When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house littered with dead bodies, it leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) along with special agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin). Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, she is thrust into the dark heart of a secret battleground that has swept up ruthless cartels, kill-crazy assassins, clandestine American spies and thousands of innocents. SICARIO explores the journey of an intelligence operation that pushes the rules to engage with those who don’t play by any.
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“You know how many times someone told me I was good in my life? Two! Twice! Two times! This raise today and dancing at the disco!”-Tony Manero
I know what you’re thinking, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER?!! That disco movie?!?! Has he lost his mind??! No, I am happy to report that I am perfectly sane and yes SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER is a great coming of age story. Yes it has disco music but it is not is a disco movie. THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY is disco movie. Before I begin my discussion keep these things about the film in mind.
In 1993, I watched a harrowing nerve-wracking film called Alive, about the plane crash of a Uruguayan rugby team in the Andes mountain range and how they managed to survive. Through no fault of their own, the passengers were plunged into hell merely traveling from point A to point B. Fast-forward to 2000 and I'm watching The Perfect Storm, about a fishing crew, desperate for money, who decides to sail through a confluence of storms in order to get back to shore and sell their catch before it spoils, allowing them to feed their families. Their decision was definitely risky, but one can understand the desperation to provide for one's family, which would drive anyone to behave in a foolhardy manner. Fast-forward a little later into the Aughts and I've got 127 Hours (young man trekking by himself in dangerous canyons and loses an arm), Into The Wild (young man decides to live in the wilderness and dies from consuming poisonous berries) and Grizzly Man (couple decides to live amongst grizzly bears. I don't need to tell you how that ends). I assume I speak for most people when I say that part of the enjoyment, thrill, suspense of seeing a movie is the fact that we as the audience identify with the protagonist, or the hero (or the anti-hero in some cases). When we see the hero on screen, we enjoy thinking subconsciously, well, he or she is doing exactly what I would do in that situation! I suspect with the typical horror movie, seeing the hero do the exact opposite of what we would do provides the fun. With that in mind, Everest is the greatest horror movie ever made.
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The hip-hop group N.W.A(Niggaz Wit Attitudes) consisting of Eric Wright (Eazy E) O'Shea Jackson (Ice Cube), Andre Young (Dr. Dre), Lorenzo Patterson (MC Ren) and Antoine Carraby (DJ Yella), managed to merge the things they saw going on in their neighborhood into the revolutionary music they created. Their biopic STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON chronicles their rise to fame and how they became the world’s most dangerous group. It is an exceptional entry into the biopic genre and is also one of the best films of 2015. As September 3rd 2015 STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON has been #1 at the box office for three weeks in a row.
On May 10, 1996, Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), the safety-conscious and leader of climbers Adventure Consultants, and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) leader of another group of climbers, Mountain Madness, led their teams on an ascent toward the highest point on Earth: the summit of Everest, 29,029 ft. above sea level. This is essentially the cruising altitude of a 747.
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In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him.
Like most filmgoers Chloë Moretz came into my radar based on her performance as the foul mouthed Hit Girl in 2010’s KICK-ASS. She followed up that performance with another good role as Abby in the criminally unseen teen vampire film LET ME IN. Both films were released in 2010 and show how much range she has as an actress.
JURASSIC PARK released in 1993 and directed by Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful films of all time. For those that are unfamiliar, the film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. The film featured ground breaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by special effects wizard Stan Winston and his team. To showcase the film's sound design, which included a mixture of various animal noises for the dinosaur roars, Spielberg invested in the creation of Digital Theater Systems (DTS), a company specializing in digital surround sound formats. The film went on to gross $900 million worldwide during its initial theater run and was the highest grossing film until 1997’s TITANIC. A film that successful will most certainly bring a sequel and in this case two sequels THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC PARK III. Both of which were box office successes but received mixed critical responses. Now fourteen years after the last entry, comes full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life. The park is now open. Welcome to JURASSIC WORLD.
Meryl Streep is without question the greatest female actress of all time. She made her screen debut in the 1977 television film THE DEADLIEST SEASON and made her film debut later that same year in the film JULIA. She received the first of her 19 Academy Award nominations with her second film appearance, THE DEER HUNTER, in 1978. Currently she has more Academy Award nominations than any actor or actress in history and has won Best Supporting Actress for KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979) and Best Actress for SOPHIE’S CHOICE (1982) and THE IRON LADY (2011). Some of her other nominated roles include THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMANT (1981), SILKWOOD (1983), OUT OF AFRICA (1985), A CRY IN THE DARK (1988) THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995), THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (2006), and INTO THE WOODS (2014). Streep has also received 29 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight. Now Streep is back on the big screen and she takes on a whole new gig as a hard-rocking singer/guitarist in RICKI AND THE FLASH.
The Fantastic Four were created by comic book legend Stan Lee and made their comic book debut in Marvel Comics in 1961. The four people who gained their superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays are Reed Richards known as Mister Fantastic who is the leader of the group and gained the ability to stretch his body to various length and shapes; Sue Storm known as the Invisible Woman who as her name suggests can render herself invisible; Johnny Storm, known as the Human Torch, is Sue's younger brother, can generate flames, surround himself with them; and Ben Grimm known as The Thing , who possesses superhuman strength and endurance due to the nature of his stone-like flesh. The Fantastic Four stories are about characters who did not have to wear masks, and who sometimes clashed with each other. The comics were set in the real world so readers could identify even more with the Four. This will be the fourth film appearance of the four with the first film in 1994 never being released via theaters or home video but is available via bootlegs. The first released film was in 2005 and not well-received by audiences or critics. Despite the lackluster performance a second film was made RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER which was another disappointment. The franchise has been rebooted yet again and the results are less than that….fantastic.
The basic plot of the film involves Cruise's Ethan Hunt attempting to prove that a rogue anti-IMF team called The Syndicate is plotting to overthrow the world order through a series of covert terrorist operations. Problem is, the IMF has been disbanded and CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) is gunning for Hunt. First issue: how many times have we seen the hero who knows the truth be derided, diminished and hunted by his peers? Second issue: in light of the Avengers and SHIELD battling Hydra and Bond preparing to battle SPECTRE, does an organization called The Syndicate instill any sense of fear in you?