‘Alien: Covenant’ Film Review

Grade: D

I’m not sure what to say about ‘Alien: Covenant’, but as far as I can remember, it is one of the most disappointing science-fiction movies since ‘Morgan’. Here’s a little fact! If you remember my review of last year’s ‘Morgan’, I mentioned how the director of that little film was Luke Scott, a.k.a Ridley Scott’s father. Why do I bring up this fact? Well, if you know the movies ‘Alien’ and ‘Prometheus’, then you know the name ‘Ridley Scott’. He has made acclaimed movies (‘Gladiator’, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘The Martian’), and he has made critically divisive movies (‘The Counselor’, ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’). What Ridley Scott wanted to do was to capture the feeling audiences felt when watching ‘Alien’ for the first time, from its opening titles which fade in one by one to the ‘Alien’ theme by Jerry Goldsmith, to its plot which critics have felt was similar, while also serving as a sequel to the divisive ‘Prometheus’, which was a semi-prequel to ‘Alien’ that worked as a visually stunning stand-alone movie, but sadly feels like a video game more than a horror movie worthy of the ‘Alien’ name.

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‘Snatched’ Film Review

Grade: D+

Today, I saw that the theater was packed with groups of people. I know that it is Mother’s Day, but for a comedy with mixed to negative reviews starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn together, I was surprised. I was thinking that ‘Snatched’ was going to be a good time, especially seeing Hawn in a movie again after a 15 year hiatus. (her last film being ‘The Banger Sisters’ in 2002; an enjoyable movie where Hawn played a good role.) I did enjoy the way it looked and I did chuckle a lot, but some of the jokes in this comedy feel uncomfortable. The question being: How many people can we offend in an hour and forty-four minutes?

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‘Gifted’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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‘Gifted’ stars Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace as uncle and niece who give us, the audience, sweet moments of chemistry as Evans’ boat mechanic, Frank Adler, does everything to keep Grace’s stubborn, yet extremely intelligent Mary, happy. Whenever we see those moments (that only Fox Searchlight Pictures could show), we feel the heart and emotion shine through. Especially when we have to sit through scenes of courtroom drama that feel real.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Film Review

Grade: B

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I was excited for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ after seeing the first major trailer which showed the original cast (including the likes of Chris Pratt, a green-skinned/sexy Zoe Saldana, an excitable Dave Bautista, a CGI-raccoon with Bradley Cooper’s close-to-Italian accent, and a tiny version of one of everyone’s favorite repetitive could-be annoyances in tree form.) doing some action/comedy exercises intercut with Sweet’s ‘Fox on the Run’. I was given more exciting action, humor, brightly colored footage compared to the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’s dimly lit cinematography, and excitement that thrilled me.

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‘The Case For Christ’ Film Review

Grade: B-

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I don’t really know Christian author Lee Strobel as much and have never read his work, but I have heard of how attempting to disprove Christianity while he was an atheist turned his life around and made him a believer. How, you ask? Well, I have heard stories of people turning their lives to Jesus, whether it would be an atheist claiming to have become a Christian by going to Hell for a brief time, or someone waiting for Christ to find them. As crazy and unbelievable as some may think, the stories people tell are inspiring and thought-provoking; based on Strobel’s book titled ‘The Case For Christ’ being one of those worldwide best-sellers, I have come to the conclusion that his story may have been an inspiring one. I even found myself feeling Strobel’s change near the end to be one of the most touching moments in film history.

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‘Spaceballs’ Classic Film Review

Grade: B+

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Mel Brooks is a comedic genius! He knows how to have fun with the parodies he makes. He took on Westerns with ‘Blazing Saddles’, and the horror genre with ‘Young Frankenstein’. He also tried his hand at his own ‘Silent Movie’, spoofed the films of Alfred Hitchcock, (‘High Anxiety’) and tackled world history (‘History of the World Part I’ – Sorry, there is no part 2). Back in 1986, he decided to cash in on the success of a science-fiction blockbuster known as ‘Star Wars’ with ‘Spaceballs’; one of my favorite comedies as well as my second favorite parody behind ‘Dracula: Dead and Loving It’ (Also directed by Brooks).

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