Movie Of The Week

Transcendence is the new sci-fi thriller about a scientist who develops an A.I. that will be smarter than the collective knowledge of the entire history of man; but when Johnny Depp is almost assassinated, he is uploaded into the A.I. and begins to transcend his own humanity.

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  • Draft Day is the latest film from producer director Ivan Reitman, who has brought us so many funny and heart-warming movies like: Stripes, Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop, Dave, Six Days Seven Nights, and My Super-Ex Girlfriend just to name a few.  This movie is also loaded with actors, athletes, and celebrities of all kinds, some of them playing themselves, and some of them playing completely different people, but all of them are recognizable to the fans who love them.  First, of course, has to be Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and Man of Steel), who plays Cleveland Browns General Manager of Football Operations Sonny Weaver, Jr.  Now Sonny is having a very bad day, he wakes up to find out that his girlfriend and coworker Ali, portrayed beautifully by Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Arthur), is having his baby, his boss and owner of the Cleveland Browns wants to fire him, and the new coach on the team wants him to be a puppet with a hand up his a**.  Not to mention that Sonny’s father, the ex-head coach of the team, just passed away the week before.  And if all of that was not stressful enough, today is the NFL Draft, and Sonny has to put together a series of dynamite picks to lift the Cleveland Browns back to their days of glory.  But, there’s no pressure.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest movie in the ever expanding Marvel Universe, but at the same time it stands completely alone.  You do not have to know anything about Thor or the Hulk or Iron Man or Hawkeye, and you don’t have to have already seen all of the movies that have come before it, even the Avengers.  Truth be told, even if you haven’t seen Captain America: The First Avenger you wouldn't really be all that lost in this movie.  It helps to know that Steve Rogers is a super soldier from World War II, and it makes it easier in the end to know who Bucky was in the beginning, and it would help you understand S.H.I.E.L.D; but none of those things really matter in the larger picture.  Captain America is always referred to as a “man out of time”, but that is only because he embodies things that we as a society have let slip since the “dogs of war”.  We no longer recognize honor or truth; we tend to make fun of people who hold on to antiquated ideas of morality and justice; and we idolize the rich and powerful, regardless of how they attained such things or who they took them from in the first place.  Captain America is a relic from a bygone era that has no place in today’s dog-eat-dog world of celebrities, instant fame, and digital relationships.  Or maybe, just maybe, we all need a little more Captain America in our lives today.

  • Sabotage is the newest film to star a resurging Arnold Schwarzenegger (Escape Plan, The Last Stand, and The Expendables 2).  Sabotage is also directed and co-written by David Ayer, who is no stranger to police dramas including End of Watch, S.W.A.T. (2003), Dark Blue, and Training Day.  All of these movies have a very gritty and realistic feel to them, and at times can be overly graphic in nature.  But, what makes Sabotage different than all of the others is that it feels more like a murder mystery than a crime thriller.  Sure, all of the training and violence that is depicted is extremely accurate, but during the entire film you can’t help but wonder who is doing everything.  You are not fighting a known enemy, or tracking down a bad guy on the run, in fact every time you think you know who the serial killers are the movie throws you another curve ball.  And it is impossible to capture an audience’s attention without special effects, C.G.I., or fancy make-up; unless you have a really great team of actors setting the hook to keep you glued to your seat.  Arnold is not the only easily recognizable face on screen either.  This great cast includes: Sam Worthington (Wrath of the Titans, Man on a Ledge, and Avatar); Joe Manganiello (the TV series True Blood, Magic Mike, and What to Expect When You are Expecting); Josh Holloway (the TV series Lost, the TV series Intelligence, and Battle of the Year); Terrence Howard (The Best Man Holiday, Prisoners, and Dead Man Down); and Mireille Enos (the TV series The Killing, World War Z, and Gangster Squad).