Hollywood is still in search of its next phenomenon. Despite the success of “The Hunger Games,” with the new installment due out in November, the movie mill is churning out young adult book adaptations left and right, with seeming little success since “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” ended. Sadly, the trend seems to have continued with the adaptation of “The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones,” released on August 22.
Much like the earlier summer hit “Now You See Me,” the Relativity Media release of “Paranoia” wasn’t on my radar until well into the summer. It hit my list of must- sees with a starring cast of Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth and a potentially thought provoking commentary on the current have’s vs. have not’s makeup of our world.
It took three years for the sequel to “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief” to finally arrive in theatres. Based on the bestselling Rick Riordan books, the series follows Percy Jackson as he discovers he is the son of the god Poseidon, a demi-god, and all the perils that come with the title.
When promo trailers for Matt Damon’s new movie “Elysium” started popping up in front of movies and on TV, needless to say, I wasn’t sold. I lumped it in with “Pacific Rim” on my list of movies that I really wasn’t all that ecstatic to see on the summer movie slate. It looked more along the lines of something that should have existed within the cemetery of movies in January through March, or, with its underlying class rivalry and environmental message, could have been an awards bid, instead of competing with superheroes for audience time.
Based on another comic series, this one by Steven Grant, what ‘2 Guns” provides to the summer movie season is a breathe of fresh air.
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as “Stig” Stigman and Denzel Washington as Bobby Trench. What neither knows about the other is that they both work for a separate government agency, each with an ulterior motive for the operation the pair are running.