At the beginning and end of the new family drama Max, the filmmakers tell us about the importance of military dogs.
In his speech to the 2011 graduating class of the University of Pennsylvania, two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington discussed the importance of failure. He noted, Thomas Edison conducted 1000 failed experiments. Did you know that? I didnt know that because the 1001st was the light bulb? I was reminded of that compelling speech during a recent screening of the new Pixar comedy Inside Out.
Jurassic World is the movie that Jurassic Park fans have been waiting over two decades for. Over the past week, Ive been reviewing the original trilogy of films and although the first two sequels (The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III) were strong enough to merit recommendations, neither of them came close to matching the excitement of the original.
San Andreas works as both a disaster movie and as a stirring appreciation of disaster movies of the past. Despite its obvious inferiorities, it reminded me a lot of 70s disaster like the 1974 epic The Towering Inferno.
Good Kill is a morally-ambivalent and ambitiously-raw drama about drone strikes and the ethics of such attacks.
For all its faults (and yes, there are plenty of them), The Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a fun escapist superhero film.
Russell Crowes The Water Diviner is a notably ambitious historical drama that showcases Crowes talents behind and in front of the camera.
In 2014, George Clooneys film The Monuments Men sought to bring attention to the brave Allied soldiers who were sent to prevent the destruction of cultural artifacts during the waning days of World War II.
There have been a variety of films about the growth of artificial intelligence over the past few years but few match the subtlety and smarts that are so prominent in the new film Ex Machina. This film dares you to imagine a world where machines dont overpower us as much as they tempt us into believing that they are like us.
The new film Insurgent contains all of the typical ingredients of a dystopian film focused on young adults. Theres the likeable but tough-as-nails hero, the loyal love interest, the sometimes- traitorous ally and a villain oftentimes the leader of an overpowering governmentwith little personality. Its that simple.
Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is an extraordinary film.
Its unfortunate though that this movie, which superficially sounds intriguing, never tries to exert anything of depth into the shallow story.
Do you support the war on Terror and, more specifically, the war in Iraq? How do you feel about snipers and the plight of the American soldier? On a more personal note, what are your thoughts on Chris Kyle, reportedly the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history?
War movies often focus on battles over personalities. In great films like Lone Survivor (2013) and Saving Private Ryan (1998), some of the battle sequences are so real and devastating that its easy to get lost in them and lose focus on the individual soldiers trying to survive.
In 2014, Hollywood has embraced telling religious stories on film. No longer, it seems, are religious viewers denied the opportunity to see biblical stories onscreen.
While its true that Maher has made a few controversial remarks about Islam and other religions (quite a few, actually), none of them are reason enough for the university to cancel his speech.
Since military operations began in Afghanistan in late 2001, few movies have focused predominantly on the sacrifices that military families make each and every day.
When terrorist attacks occur overseas, their impact is often underestimated by Westerners who simply see the story on the news and then forget about it. The new HBO documentary Terror at the Mall (premiering tonight at 9 PM) brings such an attack into our living rooms by displaying real surveillance camera footage of a September 2013 terrorist attack in Kenya.
While other football dramas would culminate with a high school football teams winning streak that lasts 151 games, this movie begins with that. As the movie opens, that historic winning streak is alive and well for Californias De La Salle high school team. The team and the town feel invincible and its only after the streak ends that they are forced to confront their own personal failings.
The first amendment to the Constitution prevents the federal government from infringing on five fundamental freedoms.