Movie Review: ‘The Dark Tower’

Agree to disagree. Give it a chance. These are important attitudes to maintain in a world where sites (like this one – yes, I realize) can potentially send out their reviews before the release of a movie, and critics can pan it before it’s ever gotten a chance to reach an audience. “I heard it was awful” is a sentiment you hear a lot, which is often code for “a friend of a friend read on Rotten Tomatoes that it got a 13%, so I’m not going to bother.” You can burn a movie to the ground that way pretty easily.

After seeing The Dark Tower, I found the ubiquitous bashing of it online surprising. “Did we all see the same movie?” I thought while cruising through Twitter. Within minutes of the press embargo being lifted, the film was trending and key phrases like “misfire”, “garbage”, and “f**k up” were being bandied about unanimously. People love to hate on things, and boy oh boy, did they ever hate this movie! I didn’t read a single positive thing.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/08/movie-review-dark-tower/

Movie Review: ‘Wind River’

Taylor Sheridan, writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water, makes his directorial debut with Wind River, a captivating thriller centered on an unlikely partnership between rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) and Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a seasoned hunter and U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent, after the discovery of a raped and murdered teenage girl in the desolate Wyoming backlands. The film itself is Sheridan’s third go at the oft-romanticized American West and the hardships the people who live there really face – drugs, poverty, violence, and a scarcity of resources and support.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/08/movie-review-wind-river/

Movie Review: ‘Strange Weather’

Strange Weather is a powerful delve into the complexities of death, grief, redemption, and reconciliation.

Several years after the death of her son, Walker, Darcy Baylor (Holly Hunter) gets some unsettling news about a former classmate of his that sticks in her mind like a thistle. After some digging and further examination of the items her son had on him at the time of his death (memories she had quite literally locked away), Darcy realizes that something isn’t right. No, something is off and now she needs answers. Enlisting the help of her friend, Byrd (Carrie Coon), she embarks on a journey across state lines to find out what really happened to Walker in his final days.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/07/movie-review-strange-weather/

Movie Review: ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’

Who the F**ck is That Guy? is the story of Michael Alago, a trailblazer in the music industry perhaps ultimately best known for signing Metallica. This could be quite the focal point, but this isn’t the “Metallica Makes It Big” story; this is the “Michael Alago” story, and it’s a doozy.

Alago grew up in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn (despite being Puerto Rican, himself), but routinely and purposefully ventured out into the world to consume as much music has he could. He shook hands and made friends with everyone from David Lee Roth to Bruce Springsteen.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/07/movie-review-fk-guy/

Interview: Director Tommy Stovall on ‘Aaron’s Blood’

Aaron’s Blood is the story of a devoted single father, Aaron, and his hemophiliac son, Tate. After a scuffle with a bully at school, Tate is rushed to the hospital where he has to receive a blood transfusion. Though some good comes out of it – Tate is healed – it isn’t long before he starts exhibiting disturbing, vampire-like symptoms. Now Aaron must go to extreme lengths to save his son from the grips of a new, even deadlier disease.

ScreenPicks spoke with director Tommy Stovall about his new horror-thriller centered on the bond between a parent and child, and what it was like to work with his own son on the project.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/06/interview-director-tommy-stovall-aarons-blood/

Movie Review: ‘Aaron’s Blood’

Aaron’s Blood is the story of dutiful single father Aaron (James Martinez) and his son Tate (Trevor Stovall), who struggles with hemophilia, a disease that makes the normal wear and tear of adolescence life-threatening.

After a run-in with the school bully, Tate is brought to the hospital, his situation quickly turning critical. The medical team is forced to give him a blood transfusion – “One unit with two more on standby,” a doctor explains. He’s at risk of hemorrhaging at any moment and remains sedated

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/05/movie-review-aarons-blood/

Movie Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been on a rocky road – or choppy seas as it were – since the first film came out in 2003. While Curse of the Black Pearl was a smash hit, its follow-up was lackluster. The third film was perhaps better than the second mainly because of Keith Richards, but then the fourth was largely forgettable. (There was a mermaid, I think?) Luckily for us, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales returns to its roots, making it easily the best film since the first in the franchise.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/05/movie-review-pirates-caribbean-dead-men-dont-tell-tales/

Interview: Cast and Crew of ‘Power Rangers’

Get ready for the new and improved Power Rangers!

In the little seaside town of Angel Grove an ancient evil has awoken. It’s an evil that has the potential to destroy not only the town, but the planet itself. With disaster imminent, fate must step in to bring together five very different teens – teens who will have to form an unbreakable bond and overcome some real issues – to become the next generation of Power Rangers and save the day.

The Rangers, along with friendly guide Alpha 5 (Bill Hader), nemesis Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), director Dean Israelite, and writer John Gatins sat down to talk about what happens when The Breakfast Club meets Transformers.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/03/interview-cast-crew-give-us-scoop-powers-rangers/

Movie Review: ‘Logan’

The solo “Wolverine” movies have been a let-down for a lot of fans of the swarthy, clawed, quick-healing hero. Though they’ve arguably gotten better along the way, hopes have been riding high that “Logan,” Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the iconic character, will be better than the rest. All signs have been pointing to this being the one. Director James Mangold revealed early on that Jackman had taken a salary cut in order to ensure the movie could be rated R; Jackman has said that he loved the script from the moment he read it, and this felt like a solid film with which to leave the character behind him; and the trailers and promo materials have all been gritty and cool.

Fortunately for all of us, “Logan” does not disappoint.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/03/movie-review-logan/

Movie Review: ‘Logan’

The solo Wolverine movies have been a let-down for a lot of fans of the swarthy, clawed, quick-healing hero. Though they’ve arguably gotten better along the way, hopes have been riding high that Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the iconic character, will be better than the rest. All signs have been pointing to this being the one. Director James Mangold revealed early on that Jackman had taken a salary cut in order to ensure the movie could be rated R; Jackman has said that he loved the script from the moment he read it, and this felt like a solid film with which to leave the character behind him; and the trailers and promo materials have all been gritty and cool.

Fortunately for all of us, Logan does not disappoint.

Original article: http://screenpicks.com/2017/03/movie-review-logan/