Tilda Swinton and Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange: A Trippy Origin Story Featuring the Internet’s Boyfriend

Doctor Strange is definitely Marvel’s “weirdest” film to date—though considering we’ve already seen two Thor films and Guardians of the Galaxy, it shouldn’t be that weird. Continue reading “Doctor Strange: A Trippy Origin Story Featuring the Internet’s Boyfriend”

Black Mass starring Johnny Depp as James "Whitey" Bulger

Black Mass: Johnny Depp Finally Drops the Act and Picks Up Acting (Again)

In 1975, James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) works with his childhood friend and FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) to take down the Italian mafia in Boston. But while the FBI celebrates their win, Bulger uses his relationship with Connolly to strengthen his crime lord status in Boston and along the East Coast. Continue reading “Black Mass: Johnny Depp Finally Drops the Act and Picks Up Acting (Again)”

The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game Tries Too Hard to Be a Good Movie, Ends Up Just Okay

Brilliant mathematician and logician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) works with a team of code-breakers for the British government during World War II in hopes of intercepting Nazi communications through Germany’s infamous Enigma code. Continue reading “The Imitation Game Tries Too Hard to Be a Good Movie, Ends Up Just Okay”

The Hobbit 3 (2014)

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin (Richard Armitage), and the dwarfs recover the dwarf city of Erebor while the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lays waste to Lake Town. After Bard (Luke Evans) defeats Smaug, everyone in Middle-earth turns their eyes toward Erebor and Thorin’s inherited treasure. Thorin must then face his greatest enemies—Thranduil (Lee Pace), Azog the Defiler and his orcs, and the greed for treasure that overcomes him. Continue reading “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Is A Mess”

The Hobbit #2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and a band of dwarfs are on the run from a horde of orcs. When they finally reach the forests of Mirkwood, Gandalf separates from the group, needing to investigate the Necromancer of Dol Guldur. Meanwhile, Bilbo and the dwarfs get into some trouble with a nest of spiders before stumbling into the hands of Thranduil (Lee Pace), elf leader of Mirkwood. They then escape to Lake Town right outside of the Lonely Mountain, where they finally come face-to-face with the treasure-obsessed dragon, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). Continue reading “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is Long and Lacking a Lot of Gandalf”

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful

Well, kids, believe the Oscar talk on this one. 12 Years A Slave is a film to be reckoned with. Unlike a lot of the films about slavery (and there are A LOT), 12 Years A Slave is probably one of the more violent and depressing, most of which has to do with its subject matter. The story actually comes from an autobiographical book written in 1853 by the real Solomon Northup, who is played by the relatively unknown Chiwetel Ejiofor in this film. Since I couldn’t find a good (or short) plot description, I’ll just go ahead and explain it here before we get into the heavy stuff. Continue reading “12 Years A Slave: Brutal Yet Beautiful”

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek: Into Darkness of What?

Look, I know this movie is technically being promoted as Star Trek Into Darkness, but there really should be a colon between “Star Trek” and “Into Darkness.” Henceforth, I shall refer to this movie as Star Trek: Into Darkness. Because grammar, goddamnit. I mean, come on. They colonized (Yes, colonized) Star Trek: The Next Generation. Continue reading “Star Trek: Into Darkness of What?”