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22nd August
2014
written by Adam

Digging deeper into the world of Sin City and the creatures that live there we catch up with the emotionally scarred erotic dancer Nancy (Jessica Alba), her protector, 300 pounds of iron man, Marv (Mickey Rourke), the corrupt and evil Senator Roark (Powers Boothe), pro-gambler and wise guy Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), monster detective (Josh Brolin) and his drug, the bewitching Ava (Eva Green). In a city full of beggars, thieves, wild gangs, crooked cops, and lawyers, who’ll make it out alive and where will their paths cross?sincity2 Not necessarily a prequel or a sequel to 2005′s Sin City, this installation of the franchise continues as an extension of the brainchild of Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez telling several stories, sometimes overlapping, with the same artistic palate and vision audiences are already familiar with. But, in a modern world where motion capture and green screen technology is available on your home computer, Rodriguez and Miller don’t exactly break new ground with their technical accomplishments this go round, and despite the use of 3D cameras, the duo come up short on their deployment of the same tech. If there’s one film this summer that could possibly exploit 3D to the fullest this would be it; but, the directors apparently have other plans, hmpfh. And, while not all of the vignette/stories are meaty with substance or reason to care for our characters, when the film succeeds, it truly soars, and even offers up a few dark laughs along the way.Pulpy fun, perhaps in need of a little more trimming. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is rated R, for obvious reasons….

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22nd August
2014
written by Adam

A wildly talented teen cellist, Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), is forced to reflect upon her life, love’s, and family after a tragic car accident leaves her comatose and out of body. Looking down on her life, bittersweet memories are mixed with all of the things she has yet to achieve, schooling at Juilliard and true love from her beau Adam (Jamie Blackley). Now the question is, should she stay or should she walk into the light? ifistay Based on the novel by Gayle Forman, the overall story flashes between past and present to reveal a handful of real world teen phobias in this accelerated coming of age tale. Meanwhile the film’s self empowerment and self love message remains constant and positive despite the otherwise contrived and convenient plot line, purposely trying to tug the heart strings are we? Acting from the ensemble feels about on par although a bit more attention to the “live music” scenes is probably in order, it’s always hard to portray an honest musical performance for film right? Teen romance fans, this Bud’s for you. The rest? Mmmmm, probably pass for now. If I Stay is rated PG-13.

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15th August
2014
written by Adam

The elite military specialists/mercenaries for hire known as the the Expendables face their most difficult opponent to date, the Expendables co-founder turned notorious arms trader, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Now it’s up to team leader Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his band of badasses to put an end to things; but, this mission will require extra help, young blood, and some old friends. Can the Expendables in fact stop one of their own and what about the the clash of new tech and savvy vs. old school braun? expendables3 Once again Hollywood’s roughest and toughest come out for another quintessential movie for action lovers, this time exercising the talents of Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Glen Powell, Antonio Banderas, Victor Ortiz, Jet Li, Ronda Rousey, and Kellan Lutz. Directed by relative newcomer Patrick Hughes and partially written by Stallone the tone and timbre of this latest installment fits right in with the rest of the franchise, a little quirky, able to make fun of itself, and all about that action boss. And, while there’s little to no new ground tilled in the plot line, the film’s light spirit ultimately makes for an easy watch as our favorite tough guys and girls roll with the punches and deliver one liners over and over; special nods to Banderas and Snipes, puss n’ boots personified really is as fun as it sounds and Snipes still has his edge just as sharp as we all remember, it might even be argued these two save the film and keep things interesting while the not so special effects and explosions droll on incessantly. Bottom line, we’re talking pulpy fun here, it’s not nutritious, it’s not filet mignon, but it sure is filling…sort of. Miraculously coming in with a PG-13 rating the Expendables 3 is out in theaters now.

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