We Review, Star Trek Beyond “The new adventures and cast members have fully won me over.” – MR

Star Trek Beyond

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Star Trek Beyond
The USS Enterprise flying through the universe, with the film's title "Beyond", and the film's billing below.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Justin Lin
Produced by
Written by
Based on Star Trek
by Gene Roddenberry
Starring
Music by Michael Giacchino
Cinematography Stephen F. Windon
Edited by
  • Greg D’Auria
  • Dylan Highsmith
  • Kelly Matsumoto
  • Steven Sprung
Production
companies
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 7, 2016 (Sydney)
  • July 22, 2016 (United States)
Running time
122 minutes[2]
Country
  • United States
Language English
Budget $185 million[3]
Box office $195.4 million[3]

Star Trek Beyond is a 2016 American science fictionadventure film directed Justinby Lin from a screenplay by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, based on the series Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the thirteenth film in theStar Trek film franchise and the third installment in the reboot series, followingStar Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, with Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin reprising their roles from the previous films. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella also join the cast.

Principal photography began in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. The film premiered in Sydney on July 7, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 22, 2016.[4] The film is dedicated to the memory of Yelchin, who died a month prior to the film’s release, as well as fellow Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, who died during pre-production.[5] The film received positive reviews, with many critics praising the performances, action scenes, musical score, visual effects, and tributes to Yelchin and Nimoy, and has grossed over $195 million worldwide.

Plot

Three years into its five year mission, the USS Enterprise arrives at Starbase Yorktown, a massive space station, for resupply and shore leave for her tired crew. Struggling to find continued meaning in their mission of exploration given the endless nature of that objective, Captain James Kirk has applied for a promotion to Vice Admiral and commanding officer of Yorktown. He recommends Spock as the new captain of the Enterprise. Meanwhile, Hikaru Sulu reunites with his family, Spock and Nyota Uhura amicably end their relationship, and Montgomery Scott works to keep the ship operational. Spock also receives word from New Vulcan that Ambassador Spock has died.

The Enterprise is dispatched on a rescue mission after an escape pod drifts out of a nearby uncharted nebula. The survivor, Kalara, claims her ship is stranded on Altamid, a planet within the nebula. The rescue turns into an ambush when theEnterprise is overwhelmed by a massive swarm of small ships and is quickly torn apart. The swarm’s alien commander, Krall, and his crew board the ship, and unsuccessfully search for a relic called an Abronath that Kirk had obtained for a failed diplomatic mission. Krall has taken many of the crew from the ship. As the Enterprise continues to break up the saucer section hurtles towards the planet; the survivors abandon ship in escape pods.

On the planet’s surface, Sulu, Uhura, and other surviving crew are captured by Krall. Kirk and navigator Pavel Chekov, accompanied by Kalara, locate the wrecked saucer section. Kalara is discovered to be Krall’s ally when she tries to retrieve the Abronath for him. To escape Krall’s soldiers, Kirk activates the still functional boosters, causing the saucer to lurch forward, crushing Kalara. Meanwhile, a wounded Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy search for the other survivors. Spock confides to McCoy that he intends to leave Starfleet to continue the late Ambassador Spock’s work on New Vulcan. Meanwhile, Scott is rescued by Jaylah, a scavenger who previously escaped Krall’s encampment. She takes Scott to her makeshift home, the grounded USS Franklin, an early Starfleet vessel that went missing over a hundred years before. With Scott’s help, the ship is repaired. Scott is reunited with Kirk, Chekov, McCoy, and Spock. Using the ship as a base, they plot to raid Krall’s camp and transport the crew to the Franklin, then escape the planet. Meanwhile, Krall threatens to kill Sulu and coerces Ensign Syl to hand over the Abronath that she had kept hidden for Kirk. The Abronath is the missing half of an ancient bioweapon, created by the planet’s original inhabitants, that can instantaneously disintegrate a humanoid. With the device now complete, Krall intends to attack Yorktown and kill its inhabitants, and, using its advanced technology, go on to attack the Federation. Krall demonstrates its deadly effect on Ensign Syl as a horrified Uhura helplessly watches. Kirk and the others free the crew as Krall launches into space with the bioweapon, leading his drone fleet to Yorktown.

Our Thoughts

This was an all new Star Trek adventure for me. I’m not sure if the story was based on one of Bradbury’s books or not, but it was pretty awesome, and not related to the older “original cast” movies. There isn’t much to say other than, 5 stars and Highly Recommended. The imagery is fantastic, as are the characters. The new adventures and cast members have fully won me over. – MR

Find Star Trek Beyond and see the new trailer here.


We Review, Suicide Squad in IMAX 3D “A good fast paced, modern action flick.” -MR

We Review: Suicide Squad

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Suicide Squad
Official poster

Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Ayer
Produced by
Written by David Ayer
Based on Characters fromDC Comics
Starring
Music by Steven Price
Cinematography Roman Vasyanov
Edited by John Gilroy
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Running time
123 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $175 million[2]
Box office $267.1 million[3]

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film, based on the DC Comicsantihero team of the same name. The third installment in the DC Extended Universe, the film is written and directed by David Ayer, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz,Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne. In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and save the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for leaner sentences.

By February 2009, a Suicide Squad film was in development at Warner Bros. Pictures. Ayer signed on to write and direct in September 2014, and by October, the casting process had begun. Principal photography began on April 13, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with additional filming in Chicago, Illinois, and ended in August that year.

Suicide Squad premiered in New York City on August 1, 2016 and was theatrically released on August 5, 2016, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. The film has grossed over $267 million, despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, who praised its action sequences, effects, humor, its soundtrack and the performances of the cast, but criticized it for its choppy plot and editing.

Plot

In the aftermath of Superman’s death, intelligence operative Amanda Wallerassembles a team of dangerous criminals—the deranged Harley Quinn; elite hit man Deadshot; pyrokinetic ex-gangster El Diablo; opportunistic thief Captain Boomerang; monstrous cannibalKiller Croc; and specialized mercenary Slipknot—at Belle Reve Penitentiary and places them under command of Colonel Rick Flag, to be used as disposable assets in high-risk missions for the United States government. Each member has a small bomb implanted in their neck, designed to detonate should any member rebel or try to escape.

One of Waller’s intended recruits is Flag’s girlfriend, Dr. June Moone, an archaeologist who is possessed by a witch-goddess known as “Enchantress” after touching a cursed idol. Enchantress quickly turns on everyone, deciding to eradicate mankind for imprisoning her. She besieges Midway City with a horde of monsters and summons her brother, Incubus, to assist her. Waller then deploys the squad to extract a high-profile mark from Midway, and Flag alerts them that Enchantress’ heart must be cut out of her to regain control of her.

Ahead of their departure, they are joined by Katana, who wields a mystic sword and acts as Flag’s bodyguard. Harley’s lover, the Joker, finds out about her predicament and tortures Griggs, one of Waller’s men, into leading him to the facility where the nano bombs are made. He blackmails one of the scientists involved in the program into disabling Harley’s bomb. Sensing the squad’s approach, Enchantress destroys their helicopter, forcing them to proceed on foot to their target. On the way, Boomerang convinces Slipknot that the bombs are a ruse meant to keep them under control. Slipknot attempts to escape and is killed, while the team is attacked by Enchantress’s minions. The team manages to escape to their final destination at an underground bunker, where they learn that their mark is Waller herself, who is attempting to cover up her involvement.

The squad escorts Waller to the rooftop for extraction, but the arriving helicopter has been hijacked by the Joker and his men, who open fire on the squad while Harley climbs aboard.

Our Thoughts

While this isn’t your typical comic book flick it manages to be somewhat fresh and cool. I am giving it 3.75 stars, as it wasn’t “GREAT” but managed to hold my attention all the way through. There isn’t much suspense, and several characters seemingly die and then reappear, but not all! This is a  good, fast paced, modern action movie, that I can recommend to all fans of the “comic book to movie fad.” – MR

 

Find Suicide Squad and see the new trailer here.


We Review, Jason Bourne, “I recommend it highly!” – MR

Jason Bourne (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jason Bourne
Jason Bourne (film).jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Produced by
Written by
Based on Characters
byRobert Ludlum
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Barry Ackroyd
Edited by Christopher Rouse
Production
companies
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
Running time
123 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million[2]
Box office $110 million[2]

Jason Bourne is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. Written by Greengrass and film editor Christopher Rouse, it is the fifth installment of the Bourne film series and the direct sequel to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Matt Damon reprises his role as the main character, former CIAassassin and psychogenic amnesiacJason Bourne.

In the film, Bourne remains on the run from CIA hit squads as he tries to uncover hidden truths about his past. When former CIA operative Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) hacks into agency databases to uncover evidence about its illegal assassination programs and on Bourne’s recruitment, Bourne begins to understand who he truly is. After Parsons’ breach, CIA Director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones) orders CIA cyber head Heather Lee (Alicia Vikander) to find the pair. Vincent Cassel and Riz Ahmed also star.

Principal photography on the film commenced on September 8, 2015. The film premiered in London on July 11, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 29, 2016, by Universal Pictures. It has received mixed reviews and grossed over $110 million worldwide.[2]

Plot

A decade after he exposed Operation Blackbriar and disappeared, Jason Bourne has finally recovered from his amnesia, isolating himself from the world and making a living by taking part in illegal fighting rings. In Reykjavík, Nicky Parsons has been collaborating with hacker and whistleblower Christian Dassault, and hacks into the CIA‘s mainframe server in order to expose the CIA’s black ops programs. In the process, Parsons finds documents that concern Jason Bourne’s recruitment into Treadstone and his father’s role in the program, and she decides to travel to Greece to find and inform him. Parsons’ system intrusion alerts Heather Lee, the head of the CIA’s cyber ops division, and CIA Director Robert Dewey.

In Greece, Parsons and Bourne meet at Syntagma Square in the midst of a violent anti-government protest. They evade the team sent to locate them but Parsons is killed by the Asset, an ex-Blackbriar assassin. Before she dies, Parsons is able to pass the key to a safe deposit that holds the CIA files on to Bourne. Intending to find the answers about his past and family, Bourne locates Dassault in Berlin. Decrypting Parsons’ files, Bourne discovers that his father, Richard Webb, was an analyst for the CIA and was involved with the creation of the original Treadstone program. However, malware planted in the files alerts the CIA to Bourne’s location and Dewey sends a team to capture him while Lee remotely erases the files to prevent another leak. Lee takes the opportunity to alert Bourne to the team’s presence as she believes that he can be persuaded to return to the agency. Using the few leads he gathered in Berlin, Bourne tracks Malcolm Smith, a former Treadstone surveillance operative, in London and arranges to meet him in Paddington Square.

Lee persuades Dewey to allow her to contact Bourne in person to attempt to bring him back in. Dewey agrees, but secretly authorizes the Asset to eliminate Lee’s team and kill Bourne, whom he believes cannot be reasoned with. Knowing that the CIA is watching him, Bourne evades Lee and the Asset long enough to confront Smith. Smith admits that Richard Webb created Treadstone, but tried to prevent them from recruiting Bourne. Under Dewey’s orders, the Asset killed Webb and staged his death as a terrorist attack to persuade Bourne to join Treadstone. Smith is killed by the Asset while Bourne escapes and finds Lee, who admits that she is not comfortable with Dewey’s methods and directs him to a technology convention in Las Vegas.

Dewey is scheduled to attend the convention for a public debate on privacy rights with Aaron Kalloor, the CEO of social mediaenterprise Deep Dream. Kalloor is the public face of corporate social responsibility in the internet age, but he has secretly been funded by Dewey, who intends to use Deep Dream for real-time mass surveillance alongside the reborn targeted assassination programs Treadstone, Blackbriar, Outcome and LARX projects, now known as “Iron Hand”. Suspecting that Kalloor will refuse to allow the CIA access to Deep Dream, Dewey authorizes the Asset to assassinate him and Lee, whom he no longer trusts.

Cast

  • Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, born David Webb, a former CIA assassin who disappeared after publicising details of the CIA’s targeted assassination programs.
  • Tommy Lee Jones as Robert Dewey, the current director of the CIA and leader of the Iron Hand program who holds an intention to take down Bourne after the exposure of Blackbriar.
  • Alicia Vikander as Heather Lee, the head of the CIA Cyber Ops Division.
  • Vincent Cassel as the Asset, a Blackbriar assassin working for the Iron Hand program. The Asset was captured and tortured as a result of Bourne’s actions in The Bourne Ultimatum and harbours resentment toward him because of it.
  • Julia Stiles as Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons, Bourne’s former Treadstone contact in Paris whom he sent into hiding in The Bourne Ultimatum.
  • Riz Ahmed as Aaron Kalloor, the CEO and founder of Deep Dream, a social media enterprise.
  • Ato Essandoh as Craig Jeffers, a CIA agent and Dewey’s right-hand man.
  • Scott Shepherd as Edwin Russell, the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Bill Camp as Malcolm Smith, a former CIA analyst who retired to the private sector.
  • Vinzenz Kiefer as Christian Dassault, a hacker, whistleblower, and the leader of a group of privacy activists.
  • Gregg Henry as Richard Webb, Jason Bourne’s father and the creator of the original Treadstone program who was murdered by the Asset.

Our Thoughts

I absolutely loved this flick, as it contained as much mystery and intrigue as the three original Bourne novels/movies. It has been a long time since I sat in discomfort, needing to pee, because I didn’t want to miss what was happening.  From brutally realistic fight scenes, to off the chain car chases, this movie was every bit as good as the first three, and I recommend it highly – MR

 

Find Jason Bourne and see the new trailer here.


We Review: The Legend of Tarzan, White knuckle adventure, but if you know the story, there will be few surprises. -MR

The Legend of Tarzan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Have you donated to Wiki lately? We do.
The Legend of Tarzan
The Legend of Tarzan poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Yates
Produced by
Written by
Based on Tarzan
byEdgar Rice Burroughs
Starring
Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Henry Braham
Edited by Mark Day
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
Running time
110 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $180 million[2]
Box office $56.9 million[2]

The Legend of Tarzan is a 2016 American actionadventure film based on the fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Directed by David Yates and written by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer,[3]its cast comprises Alexander Skarsgård as the title character, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent and Christoph Waltz.

Principal photography began on June 30, 2014, at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom, and wrapped four months later on October 3. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures in Cooperation with Dark Horse Entertainment and Jerry Weintraub Productions co-produced the film.

The film premiered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on June 27, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 1, 2016 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D.[4] It received mixed reviews and had grossed over $56 million.

Plot

After becoming shipwrecked, John Clayton, his wife Alice, and newborn son John Clayton III are stranded in a tree house in the jungle of the African Congo. His wife eventually dies of natural causes, and John is killed by Apes, leaving the baby alone. The child is taken in by a family of Apes, his mother whom he calls Kala and his brother whom he calls Akut. Tarzan is raised by them and adapts well, becoming a part of the jungle as if he were made for it. Later, he meets Jane Porter and falls in love with her. Kala is killed by a young hunter who is part of another tribe. Tarzan kills him in retaliation, unaware that he was the son of a chief.

In 1884, the African Congo has been divided up between Belgium and Great Britain. The Belgian government is on the verge of bankruptcy. In an attempt to save the nation Leopold II of Belgium states that he has an intention to seize control of the land’s minerals, which resulted in large profits. When Rom searches for the diamonds of Opar, his men open fire on a local tribe but the Belgian soldiers were killed by the natives, leaving only Rom alive. Afterwards, Rom is approached by the tribe’s leader, Chief Mbonga, who offers Rom the diamonds in exchange for Tarzan.

John Clayton III has returned to England to become Lord Greystoke, and through the British Prime Minister, he is invited by King Leopold to head an expedition to Boma to report on the development of the Congo by Belgium. The American envoy, George Washington Williams, urges John to go, as he knows that he is Tarzan. John initially declines the invitation, but is persuaded by Williams who suspects the Congolese population is being enslaved. Jane is disappointed when she is told that she cannot come on the trip due to losing their baby years ago. John later reconsiders and finds her in a tree and allows her to go with him.

John, Jane, and Williams take their trip to the Congo. The trio then encounter a tribe that knew John and Jane during their stay in the jungle. Shortly after, Rom attacks the tribe’s camp and tie up John and Jane, killing the tribe leader in the process. He then captures Jane and several tribe members while John escapes. Williams and the last remaining tribe members chase after Rom and his men, but they get away. Later, Williams finds John and reunites with him, telling him that he must to ignite his destiny as Tarzan. Tarzan and Williams swing from vines onto the train carrying the tribe members and Jane. Tarzan finds a train car full of several men attempting to kill him, but he fends off the men and frees the other tribe members.

Rom reveals to Jane that his plan is to use the tribe members as slaves in his expedition after obtaining the diamonds. On the boat, Rom holds Wasimbu, a tribe member and Tarzan and Jane’s friend which caged over the water.

Our thoughts

Surprisingly enough, they stuck to the original Tarzan story pretty well.  This was far better than I expected. Having just seen “The Jungle Book” recently, I didn’t know what to expect. The CGI animal recreation, tech is simply amazing.  Well acted, not over acted, this movie had me grinding my teeth when certain animals and characters were jeopardized and I was as angry as the scary Silver Back at the bad guy(s.) Highly recommended, but not for those under 12 alone. There were parts that were scary even to me, and the WHOLE adult audience (we watched from a balcony that is 21+ only) gasped and cringed and oohed at certain things that might just freak a kid out. It was well worth the ticket. I am giving it 5 stars, because it is a very good “white knuckle” adventure, but if you know the story, there will be few surprises. -MR

Find The Legend of Tarzan and see the new trailer here.


We Review: Independence Day: Resurgence “Just like the first one, only better.” – MR

Independence Day: Resurgence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence-Day-2-poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Roland Emmerich
  • Dean Devlin
  • Nicolas Wright
  • James A. Woods
Based on Characters
by Roland Emmerich
Dean Devlin
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Markus Förderer
Edited by Adam Wolfe
Production
companies
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
Running time
120 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $165 million[2]
Box office $140.5 million[3]

Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods and James Vanderbilt. It is the sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day and starsLiam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner and William Fichtner.

It was released by 20th Century Fox in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D in the United States on June 24, 2016. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who found the plot and action sequences to be overblown and convoluted, though some praised its overall humor and playful delivery,[4][5] and has grossed over $140 million worldwide.

Plot

Twenty years after the events of the previous film, the international community has recovered and the United Nations has created the ESD (Earth Space Defense), a united global defense program that serves as Earth’s early warning system. The main defense force uses technology salvaged from the remains of the alien forces, with military forces assembled on the Moon, Mars, and Rhea, while the Area 51 base has become the ESD Headquarters.[6][7]

In Africa, ESD Director David Levinson meets with Dr. Catherine Marceaux and warlord Dikembe Umbutu, who lead him to an intact alien destroyer. Aboard the ship, they discover that the ship was drilling a hole and that the aliens sent a distress call to its home planet before their defeat. Furthermore, Umbutu and former U.S. President Thomas Whitmore experienced recurring visions of extraterrestrial logograms ever since their personal encounters with the aliens and try to decipher them.

A spherical ship emerges from a wormhole near the ESD’s Moon defense headquarters. Levinson is convinced that it belongs to a different extraterrestrial race that is benevolent and urges the world’s governments not to attack, but they vote to shoot it down regardless. Against orders, ESD pilot Jake Morrison picks up Levinson, Marceaux, Umbutu, and Floyd Rosenberg on a space tugand they head for the crash site, where they recover a container. An alien mothership 3,000 miles wide[8] suddenly emerges and destroys Earth’s planetary defenses before approaching the planet. The space tug is caught in the mothership’s artificial gravitational pull, which also lifts structures from most of Asia. The debris falls all across Europe, where the tug manages to escape before heading on to Area 51.

The mothership lands over northern Atlantic Ocean and drills a hole in the middle of the ocean to harvest the heat of the core, which will destroy Earth’s magnetic field in the process. The aliens also raid the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, killing President Elizabeth Lanford along with most of her Cabinet. General Joshua Adams, a Cabinet official in Area 51, is named the designated survivor and immediately sworn in as the 46th President.

Upon the space tug’s arrival at Area 51, Dr. Brakish Okun awakens twenty years after his coma. He opens the container and releases a giant white sphere of artificial intelligence; its mission is evacuating survivors from worlds targeted by harvesters, and building a resistance force, one already greatly feared by aliens. Whitmore interrogates one of the aliens held in captivity since the last war. The ESD learns that the aliens, while similar to Earth’s insect kingdom, are not like locusts as they initially believed but exist in eusociality and that their queen is coming. They believe if they destroy the queen, her attendants will retreat from the planet. An ESD squadron, led by Captain Dylan Dubrow-Hiller, stages a counterattack to destroy the queen, but they are caught in a trap within the mothership which wipes out nearly the entire fleet. Dylan, along with Jake and fellow pilots Charlie Ritter and Rain Lao, manages to escape by hijacking two alien attackers.

Knowing the queen has become aware of its presence, the sphere’s A.I. wants the ESD to destroy it to prevent the aliens from learning its secrets.

Our Thoughts

While this like it is just an “in the future” remake of the first, there are a few twists and turns that come up that make this movie able to separate it from the first one. And no surprise here: the ending sets up a sequel, but the surprise is that it might get us to take the battle to the enemy’s planet, or into outer space. And I love a well produced space flick!  This film is really just like the first one, only better. – MR

Find Independence Day: Resurgence, and see the new trailer here.


We review Central Intelligence: 4 Stars A great date/comedy movie – MR

Central Intelligence

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Central Intelligence
CentralIntelligencePoster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Ike Barinholtz
  • David Stassen
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Barry Peterson
Edited by Michael L. Sale
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
Running time
107 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[2]
Box office $58.1 million[3]

Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and written by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen. The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart as two old high school friends who team up to save the world after one of them joins the CIA.

Central Intelligence premiered in Los Angeles on June 10, 2016 and was theatrically released in the United States on June 17, 2016. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $58 million worldwide.[3][4]

Plot

In 1996, Calvin Joyner is being recognized for an award at the last high school pep rally. Meanwhile, Robbie Weirdicht, an overweight kid with no friends, gets carried out of the boys’ locker room while showering by school bullies and is then thrown into the gym during the pep rally just as Calvin is receiving his award and is laughed upon his nude entrance. Calvin immediately takes off his jacket and gives it to Robbie (covering up his birthday suit) who thanks Calvin and leaves the school.

Twenty years later, Calvin has married his high school sweetheart, Maggie, and becomes an accountant. He is highly unsatisfied with his life as he is passed over for a promotion that was given to his former assistant. Maggie, however, is a partner at her law firm and is quite happy. She suggests they see a therapist to work on their marriage issues. Calvin does not want to go to their 20 year high school reunion taking place the next day. At the same time, Calvin receives a Facebook friend request from Bob Stone (actually Robbie, who has changed his name). They meet up for some beers at a local pub. While at the pub, the pair gets into an argument with bullies who try to take Bob’s chair. Bob takes out the bullies and then leaves with Calvin. Bob suggests the pair go back to their old high school and have Calvin reminisce about his glory days. Instead, Calvin is disappointed that he peaked in high school, and that his life has been declining since.

As Bob drops Calvin off at his house, he asks Calvin to look at some accounting records, saying he is having payroll issues. Bob’s “accounting records” are actually satellite codes. Bob ends up spending the night on Calvin’s couch. The next morning, the CIA, led by Pam, comes to Calvin’s house in searching of Bob. Calvin leads them to the living room where there is no evidence of Bob’s presence. Pam informs Calvin that Bob is a dangerous rogue agent that killed his former partner, Phil, to obtain all U.S. satellite codes with the intention of selling them to the highest bidder.

As the CIA agents follow Calvin to his office, Bob successfully abducts Calvin, while explaining that he is trying to stop the “Black Badger” from selling the satellite codes, but needs Calvin’s skills as a forensic accountant to figure out the exact location where the deal will happen. The pair is then attacked by Larry (a former CIA agent turned bounty hunter). During the attack, Calvin runs away but is intercepted by Pam. Pam informs Calvin that Bob is delusional and the “Black Badger” doesn’t exist. She gives Calvin a device that will alert the CIA to his whereabouts when he is reunited with Bob. Calvin then goes to marriage counseling where Bob is posing as the marriage counselor (the real counselor he has tied up, gagged and stashed in the office closet). Bob convinces Calvin to help him and Calvin sets up a meeting with Trevor (one of Bob’s bullies) so they can obtain the account number that reveals the location of the deal. Trevor helps them, but not before bullying Bob again by pretending to apologize for the past and then calling him fat. Calvin encourages Bob to punch out Trevor just like he did to the bullies at the bar, but Bob freezes up. As they are leaving Trevor’s office, Pam calls Calvin and threatens to arrest Maggie if he doesn’t turn Bob in. Calvin betrays Bob and Bob is arrested.

As Bob is being tortured by Pam, as she believes that he has the satellite codes, Calvin decides to help Bob.

Our Thoughts

This movie was very good. I had expectations of funny, but not good action adventure AND good funny!  The Rock, plays his role perfectly, and so does Kevin Hart. I laughed out loud at least twenty times, and I think it was a great date movie. I will buy it when it comes out on Prime. 4 Stars A great date/comedy movie – MR

 

Find Central Intelligence and see the new trailer here.


We Review: Now You See Me 2 “As good as the first one, 4 stars” -MR

Now You See Me 2

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Now You See Me 2
Now You See Me 2 poster.jpg

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Produced by
Screenplay by Ed Solomon
Story by
  • Peter Chiarelli
  • Ed Solomon
Based on Characters
by Boaz Yakin
and Edward Ricourt
Starring
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Stan Salfas
Production
company
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
129 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $90 million[2][3]
Box office $48.6 million[4]

Now You See Me 2 is a 2016 American caperthriller film directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Ed Solomon. A sequel to the 2013 film Now You See Me, it stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Distributed by Summit Entertainment, the film was released on June 10, 2016, received mixed reviews and has grossed over $48 million.

Plot

One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their magic spectacles, the remaining members of the Four Horsemen – J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) – are in hiding, awaiting further instructions from the Eye, the secret society of magicians they’ve been recruited into. Their handler, FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) ultimately assigns them a new mission, exposing corrupt businessman Owen Case (Ben Lamb), whose new software secretly steals data on its users for Case’s benefit. Illusionist Lula May (Lizzy Caplan) is added to the team to replace former member Henley Reeves.

The Horsemen infiltrate Case’s company disguised as security guards and hijack the launch party for the new software, leading the FBI to their location. The show is unexpectedly interrupted by a mysterious individual who reveals to the world that Wilder, believed to have perished, is actually alive, and that Rhodes is their mole, forcing Dylan to evade his new partner Natalie Austin (Sanaa Lathan). While attempting to escape, the Horsemen are captured by mercenaries led by Merritt’s vengeful twin brother Chase McKinney and taken to Macau, where they are brought before Chase’s employer, technology prodigy Walter Mabry (Daniel Radcliffe), Owen Case’s former business partner who faked his death after Owen Case stole Walter’s company.

Mabry conscripts the Horsemen into stealing the data-mining device developed by Case from a secret facility underneath a local casino, to prevent Case from using it. Atlas agrees to the plan despite the others’ reluctance and leads them to a magic shop belonging to Li (Jay Chou), who provides them the equipment needed to pull off the heist. Meanwhile, Rhodes is branded a fugitive and forced to spring his rival Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), whom Rhodes blames for the death of his father Lionel Shrike, out of jail to help him expose the mastermind behind the conspiracy. Arriving in Macau, they seek Li for information, but while there Bradley escapes Rhodes’ custody, revealing that he anticipated Rhodes would free him if exposed.

The Horseman infiltrate the facility disguised as researchers and steal the device, evading the authorities and successfully escaping the casino. Atlas is then confronted by Mabry’s men and realizes that Mabry intends to steal the device for himself.

Our Thoughts

If you liked “Now You See Me” then you will definitely like #2. I love magic, and movies about magic. This one does not disappoint, but a few minor editing flaws caused me to take a star away. I would point them out, but it might be a spoiler. Let’s just say, no cell phone went into the safe, but one was taped to the safe’s ceiling as a light source. Anyway, this is as good as part one, and continues the same story, which I found intriguing. Casting Harry Potter as the bad techno magician against the 4 Horsemen was really funny. As good as the first one, 4 stars -MR

Find Now You See Me 2 and watch the new trailer here.


We Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass “Superb. Highly Recommended.” -MR

Alice Through the Looking Glass (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Official poster

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Bobin
Produced by
Written by Linda Woolverton
Based on Characters by
byLewis Carroll
Starring
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Andrew Weisblum
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 10, 2016 (London)
  • May 27, 2016(United States)
Running time
113 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $170 million[2]
Box office $181.9 million[1]

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a 2016 American fantasyadventure film directed by James Bobin, written by Linda Woolverton and produced by Tim Burton. It is loosely based on Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and is the sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, and features the voices of Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall and Alan Rickman, in his final film role.

The film tells the story about Alice coming across a magical looking glass that takes her back to Underland and finds that the Mad Hatter is acting madder than usual and wants to discover the truth about his family. Alice then travels through time and comes across friends and enemies at different point of their lives and embarks on a race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

Alice Through the Looking Glass was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 27, 2016. It received negative reviews from critics and has grossed over $181 million against a $170 million budget.[1][3]

Plot

Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past three years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return toLondon from China, she finds out that her ex-fiancé, Hamish Ascot, has taken over his father’s company and plans to have Alice sell him over her father’s ship in exchange for her family home. Alice follows a butterfly she recognizes as Absolem and returns toUnderland through a mirror.

Alice is greeted by the White Queen, the White Rabbit, the Tweedles, the Dormouse, the March Hare, Bayard, and the Cheshire Cat. They inform her that the Mad Hatter, Tarrant Hightopp is acting madder than usual in wake that he believes that his family is still alive. Alice tries to console him, but the Mad Hatter remains sure of his family’s survival of the Attack of the Jabberwocky day.

Believing finding the Hatter’s family is the only way to stop his deteriorating health, the White Queen decides for Alice to consult Time himself, and convince him to save the Hatter’s family in the past (something that no Underland resident can do as it is said that history will be destroyed if someone sees their past/future self, while Alice has no past self in Underland for her to accidentally meet). Upon visiting Time’s palace, Alice finds the Chronosphere, an object that powers all time in Underland.

After being told by Time that altering the past cannot be done, Alice steals the Chronosphere and travels back in time, shortly after finding the exiled Red Queen, Iracebeth of Crims, is in the care of Time. The Red Queen urges Time to go after Alice. Alice accidentally flies to the day of Iracebeth’s coronation, where a younger Tarrant begins a mockery of the Red Queen when the royal crown doesn’t fit on her abnormal head. This causes Iracebeth to melt down, and her father deems her inappropriate to rule, and passes the title of queen to her younger sister Mirana, the White Queen.

Alice later learns of an event in Iracebeth and Mirana’s past that caused friction between the two, and she travels back in time again, hoping it will change Iracebeth’s ways and cease the Jabberwocky from killing the Hatter’s family.

Our Thoughts:

As with all the new remakes that are about these days, I find myself in awe of the special effects. Still, every now and then I find a book that cannot be recreated on film. I thought this would be one of them, but I was wrong. This story is old, so judging the plot is redundant. This was well worth the price of a premium ticket. The acting and creatures were in one word: Superb. Highly Recommended for the whole family. -MR


We review, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising “A laugh out loud riot of fun.” -MR

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
Neighbors 2 Sorority Rising.png

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Produced by
Written by
Based on Characters
by Andrew J. Cohen
Brendan O’Brien
Starring
Music by Michael Andrews
Cinematography Brandon Trost
Edited by Zene Baker
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 20, 2016 (United States)
Running time
92 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million[2]
Box office $53.5 million[3]

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising[4] (released as Bad Neighbours 2 outside North America) is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Stoller, Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It is the sequel to the 2014 film Neighbors and stars Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco and Ike Barinholtz. It was released on May 20, 2016, in the United States, received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $53 million.[3][5]

Plot

The film starts with Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne) trying to have sex. Kelly starts feeling nauseous and burps a lot before finally throwing up on Mac’s face. She then announces that she might be pregnant. The Radners are trying to sell their home with the arrival of another baby. A couple, the Baiers’ (Sam Richardson and Abbi Jacobson) are looking to buy, but the realtor (Liz Cackowski) tells Mac and Kelly that their house is in escrow for 30 days, so the Baiers’ will check in every now and then to make sure everything is going okay. Little Stella (Elise and Zoey Vargas) then enters with one of Kelly’s dildos. At work, Mac has lunch with Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz). Like the Radners, Jimmy and his once-again wife Paula (Carla Gallo) are expecting a baby. Mac is a little nervous about having another kid, but he thinks he’ll do a fine job as he and Kelly have done well with Stella.

Somewhere on campus, a group of freshmen girls are gathered at a meeting for the sorority Phi Lamda. One girl, Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), sparks up a joint as the president (Selena Gomez) is speaking. She tells Shelby to put out the joint and says that sororities can’t throw parties, so they just attend frat parties. That night, Shelby meets two other freshmen, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein). They attend a frat party, but they’re all disgusted by the sexist and perverse nature of the party. They go back to their dorm to pass a joint, which is Nora’s first time doing drugs. She immediately falls in love with them. The RA enters and scolds the girls for smoking weed. Shelby then stands up and says it’s unfair that they have to subject to a misogynistic system and to be told what to do by men. They decide to create their own sorority, Kappa Nu.

We catch up with Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) at a dinner with his old frat brothers Pete (Dave Franco), Scoonie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and Garf (Jerrod Carmichael). Since graduating, Scoonie has launched his own app, and Garf became a cop. Teddy hasn’t been able to get a good job since his antics as a frat boy led to him getting a criminal record (which he blames on the Radners). Pete’s boyfriend Darren (John Early) then proposes to him, and Pete accepts. After the excitement, Pete asks Teddy to move out now that he’s engaged. Teddy agrees, hiding his heartbreak.

The girls meet with another realtor (Billy Eichner) to buy the house next to the Radners. However, it’s way too much for them to afford. Teddy then appears from the darkened living room with a plan for the girls. He tells them to take their money and put it on the down payment, and he will help them earn the money needed to pay for the house, which he says would equal about five buckets of money for a month’s rent. The girls agree. Soon, the girls move in and throw their first party. Mac and Kelly walk over to meet their new neighbors, horrified to learn they are a sorority. The two ask Shelby to try and keep it down for the next month until they can move and be out of their hair, but Teddy appears and tells the Radners he’s in cahoots with the sorority, meaning they’ll have more trouble keeping the buyers from pulling out.

Our Thoughts

This is as funny as can be, at some points. Definitely not for kids. The airbag antics alone are worth the ticket, but there is a serious storyline underneath it all, and make the movie good on a deeper level. There isn’t much original here, but it was a laugh out loud riot of fun. -MR

Find: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and see the new trailer here

 


We review, Captain America: Civil War “Loved it, but nothing new here.” -MR

Captain America: Civil War

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Captain America: Civil War
Official poster shows the Avengers team factions which led by Iron Man and Captain America, confronting each other by looking each other, with the film's slogan above them, and the film's title, credits, and release date below them.

Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by Kevin Feige
Screenplay by
Based on Captain America
by Joe Simon
Jack Kirby
Starring
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Trent Opaloch
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
Running time
147 minutes[1][2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250 million[3]
Box office $1.059 billion[3]

Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the thirteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and features an ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurtand Daniel Brühl. In Captain America: Civil War, disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers fractures them into opposing factions – one led by Steve Rogers and the other by Tony Stark.

Development of Civil War began in late 2013 when Markus and McFeely began writing the screenplay, which borrows concepts from the 2006 comic book storyline Civil War. Following positive reactions to test screenings of The Winter Soldier, the Russo brothers were brought back to direct in early 2014. The film’s title was revealed in October 2014, along with Downey being added to the cast. Additional cast members joined in the following months. Principal photography began in April 2015 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and continued in the Metro Atlanta area before concluding in Germany in August 2015.

Captain America: Civil War held its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016, and was released in the United States on May 6, 2016. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide.

Plot

In 1991 the brainwashed super-soldier James “Bucky” Barnes is dispatched from a Hydra base in Siberia to intercept an automobile carrying a case of super-soldier serum. In the present day, approximately one year after Ultron‘s defeat in the nation of Sokovia at the hands of the Avengers,[N 1] Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos. Rumlow blows himself up to avoid capture, and when Maximoff tries to displace the blast into the sky with telekinesis, it destroys a nearby building, killing several Wakandan humanitarian workers.

At the team’s headquarters, U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross informs them that the United Nations (UN) is preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, which will establish a UN panel to oversee and control the Avengers. The team is divided: Tony Starksupports oversight because he feels responsible for Ultron’s creation and Sokovia’s destruction, while Rogers has more faith in his own judgment than that of the government. At a conference in Vienna where the accords are to be ratified, a bomb kills KingT’Chaka of Wakanda. Security footage indicates the bomber is Barnes, whom T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa, vows to kill. Informed bySharon Carter of Barnes’ whereabouts and the government’s intentions to kill him, Rogers goes to bring in Barnes—his childhood friend and war comrade—himself. Rogers and Wilson track Barnes to Bucharest and attempt to protect him from the authorities, but all three and T’Challa are arrested.

Helmut Zemo tracks down and kills Barnes’ old Hydra handler, stealing a book containing the trigger words that activate Barnes’ brainwashing. Infiltrating the facility where Barnes is held, Zemo recites the words to make Barnes obey him. He questions Barnes, then sends him on a rampage to cover his own escape. Rogers stops Barnes and sneaks him away. When Barnes regains his senses, he explains that Zemo is the real Vienna bomber and wanted the location of the Siberian Hydra base, where other brainwashed super-soldiers are kept in cryogenic stasis. Unwilling to wait for authorization to apprehend Zemo, Rogers and Wilson go rogue, and recruit Maximoff, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang to their cause. With Ross’s permission, Stark assembles a team composed of Romanoff, T’Challa, James Rhodes, Vision, andPeter Parker to capture the renegades. Stark’s team intercepts Rogers’ team at Leipzig/Halle Airport, where they fight until Romanoff allows Rogers and Barnes to escape. The rest of Rogers’ team is captured and detained at the Raft prison, while Rhodes is partially paralyzed after being inadvertently shot down by Vision, and Romanoff goes into self-imposed exile.

Our Thoughts

This was the typical Hero vs. Hero movie that has been plaguing the theaters as of late. Civil War is a good movie, but so very predictable that there is only one shocker, and it isn’t that Paul Rudd’s Antman made it into a group movie. (But the one surprise is about Antman.) All in all this about like Batman vs Superman, or Freddie vs. Jason, or even Predator vs. Alien. I loved it, but it is nothing new. -MR

Find Captain America-Civil War and see the newest trailer here. 


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 268 other followers