The box office can be a tricky place, especially when a new entry is up against late summer blockbusters. However, “No Good Deed” has managed to shake Tinsel Town with a number one debut and amazing reviews. Possibly one of the most well marketed films of the year; this suspense thriller stars Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. Both stars are considered cinematic gold, but never in films where they are the main stars. All this changed when they ceased being Taraji and Idris and temporarily donned the roles of Terri and Colin. Terri is a former prosecuting attorney turned housewife and Idris is a murderer on the run. Through a surprising plot twist their paths are unwittingly crossed. Murder, danger, betrayal and drama are rife in this thriller as both struggle to take the other down!
Fame and fortune seem to be the aftermath of dreams fulfilled. After all, who do you know does not want to be loved and admired by the world at large? It is as close to immortality as any human may ever get. However, for some people fame and fortune have a dark side and a heart wrenching downfall that no episode of “UnSung,” or “Behind The Scenes” can ever truly capture. “Beyond The Lights” is an upcoming film, from the director of “Love & Basketball,” telling the story of Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a young and sensational singer forced into the limelight by her overbearing mother. Troubled and desperate she tries to commit suicide but is saved by a police officer named Kaz (Nate Parker). The two seem to find what they need in one another, but her fame and mother, threaten to tear them apart.
New York City’s resident “Heroes in a Half Shell” are back and revamped! Say goodbye to your goofy, pudgy animated turtles of the nineties and hello to four mean, green fighting machines! The Teenage Mutant Turtles have a realistic face lift, each character grittier, but are still true to their animated personalities. Their origins, however, have been slightly modified. Instead of accidental freaks of nature, they are instead the side effects of some fine genetic engineering. Mutagen, and not ooze, is the progenitor of their creation! Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello unwittingly become New York’s guardians after The Foot Clan emerges to terrorize its citizens. Bent on ruling the city and driven by power, The Shredder, leads his legions to take down the city by any means necessary!
Are you thirtysomething and thoroughly threw with the current state of your life. Then you will love “Let’s Be Cops!” Damon Wayans and Jake Johnson play two thirty year old men trying to scratch out a worthwhile existence in Los Angeles. Nothing is going right for them in their careers or love lives. Things begin to change after they unwittingly show up at a masquerade party dressed as cops. They leave the gala feeling down, but notice the uniforms give them an otherworldly sex appeal and authority. Immediately, they begin to the impersonations overboard and wind up over their heads when they cross the path of a notorious crime boss. How they manage to get through this is nothing short of hilarious and miraculous. You will swear they are taking police lessons from “Bonkers D. Bobcat!”
Surprise! Not really surprised! Marvel Studios has done it again. “Guardians of The Galaxy” opened this weekend and immediately passed expectations by setting a box office record for the month of August, opening with a whopping 94 million dollars! This latest film in a long line of superhero-related action adventure movies only proves that when it comes to cinematic success superheroes still reign supreme!
The film centers around a loose band of outlaws and misfits, each dealing with their own personal losses and pains who put aside their differences to stop a fanatical tyrant from wiping out an entire planet of people. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel) all made their cinematic debuts with all the thrills, zest, and hilarity you would expect from a film based of space bound superheroes.
Whether you know of Frodo or Bilbo Baggins, by now the world at large is familiar with the small folk coined by J.R.R. Tolkien as “hobbits!” At long last the final film in the franchise of The Hobbit movies, “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” is coming to theaters just in time for Christmas. As you recall in the last film, Bilbo Baggins was unwittingly enlisted as a “burglar” to help a team of dwarves steal The Arkenstone from the fearsome dragon, Smaug. They are narrowly successful, but end up enraging and releasing the dragon on Middle-Earth at large. Smaug is determined to take revenge on the people of Lake-town for helping the dwarves, while Bilbo looks on horrified.
There is a new femme fatale in town and her name is Lucy! Scarlett Johansson is taking the action genre by storm once again as a femme fatale armed with nothing more than the full capacity of her brain. Lucy is an exhilarating film which combines the thrills of the action genre with psychological suspense, and even lessons in quantum physics. The story begins when Lucy is unwittingly forced to become an international drug mule hoping to capitalize on a mysterious blue substance initially believed to be an illegal substance. After being injured the chemical substance begins to leak into her body systems and super charges her brain. As the film progresses we watch the count as she gains more and more power as she is able to use higher pecentages of her brain power. What happens when she reaches 100% is nothing short of a spiritual experience.