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2016 Year in Review

  • Written by Screen Spotlight
civilWriting a year in review post-mortem report is no easy assignment. In 2016, more so than in any year I can recall in modern memory, filmmakers made fewer quality movies, and attempted to win Academy Awards with such persistence with form over function being the guiding concern. Great movies are organically great, they are not engineered and constructed with the exclusive purpose of winning a statue. 2016 has been an interesting year in filmmaking and I ask you to explore a few trends with me in the forthcoming observational paragraphs. Read more...

Assassin's Creed

  • Written by Screen Spotlight
assAssassin’s Creed is not some comic book movie, rather it is a video game movie, and those are usually compelling. There are several things that Assassin’s Creed does exceptionally well. Hiring Michael Fassbender (Cal Lynch) and Marion Cotillard (Sofia), two of the hottest actors in the universe to play the two central roles was a grand idea, and it is what saves the movie from total obscurity. Assassin’s Creed is something more than an ordinary movie but I cannot anoint it one of the year’s best. It just so happens to have arrived in theaters in time for awards consideration, but it deserves little if any accolades. Read more...

Marvel Introduces Doctor Strange

  • Written by Screen Spotlight
strangeDoctor Strange is the first Marvel comic book movie that truly is targeted at adults. Doctor Strange is not an eye-candy mish mash for pubescents, it is not a smashing romp for teens that like to observe stuff break, nor is it a movie designed exclusively to dazzle the eye. There are hundreds of layers to this rich onion-esque movie, but there is also one glaring flaw. It is not a flaw of basic construction. It is not a problem with the choreography, the cinematography, or with the direction. Rather, Doctor Strange fails in one regard that could have been prevented and to Disney’s Advantage. Read more...

Inferno Starring Tom Hanks

  • Written by Screen Spotlight
InfernoDirected by Ron Howard and based on the third installment of the trilogy written by author Dan Brown, Inferno is the hottest movie in the world this weekend. The critics are entitled to their opinion of Inferno just the same as intelligent movie fans are able to espouse their own. Pundits decried Inferno, while I intend to sing its praises. Many have all but declared watching Inferno to be comparable to Dante’s seventh circle of hell. I guess that while the critics are circling the fiery wagon trail, some of us will do something far more appealing; enjoy the movie. Read more...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows DVD

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TurtlesOne of the greatest DVD offers of all time debuted two years ago at Target and Walmart. Purchase the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD and enjoy a free Pizza Hut pizza along with it. What an offer! If only I had accepted. This brings us to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows! The title sounds sinister, but I can assure you, this movie is nothing more than the literal embodiment of the original cartoon itself, and is thus safe for children of most ages. My favorite cartoon series growing up, aside from Batman and G.I. Joe, was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), the old heroes in a half shell. Read more...