VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN – Rated PG-13

 

Victor-Frankenstein-Movie-PosterAs Writer Max Landis takes us deep into the darkness that comes from turning the dead into THE LIVING…we meet up with a circus freak ~ who has caught the eye of the one, the only Dr. Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy), as he is bound and determined to release this poor creature from his torturous life…

Enhoused now in Victor’s home and attempting to begin a semi-normal existence after having been relieved of his afflictions at the hand of the good Dr. too…the newly named Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) is fast becoming Victor’s right hand man…

Igor decides the time has come to travel out into the world, as he checks in on his beloved Lorelei (Jessica Brown Finlay)~ the trapeze artist from the circus who he helped save ~ as he makes sure that the nurses are doing everything possible for her, to make sure she makes a fully recovery…

When Dr. Frankenstein decides to finally share HIS WORK with Igor ~ it isn’t long until he is presenting in front of the Medical School, showing the world his very 1st Creation…a mammal that he has brought back to life…

Achieving this greatness has only fueled the man driven by his own madness, as Dr. Frankenstein continues his work ~ with or without Igor ~ as he won’t stop his intense work until he has achieved his greatest achievement, bringing A MAN TO LIFE now too…

I give VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN a rating of: WAIT AND CATCH THIS ONE ON DVD – Okay, so you pretty well know the story going in ~ Man creates life from death – and this life tries to kill him in the end…so, with that said, even though significant portions of this film encompassed amazing cinematography, I just wasn’t sold on this film in any shape or form, not even with the twist of Igor telling the tale from his own perspective. Yes, I enjoyed seeing Radcliffe, and his performance is acceptable, and McAvoy’s performance isn’t bad either, I just wasn’t feeling this new take on the 19th century novel by Mary Shelley. Maybe it was the extreme darkness and creepiness factors this time around that didn’t WOW ME, or maybe it was the fact that this film screamed to be released closer to Halloween or even releasing it in the middle of the Summer would have made more sense, because releasing something this icky and grotesque right before the holidays is just ridiculous timing. Plus, even though they set this film up to have a sequel, I just can’t see enough people heading to the theaters to see it to warrant the studios making the investment to take on this storyline again, I mean, I might be wrong, but I think VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN is only going to have this one opportunity to create his MONSTER from beyond…

Kathy Kaiser  

ROCK THE KASBAH – Rated R

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Writer Mitch Glazer (SCROOGED, GREAT EXPECTIONS, THE RECRUIT) has joined forces with Director Barry Levinson (TOYS, WAG THE DOG, MAN OF THE YEAR) to bring to life the partially fictional/partially true story of Afghan singing sensation Setara Hussainzad ~ and her rise to fame on Afghan Star ~ as we get ready to ROCK THE KASBAH!!!!

Washed up with no where to go…L.A. Talent Manager Richie Lanz (Bill Murray) is in search of his NEXT BIG MONEY MAKER ~ but in the mean time ~ he will settle on taking his present bar singing talent Ronnie (Zoe Deschanel) to sing for the troops in Afghanistan.

Scared not only by the flight, but by the warlike surroundings she encounters once she arrives in “the dessert from hell”, Ronnie is trying anything she can to get out of this arrangement Lanz had gotten her into, and fast. When a local military man, Bombay Brian (Bruce Willis) takes a liking to her, it seems that a way of escaping this gig may be just around the corner…

Now, without his Star, or his passport or wallet, Richie finds himself in desperate need of some TLC, and lucky for him he wonders into the presence of Merci (Kate Hudson), who is about to show Richie the “the time of his life”…

Conned into transporting arms, Richie is taken a back by the beautiful tones he hears coming from the dessert. Since singing is like the “forbidden fruit” of biblical times in the afghan culture, the exquisitely beautiful and talented Salima (Leem Lubany) must hide her voice from the outside world, or at least she thought she had…until Lanz confronts her and convinces her to try out for the AMERICAN IDOL of Afghanistan – AFGHAN STAR ~ much to the dismay of her father, and her people

I give ROCK THE KASBAH a rating somewhere between: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD. Even though the premise of the film is plausible ~ manager taking talent to sing for the USO, only to find better talent already there…and seeing Murray again on screen sounded real good, as I usually love what he does, but, sadly, his role in this film doesn’t take us anywhere he hasn’t taken us before. Deschenal’s role this time around is so small, that she seems to be nothing more than a blip on the screen ~ I mean she doesn’t really get an opportunity to flex her acting muscles at all, which is sad too, as I really enjoy her work as well. Hudson’s role as the “temptress of the dessert” seems like a slightly ramped up retooling of her breakout role in ALMOST FAMOUS, so nothing new for us to experience there either. And lest we not forget to mention Willis’s role in this film as the mercenary, although, once again, he is playing his own very familiar role ~ you know, older dude sent in to kick some booty, I didn’t absolutely LOVE it, but I definitely didn’t dis-like it either, I just think there was so much more they could have done with not only the storylines, but the seasoned actors they had assembled too, when it was all said and done. In actuality, the most enjoyable part of this film for me, was it’s INCREDIBLE SOUNDTRACK ~ From the first frame to the last, ROCK THE KASBAH’s soundtrack is a MUST LISTEN TO for anyone who loves 70’s and 80’s classics ~ believe me, the soundtrack really is, hands down, the best part of this film…

Kathy Kaiser    

NEW trailer from 20th Century Fox for their upcoming film, JOY. Jennifer Lawrence stars with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and more in David O. Russell’s latest film, coming to theaters this Christmas!

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JOY

Release: December 25, 2015

Director: David O. Russell

Screenplay by David O. Russell; Story by: Annie Mumolo and David O. Russell

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elisabeth Röhm, Dascha Polanco and Bradley Cooper

SYNOPSIS ~ JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen , Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

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THE MARTIAN ~ Rated PG-13

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“In your face Neal Armstrong…!!!!”

From Director Ridley Scott ~ the man who brought us such Science fiction trailblazers as BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN, & PROMETHIUS comes a space and time continuum for the ages, as we venture into his next great adventure with ~ THE MARTIAN.

Nestled into their tour on Mars, Capt. Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), and her crew ~ Mark Watney (Matt Damon), Rick Martinez (Michael Pena), Chris Beck (Sebastian Stan), Alex Vogel (Aksel Hennie), and Beth Johanssen (Kate Mara), take on a severe storm, and decide things are getting too rough to continue their mission, and it’s time to go…

Watney gets blasted with debris, disappears from sight, and is assumed dead, so Capt. Lewis and her crew decide that they have no other choice than to head back to Earth without him…

Facing the tragedy head on, NASA Chief Officer Teddy Sanders (Jeff Daniels) delivers the bad news to the nation, and his team ~ including Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Annie Montrose (Kristen Wiig) and Mitch Henderson (Sean Bean), that Watney has perished….

But, wait a minute…not so fast… as an Injured, but still breathing Watney finds himself suddenly stranded on this desolate planet. Quickly Watney comes to the realization that he must muster all of the strength and brainpower he has, in order to find a way to reach NASA, and to keep himself ALIVE!!!

When one of the youngsters at NASA sees movement in the photographs returning from the planet ~ tensions rise ~ as maybe they have just received proof that Watney is not only alive, but making a life for himself on Mars. Sounds like NASA better figure out a way to get him BACK TO CIVILIZATION…and pronto…

I give THE MARTIAN a rating of: MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN & In IMAX 3D!!! Scott pulled out all the stops this time around, giving us a bird’s eye view of life on Mars, and what it would take for life to flourish there. Damon ‘s arrogance abounds one minute, as he is “THE WORLD’S BEST BOTANIST” you know…and then just as quickly, you feel his pain and torment, as things don’t always go as planned. This star-studded line-up totally works too, as everyone stands alone in their perfectly cast roles! Once again – this film should be viewed in IMAX 3D – as the cinematography is literally OUT OF THIS WORLD ~ and even though a few scenes along the way seemed rather reminiscent of last year’s INTERSTELLAR or 2013’s GRAVITY, if you love space exploration, or Matt Damon for that matter…or even if you don’t like either, you have to rush out to theater near you this weekend to catch this film, as all 141 Minutes of it are absolutely PHENOMENAL to say the least…

Kathy Kaiser

CHECK OUT THE LATEST ORIGINAL PROLOGUE SHORT FILM – featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson – for RIDLEY SCOTT’s – THE MARTIAN – opening in Theaters OCT 2nd

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ABOUT THE VIDEO

Produced to look like a mini-episode of StarTalk from the year 2035, this 3 min. overview of the Ares program gives audiences an inspiring vision of a future where man has traveled to Mars. The video–anchored by host Neil deGrasse Tyson (aged slightly to fit the 2035 scenario)–will give viewers a complete overview of how an Ares mission works, with a focus on the danger and bravery of the astronauts who undertake the mission.

ABOUT THE PROLOGUE SERIES

This video is part of a series of original prologue short films for Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” The series depicts a future where mankind has traveled to Mars, establishes a rich emotional backstory for the Ares 3 crew, and follows the events of the mission’s disaster with a sense of urgency as the world watches the story unfold.

New Regency and 20th Century Fox just revealed the FIRST LOOK at Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in their upcoming film, ASSASSIN’S CREED.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED

Action-Adventure

Release: December 21, 2016

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain.  Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016

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HITMAN: AGENT 47 – Rated R – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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“You my friend are a riddle to me…because I ran your face and prints through every database we have, and you know what I found? NOTHING!”

From writer SKIP WOODS ~ the man who brought us SWORDFISH, THE A-TEAM, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and the original 2007 HITMAN…comes the next installment based upon the HITMAN Video games…. HITMAN: AGENT 47.

Caught in a world of loneliness and discontentment, we meet Katia (Hannah Ware), who is desperate to find the one person she longs to see again ~ her father. As her mind races with scenes of her past ~ and present ~ she meets Agency Front man, and supposed body guard John Smith (Zachery Quinto), who has been sent to save her from HITMAN: Agent 47 (Rupert Friend).

As Smith and Agent 47 have a definite hatred for one another, it seems the only way things are going to move forward for either of them, is if one of them is eliminated!

When Agent 47 finally reveals his true identity, he assures Katia that he was actually sent to protect her~ not kill her! Focusing on finding Katia’s father, Dr. Litvenko (Ciaran Hinds) once again, AGENT 47, and AGENT 90 (Spoiler), must do whatever is necessary to keep Dr. Litvenko out of the hands of the NEW AGENCY, so they cannot reinstate his AGENT Program from so many years ago….

I give HITMAN: AGENT 47 – 2 out of 5 stars – or WAIT TO CATCH IT ON NETFLIX ~ As I have never played the video game, nor did I have the opportunity to catch the original HITMAN film from 07’, I didn’t have any reference for what was about to take place on screen. But, even though I had no point of reference, it didn’t take long for me to realize that HITMAN: AGENT 47 was pretty much nothing more than a B Movie at best. Of course, this film is filled with action, and they did manage to secure the talented and beautiful Ware to play the female lead, which was a positive acquisition, but between the subpar CGI, the subpar acting by Friend and Quinto, and the subpar storyline, this film wasn’t exciting me like most actions films do at all!! Maybe this film would have been better with Paul Walker as the lead (He was chosen to play AGENT 47, before his tragic death), or maybe they could have focused on the cinematic beauty of Singapore more, (which ended up being one of it’s only positive attributes for me), or maybe their casting dept. should have tried to secure more prominent and seasoned actors to take on the two key male roles. I think embarking on any of these changes may have given AGENT 47 more of a fighting chance…because when it was all over…this film didn’t leave me wanting more…it just made me happy that it was OVER!!! But, I must share that, lucky for us all (NOT EVEN), 20th Century Fox leads us down the road to believe that another HITMAN Sequel is just on the horizon…REALLY? I’m hoping that with the small box office returns I am anticipating for this weekend, another HITMAN Sequel may just be DEAD IN THE WATER – which works for me, as you won’t see me headed out to view another one anytime soon…

Kathy Kaiser

 

Check out the NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR 20th CENTURY FOX’s NEW FILM – THE MARTIAN – Opens in Theaters 10/2/2015

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20th Century Fox has released a brand NEW trailer for their upcoming film, THE MARTIAN! Featuring a star-studded cast that includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover, THE MARTIAN is based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott.

THE MARTIAN HITS THEATERS October 2, 2015

WATCH THE NEW TRAILER FOR 20th CENTURY FOX’s – VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN

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Victor Frankenstein Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy Movie HD

Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man – and the legend – we know today.

CHECK OUT THE NEW TRAILER FOR MAZE RUNNER – SCORCH TRIALS

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MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

Action-Adventure

September 18, 2015

Director: Wes Ball

Screenplay: T.S. Nowlin, based upon the novel “The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner

Producers: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Lee Stollman

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, and Patricia Clarkson. 

SYNOPSIS

In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD.  Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. 

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PAPER TOWNS – Rated PG~13 – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” 

Based on the #5 New York Times Best Seller and Edgar Award winning novel of 2009 by author John Green, Paper Towns is a coming of age film, filled with young love and the angst that we have all gone though, becoming who we really are.

When we first meet Quentin (Nat Wolff), he has become instantly mesmerized with the young girl who just moved in next store, named Margo (Cara Delevingne).

As they become fast friends, Quentin realizes that Margo is a FREE SPIRIT, wanting to experience the world on a totally different playing field than he himself is comfortable with.

As the years pass by, and the distance between them grows, Quentin’s love for Margo never wavers, even though she no longer acknowledges his mere existence on this earth.

When Margo needs to right a few wrongs during one of her nightly excursions Senior year, out of the blue she shows up climbing through Quentin’s window, hoping to convince him to join her in her quest for justice!

Torn by doing what is right, or following Margo all over town to conduct her many carefully thought out plans, Quentin realizes that up until this very night, he hasn’t really LIVED at all!!

When Margo has accomplished all her vendettas with Quentin by her side, she immediately vanishes, leaving Quentin alone in his anguish and pining for her once again. But, when little clues start showing up in various places, giving Quentin an inkling of where Margo may have gone…Quentin must seek to find the truth, and Margo, regardless of where she has gone…

I give PAPER TOWNS 3 out of 5 Stars: Although I usually love coming of age films like SIXTEEN CANDLES, SAY ANYTHING, CLUELESS, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALL FLOWER, or NICK AND NORAH’s INFINITE PLAY LIST, and the fact that the screenplay for this film was written by the writers who brought to life THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, and THE SPECTACULAR NOW – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber~ you would think I would have been blown away by this film, but sadly, I wasn’t. I think that bringing back Nat Wolff as the lead character, after having played a small role is STARS was good – and his acting was solid, and so was Cara Delevingne’s – her role as Margo the carefree drifter was pretty spot on too…and having a surprise cameo appearance from another actor from STARS was good too. But, the inconsistencies in the storyline throughout the film, combined with the absentee parenting that apparently must be in all of coming of age films in the last decade, just wasn’t working for me. I mean, this film isn’t bad, but it also wasn’t making me giddy, or sad, or getting me to engrossed in the lives of any of these youngsters either. When it was all said and done, I just felt that PAPER TOWNS played out rather flimsy and see-through, as these types of films sometimes do…

Kathy Kaiser

New MOVIE TRAILER from 20th CENTURY FOX – Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy in THE REVENENT

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THE REVENANT 

Action-Adventure

Release: December 25, 2015 (limited); January 8, 2016 (wide)

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Screenplay: Mark L. Smith & Alejandro G. Iñárritu, based in part on the novel by Michael Punke

Producers: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, James W. Skotchdopole, Keith Redmon

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

THE REVENANT Official Assets: https://www.epk.tv/view/#/campaign/the-revenant/

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