Tag Archives: Elizabeth Banks

Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

With an authoritarian man in the White House, it was unavoidable that this year’s Super Bowl ads would be political. There were also plenty of movie and TV trailers, but few of them offered any real surprises; we did learn when the second season of Stranger Things premieres (Halloween), but that was about it.  Let’s take a look … Continue reading Hollywood Stars in Super Bowl Ads 2017

Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

DNC Refuting the Unique Threat of Trump

The third evening of the Democratic convention is about to begin and  things are looking bright in the battle between good and evil. That kind of talk would be hyperbole during any normal election cycle, but this year everything is different. The Republican presidential nominee has already made it clear on many occasions that he is, … Continue reading DNC Refuting the Unique Threat of Trump

Man on a Ledge

YOU CAN ONLY PUSH AN INNOCENT MAN SO FAR.  In New York City, police negotiator Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) is called to a hotel where a man (Sam Worthington) is standing on a ledge threatening to jump… but there’s more to the situation. This thriller wasn’t very well received, but maintains its tension throughout, cutting … Continue reading Man on a Ledge

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

THE REVOLUTION IS ABOUT ALL OF US. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her allies prepare to liberate the people of Panem and defeat President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his troops once and for all. The fourth and final chapter in this franchise is largely an overblown war movie, with scenes that might remind audiences of … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

FIRE BURNS BRIGHTER IN THE DARKNESS. After surviving another Hunger Game, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is in District 13 where the rebel leader, President Coin (Julianne Moore), wants to turn her into the Mockingjay, a symbol of the resistance. The third and fourth films in the franchise cut the last novel into two. A pointless … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Wet Hot American Summer

HIGH TIMES. HARD BODIES. SOFT ROCK. The writers, who were originally part of the MTV sketch comedy series The State, took their boyhood experiences from summer camps and worked them into this affectionate send-up of raunchy teen flicks of the 1970s/80s. Made in a kind of random style where we follow several kids and counselors … Continue reading Wet Hot American Summer

Magic Mike XXL

BACK TO THE GRIND. When those strippers who are still part of Kings of Tampa head for Myrtle Beach for a big convention, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) decides to come out of retirement. For this sequel, Steven Soderbergh was still very much part of the project but promoted his assistant director to helm it. Those … Continue reading Magic Mike XXL

Pitch Perfect

GET PITCH SLAPPED. College freshman Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick), who wants to be a music producer more than anything else, reluctantly joins an all-female a cappella group headed for a national competition. Loosely based on a non-fiction book by Mickey Rapkin, this comedy gives a cappella the same cheerful, funny and engaging treatment as Bring … Continue reading Pitch Perfect

The Lego Movie

THE STORY OF A NOBODY WHO SAVED EVERYBODY.   In the city of Bricksburg, happy-go-lucky construction worker Emmet Brickowoski meets a woman who believes that he is “the Special”, a person who is ultimately capable of stopping a superweapon. It may have looked like a stupid idea on paper, but the Cloudy With a Chance … Continue reading The Lego Movie

People Like Us

FIND YOUR FAMILY.  Just as he’s going through a work-related crisis, Sam (Chris Pine) learns that his father has died; they were never close, but it turns out that the old man had a secret… Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directing debut is more earnest than most of the adventures that he and partner Roberto Orci usually … Continue reading People Like Us

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

EVERY REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH A SPARK.  After winning the Hunger Games, tributes Katniss and Peeta (Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson) inspire rebellions in several districts, and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) comes up with a new version of the games. The sequel has a new director and a somewhat darker shade of colors, but it is also … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games

THE WORLD WILL BE WATCHING.   As punishment for a past uprising, twelve districts must offer their rulers two “tributes”, a boy and a girl, to compete in the Hunger Games where they fight to the death. This adaptation of an immensely popular young adult novel is head and shoulders above most other similar projects, … Continue reading The Hunger Games