‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ reminiscent of ‘Star Wars’

Remember in “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” when Obi Wan Kenobi described Mos Eisley Spaceport as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”? Well, “Guardians of the Galaxy” (released Aug. 1), the newest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shows fans that Han Solo and the Wookiee weren’t… Continued

No monkeying around in latest entry in ‘Apes’ series

George Orwell had it right when he wrote, “Four legs good, two legs bad.” This “Animal Farm” axiom is the driving theme behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which wastes no time in reminding us that no matter how hard you try, you cannot escape the dangerous and… Continued

Superheroes for a super society

Superman exists, and he’s American. Intentionally or not, Hollywood’s obsession with Marvel and DC subject material has led to a pseudo-repetition of the evolutionary stages of the caped crusader in comics while simultaneously making him more prominent in popular culture than ever before. He is not just for comic book… Continued

Golden Globes usher in yet another award season

Although many still consider the annual Academy Awards, the Oscars, as the be-all-end-all for choosing and rewarding the best works of the year in the movie industry, recently the Golden Globe Awards have been receiving more and more viewers and respect. This year people are predicting the Globes may have… Continued

‘Hunger Games’ sequel sets silver screen on fire

It always warms my heart when a beloved book is faithfully adapted into a movie. In 2010, adaptations of both “Shutter Island” and “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1” turned great pieces of literature into crowd-pleasing cinema without annoying hardcore fans of the original subject material. A more… Continued

‘Lincoln’ reimagines iconic president

Abraham Lincoln is his name, and demythologizing is the game in Steven Spielberg’s new biopic, “Lincoln” (limited release Nov. 9 with a wide release Nov. 16). Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” the movie focuses on the 16th president’s second term… Continued

Action and heart abound in ‘Skyfall,’ a new classic

On more than one occasion in “Skyfall,” James Bond (Daniel Craig) obediently returns to M (Judi Dench) after an intense brush with death, only to have her fire off her famous line: “Where the hell have you been?” It’s a question audiences have been asking since 2008, when the hackneyed… Continued