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“Monsters University” is a decent rebound for Pixar.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Pixar Animation is not been as strong as it used to be. I think we can all agree that the Golden Age of this top-of-the-line animation company ended in 2010 when Toy Story 3 (one of the best threequels of all time) was released. With mediocre efforts like Cars 2 and Brave following that, you’d think ... Read More »

“Man of Steel” is more like “Bland of Steel”.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com If there has ever been any superhero who has stood out as an American icon, it would have to be Superman. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joey Shuster in 1938, most people will agree that the Man of Steel has made a massive cultural impact over the last seventy-five years. There are, however, some who dismiss ... Read More »

As a hilarious apocalyptic comedy, “This Is the End” delivers what it promises.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Throughout the years, several films about apocalypses and post-apocalyptic worlds have been made. In these films, we see the struggles of normal people having to survive through tough situations in a dark environment. It’s often very serious and depressing. But have we ever once stopped and asked ourselves “What are celebrities doing during the apocalypse?” This ... Read More »

“Before Midnight” is a beautiful portrait of relationship exploration.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com If you are in the mood for romance at its most powerful, most thought-provoking, and its most uncomfortable, I would recommend something as strong as Before Midnight, the third installment of the now comfortably-named Before trilogy. Richard Linklater returns to both the director’s chair and the writer’s chair with his lead cast members Ethan Hawke and ... Read More »

“The Kings of Summer” is a purely eccentric and touching coming-of-age tale.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Straight out of Sundance is by far one of the year’s best films, The Kings of Summer, a comedic and dramatic coming-of-age story about the thrills and challenges of growing up. Newcomer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brings to the screen an unconventional boys’ adventure story from a screenplay by debut screenwriter Chris Galletta filled with both humor and heart. This is the ... Read More »

An engaging plot and tremendous cast makes “Now You See Me” a magical treat.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com I remember the days where I was in love with magic. I had several magic books and even a magic box filled with many tricks to pull off. But never in a million years would I have imagined magic being used for crime sprees. Imagine you’re in a boardroom pitching your next big movie idea to ... Read More »

Although “Epic” is visually imaginative, its narrative is too generic.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Ever wondered what the forest would be like if it were made of little people? Well, Epic is hear to take audiences on a journey into a world of imagination and puniness. Blue Sky Studios, the animation company that has brought us Robots, Horton Hears A Who!, Rio, and of course the Ice Age series, brings ... Read More »

“The Hangover Part III” fails as a comedy as it detours into dark territory.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Ladies and gentlemen, we have another addition to the Disappointing Threequel Club. The Wolfpack is back in the third and final installment of The Hangover franchise. Why two more films needed to be made after the first and best one, obviously a reason to make more money. The Hangover, which won critical and audience acclaim and ... Read More »

“Star Trek Into Darkness” dazzles with great action and a compelling story.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com It’s time to boldly go where I have not gone before: into Star Trek territory. Well, okay to be perfectly honest, I have only seen the 2009 J.J. Abrams reboot. In my opinion, that particular film is a marvel of sci-fi wonder and a good way to pull in new Trekkies. Truthfully, my laziness has compelled ... Read More »

Aside from being a solid adaptation, “The Great Gatsby” misbalances softness and silliness.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Time to talk about Baz Luhrmann, a director whose films have had prolonged waits in between release dates. His debut Strictly Ballroom was released in 1992, then Romeo + Juliet was released in four years later in 1996, his magnum opus Moulin Rouge waited five years for 2001, and finally he returned with Australia seven years ... Read More »

Despite some downfalls, “Iron Man 3” entertains with action-packed and humorous delight.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com It’s May, and you know what that means? It’s time for another superhero blockbuster. Here we have the long-anticipated Iron Man 3, the third installment in the Iron Man film series and the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universes’s “Phase 2”. This is the beginning point for the buildup of The Avengers 2, which is ... Read More »

“Oblivion” looks fantastic with style and music, but not as strong with storytelling.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Tom Cruise is back with another star vehicle to add to his resume. The sci-fi epic entitled Oblivion is one of the year’s most ambitious films, but not one of the best. It certainly borrows a lot of its ideas and imagery from other sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Total Recall, Planet of the Apes, ... Read More »

“Disconnect” is intensely dramatic and powerfully engaging.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com We live in a world run by technology. We live in a world where anybody and everybody can be affected through electronic communications. What we get from Disconnect is not one, but three cautionary tales about how far the abuse of technology and social networking can go. It all goes through several points of not only ... Read More »

Trailer Talk: “The Hangover Part III”, “The Way, Way Back”, “Rush”, “Now You See Me”, “Elysim”, “Romeo and Juliet”

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com I’m putting a lot of pressure on The Hangover Part III. In my opinion, The Hangover is one of the funniest comedies of this generation. As for The Hangover Part II, I think we can all agree that it sucks. So there’s much anticipation for the third and final chapter, The Hangover Part III. Here’s the premise: ... Read More »

After 20 years, “Jurassic Park” is still awesome.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Welcome to my first review of a film converted to 3D and re-released in theaters. It has to be a sin to not like Jurassic Park. If I were to make a list entitled “Films That Are Impossible to Hate”, Jurassic Park would be on that list, as well as Rocky, Back to the Future, The ... Read More »

“Evil Dead” is a bloody good horror remake that should please fans of the original.

By: Paul Zecharia | www.stonesdetroit.com Oh, the agonizing pain of horror remakes. It matches the agonizing pain the dim-witted characters would have to go through in those films. You would think that you’ve had enough of Hollywood remakes these days especially in the horror genre. It all comes down to offering uninteresting characters suffering from pure torture porn for the audience ... Read More »

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