Ocean’s 8 | Movie Review

All star cast? Check. Stylish setting? Check. Subtle humor? Check. Fantastic heist plot? Hmm, not so much. Ocean's 8 is the latest installment in the Ocean's franchise, but swaps the eccentric male criminals for their equally masterminded female cohorts. While the acting, pacing, and lavish style and setting make this a fun caper film, the predictable plot and low stakes bring what could have been a superior heist film into the realm of blandness. Ocean's 8 stars

Universal Pictures Presentation | CinemaCon 2018

On day three, this morning's festivities kicked off with a star-studded presentation from Universal Pictures. While Warner Brothers may have had more celebrities on their stage, Universal went all out with who they chose to bring and ended with an incredible live performance from the one and only, Cher. The presentation kicked off with an update from Illumination Animations, the company that brought us Minions, Despicable Me, and The Secret Life of Pets. This year they

Avengers: Infinity War | Movie Review

Avengers: Infinity War has been ten years in the making and expectations for it are at an all-time high. Which may be to its ultimate detriment as Marvel's newest installment in the MCU is one of the biggest and most ambitious films to date. This collaboration of superheroes is a dream come true with engaging action, on point dialogue, and a villain worthy of such a massive team up to stop him. But while I will

Sony Pictures Presentation | CinemaCon 2018

Day One of CinemaCon 2018 opened with their signature International Day followed by Sony Pictures Presentation. Sony toted themselves as having one of the most dynamic lineups for this year with unique stories and a wide variety to appeal to all audiences. Sony's President Josh Greenstein came out on stage to announce the films in their upcoming slate. First up was Holmes and Watson, the new Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly joint comedy that is

Early Man | Movie Review

In the early days of mankind, as we fought against dinosaurs and mammoths, extinction level meteors, and our underdeveloped motor skills,  a small tribe of cavemen create the first ever game of football (soccer for American folk.) At least this is what the film wants us to believe. Early Man is a light-hearted jab at our ancestry as we moved from the Stone Age into the Bronze Age. The physical comedy and style from the

Southwest Maker Fest Coming This Weekend

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The fifth annual Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) will bring a variety of exhibitors, presentations, and workshops to downtown Mesa on February 17! The FREE festival engages visitors in exploring hands-on creation, from 3D printing to rocketry to weaving, from 10 am to 4 pm, on Pepper Street between Robson and Macdonald Streets in Mesa. The i.d.e.a. Museum will be open free to the public that day as part of the festival experience. Details can be

Downsizing | Movie Review

Imagine a world where people are only 5 inches tall and the sociology, economic, and environmental effects it would have. Downsizing poses several questions with its unique concept and social commentary. At times it has powerful humanistic moments driven by incredible acting and humorous elements to keep it light. However, while the movie shines in small increments, the overall story is disjointed and lacks the focus to be an exceptional film. It's pacing is erratic and

Darkest Hour | Movie Review

In 2017 we've seen a resurgence in the World War II genre, with powerhouses such as Dunkirk, The Man with the Iron Heart, and now Darkest Hour. While other films this year have taken a more action-packed route, Darkest Hour focuses on the behind the scenes politics of England during the early days of the war. With Western Europe rocked by the growing invasion of the Third Reich, Great Britain faces a tumultuous Parliament with

The Disaster Artist | Movie Review

You're tearing me apart, James Franco.  If you have experienced the phenomenon known as The Room then you may expect a behind the scenes bio-pic would answer some of your burning questions about the origins of the filmmaker, Tommy Wiseau. However, this film has no answers, only more questions, and speculation. But The Disaster Artist is surprisingly sweet homage to the worst film ever made, and an overall love letter to the film industry and those

Lady Bird | Movie Review

Lady Bird is a unique look into the life of a teenage girl in California in the early 2000's. With a seasoned cast starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, this indie gem is a quirky reminder that the cinema is not just about bloated budgets and over the top effects; at it's heart it is telling stories. Lady Bird is an unconventional story, as it follows its protagonist through her senior year of high school. While other

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