Review: THE INCREDIBLES 2

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

After fourteen years and several other films, Disney/Pixar and director Brad Bird have finally brought an Incredibles sequel to theaters and I am glad to say that it is definitely worth the wait.  The filmmakers have brought their audiences more of the same excitement and comedy which made the first film a favorite among movie goers. That said; the film does play it safely by treading some familiar ground, but is different enough for it to overcome sequelitis. Both The Incredibles and now The Incredibles 2 prove that Marvel is not the only hot ticket at the cinema. Read more »

Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

Film Review: “American Animals” is an Unbelievable True Story You May have Missed – Watch Now!

 

By Liz Lopez

Rating: A

Often times, we read that a movie is “based on” some real events and so it is to be anticipated that some of the events/action is a dramatization. From the very beginning of the feature film written and directed by Bart Layton (“The Imposter”) there is a title card that clearly tells the viewer this is a real story. At that very moment, I sat back to learn about a crime and drama from an unexpected “community” that absolutely has the knowledge and intelligence to have known better. This is not just “another heist film” – not a remake, nor a sequel – this is about four Kentucky university students that plotted an art theft from their own college library in a very amateur way – the Rare Collections books! I highly recommend viewing the film not only for the story, but the format that the director uses to relay it, including both actors and the four former students.  Read more »

Review: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Between 1963 and 2001, Fred Rogers entertained and educated via his television programs which not only instructed children about the world around them, but also fueled their imagination and creativity.    Morgan Neville’s documentary goes behind the scenes to reveal the real Fred Rogers, a humble and intelligent Presbyterian minister-turned television host.  Rogers eschewed a church pulpit for a television studio where he could reach the world’s masses and spread his messages of love, magic, education, and acceptance of all kinds of people.  The film offers audiences a candid and insightful look at this genuinely beautiful soul who touched the hearts of not only his colleagues, but also his audience members who tuned in regularly.  Neville’s film is not only a well-made documentary, but it is also an extension of Roger’s love and is a pure reflection of the soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing man himself. Read more »

Review: TAG

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3 (Out of 4 Stars)

Based on another crazy true story (no joke) about a group of adults who have played the same game of tag for over thirty years, Tag is a riotously funny and well executed movie that is sure to keep audiences well entertained.  Director Jeff Tomsic makes his feature film debut with a movie which can boast thrilling action sequences and hilarious comedic performances by its great cast.  Though the movie might be lacking in the plot and story departments, it makes up for this deficit with insane physical gags and memorable lines by its characters. Read more »

Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

By Mark Saldana 

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

On December 17, 2004, four childhood friends attempted to steal several highly valuable books from the Transylvania University Library.  This story and the events prior to and after the theft form the basis of this true crime film directed by Bart Layton.  Layton intercuts his dramatic reenactment of these events with interviews with the real people. The resulting feature movie makes for a crazy, but facinating, compelling and highly entertaining piece of heist cinema.  And the superb performances by the cast make the experience all the better. Read more »