Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) (Review)

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Directed by: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Luc Besson
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast
Edited by: Julien Rey
Production Companies: EuropaCorp, Fundamental Films, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Universum Film, Gulf Film, River Road Entertainment, and Belga Films
Type: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Producers: Luc Besson, and Virginie Besson-Silla
Distributed by: STX Entertainment, EuropaCorp
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language.
Release Date: July 21, 2017imdb_logo_a_l
Running Time: 117 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Cineplex Canada.

Synopsis: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Baby Driver (2017) (Film Review)

baby-driver-posterTitle: Baby Driver
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Screenplay: Edgar Wright
Music: Steven Price
Cinematography: Bill Pope
Edited by: Paul Machliss, and Jonathan Amos
Production Companies: Working Title Films, Big Talk Productions, and Media Rights Capital
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Music
Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures
Rating: Rated R for violence and language throughout.
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Running Time: 113 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Cineplex Canada.

Synopsis: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) (Mini Film Review)

spider_man_poster2Title: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Directed by: Jon Watts
Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers
Based on: Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Music: Michael Giacchino
Cinematography: Salvatore Totino
Edited by: Dan Lebental, and Debbie Berman
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Pascal Pictures
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Superhero
Producers: Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Running Time: 133 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Cineplex Canada.

Synopsis: Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Written by Benett SullivanJ

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The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) (Mini Film Review)

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Directed by: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Screenplay: Jeff Nathanson
Based on: Pirates of the Caribbean by Walt Disney; Characters created by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert
Music: Geoff Zanelli
Cinematography: Paul Cameron
Edited by: Roger Barton, and Leigh Folsom Boyd
Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of adventure violence, and some suggestive content.
Release Date: May 26, 2017
Running Time: 129 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Landmark Cinemas.

Synopsis: Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) (Film Review)

MV5BMTg2MzI1MTg3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTU3NDA2MTI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_Title: The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Directed by: James Gunn
Screenplay: James Gunn
Based on: Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Music: Tyler Bates
Cinematography: Henry Braham
Edited by: Fred Raskin and Craig Wood
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Superhero
Producers: Kevin Feige
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language, and brief suggestive content.
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Running Time: 136 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased from Cineplex Canada.

Synopsis: After saving Xandar from Ronan’s wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy.

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The Mummy (2017) (Film Review)

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Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Screenplay: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Ben Seresin
Edited by: Paul Hirsch, Gina Hirsch, and Andrew Mondshein
Production Companies: Perfect World Pictures, Secret Hideout, Conspiracy Factory, and Sean Daniel Company
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, and Sarah Bradshaw
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Running Time: 107 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased by my boyfriend from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. Written by Universal Pictures

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Wonder Woman (2017) (Film Review)

wonder-woman-final-posterTitle: Wonder Woman
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Based on: Wonder Woman by William Moulton Marston
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg
Music: Rupert Gregson-Williams
Cinematography: Matthew Jensen
Edited: Martin Walsh
Production Companies: DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films, Tencent Pictures, Wanda Pictures
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Superhero, Fantasy, Action, War
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rating: Rated PG 13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Running Time: 141 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased by my boyfriend from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis: Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

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Beauty and the Beast (Film Review)

kv4k6h3Title: Beauty and the Beast
Directed by: Bill Condon
Written by: Maria Maggenti
Screenplay: Stephen Chbosky, and Evan Spiliotopoulos
Music: Alan Menken
Cinematography: Tobias Schliessler
Edited: Virginia Katz
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures, and Mandeville Films
Based on: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and La Belle et la Bête by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Type: Fictionimdb_logo_a_l
Genre: Fairytale, Romance
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Rating: Rated PG for some action violence, peril and frightening images.
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Source: Tickets purchased by me from Cineplex Canada

Synopsis:  Disney’s animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

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Before I Fall (Film Review)

beforeifall_ep_poster1Title: Before I Fall
Directed by: Ry Russo-Young
Written by: Maria Maggenti
Based on the Novel by: Lauren Oliver
Type: Fiction
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Producers: Jonathan Shestack, Matt Kaplan, Brian Robbins
Distributor: Open Road Films
Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving drinking, sexuality, bullying, some violent images, and language-all involving teens.
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Book Publisher: HarperCollins

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I was invited to an advanced screening of this film courtesy of HarperCollins Canada.

Synopsis:  Sam seemed to have everything a teenage girl could want: popularity, a hot boyfriend, cool status, fun friends, loving family and seeming happiness.  But beyond the superficial, Sam’s life wasn’t so charmed. She was one of a clique of high school mean girls who made life hellish for those different from them.  When she’s killed in a car accident, Sam is forced to relive her last day on Earth seven times in order to get things right.  She attempts to make sense of what befell her and gain a better understanding of herself and others. In the process Sam evolves, learns to be a good person and comes to accept her fate.  As narrated by Sam (Zoey Deutsch), this touching story, based on the 2010 young adult novel by Lauren Oliver, has a Groundhog Day structure, with a dramatic arc.

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