Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone, tells the story of Edward Snowden, a former CIA and NSA agent who helped to release thousands of classified documents regarding illegal surveillance techniques. The film features acting performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Olyphant, Scott Eastwood, Keith Stanfield, and Ben Schnetzer.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Magnificent 7, directed by Antoine Fuqua, is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which is a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai film from 1954. This wild west tale of underdogs fighting impossible odds features an all star cast including Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Haley Bennett, Peter Sarsgaard, Luke Grimes, and Matt Bomer.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The Disappointments Room is not a good movie and I can not recommend it to anyone. Nothing about the story, the visuals, or the editing made any sense at all. Kate Beckinsale must have either been contractually obligated to be in this movie or she lost a bet.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Blair Witch, directed by Adam Wingard, is the third installment in a series of found footage style horror movies and, this time around, we see a group of young people heading back into the infamous Black Hills forest to make a documentary about their search for a long lost relative. The film features acting performances by James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson, and Valorie Curry.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Line Walker, a Chinese action film based off of the highly successful TV show, follows a special crime unit as they try to retrieve a group of undercover agents who have had their identities wiped clean from the database. The film was directed by Jazz Boon and features acting performances from Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Francis Ng, and Charmaine Sheh.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a film directed by Michael Bay, tells the story of an attack on a U.S. compound in Lybia and the security team who decides to take matters into their own hands. The movie, based on the novel by Mitchell Zuckoff, features acting performances by John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, Max Martini, Alexia Barlier, and David Costabile.
Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells "The untold story behind the miracle on the Hudson". The film, which was shot almost exclusively with IMAX cameras, features acting performances by Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Valerie Mahaffey, Mike O'Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Anna Gunn, and Katie Couric.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Central Intelligence is an action comedy spy movie that reunites high school classmates, one a computer expert who hasn't lived up to his billing as "most likely to succeed" and the other a social outcast who has gone on to become a top agent in the CIA. The film stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Jason Bateman, and Aaron Paul.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
The 2016 Portland Film Festival has come and gone and, from everything I've seen, heard, and read, it was yet another smashing success! I am very happy to have had the opportunity to see a few of the films that were presented during the festival and have collected my reviews here for easy access.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance, tells the story of a man who, after fighting in the first world war, take a job managing a lighthouse, meets the woman of his dreams, and then makes some really bad decisions. Based on a best selling novel, the film features acting performances from Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz, Jack Thompson, and Anthony Hayes.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Morgan, directed by Luke Scott, is a science fiction thriller that explores the world of artificial intelligence, it's potential use as a weapon, and how it compares to actual humanity. The film features a strong cast that includes Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Vinette Robinson, Boyd Holbrook, and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
In a world where defective microwaves can give normal people strange, food based powers, Spaghettiman bursts onto the scene with an outrageously comedic take on the super hero genre. The film, an official selection of the 2016 Portland Film Festival, was directed by Mark Potts and stars Ben Crutcher, Winston Carter, Brand Rackley, and Jo LoCicero.
Thirteen years ago, Neil Stryker took on an evil cult. Now, the futuristic hero returns to action at the 2016 Portland Film Festival in Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time. This low budget, time traveling action movie features acting performances by David Ogden Stiers, Walter Koenig, Nic Costa, Matt Zak, Bryna Smith, Jordana Ansley, and Rob Taylor in the starring role as both the hero and the villain and is also listed as a producer, writer, and director.
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