LouFest is a great festival for first-timers. The festival is conveniently located in the heart of the city, fest food is affordable and vegetarian friendly, there are plenty of shady places to sit and chill out and the weather should be good. Still, here are some tips for the first-time fest crowd.
‘The Martian’ is perfect. I dislike using that phrase as I feel it’s a catch all or superfluous description, but occasionally a movie comes along that deserves it.
Based on the unbelievable true story, “Black Mass” tells the story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) from his start as a small time crime boss to a cross-country criminal.
The movie is “found footage” in a sense that the daughter is making a documentary, but it never strays down the path of being cheesy and overdone.
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”.