The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Following the cheating scandal involving star Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders, the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman”became simply “The Huntsman” and later “The Huntsman: Winters War.” Now after all of that, we finally get to see if it was all worth it. Depending on your definition of a good movie, the movie is both a success and a failure. Here, my idea of a good movie is one that makes sense within the world that it has established, is well-acted and well- scripted and looks good. “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” hits some of those points, but its … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Perhaps you remember “Ted,” the 2012 breakout hit about a foul-mouthed teddy bear, that also somehow landed Seth MacFarlane the Oscars gig for 2013 and raised his star power a couple levels. And by the tone of the preceding sentence, you are probably foretelling how this review may treat MacFarlane’s new movie “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”hr_A_Million_Ways_to_Die_in_the_West_2

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Liam Neeson, in a meme so aptly created in 2008 for “Taken,” is the man who trained Batman and Darth Vader, voiced Aslan in “The Chronicles of Narnia” films and plays Zeus. So six years after a late-career boost from someone foolishly kidnaps his daughter in “Taken,” Liam Neeson is back using his “special-set of skills” to save someone from the midst of an impossible situation.

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Having seen all three of the “Transformers” movies and enjoyed them as the summer movies they were (meaning little plot, lots of explosions), seeing the trailers for “Battleship” made me a little skeptical. They had the same sound effects and big metal aliens reminiscent of the other Hasbro film products, minus the loveable Bumblebee and Josh Duhamel.

Taylor Kitsch, coming off the box office bomb that was “John Carter,” sought redemption with the action oriented summer flick. Had it not opened against the might that is “The Avengers,” he might have succeeded. The movie had great reception overseas, already having $200 million in revenue before even hitting the States. But it was not to be, and “Battleship” opened to a lackluster $20 million weekend. Continue reading “Battleship”

Wrath of the Titans

With its predecessor, the 2010 “Clash of the Titans” topping $160 million from its U.S. box office, “Wrath of the Titans” is looking to capitalize on the still popular Greek myth genre.

Demi god Perseus continues on his adventures from his father Zeus.

The film follows the widowed Perseus, the demi-god son of Zeus as he raises his son in a world where the gods rule is waning. When Zeus comes to him for assistance, he must once again arm himself for a battle much bigger than himself. Continue reading “Wrath of the Titans”