Oscar Nominations 2016

The Oscar nominations for 2016 are finally here! Check out the full list of nominations here!

The Martian received 7 nominations, including Best Picture, Visual Effects, and more! Star Wars: The Force Awakens received 5 nominations, including Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and more. I think that The Martian deserves to win Best Picture, as it was an entertaining, funny, and thrilling sci-fi movie. For Visual Effects, I think that Star Wars: The Force Awakens should win, for it had amazing special effects, shown a lot through large-scale space battles. Finally, I believe that Inside Out should win Animated Feature Film because it was a funny, touching film, one of the best animated movies of the year. Which movies do you think will win in these categories? Leave your opinion in the comments.

Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation Movie Review

What’s it about?                                                                                                                                    The newest Mission: Impossible movie, and probably the best. Ethan Hunt and the IMF, or Impossible Mission Force, for those who don’t know, take on the Syndicate, a secret organization bent on destroying the IMF. This spectacular movie is enjoyable for those new to the franchise and those familiar with it.

How is it? 5/5                                                                                                                                        Amazing. Rouge Nation has awesome action sequences, humor sprinkled throughout the movie that will have you laughing, and truly impossible stunts.

How is the action and humor? 5/5                                                                                              The action in Rouge Nation is excellent. For example, the initial sequence in which Tom Cruise hangs on the side of an airplane is marvelous. Also, much of the humor comes from Benji, a member of Ethan’s team, and William Brandt, played by Jeremy Renner, who many know as Hawkeye in The Avengers.

In conclusion, Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation is an excellent movie.

Movie Review- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

What is it about?                                                                                                                                       The seventh movie in the Star Wars saga. 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, a new galactic threat has risen: the First Order. Luke Skywalker has disappeared, and the only clue to finding Skywalker is in a droid who befriends Rey, a scavenger on the planet Jakku. She meets Finn, a stormtrooper that escaped the First Order. They must team up with Han Solo and the Resistance to make sure that the information does not get to the First Order. To watch and fully enjoy The Force Awakens, it is better to have seen the previous Star Wars films. However, if you have not seen them, then this article will provide you with everything you need to know before watching The Force Awakens.

How is it? 5/5                                                                                                                                                   Awesome. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an amazing movie, possibly one of the best of 2015. It has action, humor, and outstanding special effects. Even if you have not seen the original Star Wars movies, you can still enjoy The Force Awakens.       

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 5/5                                                                       The Force Awakens is filled with a blend of humor, spectacular intergalactic action, and fantastic special effects that will give you an entertaining 2 hours and 16 minutes. Much of the humor comes from BB-8, a droid shaped like a soccer ball that contains the map to Luke Skywalker. However, Finn, the former stormtrooper, is also very funny along with Han Solo, who fans will know as the famous pilot of the Millenium Falcon, and C-3PO, the golden, talkative droid. However, some of the jokes and references are from the past  Star Wars movies, and newcomers to the franchise may not understand them. The action in The Force Awakens is awesome. The lightsaber duels between Kylo Ren, the main villain, and Finn and Rey are wonderful, along with some of the larger scale battles between ships of the Resistance and the First Order. Finally, the special effects are amazing. The previously-mentioned fights between Resistance and First Order ships contain many of these eye-popping visual effects.

Overall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a great movie.

Check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Trailer!

Movie Review- Ant-Man (2015)

What is it about?                                                                                                                                       The latest addition in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy universe, is an amazing movie. After getting kicked out of his own company, Dr. Hank Pym recruits former thief Scott Lang, who was just released from prison. He trains him to become the Ant-Man, by using a suit that allows him to shrink, but have super-strength and an army of ants. Lang must prevent Darren Cross, whose former mentor was Pym, from using a similar suit for evil. You do not need to have seen the Avengers movies to understand Ant-Man, however there are some references to events in the Avengers movies.

How is it?  4.25/5                                                                                                                                         Overall, Ant-Man is one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and perhaps tied for the funniest with Guardians of the Galaxy. It is enjoyable for both Avengers fans and those who have not seen the Avengers.

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 5/5                                                                             The action in Ant-Man, combined with dazzling special effects is remarkable. However, it is not as large-scale as other Marvel movies, such as The Avengers. For example, the final battle takes place in a little girl’s bedroom on a toy train track, as compared to in The Avengers, where it takes place in the whole New York City. This is also a positive trait about the movie: it differentiates it from other Marvel movies.  It is also lighter than other films in the Marvel universe, the concept itself being quite silly. Ant-Man is also a hilarious movie, and much of the humor comes from one of Lang’s thief friends, Luis, played by Michael Peña.

In conclusion, Ant-Man is an amazing movie.

Check out the Ant Man 2015 Official Trailer!

Movie Review – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015)

What is it about?

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is the hilarious fourth entry in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series. Alvin, Simon, and Theodore think that Dave is going to propose to his girlfriend in Miami, and start a new family without him. On top of that, they would be stuck with Dave’s girlfriend’s son, who frequently bullies them. So they set out to Miami to try to stop Dave’s proposal.

How is it? 3.5/5

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is the funniest movie in the series that will have you laughing the whole time. However, you do not need to have seen the previous films to understand and enjoy this one.

How funny is it? 4.5/5

This movie is filled with slapstick humor throughout. Most of the humor comes from the chipmunks, but there are some hilarious parts with an air marshal that has a conflict with the chipmunks. For example, Alvin and the rest of the chipmunks hurl Theodore onto the body of the air marshal.

Overall, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip is an enjoyable, hilarious movie.

Check out the Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip 2015 Official Trailer!

Movie Review – Creed (2015)

What is it about?

Creed is an excellent movie about Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, who passed away before he was born. He moves to Philadelphia to be trained by Rocky Balboa, the former opponent and close friend of his father. Johnson soon gets an opportunity to fight in the light heavyweight division, taking on the last name “Creed”.

How is it? 4.5/5

Overall, Creed is an entertaining and marvelous boxing movie that not only Rocky fans would enjoy, but also those new to the series.

How is the acting? 5/5

Creed has spectacular performances by Sylvester Stallone, who plays the famous boxer Rocky Balboa, and Michael B. Jordan, who plays the main character, Adonis Creed.

How is the action and humor? 4/5

The training sequences are fantastic; for example, Creed races a band of motorcycles across the streets of Philadelphia. The last fight, in which Adonis competes against an undefeated fighter named Ricky Conlan, is breathtaking and has you cheering by the end. And in between scenes, Creed has the humor to keep the movie entertaining.

Overall, Creed is a spectacular, enjoyable movie.

Check out the Creed 2015 Official Trailer!

Which movies to look forward to in 2016?

With 2016 approaching, many new movies are coming out.

This is a list of movies to look forward to in the New Year:

1) Kung Fu Panda 3: the newest release in the hilarious Kung Fu Panda series.  What’s it about? “When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas.”

Check out the Kung Fu Panda 3 2016 Official Trailer!

Release Date: January 29, 2016

2) Zootopia: The newest Disney/Pixar flick after The Good Dinosaur. What’s it about?  “In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who’s trying to make it big goes on the run when he’s framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Zootopia’s top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they’re forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.”

Watch the Zootopia 2016 Official Trailer!

Release Date: March 4, 2016

3) The Divergent Series: Allegiant: the sequel to Insurgent, the third installment in the Divergent Series, and the first part of an adaptation of the book Allegiant. What’s it about? “After the earth-shattering revelations of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.”

Check out The Divergent Series: Allegiant 2016 Official Trailer!

Release Date: March 18, 2016

4) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: the sequel to Man of Steel. What’s it about? “Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.”

Check out the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 Official Trailer!

Release Date: March 25, 2016

5) The Jungle Book: the live-action, computer-generated reboot to the 1967 animated movie of the same name, which are both based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name. What’s it about? “Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a boy who was raised by the Indian wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). When the fearsome Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens his life, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Guided by Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), he sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who do not exactly have his best interests at heart-including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), an Indian python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), a Bornean orangutan-resembling Gigantopithecus[1] who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly “red flower” (his name for fire).”

Watch  The Jungle Book 2016 Official Trailer!

Release Date: April 15, 2016

6) Ratchet & Clank; the film adaptation and origin story of the Ratchet & Clank video game series. What’s it about? “Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.”

Watch the Ratchet and Clank 2016 Official Trailer!

7) Captain America: Civil War: the third movie in the Captain America series, which depicts Iron Man and Captain America clashing. What’s it about? “Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. ”

Enjoy the Captain America: Civil War 2016 Official Trailer!

8) The Angry Birds Movie: the film adaptation of the extremely popular mobile game, Angry Birds. What’s it about? “The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers,Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride,This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.”

Check out The Angry Birds Movie Official Trailer!

9) Alice Through the Looking Glass: the sequel to the 2010 Alice in Wonderland. What’s it about? “Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.”

Watch the Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer!

10) X-Men: Apocalypse: the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past and ninth entry in the X-Men series. What’s it about? “Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.”

Watch the X-Men: Apocalypse Official Trailer!

Sources: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2267968/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl