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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
35 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rogue One finally explores a bit of the expansive Star Wars universe that novels/comics and games have been doing for years.

Does it do the franchise justice? In many and most ways yes. It's certainly a great addition to say the least as a standalone film and connecting film between "Revenge of the Sith" and "A New Hope"

A familiar story of a rag-tag group of unlikely rebels banding together for a common cause against a much larger, impossible force... Rogue One sure follows the premise to a T. So much that a lot of the project would have fallen short if not for the established iconography of existing SW franchise material.

However that can only take the movie so far. The rest of it hinges on a colorful cast of characters that must deliver a compelling if not memorable story of their own and unfortunately some just do (K-2, Chirrut, Baze) more than others. (Cassian, Bodhi) The unevenness in their effective character presentation becomes more apparent during the climatic final acts when things start blowing up.

If more time was carefully spent making each of the key Rogue One cast stand out with quirks and interactions instead of the grandeur of action and explosions that was the Empire vs Rebel assault then the film would have benefited exponentially.

But as the film closes what we have is a very good "Star Wars Story" and nothing could ever take away from that. The nod at existing material didn't feel cheap (Except maybe C-3PO & R2D2 or CGI-face Tarkin) and the new characters felt real enough that their sacrifice mattered. This all on the backdrop of a serious War-drama without the hindrance of prophecies, destiny and space knights/royalty? A big plus!

Kubo and the Two Strings
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Laika's latest Eastern-mythical action adventure may not be a masterpiece but it's more than close and definitely something to remember.

Full of iconic character designs, a unique animation style and a truly bold story with an excellent script, It's probably one of the studio's finest creations to date.

Even though the fairytale follows the "Hero's Journey" formula to a T it is definitely something to behold when themes of family, love, loss, loneliness and the importance of imperfection are all covered in perfect unison.

If there's anything to complain about it's the actual animation, with a lot of action choreography/sequences feeling lackluster that are probably hindered by the medium. Also the pacing of the film felt a little choppy at times and then rushed at others, which I suspect was all due to editing and constraints of the film's running time.

Kubo breathes new life through conventional means and that's what we really need done in a world saturated with remakes & sequels. Look out Dreamworks, Pixar and Disney! Keep slacking off with stuff like Finding Dory and you just might find yourself in Laika's dust.

Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

With an all star cast of talented comedians the new GB has no trouble bringing the fun. This is both a blessing and a curse as the film has little breathing room between action sets and comedic antics for anything else.

If it's a relentless onslaught of colorful laughs and thrills you'd like then you're in the right place, but if it's convincing character drama/relationships, a sensibly directed horror or a well told multilayered story you might want to look elsewhere.

Still if you're looking to get your ticket's worth in fantastic visuals and popcorn entertainment this will definitely fit that quota.

The Boss
The Boss (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It's almost as if the weight of the entire film rested on lead McCarthy and despite her array of zingers and antics that make for some edgy laughs it becomes an exhausting endeavor even for her shoulders. When stripped of this, the Boss lies naked as another comedy with a forgettable story.

There are parts of the premise that set up laughs that stand out (the Girl Scout brawl for one) but despite solid performances from even the supporting cast there are too many thrown-together storytelling elements that inhibit the film from breaking the mold of it's genre.

Money Monster
Money Monster (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Money Monster has an all star cast but not the all star story that it deserves. It's not predictable but at the same time, isn't multilayered enough to really captivate it's viewers.

As a suspense thriller it's not very daring, as a character drama there weren't enough depth or complexities. At the end of the road there just wasn't much of a pay off in revelations or truth either.

If only the film had a more cohesive message in regards to investing in the stock market, or a character angle for Clooney or O'Connell. Money Monster would have an identity but it's neither here nor there.