Historical movies based on real events have the tendency to evoke at least one of the following feelings: sad, happy, grateful, thankful, intrigued, or frustrated. There are plenty more to add to the list, but at the end of the day, these movies recount the stories of so many brave (or maybe not so brave) individuals before us.
In the last 15 years, audiences have seen two different Spider-Man film series come and go. So it’s understandable if some may be wary of jumping into a third one with this weekend’s release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, the decision to allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe has paid off with a wonderful new take on the character.
The right combination of action, drama, and romance with the addition of setting and strong, well-developed, and likeable characters makes Wonder Woman the first truly successful film in the DC Extended Universe. It also reflects a powerful female superhero with a solid moral core. The film tells the story of the Amazonian warrior princess Diana (Gal Gadot) who yearns to defend the world after a pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), washes up on the shores of her home.
The ’80s music nostalgia, the intergalactic action sequences, and the ingeniously comedic banter between characters are some of the few reasons why the first Guardians of the Galaxy was so enjoyable to watch. This second installment touches on the same successful moves while providing a distinct tone that reveals the unique direction. This tone provides more emphasis into the main characters and harps on some of the same moments that were loved from vol. 1. Instead of a heavy focus on action, this film focuses on the story and character development, introduces some dark elements to mix, and yet keeps the humorous elements that made us love the first film.
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When the trailer for Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom” popped up on YouTube as a pre-roll ad, I was captivated by it. Instead of eagerly awaiting the moment I could skip after thirty seconds, I was hooked and immediately added it to the extensive list of ‘movies I need to see’ in my the notes on my phone. So, when an email from Fox Searchlight popped into my inbox inviting me to the New York premiere, I was, quite obviously, psyched.
The Little Prince is about a little girl who discovers a story that teaches her lessons that free her from an oppressive world of mediocrity, and introduces to her a world filled with hope and insights on the importance and beauty of things unseen. Philosophical, I know… But The Little Prince is a loose adaptation of its novel source, which happens to be a critically acclaimed literary masterpiece. The material is very powerful stuff, and this film does its best to capture a message for both adults and children.
I believe there was a time when the idea of a Suicide Squad (or Taskforce X) film gave me doubt more than anything else. However, I was promptly relieved of such concerns by a spectacular Comic-Con trailer from last year. It was the first in a series of neon soaked trailers that showed so much promise, and dare I say, appeared to be more attractive than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. That first trailer was perfectly crafted. It was exceptional, and definitely whet the ravenous appetites of comic book fans and audiences alike. It gave Suicide Squad about a year to ride a bullet train of fan anticipation and high hopes. At first look, Suicide Squad appeared to be a dark and gritty action-packed superhero drama, but as August drew closer, the overall theme became distorted by a colorful audience of friendly trailers–which suggested that something changed…
Two words: Cody Linley. More likely than not, minds go on a whirlwind and instantly think of one character: Jake Ryan. No, not Jake Ryan from Sixteen Candles, but the new and improved one from Hannah Montana! Now, it has been 10 years since the show first premiered and the whole cast are out doing their own thing, including Cody Linley. In fact, fans can expect to see him in one of the most talked about franchises this summer, Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. We had a chance to chat with him to talk about his new role, his famous past role, and what he does off screen.
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were two awesome sci-fi movies directed by J.J. Abrams (who’s blessed moviegoers with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Super 8). Star Trek Beyond is no longer in his hands, but that doesn’t mean the spectre of his vision is nonexistent. Star Trek Beyond provides a story with an original villain that allows the franchise to side step the idea of having to follow the path that it rebooted from. The story here is about the Star Trek Enterprise’s break from its 5-year exploration mission. The crew lands on a Starfleet base to resupply their ship, but their R&R is cut short when a stranger shows up asking for help. Heading into an uncharted Nebula, the weary crew of the Enterprise are unaware of the hidden dangers that lie ahead, and how it will force them to come together.
On June 24, J S A P Media premiered its concept trailer for the action/thriller When Dragons Awake, the first film of three, at The Woman’s Club in Upper Montclair, NJ by special invitation. Now, the trailer is set to premiere at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 21-24 for the rest of the world to enjoy. When Dragons Awake is directed, produced, and written by J. Stacey Adams, and tells the story of a war between two powerful government groups that were created in order to terminate American enemies abroad.
After three years, the long awaited sequel to the 2013 horror hit The Conjuring has finally been released in theaters. The hype surrounding the latest installment is substantial, and fans have been excited to see if the movie would fall flat or actually live up to being even more scarier than the last. The movie once again follows paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren as they tackle another terrorized family in another haunted house. This time, they journey across the pond to England to help a single mother and her four children as they experience moving furniture, possessions, and downright unexplainable events.