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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A few years after the city of Boston experienced one of the most tragic events in U.S. history, comes the film adaptation that no one really asked for in Patriots Day.
Patriots Day follows the story of officer Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg, who finds himself – more or less – in charge of the security of the Boston Marathon. When two bombs go off, he scrambles to help as much people as he can. As different government agencies investigates the case, they recruit Saunders and his geographical knowledge of the streets of Boston to isolate the cameras where the bombers could be identified.
The film does a good job of illustrating the mayhem and chaos of the bombings, while also showing the hopeful and heroic features of humanity. It seamlessly incorporates real footage of the events in a very effective manner. The narrative doesn’t deviate much where it would feel like it was trying to be something it is not. It is a biographical movie that doesn’t waste much time with expositions and gets straight to the point.
Yes, Patriots Day has a lot going for it, but unfortunately I couldn’t help but feel that it was milking the tragic events of April 15, 2013. I have tried to pinpoint where exactly the movie starts making me feel this way but I just can’t seem to find a specific turning point. It could be that the narration comes from Wahlberg’s character or how graphic the movie is with the injured that make me feel like they’re disrespecting the people who were actually there. My feelings could also just simply come from the title. Patriots Day clearly demonstrates how the city of Boston united after the bombs, but its title doesn’t reflect the same.
During the Star Wars Celebration of 2015, it was announced that a series of Star Wars films were being planned to stand-alone from the core, episodic sagas. Known as the Anthology Series, these films would tell different stories from the Star Wars lore.
Now, a year after the Force Awakens set the stage for future Star Wars movies, comes the first anthology in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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