Film Review: Passengers

You’ve been woken up from your cryopod 90 years early on a 120 year journey from Earth to the distant colony world of Homestead II. And you’re alone. No crew, and none of the other 5,000 passengers on the spaceship are conscious. What do you do? Denver-based mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) is the only conscious person on the massive deep space ship and he has no idea why his pod decided it was time for…Read More

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Rarely have I experienced such disappointment partway through a movie as I did with the newest X-Men universe movie X-Men: Apocalypse. It starts out just phenomenally well, set in ancient Egypt about 3000 BCE and the visuals, the story, and the introduction of the powerful mutant En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). A powerful mutant in a simpler society, he rules with an iron fist, until the locals bury him and his entourage deep in a…Read More

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

The basic storyline is compelling: it’s a dystopic future and the totalitarian government that controls everything keeps a tight lid on the twelve outlying Districts with the annual Hunger Games. Each district must send two children chosen at random, and when District 12’s choice is Prim Everdeen (Willow Shields), her big sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) courageously volunteers to go in her place. The first film in the series, The Hunger Games, is about the Games, but…Read More

Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Let’s get this out at the beginning: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is not a very likable young woman, and it’s puzzling why both Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are so enamored of her. She’s self-absorbed and sullen, and is just as likely to ignore either young man as offer them a smile. For their own part, the boys aren’t much better. Gale is the “bad boy” miner who has been friends with “katnip”…Read More

Review: The Hunger Games

In a dystopian future where the government keeps a tight rein on the populace, the annual reminder of a failed uprising is The Hunger Games, a televised battle to the death of teens from each of the twelve districts. When her young sister Prim (Willow Shields) is selected as the female tribute from District Twelve, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers for combat instead, getting paired up with local baker’s son Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).  They’re…Read More