Kyle J. Steenblik

Denial may be Dry but is Undeniably Captivating [Review]

Denial may be Dry but is Undeniably Captivating [Review]

Denial Directed by: Mick Jackson Produced by: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff Screenplay by: David Hare Based on: History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah Lipstadt Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings Running time 110 minutes Rated PG-13 for thematic material […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

X-Men: Apocalypse is Not The End of The Mutant World

X-Men: Apocalypse is Not The End of The Mutant World

X-Men: Apocalypse Directed by: Bryan Singer Screenplay by: Simon Kinberg Story by: Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris Based on X-Men by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till Running time 144 minutes Rated PG-13 […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is Very Special, by Not Being Special

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is Very Special, by Not Being Special

The Hateful Eight Directed by: Quentin Tarantino Written by: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks, Channing Tatum Running time 187 minutes (Roadshow version), 167 minutes (Theatrical version) Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Sisters is Great Immature Comedy, for Mature Adults

Sisters is Great Immature Comedy, for Mature Adults

Sisters Directed by: Jason Moore Written by: Paula Pell Starring: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Maya Rudolph, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest Running time 118 minutes Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use Katie Ellis’ (Tina Fey) life is a wreak, she has lost her job, due […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Victor Frankenstein is Ridiculously Campy and Unintentionally Comedic

Victor Frankenstein is Ridiculously Campy and Unintentionally Comedic

Victor Frankenstein Directed by: Paul McGuigan Written by Max Landis Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance Running time 110 minutes Rated PG-13 for macabre images, violence and a sequence of destruction Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) spent the first 18 (or so) years of his life as a nameless hunchback […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Bridge of Spies is Entertaining, Solid Historical Drama, Classic Spielberg

Bridge of Spies is Entertaining, Solid Historical Drama, Classic Spielberg

Bridge of Spies Directed by: Steven Spielberg Written by: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen Starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda Running time 141 minutes Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language Bridge of Spies is the—inspired by true events—story of lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) and his unexpected […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Freeheld is Poignant, Powerful, but a Touch Parched

Freeheld is Poignant, Powerful, but a Touch Parched

Freeheld Directed by: Peter Sollett Screenplay by: Ron Nyswaner Based on Freeheld by Cynthia Wade Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carell Running time 103 minutes Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality Freeheld is the story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a decorated and celebrated detective for the Ocean County, […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Pan: What the Hell DId I Just Watch?

Pan: What the Hell DId I Just Watch?

Pan Directed by: Joe Wright Written by: Jason Fuchs Based on Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried Running time 111 minutes Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language and some thematic material Pan is the story of young Peter (Levi Miller), who was abandoned […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Walk is Breathtaking, Fascinating, and Endlessly Enjoyable

The Walk is Breathtaking, Fascinating, and Endlessly Enjoyable

  The Walk Directed by: Robert Zemeckis Screenplay by: Robert Zemeckis, Christopher Browne Based on To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale Running time 123 minutes Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Intern is Clichéd but Endearing

The Intern is Clichéd but Endearing

  The Intern Directed by: Nancy Meyers Written by: Nancy Meyers Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Adam DeVine Running time 121 minutes Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief strong language 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) has become bored with retirement. When the opportunity to join a senior intern […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

We Are Your Friends is Underdeveloped and Shortchanges the Audience

We Are Your Friends is Underdeveloped and Shortchanges the Audience

  We Are Your Friends Directed by: Max Joseph Screenplay by: Max Joseph, Meaghan Oppenheimer Story by: Richard Silverman Starring: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Shiloh Fernandez, Alex Shaffer, Jonny Weston, Wes Bentley Running time: 96 minutes Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity This film was tragically underdeveloped, which cheated […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

American Ultra is a Great Concept with Sloppy Direction

American Ultra is a Great Concept with Sloppy Direction

American Ultra Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh Written by: Max Landis Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale Running time: 96 minutes Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, drug use and some sexual content American Ultra is a very interesting film that suffers from […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

It is Not Hard to See Why Ant-Man Will Be Huge

It is Not Hard to See Why Ant-Man Will Be Huge

Ant-Man Directed by: Peyton Reed Screenplay by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd Story by: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish Based on: Ant-Man by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas Running time: […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Magic Mike XXL Will Thrust Into Your … Heart

Magic Mike XXL Will Thrust Into Your … Heart

Magic Mike XXL Directed by: Gregory Jacobs Written by: Reid Carolin Starring: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Juan Piedrahita, Gabriel Iglesias Running time: 130 minutes Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use. Magic Mike XXL was clever, hilarious, surprisingly poignant, and undeniably sexy.  I can […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Terminator Genisys was Action-Packed, Convoluted, and Dissapointing

Terminator Genisys was Action-Packed, Convoluted, and Dissapointing

Terminator Genisys  Directed by: Alan Taylor Written by: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier Based on Characters by: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-hun, J. K. Simmons Running time: 126 minutes PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence and gunplay throughout, partial nudity and brief language Constructing a plot based around time travel is a dangerous thing, […]

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