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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Top 15 Anticipated Movies of 2017: Monty’s Take

Thdisney-just-released-the-best-teaser-for-star-wars-episode-viii-with-luke-skywalkere stale 2016 summer season left a bad taste in the mouths of many movie fans. It seemed that for every Captain America: Civil War, a Suicide Squad or Independence Day: Resurgence followed close behind. Luckily, the 2017 slate looks far more promising. Click the break for Monty’s 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Rogue One Review

By: Bryan Montgomery

Rating: 9 out of 10

rogue_one_a_star_wars_story_ver5When Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, Star Wars fans were not only excited about the impending episodic entries, but also the universe-expanding spinoff films. Akin to any initial embarkation, Rogue One has been a target of immense anticipation, scrutiny and anxiety since its initial announcement. Rogue One delivers one of the best Star Wars movies ever with an emotional story, incredible action and enough fan service to satisfy anyone looking for a two-hour trip to a galaxy far, far away.

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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!

Star Trek: Beyond Review

star_trek_beyondBy: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 8.5 out of 10

In 2009, J.J. Abrams presented a new vision of the classic Star Trek franchise. At the beginning of his meteoric rise, Abrams had Alias, Lost, Mission: Impossible III and Cloverfield to his name, but many skeptics still were unsure whether or not the director could deliver a reboot worthy of the Star Trek name. Now, seven years later, the Star Trek reboot franchise stands alongside Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as the key examples of a reboot done right.

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Ant-Man Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 8 out of 10

ant_man_ver3The next step in the ever-evolving Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man is the first MCU film to deal with the repercussions from Avengers: Age of Ultron, doing so with a marginalized story mixing a crime caper with superhero powers. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas shine in this surprisingly successful installment in the MCU, mixing enough humor and action to allow viewers to forgive its missteps and welcome yet another superhero to the long list of MCU tent poles.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 9 out of 10

star_wars_episode_vii__the_force_awakens_ver3Note: I will do my best to ensure that this is a non-spoiler review, but read at your own risk in case you can analyze between the lines.

Taking our seats in the theater roughly an hour before the 7:40 p.m. showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I spent some time thinking about every first showing of a Star Wars movie that I’ve experienced. The wonder of seeing A New Hope for the first time on a big screen in 1997, my first exposure to a galaxy far, far away. Watching The Phantom Menace when I was nine and covering my eyes because I knew something bad was about to happen to my favorite character in the movie, Qui-Gon Jinn.

Three years later, sitting in the same seats at Rome Cinema 8 for Attack of the Clones and watching as one of my best friends saw his favorite character, Jango Fett, not make it through the final battle scene. Being engrossed in Revenge of the Sith from beginning to end. All of those emotions and experiences came back as the minutes ticked away until the beginning of The Force Awakens.

When the Lucasfilm logo shined across the screen, the crowd in the packed theater at Cinemark 17 and IMAX in North Dallas started to cheer. When the first note of John Williams’ famous score echoed across the speakers, a smile came to my face, a smile that didn’t leave until well after the credits rolled.

Star Wars is back, and The Force Awakens is a dynamite resurgence to the franchise. J.J. Abrams has quelled the doubters and delivered the best Star Wars movie since 1983, returning the feel of the original while debuting a slew of new characters that steal the show and can carry the franchise to new heights for years to come.

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