Author: Timothy Coursen

Sabotage (2014)

Sabotage (2014) After his 2012 surprise hit End of Watch, David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) is back to direct Sabotage, along with a big cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator, The Last Stand), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike), Terrence Howard (Iron Man, Prisoners), Josh Holloway (Lost) and Olivia Williams (Sixth Sense, Rushmore). After Breacher (Schwarzenegger) leads his elite DEA Task Force team in a successful raid of a drug cartel’s safe house, his team is executed one by one. Everyone suspects each other while trying to figure out who is to...

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The Circle Review

The Circle is a modern thriller starring Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Tom Hanks (Sully), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) After Mae (Watson) gets a job at the biggest social media company, she is chosen by the creator of The Circle Eamon Baily (Hanks) to be part of a new project where she will have every minute of their day live-streamed on the internet via a camera on her person, and various cameras everywhere she goes to see how her behavior changes when being watched. What Mae doesn’t...

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Life (2017)

  Life (2017) The newest installment in the Trapped-In-Space genre stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation), and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) The Plot After a crew of scientists recover samples of life from mars, they study a creature (later named ‘Calvin’) as it grows. Little do they know how quickly it will grow and how big it will get, until they find themselves fighting to stay alive when it gets loose. Let’s talk positive for a sec I really liked what they did with the alien as far...

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Slither (2006)

Slither (2006) Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and before James Gunn gained fame writing and directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he kicked off his directing career with Slither. The sci-fi/horror movie, also written by Gunn, stars Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Castle) and Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games), including a sizable role for Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). Summary After an alien lands on earth with sinister intent, local sheriff Bill Pardy (Fillion) and his team must survive long enough to prevent the extra-terrestrial from destroying their town, and everyone in it. A Positive It would be very easy for Slither to become nothing but gore and violence, or to be filled with poorly fleshed out characters and an incoherent plot, but I felt that Gunn was able to balance everything quite well. While it includes some suspenseful moments and is loaded with disgusting imagery, the tone is actually more lighthearted than one might expect. While humor is scattered throughout, it is mixed well with the rest of the script and brings some extra life to the screen without turning it into a bad comedy. An Unfortunate Negative While some interesting lore was created for the alien in the way it functions, where it comes from, and what its plans are, much of it just does not seem physically possible. While that was a bit of a distraction, I got...

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