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Tons of Fun and Tons of Character, Power Rangers is a Must Watch | Review of ‘Power Rangers’


By Cynthia Ayala

Power Rangers starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston & Elizabeth Banks
Lionsgate
Image Credit: IMDB

“A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities to save the world.”

    —IMDB

Sometimes Hollywood can remake our childhood, tapping into everything that made us smile. Power Rangers is a perfect example of that. The old show was always intended for a much younger audience, layered with a degree of absurdity and campiness that made the show so good. With the new adaptation, the movie capitalizes on the absurdity but without the campiness, a deeper level that the writers used to make the story more grounded for an older audience.
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Book of the Month Poll – May 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there voters, readers, and writers! Another month means it’s time for another Book of the Month Poll where you vote for your favorite upcoming book, author, or cover (because let’s face it, the cover really is a strong selling point). So check out this month’s list of titles and vote for your favorite. If there is a novel you think should be on the list leave a vote for that novel in the comments section. Remember, you can vote here on Qzzr (formerly Pollcaster) and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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Best Batman Movie Ever | Review of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’


By Cynthia Ayala

The Lego Batman Movie starring Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson & Ralph Fiennes
Warner Bros. Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.”

—IMDB

By far the best Batman movie out there, The Lego Batman Movie is awesome for so many reasons. Focusing on who the character is, in such a playful way, the writers understood what makes Batman such a strong character and a fan favorite character. He’s always had his head up his tushie, and this film uses that element to make the film so funny. But then there are those sadder moments, the moments that reflect on the past and the defining moment that makes Batman who he is. The writers understand Batman better than I’ve seen in such a long time. Then there is that classic dynamic he has with Joker. This film nailed that relationship, that very toxic and twisted relationship, with perfection! Not since The Dark Knight has their relationship been so clearly and wonderfully established to build up this duo that has been the cause of so many iconic comic book moments.
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Book of the Month Poll – March 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there voters, readers, and writers! Another month means it’s time for another Book of the Month Poll where you vote for your favorite upcoming book, author, or cover (because let’s face it, the cover really is a strong selling point). So check out this month’s list of titles and vote for your favorite. If there is a novel you think should be on the list leave a vote for that novel in the comments section. Remember, you can vote here on Pollcaster and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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A Visually Stunning Development | Review of ‘Assassin’s Creed’


By Cynthia Ayala

Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, & Michael K. Williams
20th Century Fox
Image Credit: IMDB

“When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.”

—IMDB

When you’re adapting a video game into a film there will always be challenges because some have very little stories to them and are just “beat-em-up” games while others have this amazing story lines that the gamers and critics loved. There is always a challenge to allow for some creative license while also adapting a story. Assassin’s Creed follows under the latter.
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Book of the Month Poll – February 2017


By Cynthia Ayala

Hey there voters, readers, and writers! Another month means it’s time for another Book of the Month Poll where you vote for your favorite upcoming book, author, or cover (because let’s face it, the cover really is a strong selling point). So check out this month’s list of titles and vote for your favorite. If there is a novel you think should be on the list leave a vote for that novel in the comments section. Remember, you can vote here on Pollcaster — or by clicking the image below — and the winner will get a featured book review here on my website. Happy voting!
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A Film of Hope for the Disillusioned | Review of ‘Rogue One’


By Cynthia Ayala

Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen & Forest Whitaker Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rogue One starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen & Forest Whitaker
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

“The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.”

—IMDB

Rogue One is the latest film in the Star Wars franchise that bridges the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. That doesn’t mean it follows directly after Episode III though. Instead, this film serves as a direct precursor to the original trilogy that launched Star Wars into fandom. Just a little back story for you there to familiarize yourself with the setting of the film.
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A Worthy Precursor to the Magical World of Harry Potter | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’


By Cynthia Ayala

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller & Colin Farrell Warner Bros. Pictures

“The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.”

—IMDB

In one word: magical. I know that’s to be expected but the film brings more to the world of Harry Potter as it traverses new territory in so many ways.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them brings Newt Scamander to New York city combining the dark element’s that grew the Harry Potter franchise up as well as a fun light scavenger hunt through New York to bring new and magical creatures to life in the film. Two stories that intersect perfectly. There are obviously those moments that will make the audience want to scream but that’s only because of the direction of the story, and it’s not a bad thing. In life, there are those moments when people above station place blame when they themselves don’t pay attention. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a realistic thing that provides the film one of many grounding moments. (There were times through all the Harry Potter books and films that I just wanted to scream at the characters for being stupid.) Then there is the heart of the film that will make the audience laugh, cry and just say “aww” repeatedly. It was a well-structured film that was just mesmerizing and it makes the viewer second guess themselves. Continue reading A Worthy Precursor to the Magical World of Harry Potter | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Unique but Flawed | Review of ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #1)


By Cynthia Ayala

Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Quirk

A tragedy sends young sixteen-year-old Jacob to a remote island off the coast of Wales to connect with his grandfathers’ past in ways he never thought possible.

Published on June 7, 2011, by Quirk, Miss Peregrine’s Home or Peculiar Children is the first in the young adult series of the same name by Ransom Riggs.

One of the remarkable things about the novel are the characters and how unique their abilities because in a world where science fiction and books for young readers come in, and in a world where strange abilities have become a sort of staple in fiction, Riggs created uniqueness with the characters and how they function within the realm of the story.
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19-Years-Later & Still Magical | Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ (Harry Potter #8)


By Cynthia Ayala

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

With Voldemort dead and gone, Harry Potter’s life hasn’t gotten any easier. As an overworked employee of the Ministry and a father of three, his life is as hard as ever. But not only for him. The past is creeping on the Potter’s, especially on his son Albus, and on their journeys, they must each come face to face with the darkness around them.

Published on July 31, 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a work compiled by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. It is a special version of the story written by J.K. Rowling and adapted for the stage continues the story in a beautiful way that shows the challenges of parenthood and living up to your parents.
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