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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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the second installment in The Lord of the Rings series, the plot following Frodo and Sam continuing their journey towards Mordor to destroy the One Ring, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli who reunited with Gandalf to join the Battle of Helm’s Deep, and Merry and Pippin who join the Ents to help plan an attack on Isengard.…

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Seventh Son Review

Seventh Son is a 2014 3D epic fantasy action film directed by Sergei Bodrov, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, and Julianne Moore.  Based on the novel The Spook’s Apprentice written by Joseph Delaney, the story centers on Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes), a seventh son of a seventh son, and his adventures as the apprentice of the Spook.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End is a 2007 epic fantasy swashbuckler film directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Chow Yun-Fat, and Geoffrey Rush.  Serving as the third installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and sequel to Dead Man’s Chest, following Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and Hector Barbossa who rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones’ Locker,  preparing to fight the East India Trading Company, led by Cutler Beckett, who controls Davy Jones. Positives: Good story Terrific soundtrack Great characters Good action…

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Review

  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Astin.  It is the first installment in The Lord of the Rings series, and follows hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) who comes into possession of the One Ring and joins a band of eight companions who form the Fellowship of the Ring to journey to Mount Doom in the land of Mordor, the only place where…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a 2016 epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards, starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker.  It is a stand-alone film in the Star Wars film series and the story follows Jyn Erso, the daughter of the unwilling designer of the Galactic Empire’s superweapon, the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve his plans for destroying it. Positives: Great cast Great performances Great visuals Great soundtrack Great story Great…

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Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 epic space opera directed by George Lucas, starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, and Ian McDiarmid.  In the Star Wars series it serves as the fourth installment but chronologically the first, the film follows Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn (Neeson) and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi  (McGregor)who are assigned to protect Queen Amidala (Portman), in hopes of securing a peaceful end to a large-scale interplanetary trade dispute while contending with the mysterious return of the Sith. Positives: Great performances…

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