Rise of the Planet of the Apes Review | Hail, Caesar!

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In an age where Hollywood has deemed they must reboot/remake every existing movie franchise known to man, it was no surprise when word got out that the Planet of the Apes was getting a fresh coat of paint, and the general consensus was a collective groan. After all, the classic tale had already seen a remake once (*points at Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg*), and though it fared well financially, fans of the original cried out in rage at the blasphemous Burton tale. So, with the waters already tainted, Fox had two options for proceeding with the franchise: produce a sequel, or reboot it.

Fox chose the latter. And I am ever grateful that they did.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 | The End of an Era

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“It all ends.”

That single sentence packs a significant and heavy punch when the realization that there will be no more Harry Potter films, a series that has been around for 10 years, sets in. To say it’s finished is difficult, because, for a time, it seemed like we would always have another Harry Potter movie to look forward to (regardless if they were good or not). An icon of our generation, a multi-billion dollar franchise, everyone knows who Harry Potter is; but we knew it couldn’t last.

As the saying goes, all things must come to an end.

And what an end it was.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review | Lost at Sea

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Most of the time I don’t see movies on their opening nights – it’s always incredibly busy and I hate noisy crowds – but on a whim I decided to see the late show of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with a friend. Going in, I didn’t have very high hopes for the film, especially after I saw the first trailer, but I allowed myself to have an open mind. They did, after all, get a new director, it was a new story (no Will and Elizabeth!), and it has Jack Sparrow – it had to be good!

So, was Disney’s latest sea-faring adventure as legendary as his first, or did it plummet down to Davy Jones’ Locker?

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TRON: Legacy Review | Into the Grid

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“The Grid. A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they traveled through the computer – ships, motorcycles – with the circuits like freeways. I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. And then, one day… I got in.”

Bar none, TRON: Legacy is one of the more visually compelling movies I’ve seen in recent memory. From the action to the graphics to the stylized world of the Grid, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. But I’m getting ahead of myself! In this spoiler-free review, I’ll be evaluating the film on four levels: casting/acting, story, visual effects, and music.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Review | The Beginning of the End

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I am a Harry Potter fanboy/purist. I have read every book more than once, seen all the movies (both great and greatly disappointing), and have been greatly inspired by this wonderful series that the extraordinary Jo Rowling has created for us. What began as a child’s tale in the first book, the series has evolved into a mature, dark, and sorrowful story that shows us what true evil is – and how love can conquer all.

I will be judging Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 on six different levels: acting, casting, accuracy to the book, music, and visual effects, and cinematography/locations. I do not claim to be an expert of cinema, nor do I claim that my opinion is the only one out there; for that is precisely what this review is – my opinion. I am simply giving my thoughts and first impressions over the movie. Whether or not you agree is another matter entirely.

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Super 8 Review | A Less Awesome Iron Giant

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Super 8 is a movie I wanted to love the minute I saw it. The trailer alone gave me full-body goosebumps! When you have Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams working together, you know it’s gonna be good, right? After all, we’re talking about the man who created E.T., one of the greatest movies of all time, and the man who directed the highly successful reboot of the Star Trek franchise.

Super 8 had to be good. It had to be!

That first trailer teased at the potential of this movie. It showed that it had that spark, that hint of magic that made E.T. an instant classic. It had that feeling that made you think “this is going to be this generation’s E.T.

Too bad that spark only existed in the trailer.

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Robin Hood Review | A Band of Not-So-Merry Men

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Robin Hood is not a retelling of the beloved Disney tale, nor is it an adventure film that shows Robin’s daring exploits as the infamous fugitive of Britain. This is an origins story, explaining the evolution of Robin Longstride into Robin the Hood. I wouldn’t say it is the best origins story, but it is most definitely a movie of epic proportions.

As usual, I will be judging this film on five levels, which I believe are crucial in order for any film to succeed: casting/acting, story, visual effects, music, and cinematography/locations.

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The King’s Speech Review | Firth Finds His Voice

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I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from The King’s Speech. I knew it had won a few Academy Awards – including Best Director, Best Male Lead Actor, and Best Picture – and that Helena Bonham-Carter and Geoffrey Rush were co-stars. Other than that, I hadn’t really heard a lot about it. So what was my reaction after seeing a movie I knew virtually nothing about before hand?

I was blown away.

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