“Justice League” Plays to it’s Fan Base

Review by Gino Sassani

“We have to be ready. You, me, the others… there’s an attack coming from far away.” Justice League

The DC and Marvel rivalry can be quite fierce at times. I never completely understood the polarized fan base, however. Some of us are just fans of the genre and will welcome a good comic book movie from either and preferably both studios. When it comes to a cinematic universe, however DC has had some real issues with trying to bring together a combined hero world. Most of the films leading up to Justice League have been dark and filled with brooding heroes. With Batman that kind of thing is appropriate and works. With Superman it has been a severe letdown. When the two came together in Batman vs. Superman, the disappointment started to lead to a resigned conviction that DC was doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. Read more

“Blade of the Immortal” an Intense Chopsocky Thriller

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more

“Bushwick” Exhilarating Edge of Your Seat Thriller

Being released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Bushwick is an extreme roller coaster ride across Brooklyn.  The action adventure pits citizens against impossible odds as they find themselves in harm’s way.  Although a little far fetched the movie is exciting and exhilarating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Think Red Dawn on “speed”. Read more

“The Foreigner” a Cat and Mouse Drama

Review by Gino Sassani

Action heroes are very much like sports superstars. So much of what they do is tied to their physical ability, and eventually time catches up to them. For sports figures they either try and accept it and go out on top, or they taint their legend by trying to hang on. The same can be said for action heroes, except there is a third alternative. Some action movie actors learn to adapt their material to their current skill level. Read more

“Pilgrimage” A Trek Into Hell

Here’s one of those movie gems that probably got shuffled out of theaters because a blockbuster film release needed the screens on which it was playing. I’m not sure of its distribution, but if you missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to catch a very good production on Blu-ray or DVD.  The high energy action film takes you back to 1200’s Europe and features a dark time in Ireland. Read more

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Sails into Home Video

The “final installment” of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starts with a rip roaring adventure and ends with a heartfelt reunion of sorts by the original main characters. When it first began the buzz was “how can you make a movie from an attraction in a Disney park” with some critics even going so far as saying “it will never sail”. Well that was 14 years ago and the franchise still continues with this last hurrah and it’s probably the best sequel yet. Now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra 4K Blu-ray with oceans of Bonus Extras. Read more

“American Made” a High Energy Expose

Providing a wild and wicked romp around Central and South America the movie American Made tells a true story of spying, gun running, drug smuggling and money laundering. Set in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s the film uses true events, exposés and government scandals to reveal what one man could do with the help of a little radical espionage. Read more

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” an Entertaining Sequel

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“Kingsman” are an undercover group that manages to rescue the world without anyone actually knowing. These well-dressed proper mannered agents deal with many dangerous situations to overcome impossible odds to save the day. Now, England’s most secret service agency are back in business after the first films adventure and ready to face more threatening situations. Read more

“The Dark Tower” Cowboy vs. Evil

Even if you are a big fan of Stephen King the writer who gave us many horror novels that were made into movies like Cujo, Christine, It, Carrie, Children of the Corn and many others, The Dark Tower may not be for you. This action adventure aims for the science fiction base that follows films like Cloud Atlas, John Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy and the recent Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Read more

“Atomic Blonde” Charlize Performs Like an Action Pro

In the world of espionage, secrets, and double agents comes an action hero that out does them all. During the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989, there were other secrets unfolding. What really happened the nights prior to the Walls demise? Based on the graphic novel, called “The Coldest Day” this story tells you about the dangers of being a secret agent. Read more

“Dunkirk” Nolan Depicts Tragic Battle

During World War II prior to the Americans joining the European part of the War the French and English were pushed back to the sea near the city of Dunkirk. Their only conclusion was to evacuate across the channel quickly and try to avoid the onslaught of the German aerial warfare (Luftwaffe). Dunkirk depicts the struggle the English had trying to get back across the channel. The true story is considered one of the bloodiest and most tragic part of the war for the allies. Read more

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” Virtual Reality at it’s Best in 3D

It would be a challenge to give this film a pass especially for the terrific special visual effects, designs of the many creatures and for the many hours the two main characters must have labored in their roles, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets drags and drones through nearly 2 and a half hours. Even as I write this review, I am tempted to alter my opinion, but it wouldn’t help the awful music moaning in the background in nearly every “exciting” scene, plot holes that are beyond fantasy, and negative attempts at virtual reality. Adults looking for adventure will be hard pressed to find it to their liking, much like John Carter fell on its face with the over 25-year-olds. Read more

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” A New Beginning”

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s not how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, but what he did to become part of The Avengers. Other series attempts beginning with the original big screen Spider-Man starring Tobey McGuire in 2002 and followed by The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 unleashed a cartoonish character. In this new release of the web casting warrior you’ll see how he’s being “reinvented” as a superhero and where he fits into the grand scheme of Marvel Comics Universe. Read more