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Star Wars – The Force Awakens: A Modern Version of What Fans Have Always Loved

Posted in 8, Action, New Releases, Ratings, Reviews, Sci Fi/ Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2015 by mducoing

SWTFA-IMDBSet to break every box office record that has ever existed in Hollywood, J.J. Abrams’ contribution to the Star Wars universe appears to be a gamble that has paid off in spades. An often stunning, fun, and deeply exhilarating film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is likely as good as it gets in Star Wars, delivering much of the power of the original in a modern, yet somehow nostalgic, incarnation.

Premise: Thirty years after the defeat of the Empire, The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy. With the help of the Resistance, only a reluctant and unexpected group of heroes can stop them. Result: The Star Wars film we have been looking for.

Harnessing the power fanboys everywhere (their hopes, their fears, their terrifyingly obsessive attention to detail), Abrams has created a Star Wars film that is as close to the original in look, feel and result as the original. It is quirky and yet sophisticated, combining action and comedy with the grandeur of a galactic storyline much as the originals did.

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Bang, Marry, Kill: J.J. Abrams

Posted in Action, Action, Bang Marry Kill, Comedy, Comedy, Sci Fi/ Fantasy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by notlaz

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“Buy your tickets for Star Wars Episode 7 yet?”

“Nah, the prequels sucked, Laz.”

“That was different, man. J.J. Abrams is directing this one, not George Lucas. It’ll be good!”

“You sure? What was his last movie?” Continue reading

This Is Where I Leave You: A Nice Time (Especially If You Have ADD)

Posted in 6, Comedy, Drama, Ratings, Reviews, Romance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by mducoing

Where I Leave YouDirector Shawn Levy (The Internship, Night at the Museum), working with writer Jonathan Tropper, on whose novel the film is based, delivers a good time with This Is Where I Leave You. Unfortunately, all the fun, of which there is definitely some, is tempered by an overwhelming need o cover every possible “family problem” known to man, and then some.

Premise: When their father passes away, four adult siblings return home to mourn and find themselves trapped together amongst their many, many issues. Result: An enjoyable film that just doesn’t quite set itself apart, primarily because it found it hard to find out what it wanted to be. And not be.

Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) is having a bad few weeks. Not only does he stumble upon his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) in bed with his boss, Wade Beaufort (Dax Shepard), but he soon after learns that his father has passed on.

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