Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel Rating: PG-13 Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons Screenplay: Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper, & Bill Collage Based On the Video Game by: Patrick Desilets, Corey May, & Jade Raymond Music By: Jed Kurzel Cinematography: Adam Arkapaw Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: December 14, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): March 21, 2017 [...]

Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Director: Denis Villeneuve Rating: PG-13 Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Screenplay: Eric Heisserer Based On the Short Story by: Ted Chiang Music By: Jóhann Jóhannsson Cinematography: Bradford Young Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: November 11, 2016 (USA) DVD Release (USA): February 14, 2017 Synopsis: When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics [...]

Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

Director: Morten Tyldum Rating: PG-13 Starring: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Screenplay: Jon Spaihts Music By: Thomas Newman Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto Running Time: 116 Minutes Premiered: December 21, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: The spaceship, Starship Avalon, in its 120-year voyage to a distant colony planet known as the "Homestead Colony" and transporting 5,258 people has [...]

Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Director: Scott Derrickson Rating: PG-13 Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, & C. Robert Cargill        Based on Characters by: Steve Ditko Music By: Michael Giacchino Cinematography: Ben Davis Running Time: 115 Minutes Premiered: November 4, 2016 (USA) Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey [...]

Top 5 Television Shows

Fringe (Fox) Synopsis: An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena (From IMDb). Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Seth Gabel Air Date: September 9, 2008 – January 18, 2013 Review: Oh Fringe, you wonderfully weird and perfect [...]

Caragh M. O’Brien-The Rule of Mirrors

Themes Explored: identity, existence, life, ethics, morality, split-personality, pregnancy, familial relationships, romantic entanglements, mystery, intrigue,  dreams, boarding school, reality television, reality Synopsis: At the remote, exclusive Chimera Centre, families of coma patients come from all over the world seeking miracles. When Althea Flores wakes up from a six-month coma, her recovery defies the limits of [...]

Claudia Gray-A Thousand Pieces of You

Themes Explored:  inter-dimensional travel, physics, family, love, relationships, longing, father-daughter bond,  adventure, science fiction, alternate realities, reality, technology, jealously, death, science, genius, attraction, intelligence, drug abuse, fate, destiny, corporate espionage, intrigue, consciousness Synopsis: Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into [...]

Andy Weir-The Martian

Themes Explored: survival, space travel, the psychology of being alone, science, botany, extreme conditions, endurance of the human spirit, faith, hope in the face of incredible odds, death, life, mechanical engineering, ingenuity, teamwork, mutiny, loyalty, mars exploration, colonization Synopsis: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. [...]

Movie Review-Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Director: JJ Abrams Rating: PG-13 Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan, JJ Abrams, & Michael Arndt Based on Characters By: George Lucas Music By: John Williams Cinematography: Daniel Mindel Running Time: 135 Minutes Premiered: December 18, 2015 (US Release) Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the [...]

Movie Review: The Martian

Director: Ridley Scott Rating: PG-13 Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor Screenplay: Drew Goddard & Andy Weir Based on the Book by: Andy Weir Music By: Harry Gregson-Williams Cinematography: Dariusz Wolski Running Time: 144 Minutes Premiered: October 2, 2015 Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead [...]