Alien vs. Predator (2004) Review

Alien vs. Predator (otherwise called AVP: Alien vs. Predator) is a 2004 sci-fi activity movie composed and coordinated by Paul W. S. Anderson, and featuring Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen and Ewen Bremner.


It is the main film portion of the Alien vs. Predator establishment, adjusting a hybrid uniting the eponymous animals of the Alien and Predator arrangement, an idea which began in a 1989 comic book.


Anderson composed the story along with the makers of the Alien establishment, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, and Anderson and Shane Salerno adjusted the story into a screenplay. Their composing was affected by Aztec folklore, the comic book arrangement, and the works of Erich von Däniken. In the film, researchers are trapped in the crossfire of an antiquated fight among Aliens and Predators as they endeavor to get away from a former pyramid.


Alien vs. Predator was dramatically delivered on 12 August 2004 to negative surveys, and earned $177.4 million worldwide against a creation financial plan of $60 million. A continuation, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, was delivered in 2007.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Review


Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a 2019 American adventure comedy film that is a live-action adaptation of the Nick Jr animated television series Dora the Explorer and directed by James Bobin.
The film stars Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Peña, with Eva Longoria, and Danny Trejo as the voice of Boots. The film serves as Dora’s final send off.
A live action Dora film was announced in 2017, and Moner was cast in the title role in May 2018. Most of the other lead cast members were hired throughout the rest of the year, and filming took place from August to December 2018 in Australia and Peru.
This film is set after the events of the animated original television series, and was also the first film based on a Nick Jr. series.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on August 9, 2019, by Paramount Pictures. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Moner's performance and the self-aware humor, and grossed $120 million worldwide.

The Conjuring (2013) Review


The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and written by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes.


It is the inaugural film in the Conjuring Universe franchise. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators and authors associated with prominent cases of haunting. Their purportedly real-life reports inspired The Amityville Horror story and film franchise.


The Warrens come to the assistance of the Perron family, who experienced increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971.


Development of the film began in January 2012, and reports confirmed Wan as the director of a film entitled The Warren Files, later retitled The Conjuring, centering on the alleged real-life exploits of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a married couple who investigated paranormal events.


In his second collaboration with Wan, Patrick Wilson starred alongside Vera Farmiga in the main roles of Ed and Lorraine. Production commenced in Wilmington, North Carolina, in February 2012, and scenes were shot in chronological order.

Arrival (2016) Review


Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. Based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, it stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.


The film follows a linguist enlisted by the United States Army to discover how to communicate with extraterrestrial aliens who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war.


The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016, and was released in the United States and Canada by Paramount Pictures on November 11, 2016.


It grossed $203 million worldwide and received praise for Adams's performance, Villeneuve's direction, and its exploration of communication with extraterrestrial intelligence.


Considered one of the best films of 2016, Arrival appeared on numerous critics' year-end lists and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of ten "Movies of the Year".

Sonic the Hedgehog (2019) Review


Sonic the Hedgehog is a 2020 action-adventure comedy film based on the video game franchise of the same name published by Sega. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Pat Casey and Josh Miller.


It stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik, as well as James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough. In the film, Sonic teams up with local town sheriff Tom Wachowski to find his lost rings and escape Dr. Robotnik.


Development for a film began in the 1990s, but did not go beyond the planning stage until Sony Pictures acquired the film rights in 2013. Production involved the collaboration of Sega Sammy's Japanese studio Marza Animation Planet, with Fowler brought in to direct in 2016.


After Sony put the project in turnaround, Paramount Pictures acquired it in 2017. The majority of the cast signed on by August 2018, and principal filming took place between September and October that year in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.


Following the negative reaction to the first trailer in 2019, the film's release was delayed by three months to redesign Sonic.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Review


Crazy Rich Asians is a 2018 American romantic comedy film directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, based on the 2013 novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. The film stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Yeoh.


It follows a Chinese-American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend's family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore.


The film was announced in August 2013 after the rights to the book were purchased. Many of the cast members signed on in the spring of 2017, and filming took place from April to June of that year in parts of Malaysia, New York City, and Singapore.


It is the first film by a major Hollywood studio to feature a majority cast of Asian descent in a modern setting since The Joy Luck Club in 1993. Despite praise for that, the film did receive some criticism for casting biracial actors over fully ethnically Chinese ones in certain roles.


Additional criticism was directed at the film for failing to include non-Chinese Singaporean ethnic groups—notably Malay and Indian actors—as characters.

Total Dhamaal (2019) Review


Total Dhamaal (also known as Dhamaal 3) is an Indian 2019 Hindi-language adventure comedy film directed, co-produced and written by Indra Kumar. The third installment of the Dhamaal franchise, it is a reboot of the 2007 film Dhamaal, and based loosely on the 1963 Hollywood film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, with some scenes borrowed from 2015 film Vacation.


Total Dhamaal features a large ensemble cast including Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Pitobash Tripathy, Esha Gupta and Boman Irani with Johnny Lever and Manoj Pahwa in supporting roles and Sonakshi Sinha in a special appearance in the song "Mungda".


Production of the film began in March 2017. Deshmukh, Warsi and Jaffrey were chosen to be a part of Total Dhamaal too. Meanwhile, Devgn, Kapoor and Dixit were added to the cast as well. Principal photography of Total Dhamaal began in January 2018. Devgn also co-produced the film.


Filming concluded in August 2018. The official teaser of the film was released on 19 January 2019 following which the trailer was launched on 21 January. Due to the Pulwama Attack held on 14 February, the film was not released in Pakistan.

Nightcrawler (2014) Review


Nightcrawler is a 2014 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Dan Gilroy.


It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis "Lou" Bloom, a stringer who records violent events late at night in Los Angeles and sells the footage to a local television news station.


Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton also star. A common theme in the film is the symbiotic relationship between unethical journalism and consumer demand.


Gilroy originally wanted to make a film about the life of American photographer Weegee but switched focus after discovering the unique narrative possibilities surrounding the stringer profession. He wrote Lou as an antihero, based on the ideas of unemployment and capitalism.


Gyllenhaal played a pivotal role in the film's production, from choosing members of the crew to watching audition tapes. Filming took place over the course of four weeks and was a challenging process that included over 80 locations.

Aladdin (2019) Review


Aladdin is a 2019 American live-action animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Guy Ritchie, from a script he co-wrote with John August, it is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1992 animated film of the same name, which itself is based on the eponymous tale from One Thousand and One Nights.


The film stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar, as well as the voices of Alan Tudyk and Frank Welker, the latter of whom reprises his roles from all previous media.


The plot follows Aladdin, a street urchin, as he falls in love with Princess Jasmine, befriends a wish-granting Genie, and battles the wicked Jafar.


In October 2016, Disney announced Ritchie would direct a live-action Aladdin remake. Smith was the first member of the cast to join, signing on to portray Genie in July 2017, and Massoud and Scott were confirmed for the two lead roles later that month.


Principal photography began that September at Longcross Studios in Surrey, England, also filming in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan, and lasted until January 2018. Additional filming and pick-ups took place in August 2018.

Taxiwaala (2018) Review


Taxiwaala (transl. Taxi driver) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language supernatural comedy thriller film written and directed by Rahul Sankrityan, and jointly produced by UV Creations and Geetha Arts.


The film stars Vijay Deverakonda, Priyanka Jawalkar and Malavika Nair while Madhunandan, Ravi Varma, and Shiju play supporting roles with msuic composed by Jakes Bejoy.


The film released on 17 November 2018 to positive reviews and became a box office success.


The movie starts off with an odd scene in a hospital and then cuts to a year later.


Shiva comes to Hyderabad to live with his friend and find a job. His friend suggests him a couple of jobs and Shiva tries all of them. But he is not satisfied and decides to become a taxi driver. He goes to his village to get money from his brother but instead gets it from his sister-in-law who readily gives away her Mangalsutra (wedding chain) to him.


Shiva and his friends search for a car in their budget but fail.


One morning, Shiva gets a call from an unknown person who tells him that he has a car which is ready to be sold. Shiva meets the car's owner and takes the car happily, while his friend is a little hesitant.

Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) Review


Texas Chainsaw 3D (released on home media and stylized on-screen simply as Texas Chainsaw) is a 2013 American slasher horror film directed by John Luessenhop, with a screenplay by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms.


It is the seventh installment in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise and was presented in 3D. The film serves as a direct sequel to the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and was the originally intended as the final chapter of the franchise (ignoring the events of the subsequent installments).


The film stars Alexandra Daddario, Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Thom Barry, Paul Rae and Bill Moseley, with Gunnar Hansen and Marilyn Burns, who had appeared in the original 1974 film.


The story centers on Heather, who discovers that she was adopted after learning of an inheritance from a long-lost grandmother. She subsequently takes a road trip with her friends to collect the inheritance, unaware that it includes her cousin, Leatherface.

The Finest Hours (2017) Review


The Finest Hours is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Craig Gillespie and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The screenplay, written by Eric Johnson, Scott Silver, and Paul Tamasy, is based on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman.


The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana, and chronicles the historic 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the crew of SS Pendleton, after the ship split apart during a nor'easter off the New England coast.


The Finest Hours was released in the Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D formats on January 29, 2016.


The film received mixed reviews from critics, and was a box office flop, grossing just $52 million against its $70–80 million production budget.

True Story (2015) Review


True Story is a 2015 American mystery drama film directed by Rupert Goold in his directorial debut based on a screenplay by Goold and David Kajganich.


Based on the memoir of the same name by Michael Finkel, the film stars Jonah Hill, James Franco and Felicity Jones. The cast also includes Gretchen Mol, Betty Gilpin, and John Sharian.


Franco plays Christian Longo, a man on the FBI's most-wanted list accused of murdering his wife and three children in Oregon.


He hid in Mexico using the identity of Michael Finkel, a journalist played by Hill.


The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically on April 17, 2015, in the United States.


The film explores the relationship that develops between the two men after journalist Finkel begins to meet with Longo in prison.