‘Onward’ Film Review

  Grade: B+

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Ratzenberger, Tracey Ullman, Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna, Wilmer Valderrama, Catherine Apple, Sharon Calahan, Grey Griffin, Chris Pratt, Kori Rae, Mel Rodriguez, Dan Scanlon, Octavia Spencer, Keith Bunin, Kyle Bornheimer, Noah Klocek, Lena Waithe, Adam Habib, Jason Headley, Tom Holland, Ali Wong, and George Psarras in Onward (2020)   With the Coronavirus epidemic hitting the United States as of late, and movie theaters closing up shop as a result. Films that have been released in the past few weeks have made the move from big screens to smaller, digital formats. Pixar’s newest feature, ‘Onward’ is one of those films. However, it is streaming on Disney+ as of Friday, April 3rd, which means if you have a subscription, you do not have to purchase it on your phone. Families can sit around the TV and watch the tale of two elf brothers as they go on a quest to bring back their father for a day.

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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ Film Review

Grade: A

Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, and Stephanie Beatriz in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

Five years after ‘The Lego Movie’ became a cultural phenomenon, ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ manages to show us that everything is still awesome, though not quite, since everything has literally become an apocalyptic wasteland, straight from a ‘Mad Max’ movie, but in terms of entertainment, it can be fun. ‘The Second Part’ picks up immediately after the first ‘Lego Movie’ left off, where Emmett (Voice of Chris Pratt) and his friends find their world invaded by Duplo bricks. Of course, if anyone can remember, the events of ‘The Lego Movie’ were revealed to be conjured up in the head of a young boy named Finn (Jadon Sand, who reprises his role), who was playing with his busy dad’s Lego bricks. While that film had an ambiguity on whether the world of Lego was real or just a metaphor about family bonding, ‘The Second Part’ proves to be nothing more than a story about sibling rivalry and growing up.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Film Review

Grade: C+

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Whether you loved or hated ‘Jurassic World’ is all up to you; it was definitely a mixed bag with some saying that it was the ‘Jurassic Park’ movie they have been waiting a long decade for, and others (including me) disappointed at its attempt to take us back to good times. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ (this time, directed by J.A. Bayona) is a slight improvement over the previous film; it deals thrills and a sense of danger perfect for a ‘Jurassic Park’ movie, but focuses way too much on it, leaving the story in the dust. 

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Film Review

Grade: B-

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Paul Bettany, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Wong, Anthony Mackie, Chris Hemsworth, Dave Bautista, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Letitia Wright, and Tom Holland in Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

The time has come! Ten years of superhero movies, and it has officially come to this! While ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is no doubt making box-office records, I am thinking of ways to describe my experience without giving much away. In case you were worried, I will not dive into spoilers (Maybe once the hype dies down, I will issue a spoiler-filled review). Instead, you will be treated to a premise and mainly thoughts. 

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Film Review

Grade: B

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Poster

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 Magnificent Seven’ (2016) Film Review

Grade: C-

The Magnificent Seven Movie Poster

The Western genre seems to be dishing out some more movies to cater to the modern movie-going audience into seeing some films with Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’, and ‘Django Unchained’. Antoine Fuqua (who directed ‘Training Day’ and ‘The Equalizer’) has decided to direct a western, but not just any western; this one is a remake of a classic called ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (which is also a remake of Akiro Kurosawa’s ‘Seven Samurai’). It looks like Fuqua has discovered the formula for creating a perfect Western (The costume design, the cinematography, etc.), but it feels as though he is missing a few things to make this an engaging one. 

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