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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Studios biggest gamble since they started tying all their movies together. The movie releases this Friday, August 1st, and I was able to watch an early screening. How does this new team stand up against other Marvel main-stays like Iron Man and Captain America.

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Ricky Reviews: The Signal

The Signal came to my attention a few months ago when the original trailer premiered. It looked like a fairly solid sci-fi thriller with a cast of unknowns supported by veteran Laurence Fishburne. I was intrigued by some of the surprises within the trailer. Take a look at what piqued my interest back in April.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Review…2

SPIDER-MAN 2 REVIEW

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and last night, this lucky girl got to watch it on a big-ass IMAX screen.

Spider-Whats-it? You’ve been living under a rock? Oh, lemme give you a quick summary.GWSPIDER
Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is Spider-man, a masked hero that uses his new abilities to save the city from villains. He lives with his Aunt May who is his only living family. He has a girlfriend, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), who knows his identity and understands the sacrifice that comes along with being a vigilante. She lost her father in the last movie during the climactic villain fight scene. Her father was the police chief and a big deal because her father put the kibosh on Gwen dating Peter because he knew that he was Spider-man (Spider-man is really bad at keeping his identity a secret).
Peter Parker’s life is just as busy as Spider-Man’s because other than normal post-high school living, he spends his time trying to unravel what caused his parent’s deaths. In the last film it was revealed that his father worked at Oscorp and developed some genetic tech that caused the transformation of Peter into Spider-Man. His father had a formula that would have taken the research to the next level and it cost him and his wife their lives.

OSbornIn this installment of the Spider-man story, we meet new and exciting villains as well as important people in Peter Parker’s life. Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) comes into play as Peter’s friend and perhaps Spider-man’s next villain? *Cough Green Goblin Cough* (Not a spoiler, it says it right on IMDB).

If you have watched the trailer you must have seen the main villain of the movie Electro (Jamie Foxx). Jamie Foxx plays an insecure / delusional electrical engineer named Max Dillon. He suffers an accident and his body is negatively altered causing him to be reborn as the Super-villain Electro.

 

Will Peter Parker be able to juggle a normal life, a girlfriend, researching his parent’s work, AND his Spider-Man duties? Go to theatres this weekend to find out! Click the trailer to get pumped, then come back and click the jump to see what I thought of the latest from the Amazing Spider-Man….2.

 

 

My SPOILER-FREE review after the jump…

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Ride Along – Movie Review

Ben (Kevin Hart), a high school security guard is trying to impress the  intimidating-detective-brother of his girlfriend, James (Ice Cube). Finally, he is accepted at the police academy, but James is not ready to give his blessing for Ben to marry little sister Angela. The solution? A  Ride Along!

When you watch the trailer for this movie you can pretty much guess the plot line and, at least in my case, you are going into the movie for the quick one liners and running gags. Kevin Hart’s rapid-fire dialogue will not let you down. Read More…

Review: Don Jon

I haven’t done one of these in a while; but I could not pass up sharing what I thought about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s feature length writing/directorial debut. Not to mention it is the first film to come out from HitRecord, which is the production lovechild of JGL. Natalia and I went to a screening last night and here are my thoughts on the movie.

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The Way Way Back

I am addicted to free movie screenings. The boyfriend and I have been going lately and this week’s movie was The Way Way Back. This movie has a stellar cast, Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, AnnaSophia Robb, and the lead; Liam James.

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Sound City’s butterfly Effect.

“In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. ”

This documentary chronicles how a studio changed music history forever. Beatles mania lead to the creation of Sound City, their Neve board lead to Fleetwood Mac and on and on. So many bands were born there and it shows how much Sound City meant to these artists. Dave Grohl had his pick of participants for this documentary and created a soundtrack to commemorate its influence in rock n’ roll history.

I highly recommend this for music fans and pop culture enthusiasts. Maybe you history buffs would enjoy it as well. Audibly amazing and equally stunning visually. Dave Grohl’s enthusiasm for this project really shaped this documentary into something rare. You begin to care for this delapitated building just because of the influence it has had on so many people. Grohl’s featured guests are all top notch and watching them perform together in Studio 606 is a once in a lifetime moment captured on film.

This is a must watch.

Gangster Squad

The Story

I am a huge Noir / 40s gangster / Crime Action Drama fan. This story takes place in 1940s Los Angeles at a time when the city is falling into the hands of Mickey Cohen; a notorious crime boss. The police chief realizes that Cohen has too strong a hold within the proper channels and recruits a squad of cops who have what it takes to play on Cohen’s level to save their city from corruption. The story in itself is your typical cops and gangster story, but the way it’s done and the distinct plot points make this movie memorable.

As I have already seen this movie and do solemnly swear not to spoil any major plot points you may click to read what to expect from this movie. I have also posted the trailer after the jump.

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Skyfall Review

What You Need to Know:

Daniel Craig returns to the role of MI6 agent, James Bond, under the watchful eye of Sam Mendes (Jarhead). He is joined at MI6 by the perrenial Dame Judi Dench and newcomers Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Naomie Harris as Eve. MI6 must take on the mysterious and sinister Silva played by Javier Bardem. This film chronicles the story as Bond hunts down a terrorist who has stolen a hard drive which contains the identities of all NATO agents currently undercover.

Warning: I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but sometimes it is inevitable. Keep that in mind as you proceed past the jump.

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Wreck-It Ralph Review

What You Need to Know:

Before the feature, you will see the beautiful short Paperman from director John Kahrs about a man who meets a woman at the train station, but the only token he has to remember her is a sheet with her lipstick.

Rich Moore makes his feature length directorial debut on this highly anticipated Disney/Pixar film. John C. Reilly provides the voice for the titular Ralph, a Donkey Kong-like villain in an old arcade game. After thirty years of being the villain, Ralph decides to abandon his game to venture out into other games and become a hero. Ralph’s opposite, Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) must track down Ralph to prevent the game from being unplugged.

Warning: I generally avoid spoilers, but there will possibly be a few spoilers for early scenes in the film. I will also go very in depth on the short, Paperman.


Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer)

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