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The Greatest Hits of 2018

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2018 for ya. As always, premiere dates may change. JANUARY: * Insidious: The Last Key – The fourth movie in this franchise once again stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson. Low expectations though; the third chapter was a disappointment. * The … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2018

Passengers

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS.  In the distant future, Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) wakes up from hypersleep aboard a spaceship that’s headed for a colony planet, only to realize that he wasn’t supposed to wake up for another 90 years… An intriguing set-up that introduces philosophical questions that challenge the relationship between Preston and the woman who … Continue reading Passengers

X-Men: Apocalypse

ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE.  In 1983, the first mutant the world ever saw comes back to life, a powerful creature who ruled ancient Egypt and has been entombed ever since his worshippers betrayed him. The third film in the series that introduced younger versions of beloved mutants suffers from overfamiliarity and a fiery showdown, … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse

Joy

After the wacky American Hustle (2013), director David O. Russell reverted to a more solid kind of storytelling along the lines of his The Fighter (2011). This is the real-life story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the hard-luck, single mom who invented the Miracle Mop and struggled to get her business off the ground. The … Continue reading Joy

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

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

X-Men: Days of Future Past

EVERY HERO, EVERY POWER WILL UNITE. In 2023, most mutants have been wiped out by man-made robots called Sentinels; with the help of Shadowcat (Ellen Page), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to 1973 to kill the Sentinel program before it’s born. A sequel to three X-Men movies (The Last Stand, Wolverine and … Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past

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

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

NO MORE SECRETS. While Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) worries over Gwen’s (Emma Stone) safety now that she knows his secret alias, Spider-Man faces two new enemies. Marc Webb’s attempt to make the greatest blockbuster ever has moments of beauty in its execution, including striking 3D visuals. Unfortunately, many jokes fall flat and the introduction of … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2

American Hustle

EVERYONE HUSTLES TO SURVIVE.  In 1978, FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) enlists two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams), who are also lovers, in an operation targeting political corruption. Loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM sting, this movie lacks focus and rambles a bit, which is a shame since the scandal deserved a more … Continue reading American Hustle

Silver Linings Playbook

WATCH FOR THE SIGNS. After eight months in a mental hospital, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who has bipolar disorder, is released into the care of his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver) and stubbornly plots a reunion with his wife. Another portrayal of a motley working-class family from David O. Russell who last made The … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook

X-Men: First Class

THE STORY BEGINS. This attempt to jump-start the franchise by taking it in a new direction tells the story of how the young Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender) learned how to use their powers and collaborate until they realized that their perceptions of the human race clashed a little too much. Matthew … Continue reading X-Men: First Class