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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Deepwater Horizon Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 8 out of 10

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After releasing Hancock, who knew that Peter Berg was a fantastic filmmaker? Lone Survivor was an incredibly tense and emotional story surrounding Operation Red Wings’ failed mission in Afghanistan, and with Patriot’s Day on the horizon, it’s time to take a look back to the second movie of Berg’s “American Trilogy”, Deepwater Horizon. Focusing on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, Deepwater Horizon feels real from beginning to end, anchored by a phenomenal performance by Mark Wahlberg and incredible third act that will stick with you long after departing the cinema.

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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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Assassin’s Creed Review

By: Bryan Montgomery
Rating: 5 out of 10

assassins_creed_ver3Video game movies have been a maligned genre since the 1990’s, when Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo headlined a dreadful reimagination of Super Mario Bros. Earlier this year, Warcraft made its big picture debut in a beautiful, but muddled mess, and the hopes of all video game fans turned to Assassin’s Creed to see if Hollywood could right the ship. Despite having the talents of Michael Fassbender front and center, and all the resources of the video game canon, Assassin’s Creed falls flat with a confusing and disjointed story, a lack of action and a failed attempt to create a new branch in the long-standing series.

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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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