REVIEW: Poor execution dismantles ‘Captive State’

“Captive State” is a movie I wanted to enjoy. It’s a lower budget sci-fi flick helmed by a director I like. Unfortunately, things didn’t really work out.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt, “Captive State” picks up nine years after an alien race landed on Earth and established a treaty with the planet’s leaders. While there’s a peace between the aliens and human leaders, though, the treaty has resulted in massive income inequality.

Additionally, the aliens seem very secretive and in some cases nefarious. As a result, there has been groups of resistance. The film follows Detective William Mulligan (John Goodman) who’s investigating the rebels and Gabriel Drummond (Ashton Sanders), a young man who’s related to one of the opposition leaders.

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Monday Movie Report: Casting news on Idris Elba, Tom Holland

Hollywood casting has had a few strings tied to comic book movies recently.

The most recent bit of news dropped over the last 24 hours, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland getting cast in the novel adaptation “Cherry.”

Interestingly enough, the movie will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the team behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: Civil War,” movies which Holland has performed in.

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REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel’ soars in first film

Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than the locomotive. I’m talking about Captain Marvel, of course.

The latest film from Marvel just so happens to feature a hero named Captain Marvel. Her real name is Carol Danvers, though, and she’s portrayed by Academy Award winner Brie Larson. The film picks up with her living on a planet controlled by the Kree, a powerful alien empire. She’s commonly referred to with the name Vers and is a member of the Kree special ops squad, Starforce.

In the first act, it’s established that Vers doesn’t remember anything before she became a member of Starforce. However, she remains focused on her mission, which is to fight against Skrulls, another alien race perceived as terrorists by the Kree. Through a series of events, that mission eventually leads her to Earth, where she meets SHIELD Agent Nick Fury. Witnessing the Skrull situation, Fury decides to partner with Vers and the two work together on the mission. In doing so, the protagonist learns more about her past.

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REVIEW: ‘Greta’ has just enough entertainment value

I can’t say “Greta” featured some great decisions by its characters. However, this one has enough thrills to get by.

“Greta” doesn’t open with the character Greta (Isabelle Huppert), but rather the film’s protagonist Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz). A new resident to New York City, Frances is trying to move on with her life in the big city months after the death of her mother. The film picks up with her riding the subway back from work, and once she gets to her stop, she notices a purse.

Because the lost and found center at the subway office is closed, she looks at the ID card in the bag and find’s Greta’s address, determined to return it herself. Her endeavor is successful and Frances meets Greta, a kind woman who lives on her own. The two start on friendly terms, but Frances soon learns that Greta is rather obsessive.

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Monday Movie Report: Netflix advocates for fair Oscar rules

Following comments made by Director Steven Spielberg and before the Academy Board of Governors meet, Netflix is standing up for itself.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix, via Twitter, made comments regarding the future of Academy eligibility rules. On Sunday, Netflix stated “we love cinema” and also said it loves creating “access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without theaters.”

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REVIEW: Third ‘Dragon’ ends the series on a positive note

It seems like the dragons are trained by this point, but the name still rolls off the tongue nicely.

In the third and likely final film in the series that started in 2010, the main character Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), an expert dragon trainer and rider is now chief of Berk. Since the events of the second picture, the island village where vikings reside has become a sort of safe haven for dragons. Because the people of Berk have become experts in handling dragons, thanks largely to Hiccup’s efforts in the past two movies, the dragons are able to live in relative peace.

However because of how many dragons are coming to the island for safety, the land is becoming overcrowded. This is on top of the fact that there are antagonistic forces who want to eliminate dragons, seeing them as a threat. In response, Hiccup decides to find the so called “Hidden World,” where dragons can live safely without being found.

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Monday Movie Report: ‘Green Book’ wins big on Oscar night

On Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, “Green Book” was announced as the top movie of 2018.

Not only did  it earn Best Picture, it also received Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. While it was an good night for “Green Book,” though, it wasn’t the only one receiving glory from the Academy.

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Oscar Docs: A Look at the Nominees

Another award season has come and gone, with several movies now nominated for the biggest honor in Hollywood. Five of those movies are documentary features and this year, I managed to see all of the nominees.

With my major disappointment that “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (sort of) behind me, here’s my take on the documentaries nominated for an Oscar.

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‘Roma’ has a good chance for Oscar glory on Sunday

Award season spans over several months, with film festivals, the Golden Globes, the guild awards and other ceremonies taking place. All of it leads to one night, Oscar Sunday.

On Feb. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the best that the film industry had to offer last year, whether they be from Hollywood or indie corners. Of all the categories the Academy hands out gold trophies for, though, there is one that stands above the rest.

Best Picture.

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Monday Movie Report: Writers Guild winners

One of this award season’s biggest shockers took place Sunday night during the Writers Guild of America award ceremony.

At the annual event, “Eighth Grade,” written (and directed) by Bo Burnham, won the prize for Best Original Screenplay from the WGA. The win was a major upset, beating out the likes of “Green Book” and “Roma.”

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