In Theaters This Week (7/1/2016) – The BFG, Tarzan, Purge 3 and More!!!

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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  July 1st sees five films opening for the Independence Day (in the US) weekend.  Finding Dory has been merrily swimming through animated film record after animated film record.  Can it be slowed by giants, spies, maniacal purgers, Tarzan, or Bruce Willis? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/1/2016) – The BFG, Tarzan, Purge 3 and More!!!

Trailer Time: Sully Trailer #1 *Hanks is ALWAYS the Captain!*

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger. 

Look, if you want someone to play a heroic captain, you need to ask Tom Hanks if he wants to do it first before shopping it around, because it’s kind of his thing.  Apollo 13 and Captain Phillips both saw Hanks receive Oscar nominations for playing captains in extraordinary situations.  He and Clint Eastwood now tackle one of the most amazing miracles in aviation history: The Miracle on the Hudson (which probably a better title for the film than “Sully”).  Two things give me pause.  One, why is the first trailer or press of any kind for what seems like an Oscar contender only being released two months before release.  Two, why is that release in the traditional dead-zone of September (though if you look at the line-up for this September, it’s the strongest I can remember for that traditional dumping ground).  This was a genuine miracle, and honest-to-goodness real life Hollywood story that played out before our eyes on TV (much like Captain Phillips).  Let’s hope Eastwood brought his American Sniper game to the director’s chair rather than his Jersey Boys fiasco.  Sully opens September 9, 2016.

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Movie Review: Eye in the Sky (2016) *Modern Warfare Via Conference Call*

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Eye in the Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. Continue reading Movie Review: Eye in the Sky (2016) *Modern Warfare Via Conference Call*

My Favorite Scene: Bridge of Spies (2015) “Standing Man”

It’s really rare that I walk into a movie with no knowledge of an actor whatsoever and leave thinking they deserved an Oscar for what I just saw.  It is UNPRECEDENTED for the Academy to actually agree with me on that statement.  However, that’s what happened last year when Mark Rylance pulled an upset and won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Bridge of Spies. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Bridge of Spies (2015) “Standing Man”

Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Resident Evil 5 Remaster (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)

One of the hits of E3 2016 was a look at Resident Evil 7, which will be released for consoles early next year.  Leading up to that, Capcom is remastering Resident Evils 4, 5 and 6 for Xbox One and Playstation 4.  Resident Evil 6 is already out, Resident Evil 4 (still one of the best games I’ve ever played) will be coming this fall, and today Resident Evil 5 is available for next-gen consoles.  Resident Evil 5 was a divisive entry in the series.  It was the first to offer co-op play, and caught some flak for issues ranging from gameplay bugs to the replacement of the traditional zombies (or infected or whatever they got called that game) with a diseased African tribe.  I think even a middle-of-the-road entry in the RE series outstrips anything else in the “survival horror” genre,  and at $19.99 with all the DLC included:

  • Lost in Nightmares (prologue)
  • Desperate Escape (alternate storyline)
  • Mercenaries mode
  • No Mercy mode
  • Alternate weapons
  • Bonus outfits

these remasters are all worth revisiting.  Your cheevos are below, courtesy of the Internet’s most reliable and helpful achievement-seeking center: xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Complete Achievement/Trophy List for Resident Evil 5 Remaster (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)