dinsdag 22 mei 2018

Movies to Look Forward to - June 2018

It's almost summer, so I'm ready for the summer movies. Let's see what June has in store for us.

June 7th – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, BD Wong, Rafe Spall
Description: When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

June 14th – Hereditary
Director: Ari Aster
Starring: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd
Description: When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

June 14th – Love, Simon
Director: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Logan Miller, Katherine Langford
Description: Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

June 21st – Ocean’s 8
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Jamie King, Matt Damon, James Corden, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn
Description: Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City's yearly Met Gala.

June 27th – The Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rosselini, John Ratzenberg
Description: Bob Parr/ Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is out saving the world.

June 28th – Tag
Director: Jeff Tomsic
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, Brian Dennehy, Nora Dunn
Description: A small group of former classmates organize an elaborate, annual game of tag that requires some to travel all over the country.

maandag 14 mei 2018

10s Movie Review - Rough Night

Director: Lucia Aniello
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 101 minutes
Year: 2017
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer, Ty Burrell, Demi Moore

Description: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Review: The comedy stars on of the funniest women of today: Kate McKinnon. Then how is it possible this film is genuinely unfunny? The screenplay is the problem and shows u lack of intelligence.
A group of friends get together in Miami for a bacholerette party, to celebrate their friend’s Jess upcoming wedding. Jess is running for senator, very ambitious and she left her party days behind her. Her best friend Alice on the other hand, has other plans and wants to give Jess the best night of her life. Then there is Blair, who is in the middle of a custody battle. And Frankie, who is living on the streets nowadays. The four are accompanied by an Australian friend of Jess, Pippa, who Alice sees as a threat.
After a fun night out partying, the friends decide to hire a stripper for Jess. And that’s when it goes wrong, when they accidentally kill him. Next is endless panic about what to do with the body, cleaning up the blood, bickering. Nothing new. And it’s a chain of illogical and impulsive decisions, followed by cliché moments and unimportant supporting characters.
Like Jess’ husband to be, who is having a pretty dull wine tasting party with his friends. Or the girl’s next door neighbors, hoping for a threesome with one of the girls.
It’s only McKinnon that makes this film a little funny, even with that debatable Australian accent. Scarlett Johansson, who is supposed to be the star of the film, comes off as a little dull and uninspired. She is on auto pilot.
“Rough Night” is a pretty lame comedy, which shouldn’t even get the title comedy. Because it’s hardly ever funny.

Rating: 2/ 5

woensdag 9 mei 2018

Movie Reviews - Avengers: Infinity War

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Science Fiction
Runtime: 149 minutes
Year: 2018
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Josh Brolin, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elisabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Gwyneth Paltrow

Description: The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Review: “Avengers: Infinity War” is a milestone in movie history. Eighteen Marvel movies come together, they have connections and ready for the big finale. And it’s literally the fate of the universe that’s at stake. But it’s nothing completely new, because it’s a big, colorful blockbuster film filled with amazing characters, sharp dialogues and a huge spectacle. And there is nothing wrong with that formula.
At the end of “The Avengers”, Thanos showed his face for the first tim. And he is finally here to execute his evil plans. In order to balance out the universe, he is looking for six so-called Infinity Stones. They’ve been a part of several Marvel films already. Some of the stones are on earth, so it doesn’t take long for an attack on planet earth and the Avengers have to start fighting. And although the Avengers split up, there are a lot more superheroes that they can rely on. Almost every hero we met in all those movies, is in “Avengers: Infinity War”.
Does it work, so many characters in one movie? You wouldn’t think so, but somehow it does and they found a good balance: the characters are scattered and devided up in four groups, who will meet each other. In some cases, the heroes know each other. But there are also new collaborations. Like Tony Stark and Peter Quill. And their interaction is worth the wait. But Thor and Rocket are an even more entertaining duo. And if all the info from the other Marvel movies isn’t that fresh anymore, they characters just simply explain to each other so that you can catch up.
Thanos as the main villain was all I hoped for. Josh Brolin nailed it!
Directing brother Joe and Anthony Russo take on the role of directors and they have proven before they understand the Marvel Universe well with two of the three Captain America movies.
“Avengers: Infinity War” is an excellent first half of an epic battle. And I’m really excited and curious for the next film.

Rating: 4,5 / 5

maandag 7 mei 2018

10s Movie Review - Retour en Bourgogne

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Runtime: 113 minutes
Year: 2017
Starring: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil

Description: After a 10 year absence, Jean (Pio Marmaï) returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette (Ana Girardot) and his brother Jérémie (François Civil), they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again.

Review: A long stretch in Burgundy, including vineyard; not a bad place to live your life. Young Jean did leave his family home, because he wants to see more of the world. Ten years later he returns, because his father is dying.
His sister Juliette and brother Jérémie stayed and are working with their father at the vineyard. They are very surprised to see Jean back and don’t know if their dad is the only reason he is here. Because, why didn’t he return when their mother died five years ago?
Because their father is too sick, the siblings have to run the vineyard and for the first time they have to work together and make difficult decisions.
“Retour en Bourgogne” is actually a coming-of-age film, but with adults. Director Cédric Klapisch lets his characters search for their own place, without any over-sentimental twists. It’s a movie that is easy on the eyes, with beautiful French landscapes.
Jean has more problems and the other reasons he came back to France are slowly coming to light. Juliette has to take the lead over the immense vineyard, which is very hard on her. And Jérémie is dealing with fatherhood and his dominant in laws. Each character gets enough attention and depth to make you care.
That the three of them all get an equal piece of the family company, means they have to work together and trust each other. That’s not that easy. They want to keep the family tradition alive, but they also have their own ideas and dreams for their lives. “Retour en Bourgogne” is a light drama, with beautiful images of France and good characters.

Rating: 4/ 5

vrijdag 27 april 2018

10s Movie Review - Table 19

Director: Jeffrey Blitz
Genre: Drama/ Comedy/ Romance
Runtime: 84 minutes
Year: 2017
Starring: Anna Kendrick, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant, Wyatt Russell

Description: Eloise (Anna Kendrick), having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.

Review: Weddings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s the most beautiful day of someone’s life, so when you are a part of it, you must be a special person. But not when you’re placed at the titular table 19.
“Table 19” deals with the social conventions of attending weddings. You can not NOT go, but you’d rather do a million other things.
Eloise McGarry is invited to the wedding of her oldest friend. She once was supposed to be the maid of honor at that wedding, but she broke up with the brides brother and now she has been placed at table 19. Which is far away from all the festivities. She is accompanied by random guests, who all don’t really understand why they are there.
Eloise is actually the only character we really get to know and she has depth. The rest stay rather flat and we don’t get to know much about them. But the cast is good and makes sure that it’s not a bad movie. It eventually is a mediocre drama/ comedy.
It’s an okay movie, but it will not be remembered long.

Rating: 3 / 5

donderdag 26 april 2018

10s Movie Review - Atomic Blonde

Director: David Leitch
Genre: Action/ Thriller
Runtime: 115 minutes
Year: 2017
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, Til Schweiger

Description: An undercover MI6 agent (Charlize Theron) is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Review: The adaptation of the graphic novel seems pretentious and forced, but is a great rollercoaster ride with a great cast. And an awesome soundtrack! It’s a straight to the point story without any array.
Director David Leitch has to proof that movies like “Atomic Blonde”, with exaggerating plots and unbelievable characters, can actually be good.
Broughton is a relentless agent for the MI6. She is very driven and a skilled fighter. We see Broughton being interrogated by the CIA en she is telling her story.
Star of the show is off course Charlize Theron, who often proved that she is a very versatile actress. Her character is strong and self-assured and she easily manages in a man’s world.
“Atomic Blonde” is not too complicated, the entire thing is fairly simple. Yet it’s a great explosion of action and fun, with a killer soundtrack filled with amazing 80s songs.

Rating: 3,5/ 5

Movies to Look Forward to - May 2018

The month of May has some great movies to look forward to. Let's see what they are.

May 17th – Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Bill Skarsgård, T.J. Miller, Eddie Marsan, Terry Crews
Description: After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, disfigured cafeteria chef Wade Wilson struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

May 23rd – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson, Jon Favreau, Warwick Davis Description: During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

May 31st – 7 Days in Entebbe
Director: José Padilha
Starring: Rosemund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan
Description: Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

May 31st – Loving Pablo
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
Description: A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

May 31st – Only the Brave
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Andy McDowell
Description: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.