Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters nationwide today, August 1. Check your local listings for showtimes.

As soon as Iron Man was getting us excited about the prospect of what comic book movies could be, our hopes were somewhat dashed with Iron Man 2. It wasn’t really until The Avengers that we saw just how great this Marvel Cinematic Universe had the potential to be. Unfortunately, the path post-Avengers has been about as up and down as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Iron Man 3 fell right between its first two installments in terms of quality, and Thor: The Dark World was just a bit worse than its mediocre first piece. [Read more…]

Film Review: American Hustle

Film Review: American Hustle

“American Hustle,” the latest from Director David O. Russell, is loosely based on the true story of an FBI sting operation advised by a convicted con artist. With its extremely talented ensemble cast, Russell creates a colorful period piece with great characters and excellent art direction. [Read more…]

DVD Review: The Hangover

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Todd Phillips’ latest movie is the perfect one-sentence summary: three guys wake up in Las Vegas after a bachelor party, not knowing what happened the night before and find the future groom missing.  What happens next is the plot of the movie.

I’ll start off simply: “The Hangover,” is an incredibly fun night out at the movies.  I’ll elaborate: If you didn’t know who Zach Gilifanakis was before this movie started, you’ll know who he is now.  He not only steals the movie, he runs away with it early on and never looks back.

Doug Billings (Justin Bartha,) goes to Las Vegas with his two best friends, (Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms,) and his future brother-in-law, (Gilifanakis).  They sneak out onto the roof of their hotel to share a drink before heading out for the night.  However, as things turn out, that’s the last they remember.  Cooper has a hospital admittance bracelet on.  Helms, (a dentist,) is missing a tooth.  (Oh, and he got married.  To whom, he doesn’t know.)  And Gilifanakis awakes to find a tiger in their bathroom.  And Doug is missing.  The three remaining guys try to unravel what happened the night before.  I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but it involves a stripper, $84,000, and Mike Tyson.

These sorts of movies aren’t supposed to be high art and you’re not supposed to remember them shortly after they finish.  But “The Hangover,” is one of those rare movies that you find yourself quoting lines to yourself and friends for weeks afterward.

It is the acting talent and the dedication of Helms, Cooper and Gilifanakis that make the movie work.  They’re the ones that make the movie sing.  While much of the movie is laugh-out loud, if you’re not laughing, you’ll be grinning goofily, as you delight in the situations and the characters.

I don’t know what else to say; I don’t want to spoil the movie.  All I can say is that if you’re looking for a good, fun movie, look no further.  “The Hangover” delivers.  It will work its way into your everyday vocabulary.  Get ready.  -Sam

Biel and Copley to Sign On to A-Team

Jessica Biel and Sharlto Copley (from the awesome District 9) are about to sign on to Fox’s ‘A-Team.’ The film being produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Joe Caranahan also stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

Liam Neeson will be playing the role of Hannibal, originally made famous by George Peppard, and Jackson will be playing Sgt. “B.A.’ Baracus, portrayed by Mr. T in the series. Copley will play the helicopter pilot ‘Howling Mad,’ originally Dwight Schultz.

The film will start shooting this fall in Vancouver.

Green Lantern Short List

The Hollywood Reporter has released a short-list of actors for the upcoming ‘Green Lantern’ flick. On the list, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, and Justin Timberlake,

On the final list was Jared Leto, Henry Cavill, and Michael Fassbender. The studio is making things much more difficult with the casting decision, as each individual has a different favorite among the finalists.

The film is being directed by Martin Campbell, and is about an Air Force pilot who is chosen by an alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

The film is set to begin production later this year with a budget of $150-200 million, and is set to be released next Christmas.

I think Bradley Cooper would be my choice, as much as I like Ryan Reynolds, I’m sort of tired of him in roles like this, and Justin Timberlake….I just can’t see him playing a superhero.

Review: The Hangover

Review: The Hangover

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Todd Phillips’ latest movie is the perfect one-sentence summary: three guys wake up in Las Vegas after a bachelor party, not knowing what happened the night before and find the future groom missing.  What happens next is the plot of the movie. [Read more…]