Tomb Raider (2018)


Tomb raider is a live action adaption of the 2013 game of the same name. Following Lara Croft as she looks for her father after he mysteriously disappears seven years ago.


Tomb Raider has had an interesting past, in the early 90s the then popular game was one of the first times a women was given a lead role in a videogame and it’s also one of the few video game movies that isn’t completely reviled by it’s fanbase. The Angelina Jolie lead movie is a product of times, though not exactly a movie with a high rewatchability factor to it, it proves that there is way to make movie adapted from a game when it’s not so tied down by the source material. In 2013 Tomb Raider got a facelift and went from a campy male dominated fantasy to a grounded game about a women trying to survive the harsh environments after she gets stuck on a island. So when I saw they were making a movie based on the new games I was excited to see if this would do the game justice and whether the movie can give Lara a new look while also using the storyline to the game.


Alicia Vikander brings her own into the character while also keeping true the game idea of Croft. It’s nice to see a character with a depth to themselves, she isn’t this daredevil like the past iterations, Lara is pushed to survive the danger environments she is surrounded by on this island that require her to use her instincts and to even kill all to find her father. There is some solid camera work even for a movie that has a lot of running and jumping there is some very clever use of wide angle and long edits. More often then not a movie like this will lose its audiences with its “shaky” style.


Though the movie has great character building around Lara the same thing can’t be said with anyone else more importantly the antagonist of the film Vogel played by Walter Goggins and the company “Trinity” who are also seeking the same treasures Lara’s father is looking for. They felt like they were written into this movie at the last minute, since it’s never made clear why there also chasing the treasures Croft is looking for. Even Goggins who can prove he can be a villainous type of person in his past films is resorted to just a “bad guy with a gun” cliche. Most of this movie does lack an idea of where it wants to go, fortunately the game gives clear direction of what Trinity is up to,what Lara’s father was hiding, and why Lara is such an excellent marksman and survivor. However the movie does not and expects the audience to not only have played these games but to have understood them well.
Overall, this a solid movie that never gets boring and does bring the style of the game to life, but your better off just playing the video game for a better experience of Lara Croft and her counterparts. I’m going to give Tomb Raider a “C”, if you seen Tomb Raider what do you think of it and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more and you can also follow me on Twitter,Instagram,and Letterboxd to see my past reviews @cinemaflavor.

Trailer Breakdown: Infinity War trailer 2

Thanks to Marvel for setting up this friday to be a good one! After they released the trailer to Avengers:Infinity war presale for tickets went up, I got my tickets and now i’m just eagerly waiting for april 27th to get here. Now much like i’ve done for other trailers in the past i’ll be breaking down what I noticed in the trailer and my opinions on what I saw, and just like the other trailers these are my own personal opinions and don’t reflect on what anyone else thinks of the trailer.


  • The trailer opens with an establishing shot of New York, the shot is flipped upside down I think to foreshadow the destruction. Plus the last trailer opened with Thano’s homeworld proving this movie will have a much bigger scale than any of the other MCU movies.


  • We get our first look at Gamora telling Tony about her father’s plan and motives and filling in that The Avengers are now aware of Thanos and his intentions before he arrives to earth.


  • Tony’s suit has gotten some major upgrades, the boosters on his feet can turn into one boost, but it’ll be interesting to see what other upgrades he has gotten in the weapon and defense category.


  • Captain America and Black Widow make there way to Wakanda with T’challa and Shuri giving them plans that have to do with Vision. I can only assume it has to do with the stone on his forehead but what would they want with it? my guess is for safety or possibly to use against Thanos.


  • The Guardians interacting with The Avengers was a nice touch it’s not clear exactly were there at i’m guessing on earth with some rubble around but its way to red and glowing. I’m assuming they’re on “Titan” Thanos homeworld, but with Spider man there it seems unlikely tony would bring young Peter on another mission away from home.


  • Iron man is all over this trailer, not only screen time wise but also with location the last trailer revealed that Tony, Dr. Strange, and Banner were going to be a team up, but now it looks like Tony is joining forces with the Guardians as well.


  • This major battle that’s going to go down in Wakanda gets some new light as the Wakandian warriors as well as Falcon are charging toward this force field. I know its a bit of a stretch but this seems to be an homage to the Gungans force field in Phantom Menace. I mean c’mon an army fighting in an open field toward a big blue force field tell me you don’t see it.


  • Big movies like this always have rapid editing but when you slow it down you can notice some major stuff going like the Hulk buster is also in on the fight at Wakanda and even the first reveals of the black order with Loki torturing Dr strange. plus we also see  Strange assisting Starlord in a fight in an earlier shot of the trailer. Even that big oracle in the first trailer crash lands somewhere. All key things im sure in the movie that i’m sure marvel wanted to sneak into the trailer.


  • Marvel always has that “were gonna trick you into thinking someone is going to die” shot it appears Thor is getting that treatment when Thanos is squeezing his head Great Khali style, I wouldn’t invest to much into it but we can agree he is gonna get his ass kicked.


  • Thanos gets some character growth to a flashback of a young Gamora holding Thano’s hand, which is then followed up with Thanos destroying the tesseract proving that thanos motives are not to just cause destruction but that he yearns for the power to gain back the favor of his daughter.


  • the money shot of this trailer is a bit weird with Spiderman and Dr Strange with some light hearted banter. I’m guessing this is a nod to the comic books cause it doesn’t make sense to have two secondary characters as your money shot when the trailer ended on a great note of Cap blocking thanos hand.


With just over a month until the movie is released, im sure all of you are just as excited as I am to see what this movie has in store and just what the future of the MCU will look like after its done. If you like what you read you can like and subscribe for more and to see reviews on other movies you can go to Instagram,Twitter, and letterboxd @cinemaflavor to see my other content.

Strangers:Prey at night

The Strangers:Prey at night is a sequel to the 2008 movie titled just “The Strangers” about three masked killers who stalk a couple at their vacation home. This time around there following a family who is staying at a trailer park after Labor day weekend.

I’m always looking forward to a horror/thriller movie and I had this one on the docket for the last few weeks and scouting movie theaters looking for a screening full of people so the jump scares could be even more unnerving. Horror can be hard to critic sometimes only because a movie like this feels much more like a ride then an actual film, so I knew to some extent this wasn’t going be a 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and to be fair I really think anyone who watches these movies have to look at from that perspective as well.

The main thing I noticed when I saw the trailer to this movie was it was getting a 80s treatment, neon lights and songs from the times I found it odd that a studio would take that angle to sell there movie since the first one was enough a hit that you could just sell that on own. Though it does get a 80s vibe it doesn’t take place in those times and the music is sporadic enough so it certainly doesn’t  beat you over the head with the concept.Of course that’s not without saying there are still many flaws to this movie, one of the biggest ones is the killers themselves always find someway to show up where this family is hiding even when it’s established that they couldn’t find them just a few seconds prior. Also Johannes Roberts who directed this is obviously a fan of older thrillers like “Texas Chainsaw” and “Friday the 13th” but I feel like what he thinks is an homage is actually just a bunch of scene reenactments of those films.
Overall this a fun slasher movie that you can watch to freak yourself out if your home alone. It’s also short enough when I saw this, my screening started at 7:21 and I was out of the theater at 8:41 so if your looking for that in a movie you can definitely enjoy this enough. I’m going to give The Strangers:Prey at night a “C”. If you like what you read like and subscribe for more and follow me at Twitter,Instagram,and Letterboxd @Cinemaflavor to see my thoughts on the latest news in the world of movies and reviews to other films.

Oscar Predictions 2018

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out” W
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” W
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three BillboardsI Outside Ebbing, Missouri” W
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water” W
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” W
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan W
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson W
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant W
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin W
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele W
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins W
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan W
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon W
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk W
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden) W

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss W
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King W
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo W
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau W

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood W
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez W
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick W
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges W
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist W


Annihilation centers around a group of scientists who venture into the “The Shimmer” a bubble of energy growing in earth, but when only one scientist makes it out his wife is determined to unravel the secrets that lie within it.

I’ve been fansacited with this movie since I first saw the trailer, Since then i’ve been avoiding all its promotion I wanted to go in knowing as little as possible it’s premise already looks like there’s something else to the “The Shimmer”, but also because the last time Alex Garland directed a movie he turned heads in the sci-fi world with “Ex Machina” so if he could do it again I wanted the luxury of being blown away by his direction. Annihilation is much different from “Ex Machina” however, the science fiction part isn’t as complicated and dialogue heavy in the first act, its simple yet intriguing premise of this glowing field and it’s mystery behind it holds your attention and once Natalie Portman and her crew venture into it, that’s when the science aspect kicks in about Cell reproduction and how the Shimmer is affecting there DNA. Which Alex Garland plays with in such a unique way presenting the Shimmer in a beautiful but deadly way the plant life and surrounding environment are prepossessing and the flip side is the animal life is twice as deadly now, including a scene with a bear human hybrid that scared the hell out of me.
The ending is where things get complicated as it might not stick with everyone, the origin of the Shimmer could be a bit cliche and even what happens to Oscar Isaac and Natalie Portman could have anyone scratching their heads. Not to downplay the rest of the movie however it’s aided by some dazzling cinematography,a melodic soundtrack,strong performances and diverse structure Annihilation is a movie I hope everyone sees. Lesser known adaptations need a fair  shot so more original concepts get wide releases and directors like Alex Garland get recognized. I’m going to give Annihilation an “A”. If you like what you read leave a like and subscribe for more and also follow my social media accounts on Twitter,Instagram,and letterboxd @cinemaflavor  to see my smaller reviews for movies not in theaters.

Black Panther

Deep in the heart of Africa lies a city beyond its years named “Wakanda”, with technology and weapons that are far superior than the rest of the world. But it’s up to their new king, if he will choose to let the everyone else know about his kingdoms best kept secret.


I was pleasantly surprised to know that the whole world was hyped to see this movie social media and even my friends and family couldn’t wait to see it. Im sure the heavy use of african culture or that it’s our first MCU movie of 2018 was the reason, either way it’s so cool to see a movie bring all types of people together for a weekend. Which the product that the hype is around is so worth it the kingdom of Wakanda is so massive and beautiful the many locations from the waterfall he is crowned no g at with the many people surrounding to the open fields reveals that the city is probably as big if not bigger then a normal city in the states even Asgard which is portrayed as This luxurious place of grandeur never feels big because we never see more then two places, so the world building This time was a major upgrade.This is the first Marvel movie that doesn’t rely on a second character to sell the movie either Black Panther gives you everything you want to know about the character and is confident enough to center around not only the powers of the “Panther” but also Chadwick Boseman who plays T’Challa is a heavy hitter actor who handles the drama with a gusto, as he is challenged as a new king and his decision to do things different under his monarchy. We get by far the most complex villains in the MCU with Klau and Erik Killmonger, Michael B. Jordan gives a solid performance and will have anyone secretly rooting for him throughout the movie. Even Serkis who plays a mentally unstable man with a  Vibranium cannon on his right arm both of them were a great one two punch together… but both are completely wasted “Killmongers” small amount of screen time isnt noticable because of the performance, however he has a strong introduction and doesn’t come back until late in the second act, even Klau who technically is his debut (he has a cameo in “Age of Ultron”) fills in that gap that Killmonger is missing in and though both were great together it was a miss by Coogler to give both of them more screen time. Speaking of Ryan Coogler he is one of my new favorite directors, so I knew bringing his vision into this universe was going to be a home run. Other then the culture that surrounds Wakanda, not much is different that you haven’t seen in every MCU movie before. The fight scenes were very shaky and in the dark and if you’ve seen “Creed” Coogler’s movie prior to this you’ll see how impressive seeing a fight would look with Coogler behind the camera and it’s never fully realized I think bringing him on was a fantastic idea but not fully giving him the reign and limiting his ideas to just production design is really confusing. We also see Coogler s inexperience with extensive CGI, many scenes you see are obvious that there was green screen, which I can give a pass to considering this is his first mass budgeted movie and have seen this problem with other directors before.
Overall Black Panther is a fun time in theater and definitely one to get a group of people together to see, im going to give Black Panther a “B”. If you enjoyed what you read like and subscribe for more and check out my smaller reviews on Instagram and Twitter @cinemaflavor.

Super Bowl 52 movie trailers

The Super Bowl was last night and it’s a bittersweet one, I’m so glad Doug Pederson took down the Pats but also it’s sad to see football go away for 8 months. Either way I’m sure your not here to hear read about sports, but more so the trailers that appeared throughout the commercial breaks of it. I gotta say this was a good year for it, eight trailers aired and I’m excited to share my thoughts on them. Remember these are just my own personal  opinions and if you to vocalize your own thoughts you can do so in the comments.


The Quiet Place

I’m sure this had everyone’s attention back in November when it debuted in front of Justice League, now that it got a full trailer in front of SB52 I’m sure this will be one of the biggest smaller budget films of 2018.


Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom

If I’m going to be honest Universal should of switched trailers, this new trailer should of been the first one and the debut trailer should of aired during the Super Bowl. The tones are much different with this new trailer being the newest one brought a new exciting look at what’s in store for Fallen Kingdom and if that first first trailer would of aired during Super Bowl I’m sure the new look at the different dinosaurs and that Cameo of Jeff Goldblum in the trailer would have gone nicely with his Jeep ad that aired during the game to.


Solo:A Star Wars Story

Star Wars fans can rejoice that we finally

Get our first look at Ron Howard’s spin off film. To be honest I know it’s only a tv spot but it was pretty underwhelming, it’s style looked much like a duplicate to Rogue One with a few looks at Donald Glover as Lando and Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra. As I’m writing this the full trailer already went up so I’m hoping that has a much more detailed look at our hero in action.


Mission Impossible:Fallout

This was definitly my favorite trailer out of all of them! Who knew more than a decade later Tom Cruise would still make these movies enjoyable and with some new castmates in Henry Cavill and Viola Davis this is one I’m keeping my eye out for in the summer.



Somewhere Jason Statham is kicking himself for not getting this role, In what may be the most perfect role for him playing a man attempting to save his family from falling out of a skyscraper, The Rock takes over and proves that he is the hard working man in show business.


Avengers:Infinity War

It’s so exciting to see more promo for Infinity War as we edge closer to that May Fourth date. This time we get a TV spot with just a few more glimpses of some new material and a money shot with Captain America and his brand new Wakandian Shield.


Westworld: Season 2

During last year’s Super Bowl the trailer for Stranger Things debuted and everyone including myself was hyped for its October release date this time around im sure the excitement is just as excited for a new season of Westworld. I’ve never seen the show but something tells me I’m missing out on something good.


What are your thoughts on the trailers this year? Leave a comment and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more. I know I left out the Cloverfield trailer my thoughts on the trailer and the movie will be up soon.