The highly stylized Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens this weekend loosely packed with energy and adventure, the film will have a tough time getting accolades from its fans. Trying to fit the mold of predecessors like The Avengers series with a lengthy story that includes Batman Begins and casting mistakes hurt the film a bit, but that overlooked, it’s a good intro to a possible Justice League movie franchise. Will the special effects and CGI save the costly film from losing a bundle? Probably.
In case you missed it when it aired on TV, Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade is available on HD Download and it’s a hoot! The very funny little film is perfect for kids and the kid in all of us. Scart (Chris Wedge) that little half squirrel half rat is back for more fun and he starts the film off with a bang. He even has the majority of the special bonus features as you really can’t get enough of the little critter. The whole Ice Age gang is back in this little feature and have brought along a couple of bunnies just in time for Easter. Read more
Things are really starting to heat up in season two of AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies” in both the colonies and in London. The weekly series now on DVD continues the secrecy, concealment, spying, trickery, lying and deceit. You would think it was just another episode of “The Americans”. But, “Turn” takes place a couple centuries earlier and the characters here are vying for control of the United States. In some cases its spy versus spy while delivering some major information that could change the tide of the war. Read more
Fun for the youngsters, the newest “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip” is now available on DVD plus Digital HD. It’s good family fun and features some real hip music to boot. The disc doesn’t stop with the story, it contains some cool special features as well. If you want to keep you children happy on a rainy day, this is one animated film that should be in the stack. Read more
After a long absence from the leading role, Sally Field returns to the big screen and it’s her film from opening line one to the logical ending. And what a performance by Field. Never losing her sweet cool, she shines in Hello, My Name is Doris, a romantic comedy with a little drama thrown in for good measure. It may get a little superficial, maudlin and bizarre, but that’s what makes the film the perfect couple’s night out. Ladies, it’s only a one tissue movie, but bring another for back-up. Read more
Movie review: by John Delia, Jr.
Third in the series of Veronica Roth’s novels, Divergent: Allegiant Part 1 hits the screen this weekend taking the battle outside the walls of Chicago. Using some exciting CGI, the film continues to impress as the rebels find themselves at bay with the government. Directed at the mid-teen to mid-twenties, the film should hit home even though it leaves a lot to be explained for the next chapter. If you have seen the prequels then it will make a lot of sense, but I recommend either you read the books or rent the first two films Divergent and Insurgent before you attempt to see this chapter. Read more
The fifth season of Game of Thrones ups the excitement with a nice amount of treachery and war. By far the best production in this incredible saga that has attracted a wide audience and garnered a remarkable number of awards. The acting has retained the brilliance that began five years ago and in this season over shadows anything they have done in the past. Brilliant sets, costumes and make-up keeps the series fresh with locations fit for a kingdom in peril. If you haven’t yet seen season five or just want to relive it, put this season of treachery and sinister surprise on yes list. Read more
Being that 10 Cloverfield Lane has been touted as a sequel to the 2008 release of Cloverfield, I thought we would find ourselves where the action thriller left off. Well I was pleasantly surprised that this chapter surrounds a mystery that had me spellbound from the creative opening to the Cloverfield tie-in. It’s an eerie addictive sequel that captivates and compels as it moves along from one strange scene to the next. Read more
One of this year’s Foreign Film Oscar nominations, Embrace of the Serpent opens this weekend in several markets around the nation. Brilliantly shot in the jungles of Columbia, the movie is loosely based on the events from the journals of two explorers. Well-acted, photographed and directed the fictional story takes you on an adventure that must have been as dangerous making it as the real life drama from which it has been extracted. Read more
The cute, brave and cuddly animals of Disney’s Lion King take over your DVD player in Lion Guard: Return of the Roar. Fun filled for the youngsters this new adventure tells a coming of age for Simba’s growing up cub Kion. It has strong values like making the right decision, leadership, friendship, bravery and identifying the strengths of others. It plays best to boys, but the girls will have fun too because the music’s lively and Simba’s daughter Kiara has a role in the film as well. Read more
A one-hit mini-season wonder, The Spoils of Babylon a spoof on soap operas, has been released on DVD. The campy six episodes were shown on the Independent Film Channel in 2014 and are a satire to the movie making industry with cardboard cut-out sets, green screen epic views, one camera cinematography, simplified special effects and other cheaply devised movie tricks. Whew! That was a mouthful. That said, the 6 part miniseries homage strikes the silly heart strings resonating to those who have worked in the industry and love the life. For all you other folks this comedy’s just a flat out mash up of plots from Gone with the Wind, Giant, “Rich Man, Poor Man” and even a little bit of “Dynasty” to name a few. Read more
Last year’s Disney film Cinderella came out around the same time as this Friday’s release of Disney’s Zootopia. While Cinderella’s March release went on to make a massive amount of money for the mouse house, time will tell if an animated film directed to families will do the same. Certainly Zootopia has a good storyline with a message that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can make your dreams come true, “as long as you work hard to accomplish them”. With that in mind and an excellent voice cast too boot, the family film should start good out of the gate. Read more
Youngsters have a chance to see what the movie series Star Wars were all about at their own level. The just released Lego edition of Star Wars: Droid Tales follows the saga from start to finish cutting out most of the violence and character buildup that gets boring to the young folks. It’s a fun 115 minutes of adventure and comedy that should keep your 7 to 12 year olds excited and happy.
Although the true story of The North Star has wide reaching meaning and intentions behind it, the acting, direction and cinematic expertise fails miserably. Because of the very pedestrian production, instead of a compelling drama we get a historical vignette that has been used in films way beyond the scope of the script that gets presented here. That said, for an after school special directed at older teens, The North Star gets an average grade. Informational, yes, but captivating, marginal. Read more
A fun little film called Eddie the Eagle opens today in theaters across the country and it’s a true story. Steeped with energy, determination and a will to succeed, the movie features very good performances, fine direction and wow cinematography. Touching and heartwarming, the audience will find themselves inspired by this dynamo of man who is determined to participate in the Olympics. The film gets comical showing the ambitious man becoming a dare devil even in the face of the impossible odds. The movie gives the feel much like the Jamaican bobsled team in Cool Runnings that competed the same year in Calgary. Read more