Kansas City’s Power & Light District has been packed with music fans all summer looking for a reprieve from the heat with good music and a cold beer. Canada’s Metric was the latest band to join in the free music summer series in the entertainment district with San Francisco’s Panic Is Perfect opening.
The filmmakers do deserve a ton of credit for “American Ultra”; for a year that will end with at least seven secret agent movies before the year is over, they found an approach that carves its own niche to stand out from the crowd.
By all accounts, the performances are good, the stunts are well performed and deception and trickery is highlighted as characters slither around each other for their own personal gain. But instead of all of these bright moving parts working in unison to arrive at a very fulfilling vision, it feels more like a shell game to hide the lack of ingenuity behind the core of the film.
I was pleasantly surprised that the storyline and plot direction balanced really well with the action and stunts. Most times actors and directors tend to lean on one aspect or the other, but with “Rogue Nation” I think director Brad Bird brought out the best of what makes the franchise great.
Directed by the legendary Judd Apatow, “Trainwreck” definitely holds its own against his classics “40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.”
It’s more than possible to dip your toes back into a stagnant or failed franchise and deliver something ranging from quite good to spectacular but Genisys does not land in that spectrum.
After stumbling with clunking films about automobiles and monsters in college that seemed to lack traces of a human spirit, Pixar proves it is still capable of gathering its wits and knock out a masterfully told film with “Inside Out”.
Jurassic World is honestly better than it has any right to be.
At its core, “Tomorrowland” shines brightly on the fuel of optimism. The characters are dreamers with ambitions. They are problem solvers that rise up when confronted with a puzzle instead of shying away from it.
This is not as much a review of “Fury Road” as it is me forcing myself to not rip my keyboard in half after writing 20 pages on how much I love this movie and want the world to know.