• R Rem Dominguez Reviewed the movie The Jungle Book   Sun, 1 May 2016 2:53 PM

    The Jungle Book (2016)

    Adventure, Drama, Family
    Cast
    Idris Elba, Neel Sethi, Bill Murray
    Director
    Jon Favreau
    MTRCB
    PG

    A towering visual and technical achievement that has heart to spare. Rare are the family movies nowadays that generate genuine suspense and riveting adventure but Disney's Jungle Book pulls it off. Excellent work from Jon Favreau to turn this property into such an emotionally complete film. The choice to make the voice acting nuanced (and almost achingly human) and not cartoonish, as films of this ilk tend to be, add greater heft and character to these animals that benefit the film surprisingly.

  • R Rem Dominguez Reviewed the movie The Huntsman: Winter's War   Sun, 1 May 2016 2:36 PM

    The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
    Cast
    Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt
    Director
    Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
    MTRCB
    PG

    A hollow enterprise through and through. A game cast (including an undeservedly magnificent Emily Blunt) check off an imaginary list to qualify as a blockbuster. Not even the CGI is all that excellent when you find out it cost 115million to make (admittedly smaller in budget than the original but bloated all the same when the resources are all there to hire more story executives).

  • R Rem Dominguez Reviewed the movie Bastille Day   Sun, 1 May 2016 2:31 PM

    Bastille Day (2016)

    Action
    Cast
    Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon
    Director
    James Watkins
    MTRCB
    R-13

    Richard Madden is framed for being caught by surveillance moments before a bomb goes off nearby killing civilians. Now on the run, Captain America must come to his friend's aid before a Civil War erup-- ohh wrong movie. Sorry but Richard Madden does look a lot like a brooding Sebastian Stan here. Don't think a lot about the over convoluted plot and you'll have fun with this movie. Saw this on an empty theater and laughed my ass off on moments of intentional humor and some unintentional.

  • R Rem Dominguez Reviewed the movie Captain America: Civil War   Sun, 1 May 2016 2:22 PM

    Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
    Cast
    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
    Director
    Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
    MTRCB
    PG

    It's amazing how many local user reviews have concentrated on the lack of action sequences throughout the first act as a weakness when it is this very restraint that effectively gives weight to all the action of the third act. Make no mistake, the set pieces are spectacular and the action incessantly inventive but the more fascinating conflict at play here is in the ideological clash of these heroes. The dialogue is superb and while the script could have been perfect (difficult to admit but, while crowd-pleasing, the sub-plots to insert Spider-man and Black Panther into the narrative are somew... Read more

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