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, […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Far from the Madding Crowd is Classic, Solid Storytelling

Far from the Madding Crowd is Classic, Solid Storytelling

Far from the Madding Crowd Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg Screenplay by: David Nicholls Based on: Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) by Thomas Hardy Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple Running time: 119 minutes Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence Far from the Madding Crowd is a classic British […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Cinderella Plays it Safe, is Still Enchanting

Cinderella Plays it Safe, is Still Enchanting

Cinderella Directed by: Kenneth Branagh Written by: Aline Brosh McKenna, Chris Weitz Based on: Disney’s Cinderella, Cendrillon by Charles Perrault Starring: Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter Release dates: March 13, 2015 Running time: 112 minutes Rated PG for mild thematic elements Cinderella, essentially a live […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Unfinished Business is Unfunny Business

Unfinished Business is Unfunny Business

Unfinished Business Directed by: Ken Scott Written by: Steven Conrad Starring: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco Running time: 91 minutes Rated R for some strong risqué sexual content/graphic nudity, and for language and drug use Unfinished Business, which is undeniably supposed to be a comedy, received a very liberal six chuckles and one laugh […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Focus Plays it Safe to Deliver an Average Genre Mashup

Focus Plays it Safe to Deliver an Average Genre Mashup

Focus Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Written by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie Running time: 104 minutes Rated R for for language, some sexual content and brief violence Focus is an incredibly average crime/comedy in the vein of Oceans 11, without the charismatic ensemble cast to carry the comedy through […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The Lazarus Effect was Lazy Resurrected Horror Tropes

The Lazarus Effect was Lazy Resurrected Horror Tropes

The Lazarus Effect Directed by: David Gelb Written by: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater Starring: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger Running time: 83 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references Think of a horror movie revolving around bringing the dead back to life, only […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

The DUFF is an Just Another Underdeveloped Teen Comedy

The DUFF is an Just Another Underdeveloped Teen Comedy

The DUFF Directed by: Ari Sandel Written by: Josh A. Cagan Based on: The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Bianca A. Santos, Allison Janney, Ken Jeong Running time: 101 minutes Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual materal througout, some language and teen partying The DUFF a […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Drowned in Its Own Self-Awareness

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Drowned in Its Own Self-Awareness

Hot Tub Time Machine 2  Directed by: Steve Pink Written by: Josh Heald Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase Running time: 93 minutes Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is honestly not as bad as […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Fifty Shades of Grey is Fifty Shades of Ghastly

Fifty Shades of Grey is Fifty Shades of Ghastly

Fifty Shades of Grey Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson Written by: Kelly Marcel Based on: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan Running time: 125 minutes Rated R for strong sexual content including dialouge, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language. This film marks a new low point […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Seventh Son is Light but Enjoyable Fantasy

Seventh Son is Light but Enjoyable Fantasy

Seventh Son Directed by: Sergei Bodrov Written by: Charles Leavitt, Matt Greenberg, Aaron Guzikowski Based on: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney Starring: Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Antje Traue, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington Running time: 103 minutes Rated PG-13 for intense fantasy violence and action throughout, frightening images and […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Jupiter Ascending Spectacularly Collapses Under its Own Weight

Jupiter Ascending Spectacularly Collapses Under its Own Weight

Jupiter Ascending Directed/Written by: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski Starring: Sean Bean, James D’Arcy, Tim Pigott-Smith, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Doona Bae,Tuppence Middleton Running time: 127 minutes Rated PG-13 for some violence, sequences of sci-fi action, some suggestive content and partial nudity The story is a mess.  The plot is at times […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

Project Almanac: When Poor Execution Hurts a Cool Movie.

Project Almanac: When Poor Execution Hurts a Cool Movie.

Project Almanac Directed by: Dean Israelite Written by: Jason Harry Pagan, Andrew Deutschman Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner Running time: 106 minutes Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual content. The concept and idea behind Project Almanac is undecidedly cool.  I am a sucker for time travel, and […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

American Sniper is substance, and reality free

American Sniper is substance, and reality free

American Sniper Directed by: Clint Eastwood Written by: Jason Hall Based on: American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller Running time: 133 minutes Rated R for strong and disturbing war violence, and language throughout including some sexual references American Sniper is an over-glorified war film and biopic for […]