Friday, March 24, 2017

T2 TRAINSPOTTING

Away from home for twenty years, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to reconnect and make amends for past misdeeds with old friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Spud, hooked on heroin, entertains thoughts of becoming a writer after attempting suicide. Sick Boy, a cocaine addict, is operating a failing pub while using his girlfriend Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) for blackmailing sexual activities. Begbie, serving a 25-year prison sentence, escapes to seek revenge against Mark. Age hasn't mellowed the former buddies and changes are in store before

LIFE

LIFE movie poster
Six scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a single-celled organism in a soil sample from Mars. What starts as joy at finding proof of life beyond Earth soon turns to terror when the tentacled entity, which they have named "Calvin", becomes dangerous. A fight for survival begins.

Stellar effects and a fine cast make this outer space chiller a quality popcorn flick. It's a passable clone of "Alien". This isn't a spoiler, since the trailer makes the plot perfectly clear. After a slow start that gets all of the scientific facts of space station living out of the way, director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") cuts right to the chase. Many jumps, scares and a fair amount of

Friday, March 17, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Only true love can save a young prince (Dan Stevens), cursed to live life in his castle as a beast. When Belle (Emma Watson) arrives at the castle to save her imprisoned father (Kevin Kline), the Beast releases him in exchange for her. Over time, she becomes fond of the hideous creature and his enchanted staff. When the villagers attack, led by Belle's unwanted suitor Gaston (Luke Evans), she must make a life-changing decision.

While 1991's cartoon classic (the first animated feature to be nominated in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category) is still the winner, this new version is absolutely charming. This time around, real people ably take the place of their two-dimensional counterparts - with an assist from some fabulous CG effects. Director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") paints a mesmerizing picture that's filled with lavish sets and costumes, colorful characters and unforgettable music.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

An expedition to an uncharted South Pacific island during the final days of the Vietnam War in the early 1970s has catastrophic results. Scientists Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins), war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), British tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and a military escort commanded by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) find themselves fighting for survival in a land of dangerous creatures dominated by the gigantic ape Kong. Their only help comes from

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LOGAN

In the near future on the Mexican border, a boozing and worn-out Logan (Hugh Jackman) makes a living as a chauffeur while caring for the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) with the help of albino mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant). When a desperate woman (Elizabeth Rodriguez) convinces Logan to help a pursued young mutant (Dafne Keen), Wolverine is drawn into the battle against the evil Dr. Zander Rice (Richard E. Grant) and his ruthless head of security Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). The survival of the mutant population depends on the outcome of the race to reach a safe haven.

The darkest and arguably the best of the Wolverine adventures is an emotional journey that's marked by bursts of bloody violence. It has been reported that this is Hugh Jackman's

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GET OUT

Interracial couple Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) take their dating to the next level: a weekend getaway to meet her parents. The rural estate of Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford) seems peaceful and they appear to welcome him into their family. But some startling discoveries give Chris a sense of danger and the need to get out.

Heightened suspense and a gripping story make this a top-grade thriller. First-time director Jordan Peele, comedy partner of Keegan-Michael Key, proves with this movie that he can give up his day job. He also wrote this film, which takes the horror genre to a new level. Peele has much to say about society and race with an

Friday, February 17, 2017

THE GREAT WALL

Hunted European mercenaries William Garin (Matt Damon) and Pero Tovar (Pedro Pascal), searching for black powder, are taken prisoner at the Great Wall of China by the military Nameless Order. They get caught up in the battle to defend the country from an army of supernatural creatures.

Massive sets, lavish costumes, outstanding special effects and a cast of thousands can't keep this wannabe epic fantasy from tumbling down. With a budget of $135 million, this is the most expensive film shot mostly in China and the first