Posts from the ‘Fantasy/Science-Fiction’ Category

FIRST LOOK: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo and Andy Serkis.

  • Release Date: August 5th, 2011 (wide)
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Cast: James Franco, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Distribution
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama and Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror.
  • Year: 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.

The movie is a reality-based cautionary tale that blends science fiction and science-fact when a single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other. Set in present-day San Francisco, Will (Franco) has long been working on a cure that is being tested on apes when his test subject named Caesar (Serkis) starts exhibiting intelligence equal to humans. Caesar starts to evolve rapidly, and the scientist takes him home to live with him and protects Caesar from cruel scientists. A revolution then starts that threatens mankind’s existence and the beginning of a new race.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

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When Was The Last Time You Went To a Movie with Expectations?

Well, if you have high expectations for “Tron Legacy,” Then you should be very happy. One person told me they loved it and it was the best thing they’ve ever seen while another told me it was like they did a remake of the original film.

Now that you have watched every trailer, heard every interview and now is the time to see this masterpiece.
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REVIEW: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Yes, there is a Santa Claus, and he’s brought us a new chapter of Narnia – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Personally, I love these movies. They are well written, well acted and very fun to watch, but you have to be into fantasy films. No the third and ‘so-called’ final installment of the Chronicles is NOT worth paying for 3-D. – It’s just another film and personally looks great without wearing the glasses.

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REVIEWS: Tangled, Burlesque and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

written by Peter Ricci – FlixCritic

We decided you don’t care for a long-winded review, these days. you want to know if its good and should you spend your money. Well we have three movies for you to checkout for the Holiday season. yes they are for the family and they’re fun to see.


  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
  • Stars: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, M.C. Gainey, Paul F. Tompkins, Ron Perlman, Richard Kiel
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Family, Musical, Animation and Adaptation
  • MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild violence.
  • Year: 2010

Tangled – It’s spectacular and one of Disney Animation’s best films in a long while. Last year Disney hit their mark again going back to their old format with The Princess and the Frog in which we love.

However, Tangled has raises the bar as Mandy Moore is splendid as Rapunzel, the girl with the magical golden hair. It’s a combination of Beauty and the Beast and Hercules. it’s a comical, magical ride that the family will love.


  • Release Date: November 24th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: Steven Antin
  • Stars: Cher Christina AguileraEric DaneCam GigandetJulianne Hough
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Releasing
  • Genre: Drama and Musical/Performing Arts
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material.
  • Year: 2010

Burlesque – It’s great to see Cher back on the big screen, but personally, I wanted more Cher. Instead I got tons of Christina. that’s was fine, except the movie lacks two key elements. First it needed more burlesque, more rivalry and it was missing the romance of Flash Dance, you know the yearning to want a dream so bad you’ll do anything. Overall the movie is entertaining, but only worth a matinée’. If i had paid full price I would have been upset and thank God it was NOT in 3-D, could you imagine Christina Aguilera gyrating at you in 3-D! No-no-no- not a good look!


  • Release Date: November 19th, 2010 (wide)
  • Director: David Yates
  • Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Bill Nighy, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, John Hurt
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence and frightening images.
  • Year: 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the first of a 2 part last chapter. The film is a bit darker than the earlier ones, but it is making its way to the final climax between good and evil. I enjoyed this film as it went back to the original three, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. You finally get to see the three friends together again, unfortunately it’s during the darkest hours of Hogwarts. The film challenges the three hero-witches on their quest to rid the evil and make it save once again for all pure and half-bloods. It is the end of a decade of films that many of our children have grown to love as well as parents.  Deathly Hallows doesn’t disappoint us one bit. It worth the buck, but once again NOT worth 3-D. There is no visual effect that make this film 3-d except for depth – yawn!

Anyways, this film is wonderful and we are looking forward to the second part of the final film. The battle of all battles, who will win? Will light prevail or darkness take over?

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Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Bottom Line: Splice is intelligent, riveting and stimulating to the sifi-mind:

Splice is not your typical science fiction suspense thriller; it will surprise you as its way more than just that. Splice is intriguing, intelligent and sophisticated. Finally, Hollywood put a little creativity to work and came up with an all new dysfunctional family. Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are a couple at the top of their game.  They are two brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge experiments in genetic engineering and splice genes have struck gold. They are the ground breakers in the world of medical cures; or so they are trying to be. They have genetically designed two promising specimens to research and diagnosis. But is that enough for the couple?

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Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

Let just get to the meat of this movie as it stars (Christina Ricci) Anna in a mundane scenario. Bottom line Anna doesn’t believe she’s dead, she’s confused, terrified despite the funeral director’s reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Elliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. The only problem is the fear fall flat as director Agnieszka Vosloo tries to mislead you in this somewhat long-winded story of a girl who feared living and now struggles in disbelieve that she is dead.

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Clash of The Titans

Review by Peter Ricci – Flix|Critic

I’m not going to hate like all the other critics around the US. Clash of the Titans rocks if you’re a young man age 14 – 28, anyone older who’s seen the original might tear it apart. I enjoyed the film, its splashy digital effects, high action, and quick. If you’re looking for true to heart Greek mythology this movie is not 100%, it’s a glimpse of what could be, but this new a 3D-fixated reinterpreting Ray Harryhausen’s ’80s epic Clash of the Titans is for the CG-aholic audience. It’s a definite E-ticket attraction if I have ever seen one. In case you’re unfamiliar with a Harryhausen film, I suggest you revisit some of the king’s best stop motion animation, which now a day generation will find to be rather comedic and cheesy. They are still classic’s and renovated the movie genre in it’s time; such Harryhausen classic’s are Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Jason and the Argonauts, and The Golden Voyage of Sindbad.

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