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‘Independence Day 2: Resurgence’ Now Playing In Theaters Nationwide

The highly anticipated sequel to director Roland Emmerich‘s 1996 blockbuster Independence Day 2: Resurgence is now playing in theaters nationwide. Despite a failed effort to bring back Will Smith, who played one of the lead roles in the original film, the new sequel has gained much anticipation from fans of the original, who no doubt are excited to see veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, While You Were Sleeping) reunite onscreen to fight aliens! Also returning from the original film are actors Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Man, Kill Bill: Vol 1), Brent Spiner (The Aviator, Star Trek: The Next Generation), and Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), who are joined by new lead Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), and actors Jessie T. Usher (When The Game Stands Tall, Survivor’s Remorse), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), Sela Ward (The Day After Tomorrow, Gone Girl), and William Fichtner (Armageddon, Black Hawk Down). Despite popularity among fans, the film has not received good reviews from critics, who have called it “boring” and “loaded down with ’90s cheesiness.” Not sure how audiences will react or if they will agree with the critics, but I guess we’ll find out this weekend. Enjoy!

First Trailer For ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ Now Available

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opening in theaters this week, movie-goers are starting to look to the New Year to get their blockbuster fix. Over the last week we have seen new, full-length trailers for Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, which will bring the comic-movie circuit back to life after the Star Wars bubble finally bursts. This week, however, we have a new trailer for another sequel we have been keeping our eyes on, in the form of Independence Day: Resurgence. Original ID director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) is back with returning veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Lake Placid), Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Mann, Kill Bill Vol. 1), and Oscar-winner Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), leading a new generation of actors including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), and William Fichtner (Heat, Black Hawk Down). Picking up 20 years after the events of the original film, we find scientist David Levinson (Goldblum) and former President James Whitmore (Pullman) facing a new insurgence of alien visitors that will test the world’s new defense systems that were developed using the technology of the original invaders. Unfortunately for fans of the original, Will Smith will not be reprising his role, and instead the plot will focus on a new-generation fighter pilot (played by Hemsworth) named Morrison, but other than that the rest of the story looks (on the surface) pretty legitimate. As always, we’ll have to wait for the final product to know for sure. Stay tuned for further updates.

‘The Hunger Games: MockingJay-Part 2’ To Be Released In 3D-IMAX

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012).

The Hunger Games film franchise will be wrapping up this November with Mockingjay-Part 2, and for the first time in the whole series, movie-goers will be able to see it in IMAX 3D. While the first two installments, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire saw release on IMAX screens, last year’s Mockingjay-Part 1 was not released on IMAX or 3D, at least not in the United States. Audiences in China, however, were able to see Mockingjay-Part 1 in 3D, and since the response was so positive, Lionsgate has decided to release Part 2 in 3D as well, so director Francis Lawrence has added another task to his post-production checklist, according to Lawrence the new format will only help to improve the quality of the movie, but I guess it will be up to the fans to decide whether or not it improves upon the earlier films or not. Mockingjay-Part 2 opens in theaters this November 20th, and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia, Escobar: Paradise Lost), Liam Hemsworth (Empire State, Paranoia), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, A Most Wanted Man), and Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland).

MADE Review For Director Clint Eastwood’s Upcoming ‘American Sniper’


This week I was able to see an early screening of director Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming biographical drama American Sniper. The movie was adapted for the big screen by Jason Hall (Spread, Paranoia) from the book by Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and James Defelice and chronicles Kyle’s four tours in the Middle East during the War on Terror. It is easy to see Eastwood’s style of filmmaking shine through, especially with the cinematography and camera-work, and the portrayals of Chris and Taya Kyle by Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Golden Globe-nominee Sienna Miller is pretty impressive. What strikes you most about the plot, however, is not necessarily Kyle’s reputation as the most lethal sniper in US military history, but rather the apparent strain that Kyle’s military service has on his personality and his perception of his role in the war and his family life. Eastwood also does a fine job of really pulling you into Kyle’s environment, often building up very intense combat scenarios that you can only see from Kyle’s perspective. Ultimately it was a very entertaining watch, filled with drama, suspense, and yes, some pretty graphic images at times. I would definitely recommend seeing this one. I can’t really provide a comparison to the book seeing as I haven’t read it, but if I do while it’s still in theaters I’ll let you know what I think. You can see American Sniper in theaters this Friday, January 16th. Enjoy!

New Drama From Director Clint Eastwood ‘American Sniper’ Opening January 16th

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Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood‘s new drama, American Sniper, will be opening in theaters on January 16th. The film stars Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) as Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle, who recounts his experience in Afghanistan and his 150 confirmed kills. Sienna Miller (Casanova, Stardust) also stars in the film as Kyle’s wife, Taya, and the effects of war on the couple’s family and individual life is depicted through their own separate perspectives. The script comes from Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name and was adapted for the screen by Jason Hall (Spread, Paranoia). Eastwood’s last film, an adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Girls, was attacked by critics for being a drab alternative to the more energetic and entertaining musical, but when it comes to material on warfare, his style of film making is usually right on par. I guess we’ll find out a month from now, keep an eye out for an upcoming trailer.