Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: F. Gary Gray Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 14, 2017 Let’s start with one big selling point of THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS. It has an extended sequence, roughly midpoint, where director F. Gary Gray and his amazing stunt and vehicle team do things with vehicles that haven’t been done quite this way before. (It’s also liable to […]Read On »

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LIMITLESS: Executive producer Alex Kurtzman the CBS series, SLEEPY HOLLOW and Universal’s MONSTER UNIVERSE – Interview

Jake McDorman as Brian Finch n LIMITLESS - Season 1 | © 2015 CBS/John Paul Filo

In the 2011 film LIMITLESS, Bradley Cooper played Eddie Morra, an ordinary man who gained extraordinary mental acuity, thanks to NZT, a (fictional) neuro-enhancement drug that lets the human brain access one hundred percent of its power. In the new CBS series LIMITLESS, Tuesdays at 10 PM, Eddie – still played in a recurring role by Cooper, who is one of the series’ executive producers – is now a senator, who is guiding Jake McDorman’s character Brian Lynch, who is enabled by NZT to help the FBI solve crimes. Alex Kurtzman (of FRINGE, TRANSFORMERS and the new STAR TREK films) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE VATICAN TAPES

THE VATICAN TAPES | © 2015 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Olivia Dudley, Michael Pena, Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Peter Andersson Writer: Christopher Borrelli, story by Chris Morgan and Christopher Borrelli Director: Mark Neveldine Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: July 24, 2015 Exorcism films run the gamut. At the high end, there’s the William Peter Blatty/William Friedkin 1973 classic THE EXORCIST and more financially modest but tremendously effective efforts like THE LAST EXORCISM. At the low end is some truly astonishing schlock. THE VATICAN TAPES is well-made enough to stay out of the latter category, but as an exorcism horror film – or any […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FURIOUS 7

FURIOUS 7 | © 2015 Universal Studios

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Dwayne Johnson, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: James Wan Distributor: Universal Release Date: April 3, 2015 Fair warning, just because this is not what one expects from a FAST & FURIOUS film: FURIOUS 7 ends with a thorough gut-punch that has nothing to do with what happens in the film. As is widely known, Paul Walker, who plays FAST & FURIOUS series stalwart Brian O’Conner, died in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: 47 RONIN

47 RONIN movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rin Kikuchi Writers: Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini, screen story by Chris Morgan & Walter Hamada Director: Carl Rinsch Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: December 25, 2013 In Japan, the real-life story behind 47 RONIN has roughly the same cultural impact that the Alamo has in the U.S. Indeed, there’s a name – Chushingwa – for the genre of books, plays, films, TV shows and artwork about the 47 masterless samurai, or ronin, who banded together to avenge the death of their lord, even though […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the FAST & FURIOUS 6 American Premiere

Vin Diesel at the American Premiere of FAST & FURIOUS 6 | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Universal Pictures presented the American Premiere of FAST & FURIOUS 6 at the Universal CityWalk and Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City Hollywood on May 21st. Fans got there before nine in the morning to get bracelets to be in the area by the CityWalk’s “5 Towers” Outdoor Concert Venue so they could watch the performances by Ludacis, Wiz Khalifa and 2 Chainz. Before the concert girls were dancing on the stage and the music was so loud that I had to put earplugs in. It was amazing that the stars walking the carpet could hear us scream their names between the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FAST & FURIOUS 6

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 | (c) 2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Luke Evans, Tyrene Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Sung Kang, Gina Carano Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor:Universal Release Date: May 24, 2013 THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS film franchise has always been about outlaws. In FAST & FURIOUS 6, more than ever before, our heroes break not only the laws of property and speed, but also gravity, physics and frequently plausibility. And hey, why not? When the characters start talking about the differences between one motor and another, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FAST FIVE

FAST FIVE movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schultze, Joaquim de Almeida, Elsa Pataky, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot Writer: Chris Morgan, based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson Director: Justin Lin Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 29, 2011 FAST FIVE, the fifth installment in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise has everything anyone could ask of this kind of film. It has Vin Diesel returning. It has Dwayne Johnson joining the cast. It has Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson’s character beating the expletive deleted out of each other. It […]Read On »

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