Dog’s Movie House: “Dawn Of Justice” Entertainingly Overstuffed!



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Batman (Ben Affleck) And Superman (Henry Cavill) Face Off In "Dawn Of Justice"

Batman (Ben Affleck) And Superman (Henry Cavill) Face Off In “Dawn Of Justice”




While I respect my fellow reviewers, I have to say most of them missed the mark when it comes to their reviews of “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.”   The movie is neither tired, nor overlong, nor overly gloomy. It doesn’t have the bounce of, say, most of the Marvel movies and it’s certainly not perfect, but “Dawn Of Justice” sticks many more landings than it misses. Director Zack Snyder gets a lot of flak (bordering on outright hate) from the internet community, but aside from one outright flop (“Sucker Punch”) Snyder has done some fine work. His DC Universe may not be all sweetness and light, but it’s certainly an intriguing place worth visiting. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Allegiant” Fails To Find Any!



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Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) in "Allegiant"

Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) in “Allegiant”



I have to say that I’m not a big fan of the Divergent series of films.  It always came off as sort of a Hunger Games-light both in terms of scope and execution.  That said, this series has its fans and the first two films in the series, “Divergent” and “Insurgent” were solid if unremarkable pieces of dystopian science fiction cinema.  Unfortunately, “Allegiant” the third in a four film series, does nothing to distinguish itself as anything but a pretty placeholder for a story that continues to become more formulaic with each installment.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “10 Cloverfield Lane” Effective Chiller, No Monsters Necessary!



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Relaxing During Doomsday in "10 Cloverfield Lane"

Relaxing During Doomsday in “10 Cloverfield Lane”




Found footage films are something of a declining sub-genre, but one of the good ones is Matt Reeves “Cloverfield” from 2008. The documentary-style thriller about a giant monster rampaging through New York, a few nauseating shaky-cam shots aside, is a genuinely entertaining creature feature that left room further explorations of the Cloverfield universe. So when the trailers came almost out of nowhere for “10 Cloverfield Lane” a little over a month ago, fans of the original started to get excited. Now the bad news is that “10 Cloverfield Lane” has very little to do, if anything, with the original film. You’ll see no rampaging creature laying waste to majestic cities or hipster quips from camcorder-carrying millennials. The good news is that “10 Cloverfield Lane” is one fine suspense thriller in its own right, a cinematic journey that may even outdo its predecessor. Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: Superheroes And More Superheroes!



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Iron Man vs. Captain America In “Civil War”



The DC/Marvel Studio war is in full swing, and the winners are the fans of comic book movies.  I have high hopes for “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and I think Ben Affleck is going to make a good Dark Knight.  But now you can officially color me excited for “Captain America: Civil War” after the second trailer dropped a few days ago.   We finally get Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  He only shows up at the end, but it certainly whets the appetite.  It’s a great time to be alive for comic book movie fans.   Check out the two latest trailers below and let me know what you think in the comments section.  So Sayeth The Kendog!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Witch” Creepy Slow Burn Horror!



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Puritan Terror In "The Witch"

Puritan Terror In “The Witch”





Horror is a lot like comedy.  It’s a subjective matter in that different people are scared by different things.  Many of my friends are visual when it comes to his scares; they have to see the carnage on screen to get a thrill.  I actually prefer horror films that use the “less-is-more” technique, allowing my admittedly overactive imagination to fill in the gaps.  I say this before I begin my review for “The Witch” because this film caters to folks of the later persuasion.  If you’re looking for instant gratification and oodles of violence and gore, please look elsewhere for your terror-filled thrills.  Continue reading