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.

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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Manchester By The Sea Review

By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

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With movies, we’ve been accustomed to it’s structure, plot-beats, monologues and any other device used to keep us in our seats. Whether it’s cheesy dialogue, over-acting, or just defying all dangerous obstacles to save the world, no matter if it’s the bottom of the barrel or an Oscar winner we forgive these movies because, well, they’re movies. They’re not real.

Manchester By The Sea IS real. Yes, this is a movie; It has a beginning, middle and end like every other one out there, but it’s one that hits closer to home than most. It’s a powerful experience, grounded in spectacular realism that can’t be compared to anything else this year.

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We’re sorry for 2016, on to 2017.

By: Mark Di Stefano

2016 has been, for better or worse, interesting.

On the R2R front though, we’ve been extremely busy. Monty is busy with work down in Dallas, and same with me here in Rochester, NY.

Now for the actual website? We’re slacking, we know it. Life got in the way for both of us.

However, no more excuses. 2017 is going to be a big year for R2R. More MCU/DCEU, more Star Wars, and all the great indies, comedies, romances, thrillers and such that’ll fall in between.

We’re going to be updating the site often with reviews, trailers, lists, and more.

To start things off for this week, Mark will be reviewing Manchester By The Sea, and that’ll be up before Monty gives his take on the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

If you want us to talk about anything movie-related that interests you, please let us know. We’re always looking to improve.

Thank you for sticking with R2R. See you at the movies!

Ghostbusters Review

By: Mark Di Stefano
Rating: 7.5 out of 10

GhostbustersLet’s get this out of the way first: we’ll never get the Ghostbusters sequel that fans have clamored for for years. Since the death of Harold Ramis in 2014, whatever original plans there were for a sequel are donzo. So whatever qualms you may have about this reboot, just forget about it, because Ghostbusters, a total-reset starring some of the greatest comedians living today, does a good job living up to the name.

This version follows closely to the original film, with four very different people coming together to protect our world from the paranormal. There are even certain beats that mirror the original, but it doesn’t deter from the overall experience.

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