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Review:The Man Who Knew Infinity Print E-mail
Friday, 06 May 2016 20:35

Rating:  ZZ

By:  JR Molina

Summary:  The Man Who Knew Infinity is the newest film by Matthew Brown. The story is based on the true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a math genius. Srinivasa on his own went to some of the most prestigious schools of the world despite fighting against racism of the time and against all odds.

The Good:  You can’t knock this film for its acting. Patel and Irons play so well off each other and at times you can’t take your eyes off them. The story itself is kind of rare too. It’s not often you see a period piece about a math genius so when watching this film you do get a different perspective than you’re use to in most hollywood films.

The Bad:  The film could’ve been braver. It’s about racism but it never goes beyond the usual “racism of the time” cliche I hate. It lets the audience off the hook of the racism that’s still going on today. Race is one of the few films I’ve seen that doesn’t do that. So seeing a movie about racism handled with kid gloves doesn’t leave you with the same impact it really should.

 

The Ugly:  The film isn’t great, but isn’t totally bad. If you want to take your mom or dad to a movie this is kind of perfect. It’s safe, and an uplifting story that will leave most audiences pleased. If you want a little more than this film isn’t really for you. It’s an Oscar bait film that isn’t enough to be real Oscar bait.

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: Captain America: Civil War Print E-mail
Friday, 06 May 2016 01:45
 
 
 
Rating:  No Zs
 
By:  Amy Elizondo


Summary:  Earth’s mightiest heroes are pit against each other and forced to choose a side with either Captain America or Ironman.

The Good:  Finally we get a little bit more of an original story in this latest Marvel installment.  There is a lot to be said about the cast because there is such a great combination of actors in this film.  I enjoyed seeing the group of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson together, as well as the added mix of Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, and Paul Rudd.  One of the best things in this film is probably newcomers Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland who portray the Black Panther and Spiderman respectively.  Both of these actors and their characters breathe fresh air into a superhero world that was beginning to grow a bit stale with the sameness of characters and awkward storylines.  Civil War also delivers on the amount of action that we’ve come to know and expect in these types of movies.  Another aspect of the film that remained in tact was the comedic timing and moments.  I’m not sure if any other comic book action movie can hit the mark on comedy as well as Marvel has done in most of its movies. (It has hit it better in some of its films more than others, but it’s still there in one form or another).

The Bad:  With a running time of 2 hours and 27 minutes, Captain America:  Civil War definitely feels that long or maybe even longer. Some of the setup of the movie was a bit slow for me; I felt that it took too long to really get moving.  There were some sections of the film that also could have been reduced or eliminated completely.  I know for films like this it’s very hard to cut down and also try to fit everything in, but if it had been done in a more cohesive way I think it might have flowed a little bit better.  Marvel most certainly does put a lot of information into this movie, and there were times in which I didn’t know where the movie was going at all, but it was okay because I was really there for the ride and thrill of it all.  One thing that stood out to me right away was in the first fight sequence.  The camera was very shaky. It didn’t happen a lot and might have only happened in one or two more fights, but it was definitely noticeable and pulled me out of the film.  Another qualm I had with Civil War was with the ending because it was kind of anti-climactic.  We’ve followed these characters on this long journey and then when we realize what the real reason behind everything is, we’re left thinking, “That’s it? That’s why all of this is going on?” After all is said and done the film tries to end in a way that is upbeat and lifting, but actually ends up making you feel uneasy about what is possibly to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe future.  

The Ugly:  All in all, Civil War is absolutely a film you don’t want to miss if you’re a Marvel fan. The cast is funny and the action isn’t too over the top.  Even if you’re not a fan of Marvel or even comic book films, it is still a very fun and enjoyable movie to see. 

 

 
 
Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale
 
No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie
 
Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie
 
ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film
 
ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie
 
ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping
 
 
Review: Mother's Day Print E-mail
Friday, 29 April 2016 05:04

 

Rating:  ZZ

By:  Amy Elizondo

 

Summary:  The film follows the lives of various families and what it means to have a mom, miss a mom, and be a mom.

 

The Good:  The cast was a fun one that really worked well together.  There were many cute and touching moments throughout the film as expected from a movie like this, however, those moments were not over the top or blatantly in your face in the way other movies try to make it.  Another nice surprise was how pleasantly funny and original the movie was.  It didn’t feel stale or overdone.

 

The Bad:  Two words:  too long.  There was plenty of opportunity to crop the film down to at least an hour and a half, but this two hour long movie didn’t seem to care how long we sat in the theater for.  Occasionally, something absurd would happen that you know could never happen in real life, but it’s okay because you don’t really mind for this type of film.  A couple of scenes in the film were also a little predictable, but there were startlingly few of those scenes.  

 

The Ugly:  Overall, the film was nice and funny.  Even the young children cast in the movie were great and witty.  One thing I enjoyed about the film was that it tried to put twists on classic storylines to make them different.  Something else that worked in favor of the movie was that at times you would think you knew what was going to happen, whether it was a line of dialogue that was about to be spoken or an action that was about to take place, and then something completely unexpected would happen.  This film might have been marketed a little bit like a Lifetime movie, but it was much, much better than that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film In Austin’s Review Grading Scale

 

No Zs – A solid, outstanding movie; there wasn’t an snoozing in this movie

 

Z – Good movie, sometimes the story may be lacking in some area, but it’s still recommended; only fell asleep for a quarter of the movie

 

ZZ – Average, entertaining at parts, it may be worth seeing, but you will probably want to wait and rent it; fell asleep for half of the film

 

ZZZ – Very weak where entertainment, plot, realism, development and other vital elements are missing; fell asleep for a third of the movie

 

ZZZZ – Very poor to the point that you will only recommend for your family and friends “not to see it;” fell asleep right when the movie began and slept through the whole thing.  Well, you will wish you had spent that time sleeping

 
 
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