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Sunday
Aug172014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Is a reboot of the popular comic book of the same name.  The film is directed Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michel Bay.  The film’s plot retains the origin story of the turtles.  This origin involves the turtles gaining their size and strength due to a chemical they interacted with.  April O’Neil (Megan Fox) takes on the role of nosy yet intrepid reporter in this reboot and is a friend to the turtles.

 

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Friday
Aug152014

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 is the third and hopefully final outing in the Sylvester Stallone written retired action stars trilogy.  Stallone’s Barney and a group of the Expendables are working to stop a man named Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) from causing chaos in some foreign country.  As it turns out, Barney knows Stonebanks because he was the other co-founder of the group.  Stonebanks now spends his time being an evil mercenary in some foreign country.  Barney was tasked by the FBI to bring in Stonebanks alive so they can charge him for a number of diverse war crimes.

 

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Saturday
Aug022014

Snowpiercer

Bong Jun-Ho who directed the film Mother directs his first American feature Snowpiercer which stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Allison Pill and Ed Harris.  The plot concerns the idea that the world tried to stop global warming and it froze the earth.  Because of that incident the remaining survivors board an industrial designer’s high speed train that is built to support human life for decades.  The train is broken down into a social class structure.  The poorest people are in the back of the train while the rich lead leisurely lives in the front of the train.  Essentially the lead character Curtis, played by Chris Evans stages a break out to get the passengers who have lived in the back up to the front.

 

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Friday
Jul182014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Beyond being a direct sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about morality and what is possible when all hope is lost and civilization has crumbled completely.  The follow follows Caesar as he has built a colony for apes a decade after the events of the first film.  Humans have finally found a source of power in San Francisco after being devastated by the simian flu that killed millions.  The humans have to gain the trust of the apes to get access to their power source but may not be able to trusted by Caesar.

 

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Sunday
Jul132014

Life Itself

Film Criticism has always been viewed as a profession where writers gave their deeply rooted opinions on the films released each year.  The attitude toward the profession of criticism shifted in the 1970’s when Siskel and Ebert began their television show Sneak Previews.  Life Itself is about the latter of the pairing Roger Ebert.  Life Itself does something quite unique for a documentary.  The film tackles the cancer fight Ebert faced at the end of his life and then throughout the film explores the writers past leading to his last days as a critic and an individual.

 

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