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Hilarious, Sweet, and Downright Spectacular | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’


By Cynthia Ayala

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”

    —IMDB

One word: amazing! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does not disappoint. The film looks at the characters allowing for character growth while also establishing a family unit for the characters. The movie goes back to trace back the origins of Peter/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But there’s more to this film than just that. It had heart and focuses on the Guardians not just as a group of heroes or friends, but as a family. And that’s one of the things that makes this film so good because everyone focuses on the characters and their dynamics with one another. They care about each other, they fight with one another and for one another. They are a strong unit and the cast and crew make sure that that resonates off the screen.
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A Good Old Western | Review of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016)


By Cynthia Ayala

The Magnificent Seven starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennet and Byung-hun Lee
MGM & Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves.”

    —IMDB

Who doesn’t like a good western film with solid characters? This film brings to life another adaptation of the Seven Samurai giving it a nice feel of the characters and the setting. The conflict is established very early on giving the film a cohesive feeling overall. There is some hint that Chisolm (played by Denzel Washington) has more in mind of helping out these people than he lets on. What’s good about that is the fact that it’s not overtly obvious about what is going on with him. Instead, there is an openness about it that it can go either way, but the viewer doesn’t know until the end. It’s good storytelling because it doesn’t distract from the story as a whole, it adds to it. Continue reading A Good Old Western | Review of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (2016)

Dinosaurs & Pratt: A Winning Combination | Review of ‘Jurassic World’


By: Cynthia Ayala

Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt Universal Studios

Off the coast of Costa Rica lies the luxury resort Jurassic World, where arrays of genetically engineered dinosaurs reign in exhibits for the consumers’ entertainment. Now, the newest addition, the Indominus Rex, has escaped, setting off a chain reaction where dinosaurs escape and wreak havoc on the island. Now Owen, the former military man and animal expert must save the island and terminate the Indominus Rex.

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but in this case it certainly made for one heck of a good film. This movie did not reboot the franchise but it was able to breathe life back into something that was almost forgotten, or rather tarnished by Jurassic Park’s 2 & 3. And while Jurassic Park 3 was better than 2, it still had nothing on the first film.
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Out of this world! | Review of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


By: Cynthia Ayala

One of the highly anticipated films of this year has finally arrived and it does not disappoint.  Guardians of the Galaxy offers laughs and heart that reflect off the well written script and dynamic acting.
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Everything is awesome! | Cyn’s Movie Review of The Lego Movie


By: Cynthia A.
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Directed by: Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Screenplay by: Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Story by: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Based on Lego Construction Toys

Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson & Morgan Freeman

In the Lego universe, an ordinary mini-figure named Emmet is mistaken as being the Special (the greatest Master Builder who can save the Lego universe). With the help of an old wizard named Vitruvius, and a tough young woman named Wyldstyle, Batman, Uni-Kitty, Benny, and a pirate named Metalbeard, Emmet will have to unlearn everything he saw in the instructions and discover the power of imagination to defeat the evil Lord Business, a tyrant who is bent on destroying the Lego universe on Taco Tuesday and recreating it as he sees fit by gluing it together.

Superb!  This is a movie everyone will enjoy, a perfect family movie and a movie for the couples and the group of friends.

The Lego Movie is a fun that follows one Emmet (Chris Pratt), a lego construction worker, as he begins his day and before coming across the “Piece of Resistance”, the piece that can end the evil plot of Lord Businessman (Will Ferrell) who wants to end the world by using the Kragle.  However, the wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) revealed a prophecy to Lord Business saying that the one who finds the “Piece of Resistance” is the “special”, the master builder who will take down Lord Busiessman.  That is the moment when Emmet enters the world, a generic character with no friends; a nobody who follows all the rules and doesn’t stand out discovers that he is part of something bigger in the lego world.

The story was solid, it had a beginning, middle and end and highlighted that everyone is special, that eve those who feel invisible or “generic” have their own special traits that make them stand out.  Underneath all that animation, this movie had a very solid to it, a story that gave this movie the depth and heart all animated movies should have.

Besides the story, what also made this movie stand out was the dialogue.  Here you have a cast composed of some of the best talent and they had a dialogue that was amazing, witty, satirical, hilarious and heartfelt.  The comedic timing behind every joke was spot on, delivered with beautiful precision and captivating voice acting.  It was priceless.  All of it was incredibly meaningful and perfectly done, it gives moviegoers something worth watching out there in the world full superficial media that focuses strictly on animation and special effects rather than developing an actual story coupled with decent dialogue, which isn’t that hard.

As a whole, this movie was brilliant because it wasn’t some superficial animated movie, but rather one that has a meaning that even the youngest child will understand.  Emmet is the hero, but he doesn’t seem to be the hero that everyone expected, but his love for his new found friends, gives him the strength to believe in himself and give others the strength they need to actually be a part of a team accept that they are not alone in this resistance against world domination.

The ending though seems to fall apart just a bit as the movie flips back and forth between live action and animation.  Taking viewers out of the movie, those were the moments where the movie seemed a little cliché.  Granted it focused on a relationship between father and son, but it took some of the magic that had built through the entire film out of it.

Nevertheless, this movie delivered a fun and amazing movie.  Everything was awesome! ★★★☆ (A)

Her | Movie Review


By: Cynthia A.

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Directed by: Spike Jonze

Written by: Spike Jonze

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt & Scarlet Johansson

Set in the near future in Los Angeles, California, a man recently suffering through a divorce, finds a connection with his new artificial intelligent Operating System.  Her explores what it means to have a relationship and all the turbulent emotions that go along with it from what it means to live and what it means to love and be loved in return.

Simply a beautiful movie.  Grounded in the reality that love is a complex emotion (a very true statement) this movie takes apart all of those real and powerful emotions to explore the meaning of love and what defines a relationship looking at what makes us human.  The movie follows Joaquin Phoenix who is dealing with the end of his marriage with the love of his life.  He is heartbroken as he struggles to deal with his life away from the woman that he loved.

This movie delves deep into the concept and conception of a relationship.  It’s complex, real, grounded in reality even though it is a science fiction movie.  This movie more than it looks like at first glance.  The movie is real, the movie is powerful and impactful and hilarious, a mix of emotions.  That is what gives this movie so much beauty and soul.  The script delivers this a raw and naked truth, untethering what is considered “norm” unraveling the human condition and revealing the bare flesh underneath it, then there is the cinematography and the detail to who the main character is and why he experiences so much heartache at the loss of his ex-wife.

Spike Jonze did a magnificent job writing this movie, using flashback scenes to build the heartache and his growing connection with Samantha, his Operating System.  But more than that, the screenplay shows how he has not only grown as a person, but how he has grown as a loving individual.  A man unhappy with himself finally finds a way to love and accept himself in a relationship that compliments who he is.  This is something everyone searches for.  No one is ever done exploring who they are and they are parts of ourselves we don’t like, but it’s learning to accept those parts and finding someone who offers unconditional support that allows us to grow and love ourselves to our fullest.  Jonze did an amazing job getting to the core of what a real relationship is and how we can all find that special someone who accepts us as much, if not more, that ourselves.  And the added humor into the movie are perfectly timed, perfectly written and priceless. They lighten the mood of the movie but at the same time highlight the beauty and wonder of living and being happy.

Moreover, the cast was amazing.  Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix deliver top-notch performances, delivering their lines and connecting with their character effortlessly.  Both characters show unconditional support for one another and bring to light what happiness is, what heartache is.  Phoenix as well is amazing.  Not only is his delivery amazing but also his facial expressions were amazing, expressing true happiness, pain, and uncomfortable moments that were hilarious.  And let’s not forget Scarlet Johansson who voiced the Operating System Samantha.  Even though she was just a voice, she was able to convey all the complex emotions that make someone human.  As just a voice she was able to bring her character to life. 

A truly masterful and beautiful movie about love and the complexities that make it so worthwhile.  ★★★★ (A+)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Glenn Close


By:  Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_37797Yet another massively talented, award-winning actor has made a deal to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Deadline is now reporting that Glenn Close, who has been nominated for an Academy Award six times, is the latest performer to join the cast of James Gunn’s slowly-growing Guardians of the Galaxy. Calling the part “a major role,” the website says that she will be playing a leadership role (similar to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) in the intergalactic police organization known as the Nova Corps – which also seems to confirm that the film will indeed include the Nova Corps. Story details are being kept to a minimum right now – as is the case with all Marvel movies in their infancy – but Gunn handled screenwriting duties and production is gearing up to start next month.

Close is just the latest to join the cast of the space-set sci-fi adventure, which over the past few months has added Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer, and Michael Rooker as Yondu. The new story also seems to confirm recent reports saying that both Lee Pace and John C. Reilly have joined the project, but doesn’t go into any specifics about their roles (the former was rumored to be playing the villain).

Close was last on the big screen in 2011’s Albert Nobbs – a performance that got her that sixth Oscar nod – and she’s been busy on the small screen starring on FX’s Damages. She most recently completed production on director Jeff Preiss’ new indie film Low Down and recently started working on Five To Seven with Anton Yelchin.

Source: Cinema Blend

Lee Pace in Final Negotiations to Play Villain in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (Exclusive)


By: Jeff Sneider | The Wrap

lee-pace-300Lee Pace (“The Hobbit”) is in final negotiations to play the villain in Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

The identity of Pace’s villainous character is being kept under wraps.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” finds Quill leading a group of alien superheroes as they protect the solar system from an evil alien race.

The cast currently features Chris Pratt as Star Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, WWE star Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer and Michael Rooker as Yondu. Ophelia Lovibond will also co-star in an unknown supporting role.

Production will start in June and Disney will release the film on Aug. 1, 2014.

Last November, Pace was mentioned as one of several actors being considered to play hero Peter Quill, aka Star Lord. Pratt ultimately won that role but Marvel was impressed with Pace’s audition and kept him in mind when it came time to cast the villain.

Pace, who recently worked with Steven Spielberg on “Lincoln” and had a supporting role in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” plays Thranduil in Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy.

On the small screen, he starred in Bryan Fuller’s acclaimed series “Pushing Daisies” and “Wonderfalls,” and will soon be seen as the lead in AMC’s pilot “Halt & Catch Fire,” which co-stars Scoot McNairy and Mackenzie Davis.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Guardians Of The Galaxy Adds Ophelia Lovibond To The Cast


By: Eric Eisenberg

Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_37106With Iron Man 3 heading to theaters in the next couple weeks, Thor: The Dark World deep in post-production, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier now in front of cameras, the next big development for Marvel Studios is James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which continues to build its cast today. The film already has a interesting mix of actors attached, from Chris Pratt as Star-Lord to Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer to Zoe Saldana as Gamora, but now another piece has been added to the puzzle.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actress Ophelia Lovibond, who was previously featured in movies like No Strings Attached and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, is the latest to sign on for a part in the galactic comic book movie. While the trade has since removed details about the role, the original report said that she will be playing an assistant to a being known as The Collector, described as a near-immortal “who gathers artifacts and beings in the hopes of saving them from a foretold galactic annihilation.” She is the second actor to join the cast of the film in the last week, with Walking Dead star and Gunn regular Michael Rooker signed on last week to play Yondu Udonta.

It’s worth noting that in the comics The Collector has a connection with Thanos, the big purple dude revealed during the end credits of The Avengers, so this is just one more piece of evidence suggesting that Guardians of the Galaxy will feature the Mad Titan. Production on the film will begin this June, with Marvel and Disney targeting an August 1, 2014, release date.

Source: Cinema Blend

Guardians Of The Galaxy To Add Zoe Saldana As Gamora


By:  Katey Rich

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Another key element of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has fallen into place, and it’s the addition of an actress who already knows her way around outer space. The Hollywood Reportersays that Zoe Saldana is currently in negotiations to play Gamora, the green-skinned humanoid alien who is the female lead of the upcoming superhero film.

Saldana, who’s returning to play Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and is on board for theAvatar sequels, would be joining the cast that already includes Chris Pratt as Star-Lord andDave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. James Gunn is on board to direct, and the production ought to be gearing up quickly in time to make the planned August 1, 2014 release date.

We got a look at some concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy earlier today thanks to the Marvel Phase One Blu-ray set, but our best look at Gamora remains in the concept art that debuted last summer, showing her on the far right wearing a cape and holding a sword. It will be interesting to see how they have Saldana play the role, whether through motion-capture and prosthetics, and if it winds up looking too similar to her Neytiri in Avatar. It also seems strange that Saldana is potentially signing up for a third sci-fi franchise, not to mention the gigantic Marvel universe that could rope her in for any number of stories. All she needs is a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars to be living the true geek dream.

Source: Cinema Blend