‘Mortal Kombat’: No flawless victory in filmmaking

Mortal Kombat hits hard with its epic fight scenes but loses steam with its plot. Developing a film based on a video game from the ’90s can be tricky, especially if it’s beloved and remembered by many who harken to the heyday of 2D video games. Despite its critics, Mortal Kombat championed as number one in this weekend’s box office, pulling in $23.5 million from the film’s debut in theaters as well as streaming on HBO Max.

Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ fails to save the day

In 2017, in an attempt to catch up to the Marvel powerhouse, DC Studios released “Justice League.” Zack Snyder, the original director of the film, had to leave the project due to the tragic death of his daughter Autumn. Joss Whedon took over as director, and many changes to the film were made as a result. Following the film’s poor reception, fans demanded the release of Snyder’s version of the movie. To the joy of many comic book fans, Warner Bros. Pictures decided to release …

‘Raya’ soars with magic during COVID

The newly released Disney animated film, “Raya and the Last Dragon”, is a family movie with complex themes. The film delivers three aspects to the audience: the glimpse of Southeast Asia, promotion of feminism, and addressing the current racism issues. The film consisted of beautiful animation, a charming sense of humor, and exciting actions. “Raya and the Last Dragon” is a huge success for Disney’s original story, it will leave the audience with a smile on their face, warmth in their heart, and hope for …

“Judas and The Black Messiah” does not betray viewers

Racism, violence, betrayal, and guilt are all in this thrilling rated R movie of Fred Hampton. “Judas and The Black Panther” realistically portrays how easily people show their true colors by betraying someone. Throughout the movie, the violence and gunfights between the police officers and the Black Panthers are very evident. Even when the Black Panthers or any black citizens were minding their business, they would get racial slurs or get hurt badly by police officers. “Judas and The Black Messiah” first shows O’Neal, played …

Review: ‘The Witches’ cast a weak spell on audience

The film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name “The Witches” released exclusively on HBO Max on Oct. 22, directed by Robert Zemeckis, starring Jahzir Burno, Anne Hathaway, and Octavia Spencer. “The Witches” is about the adventures of a young boy trying to save all children in England from the evil witches. Although “The Witches” is a remake of the original version released in 1990 and based on Dahl’s novel, it fails to bring chills to the audience, also none new renovations are …

Pixar’s ‘Onward’: The next children’s classic

Following the formula to pull on heartstrings with an extraordinary quest, a devoted big brother and a teen trying to find his way, “Onward” is incredibly moving. “Onward” takes place in a fantasy world, but is centered around common, realistic problems. The story follows two elf brothers, Ian and Barley, on a mission to find any remaining magic in their world. Their eager quest is fueled by a heart-felt story of loss. The two brothers defy all the odds against them while discovering their individual …