debuted in late May.
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow with Geoffrey Rush back on board as Barbossa, Orlando Bloom resurfacing as Will Turner, and a terrifying new adversary, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, in the mix. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the film is currently in post-production.
One of the most visually spectacular sea stories The Finest Hours shows the courage, determination and stamina of a small crew of Coast Guardsmen who faced death during rescue operation in a raging storm. The depiction of the factual account gets so realistic and powerful that it will put you on the edge of your seat. The cinematography and CGI take you for a scary rollercoaster ride on huge waves during a tempest that’s one of the most remarkable piece of film footage for the screen. Read more
Now on DVD for the first time the documentary film Meet the Patels tends to be more of a comedy than a absurd reality show like “Married at First Sight.” Filmed live with hundreds of real people, the film must have been a nightmare to make, yet it shines from its humble beginning to a memorable ending. Read more
Food, romance, comedy, drama and a pinch of pepper the film Burnt has arrived on Blu-ray/DVD and ladies, find a copy and pop it into your player. A lot of good acting makes the story more palatable than it should have been since its pure Hollywood. Not of love story for the ages, the film’s more of a quest for an ultimate ego rush that works its way into the story early on. That said, there’s a lot of eye candy and food prep for the women along with enough matinee side stories that fulfil a couple of entertaining hours. Read more
Sterling performances, but the script just doesn’t make 45 Years a memorable experience. Charlotte Rampling’s characterization does show her at her best, but the story moves along at a slow pace, gets uninspiring and mundane. It seems like blasphemy that I would not like a drama that has its star up for Oscar’s Best Actress, but if it’s just acting you want to see, then 45 Years should be a must. Sometimes the acting becomes the entertainment prize and for the ladies Charlotte gives her all. Read more
Very daunting and sinister the movie Mojave takes you on a trip to the dessert where everything goes wrong. Well-acted by Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund their performances get deliriously evil as their characters develop. If you like a crafty script filled with suspense and intrigue, then this quirky film is for you. Read more
2016 has opened on a high note for Blu-ray and DVD with some of the hottest blockbusters from 2015 including The Martian, The Visit, The Walk and Sicario for January. The genre’s range from action thriller, horror to comedy and include some blasts from the past. We will be reviewing select titles so check back to get opinions from our writing staff. You might also discover an indie gem that you didn’t know existed or a hilarious comedy to brighten your day. Whether you’re on the lookout for horror, action-adventure, drama, comedy, crime or lifestyles— the list below has a lot to offer. Read more
As horror films go, Howl does an above average job of scarring the pants off of its audience. Gross, ghastly and eerie, the film has moments when even the most hardened thriller fan will jump. The Blu-ray has excellent quality so even the night scenes where most of the film takes place are nicely visible, easy to identify and delightfully sinister. Topping it off, the make-up and costume creators are on their mark with some very ghoulish characters. Read more
Now in release on two separate DVD’s or Blu-ray’s the king of Karate, the one and only Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 just in time for the third sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29. Loads of laughter and adventure, the first two animated family films were a huge success and are still entertaining children around the globe. Read more
After seeing the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi my feelings for the incident could be summed up as unnerving, unthinkable, unnecessary and horrifying. The reenactment presentation of the true story material becomes so real that it mystifies watching our embassy and military outpost get helplessly attacked. Not for the faint of heart, this movie makes you want to scream “why?’ and “what were we doing there?” in, what the movie declares, is the number one world hot spot in the world?
One of the best Foreign Language Films in 2015, Mustang now opens in the United States and it’s one of the favorites for a 2016 Academy Award. The film shows the loyalty of sisterhood in Turkey and the trials of being female in a nation steeped with male dominance. Compelling, powerful and sometimes unconceivable, the story delights, excites then becomes heartrending. It tops my list for this year’s Oscar nominations. Read more
Compelling and provocative, the foreign language drama Closed Season (“Ende der Schonzeit”) opens this weekend in several areas in the USA. It’s an out of the ordinary snippet of 1942 Germany that polarizes the victimizing side of WWII with some light humor, elicit sensuality and a deviation from the norm. Read more
The film Painkillers now on DVD changes direction throughout while setting up a far-out science fiction thriller that’s kind of just average. The opening and midway through get very intriguing, but beyond that its more of a run of the mill story that never really makes a whole lot of sense. The cinematography and special effects are good, the wardrobe department shines and there’s some twists in the film that are fun when revealed. Read more
Now out on Blu-ray for the first time the comedy drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes its turn at providing a clear and clean presentation of an oldie on home video. The film is a must see for those who like Shakespeare or just a film buff wanting to see one of the best theatre to screen movies. This 25th anniversary edition contains interviews with cast and director Tom Stoppard. Read more