Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Beyond being a direct sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about morality and what is possible when all hope is lost and civilization has crumbled completely.  The follow follows Caesar as he has built a colony for apes a decade after the events of the first film.  Humans have finally found a source of power in San Francisco after being devastated by the simian flu that killed millions.  The humans have to gain the trust of the apes to get access to their power source but may not be able to trusted by Caesar. Continue reading

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Life Itself

life_itself_ver2_xlgFilm Criticism has always been viewed as a profession where writers gave their deeply rooted opinions on the films released each year.  The attitude toward the profession of criticism shifted in the 1970’s when Siskel and Ebert began their television show Sneak Previews.  Life Itself is about the latter of the pairing Roger Ebert.  Life Itself does something quite unique for a documentary.  The film tackles the cancer fight Ebert faced at the end of his life and then throughout the film explores the writer’s past leading to his last days as a critic and an individual. Continue reading

Edge of Tomorrow

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Director Doug Liman has always has always been given a mixed reception when it comes to films he has directed.  The first that got him noticed was The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon as the secret spy with amnesia.  Now Liman returns to directing after 2010’s Fair Game starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn with a vehicle for Tom Cruise called Edge of Tomorrow.  Edge of Tomorrow stars Cruise as a man named Cage who in the future working to avoid a war with an alien race.  This plan fails miserably and he is enlisted into the army as infantry and during battle inherits the ability to relive the day of that battle as long as he dies every day he tries to save humanity. Continue reading

The Raid 2

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The Raid 2 is a direct continuation of the events of The Raid Redemption.  This sequel again stars Iko Uwais as Rama.  This time he is working undercover to get revenge for the death of his brother.  Rama has to befriend the son of a gangster.  The son named Uco is tired of the two decade peace that has occurred between his father and the Japanese gang family.  Everything comes to a head when Uco starts to attempt to take control of the empire his father carefully constructed. Continue reading