47 Meters Down, fresh off the success of 2016's sleeper-hit “The Shallows”, stars Claire Holt and Mandy Moore as two sisters vacationing in Mexico, who go on an impromptu cage-diving excursion until their cage breaks down and they are trapped 47 meters below the surface in shark infested waters.
Seeing the advertisements for “Unforgettable” in theaters and on television, I knew exactly how I was going to have the most fun watching it: with a group of friends at a crowded advanced screening. Between the constant laughing, or snoring, of my audience, this is what I’ve gathered as being the film’s “plot”.
Nearly two years since it was first announced, and to much backlash, Hollywood has finally churned out a remake of the 1995 anime classic, “Ghost in the Shell”.
Set in the distant future, a special ops, human-cyborg hybrid named “Major” (Scarlett Johansson) sets out to stop a dangerous criminal (Michael Pitt), who may hold the secrets to her past. The original was influential on a significant amount of Sci-Fi genre flicks and filmmakers over the past decade, from “The Matrix” to the works of James Cameron. As seen in the past, when Hollywood attempts to adapt an anime, they fail remarkably. On top of that, casting Scarlett Johansson as a character that was originally asian, sparked an insane backlash from fans and activists alike.
Tragedy Girls is by far the most fun I’ve had watching a movie at the SXSW film festival. The completely filled-up midnight showing was met with screams and laughs alike, with word-of-mouth quickly spreading throughout the festival.
This meta-horror-comedy, that’s Clueless meets Scream, stars Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) and Alexandrea Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) as two death-obsessed teens who fake a killing spree in order to become viral sensations. It seems as though every year, a film comes along that dares to walk the tricky tightrope between comedy/horror and most of them fail (see 2015’s “The Final Girls”). But with Tragedy Girls, we have a film just clever, and fun enough to rival Heathers (its major source of inspiration).
The highly buzzed about biopic about “The Worst Movie Ever Made” starring James Franco premiered at SXSW, only to receive a standing ovation as the credits rolled. What is this so-called ‘worst movie ever made’, you might ask?
This weekend, Universal Pictures brings us the first potential blockbuster of 2017, the sequel to the record-breaking “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It was no surprise that after the 2015 surpassed the $500 million mark-worldwide, Universal was eager to get the ball rolling on the sequel.
‘Jackie’ is a completely riveting biopic, unlike any other. Director Pablo Larraín brings not only aesthetic flair to the tragic tale, but a remarkable amount of emotion, one only furthered by a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. Anyone seeking a straightforward narrative will be disappointed, as Jackie will appeal more to the arthouse crowd than the average viewer.
Rather than bludgeon audiences with an artificial and self-congratulatory, pro-american message, Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) latest drama “Patriot’s Day” aims to provide a more intimate and grounded perspective on the recent horrific tragedy.
Instead of following the standard police procedural route, Berg strives to emulate the hand-held documentary feel found in United 93. The story follows the hours leading up to, the event itself, and the manhunt that followed the Bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Sausage Party is a film that may not have been on your radar, and if so, correct that immediately. Despite what the image above would have you believe, this is no children’s film. Sausage Party is pure, adult animated fun that pushes the boundaries of it’s hard R-rating and and satirizes normal animated film conventions. In many ways, this is 2016’s “The Lego Movie”.
*SPOILER FREE REVIEW* One of the year’s most anticipated films has finally arrived and what do you know, it’s horrible. Although there were plenty of signs pointing towards this conclusion (last minute re-shoots, DC’s bad track record, etc.) no one wanted to admit it to themselves. Not only is it an incomprehensible mess, but I don’t even think it could work as a “crowdpleaser”, it’s all flash with little to no substance. While it was clear it wouldn’t be good, no one could’ve prepared themselves for this complete train wreck.