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What to Watch: Fantastic Four & The Gift

Fantastic Four Poster via IMDB

Fantastic Four Poster via IMDB

After a week of comedies and spy films we return to what summer movies have been known for during the past decade. Fantastic Four tries to bring new life to a Marvel franchise that has certainly sputtered in the past but looks for a big August splash with a young cast and hungry creative crew.

Sharing the spotlight over the weekend will be a new horror/suspense film directed, written and featuring Joel Edgerton. Leaning on the dark fantasies of bullied victims, The Gift follows a psychotic person looking to extract revenge on an old bully, played by Jason Bateman.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation & Vacation

Still of Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)

Still of Rebecca Ferguson in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

After a bit of a calm in movie releases last weekend, we are ready to ramp up the adrenaline with more action and a bit of revival comedy. Both Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation and Vacation hope to revitalize and prolong the lifespan of their given franchises in the face of up-and-coming contenders in both genres. If previews are any indication, they both look to be sticking with what they are known for and hoping that audiences still find that interesting.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Paper Towns and Pixels

Photo by Michael Tackett/Michael Tackett - © 2015 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Photo by Michael Tackett/Michael Tackett – © 2015 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

The third week of July will see a bit of a cool down from the over-the-top action films we’ve seen released this season. Ant-Man should still have a strong hold at the box office but audiences not interested in that kind of entertainment will have a new group of films to catch their eye this weekend. The latest John Green novel adaptation Paper Towns and Adam Sandler’s latest comedy Pixels look to make their mark on the season.  Continue reading

Review: Ant-Man (2015)

By now, audiences have accepted the fact that summer movie months will be filled with costumed heroes saving us from domestic or intergalactic villainy. The latest, and surprisingly effective, contribution to this fad is Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas. Marvel/Disney’s brand of action and comedy mixes well with Reed who is more known for relationship satire in his previous works. Along with the remnants of an Edgar Wright script, Ant-Man delivers what many comic book fans have come to expect but may be criticized for not deviating too far from the formula.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Omar Sharif

Last week the entertainment world lost a true legend whose career spanned nearly sixty years on the big screen alone. That person was Omar Sharif, the Egyptian born actor who became one of the most memorable Hollywood stars of the 1960’s and 70’s. Performances alongside Barbra Streisand, Peter O’Toole and Geraldine Chaplin are ingrained into Hollywood history, making his passing the loss of a true legend.

This week we look at just what made him so famous and throw in a few facts you may not have known.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Ant-Man and Trainwreck

Still of Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015)

Still of Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in Trainwreck (2015)

The summer movie blitz continues with two films that will bring in a new group of moviegoers, or at least some that may have avoided theaters over the past few weeks in order to refill their wallets. Judd Apatow’s latest comedy Trainwreck, written by and starring Amy Schumer, looks to give audiences a raunchy comedy to break up the monotony of action and children’s features. Alongside that is Disney/Marvel’s miniature hero flick Ant-Man starring Paul Rudd and continuing the long-running comic universe storyline.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Terminator: Genisys & Magic Mike XXL

Photo by Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2015 Paramount Pictures.

Photo by Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon – © 2015 Paramount Pictures.

The 4th of July weekend sees the return of a familiar franchise and the sequel to what hopes to be a new and successful one. Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL hit theaters at just the right time as Jurassic World slowly cools off enough for another film to overtake the top spot on the charts and most other children’s films remain with their niche family audiences.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Corridors of Blood (1958)

poster image via  wrongsideoftheart.com

poster image via wrongsideoftheart.com

After finding success with English audiences in Horror of Dracula just one year prior and Curse of Frankenstein being released the same year, Corridors of Blood placed Christopher Lee in a position to learn from the best. Veteran actor and horror movie icon, Boris Karloff stepped up and performed brilliantly in this 1958 story of the macabre with Christopher Lee providing the evil muscle. Adapted from an earlier screenplay drama about the early days of anesthesia entitled Doctor from Seven Dials, Robert Day’s work would be filled with drama, intrigue and most of all a overarching sense of horror.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Christopher Lee

Still of Christopher Lee in Triage (2009)

Still of Christopher Lee in Triage (2009)

Last week the cinematic world lost a legendary member of its ranks. Christopher Lee was a relentless worker having starred in over 200 films; this includes some cult classics, specifically his re-imagining of horror icons Frankenstein and Dracula. Even in his later years, Lee would defy generational boundaries by becoming the evil Tolkien wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings films and the sinister Count Dooku in the later Star Wars films. This week we take a deeper look at some little known facts about a true 20th century legend.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Dope & Inside Out

image via Variety.com

image via Variety.com

After a week where the box office was dominated by disaster films, off-the-wall comedy and rampaging dinosaurs it’s good to know that the pace will change somewhat. The two major releases this week bring a very different flavor to the summer market. Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, takes us on a nerdy LA adventure as a young African American high school student navigates life in a tough neighborhood. While it may sound like a serious piece, Famuyiwa adds his experience with comedy to bring a lighthearted yet introspective look at LA youth past and present.  Continue reading