SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING – What the critics are saying about it!

spiderman homecoming93% of critics give the film a positive review.

Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.

 

 

This third time’s the charm in Marvel’s pantheon of Spider-Man portrayers. Tobey Maguire was pretty good, Andrew Garfield was so-so, but Holland … Well, when you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

July 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A comprehensively crowd-pleasing success.

July 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For a film with six screenwriters, Homecoming creates a remarkably coherent vision of a smart kid still dumb about the world, battling the learning curves of his double lives.

July 1, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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As long as the kids stay in the picture — thankfully, that’s most of the movie — Spider-Man: Homecoming is the fun playdate most of us have been looking forward to since the character stole Cap’s shield last spring in Captain America: Civil War.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It’s a relief to see a superhero engaged in deeply human activities, like getting ready for a date… This Spider-Man is still just a kid, after all, and he has no energy for existential angst — just dealing with hormones is enough.

June 30, 2017 | Full Review…

A welcome narrowing of the Marvel mega-verse away from alien invasions and globe-smashing supervillains and back towards something more intimate.

June 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight – Here’s what the critics say about it.

transformers the last knight16% of critics have this movie a favorable review.

Critics Consensus: Cacophonous, thinly plotted, and boasting state-of-the-art special effects, The Last Knight is pretty much what you’d expect from the fifth installment of the Transformers franchise.

 

 

 

A movie that’s cut like the world’s longest and most tedious trailer, pinballing from scene to scene and rarely spending more than a few seconds on any single shot.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

I am not going to try to explain the story- after watching this movie I may never try to explain another story ever again.

June 22, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

All the best moments in the movie-pure images, devoid of symbol and, for that matter, nearly empty of sense-go by too fast, are held too briefly, are developed too little.

June 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Distilled to its essence, The Last Knight is an orgy of incoherence, a sensory assault that suffocates the viewer in a cavalcade of special effects incontinence.

June 21, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Every time Michael Bay directs another Transformers abomination (this is the fifth), the movies die a little. This one makes the summer’s other blockbuster misfires look like masterpieces.

June 21, 2017 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

A movie that is at once loud yet incoherent, complex yet idiotic, and expensive yet worthless.

June 20, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

THE MUMMY – What critics are saying about the film!!

the mummy20% of critics like the film.

Average Rating: 4.3/10

Summary: Not the campy excitement from the last series. Lacks intensity and “mummy” moments. More monster movie thrills needed. The Dark Universe is unravelling.

 

 

Kurtzman does a decent job with the film’s tone, keeping it light and humorous, but the only thing at stake seems to be the future of the Dark Universe, which means more to Universal’s bottom line than it does to modern audiences.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It’s hard to tell if it’s Cruise or the dragging weight of the movie, but he’s almost totally devoid of the star power that makes the “Mission: Impossible” movies compulsively watchable.

June 9, 2017 | Full Review…

“The Mummy” is trying to do so many different things, has so many different reasons for being (not to mention so many screenwriters), that a kind of narrative chaos is the all but inevitable result.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

A blaring, bloated zombie of a movie.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Kurtzman has a style that could generously be described as “accommodating.” In lieu of any strong vision of his own, he seems content to assemble The Mummy out of a hodgepodge of commercial ideas.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Narratively incoherent and full of cheese and camp, this movie makes it clear that the mummy should have remained dead and buried.

June 8, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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WONDER WOMEN – What the critics are saying about the film!

wonder woman.jpg94% approval rating

Many big ideas are juggled, and while the story doesn’t exactly drop them, it does flail about a bit. Still, Jenkins has an eye for moving moments, Gadot is great fun to watch, and there’s genuine visual panache to be found amid the combat and comedy.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The real strengths of this production are its lead actors, the period piece setting, and an unexpected emotional resonance that one doesn’t expect from a popcorn movie.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Gadot does succeed, against heavy odds, in creating a fresh figure of heroic morality and might, engaging an audience with an earnest character’s discovery of herself and the world.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As a period piece made in the spirit of an old-fashioned matinee, Wonder Woman (like the first Captain America) does not have to exhibit the insistent, grim-faced dystopianism that afflicts the recent Superman/Batman movies.

June 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Jenkins and company understand superheroes should have a purpose other than brooding.

June 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
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2016 ACTION/ADVENTURE Short Films

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Best of Action/Adventure SHORT FILMS showcased at the festival in  2016:


festival posterMARTY: A WILD WEST NEVERLAND, 16min., USA, Fantasy/Adventure
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festival posterHELIO, 20min., USA, Sci-Fi/Action
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festival posterO, 29min, Norway, Horror/Mystery
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festival posterGILT, 22min, UK, Thriller/Drama
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festival posterTHE TRAP, 16min, Canada, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterTENGU: BIRDMAN OF THE MOUNTAINS, 8min., UK, Action/Fantasy
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festival posterBLACKWELL SUMMERS MYSTERY, 12min., USA, Action/Crime
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festival posterMOTEL MOTEL, 20min., Belgium, Crime/Mystery
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festival posterTHE APOLOGY, 7min, UK, Mystery/Crime
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festival posterRED ROVER, 15min, Australia/USA, Fantasy/Action
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THE LAST JOURNEY OF THE ENIGMATIC PAUL WR, 17min, France, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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festival posterUNCANNY VALLEY, 9min, Argentina, Sci-Fi/Experimental
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festival posterFOOTPRINTS, 13min, Canada
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festival posterTIME SMASH, 2min., USA, Animation/Sci-Fi
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JAILBREAK, 1min., USA, Animation/Crime

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festival posterFANTASY FOOTBALL: A NERD’S TALE
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2min, USA, Action/Comedy


festival posterQUPID
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10min, Australia, Action/Romance


festival posterACROPHOBIA
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3min, Switzerland, Action/Documentary


festival posterKARATE GIRL BRAWL
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10min, Canada, Action/Thriller


festival posterTHE MEGA PLUSH
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4min, USA, Animation/Action


festival posterBURGLAR
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5min, South Korea, Crime/Action

 

 

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Movie Review: SERGEANT YORK (1941)

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Directed by Howard Hawks

Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Margaret Wycherly
Review by Pamela Miller

SYNOPSIS:

A hillbilly sharpshooter becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI when he single-handedly attacks and captures a German position using the same strategy as in turkey shoot.

REVIEW:

Biopics have the been the back bone of filmmaking since films started to be made. There have been countless films about actual people dating back to the silent era with films like The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and going through recent years with films like The Aviator (2004) and Walk the Line (2005). We’ve seen everyone’s life displayed on the big screen, from sports stars to musicians to political figures to biblical characters. Howard Hawk uses this genre to show the life of a military hero in Sergeant York (1941).

This biopic proved to be a hit, earning 11 Academy Award nominations and it couldn’t have come at a better time. World War II was right around the corner and America was swelling with national pride. So, what better way to honor our fighting soldiers than to show us a film about one of the most famous and award winning soldiers of World War I, Alvin York. The real Alvin York handpicked Gary Cooper to play himself, knowing he was the only actor who could give him justice. Hawks was hesitant to make this biopic, having never ventured into that genre, but jumped at the chance to work with Gary Cooper. All the cards fell into place, and the production began, ending with one of the most well known war movies in film history.

Cooper stars as York, a naïve country boy with a bit of a drinking problem and occasional temper issues. He’s also a terrific shot, winning shooting contests in his small mountain town. When he gets into a bar fight, he decides to change his life around and become a born-again Christian with the help of Pastor Rosier Pile (Walter Brennan). He also has the hots for a local country girl, Gracie Williams (Joan Leslie), who shies away from his advances. World War I is soon in full swing and York is drafted into the Army. However, this conflicts with his new moral integrity, as he does not want to harm or kill another human being. This doesn’t fly with the United States army and he’s thrown into basic training before being shipped over seas. His dead on aiming skill is soon recognized and he moves up the army ladder. Still conflicted with his religious beliefs, he is sent home to think about killing a few as a way to save more lives. He is swayed by this thought and reports back for duty.

However, his troop finds themselves in a bit of a pickle when the enemy kills a large portion of their company and backs the remaining ones into a corner. York sees the light and decides it’s time to show the enemy what he’s really got. He fires back at the Germans and his incredible marksmanship frightens them all into surrendering. He proudly marches all 132 German soldiers back to his base, much to the surprise of his superiors. When he returns home, he returns a national hero and is given the Medal of Honor. His newfound recognition convinces Gracie that York is the man she wants and the two live happily ever after.

Sergeant York is another feel good, war hero movie. Like in Mr. Deeds, Cooper plays a naïve small town bumpkin and, with his innocent, boyish eyes, he pulls the role off well. He basically mastered the naïve look while also showing off his manly side. There’s always a deeper, more complex thought pattern going on behind those eyes than what he lets on. It’s what has come to be expected of Gary Cooper. As an actor, Cooper is just plain memorizing to watch and York is no exception.

Hawks plays this movie pretty safe. It’s a wholesome, prideful tale, released at a time when war was glorified. It completely shelters us from the reality of the situation but for the sake of what film audiences wanted to see in 1941, it works. In today’s world, it would be interpreted a bit differently. Today’s audiences seek more realism and the truth as opposed to obvious sugar coated falsehoods. This is still not always given to us, but with more modern war films like Platoon, The Thin Red Line, and Saving Private Ryan, Hollywood attempts to recognize the maturity growth of audiences of this genre.

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