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Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015)

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the fifth installment to the franchise. Ethan finds himself closer to revealing the identity of the Syndicate, a lethal and rogue entity which has been running essentially in the shadows of central intelligence. When CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) successfully dismantles the IMF, Hunt is left on the run from his own government. Read More…

Trainwreck (2015)

Judd Apatow directs the comedy written by and loosely based off the life of Amy Schumer. The film centers on the life of a 30-something year old woman stuck in the cycle of a polygamous and self-destructive lifestyle. Amy works at a body and sex-obsessed men’s magazine. She is assigned to work on a piece highlighting the surgeon to some of the greatest athletes. Amy, who knows almost nothing about sports (her favorite team are the Orlando Blooms) reluctantly agrees to the assignment.
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Ant-Man (2015)

Peyton Reed directs the twelfth installment in the Marvel Comic Universe films. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) has just recently gotten out of prison after spending years locked up for breaking and entering into a major corporation building. Unbeknownst to him, finding a job even with a master’s degree in engineering proves to be a very difficult feat for an ex-con. When things don’t work out at the local Baskin Robins, Scott succumbs to the peer pressure of his friends who persuade him to rob a billionaire who will be out of his house for a whole week. Read More…

Jurassic World (2015)

Colin Trevorrow directs the latest installment in the sci-fi movie franchise. 20 years after the events that led to the demise of Jurassic Park, a new park has been opened on the same island. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) runs the theme-park and is ultimately in charge of giving the consumers what they want. Claire describes in the film that every 2 years or so a new dinosaur needs to be introduced because of waning public interest. The newest addition to the park happens to be a genetically modified hybrid named Indominus Rex. The creature was created to satisfy the need for something “bigger and scarier,” as instructed by their focus groups (if you haven’t already guessed, this was not a good idea). Read More…

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Joss Whedon directs the latest film entry in the juggernaut franchise that is Marvel Comics. The sequel to 2012’s The Avengers takes place sometime after the conclusion of last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie begins with the team’s mission to find Loki’s staff, which leads them to an Eastern-European, Hydra fortress that unbeknownst to the Avengers also is home to genetically-enhanced twins, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). (Note: due to comic book rights these mutant characters have a different origin story, plus on a side note it was a bit weird to see the actors playing siblings when last year they played a married couple in Godzilla). Read More…

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

Robert Schwentke directs the sequel to Divergent (2014). Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James), Peter (Miles Teller) and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) are now living with the Amity faction as they plan their next move against the tyrannical Jeanine (Kate Winslett). Tris is haunted by the death of her parents. She feels enormous amounts of guilt for having killed a friend from her former Dauntless faction.   Jeanine is on a mission to put an end to the Divergent population. She believes them to pose a threat to the basis of their society. Read More…

Disney’s “Frozen” is overrated

Disney’s Frozen is overrated.

Yes, I said it. Yes, I know it’s almost like saying Beyonce isn’t the greatest singer of all-time (hopefully the Beygency doesn’t read this blog). Read More…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

Francis Lawrence directs the first installment in the conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy. The movie picks up shortly after the ending of its predecessor, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Jennifer Lawrence reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen of District 12. Unbeknownst to Katniss she has been appointed as the primary leader of a district-wide rebellion. In addition, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) was left behind in the escape from the 75th Hunger Games. Like the second movie, Katniss continues to suffer from post-traumatic episodes. Read More…

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone GirlDavid Fincher directs the movie adaptation to Gillian Flynn’s critically-acclaimed and best-selling novel. The mystery-thriller delves into the whereabouts of Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) after her husband, Nick (Ben Affleck), comes home on his 5th wedding anniversary to find broken furniture and his wife nowhere to be found. While the investigation to learn what happened to Amy begins as a peaceful vigil it quickly escalates to a social media bonanza when Nick’s side of the story begins to unravel. Read More…

Boyhood (2014)

Mason Jr.- BoyhoodRichard Linklater directs a film chronicling a 12-year period in the life of Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane). Astonishingly the original cast was filmed over that period of time and as a result the characters age as the story progresses. Mason Jr. lives with his mother, Olivia (Patricia Arquette), and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). His father, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), is a sporadic presence in his life. The film not only chronicles the life of Mason Jr., but indirectly shows the life trajectory and progression of Mason’s family. Read More…