World War Two has plenty of stories for us to learn about as viewers. Though historically accurate, compelling and riveting, “The Monuments Men” did not do the story justice. For the dramatic plot of taking back stolen art from Nazi Germany, it was expected that the film would either stay focused on being a drama, or avoid hard-hitting subjects and remain a comedy.
“Pompeii” is a film all about the idea of loss. It is a film that highlights a powerful loss for one of the most powerful empires in history. It is a film that has its character fighting a losing battle for their freedom, love and life. But more importantly, it is a film that will make the audience lose appreciation for two cinematic classics due to how shamefully this film steals everything from them.
Watching “The LEGO Movie” is like watching some daredevil act happening right before your eyes. It is not just the fact that directors and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller managed to convince someone that a movie based on Legos was a good idea, but that the film refuses to be a safe children’s film.
“That Awkward Moment” is named after a Twitter meme that has absolutely nothing to do with the film. It is a film that, on the most basic level, is a mess to the point where even the movie’s few good aspects are brushed aside in favor of trying to be a romantic comedy for guys without the comedy.
On Friday nights, movie theatres tend to be packed. I walked out of the blistering cold into the AMC Loews on West 34th Street. I was hoping to see long lines, but I didn’t get to experience that. Instead there were a few couples lingering around the lobby and some people were standing in line waiting to buy tickets. While going up the escalator, I grew very anxious to see “Dark Skies.” It had been a while since I sat down to watch a supernatural movie by myself. Other than that, everything else remained familiar, like the smell of popcorn filling up the atmosphere.
Expectations for the casual movie viewer were probably not high for “Beautiful Creatures,” which is Hollywood’s latest attempt to fill the fantasy romance franchise gap that the “Twilight” franchise left after it concluded last November.