Posts tagged Jurassic World
MOVIE REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes

A significant shift in attention and investment has occurred in this series.  Our hearts and allegiances swayed from rooting for the madness of our own mankind to the superior traits of humanity exhibited by Caesar and his ape brethren.  A transformation of empathy like that is downright miraculous.  War for the Planet of Apes is a full-bodied epic of glory and pain that matches and then exceeds the moving importance and heart this rebooted franchise has established in two previous knockout films.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Book of Henry

Grant Focus Features, director Colin Trevorrow, and debuting feature writer Gregg Hurwitz all the balls in the world for putting out a movie this daringly original during the summer marketplace.  Ambition notwithstanding, the extreme tonal shifts, while effective at keeping you invested in The Book of Henry to see what happens next, only half work in totality.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Last summer, the chief complaints of "Jurassic World" were its lack of majesty and awe to follow the original "Jurassic Park."  One can now say the very same about the new long-distance sequel "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny."  The soulful beating heart that stirred the 2000 winner of four Academy Awards has been stifled to large degree.  The dazzling and balletic flight of fancy that we fell in love with then has been replaced by repetitive flashiness driven by a different audience.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Terminator Genisys

As flashy as it is with tremendous and eye-popping special effects, "Terminator: Genisys" has created an extremely convoluted mess of merged timelines and revisionist storytelling that treads all over what made the 1984 original and superior 1991 sequel so great.  This is more of an attempt of retcon than of homage.  Even if you find yourself entertained by the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to his signature franchise, you may be asking, maybe even screaming in outrage, why this revision exercise was even necessary.

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EDITORIAL: The Best of 2015 (so far)

The end of June marks the halfway point of 2015.  This website makes it a point each year to measure the calendar year's offerings so far of what has been the best with the goal of building a year-end "10 Best" list.  This is as good a place as any to honor the fine efforts that have graced the screen this half-year.  Here are the "Top 5 (so far)."

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MOVIE REVIEW: Jurassic World

Spectacle defines "Jurassic World" perfectly.  Just as the dictionary definition states, the blockbuster is unusual, notable, and entertaining in an eye-catching, dramatic, and very public way.  It is loud and dumb, but, hot damn, it sure is fun.  More discerning tastes will definitely gravitate to the "object of curiosity and contempt" version of the definition and they wouldn't be wrong in doing so.  In the end, the simple definitions seal "Jurassic World" too.  It is an very impressive monster movie and it will indeed attract attention and shock.

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COLUMN: 2015 Early Summer Movie Preview

It's business time!  The wait is over from the very slow winter and spring seasons!  The massive movie slate of the summer of 2015 has been touted on this website for over a year.  We knew these big hitters were coming and they are finally here.  Let's see how many box office records fall.  If you thought "Furious 7" was a big hit, then you've seen nothing yet.  The summer is where the big boys play.  To split the long season up, here is my complete preview for the early summer months of May and June and their prospective film releases.  As always, dates change and shift all of the time.  Here's what we have to look forward to!  Enjoy!

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CHECKLIST: 2015 Summer Movie Calendar

It's business time!  Here's your complete 2015 Summer Movie Calendar.  Add these to your calendar or print and slip this list on the fridge at home.  As always, release dates shift all of the time, so be aware.  I split my full Summer Movie Preview into early (May/June) and late (July/August) parts.  The first will be coming soon!  Enjoy!

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EDITORIAL: My 15 most anticipated films of 2015

During the shift from December to January, I enjoy retracing what I reviewed and enjoyed from the previous year, but the trailers and previews for next year's films are starting to make an impact.  I can't help but look ahead.  Every year, I wrote an "Most Anticipated List."   2015 looks wildly loaded with must-see films.  Let's make a new list for a new year.  Here are my 15 most anticipated films of this new year.  Enjoy!

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