Review: ANNIHILATION

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Alex Garland, the brilliantly innovative mind behind 28 Days Later and Ex Machina, uses his visionary talents to adapt the first novel of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy.  With Annihilation, Garland takes his audiences through another disturbing, science fiction journey and does so with gorgeously realized visuals and tense, haunting sequences of both horrific and metaphysical natures.  The film is quite a remarkable experience that will leave fans of heady sci fi in absolute awe, but might leave casual viewers quite bewildered. Read more »

Review: GAME NIGHT

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

With Office Christmas Party, Horrible Bosses 1 & 2, Identity Thief, and a handful of other comedy films, actor Jason Bateman has found a comfortable niche portraying a likable, and sometimes flippant straight man reacting to outrageous situations and wildly comedic characters.  With a few exceptions here and there, most of his films have either been just good or not-so-good.  However with Game Night, Bateman has chosen a comedy that is hilariously written and performed, and is superbly directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.  As talented as Bateman is, it makes me happy to report that he is in a comedic film which utilizes his chops well, and can boast a fantastic supporting cast as well. Read more »

Movie Trailer: PANDAS

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

IMAX invites you to experience the world of PANDAS – narrated by Kristen Bell. The journey begins this April. #IMAXPandas 🐼

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family. At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce cubs into the wild. This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear program in rural New Hampshire. What starts as a cross-culture collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for an American biologist who crosses an ocean to join her; a scientist from Inner Mongolia; and a very curious female cub named Qian Qian, born in captivity. Read more »

Movie Trailer: ON CHESIL BEACH

Source: Bleecker Street

Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan stars in ON CHESIL BEACH, based on Ian McEwan’s bestseller. Watch the official trailer – in select theaters May 18.

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Review: BLACK PANTHER

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther was Marvel’s very first African superhero, only to be followed years later by The Falcon and Luke Cage.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced the character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, where he gave audiences only a small taste of his powers, skills, and resources.  Black Panther has own standalone movie now and gets to really show movie audiences what he can bring to the MCU.  Director Ryan Coogler, who made a wonderful contribution to the Rocky franchise with Creed, gets to show what he has to offer to superhero cinema.  The talented filmmaker succeeds in creating what I feel is the best superhero movie of the Marvel franchise and a film that allows black actors to shine brightly. Read more »