Wind River Review

Wind River is a 2017 American neo-Western murder mystery film directed by Taylor Sheridan, starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham and Graham Greene. The story follows a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and an FBI agent, respectively, who try to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Positives: Terrific performances Good story Great cinematography Terrific score Great characters Intense action Good writing Negatives: n/a Plot:  While hunting a mountain lion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker Cory Lambert discovers the dead body of a young woman.  This prompts an investigation in which FBI agent Jane Banner is dispatched.  Together, the…

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Review

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is a 2017 science fiction space opera adventure film directed by Rian Johnson, starring Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill, and Oscar Isaac. Set as the eighth major film in the Star Wars film series, it follows Rey as she receives Jedi training from Luke Skywalker in hopes of turning the tide for the Resistance in the continued fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order. Positives: Great characters Emotionally driven story Awesome visuals Awesome score Great action sequences Awesome performances Great humor Negatives: Anti-climatic…

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Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan Review

DragonBall Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan is a 1993 martial arts fantasy Japanese animated film directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, starring Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat, Vic Mignogna, and Dameon Clarke.  Based on the manga written by Akira Toriyama and serving as the eighth installment in the DragonBall Z film series, the story follows the Z Fighters who are brought to the distant planet New Vegeta to combat an unknown Super Saiyan that threatens the galaxy. Positives: Great action Great soundtrack Good animation Interesting story Good voice performances Negatives:…

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Message from the King Review

Message from the King is a 2016 American revenge action thriller film directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia), starring Chadwick Boseman (Captain America: Civil War), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Teresa Palmer (Lights Out), and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). The film’s plot revolves around a man from South Africa who travels to Los Angeles in order to avenge his younger sister’s death. Positives: Great performances by Boseman and Palmer Fights are brutal Great shots of the city Negatives: Unoriginal, generic story Paper thin characters The writing is lackluster Jacob King is a flat character Plot:  The story is painfully predictable especially…

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Hancock Review

Hancock is a 2008 superhero comedy drama film directed by Peter Berg, starring Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron, Eddie Marsan, and Jae Head.  Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image. Positives: Great performances Bateman, Theron, and Smith are awesome Good action sequences Great use of special effects Good score Really good story Good writing Witty dialogue Negatives: Lackluster antagonist Plot:  It tells the story of a vigilante superhero, John Hancock…

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Stake Land Review

Stake Land is a 2010 post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Jim Mickle, starring Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Michael Cerveris, Sean Nelson, Kelly McGillis, and Danielle Harris.  In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary. Positives: Good acting Good characters Good action Good special effects Decent score Great world building Negatives: Script is riddled with problems Story isn’t compelling Plot:  The plot revolves around an orphaned young man being taken under the wing of a vampire hunter known only as “Mister”, and the battle for…

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Bedeviled Review

Bedeviled is a 2016 horror film directed by Abel Vanh and Burlee Vanh, starring Saxon Sharbino, Mitchell Edwards, and Brandon Doo Hoo. After a friend’s untimely death, five teenagers receive invites to download a new app called Mr. Bedevil that turns their nightmares into reality. Positives: Great use if special effects Some pretty good jumpscares Sound music Interesting premise Good performances Negatives: Main lead is poor Poorly executed deaths Predictable at times Cheap jumpscares Plot: Five friends are terrorized by a supernatural entity after downloading a mysterious app. The story does…

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 superhero film directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), starring Chris Hemsworth (Snow White and the Huntsman), Tom Hiddleston (Kong: Skull Island), Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Idris Elba (The Jungle Book), Jeff Goldblum (Mortdecai), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Mark Ruffalo (Collateral), and Anthony Hopkins (Titus).  Serving as the third installment in the Thor series, the film follows Thor who must escape the alien planet Sakaar in time…

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King Kong Review

King Kong is a 2005 epic monster adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, and Adrien Brody.  Serving as a remake of the 1933 film of the same name, the story follows an ambitious filmmaker who coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, only to encounter Kong, a legendary giant gorilla. Positives: Great performances Great cast Some characters are great Terrific music Terrific visuals Emotionally, compelling story Well-written script Great direction Great action Negatives: Characters…

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Jeepers Creepers 3 Review

Jeepers Creepers 3 is a 2017 horror film directed by Victor Salva, starring Johnathan Breck, Meg Foster, Gabrielle Haugh, Stan Shaw, and Brandon Smith.  Serving as the third installment in the Jeepers Creepers series, the film follows a sergeant and his task force embark on a mission to destroy the Creeper on its last day of feeding. The Creeper soon fights back when they get close to discovering its mysterious and dark origins. Positives: Decent performances by Smith and Shaw Interesting premise Negatives: Poor performances Forgettable characters Too many characters Terrible…

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