Transformers: The Last Knight Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 3.5 out of 10

transformers_the_last_knight_ver13Imagine taking yourself back to high school. You’re in calculus class, but you forgot to do your chemistry homework. There’s an illusion that you have the washer method down pat, so you put your head down for 5-10 minutes to do your chemistry work, then you look back up to the whiteboard and realize that the teacher skipped ahead four steps, and you’re completely lost. Now imagine that feeling for three hours. Welcome to Transformers: The Last Knight. It’s loud, it’s pretty to look at and Mark Wahlberg tries his best, but Michael Bay’s newest movie fringes on the limits of self-parody, as there is no conceivable way that a human being can intentionally make something that is this thin, confusing and frankly, boring.

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Wonder Woman Review

By Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 8 out of 10

The character of Wonder Woman has always been curious an interesting one to the public eye. Always taking a backseat to other DC staples like Batman or Superman, up until last year we’ve never seen Wonder Woman on the big screen and by March of 2016 we were on actor #3 for Superman (Henry Cavil) and actor #5 for Batman (Ben Affleck). Of course, I’m talking about Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film that was heavily anticipated but just fell flat for many for being too dark and bloated with storyline.

The only saving grace from that movie was when during the final battle, we see the first Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) to hit the big screen. She stole the film and her name wasn’t even in the title.

Jump ahead 15 months, and we’re introduced to Wonder Woman’s first solo film, and it wins on all fronts; for the DCEU, for superhero movies, for positive female representation and for movies in general.

While Marvel has introduced intriguing female characters in its MCU, they never had the sole spotlight. That’s one area where DC finally gets a point on the scoreboard.

Wonder Woman is much more than a score count and not solely defined by gender: it’s the most fun, engaging superhero movie of the year so far and one of the better origin stories out there.

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Trailer of The Day: Blade Runner 2049

The first official trailer for the anticipated follow-up to Blade Runner just hit the web.

Set 30 years after the original Ryan Gosling plays a new blade runner,  LAPD officer K, as he sets out to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

Costarring is Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners, Sicario) and Executive Produced by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner 2049 is scheduled for release October 6th.

Trailer of The Day- Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII premiered at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando and it just dropped online!

Directed by Rian Johnson, this is our first look at some of the gorgeous visuals and spectacular action sequences that will be featured.

The film presumably will take place right where The Force Awakens end, with Rey and Luke Skywalker meeting for the first time.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres this December.

Trailer of The Day- Thor: Ragnarok

Marvel just released the first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok.

In the third entry, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the galaxy without his hammer while Asgard is under attack by a new threat, Hela (Cate Blanchett). In order save his home, he must first survive a gladiatorial contest that puts him against a familiar face- The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).

Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as Loki, with other returning cast members Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Idris Elba as Heimdall.

This will be the first appearance of both Thor and The Incredible Hulk since Avengers: Age of Ultron, since they both sat out on Captain America: Civil War.

We know that at least a portion of the movie will be in NYC, as teased at the end of Doctor Strange, which also means that that character will appear in this film as well.

Thor: Ragnarok will be released this November. First on bat though is Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 next month, and Spider Man: Homecoming in July.

 

Trailer of The Day- Justice League

The first official trailer for DC’s ensemble superhero flick was just released by Warner Brothers.

In this trailer, we see a few more glimpses of Aquaman (Jason Momoa) Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and the Flash (Ezra Miller) fighting alongside Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as well as the first footage of J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

In Justice League, Batman, along with Wonder Woman, unite other metahumans to protect the earth from an newly awakened evil.

Wonder Woman will have her own solo venture this June, so it’s probable we’ll see an Easter egg or two for Justice League around that time.

Directed by Zach Snyder, Justice League releases this November.

 

 

Moonlight Review

By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 10 out of 10

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With every passing year of film, I look back and divide up which movies go where in my head. These mental compartments have different categories and sub-categories (and, occasionally, some even have colored tags like on a Mac computer), but I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of what goes on in my head (we’ll be here all day). Generally, movies I watch go into one of three categories: Pass (“I’ll never see this again, except when I’m flipping channels and it’s on TNT”), Good (“I’ll go out of my way to watch it.”), and Masterful (“This needs to be shared and put in the Smithsonian, ASAP”). A lot of movies this year fell into that area between good and masterful, including a lot of this year’s Oscar contenders, but for one reason or another I found it hard to label any of them as “masterful.”

When I left the theater after seeing Moonlight, reeling over the experience I just had, it was clear that the only place I could put this film was on the top shelf. Moonlight is, without a doubt, masterful across the board.

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