|$||70.5M||Star Trek Into Darkness|
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|$||23.4M||The Great Gatsby (2013)|
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|As of May 19, 2013|
Written and directed by Matt Orlando, A Resurrection (movie) is a compelling late-adolescent horror film. It never hurts a director's cause to have a veteran actress like Mischa Barton at his disposal. Blending together her considerable beauty and tremendous skills of elocution, Barton makes Orlando's story one that we can all relate to. Adding a tinge or sadness to this production is the fact that A Resurrection (movie) was the late actor Michael Clarke Duncan's last filmed feature film. His role both in life and in the film were tragically cut short. Now, let's get this melancholy show on the road, we have a movie to review!
Not Suitable for Children (movie) sounds more like an American warning label for a Mature-rated video game than it does the title of a movie. Perhaps the fact that the film emanates from our friends the Ozzies (Australians) down under is the reason for the clever punnery. Starring Ryan Kwanten (as Jonah), Not Suitable for Children (movie) is a tale about every young man's worst nightmare; contracting testicular cancer during one's roaring twenties. Talk about making a guy feel extra nutty at the wrong moment in time. The good news, as viewers will come to find out, is that localized testicular cancer is curable and does not often metastasize. So why then is Jonah so depressed and why is he so frenzied?
Strangely enough the story presented writer/director Joseph Krosinski in the movie Oblivion is one of the most finely-woven, intricately assembled tales in science fiction history. However, approbation for the story must be put aside because the heart and soul of Oblivion does not translate well onto the big screen. Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau are brilliant in their respective roles. The concept that drives the movie is nearly as exciting a science fiction dish as one can wish for. Yet, somehow the movie Oblivion is borderline boring. Usually movie pundits beg directors to team a film’s story with the action to achieve the perfect marriage to satiate the cravings of intellectuals and action addicts. In some respects, Joseph Krosinski’s movie is too intricate for its own good.
Ben Affleck (Neil), Olga Kurylenko (Marina), Javier Bardem (Father Quintana), and Rachel McAdams (Jane) star in a romantic film about an irregular love triangle entitled To the Wonder. Mostly subtitled in English and spoken in French and Spanish, this movie is as baffling as it is fascinating. It is impossible to never cease viewing Terrence Malick’s movie for even one second of its run time simply because he keeps viewers conjecturing throughout the entire show. To the Wonder is a stunningly artistic love story that is riddled with all too human complications, and is replete with both the dreariness and blissfulness of love.
Kill For Me is far more involved than the standard American horror picture. It is a nice entry into the more adult, collegiate horror genre/scene. Hayley Jones (Tracey Spiridakos) has a troubled past. Her life has been riddled by the death of her mother under suspicious circumstances, and her father is sadistically abusive. Hayley has the agonizing reminders of his bloodlust all over her body. Amanda Rowe (Katie Cassidy) is a college student planning for her future in the legal field. Her desire to enter the field of jurisprudence is one of the most ironic plot points offered by director Michael Greenspan. Amanda also suffers from a history of violence. Her ex-boyfriend is trigger-happy with his fists and is not above resorting to forceful entry (rape) and or strangulation. In Kill For Me, Hayley and Amanda are brought together through a confluence of events that started with the unsolved disappearance of Amanda's best friend and roommate, Natalie Ross (Leah Gibson).
The world of boxing fans is collapsing and the sport itself is almost decayed beyond repair. Tonight, the kingpin of the 122 pound division, Nonito "the Filipino Flash" Donaire lost to a fighter, that although proven in the amateur ranks, was not even close to his equal. Guillermo Rigondeaux defeated Donaire by a unanimous decision on the judge's scorecards. Donaire is a knockout artist that has been one of the few boxers (Andre Ward, Lucas Matthysse and Sergio Martinez are other examples) that have attempted to bring the sport back into mainstream relevancy. Unfortunately, tonight's revolting display of pomposity from Rigondeaux, and his careless disregard for the fans, ruined what could have been an otherwise exciting bout.
Crush (movie 2013) combines the obsession felt by the villain from Swimfan, with the sense of desperation felt by the unloved in its forbear, The Crush (1993). This teenie-bopper film is about more than simple rejection and superficiality. Crush (movie 2013) is a violent, sadistic, murderous thriller that amplifies the psychology of one crazy Lindsay Lohan-Kim Kardashian love child. Starring Lucas Till and Sarah Bolger, Crush (movie 2013) is one of the best young adult movies churned out in a long time.
Sightseers (DVD) is altogether wicked! It is a British film about a pair of ostensibly mundane lovers in their pre-honeymooning phase. Tina (Alice Lowe) decides to throw her mother's obsession with caution to the wind when she consents to go on a weeklong trip with her boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram). Ordinarily, Tina is somewhat passive and timid. Chris seems to bring out the best in her. Mostly though, Tina is looking forward to being shagged early and often. That is what their trailer is for. It's a literal shaggin' wagon.
Tomorrow You're Gone is a great movie for those that love sex, drugs, violence and haphazard camera work. For the rest of us it is a yeoman's Momento. Starring Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monoghan, Tomorrow You're Gone is pyrite at its finest. First you see your rental film budget and now you don't. Today movie lovers will spend $6.99 on this movie and tomorrow it will be gone, which is not mandatorily a bad thing.
The real star of this year's Palm Beach International Film Festival (2013) is a film entitled Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor. The title of the movie is derived from the labeling of United States soldiers that are recovering from devastation injuries while in action in either Afghanistan or Iraq. These soldiers are referred to as "Wounded Warriors". This sobriquet of sorts has a double meaning because the brave men and women that have been injured are indeed wounded both physically and psychologically. This brings us to the raison d'être for the film Comedy Warriors. Five afflicted soldiers have brought not only their harrowing stories to life, but also their pain and anguish through comedy. Part of their mental healing process has involved learning to channel their pain into humor because of its therapeutic properties. Put laconically, sometimes life is too short to wallow when we can transfer our feelings of suffering into humor in order to fully share our stories. Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor is a one of a kind movie that will break out hearts and yet somehow we will continue laughing throughout the show.
"Sleeping with Siri" debuted today at the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF). "Sleeping with Siri" is for all intents and purposes the brainchild of Seattle based author Michael Stusser. Stusser looks risibly similar to Food Network personality Andrew Zimmern (except with a full head of hair), and he possesses the comedic talent that Jerry Seinfeld embodied during his heyday. Inspired by a recent phenomenon that has swept through the teenage world, Stusser performed an experiment on camera that became an instant success from the second filming began. Known aptly as the "digital blackout campaign", teenagers across the United States take a vow to remove all technology from their lives unless said digital communication is thrust upon them externally. Five years ago such a concept would have seemed laughably simple. Circa 2013, rejecting technology seems almost primitive and nonsensical. In "Sleeping with Siri", the perils of the overuse and the underutilization of digital technologies is put to the test via Michael Stusser, a.k.a. the one man comedy megamind.
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