Author: Anton Reyes

AE’s Goblet of Fire: Ranking the Harry Potter Films

“I love magic,” Harry Potter says as he stares in amazement at how the power of magic can turn this little tent into this accommodating big top. Truly, the cinematic depiction of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is something to behold, not solely for its epic adventures and enthralling world-building but also for what lies within – the emotional sincerity in character introspection. The Harry Potter film series is definitely a unique series in that it introduces our main characters as they’re in their prepubescent childhood stage and ends their stories as they reach adulthood. This makes the film series...

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Inferno Finds Hope in the Chaos of Hell

Overview: Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) must solve a mystery in order to prevent a virus from infecting the world’s population. Columbia Pictures; 2016; PG-13; 121 minutes. Anagram of Hell: Back for his third cinematic mystery hunt, Langdon must solve a mystery that is rooted in Dante’s Inferno. The iconic piece of literature focuses on Dante, a lost soul, and his journey through Hell. Similarly, the film focuses on Langdon, suffering through short-term memory loss, as he navigates a series of historical puzzles and a multiple party pursuit in order to save the world. This simple thriller plot is complemented...

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Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards: Part III

For the past two years, Audiences Everywhere has compiled a list of relatively tame and child-friendly horror movies to watch on Halloween. This year, we’ve decided to up the scariness factor on these movies just a little in order to help you overcome your fears and maybe learn a few life lessons along the way. Shaun of the Dead Depicted through the eyes of our frivolous main characters, Shaun of the Dead’s zombie apocalypse is perhaps so terrifying because of the way it catches our main characters by surprise, even though the signs were right in front of them....

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Assassin’s Creed Trailer #2 Doubles Down on Stunts and Visuals

Shying away from the typically ominous tone of most Assassin’s Creed trailers (both for the video games and the film), the second trailer for Fox’s Assassin’s Creed movie puts emphasis on the peculiar and the extreme. The trailer quickly establishes the fundamentals; Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a weird prisoner who is used as a test subject by the government to tap into memories of his ancestors, and he probably isn’t completely fine with that. No doubt, with the basic premise and the presentation of the film’s adventure, the trailer will draw comparisons to the latter half of the...

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Son of Clowns is a Performance Driven Film

Overview: An actor returns home after losing a gig to face the struggles of adjustment, relationships, and the unemployed life. RockSet Productions; 2016; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Circus Act: Son of Clowns is very much an actor-driven film. Early on, the film’s main protagonist makes the point that in order to competently act, one must first listen. The scene is relatively long compared to most of the other sequences in the film. It’s framed through a select few number of shots that stay focused on the character, signifying that the audience must, too, play close attention to the film’s...

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A Pitch for Shrek 5

Before his recent years of internet memeification, Shrek was a property near and dear to my childhood. The films came out when I was young enough to partake in some of the childish humor but also old enough to understand its cheeky depiction of fairy tales. It was easy to track Shrek’s development from loner ogre to happy family man, with his story seemingly coming to an end with his “Happily Ever After” at the end of Shrek Forever After. However, as THR reported last week, Shrek still has at least one chapter more in his story, and it will...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Hall H at San Diego Comic Con

This is the first time in my life that I won’t be halting my weekend productivity in order to follow all the news and announcements coming from Hall H at San Diego Comic Con. To inaugurate this new stage, I’ve decided to focus my productivity towards writing about the mother of all fan conventions, San Diego Comic Con. When it comes to showcasing upcoming products, the bar that every presenter should aspire toward is the one set by Steve Jobs. It was no secret the man had a sixth sense for capturing the essence of his product and presenting...

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Manhattan Night Is An Intriguing Noir Drama

Overview: Crime reporter Porter Wren (Adrien Brody) gets the story he’s been looking for when a young widow (Yvonne Strahovski) approaches him to solve the mysterious case of her dead husband (Campbell Scott). Lionsgate Premiere; 2016; Rated R; 153 minutes. Usual Suspects: Film noir is one of the oldest genres around, and it’s rare to see a modern film set itself in that genre without attempting to subvert its tropes or shape itself to act as a love letter to it. Adapted from the 1996 novel Manhattan Nocturne, Manhattan Night is a film that doesn’t attempt to do any of that....

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Finding Dory Offers a Wholesome Duology

Overview: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) go on another underwater adventure, this time in search of Dory’s long-lost family. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2016; Rated PG; 97 minutes. Rescue: Much like the fluid nature of the forgetful blue tang protagonist, Finding Dory is a film that doesn’t easily fit into one category. It doesn’t really fit the mold of a spin-off film, a prequel, or a sequel, although it definitely has features of all three blended together. Returning Pixar animation director and co-writer Andrew Stanton took the concept of Dory, their amiable and irresistible supporting character, and...

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The Conjuring 2 Is the Perfect Bookend To James Wan’s Horror Films

Overview: The Warrens investigate a haunting in London, despite premonitions of death. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; R; 134 minutes. Who You Gonna Call?: “We don’t back down from a fight,” says Ed Warren to his wife Lorraine, as he tries to convince her to take one last case before retirement from paranormal investigation. The Warrens, as they’re portrayed, step on to the scene of the hauntings as pros, knowing exactly how to operate and which steps to take. They’re met with some resistance, but they manage to stay mostly on top of the situation. Director James Wan’s final horror film...

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Tale of Tales Tells of the Virtue of Selflessness and Love

Overview: Three royal houses in an imaginary land encounter distinctly weird problems when each of their desires gets the better of them. 01 Distribution; 2015; 134 minutes Once Upon a Time: Walt Disney animated films, particularly those based on fairy tales, have always advocated that chasing down dreams and true love (not necessarily romance) was the direction in life that will allow a person to reach true contentment. Selflessness and compassion, more often than not, are the attributes that help a person get there faster. Films like The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen all cement this idea...

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Don’t Go Breakin’ My Art: Ryan Gosling’s 5 Best Performances

Hollywood has an interesting history of heartthrobs. For an actor to find his way into a category defined by Cary Grant, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Gregory Peck, Denzel Washington, etc. requires a level of attractiveness and a knack for picking attractive roles that appeal to big with audiences. However, all those aforementioned leading men were eventually able to grow out of those images to make fascinatingly diverse filmographies. Then there’s Ryan Gosling, who just can’t seem to cleanly shake away from his roles like Noah Calhoun in The Notebook or Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love. His...

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Beauty and the Beast Teaser Invites You to Revisit a Classic

Disney has been on a roll (at least financially) with its past four live-action re-imaginings of its animated classics; Alice in Wonderland (2010), Maleficent, Cinderella (2015), and The Jungle Book (2016) have all made a big hit at the box office. And two of those films are good! After returning to Wonderland and bringing to life Pete’s Dragon later this year, Disney will release what could be one of their biggest films ever, Beauty and the Beast, a live-action adaptation of… well, one of their biggest films ever. The teaser trailer released today is exactly what can be expected...

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Netflix Hidden Gem #75: Y tu mamá también

                                                                       Y Tu Mamá También Director: Alfonso Cuarón Genre: Drama, Romance IFC Films Synopsis: Two teenage, Mexican boys go on a roadtrip with an older woman (Maribel Verdú) while they learn more about each other, life, and intimate relationships. Overview: Y Tu Mamá También is like the surf, and watching Alfonso Cuarón’s reflective and sincere coming-of-age, road trip film is like the calm and ever-engaging...

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