New In Review: Prey

Prey is the latest movie of the Predator film series, like its predecessors it’s an action/survival horror film. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, it stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp, Michelle Thrush, Julian Black Antelope, and Dane DiLiegro as the Predator.

Acting as a prequel of sorts, the film is about Naru (Midthunder), a young Comanche trying to prove herself as a hunter to the men of her tribe and especially to her elder brother Taabe

The Predator films have gone through a large case of ups and downs ever since the first Arnold Schwarzenegger movie premiered back in 1987. What ultimately made that movie such a classic was how seamlessly it shifted from a typical 80’s action piece to a sci-fi horror; establishing how badass Arnold and his crew are before throwing them against an unknowable horror that’s bigger, stronger, better equipped, and a better hunter than any of them. The cat-and-mouse game between the alien juggernaut and Arnie made it truly unique and in my opinion helped it endure the test of time. Unfortunately, the sequels that followed never seemed to quite get it; sometimes relying more on action, other times dumping so much exposition that it took out the air of mystery that helped create suspense in the original. And sometimes putting in so many nonsensical story decisions that it became impossible for the movie to be taken seriously, like in 2018’s The Predator.

So how did this one do?

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Season Review: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi is the latest miniseries for the Star Wars franchise for Disney+ and was written by Joby Harold and directed by Deborah Chow. It features the return of Ewan McGregor as the titular character, Hayden Christiansen and James Earl Jones as Darth Vader, Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, and Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse as Owen and Beru Lars. Newcomers include Vivian Lyra Blair as a young Princess Leia, Grant Feely as a young Luke Skywalker. Moses Ingram as Reva the Third Sister, Rupert Friend as the Grand Inquisitor, Sung Kang as the Fifth Brother, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Simone Kessel and Michael “Flea” Balzary.

Set ten years after Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan continues his life in exile on Tatooine; living a solitary life watching over a young Luke Skywalker and avoiding the watchful eye of the Empire. But when a kidnapping plot forces him off-world, Obi-Wan is forced to battle his own demons and trauma even while being placed in the crosshairs of the Inquisitorious and his former apprentice, Darth Vader.

Warning: the following will contain SPOILERS

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Season Review: The Book of Boba Fett

The Book of Boba Fett is the latest Disney+ series from Star Wars and a spin off of The Mandalorian with Robert Rodriguez as the main showrunner. It stars Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett, Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand and Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin. It also stars Robert Rodriguez, Matt Berry, David Pasquesi, Jennifer Beals, Frank Trigg, Collin Hymes, Sophie Thatcher, Phil LaMarr, Carey Jones, Xavier Jimenez, Joanna Bennett, Wesley Kimmel and Corey Burton.

Warning: The following will contain SPOILERS for both this series and The Mandalorian.

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New In Review: The Matrix Resurrections

Once upon a time, The Matrix blew audiences away with its cerebral story, crisp action and masterful special effects. Rapidly becoming the jewel of the Wachowskis, it carved itself into the minds of the public and became a touchstone of early 2000’s cinema. But as time went on and with each entry into the trilogy, the flaws became more and more apparent. The story and action felt more at home in a videogame, the special effects drowned out near everything else about the films and Keanu Reeves’ wooden acting dropped his career opportunities like a rock, only recently coming back with his John Wick series. By the end of the trilogy, The Matrix was parodied and ridiculed into oblivion. And now it’s back.

Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matric Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathon Groff, Christina Ricci, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith, with Neil Patrick Harris and Jada Pinkett.

Warning: Spoilers for both the movie and the previous trilogy are to follow.

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New in Review: Dune

Dune is the latest adaptation of the Frank Herbert space opera and was directed by Denis Villeneuve. The story is about the futuristic, political intrigue as the house Atreides is granted control of the desert planet Arrakis, nicknamed “Dune”, where Spice is mined, the substance that allows for space travel to be possible. But there, house Atreides find themselves the targets of both the Empire and their sworn enemy house Harkonnen, the previous controllers of Dune. And the young scion of Atreides, Paul, now finds himself in the middle assassination attempts, the machinations of a mysterious sisterhood connected to his mother and an ancient prophecy from the inhabitants of Dune. It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides, Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica,  Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho,  Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat. Rounding up the cast,  Stellan Skarsgård as the villanous Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, Dave Bautista as “The Beast” Rabban Harkonnen, Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, Chang Chen as Dr. Yueh,  David Dastmalchian as Piter De Vries,  Javier Bardem as Stilgar, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as a gender-swapped Dr. Liet-Kynes and Zendaya as Chani.

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