Why did they decide to release Independence Day: Resurgence on the 24th of June instead of the 4th of July? Pretty golden opportunity missed there. But, it’s not like it was going to help the movie fare any better, so I guess we should just get it out of the way then.
Independence Day: Resurgence
We always knew they were coming back. After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Sigh. So much for nostalgia. Turns out Independence Day: Resurgence doesn’t hold a candle to the original, and lacks everything that made it great. All we get this time around is a cheesy script full of narrative holes that isn’t particularly well-acted by the lacklustre cast. If you want special effects though, you’ve got them in spades, but they’re no more impressive than any run-of-the-mill sci-fi movie of late. All in all, Independence Day: Resurgence just goes to show you that bigger isn’t necessarily better, and scores a disappointed 2.5/5 stars from Kervyn.
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob (Dwayne Johnson), who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, Bob enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin (Kevin Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.
For a movie that looks exceedingly dumb on paper, Central Intelligence is apparently… quite funny. Honestly, that is the last thing I would have expected, but critics are saying that it hits the mark, for the most part. The movie is charming, funny and oddly sweet, while Dwayne Johnson is genuinely loveable. So loveable in fact, that their efforts have earned them 64% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Keeping Room
In this radically reimagined American Western set towards the end of the Civil War, Southerner Augusta (Brit Marling) encounters two renegade, drunken soldiers (Sam Worthington & Kyle Soller) who are on a mission of pillage and violence. After escaping an attempted assault, Augusta races back to the isolated farmhouse that she shares with her sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld) and their female slave Mad (Muna Otaru.) When the pair of soldiers track Augusta down intent on exacting revenge, the trio of women are forced to take up arms to fend off their assailants, finding ways to resourcefully defend their home––and themselves––as the escalating attacks become more unpredictable and relentless.
Engaging and atmospheric, The Keeping Room is definitely not your average western. Instead, it’s a nail-bitingly suspenseful and hauntingly bleak home invasion thriller, with a slow-burning story that relentlessly keeps you in a palpable sense of tension and dread throughout the film. It might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it still gets 73% on Rotten Tomatoes.
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I Saw the Light
I SAW THE LIGHT tells the story of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter Hank Williams who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike.
Tom Hiddleston is absolutely amazing as Hank Williams in this musical biopic. He owns every scene he’s in and his musical performances (all filmed live) are something to behold. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is a let-down, unevenly paced and occasionally kind of boring. It lacks any emotional punch beyond what Hiddleston can deliver, earning a seriously dull 21% on Rotten Tomatoes
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Last Updated: June 24, 2016