After successfully restarting the Star Wars franchise with The Force Awakens, and after taking headlines by storm with their holiday purchase of a subdivision from 20th Century Fox, Disney continues its worldwide dominance with The Last Jedi.
Right on the heels of Wonder Woman’s triumphant success this past summer, comes the next installment from DC Comics: Justice League.
Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, follows the life of Desmond Doss during World War II as his faith is put to the test after he enlists in the Army.
The film stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.
After Fifty Shades of Grey took the box-office by storm in 2015, now comes the sequel everyone was waiting for with Fifty Shades Darker.
To say that the critical reception of Fifty Shades of Grey was harsh would be an understatement. Every review I looked at just bashed the movie to the ground. But there was one redeeming quality, the sex scenes. There weren’t many in the first film, but the camera work and the direction of each of those scenes told a story of their own that was much more compelling than the rest of the storyline. The movie knew its appeal and exploited it. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about Fifty Shades Darker.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women working at NASA. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine G. Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson.
Written and directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight follows the story of an impressionable young boy named Chiron from three different stages of his life. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight brilliantly captures the diverse nature of a culture too rarely seen in motion pictures.
Based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” Arrival is a sci-fi film directed by Denis Villeneuve and adapted by Eric Heisserer.
When I first heard of this film, I was in the middle of reading “Story of Your Life.” Our Asian-American Literature professor was upset that once again, Hollywood was white-washing a story created by an Asian author. Back then, it was revealed that Amy Adams would play the lead role, and neither my classmates and I were having it. When the film was released I refused to see it. But recently, I started wondering how the film would compare to the source material and to be completely honest, I was missing out.