Review: TRANSCENDENCE

TRANSCENDENCE

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2 (Out of 4 Stars)

This directorial debut for cinematographer Wally Pfister definitely disappoints, but this is mainly due to a script that has dull characters and sends multiple unclear messages. Considering that Pfister is quite the accomplished and talented cinematographer, the look of the film is gorgeous, but the overall experience is rather empty. It doesn’t particularly help that Johnny Depp delivers a robotic performance, devoid of charm or likability. In fact, most of the characters here are rather bland and uninteresting. Pfister and his writers attempt to deliver a thrilling and exciting climax, but that’s where the film jumps the proverbial shark. Read more »

Review: DOM HEMINGWAY

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By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

Being a fan of Jude Law’s previous work I thought I would give this movie a look.  After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway (Law) is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he’s owed (IMDB). Read more »

Review: CUBAN FURY

CUBAN FURY

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

All people, great or small, can dance and should not be ashamed to flaunt it. This is the message that the adorably sweet, but also cliche and formulaic, Cuban Fury delivers. Edgar Wright regular, Nick Frost, stars as Bruce Garrett, a man who, due to a childhood bullying incident, has lost all passion for his first love, salsa dancing. In fact, he has lost most of his passion for living and love, save for a successful career.    When he falls head over heels in love with his American boss, Julia (Rashida Jones), and finds out that she loves salsa dancing, Bruce decides to get his groove and his moves back. Bruce finds his former trainer Ron Parfitt (Ian McShane) and begs him for his help. Not only does Bruce have much work to do to return to form, he faces an unfriendly rival for Julia in his rude and crass co-worker Drew (Chris O’Dowd). Read more »

Review: DOM HEMINGWAY

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 2 (Out of 4 Stars)

As a fan of the roguish films of Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels), Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) and Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), this movie looked quite promising as a similarly styled comedy about the criminal underworld. Even though the title character could possibly head an awesomely irreverent comedy movie, this just doesn’t happen to be the case with Dom Hemingway. The film does start off promisingly with an amazing Jude Law in the lead role, but ends up going nowhere and feels rushed and incomplete when it concludes. A mix of hilarious and not-so-hilarious humor doesn’t help either. Unlike the best films of Ritchie, Boyle and McDonagh, this one struggles to deliver comedic gold. Read more »

Screening Pass Giveaway: THE OTHER WOMAN

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TVR is giving away passes (good for two people) to this advance screening scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 pm.  We will randomly choose winners from the entries received. No purchase is necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter. See this movie early and free of charge before it opens in theaters!

After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. Read more »

Final Movie Trailer: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Here’s the third and final theatrical trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise to helm what promises to be an epic movie that combines cast members of the entire X-Men movie franchise including the younger counterparts that appeared in X-Men: First Class. Read more »

Movie Trailer: GONE GIRL

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Based on the best selling novel by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Seven), Gone Girl tells a story of marital woes revealed when Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) alerts the police that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike). As law enforcement uncovers more details about the couple’s troubled relationship, they begin to consider Nick as a possible murder suspect. Read more »

Review: DRAFT DAY

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: D+

Kevin Costner looks amazing. After staying back a bit, he returns to another sports film, this time football, in Draft Day, a movie about the day every football player dreams of.  I don’t like football, but I have been known to enjoy films about football. With that said – directed by Ivan Reitman’s, Draft Day stars Costner, Jennifer Garner and a host of real life players from on and off the field, but little can save it from the overt lambasting of commercialism that has become sports or its uninspiring plot. Read more »

SXSW Review: JOE

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By Laurie Coker

Rating: A+

I have a list of people I’d like to meet and SXSW has often afforded me the opportunity to check names off my “Bucket List.” Sitting in on a press conference with Nicolas Cage, might not seem the same as meeting him, but it works for me. He and Tye Sheridan were in town in March for the premier of Joe, directed by David Gordon Green and based on a novel by Larry Brown and adapted for screen by Gary Hawkins. Not only did I love the time to ask the stars and director questions, but Joe is one of my favorite films of this year’s festival. Read more »

Review: RIO 2

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By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Colorful, visually gorgeous and fun, this sequel to the 2011 family movie doesn’t have anything fresh to offer story-wise.  However, because of its upbeat, endearing and amusing characters and moderately funny humor, Rio 2 should make for a fun family trip to the cinema. I actually had not seen the first movie until the night prior to the press screening, and found it passable as well. These two films both rehash romance and fish-out-of-water cliches among others, but this probably will not matter to the young kids wanting to see this film. As for their adult chaperones, they will find moderate entertainment in this film, but nothing outstanding or exceptional. On the other hand, they could do much worse and be forced by their children to sit through a painfully bad cartoon. Thankfully, this film manages to ride the cusp just above mediocrity. Read more »