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Author archive: Nicholas Weninger

May 2, 2017

‘The Circle’ a shining example of stellar cast, idea squandered

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) lands the job of a lifetime at the world’s most powerful technology and social media company, The Circle. Encouraged by the company’s founder (Tom Hanks), Holland joins a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and personal freedom.

April 18, 2017

Action-packed ‘The Fate of the Furious’ makes for wild ride

With “The Fate of the Furious,” one of the most successful film franchises in history is back! Dom (Vin Diesel) has brought everyone together to create a family. However, in the middle of a job, he betrays his family and starts to work for Cipher (Charlize Theron). What does she have on Dom to make him turn on his family?

April 12, 2017

‘Life’ evokes memory of ‘Alien,’ but struggles with deeper theme

Astronauts (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds) aboard the International Space Station are on the verge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the members of the crew conduct their research, the rapidly evolving life-form proves far more intelligent and terrifying than anyone could have imagined.

April 4, 2017

‘Ghost in the Shell’ a visual experience with underwhelming ending

Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier. She is part of a team that is devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers something that makes her question her existence. Was her life stolen instead of saved?

March 29, 2017

‘Beauty and the Beast’ remake maintains magic of original while adding new elements

“Beauty and the Beast” got remade! Is any other introduction needed when discussing one of the greatest Disney animated films?

March 21, 2017

Inexperienced director causes ‘Kong: Skull Island’ characters to fall flat

A group of scientists, soldiers and adventurers explore a mythical and uncharted island of the Pacific Ocean. Big mistake. Their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival.

March 7, 2017

‘Logan’ goes beyond typical superhero movie as fantastic drama

In the near future, an old, beaten down, weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X. Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his past are derailed when a young mutant arrives in desperate need of help.

February 21, 2017

‘The Lego Batman Movie’ overwhelms with too much humor, action

Batman (Will Arnett) works alone. He is used to living in world where he isn’t dependent on others. He takes this so far that he won’t even commit to the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) and say that he is his main enemy and that he hates him.

February 15, 2017

‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ measures up as successful sequel

All John Wick wants to do is retire and live in peace with his dog. However, circumstances from his past won’t allow this and once again, the Baba Yaga, the man you call to kill the Boogeyman, the world’s best assassin, is forced to come out.

February 8, 2017

‘Hidden Figures’ is a riveting tale about civil rights

“Hidden Figures” is the untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind helping launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.