war for the planet of the apes

Look out Nolan’s Batman, Lord of the Rings, Toy Story, and the original Star Wars. With this installment, we’ve got a new trilogy in the mix for best ever.

War for the Planet of the Apes is the final installment following Caesar in his fight against the remnants of the U.S. military. This time things get personal and Caesar seeks revenge on the military leader, played by Woody Harrelson.

It really shouldn’t be this hard to make another great Alien movie.

Alien Covenant is the follow up to the disappointing Prometheus with both being prequels to the original Alien. It follows a group of people heading to colonize a planet. During their journey, they make a stop to investigate a distress call (stop me if you’ve seen this before in an Alien movie). As they always do when people do dumb stuff like that, bad things happen and we have a reason to see the iconic Alien back on screen.

life

Somehow the most unbelievable thing about this movie that involves a rapidly growing alien life form found in the dirt on Mars attacking a bunch of astronauts is the fact that NASA held a contest that let a bunch of elementary school kids name the alien.

Life is about a group of astronauts, most notably played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson, who find a dead alien life form in soil samples from Mars. Because humans are stupid, they decided to try and bring it back to life. Obviously this doesn’t go well and we have our movie… which is basically Alien.

arrival

I’m behind on a lot of movies out right now. I’m very glad I picked this one to see first to start getting caught up.

Arrival stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as a language specialist and scientist, respectively. They are tasked with learning how to communicate with mysterious aliens after they show up in several places across the world.

star trek beyond

I thought replacing J.J. Abrams with Justin Lin would end in disaster.  Instead it only ended in… well a just ok movie.

Star Trek Beyond furthers the adventures of James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the USS Enterprise in this rebooted series of the iconic franchise.  This time they must take on an evil alien (Idris Elba) from using a powerful weapon to- you guessed it- wipe out a whole bunch of people (aliens? lifeforms?).

This review is spoiler-free.

star wars TFA

Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause please for J.J. Abrams.  Star Wars is back, my friends.

I know I’m a little late on this, but I wanted to see it twice to give you the best review possible.  I have to keep it short to avoid spoilers and trust me, you don’t want this movie spoiled for you.  The Force Awakens follows a new generation of characters who, with the help of some of the old characters we know and love, take on the evil First Order, led by Kylo Ren.  Trust me, that’s all you need to know about the plot.  See the movie to find out more.

Surprise! Bonus Top 10 list this week.  People who don’t like Star Wars are probably really tired of hearing about it but I am not apologizing.  I love it so I’m focusing my posts on it this week.  This week’s bonus is this list of my favorite lightsaber duels in the Star Wars movies (with videos).  They really are some of the coolest fights every put on film.  Everything is better with lightsabers. Want proof? Check out this clip (potential Game of Thrones spoiler). It won’t let me embed it so click on the link.  But it shows lightsabers do indeed make everything better.  Anyway let’s get to the actual list here. Fair warning- plenty of spoilers in here.