Will Smith fans may have been eager to hear that he would be acting in a new movie, Collateral Beauty. However, half an hour into the film and Collateral Beauty seemed like a never-ending story heading nowhere.Collateral Beauty is a modern-day "Christmas Carol" without the feeling of wanting to watch it over again.
J.K. Rowling has done it again with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.This cinematically breathtaking film has impressive special effects, a consistently visually appealing color scheme, imaginatively detailed beasts and a multitude of magical landscapes.
The Disney princess franchise hits the mark again with "Moana", the story of a chief's daughter (not a princess), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), who takes an adventure on the sea with the company of a shape-shifting demigod, Maui (Dwayne Johnson), and an irritating but lovably dim witted rooster to save the world from complete ecological destruction (pretty standard, as Disney films go). Though the plot may drag a little, "Moana" is a heartfelt and exciting movie for all.
Doctor Strange takes the very familiar story line of foolish pride, followed by the inevitable action that brings his success to a sad end, that you don't have to know the Dr. Strange comics to be able to figure out. However, this film provides enough mind-bending effects, humor, and good acting to keep this movie fresh in a time of formulaic, "tried and true" superhero movies.
With October 31 lurking just around the corner, it is now time to prepare for my favorite holiday. Although decorating houses, carving pumpkins, following people around at night dressed like a clown and choosing which candy to give out are all fun, the best activity is a Halloween movie marathon.
Despite a talented cast and a compelling premise, The Infiltrator is an overall let-down. With too little exposition and too many moving parts, the movie is difficult to follow. A strong lead performance by Bryan Cranston, who plays undercover agent Robert Mazur, is not enough to overcome the vague plot and the many seemingly repetitive scenes.
With heart-stopping suspense and an intriguing climax, "The Shallows" brings many beachgoers' fear of sharks alive. The survival film includes many action-packed moments and is a modern-day 'Jaws,' woman versus nature (in the form of a gargantuan great white shark) thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with its riveting plot and detailed graphics.
Announced in 2013, Finding Dory truly lived up to the high expectations set by the well-lovedFinding Nemo, with central themes of familial love and never giving up. Childish humor, suspenseful moments and tear-jerking scenes make this movie a must see for audiences young and old.
"Joy" is a modern-day story of rags to riches, and plays off of the clichéd idea that anyone can make it big in America. With more character development, it would be an excellent film, but without it, there is too much missing for it to be plausible.
Although not the most unique film of the franchise, drawing frequently from the original six, Abrams created a visual masterpiece with the sound effects to draw a viewer back to that galaxy far, far away.
"The 33" is based off of the 2010 Chilean mining accident, in which 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days survived against all odds. The film follows the timeline of the disaster, bringing to light the precarious working conditions in the Chilean mining industry through effective foreshadowing and powerful acting.
Sam Mendes' "Spectre" is yet another thrilling James Bond movie. The exciting movie is filled with action, and changes direction as often as actor Daniel Craig does in the final scene. The quick-moving plot, the explosive scenes and the seductive power of Bond make the film a must-see.
"The Martian," based on the novel by Andy Weir, follows the gripping journey of an abandoned astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) on Mars. The film shows a new cinematographic perspective of space, in which everything doesn't have to be so scary.
Falling in love with "The Intern" is easy. It excels at portraying the complexities of life in the 21st century and keeps audiences rooting for Ben, Jules, and their colleagues and company the whole length of the film.
"Straight Outta Compton" is at times difficult to watch, but overall an epic and captivating film that raps brutal truths about race and police brutality—which continue to resonate today.
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