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MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’ is fun, entertaining

Ant-Man and the Wasp
(Marvel Studios)

By Lucas Allen

The character of Ant-Man went from B-level Marvel hero to big screen success starting with his 2015 solo effort before he made an appearance in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
Now the little superhero that could returns for his follow-up film, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which has him needing some extra help to save the world once more.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ unexpected surprise

Sicario: Day of the Soldado
(Columbia Pictures/Black Label Media)

By Lucas Allen

The 2015 film “Sicario” was a gritty, hard-hitting look on the war on drugs between the U.S. army and the Mexican cartels from the perspective of a CIA agent (Emily Blunt). Though she’s absent from this sequel, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” manages to dig deeper into this bleak, unhappy world you don’t normally watch up close. With the first film’s visionary director Denis Villeneuve also absent, writer Taylor Sheridan once again crafts a smart and suspenseful script with a niche for the grim and the gratuitous.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Incredibles 2’ welcome return of our favorite superhero family

Incredibles 2
(Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios)

By Lucas Allen

When Pixar’s “The Incredibles” first came out in 2004, it was still a few years before the superhero genre reached pop culture height. Now, 14 years have gone by, and with the genre already reaching outrageous heights of success, it’s about time everybody’s favorite superhero family makes their second shot on the big screen.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Ocean’s 8’ cast helps make predictable caper fun

Ocean’s 8
(Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)

By Lucas Allen

Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, which began with his 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper “Ocean’s 1,1” is a stylish and charming series of heist flicks that earned its worldwide appeal for its mix of humor and suspense.
With the Oscar-winning filmmaker as producer, “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross took over directing duties for the semi-sequel/remake in the series, “Ocean’s 8.”

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Breaking In’ has nothing you haven’t seen before

Breaking In
(Universal Pictures)
By Lucas Allen

The home-invasion thriller was a dime-a-dozen genre that seemed to become a prevalent genre in the past decade. The latest entry, “Breaking In,” offers an updated take on the genre with a female heroine as well as a setting inside a secured fortress. Don’t expect anything new and special out of this, though, it follows what’s been done before.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ nice addition to saga

Solo: A Star Wars Story
(Lucasfilm Ltd.)
By Lucas Allen

From his Cantina introduction in “A New Hope” to his fatal confrontation with Kylo-Ren in “The Force Awakens,” Han Solo as played by Harrison Ford was the Star Wars saga’s most beloved scoundrel. Little is known throughout the movies about his backstory until now.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Deadpool 2’ is a sequel and more

Deadpool 2
(20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment)
By Lucas Allen

The first “Deadpool” film, released in 2016, was certainly a surprise for everyone. It’s an R-rated superhero action/comedy that skewers the genre in a subversive manner while introducing a lovable but murderous anti-hero to the masses.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is refreshing, fun

Isle of Dogs
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
By Lucas Allen

Director Wes Anderson first took a stab at stop-motion animation with his oft-quirky but colorful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
His second attempt, “Isle of Dogs,” is more of an original story that he wrote and directed with the same trademark qualities of his live-action movies.

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ pays off

Avengers: Infinity War
(Marvel Studios)
By Lucas Allen

“Avengers: Infinity War,” a movie that’s a culmination of 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brings most of the universe’s most heroic characters together for an epic battle to save the universe. It’s certainly an event film that will pay off for fans who’ve been there since the beginning with 2008’s “Iron Man.”

MOVIE REVIEW by Lucas Allen: ‘A Quiet Place’ is horror film done right

A Quiet Place
(Paramount Pictures)

By Lucas Allen

The classic mantra in horror movies is what you don’t see is certainly scarier than what you do. Films like “Cat People” “Jaws” and “Alien” succeeded in keeping the title monster restrained by creating fear and tension through different sounds. Now comes “A Quiet Place,” which continues the tradition while giving a new generation of horror fans something to fear from the unknown. There are loud noises are aplenty, so be sure to be on guard.