Mar 25 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Fearing Superman’s (Henry Cavill) powers are those of an unchecked god who bows to no one, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) sets out to ensure checks and balances are in place to maintain the safety of the public. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has his own devious plans on maximizing the destruction of Gotham and Metropolis and their respective superheros. It will take both men and the power of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) as a team to make a difference against Lex, but can they settle their differences and what if they’re already too late?batsuper Directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300), a director known for his faithfulness to his project’s source material, this is again an ambitious undertaking with the comic world awaiting greatness. And to an extent, Snyder delivers exactly what is asked of him, the problem is the source material is dry and does little to differentiate this series from any other superhero/comic franchise. Almost completely void of humor this powerhouse duo never seems to spark intrigue or do anything terribly interesting instead opting to follow a wrote path of predictability. Slick production, booming score by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, and comically slow choreography does little to elevate this film higher; it may be pretty to look at, but the end result is more of a deafening and disjointed shoulder shrug. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is two and a half hours of PG-13 rumbling.

Mar 25 2016

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

After many years of living together Gus and Maria Portokalos (Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan) discover their wedding certificate was never signed by their priest and thus they aren’t officially married. Chaos ensues and daughter Toula (Nia Vardalos) does her best to set things right, but some projects need the help of family and this is one of them. Before long the Portokalos family is planning another wedding, what could possibly go wrong, as it turns out, almost everything, good thing they’re family anyway.greek2 Written as a followup to the 2002 success My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos goes back to the wellspring of family humor and comes up with a very familiar product, kind of like going to a special restaurant every few years just to have a certain dish made a certain way, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is that dish and it tastes just like it did back in 2002, which is great if you were wanting something saved in Tupperware, although for audiences looking for something more evolved, sorry you’ll have to look elsewhere. Still this lovable group of family caricatures and archetypes is a fun group to hang out with for the 94 minutes they’re demanding your attention, anyone who’s come from a big family from any culture will find relate-able elements. At times a bit too sitcom-esque and forced in its delivery but for some reason this is almost expected all things considered. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is rated PG-13.

Mar 18 2016

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

After overthrowing the authoritarian rule of Chicago, genetically pure Tris (Shailene Woodley) is invited to leave the walls of the city and meet the rest of humanity; but, new leader, Evelyn (Naomi Watts), doesn’t agree with the idea and efforts to hold all residents within the city. Not to be phased, Tris, Four (Theo James), Peter (Miles Teller), and Caleb (Ansel Algort) make a break for it and find themselves at O’Hare airport, an outpost of humanity. At this outpost Tris meets, David (Jeff Daniels), the director and lead scientist of the Chicago “experiment,” bit by bit questions about humanity’s future are revealed, but more importantly, the future of Chicago is also revealed. Overthrowing bigger authoritarian rule and stopping David is the name of the game. Will Tris and company be able to save free will and free thought or is it already too late?AllegiantFormulaic, predictable, poorly scripted with moronic dialogue and even less interesting characters begins to sum up the latest installment of the Divergent Series. This part 1 of 2 final chapters is a clear over-reach by Hollywood to capitalize on the success of other teen franchises and done in such a paint by numbers approach, the end result is laughable, in a bad way. Couple in half baked CGI along with one the longest Dukes of Hazard airborne auto flybys in cinema and you’ll still just be grazing the surface of this monster. The one shining star in all of this, Miles Teller, ironic considering his previous antics and unlikable nature, so there’s that. Skip it. The Divergent Series: Allegiant is rated PG-13.