Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy 2017 Theater Poster, Image Credit: Universal (Dark Universe)

Let’s be honest, after recent reviews expectations for The Mummy are low. Despite the fear of wasting money and time, movie-goers may be surprised. The Mummy is not the worse fantasy movie, neither is it the best.

Perhaps The Mummy received such harsh criticism because the lead actor is Tom Cruise as Nick Morton. There are a lot of movie-goers and critics who are over Cruise. It’s understandable. It’s like how underwhelmed some people felt when they found out Ben Affleck was cast as the latest Batman. Batman is out of Affleck’s league.

The question arises why Tom Cruise was cast in a monster movie like The Mummy. Tom Cruise appears to play one role only as an actor, an anti-hero. Not any anti-hero, but an arrogant, smart-mouthed, handsome athletic type who runs really, really fast. That’s who he is as Morton in the The Mummy.

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(Movie Review) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean Theater Poster (Image Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Johnny Depp retrieves his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, a rum-loving, womanizing pirate with a passion for treasure in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.  Yet, there is a difference.  Captain Sparrow seems older, drunker than ever, and surprisingly wiser. The best part of Sparrow is still his sarcastic humor. It hasn’t changed at all.

Henry Turner, played by Brenton Thwaites, is the newest upcoming pirate. He is the son of Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, and Elizabeth Swan, played by Keira Knightley. Turner is determined to save his father from his watery fate.

Backstories were included for Captains Sparrow and Hector Barbossa, played by Geoffrey Rush. Golshifteh Farahani gives an impressive performance as the witch Haifaa Meni. Legendary musician Paul McCarthy makes a cameo. For those who wait, something good comes after the credits.

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DragonCon 2016 celebrates science fiction fandom in Atlanta

DragonCon 2016 celebrates its 30th year in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The DragonCon international science fiction and fantasy convention is hosted annually by the city of Atlanta.

Event activities include comic books, film, television, costuming, art, music, gaming, science and over 35 different fandom subgenres. Scientists, authors, actors, artists and entertainment luminaries hold panel discussions, workshops, parties, live concerts, puppet shows and contests over four days.

More than 77,000 science fiction fans worldwide attended over the Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 – Sept. 5. The Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Atlanta, Hyatt Regency, Georgia Aquarium, and other businesses welcomed fans, vendors, traders, celebrities and guests.

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Movie review: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

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The female cast of ‘Ghostbusters’ give ‘fight like a girl’ a whole new ghostly meaning.

The 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” remained true to the traditional hilarity of the original “Ghostbusters” of 1984.  The most persistent question about the remaking of the 1984 “Ghostbusters” movie was, “Can women effectively play the roles of Ghostbusters?”

In the “Ghostbusters” movie, Erin Gilbert (Kristin Wiig) read a comment left for the YouTube video made by the group.  The comment read, “Ain’t no b****** going to hunt no ghosts.”  This was a tongue-in-cheek inference to the controversy raised by some fans about remaking “Ghostbusters” with a female cast.

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