Despite some lack of magic, Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret… MoreDespite some lack of magic, Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is still good clean fun.
The introduction does its piece and the conclusion is a work of art. It's everything in the middle of this 100 minute picture that falls short on the exploration and wackiness of the film's amusing concept.
The CG and costumes do wonders visually when applied, although, in the grand scheme of things it's held back by the film's script.
Ben Stiller pulls double duty, while the likes of Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Owen Wilson, and Steve Coogan enjoy the ride. Nothing to complain about when it comes to the cast. Cameos are also noteworthy.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb delivers a few laughs and enjoyment. Check it out and take a ride with history.
Despite some good clean zombie fun, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gets a… MoreDespite some good clean zombie fun, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo gets a little preposterous with 28 Weeks Later.
Overall, the 90 minutes of virus outbreak is acceptable; however, the likability of many a character is low. Aside from the introduction, there is a solid stretch of buildup before the storm, which is a tad tedious.
The second half makes a push to redeem itself with some violence and action. The carnage is bloody violent, although the camerawork during a lot of these segments serves as a distraction.
Notable faces fill out the cast. Robery Carlyle is a standout performer. Rose Byrne is a delight with her role. Jeremy Renner is a bit of a surprise cast for his character.
28 Weeks Later is a mixture of positives and negatives, but when all the running comes to an end, it is a watchable sequel.
Conjuring up another sci-fi animation, Kazuchika Kise keeps at a high… MoreConjuring up another sci-fi animation, Kazuchika Kise keeps at a high level with Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 3 - Ghost Tears.
Linked and continuing on from its predecessors, the storytelling is such that picking up the film and watching it on its own isn't all that difficult. While taking it a little slow in the middle, the film does have a nice pace to it; rich in plot details as needed to get the story across. Lacking just a bit in the action department, it's easy to realize that it takes a back seat in this picture.
Visually, this picture is everything to expect from a Japanese anime. The characters have excellent design as do the various settings.
Character voices are nicely done with Maaya Sakamoto voicing the popular Motoko Kusanagi.
Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 3 - Ghost Tears melds science fiction, crime drama, and action adventure all into one. Highly recommendable.
Robert Stromberg doesn't get magnificent with Maleficent.
90 minutes… MoreRobert Stromberg doesn't get magnificent with Maleficent.
90 minutes may seem short at first, but once the storytelling takes place, it seems fitting. There really isn't much material to indulge or amuse between the introduction and conclusion. The back story, while enough to put the pieces together, lacks sufficient background for characters. With that said, the film does have enough production value to surpass mediocrity.
For the most part, the CG effects are agreeable with the film's personality. The few scenes of bright color contrast the overly dark atmosphere and tone of the picture.
The film belongs to Angelina Jolie, as it should. Listening to her line delivery hits the spot. Elle Fanning has a few moments of delight herself.
Maleficent never reaches the epic status, but for a family oriented fairy tale, it gets the job done.
Mike Flanagan's Oculus brings some thrills to the horror genre.… MoreMike Flanagan's Oculus brings some thrills to the horror genre.
Spanning a little over 90 minutes, the film's first half and build up is a highlight. The time jumps with the storytelling, along with the film's concept, unleash a boatload of mystery and intrigue. With that said, the final act ends up muddled and unfulfilling, as if the ball was dropped midway through.
A few scare cliches are employed from time to time, but the scares are lean in the grand scheme of things. Instead the film feeds off of the creepy atmosphere and the R-rated violence.
Karen Gillan is quite the performer and is a strength of this picture. Katee Sackhoff gets a little creepy, which is what is asked of her. Brenton Thwaites ends up overshadowed by Gillan.
Thanks to its strong first half, Oculus is in the better end of the spectrum and becomes a recommendable horror thriller. Be careful with those light bulbs.