FANTASTIC FOUR | Monday Movie Review

This image from FANTASTIC FOUR shows Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell as Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm.

A superhero movie that flops out in the theaters can still become one of someone else’s favorite movies for the rest of their life (for me, that movie is Batman Forever; it apparently stunk in the box office, but I loved it for years and still will occasionally revisit it). 20th Century … Continue reading

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION | Monday Movie Review

This image from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION shows Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jeremy Renner.

When I first heard about another Mission: Impossible film, I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes; nothing seems to stop the Sequel Train that Hollywood keeps fueling and running us ragged with. So when I bought my ticket on a whim, I didn’t really expect anything all that great. That being said, Mission: … Continue reading

PIXELS | Monday Movie Review

This image from PIXELS shows Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan as they stand in front of a giant Pacman.

Everyone has heard how scathing the reviews are, but Pixels is not that bad. It is full of some exciting graphics and some compelling action sequences all scattered amidst a sea of cleverly placed wisps of nostalgia. My only complaint is about the story itself and how I wish it had more … Continue reading

ANT-MAN | Monday Movie Review

This image from ANT-MAN shows Ant-Man standing in the bathtub.

I remember being so thrilled when I first heard that Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas were joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but at the time, I had no idea who Ant-Man was nor did I know anything about Dr. Hank Pym and the Pym Particle. I therefore didn’t have any … Continue reading

INSIDE OUT | Monday Movie Review

This image from INSIDE OUT show Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust in Headquarters.

Disney/Pixar’s latest film Inside Out is a box office hit as well as a fan favorite and leads us to understand sadness and sorrow in a more Christian way. Surface-Level and Subliminal Cinematic Success Inside Out is the latest production of the powerhouse combo Disney/Pixar, and it is one of the … Continue reading

JURASSIC WORLD | Monday Movie Review

This image from JURASSIC WORLD shows Chris Pratt as Owen as he calms his velociraptors.

Exciting (if Slightly Extinct) Science Fiction What makes Jurassic World exciting is that its simple science fiction premise allows for plenty of humanity. Just like the 1993 original, the plot of this film stems from one idea: that scientists have discovered a way to bring dinosaurs back from extinction, and greedy business … Continue reading

INSIDIOUS: Chapter 3 | Monday Movie Review

This promotional image from INSIDIOUS: Chapter 3 shows Stefanie Scott sitting in bed as a single beam of light illuminates her eye.

Eerie and Suspenseful, but Misses the Mark If two basic thematic conflicts have ever existed in the horror film genre, they have been the conflict of Man vs. Man and that Man vs. the Supernatural. In the former, we see the stereotypical serial killer that just can’t die no matter how … Continue reading

PITCH PERFECT 2 | Monday Movie Review

This image from PITCH PERFECT 2 shows the Barden Bellas at the World's a cappella showcase.

Pitch Perfect 2 layers on the enchanting a cappella melodies and snappy one-liners for which you already had an expectation thanks to the first film. Actress Elizabeth Banks goes behind the cameras for her directorial debut as she guides this story from top to bottom. But one might think that she … Continue reading

TOMORROWLAND | Monday Movie Review

This image from TOMORROWLAND shows George Clooney as Frank Walked in a field looking at a distant city.

A slick, young hipster complains about the troubles of the world: war, famine, and big companies destroying the planet for a cool bajillion bucks. The local baby boomer offspring gripes about being cheated out his jet packs and flying cars. A tension rises between the two: the former blaming the latter … Continue reading

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD | Monday Movie Review

This image from MAD MAX: FURY ROAD shows Tom Hardy as Mad MaX being use as a blood bag on the hood of a battle car.

When Mad Max: Fury Road begins, you’ll have just enough time for an off-screen monologue layered over the notoriously desolate post-apocalyptic landscape most familiar to fans of the series. The player speaking the monologue will then appear – Tom Hardy as the titular character – and have just enough time to step … Continue reading

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