Movie Trailer #2: TOMB RAIDER

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.  Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Read more »

Review: PHANTOM THREAD

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

From the first frame to its very last, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is an aesthetically elegant affair.  The production design, the exquisite costumes, the fantastic score by Jonny Greenwood, and the gorgeous cinematography done by Anderson, himself, all play their part in bringing a breath-taking mask of beauty which actually hides something more ugly, unnerving and even sinister.  One can almost get completely lost in the film’s allure and completely forget that they are watching a P.T. Anderson movie.  That is, until the auteur reveals his ace-in-hole.  Phantom Thread defies all expectations and in my opinion, is Anderson’s best film since There Will Be BloodRead more »

Review: THE COMMUTER

By Liz Lopez

Rating: B –

During the last quarter of the year, many films are offered in theaters and with several so exceptional in story or performances that they are sure to garner film award nominations, if not the statue itself. As we enter a new year, we can expect the guilty pleasure of what is often referred to as a “B movie” – one that is not an “arthouse” film or does not have the huge budget, but is entertaining to some film fans. One director’s work that I have grown accustomed to look forward to often this time of year is Barcelona born Jaume Collet-Serra since 2005 with the remake of “House of Wax.” He has developed a great collaboration with Liam Neeson in the lead of many action films, “Run All Night,” “Non Stop” and “Unknown” and his latest, “The Commuter,” does not disappoint when it comes to fans who enjoy planes, trains and automobiles going everywhere other than where they should be. Read more »

Review: PADDINGTON 2

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 4 (Out of 4 Stars)

Paddington is love.  Paddington represents an ideal that all humanity should try to achieve.  To quote The Room‘s Tommy Wiseau, “If a lot of people love each other, the world will be a better place to live.” I know that quoting the enigmatic filmmaker, who made one of the world’s worst movies, probably seems odd, but Tommy gets what Paddington is all about.  The well-mannered little bear with the British accent is back in theaters with a second movie that only builds on what the first one accomplishes.  With much more infectious charm, an extra dose of delightful humor, and a phenomenal comic turn by Hugh Grant, Paddington 2 is here to offer audiences another message of love from which everyone in this world could learn so much. Read more »

Review: THE POST

By Mark Saldana

Rating: 3.5 (Out of 4 Stars)

Between 1972 and 1973, Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward covered the Watergate break-in and the subsequent scandal and their investigative reporting helped uncover a conspiracy within the White House.   This actually wasn’t the first time that the reporting of the Washington Post would take on the U.S. government and won.  Not long before Watergate, the Post took a huge risk on a major gamble that could have ended the newspaper and set back freedom of the press for future generations.  Steven Spielberg’s new film, The Post, tells this riveting story and features fantastic performances by a wonderful ensemble cast. Read more »